Nov
2018

Kopy Kat and the Bomb Squad review by LilaBobina!

Thank you LilaBobina for the wonderful review of Kopy Kat and the Bomb Squad #1 and 2.  It was such a pleasure meeting you at Awesome Con this year. I really love what you are doing! Congrats on your youtube, Instagram, and Youtube feeds.

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My first mention in a newspaper! The Daily Progress, Charlottesville, VA

My first mention in a newspaper! I was interviewed at VA Comicon in October.  Here’s the article from The Daily Progress, Charlottesville, VA .

Diversity a growing superpower in comic industry

  • By CARL TATE
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Diversity wasn’t always an important issue in the comic industry, but for an important reason. The audience served by the major publishers and titles were lily white, nearly exclusively all male and young. So the thinking was, “why cater to the black kid in Harlem or even the white girl in the suburbs?” True enough. Black characters were woven into the stories from the very beginning. But their integration into mainstream superhero comics has endured various obstacles and challenges. Critics have noted that black men and women have often been portrayed as jungle or ghetto stereotypes, and have often been portrayed as sidekicks opposed to primary characters.

That was fairly accurate for the first 40 years of the comic industry actually, coinciding with the rise and ending of the Golden Age of comics, when most of the major characters — Superman, Batman, Captain America, Green Lantern, etc – were introduced. But then the Silver Age began amidst the protests and tumult of the 1960s.

That era ushered in hundreds of thousands of new comic fans, many of them minorities. And so with this new era came new and diverse characters and heroes such as Black Panther, Black Goliath, Power Man, Black Lighting, Falcon and the like. There was even talk at one time of recreating the entire DC line of characters in the mid-1980s with a black Superman, an Asian Flash and a Native American Green Arrow; in fact, that was the favored plan of DC editor in chief Marv Wolfman for the post Crisis in Infinite Earths’ rebooted comic continuity — continuity that lasted for nearly 30 years.

Indeed, there’s even now room in the industry for independent companies such as Dark Child Studios and owner Corey Taylor, who created Kopy Kat and the Bomb Squad, an all black super-hero team. Taylor, a retired Air Force veteran, operates his company from Woodbridge, and is excited to introduce “concepts that I have never seen written for African-American superheroes or villains. What would a black superhero do if he was stranded in the past? Would you change history if you had the power? How do you handle racism as a black super hero? Who do you save? There are so many story possibilities for ethnic super heroes.”

So there’s no doubt that the comic industry is committed to diversity and equality.

Carl Tate is a columnist for The News Virginian. He lives in Stuarts Draft

 http://www.dailyprogress.com/newsvirginian/opinion/guest_columnists/diversity-a-growing-superpower-in-comic-industry/article_57b7be9a-b9c8-11e6-b122-2bc6d659710a.html
Mar
2016

KOPY KAT AND THE BOMB SQUAD #1: KICK STARTER CAMPAIGN IS NOW LIVE!

My kick Starter Campaign is now live!  

Please click the link below to check it out and get your copies. I have so many great rewards available.

I’m so excited to be one step closer to completing this long overdue goal. Thank you all for all of the wonderful support so far.

Corey

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Kick Starter

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  1. Pledge $5 or more

    KOPY KAT AND THE BOMB SQUAD: Issue One (32 pages) (Digital)

    You’ll receive the all-new “KOPY KAT AND THE BOMB SQUAD: Issue One in a digital DRM free PDF

    REWARDS AT THIS LEVEL:
    * All digital reward, PDF of first issue of “KOPY KAT AND THE BOMB SQUAD

  2. Pledge $10 or more

    A Physical (signed) copy of KOPY KAT AND THE BOMB SQUAD #1 (signed) (32 Pages).

    Also: an EXCLUSIVE COLOR PRINT. The print is on 6″ x 9″ color cardstock.

