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Thursday, May 13, 2021

Episode #2: Two Strangers Stole Our Ham!


Episode # 2 of the Bovodar and the Bears series is out this week on Arkhaven.com.  

The visual comic book format is very conducive for episodic storytelling.  We're happy to say that, thus far, the ratings for B&B have been competitive with its fellow comic releases.  These episodes are being released on a weekly basis, and as this work is being published regularly on Arktoons, we are continuously working on new script and comic content.  

Suffice to say, the recent inked illustrations are stunning, as our Patreon backers have been made well aware. So enjoy the free content, and consider supporting our work over at our Patreon page.  Becoming one of our patrons is one of the best ways to support our ongoing effort to deliver the visual rendition of Bovodar and the Bears to you and your families. 

And don't forget to like our episodes as you read them!   


    

Monday, May 3, 2021

Today, You Can Read Bovodar and the Bears on Arktoons!

It's official.



We've been holding our tongues for a while, but our team can finally confirm that our comic, Bovodar and the Bears, is now available online for free at Arktoons!  Just click on this hyperlink to visit the site, and read the first release!  

Arktoons will be releasing a new episode of Bovodar and the Bears every Sunday.  On its debut, B&B was released alongside Chicago Typewriter (By Brandon Fiadino), AI Wars (Jon del Arroz), and Swan Knight Saga (John C. Wright).  And I was absolutely thrilled to see on our first day that our views and likes were just as competitive as the other works.  Not only that, but some of the online remarks were very heartening for our team:

- "I may be biased, but Bovodar & The Bears is my Sunday favorite. Surprisingly refreshing and colorful story.  Sunday has a very strong lineup."

- "Bovodar and the Bears - good, lighter approach to storytelling, with lovely drawing. Good, wholesome art work by [Mary MacArthur]."

- "Read it, very Bear-ish. I liked it."

- "Reading Bovodar and The Bears to my 3-year old seems like it will become a Sunday morning ritual for me."

- "This looks like it could be pretty good! We need more bear stories."

- "I did not expect Bovodar & The Bears to triumph over AI Wars, but there we go."

Thank you so much for these warm reviews as well as the hundreds of people who've viewed our work this past Sunday.  Thank you so very much to Bounding Into Comics for covering the release of our project.  And we would like to extend our most sincere gratitude to Vox Day and his team at Arkhaven for including our comic in the lineup for Arktoons' debut.  This was a very high honor for us.  

Our team is very happy to commit ourselves to providing something very special.  If you would like to help support us and ensure that the adventure of Bovodar and the Bears reaches its completion, please consider visiting our Patreon and making any kind of a donation.  Any kind of support is very meaningful for us.  Our current short-term goal is to produce enough content, that we could produce a physical omnibus.  As readers will see in coming weeks, we are well on our way to that goal.  So please join us in this effort to produce fresh, new fiction for all ages.

And again, if you would like to read this week's episode of the Bovodar and the Bears comic:


Saturday, April 24, 2021

Incoming: The Arktoons Asteroid

 As mainstream comic properties the world once cherished become lesser in quality and desirability, a new player in town is coming on the scene to shake up the industry.  I am talking about the all-new Arktoons platform, which is launching next Wednesday, April 28th.  Arktoons is a digital comics site that features their comics in a panel style conducive for viewing on tablets and phones.  This comics site will be a direct competitor to Webtoons, and I understand that there is a LOT of new, fresh and independent content ready to be launched on it.  I have heard discussion about just how much material has been gathered for this site---neither Marvel nor DC property (I'm happy to say)---and I am extremely impressed by the numbers.  

Arkhaven Comics, coming to Arktoons next Wednesday.


Being an independent comic creator myself, I can assure you that both illustrator Mary MacArthur and myself are keenly interested in the developments surrounding this new platform.  I think you can guess why.    

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Short Story Sequel: Part 1

 The following short story series is the next installment in what, for now, I'm calling "The Lord of Two Lands" series.

