Once again I am attempting a Kickstarter. Check out the link (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1945380719/mechanaflux-4) and you can read all about the synopsis and the current issue. But, here it is also.

      Issue #4 sees the siblings Cory and Maria (who were separated at birth to grow up in two different realms [Earth & Flux]) become increasingly hostile of each other. Will they be able to work together to save the world?

      The sorceress, Darius, has lost her powers, and seeks to regain them, but at what cost? And to do so, she must learn to communicate with the very unusual spirit of her planet and convince it to break the rules.

      Check out the rewards for the comic and check out some of the art. If you can help spread the comic around on your social media sites, then that would be an amazing help. Thanks for looking.

      You can now order a digital copy of Mechanaflux #1 on the largest digital comic book platform for only $0.99! It’s also available in HD according to the description.

Mechanaflux #1 Now On Comixology

      So far, I have also put up my The End comics, Issues 1, 4, & 5. I’m still working on getting #3 up there, but 2 will not be able to due to the dimensions it was drawn in, but is available on IndyPlanet & ComicsFix. Warning, these comics are for mature readers only.

      I haven’t put up my old comic, Displacement, just because I don’t know if it would be accepted based on the quality of the files, or even bought. I feel like I should just keep that comic where it is and move forward instead of making sure it’s available on every device and website ever (which, I am still going to do with Mechanaflux).

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      Mechanaflux is now weekly at RealmsOfFlux.com. This month I posted the Cover of Issue #2, the Bonus Cover, the Interior Page preview, and lastly, the 1st page of Chapter 2. Check them all out at the website to see how Cory, Jackson, & Arad survive their experience in a new world full of death machines and a decaying land. If only they could meet some other characters to help them out.

      http://www.RealmsOfFlux.com

For Mechanaflux #1, I had put the transition from the original screenplay to finished comic book to show how Mechanaflux changed between all the versions. This time, I’m going to chose a page from Issue #2 and do that again. This page is the arrival of Redwing the dragon from my initial draft.


ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Five more Mecheers emerge to their left as they run by a building.

Jackson, Cory, and Arad pick up their pace and run closer behind Gluss, Darius and Maria. They reach the edge of the town and run into the Metal Plains. From behind, they see over fifty Mecheers marching toward them.

JACKSON

            How are we supposed to avoid so many of those things?

ANGLE ON: Ariel shot of the group with sunlight shining on them. A shadow covers them as something flies over their heads, then leaves.

DARIUS

            We don’t.

A giant red dragon (four stories tall) hovers above the ground, then lands in front of the group. The dragon’s neck sways upward and coughs. He coughs again, then fire breathes from his mouth into the air. Jackson, Arad, and Cory stare at the dragon, eyes wide open. Jackson covers the boys as if the dragon will attack them.

As the dragon lowers his head, the boys notice that he wears glasses. The dragon speaks with an intelligent British accent.

REDWING

            That insidious metal dust can’t be good for my lungs.

REDWING

            Darius old friend, I see you’ve gotten yourself in a spot of trouble. Take cover.

Darius, Gluss, and Maria run behind Redwing’s leg. They motion for the others to follow. Arad, Jackson, and Cory look at the dragon. Then, they look at the army behind them. They immediately run behind Redwing.

Redwing summons a breath in his throat, then lets loose a humongous amount of flame.

ANGLE ON: The Mecheers walking forward toward Redwing as fire engulfs them all. The camera pans back to show more Mecheers, and even some buildings, getting taken out by the fire.

Redwing breathes smoke from his mouth then moves his hand up to his face.

REDWING

            One day Darius, I hope you won’t need my violent skills.

REDWING

            Gluss, are you alright?

GLUSS

            I’ll be fine.

REDWING

            And who are these young friends of yours?

Redwing walks away from them, turns his body around, then lays down so his head will be closer to them.

END SCREENPLAY


After Redwing appears, he suddenly attacks the Mecheers. What, did he destroy all 50 of them I mentioned? Later, I’d make them run away, because Redwing couldn’t be all powerful in the plot (as seen in Issue #3). Plus, him attacking the Mecheers in my comic in 3 different instances would get repetitive. Also, my dialogue continues for 2 more pages. I won’t bore you with it, but will tell you most of it was cut.


COMIC BOOK SCRIPT

Page 6

5 – Arad, Jackson, & Cory are now standing at the edge of town, in the Metal Plains. Buildings are at least 100 yards away from them.

      JACKSON: This is ridiculous.

6 – Jackson turns toward where they ran. In the distance, there are at least 50 Mecheers walking toward them.

      ARAD: Come on, how are we supposed to avoid so many of those things?

7 – ANGLE ON: Ariel shot of the group with sunlight shining on them. However, there is a dragon shaped silhouette directly above them.

8 – CLOSE-UP of Darius’ face. She is smiling, while still covered by the shadow above.