    REWARDS at this level:
    * Physical (Signed copy) of “KOPY KAT AND THE BOMB SQUAD: Issue One

    * An exclusive 6×9 full color print

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  3. Pledge $20 or more

    DIRECTOR’S CUT RELEASE: Digital Edition! (100 Pages)

    A pdf “digital book” which will include a partial script, all of the initial pencil layouts, the b&w inks, and the colors without lettering. It’ll also include concept and sketch art, character descriptions, Over 100 pages of material, many of them exclusive to this special edition. This book will also have an alternate cover exclusive to this issue. This is great for anyone interested in the creative process.

    REWARDS AT THIS LEVEL:
    * KOPY KAT AND THE BOMB SQUAD #1 + DIRECTOR’S CUT: Digital Edition! (100 Pages)

    * Physical (Signed copy) of “KOPY KAT AND THE BOMB SQUAD: Issue One

    *Digital copy (.PDF) of first issue of KOPY KAT AND THE BOMB SQUAD

    * An exclusive 6×9 full color print

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    KOPY KAT AND THE BOMB SQUAD: SKETCHBOOK.

    I will be printing a KOPY KAT AND THE BOMB SQUAD sketchbook, featuring my designs and line work. It’s filled with great art, and also offers an insider’s look at the development process. A full color cover with B&W interiors; approx 6″ x 9″; 36 pages softcover (signed).

    REWARDS AT THIS LEVEL:
    * Physical Copy of KOPY KAT AND THE BOMB SQUAD: SKETCHBOOK (36 pages)

    * Physical (Signed copy) of “KOPY KAT AND THE BOMB SQUAD: Issue One

    * Digital Copy (.pdf) of KOPY KAT AND THE BOMB SQUAD: Issue One

    * KOPY KAT AND THE BOMB SQUAD #1 + DIRECTOR’S CUT: Digital Edition!

    * An exclusive 6×9 full color print

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    LIMITED EDITION 11×17 COLOR PRINT.

    An 11″ x 17″ full-color print featuring the cover artwork. This will be signed & numbered (limited to 25). It’ll be mailed flat in an archival, clear-plastic print holder. Plus all of the awards from the other pledge tiers.

    REWARDS AT THIS LEVEL:
    *LIMITED EDITION 11″x17″ COLOR PRINT.

    * Physical (Signed copy) of “KOPY KAT AND THE BOMB SQUAD: Issue One

    * Physical Copy of KOPY KAT AND THE BOMB SQUAD: SKETCHBOOK (36 pages)

    * Physical Copy of KOPY KAT AND THE BOMB SQUAD #1 + DIRECTOR’S CUT (100 pages)

    * Physical Copy (.pdf) KOPY KAT AND THE BOMB SQUAD: SKETCHBOOK

    * Digital Copy (.pdf) first issue of KOPY KAT AND THE BOMB SQUAD

    * Digital Copy (.pdf) KOPY KAT AND THE BOMB SQUAD #1 + DIRECTOR’S CUT

    * Digital Copy (.pdf) KOPY KAT AND THE BOMB SQUAD: SKETCHBOOK

    * Digital Copy of KOPY KAT AND THE BOMB SQUAD #1 + DIRECTOR’S CUT (100 pages)

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thebombsquad/kopy-kat-and-the-bomb-1

Mar
2015

Ebay Auctions, Craigslist Hate, and Wacom Cintiq 21UX first impressions!

I have been watching Ebay, and Craigslist for the past year to find a good deal on a Wacom Cintiq. And recently found a seller on Ebay that had a good reputation and wasn’t trying to rip everyone off. I was able to get a really good deal on a used CINTIQ 21UX.

I was amazed at how many Ebay auctions there are where sellers are selling Wacom Cintiqs as “not tested, AS-IS, no returns or refunds”, and people are are actually buying these monitors! I watched an auction for a Cintiq 21ux go for $400, and it didn’t come with a pen, stand , or power cord. It made me wonder “Are Wacom Cintiqs in such a high demand? Are people stupid?, and willing to pay hundreds of dollars on a chance that they may get a working Cintiq really cheap?  I love Ebay, I have been caught up in the bidding frenzy, but if I’m bidding on something, it better work!

