PSA

So, you guys can probably tell by the fact that I am unreliable human garbage, but Bring Them Back! is going on a bit of a hiatus. Unfortunately, I’ve been so busy with school and other things that keeping up has been a challenge. 

On top of that, I feel like I’m at a point in my work where I’m not turning out anything I’m really psyched about, so I would love to take some time to really refine BTB before I start putting out pages again. I hope you guys will bear with me; my plan is to make it my grad show project so that will give me a lot of time to bring you guys the best possible story I can! 

In the meantime, I hope you guys can forgive me <3 this comic is very important to me and I promise I will finish it. I just want it to be the best it can be. 

Anonymous asked:

how do you keep going with projects? when i am in school, i can hardly focus on anything but homework and friends. you're amazing!

Haha thank you so much, anon! 

For me, as cliche as it sounds its mostly about time management. I do a lot of homework, but I try to schedule it so that I get it done early which gives me time to do other things. It also doesn’t hurt that I’m not super social haha; I have a lot of friends but I’m not the kind of person who makes a ton of plans. 

Other than that, I just try to stay excited about the projects I have going! Having a friend to talk to about them and stuff is an awesome way to keep you feeling motivated. In fact, I might have to text kelsijosilva right now, because BTB! is really dragging its feet this week haha. (And when that happens, its important to just keep pushing through it. You’ll be glad you did.)

Sorry I haven’t been posting as much art this week (like I said, I leave tomorrow but I’ll be back on the 18th!), but I have great news! I’ve opened a Redbubble account, so some of my bestselling illustrations are now available as shirts, stickers, iPad cases, posters, and more! This is a great way to get a huge poster for a good price! 


Check it out here: http://www.redbubble.com/people/dailenogden

kelsijosilva
kelsijosilva:

Comic updated!!

Hey everyone! No comic update this week&#8212;I&#8217;m leaving the country so I&#8217;m taking a brief hiatus! I&#8217;ll be back on the 18th so regular updates will resume then. :) in the meantime, go read kelsijosilva's comic, A Place To Be! Very soon here, some characters you're getting to know in my comic will be making an appearance in hers… and vice-versa. ;)
Read the Intro (in color) here! 
Finish the rest of the pages here! 

kelsijosilva:

Comic updated!!

Hey everyone! No comic update this week—I’m leaving the country so I’m taking a brief hiatus! I’ll be back on the 18th so regular updates will resume then. :) in the meantime, go read kelsijosilva's comic, A Place To Be! Very soon here, some characters you're getting to know in my comic will be making an appearance in hers… and vice-versa. ;)

Read the Intro (in color) here! 

Finish the rest of the pages here

eatgeekplay
eatgeekplay:

The Pantheon Project, the story of a group of teenagers that find themselves mysteriously gifted with the powers they pretended to have as children,is a book that has been in the making for quite a long time. That’s how it is sometimes with these indie passion projects but nothing has been able to deter co-creator/writer Erik Taylor from getting this book out. Working from a concept by co-creator Kevin Caron, Taylor has been fortunate enough to assemble a creative team consisting of Leila del Duca (Shutter), Kit Seaton (Eve of All Saints), Rus Wooton (The Walking Dead), and even more. Taylor and co. went the crowdfunding route via Kickstarter to raise money for the production of the first two issues of The Pantheon Project before eventually being picked up for publication by Action Lab Entertainment. Not bad for being Erik Taylor’s debut as a comic book writer. On the heels of the first issue’s release, Erik Taylor took some time to answer several question about the creation of The Pantheon Project.
The Pantheon Project’s production was funded through Kickstarter but, before that, how did the creative team come together?
At first it was Kevin Caron (the co-creator) who started the project. During the initial stages of development, after the looks/designs of the characters were figured out, Kevin had to focus on other commitments. He recommended Leila del Duca so I reached out to her and we began to work together. When it came time for lettering and coloring, Leila recommended other Denver-local artists (Kit Seaton and Rus Wooton) to fill those roles. The other members of the creative team (Dailen Ogden, Lucas Schneider and Lonnie Allen) also came from Leila and Kit’s recommendations. A nice communal effort on everyone’s behalf.
The book’s origins date back as far as 2011. Without spoiling anything, is there anything about the book that has really changed since its original conception?
Oh man… yes! The Pantheon Project was initially supposed to be a 12-issue run. However, the cost and logistics of self-producing a comic quickly became a reality. It was time to focus on telling a tighter story without compromising what I wanted to achieve with my first comic. I will say the story’s core themes and characters stayed consistent all the way through… mostly.
 Early Designs by Kevin Caron
Leila del Duca’s work on this book really captures the feeling of children’s fantasy and a lot of that has to do with the look of the costumes that the cast plays in as kids. Can you tell us a bit about the process you both went through designing those costumes in both their past and present iterations?
My first draft of the first issue was HUGE. It was very (very) detailed in regards to scenery, characters and even camera angles. Most of this was because I didn’t have an artist at the time and I’ve never written a script an artist had to draw. When the characters are kids, I suggested they use things laying around the house to fabricate their costumes. An upside-down sand pale as Firefly’s helmet, tin foil to represent Machina’s body, plastic fairy wings as Firefly’s insect wings… But Leila tied all of those random ideas together to make these kids come alive in a way that still makes me smile when I read that first issue.




