It has been a pretty interesting few months behind the scenes here at Hard Graft towers since our last update which was waaay back in April. Thats almost five months? Incredible.
Anywayyou’re probably wondering why there has been such a massive gap between comics and I’m here to explain the relevant reasons why this is so. But first a few announcements.
Firstly Hard Graft issue one is now on Graphic.ly! Check it out and buy one if you like Hard Graft on your mobile! Better still why not spread the word and let all your mates know!
Secondly unless something massive changes issue three will end early. I have my reasons why it has come to this but I don’t feel that the time is right to divulge them now. I know that many creators usually keep silent when there is a sudden change of artist but I feel that I owe it to my hardy band of fans that I at least let them know whats going to happen.
Thirdly I have tapped Jules to produce all content from the end of issue three onwards. I want quality and I also want reliability and Jules brings these to the table in cart loads in my opinion. She has her own distinct art style which is evolving all the time as she does more work and if you want to see what she has done recently then I urge you with every fibre of my being to check out Valkyrie Squadron which is an uncompromising sci-fi romp. If you’re not convinced after reading that then frankly you’ll never be I’m afraid.
This brings me onto my fourth and final announcement that we plan to cull issue 3 at 16 pages and then progress the story into issues 4 and 5 which I’ve already scripted. I’m already working on an issue 6.
If you have any comments, complaints, questions or all of the above then please comment below and I’ll be in touch to answer those.
Schedules out of the window, budgets under strain and the spectre of ever more delays loom. Thats the general outlook for May and June. Doom and gloom.
Basically things aren’t really going all that well on the Hard Graft front. Issue 3 faces ever more delays and financial squeezes mean that I’m delaying the current SS for a few weeks. If you require your daily dose of Jules Rivera’s striking and dramatic art then I suggest you go raid her excellent new comic Valkrye Squadron!
It isn’t all doom and gloom though. My rugby team, Saracens, won a nail biting thriller in the Aviva Premiership final beating Leicester Tigers to become champions. I wore my fez with pride that day!
Also while Issue 3 is delayed until domesday I can confirm that I have a substantial two month buffer building up. As soon as the current side story is complete we’ll switch back to issue 3 for more fun and games.
And if you want to help raise some money for more comics and want to introduce new readers at the same time, why not let them know Hard Graft issue one is coming to Graphic.ly for the princely sum of 99 cents! It’ll include some nice extras including the original script as typed by my godly hands! Issue 2 and the side stories will also be rolled out in due course with new unseen artwork. Graphic.ly is available on iOS, Android and PC. I’ve actually had to form a kind of mini-publisher called CLAPOW! which I might look into taking further as I release more stuff under it
And thats the latest thats been happening at Hard Graft towers. Please be patient and bear with us as we try and struggle to get back on schedule!
For the past few days I’ve been challenging myself to come up with a script idea a day. The outline is as follows:
So I thought I’d try and get up to speed and stretch myself a bit so I set myself a challenge to write an idea a day.The criteria is as follows:
- The idea must be vaguely unique to ones you have created before.
- The idea must be in the form of an elevator pitch of one to two paragraphs of three lines each minimum and five lines each maximum.
- The idea must fit one of three genres that you have pre-chosen.
- It must have a name.
For some reason I was stuck on a National Express coach from hell going to Liverpool on Monday and in the end my 4th script idea was a bit late.
Rajesh* is enjoying life as a Police officer for the police in Nottingham when he gets a shocking and chilling phonecall that his wife of fifteen years has been brutally murdered in Northern Ireland. He takes the trip to Belfast to identify the body and recover her personal effects when he finds out what she had been investigating: people trafficking and complicity by a range of terrorist groups.
Rajesh immediately sets out to find his wife’s killers and blow open the lid on one of Ireland’s biggest ever corruption cases in a land where the rules and people can easily be disposed of.
Some thoughts as I’ll be less scathing about my own ideas from now on:
- A bit of a State of Play theme going on here mixed with Red Riding (which if you haven’t read the book or watched the superb drama series you have simply been missing out) but this kind of gritty crime-meets-political-conspiracy kind of thriller is in vogue.
- Northern Ireland, like the North of England or Scotland has that kind of mystique for those not familiar with the territory which means basically anyone born south of Watford or most Americans. Again going back to Red Riding but the opening slogan “To the North: where we do what we want!” with all the seedy backstabbing and corrupt double dealing that goes with it I want to replicate with Traitors Den.
- The added racial element with Rajesh going into a world that barely accepts cross-sectarian marriage let alone such revolutionary 20th century ideas as basic immigration within Europe adds extra spice and fire to the storyline. Looking forward to dyed in the wool Protestant PSNI officers who wear the badge on weekdays and the orange sash on weekends treating our hero roughly.
- To date probably my bravest idea yet.
Anyway if you like it or not please comment and say why! Thanks to those who have commented (hat tip Brian Black).