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The semester was over, and finals were graded.  Summer vacation in Manhattan would now begin, but it didn't matter for Thomas.  His journey into higher education was destroyed---at least in that town.  Lucky him, he was the recipient of much of his late father's cashed-out 401k and a trust fund started when he was just a baby.  His apartment rent was no problem for now, although it was no longer justifiable.  His father, perhaps living vicariously through him, had high hopes for his son's future.  And although he sometimes resented his father's familial delusions of grandeur, he didn't mind so much the opportunities afforded him.  

He should be upset, he thought.  But he wasn't.  Expelled from NYU, and his girlfriend having moved out, ordinarily he'd feel like a boat without a rudder at this stage.  Perhaps he could transfer his credits elsewhere.  But he loved The City, and continuing his degree at another college could force him to leave.  This, he did not want.  New York was a land of adventure so completely different from his mid-Western small town.  A great man once said that "The modern city is ugly not because it is a city, but because it is not enough of a city, because it is a jungle, because it is confused and anarchic, and surging with selfish and materialistic energies."  And it was a jungle that he wanted.  Layer upon layer of history was there.  Frontier spirit pressed underneath 19th Century poverty, sandwiched underneath war, plastered over with modern opulence--all of it held together by the mortar of money, sex, religion, murder, superstition, and every other novelty of the human spirit.  But it was this kind of thinking--this kind of naïve, adventurous wonder--that got him expelled in the first place.  

Whatever his troubles, sad he was not.  Entirely preoccupied, he came back tot he apartment with an entire pizza, enough for him and one other.  He threw his keys in the bowl next to the door and announced his return: "Okay, I've got the meat lover's this time.  I think this one should satisfy your cravings.  You still here?"

The pitter patter of canine nails on the hardwood floor trailed their way to him from another room.  The German Shepherd stopped in the doorway and bobbed his head up and down, his tail wagging.  

"I'm not hungry for this," said Thomas.  "Honestly, I could probably only eat a fourth of this.  You said you wanted half?"

The dog bobbed his head up and down again, his mouth closed and bearing no teeth.  

"And you said you'd have a new statement?  Is it ready?"

Again, the dog "nodded."  Thomas took a few slices out and put them on a plate.  He set the box of pizza on the floor, and the German Shepherd moved in and started eating on the pizza.  

He went to the back of the apartment.  On the floor was arranged a computer, a keyboard, and a mouse.  A little tool with a band on it wide enough for the dog's paw lay next to the keyboard.  The printer, also situated on the floor, had a page printed out.  He took the paper and began to read as he reached for a slice of pizza:

"The landlord came today.  At the door, he asked out loud if you were home.  I think he suspects you have a dog in your apartment.  I didn't bark or anything.  Thank you for the pizza.  I will repay you when I'm back to normal.  Just don't ever get me dog food again, please."

Amused by that last sentence, Thomas' brow lifted, and he raised his pizza slice to the dog in salute.  "You're welcome, Aaron.  It's no problem.  Sorry about yesterday's misunderstanding.  I was in a hurry."  He eased into a chair next to his little kitchen table, stared out the window to the building across the street, and took another bite.  "I need to get you out.  You can't just stay cooped up in my apartment forever--even if you're housetrained and using the toilet.  You need some sunshine.  We've got to break this cycle.  We've got to get out and breathe while we wait to make the next move.  So I was thinking.  What do you say I go get a collar and a leash, and we go all-out and official, and I 'take you for a walk' tomorrow?  Fresh air can only help."

The dog chewed up the final morsels of his latest bite, gulping them down quietly.  He paused, looked at the front door, but returned his deliberate gaze to Thomas, not opening his mouth once.

"Look," said Thomas, holding his hands out as if to plead with the dog, "I know it probably makes you uncomfortable. But we have to at least pretend you're a regular dog if we go out in public.  It's the only way we can pull off leaving this apartment."

