The Comic That Was(n’t) – NSFW

A while ago I had posted here that I was getting into making comics.

Dozens of scripts later and there has been very little movement on that front. I have submitted scripts to Dark Horse, Image, TopCow and even participated in Mark Millar’s open call. Finding an artist that I don’t have to pay $100 per page to isn’t easy. It’s not that I don’t want to pay it but that I can’t afford that.

While I continue to try and make this dream come true I thought I’d share the pages from the first collaboration. It fell apart for reasons I’m not going to go into, no ill will on either side, but you can see where it was going.

Enjoy. Also? incredibly NSFW.

(If you click on each image they will open to full size.)

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Front Cover

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Lyrics: Whip Worshipped Gods

Out of nowhere the other day lyrics popped into my head. This is actually an unusual occurrence for me as I don’t write songs or even poetry much anymore. However, now and again, a lyric or a verse will come up and it will simmer in my cranium, knocking around like a loose bolt that I just can’t shake out.

When this happens it’s usually just that, a lyric or a verse, and nothing more. Once in a great long while a full song’s worth of lyrics will come out. I never do anything with them beyond opening a Word document, typing them out, saving them, then moving on. I have no clue how to write music and despite what some people think and say (and someone very special to me of late being wonderfully honest by saying if I had training to find tone I’d be great at it) I don’t/can’t sing. This makes what I hear in my head, much like what I see when writing comic scripts, incredibly hard to get to the final product I envision.

Therefore, I am proposing the following:

-If you like these lyrics and think you can make a great song out of them, go for it

-I am the copyright holder of these lyrics, though. I wrote them, they’re wholly mine and original. Just like you wrote music and sang them I deserve credit for my work

-I’m incredibly easy to please; if you’re going to record a song with these lyrics and put it up to make money then why not a fair contract? I get credit and royalties, you get credit and royalties.

-If you’re going to record the song just for fun and never make a dime off of it then no royalties needed, but credit where credit is due. Send me a copy of your version of the song and we’ll be good. I’ll even help you promote it on Twitter.

The above isn’t a binding contract where it concerns royalties (I don’t want to screw myself out of something) but to put it plainly: If you’re recording with plans to make money, make sure I get my share and my credit. If you’re recording for art with no monetary gain, make sure I get my credit.

Here are the lyrics (pasting from Word makes for some weird formatting, btw):

[whispered]

Masturbate

Propagate

Flagellate

Heaven’s Gate

 

Verse:

Mental anguish

Screams in your head

Your body’s canvas

Stricken red

 

Stare in the mirror

See you’re a goD

Stained from birth

Spare not the rod

 

Count your sins

One (hundred), two (thousand), three (million)

Beat them down

A (prickly) whipped (sickly) murder (tickly) spree

 

Chorus:

Your Gods tell you

what to do

Your Gods tell you

who to screw

Your Gods tell you

how to be

As you bleed,

“UNTO THEE!”

 

Nine tail worship

Puts you right

Whip Worshipped Gods

Shine their light

 

Verse:

You proselytize

Door to door

In your mind

Woman equals whore

 

She has no right

But to serve

If she talks back

The fist, deserve

 

A sacrifice of love

Meant to appease (they’re angry again)

It’s nine o’clock-NOW;

ON YOUR KNEES! (bow down slave)

 

Chorus:

Your Gods tell you

what to do

Your Gods tell you

who to screw

Your Gods tell you

how to be

As you bleed,

“UNTO THEE!”

 

Nine tail worship

Puts you right

Whip Worshipped Gods

Erase the blight

 

Verse:

Lived your life

Followed their word

Didn’t have to read

Did what you heard

 

At the end

Stare up the Gate

A hellfire hand

Says it’s too late

 

The Red Man’s Army

Recruited you (hut to boy)

Now spend eternity

Licking his shoe (spit shine sin)

 

Chorus:

Your Gods tell you

what to do

Your Gods tell you

who to screw

Your Gods tell you

how to be

As you bleed,

“UNTO THEE!”

