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Whirlwind: The Secret Origin by AdamMasterman
Whirlwind: The Secret Origin
So, I've always said I'd never do super hero stories. Not that I don't love them, but they've all been done, sometimes to death (several times over.) But then I got an idea; and its really as simple as that. This is just a tiny snippet of that idea, and lord knows if it'll ever go any further, but here it is; enjoy, and let me know what you think.
Happy Star Wars Day by AdamMasterman
Happy Star Wars Day
I actually started this on the fourth, but... oh well; better late than never.
Superhero-ing by AdamMasterman
While I like reading superhero stories now and then (and grew up on them), as a creator I've never even considered going down that road. Just always felt like there were 1000 other ideas that hadn't been comicked, new and genuinely different stuff that, for me, was way more exciting.


I was having a conversation on twitter, prompted by this piece: Katana by AdamMasterman, and was challenged to create my own hero, and do it the way I think it should be done. I *thought* I had dismissed the notion on the spot: I'm not a superhero guy, I'm a YA/sci-fi/fantasy guy. But somehow, somewhere in the grey matter, a critical mass was reached. And suddenly I have a story; a big one, and one that I'm pretty excited about. It involves, not one superhero, but a team of them. And another team. And villains. And a shared universe, backstories, a new lens for what "superhero" means, and a driving concept that reconstructs everything that was taken apart by Watchmen!!!

Creative mania aside, it's definitely something I can't just cast aside. On the other hand, I'm deep into layouts for Echo's 200 page graphic novel, loving it and committed to seeing it through. So I can't really run with this one yet. So the result is this: one fragment of one idea that has crystalized exactly as much as you see above. She's a speedster and a hopeful optimist, and the first character to gel out of the soup. More coming? No way to tell. :D Anyway, enjoy, thanks for looking,


edit: I went and gave this girl a bona-fide origin story: Whirlwind: The Secret Origin by AdamMasterman
Okay deviants, I'm putting out the general call: I need alpha readers for a graphic novel project; anyone who would be interested in the material and willing to give honest feedback. Let me break it down.

Some of you are familiar with my creator-owned property "The Adventures of Echo Callaway"; if not, here's what I've posted here in the last few years:… I've played with this property in a number of ways over the years, with many false starts, but now I'm dedicating 2015 to a very specific goal: a finished graphic novel, the first installment of Echo, Hiro and Sati's long, strange adventure. Commissions and freelance jobs are officially closed; I've literally cleared everything off my plate, and I'm already up to my elbows in Echo.

How much have I done so far? The entire book is plotted in significant detail, broken up into chapters (17 total). About half of those chapters are further broken down panel by panel and page by page.  Four chapters are fully thumb nailed, and three of those chapters have been cleaned up and lettered (I write my final dialogue after I draw layouts, basically as I'm lettering). And the first chapter is completely finished, colors and all. That's where I stand today, Jan. 23rd, 2015.

Where am I going from here? I'm going to keep moving forward with breaking down the plot specifics; 10 hours will probably finish that task for me. And I'll keep moving forward with thumb nailing, and then cleaning up and lettering, each chapter. That will take longer, probably until midyear at some point. I intend to have the entire book laid out and lettered before I continue with finishes; I'm still experimenting a bit with inking and coloring styles, and I want to do those steps all at once, to keep the look of the book consistent.

Where do you all come in? Excellent question! :) What I am looking for is a modest audience to read the draft chapters (lettered and cleaned-up sketch pages), and give me whatever feedback you think I need to hear. A lot of people use webcomiking for this, but I don't want to wait until each page is finished (and represents a lot of work to change) before I get the story feedback I need. So, if you are game, here is how it will work:

Send me a note with an email address, telling me you'd like to be an alpha reader. I'll add your name to the mailing list, and every time I finish a chapter, I'll send a pdf out to the group en masse.

That's pretty much it. Any feedback you want to share with me, just reply to the same address. No obligation to respond at all, or to write anything at length; I'm not asking for free editors, just people who might enjoy the work anyway to get an early look, and respond when they feel inclined. If you have been into the Echo comics and art I've been posting here, or just graphic noveling in general, just drop me a line. This invite is open to all; in about a week, I'll be sending out the first three chapters, so just get to me before then. And thanks in advance to anyone who wants to pitch in; I'm hoping it will be fun for those who participate, but its also a big help to me, one I will definitely appreciate. Okay, that's all, Adam out.  :)


Adam Masterman
United States
I make comics. :) I also read them. In real life, I nordic ski, practice the dharma, and teach.

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Mro16 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
Thank you for the watch.  I really like your work.
AdamMasterman Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015
Likewise, man. :) Love to see some comics with that awesome character work; you ever do any of that?
Mro16 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015
No, maybe one day though.
lockett730 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014
if your ever interested in displaying your original superheroes and there bios check out our site.…

Dadapan Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Man, I adore your linework! So much motion!
AdamMasterman Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
Awesome,man; muchas gracias.
Dadapan Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
De nada :)
Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Incredible work, absolutely love the energy in your art.
ToryWarlockTheDog Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your art looks so cool ;v;
oTroisiemeOeilo Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thank you so much for the watch! I'm so moved!
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