Script




Thumbnail




Pencils






Inks




Colors




When it comes to the teenage versions, the “superheroes”, Kevin Caron and I worked together to create practical costumes without losing the superhero fun of it all. I had some initial ideas but Kevin really drove it home by building the characters’ visual identity from the ground up. And, of course, when Leila came aboard she continued to evolve the characters and costumes in very cool ways.
The first issue’s opening has a really fun vibe to it before taking a darker turn that felt reminiscent to me of the writing of Stephen King. The whole aspect of childhood being interrupted by harsh realities only to be drudged up in the present is something you’d see in It or Dreamcatcher. Was that or anything similar an influence on the tone of the book?
I never did read Dreamcatcher… but Stephen King’s It had a very strong impact on me when I was younger. Scared the crap out of me! As for influences… movies like The Goonies, The People Under The Stairs, Empire of the Sun… anything that juxtaposes childhood adventures with (or against) the adult world. Some of my favorite comics as a kid were the Classic X-Men issues that introduced me to the Claremont era of X-Men. It was my gateway into the Marvel Universe and comics in general.
I was sort of struck by the decision not to include the inciting incident – how the cast develops the abilities they pretended to have as children – in the first issue. For me, it created a greater sense of mystery while giving the characters more time to make a lasting impression. Was this a conscious choice on your part?
The original first issue was written to the standard length of a printed comic. However, Action Lab wanted to split the issue into individual chapters to hit the $0.99 price point for each installment. I was a little weary since it wasn’t written that way… but it was definitely the right call since it felt organic and feedback has been so positive.
The first issue definitely came together in a round-about way. We wanted to use the prologue flashback to introduce our characters and the premise they would get the powers they made up as kids. That’s why the first issue’s timeline jumps around a little bit… Let’s just say the learning curve when writing and producing your first comic is HUGE.




Penciled Cover




Inked Cover




Color Draft




Final Cover




Now, is The Pantheon Project book being written as an ongoing or is there a sort of finish line in view?
The Pantheon Project is a limited series run that will be collected in a trade paperback in early 2015. I’m currently working on some short stories that take place in the same world as I begin to plan a second volume.
And finally, when can readers expect the second issue to drop?
The next issue is scheduled to release towards the end of August. The digital release schedule is once a month until the volume is complete. Once that happens then Action Lab will begin to solicit the trade nation wide.
Buy the first issue on Comixology for $0.99!
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Hey y&#8217;all! I haven&#8217;t posted about it much but I&#8217;m part of the creative team for The Pantheon Project! If you like cool things  (and I&#8217;m sure you do) go and check it out! 

eatgeekplay:

The Pantheon Project, the story of a group of teenagers that find themselves mysteriously gifted with the powers they pretended to have as children,is a book that has been in the making for quite a long time. That’s how it is sometimes with these indie passion projects but nothing has been able to deter co-creator/writer Erik Taylor from getting this book out. Working from a concept by co-creator Kevin Caron, Taylor has been fortunate enough to assemble a creative team consisting of Leila del Duca (Shutter), Kit Seaton (Eve of All Saints), Rus Wooton (The Walking Dead), and even more. Taylor and co. went the crowdfunding route via Kickstarter to raise money for the production of the first two issues of The Pantheon Project before eventually being picked up for publication by Action Lab Entertainment. Not bad for being Erik Taylor’s debut as a comic book writer. On the heels of the first issue’s release, Erik Taylor took some time to answer several question about the creation of The Pantheon Project.

The Pantheon Project’s production was funded through Kickstarter but, before that, how did the creative team come together?

At first it was Kevin Caron (the co-creator) who started the project. During the initial stages of development, after the looks/designs of the characters were figured out, Kevin had to focus on other commitments. He recommended Leila del Duca so I reached out to her and we began to work together. When it came time for lettering and coloring, Leila recommended other Denver-local artists (Kit Seaton and Rus Wooton) to fill those roles. The other members of the creative team (Dailen Ogden, Lucas Schneider and Lonnie Allen) also came from Leila and Kit’s recommendations. A nice communal effort on everyone’s behalf.