After a moment of consideration, Aaron "nodded" his head again, agreeing with the plan.  Tomorrow they would go out.  

That night, they abided by their stipulated sleeping arrangement.  Thomas slept in his bed, while Aaron took the couch.  But it was a sleepless night for him.  Thomas went out earlier and picked up the leash and collar.  But going back out into the wide world was a frightening prospect.  He lay there, his head resting atop his crossed over arms, staring out to the balcony, his German Shepherd eyes filled with worry.  

Then, all of a sudden, a man was there on the balcony.  It was as though he blinked into existence.  Where did he come from?  Aaron couldn't figure it out.  The figure appeared human at first, though he also looked somehow different from a normal man.  He was dressed in a formal dark suit, and when Aaron spied him, the stranger grinned back shortly before he blinked out of existence again.  

Aaron raised his head.  He even growled a bit, though he stopped himself from barking.  But once the stranger was gone, he hurried over to the wall switch, turned on the lights, and then ran over to the computer.  With difficulty, the dog pushed his right paw through the loop of the stick tool, and he used it to turn on the computer.  As he was pulling up the notepad with great clumsiness and difficulty, Thomas awoke to see his roommate preparing to "talk" to him again with a new note.  An hour later, after the dog had slowly typed letter after letter using the special tool Thomas had made for him, the printer had a full message in its tray:

"A strange man appeared on the balcony and disappeared again.  But he was not a man.  He was a creature trying to look like a man.  We have the attention of other forces at work.  I'm not sure where this one is from, though."

After reading the message, Thomas set the paper down and dated it in pen.  He'd add it to the stack of other notes typed out for him by Aaron.  He made sure the door and windows were locked.  He kept the stove and bathroom lights on for the rest of the night, and eventually his alertness wore off, and he fell asleep again.  This time, though, he allowed Aaron to sleep in the bed next to him.  He was still just a dog, after all.   

  

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Bovodar and the Bears Was Inspired By Vikings

Bodvar Bjarki in bear form fights in his last battle for King Hrólf.

Perhaps the following is an obscure fact for American audiences.  But Norwegians who've read Bovodar and the Bears instantly recognized the Norse themes woven throughout the story.  Most obvious to them is the very name of the protagonist: Bovodar Yarkery.  Perhaps to us Americans this sounds like I picked out a strange and contrived name.  However, a Norwegian native will instantly recognize the altered name of Bödvar Bjarki.  

"Who is Bödvar Bjarki," you ask?  This beloved figure is one of the main characters from The Saga of Hrólf Kraki.  This Old Norse tale is about the adventures of the legendary 5th century king, Hrólfr Kraki.  The character Bödvar Bjarki is one of Hrólfr's twelve great berserkers.  Many fantastic events and magical wonders transpire during this tale, involving treasure hunts, surprise attacks, trolls, other magical creatures, and a cleverly-disguised Odin.  As for Bödvar Bjarki, he had the power to shapeshift into a bear.  In fact, his name actually translates to "warlike little bear."  At one point in The Saga, Bödvar's body is actually asleep, while his spirit takes on the form of a bear who fights for Hrólfr against an army of fierce warriors, criminals, elves, and norns---all who were formerly hidden and empowered by the witchcraft of the half-elf, Skuld.  

With all of this talk about bears, berserkers, treasure hunting, magic, shapeshifting, and high adventure, it shouldn't be too hard now to understand what part of the world a lot of B&B's inspiration draws from.  And while it may be true that a lot of the geography and landscape of B&B borrows from the lands of the Western Hemisphere, it is clear that the characters and the story draws a lot of inspiration from the Old Norse legends and fairy tales of old. 