 

Nine tail worship

Puts you right

Whip Worshipped Gods

Shine their light

 

Your Gods tell you

what to do

Your Gods tell you

who to screw

Your Gods tell you

how to be

As you bleed,

“UNTO THEE!”

 

Nine tail worship

Puts you right

Whip Worshipped Gods

Erase the blight

 

Your Gods tell you

what to do

Your Gods tell you

who to screw

Your Gods tell you

how to be

As you bleed,

“UNTO THEE!”

 

Nine tail worship

Puts you right

Whip Worshipped Gods

Don’t put up a fight

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The Sounds Inside My Head

Ever wonder what your nightmares sound like? I did. A long time ago I was successful in putting two nightmares into sound. I even went so far as to put them up on the iTunes Music Store and people bought them. Not a lot of people, but still. If you download these two audio samples and have iTunes Match? They’ll match.

Enjoy the sounds of my nightmares. Hopefully they won’t keep you up like they do me.

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Bad Things Happen When No One Is Looking

If you follow me on Twitter (and you should be doing so) you may have caught some previews of a comic series I’m working on. Perhaps even discussions with other Twitter folks about a title for it. (Melissa and I tend to have some very interesting conversations on Twitter.) I haven’t said much about it because, like so many things I write for comics, I haven’t found an artist yet. That’s a rant for another time though because today I’m letting everyone read the first nine pages of issue three. You don’t get to read the awesome issue two where the main characters, Rosie and Mara, have a very interesting post sex fight that, to me and those who’ve read it, is one of the best character interaction moments I’ve ever written.

What you do get to read is a pivotal moment in Rosie’s backstory. You have no context of who Thad truly is like you do in the full issues but man, what a prick. I think this is one of the most disturbing things I’ve ever written and I’ve written some truly disturbing stuff.

One more quick note before you read this: I have edited this for reading. The story is the same but some art direction has been removed from the panels. I want this to be read as a story more than a script even though it’s in script format.

I should also warn those with bad and/or violent childhoods that this might trigger something. It’s a long and horrible domestic violence scene.

SO Wrong 3 Preview

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Voiceovers for NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD

My friends over at FuseBomb Films put on a production of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD over the Halloween and post-Halloween Week. They reached out over Twitter to see if I wanted to lend some voiceover work to their production to which I said, “YES!”. It might’ve actually been “FUCK YEAH!”. I’m not sure and I’m too lazy to find the tweet.

I was sent my lines and it was exactly what I was hoping; radio and news announcer stuff AND the badass son of a bitch Sheriff* who isn’t scared one whit by all that zombie nonsense.

I admit it was a bit hard trying to figure out some of the voices. I do have quite a few in my pocket but this was serious business and no funny could find its way in. I used my regular voice for a few then went into some slightly different voices for others. However, I’m most proud of my Sheriff. It was a voice that just came out of nowhere with all the swagger and attitude that belonged to the character. I absolutely loved doing this, as I do all the times I lend my voice to something, and want to do more.

These are MP3 versions so that more people can play them in browser.

These are the Civil Defense (Emergency Broadcast System type alert) bits:

 

 

Here are the DJ spots. I ended up changing the words a bit as I went on as they felt better rolling off the tongue. I don’t know which version was used but, like all who do this, I did what the director asked for as well:

 

 

 

This is Sheriff McClelland by himself:

 

This is the Reporter  who is interviewing McClelland:

 

 

 

And, because I’m that type of person, I had put together the spot of myself (Reporter) interviewing myself (McClelland):

 

It’s very weird but cool hearing yourself interview yourself.

And that was a Tuesday evening I had in October.

 

*The Sheriff was played live by someone else, which I’m totally okay with. He’s required to be in person for the story to work. This does mean that my Sheriff voice is totally available for whatever project you have, though. :)

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