I hate craigslist! I really do..  I was astounded on how many people on craigslist expect you to pay over $1000 on a device with only their word as proof that it works. I emailed a guy selling his Cintiq in the D.C. area, and he was only willing to meet me near a freeway off-ramp to sell me his cintiq?? He stated that he was afraid of getting robbed??   What about me? Every seller on Craigslist that I contacted, except one had their Cintiq connected to a computer in order for the buyers to test it. Too bad it was all the way in North Carolina.

I also noticed 75% of the Ebay auctions, and Craigslist adds stated that the artist purchased a Cintiq hoping that it would improve their art (magically make them a better artist) (SMILE)and this super expensive monitor end up collecting dust. I can’t imagine paying $3000 dollars on one of these and finding out you made a bad decision. I think this is a Wacom marketing ploy. The Wacom commercials make it look so easy, and as soon as you plug-in the Cintiq, you are magically transformed into a Disney artist.

The CINTIQ I purchased is my first piece of professional art equipment.   I was previously using a Monoprice 19″ monitor. A very cheap replacement for the CINTIQ. The Monoprice served it’s purpose, but the bad viewing angles started giving me headaches. It was also impossible to get any digital color work completed on it (due to the bad viewing angles). I was also never able to freely draw on that screen. It never felt right, whenever I tried, I would just go back to old-fashioned paper and pencil. I was limited to using it for inking only.  I sold it on Ebay..

I have been using my Cintiq for about two weeks now, and I am starting to get used to drawing on a screen. At first I was a little disappointed with it. I was expecting something magical to happen, like the CINTIQ Artists on Youtube, who can draw masterpieces freehand,  paint better than Normal Rockwell, and never use reference.  The magical CINTIQ did not improve my drawing ability at all, make my hand steadier, or allow me to sketch Princess Anna with my eyes closed.  I still draw better, and faster on paper. but, It the Cintiq does allow me to make corrections a lot faster, and in ways that are impossible on paper.

When I would draw a picture on paper in the past, I would start the initial drawing with a light pencil, and be very careful not to leave any dark lines that I could not erase. I labored over getting the drawing exactly right before darkening any of the lines. The Wacom allows me to take chances with my drawings, because I can undo anything that I am not happy with. This is not possible with paper and pencil. Erasing a section of a drawing may mean you will have to start over, or “Lightbox” the drawing, which can take hours. I have ruined many drawings by erasing and tearing the paper, or leaving rough or dark marks.

Using Manga Studio or Adobe Photoshop in conjunction with the Cintiq I can also stretch, rotate, scale, or invert any portion of a drawing. I would have so much trouble when drawing eyes. It is sometimes hard to get both eyes on a figure symmetrical, this is easily fixed with the copy and paste, flip horizontal feature in Manga studio, or Photoshop.

I sometimes feel like I am cheating, by using the WACOM, because drawing was such a labor in the past. I remember taking weeks to finish one piece of art and praying that I didn’t smudge the inks, or screw up colors.  That feeling is gone with digital art. I find myself experimenting a lot more.

The Wacom will not make you a better artist, but it will allow you experiment, and speed up your drawing process.

I love drawing on paper, but paper doesn’t have an undo button. 

 

CoreyT

 

After buying the CINTIQ, I currently use a hybrid (paper/computer) workflow;

  1. Initial sketch on paper
  2. Scan into Photoshop for resizing, and conversion to blue-line
  3. Adjust proportions and fixing errors in Manga Studio or Photoshop
  4. print out blue-line pencils on 11×17 art board (sometimes I skip this step and go directly to inking in manga studio)
  5. Complete final pencils on 11×17 art board (sometimes I skip this step and go directly to inking in manga studio)
  6. scan into Photoshop for resizing and contrast corrections (sometimes I skip this step and go directly to inking in manga studio)
  7. Digital inks with Manga Studio
  8. Coloring in Adobe Photoshop or Manga Studio

 

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Jan
2015

Marvel’s Antman? Wouldn’t have been my choice..