 


Friday, February 19, 2021

The Curious Case of UFOlogist Dr. Steven Greer

I've been trying to take my mind off of mainstream news for the past month.  Instead, I've been putting my mind more into escapist pursuits.  One particular topic that's always had my attention is the UFO topic.  I very much enjoy watching documentaries about aliens and the UFO craze.  I suppose it's been this way all my life.  I started off watching this topic being covered on Unsolved Mysteries back in the 1980s, and then in the 1990s, I remember watching discussions about alien abductions on the show Sightings.  I also can distinctly remember watching reruns of In Search Of, featuring Leonard Nimoy in the late 90s.  I think it was shown on the A&E channel.  

Funnily enough, I haven't watched the Ancient Aliens series.  I think at some point I got burned out on the topic once it became more mainstream.  But also, I had already read and thought about a lot of that show's content, and so it seemed like old news to me.  I never really bought in to the whole Nibiru speculation.  My opinion about the nature of these "alien visitations" is more along the lines of this article, actually.  I truly feel that the (largely) American phenomenon of UFO sightings is actually the very same phenomenon of medieval fairy sightings that much of Europe has as its tradition.  In fact, I'm very comfortable with the idea that these visitors are actually a third kind of angelic species that is different from Heaven-angels and demons.  I am, of course, referring to the ancient lore of how Watcher angels intermingled with humans, taught them many things, and even interbred with them---the stuff you read about in Genesis and the Book of Enoch.  

So, for me, aliens are synonymous with angels or even fairies.  And so with these considerations, I've also been listening to the Scary Fairy Godmother podcasts this past winter.  And man, are they chilling.  If you want to have a hard time getting to sleep, listen to one of these narrations before bed, alone, in a dark room.  Or perhaps even alone on a drive through the night.  My favorite one is the episode about the green light fairy.  

Enter Dr. Steven Greer

I love this guy.  I don't think that 100% of what he says is true, but I feel that a lot of it is.  And even if some of what he's saying is wrong and contains fallacies, it's just fun to suspend disbelief for a while and hear his enthusiastic talks about UFOs.  His two most entertaining documentaries are Unacknowledged and Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind.  Very slick productions, they are extremely easy to watch if you have the time.  

Unacknowledged discusses how the U.S. federal government and other powers that be have worked hard to make sure that the everyday man has no idea of what's going on with what pseudo corporate-gov forces are doing with UFO sightings and captured alien craft.  And, you know, I must say that I truly do believe that there is some sort of a shadow group out there that's beyond the power of the feds, and I think they're doing something with these entities.  If you watch the documentary Mirage Men, I think you will also be convinced that the feds are working to conceal information about this matter from the general public, based on the meticulous gaslighting campaigns they've orchestrated in the past.  There's also plenty of testimony at this point (for example THIS) from military men who've had up-close-and-personal experiences with these craft.  And let's not forget that there's been plenty of reports of how, when testing the launch of nuclear weapons, there always seems to be an "alien craft" nearby---and that these entities even will nullify the nuclear weapon so that it becomes harmless, frustrating the human operators on the ground.  

Unacknowledged becomes even more interesting towards it's conclusion, when Greer starts discussing the idea that these dark corporate-gov powers are planning to initiate some kind of a grand false flag to trick the entire world.  This makes sense to me, given that we now have a Space Force.  Greer goes on to tell us that American parties have duplicated the technology of these entities, and that many times when people spot a UFO in the sky, it's actually "one of ours."  And so, these different man-made UFO craft will be utilized to fake a worldwide attack that will be blamed on space aliens from another solar system.  It's all very fascinating to speculate.

The documentary, Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind, is even more wild and fascinating, but I buy into some of that as well.  By this documentary, Greer has concluded that these entities are utilizing telepathy and other psychic/telekinetic power to materialize in and out of our atmosphere.  This same mind power is utilized to change the shape of their craft or even appear out of thin air.  This also makes sense, given the many testimonies of how, during alien close encounters, the entities do not move their mouths when there is communication, and how they seem to float, rather than walk, or that they can seemingly move through walls.  And in the context of the notion these entities are fairies/fey folk/watcher angels, it all seems consistent to me.  