      DARIUS: We don’t.

Page 7

EXT: TOLT – OUTER EDGE OF THE CITY – (METAL PLAINS)

1 – A giant red dragon (Redwing) appears before the group. Redwing wears glasses. Redwing shouldn’t be so large that he appears as if he can take anything. He should be smaller than most sizes you see on dragon books (or Dungeon & Dragon’s manuals)

2 – Redwing coughs. Some fire emerges from his breath, but doesn’t reach the ground. It stops short of Arad, Jackson, & Cory, scaring them.

3 – Jackson acts like a protective older brother and uses his hands to block Cory and Arad from going near the dragon. Arad looks amazed. Cory looks confused. Jackson looks defensive.

4 – Redwing’s head is now lowered toward Darius.

      REDWING: Sorry about that old friend, but flying through the Metal Plains is bad for my lungs.

      REDWING: I suggest you climb aboard before those metal heathens get clos…oh, no.

5 – Redwing raises his head and turns away from the city, looking past Arad, Cory, & Jackson.

      REDWING: A rust storm. Everyone, get on quickly.

6 – Close-Up of Cory, Arad, & Jackson looking frozen in terror.

Panels 7, 8, & 9 are the same long line and should be together at the bottom. One of the kid’s heads should be at the bottom of each panel.

7 – To the left, on Panel #7, an army of Mecheers approaches them.

8 – Directly in front, is the giant Red Dragon.

9 – To the right, is a piercing metallic storm tornado.

I had considered putting blue energy (Darius’ sleep spell) seeping and increasing with each panel.

END COMIC BOOK SCRIPT


      The original wasn’t dramatic enough. Redwing met the cast outside the city, and it was supposed to indicate that the Mecheers were on their way, but not so close that they can’t all talk for a bit. I increased the the intensity a bit by having them coming closer quicker. Then, in the actual comic below, you will see that the Mecheers were just already in their face. I did just notices that both times I had Redwing cough fire and scare the kids, but there wasn’t enough space to do this in the actual pages. He also didn’t acknowledge Gluss’ injury, but then that was very minor and not important enough to keep.


THUMBNAILS

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I then wrote on the thumbnails some small corrections. My biggest concern was how Redwing was going to talk to them after landing if they were completely surrounded by Mecheers. Solved that by having him land directly over them and causing a shockwave that knocks most of them down. Hopefully he doesn’t appear too powerful, as his skin isn’t immune to the Mecheer’s blasts. Also, after this phase, my artist thought of a way to make the final panels more suspenseful, which we’ll see next week.


FINAL ART

Here are the final pages (minus the lettering). Hope you enjoyed this step-by-step journey.

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I was interviewed at SPX 2013 by Rusty ChuChu Rowley & Joe Mochove and talk about my different comic titles. Watch me smile uncontrollably for almost the entire duration of the interview.

I have started a Kickstarter for Mechanaflux #2, an All-Ages Fantasy Comic Book. Plus, I am hoping to achieve enough money to make an Animated Trailer and possibly an animated series of shorts if I get enough money.

Mechanaflux is about 3 Earth kids (Cory, Jackson, & Arad) who fall into the world of Flux, where they meet a sword-fighting princess, the last sorceress, and a centaur general (Maria, Darius, & Gluss). Together, they must stop an evil mechanical creature from turning the entire world into metal.

You can find the Kickstarter Here

You can view the video for it below (will be deleted when the Kickstarter ends)

I was interviewed at TriCon by In This Issue. You can find their podcast here below, and I am interviewed on Volume 2 – Issue 54

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/in-this…/id500331436

Their website is here: http://inthisissuepod.com/tag/podcast/

Here is the cover to Mechanaflux #1. The issue is out now.

The world of Flux is being shaped into a metallic wasteland by the living Mecha, Gaudra. Only the amulet invented by Gaudra’s creator holds the key to victory, but it can only be used by the creator’s son and daughter. Cory, Arad, & Jackson (3 earth kids) find themselves in the magical, and dangerous, world of Flux, and together with Princess Maria, a master sword fighter, Gluss, the Centaur general, and Darius, the last female spellcaster, they must find a way to put a stop to the evil consuming their world.

Mechanaflux is All-Ages.

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I have an interview up at a blog. It’s a pretty lengthy interview that goes over how I started writing, how I found artists, what I’m currently doing, and much more.

Comics DC is “for information and events relating to cartoons and comics (including comic books, comic strips, political cartoons, animation and caricature) in Washington, DC and its environs (including counties such as Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, Prince George’s, and Montgomery.)”

The interview is here: http://comicsdc.blogspot.com/2013/06/meet-local-comics-writer-shawn-padraic.html

I was interviewed at SPACE by TheWombMates.com. You can hear me on the audio here along with many other artists and writers at SPACE.

http://thewombmates.com/2013/04/30/episode-37-space-con-2013.aspx