Marvel’s Antman? This character would not have been my choice the star in a Marvel movie.. but we all said the same thing when Guardians of the galaxy was announced. I hope it doesn’t dissapoint, because everyone is looking for Marvel to fail. I am so grateful that good comic book movies are now the norm.  Does anyone remember the original Punisher movie with Dolph Lundgren, or Howard the Duck….. Please Marvel/Disney keep this winning streak going….

 

 

Jan
2015

Real talk: TIPS FOR THE NEWBIE WRITER BY GAIL SIMONE

Great article from Gail Simone,  posted on her blog “comicssurvivalkit” She is being brutally honest about breaking into comics. sometimes we need to hear the truth.

TIPS FOR THE NEWBIE WRITER BY GAIL SIMONE

It’s an interesting fact that there are literally umpty-twelve kajillion articles in magazines like Hopeless Alcoholic,Failed Poet, and Parental Disappointment Monthly that tell one how to deal with the life of rejection and despair that comes with trying to break into one’s chosen field as a writer.

But what happens when, through accident, assassination or nepotistic coup, one somehow stumbles into paying, rewarding work? Who is out there to help you through the catastrophic delight of your first paycheck, and how do you select that perfectly awful photo for your book jacket, that one with you pretending to smoke a pipe and pretending (even less convincingly) to gaze thoughtfully at some fascinating concept just out of camera shot?

Below are some helpful breadcrumbs to help you find your way back to your real world when you inevitably take the potentially fatal missteps that will likely cause you to become either a raging, obnoxious has-been or a bewildered, friendless almost-was.

You’ll thank me later, unless you’ve forgotten all the little people by then.

10) Celebrity Is Horrible. 

Meeting readers is nice. Meeting readers who love your work is nice. Having a photo of you caught just as pasta fell on your clean shirt is horrible. Having people tell you their fanfic epic in detail is horrible. Having someone you don’t know angry at you for stealing the idea in their head that they hadn’t written yet is horrible. But mostly, thinking about your celebrity means you’re not thinking about your work, about doing important work. Today’s medical science proves that the more you are willing to be toasted at writer’s conventions, the worse your writing becomes. Don’t let the celebrity overshadow the work, unless that’s really what your goal was all the while, in which case, let me get you started… . “Here’s to _____ _____, who used to be a writer, but now mainly yells at unfavorable reviews in front of an audience.”

9) Don’t Embrace an Image You Hated Just a Few Months Ago.

Harlan Ellison and Neil Gaiman excepted, being a writer is not being a rock star. In the current economic market, even being a rock star is not being a rock star. It’s whispered lately that Metallica has been reduced to mildly rearranging the furniture in their hotel rooms rather than trashing them. It’s fine to put on a bit of a show, but how many times have you seen a fiery social comic become successful, only to slide into the greasy descent of becoming the exact sort of diva-esque snob they had previously mocked? Don’t be that guy. It’s unflattering. It’s also ironic, and we haven’t covered irony yet.

8) Your Success Is Not Contagious.

Imagine the surprise the newly successful writer feels when finding out that even the low-rent celebrity of the popular genre author comes with strings attached … strings like friends and acquaintances who are convinced you got your paying work not through dedication and talent, but that you instead found a mystic closet or a golden key or something. You’ll want to help these people break through, and you’ll try, and you may even succeed once in a while but the unfortunate truth is, breaking in is tough. Those who do it on their own have achieved something that is meaningful in their careers, and to themselves. And many ‘mentored’ writers never really get over the stigma of that label. If you are trying to help a writer you believe in, do your best to do it invisibly, without a trace. You won’t get credit, but you’ll be doing them a favor from the heart. Then, when they become your competition, destroy them as only a former friend can.

7) No One Respects the Good Soldier.

Unless you are somehow exempt, most writers have an editor, agent, or publisher. If not, then you aren’t a “writer” so much as a “scary crackpot.” The thing is, most of these people are good people, and some are extremely knowledgeable and talented. Even many of the most obtrusive mean well. They’re sincere. Don’t shoot them. 