The book’s origins date back as far as 2011. Without spoiling anything, is there anything about the book that has really changed since its original conception?

Oh man… yes! The Pantheon Project was initially supposed to be a 12-issue run. However, the cost and logistics of self-producing a comic quickly became a reality. It was time to focus on telling a tighter story without compromising what I wanted to achieve with my first comic. I will say the story’s core themes and characters stayed consistent all the way through… mostly.

Early Designs by Kevin Caron Early Designs by Kevin Caron

Leila del Duca’s work on this book really captures the feeling of children’s fantasy and a lot of that has to do with the look of the costumes that the cast plays in as kids. Can you tell us a bit about the process you both went through designing those costumes in both their past and present iterations?

My first draft of the first issue was HUGE. It was very (very) detailed in regards to scenery, characters and even camera angles. Most of this was because I didn’t have an artist at the time and I’ve never written a script an artist had to draw. When the characters are kids, I suggested they use things laying around the house to fabricate their costumes. An upside-down sand pale as Firefly’s helmet, tin foil to represent Machina’s body, plastic fairy wings as Firefly’s insect wings… But Leila tied all of those random ideas together to make these kids come alive in a way that still makes me smile when I read that first issue.

When it comes to the teenage versions, the “superheroes”, Kevin Caron and I worked together to create practical costumes without losing the superhero fun of it all. I had some initial ideas but Kevin really drove it home by building the characters’ visual identity from the ground up. And, of course, when Leila came aboard she continued to evolve the characters and costumes in very cool ways.

The first issue’s opening has a really fun vibe to it before taking a darker turn that felt reminiscent to me of the writing of Stephen King. The whole aspect of childhood being interrupted by harsh realities only to be drudged up in the present is something you’d see in It or Dreamcatcher. Was that or anything similar an influence on the tone of the book?

I never did read Dreamcatcher… but Stephen King’s It had a very strong impact on me when I was younger. Scared the crap out of me! As for influences… movies like The Goonies, The People Under The Stairs, Empire of the Sun… anything that juxtaposes childhood adventures with (or against) the adult world. Some of my favorite comics as a kid were the Classic X-Men issues that introduced me to the Claremont era of X-Men. It was my gateway into the Marvel Universe and comics in general.

I was sort of struck by the decision not to include the inciting incident – how the cast develops the abilities they pretended to have as children – in the first issue. For me, it created a greater sense of mystery while giving the characters more time to make a lasting impression. Was this a conscious choice on your part?

The original first issue was written to the standard length of a printed comic. However, Action Lab wanted to split the issue into individual chapters to hit the $0.99 price point for each installment. I was a little weary since it wasn’t written that way… but it was definitely the right call since it felt organic and feedback has been so positive.

The first issue definitely came together in a round-about way. We wanted to use the prologue flashback to introduce our characters and the premise they would get the powers they made up as kids. That’s why the first issue’s timeline jumps around a little bit… Let’s just say the learning curve when writing and producing your first comic is HUGE.

Now, is The Pantheon Project book being written as an ongoing or is there a sort of finish line in view?

The Pantheon Project is a limited series run that will be collected in a trade paperback in early 2015. I’m currently working on some short stories that take place in the same world as I begin to plan a second volume.

And finally, when can readers expect the second issue to drop?

The next issue is scheduled to release towards the end of August. The digital release schedule is once a month until the volume is complete. Once that happens then Action Lab will begin to solicit the trade nation wide.

Buy the first issue on Comixology for $0.99!

, #ActionLab, #ActionLabEntertainment, #COMIXOLOGY, #Crowdfunding, #DailenOgden, #ErikFTaylor, #ErikTaylor, #Interview, #KevinCaron, #Kickstarter, #KitSeaton, #LeilaDelDuca, #LonnieAllen, #LucasSchneider, #PantheonProject, #RusWooton, #ThePantheonProject, Action Lab, Action Lab Entertainment, COMIXOLOGY, crowdfunding, Dailen Ogden, Erik F. Taylor, Erik Taylor, Interview, Kevin Caron, Kickstarter, Kit Seaton, Leila del Duca, Lonnie Allen, Lucas Schneider, Pantheon Project, Rus Wooton, The Pantheon Project

Hey y’all! I haven’t posted about it much but I’m part of the creative team for The Pantheon Project! If you like cool things  (and I’m sure you do) go and check it out!