Another thing put forward in Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind is the idea that Greer and his team are able to actually summon these entities through meditation.  The documentary has some wild footage of UFOs, and I can't decide if I'm seeing something authentic or computer generated.  But it sure is fun to watch.  And then there's about three highly speculative photos of purported aliens materializing in or near the group who's trying to channel these beings.  They look a bit weird, but I can't imagine these photos being fakes.  Were Greer and his people to make fake photos of aliens, they'd probably look better than this.

Sounds Like Things John Dee Would Do

I definitely believe that Greer and his team are able to channel these entities.  But I do not think this because Greer and his people have latched on to the special psychic key that unlocks interstellar technology and communication with intergalactic, highly-evolved extraterrestrials.  No, I do not think this.  But when taken in the context that these entities are the very same people as the Fey Folk, the Watchers, the "powers of the air," then I most certainly think that "summoning" makes sense.  In that context, what Greer is accomplishing is no different from the same thing performed by John Dee during Elizabethan England.  John Dee wanted to communicate with angels, and so he used techniques he borrowed from the Jewish Cabala.  I once read E. Michael Jones discuss Dee's efforts as an attempt to improve "the technology" of his era. 

Dee was most probably sent abroad to learn Cabala because both Dee and Cecil considered Cabala the cutting edge of the new science and the new intelligence technology. 

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Dee promoted imperialism, magic, usury, and the occult science as state of the art intelligence technology. "Dee is certainly following Agrippa's outline in the De occulta philosophia and that was a work founded on Renaissance Magic and Cabala. Also he hints in the Preface at higher secrets which he is not here revealing, probably the secrets of the angel-magic." 

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In an age when the King of Spain, England's archenemy, owned the gold mines of the new world, all of this had political and military implications, which is most certainly why Dee went to the continent to learn Talmudic technology and most probably why he went there as Cecil's agent. There is an obvious connection between magic and prayer: the former is a parody of the latter with supplication replaced by command.

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The Steganographia brought together two of Dee's interests: angels and what later came to be known as encryption technology. In Steganographia, Trithemius proposed using angels as God did, as messengers. Trithemius's encryption system was simple. Volumes I and II of the Steganographia gave long lists of angel names, along with details on the powers of each, followed by conjurations to call them into service. Once an angel-Padiel, for example-appeared, Trithemius would hand over the message; Padiel would take it to the recipient, who would then mutter another incantation, whereupon the original message would be revealed. It was the occult version of the Western Union telegram, except the messengers were angels, and the master of this encryption technology was, if successful, indistinguishable from God. Woolley claims the Steganographia is "primarily a work of cryptography, not magic.' .... But neither Dee nor Trithemius distinguishes between the two disciplines. Books I and II "were full of ciphers, for which Europe's political tensions had produced a growing demand." But if angels could spare the spy operations the trouble of encryption, so much the better. In the 16th Century, information traveled at the speed of a horse-unless, of course, angels carried it.

- from E. Michael Jones' The Jewish Revolutionary Spirit, Chapter 10: John Dee and the Magical Transformation of England

It sounds to me as though the entire enterprise of corporate-government forces trying to tinker with the affairs of these "space aliens" and, perhaps, even reverse-engineer whatever they may have is strikingly similar to what John Dee attempted to achieve back in the 1580s.  John Dee actually succeeded when he tried to contact what he thought were angels.  Something responded to him, though it could hardly be said that they were actually angels.  At best, he was dabbling with fey Watchers, but more likely he was consorting with demons.  Whichever the case, the entities ended up suggesting Dee share his wife with other men, they'd discuss the death dates of prominent rulers, and they had Dee going around in circles about how "God's language" is spoken, yet never revealing anything useful.