However, sometimes they are wrong. Sometimes they tell you that Carol can’t digitally pleasure a yak in the Oval Office. Clearly, it’s something in their Puritanical upbringing, but regardless, they are wrong. There are writers who will do whatever they are told regardless of the circumstances—these are called “hacks.” Your job isn’t to make life difficult for your editor. But once a piece of crap goes out with your name on it, it is gone forever and will haunt you like the flying polar bears on Lost. Are there flying polar bears on Lost? I don’t watch Lost. So, I guess my point is, don’t be a jerk, don’t be pointlessly obtuse, but don’t be afraid to stand up when necessary, either.

6) Once You Turn On the Internet, It Will Turn On You.

If you have ever cried in your life, if your dog died saving your cat, if your town got together to raise the eight thousand dollars your stupid Uncle Billy gave to your worst enemy by accident, then the Internet will make your darkest day seem like a lovely and wistful memory. The net is not for you. You should get your news the old fashioned way, by town crier. It’s surprisingly expensive and it takes dozens of years to get newes from ye olde country, but at least there’s no one named IKICKAZZ400ROFL calling you names that would make a closeted Republican blush.

You’ll learn some astonishing things … that that guy who called you the “worst criminal since Hitler and Stalin had a baby and Mao breastfed it,” is actually a fanficcer who thinks you somehow stole the job that rightfully belongs to him. You’ll learn that you once accidentally ignored a woman with a huge book of her rambling free verse, and she now follows you everywhere you go online to say your nose is too big and you shouldn’t be allowed around children or chickens.

If you take the praise, you have to take the flames. If you can handle it, enjoy. But no one ever won an argument with a reader, ultimately.

5) Protect Your Health and Would It Hurt to Call Your Mother Once in a While?

When you’re working, and there’s a deadline (and you’re always working and there’s always a deadline), we start to envision ourselves, not as pasty, sun-allergic hermits, but Jack Bauer-like heroes fighting the ticking time bomb. We stay up nights, we disconnect phones, we frantically search for larger and larger containers to fill with deadly amounts of caffeinated beverages. DEADLINE!

And, inevitably, our health suffers. My keyboard alone has enough germs to win our next several wars, and the last time I saw a gym was when I drove into one accidentally, weak from scurvy and rickets caused by eating nothing but Funyuns.

Then I realized what was happening and have made a commitment to better diet and exercise, and it’s paid off, not just in trivial matters like being able to live, but also in the writing. More stamina means the ability to write better and smarter and with less fatigue. Ask Orson Welles. Well, you can’t, which probably proves my point.

4) Trust Your Gut, Or Your Friends’ Guts, Or Something.

Many writers aren’t aware of this, but there’s a virus that writers give off, that somehow forces everyone around them to give their opinions on how that writer’s story should go. These people don’t mean to be rude, they think they’re being helpful, even when their advice is something like, “Can’t the killer be a robot?”

You may be tempted to run over these people with your cars, and if this list were just a little bit longer, I would cover some excellent suggestions on how to get away with it. But a better piece of advice might be to remember that it’s your story. You may be forced into a writing committee. But your writing is still yours, no matter what the contract or your editor might say. Trust your gut. It knows when you’re screwing up. Your brain will lie to you. It loves the paycheck, it loves positive feedback. Your gut is under no obligation to make you feel good.

And, if possible, find some writers and readers who won’t lie to you. Just a couple, or you run the risk of getting contradictory good advice and that way lies flying polar bears and killer robots.

3) Don’t Rinse and Repeat. 

Let’s face it, a lot of great writers find their groove and from then on it’s no longer about challenge and exploration but about comfort and repetition. Flush with their first success after a lifetime of rejection, they suddenly cry, “Eureka! That’s it, nothing but science fantasy semi-erotic transgender nurse novels for me from now on!” And many are happy with that choice.

But is that really what you want in your career? Think carefully. Few things are as terrifying an exhilarating as trying a new thing, putting out something completely unexpected. There’s nothing dishonorable about doing sequels to your work, either of the thematic or literal variety. But you’ll never have another chance to say, “I can’t be pigeonholed” like you will after your first success.

2) Set Boundaries, But Let Your Loved Ones In. 

Let’s face it, the life of a writer is a little confounding to our families and friends. It’s hard for someone who works in an office to understand that you are too working, even if you’re working in your pajamas. My mother in law, whom I love, routinely calls and asks, “Are you working?” And when I respond in the affirmative, she immediately launches into a long string of gossipy misfortunes of people I don’t even know. It’s not mean, it’s just that she doesn’t understand.

So you have to set boundaries. Make a signal for when you can’t be disturbed even when the house is on fire in a tornado. This is your job. That ten-minute call can take hours to recover from. Be firm. But if possible, be kind. These people love you, or at least take money from you, and when you almost certainly end up in rehab, perhaps they’ll agree to water your plants. Take the time to explain what you’re doing. Writers can be painfully inarticulate when in the process of the process, but bringing your loved ones in enough that they understand that it’s still work can be surprisingly beneficial. Even if you’re standing in the garage with a cup of cold soup muttering about your b-plot, it’s still work. The exception is when you’re looking at porn, because, I’m sorry, then you’re busted, my friend.

1) Learn How to Not Think, Even a Little Bit. 

Every international flight I’ve been on, there’s a card in the seat pocket implying horrible, disfiguring consequences if I don’t rotate my ankles every few minutes. Apparently, a series of sentient blood clots are salivating this very moment at the idea that my feet might remain sedentary for more than a few moments at a time. How they’ll bury me with my legs all twisted and bent, I have no idea.

Writing is like that … it’s long stretches of time where, if you were filmed with a stop motion camera, it would like you were carved out of margarine and left in the walk-in freezer. In your mind, you’re fighting the evil Quixozoids on the planet Heffalump, but your body somehow became one of those mattresses where you can sit a glass of wine on one side while using the other as a trampoline.

Still, it’s your mind that’s sprinting. It’s racing along at high speeds and avoiding obstacles and please feel free to continue this awkward racing metaphor on your own, but suffice it to say that it’s exhausting. And it will overheat. And crash into the stands and kill bystanders. Wow, this really is a spectacularly good metaphor!

The point is, your body needs rest, and so does your mind. Learn to take a break for mindless activity, preferably with a bit of movement. Walk your dog. Walk your neighbor’s dog. Walk your neighbor. Get his permission first, though. That few minutes away from the keyboard may be the key to keeping you out of the gutter, or at least in a better class of gutter, and I guarantee you that when you return to the keyboard, it will be with a renewed sense of purpose and well-being.

And that’s actually quite a nice feeling.

Maybe we’ll survive, after all.

Sep
2014

Wacom Cintiq Lookout! The Monoprice 19″ interactive pen display is coming for you!

 

Great pen monitor. Bright screen, super responsive pen. great pressure sensitivity.

Don’t believe the negative reviews, some people are way too picky. You cannot compare this to a $2000+ professional grade WACOM device. It is definitely worth the $300+ price tag. I wanted to get a Wacom,  but just can’t justify paying $2000 for a monitor that I may not even use.  I see tons of Wacoms on ebay and craigslist being sold by artists that bought them and barely used them. I’m not rich!!

I have been watching this device for the past year, and when I heard the great news that Monoprice updated the drivers I had to get one.

Pros:

1. low price
2. Now works with multiple monitors in windows.
3. Pressure sensitivity works in Manga Studio, Adobe Photoshop, Sketchbook pro.
4. DVI connector
5. 19 inch screen
6. super fast delivery from Monoprice, arrived a week early.

Cons:
1. Confusing install with Windows 7

**Windows users: Make sure you follow the install steps and you won’t have any problems.
see this review with install steps:
http://surfaceproartist.com/blog/2014/6/24/monoprice-interactive-pen-display-now-worth-a-second-look

If you are looking for a pen monitor that works great, and won’t break the bank.

Buy immediately..

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