It furthermore makes sense that a "John Dee situation" is likely the same kind of relationship that the shadow government is engaged in with these entities we call aliens.  But perhaps for a greater understanding, consider the documentary UFO Secret - The Friendship Case - Extraordinary Case of Mass Alien Contact.  This documentary actually shows "aliens" in a different kind of light.  In this account, we travel to Italy, where a group of young men have an encounter with "aliens" who very much look like human beings.  These entities were actually capable of causing things to materialize out of thin air, such as crumpled up notes.  And they asked at one point for delivery of fruit and food.  The kinds of situations described in the Friendship Case documentary are more striking as hijinks and gags meant to toy with human beings.  It all hardly seems like the actions of an extraterrestrial presence trying to usher humanity into a Star Trek future, and more like the flirtatious joke of a fey peoples who have a line they refuse to cross when it comes to human affairs.  

It is a concept that I've only seen one man dare to approach, the eminent Dr. Jacques Vallée.

Returning to Dr. Greer       

Is the government obtaining anything useful from their commerce with these entities?  I suppose it's possible.  We've obtained material from the fey before.  We have the Fairy Flag of Dunvegen Castle, The Oldenburg Horn, and snippets of their music.  Perhaps the ingenuity of modern Americans truly has captured different craft from these fey folk in the hopes of reverse engineering them.  Besides, the idea of a craft used by higher beings is not new.  Consider the Vimāna of the ancient Hindu texts.  These legends of flying chariots involve powerful men flying around in the sky, warring with one another, and using powerful weapons against each other in Northern India.  It's all very fascinating.      

But when it comes to the phenomenon of our day---the UFO phenomenon---many people get caught up in the idea that we are dealing with the modern notion that these are alien creatures from another planet, another solar system, or even another galaxy.  People like Dr. Greer think that these entities have traversed the interstellar medium using a psychic kind of technology that allows them to seamlessly pass through space and time, across vast distances.  He looks at these entities as space aliens, like something from a science fiction series, and that they are a part of some kind of a galactic federation that we are not yet a part of.  

To me, Greer appears close-minded.  He, like most people, cannot escape the gravitational pull of the 20th and 21st Century's mania about space aliens.  His earth-bound mind is made even more apparent when he references things like string theory and quantum physics, which are highly debatable and likely flawed concepts.  He references trendy myths of our day, such as evolution and anthropogenic climate change, which is utterly preposterous.  He looks at "aliens" as an advanced civilization.  He wants to put together a rock concert to gin up enthusiasm for the declassification of UFO encounters.  When he considers the human race, he chuckles with disdain and disgust and puts us down---so it really comes off as though he's looking at "space aliens" as a group who can deliver mankind out of ignorance.  Greer is spot-on about the idea of these entities being able to travel inter-dimensionally.  But he slips up and shows his new age, leftist bias when he puts forward these kinds of absurd notions.  

Dr. Steven Greer comes off as a man who's "got this UFO thing figured out."  The slick production of his documentaries attest to this.  So when he gets together groups of people to have sessions that involve meditation to "summon" alien craft, it really comes off as if Greer is "in the know" when it comes to outer space peoples.  But in reality, I believe, Greer's actions are no different from that of John Dee's.  His meditation is merely a prayer to the fey, a submission to a higher power that's always been here, ready to fool him.  Greer thinks he's bypassing the dark corporate-gov powers when he chooses to communicate with UFOs directly.  But in reality, he's getting wrapped up in the same spiral as them and everyone before them.  

I think there is a reason why God told mankind not to dabble with necromancy and calling upon the spirits.  And it seems to me that the fey also have a line that they also are not allowed to cross.  Some sort of rule for them that we don't know about.  And when people like John Dee, Cabalists, our deep state, or even Dr. Greer ignore that line and try to glitch the matrix of the natural universe to find a way to cheat and toy with reality like this, it can only end in disappointment.    


 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Chatting With Comic Stars, Legends, & The Rollout Of Excellence

Mary MacArthur has released some step-by-step photos of how she put together the new cover for Bovodar and the Bears.

Ladies and gentlemen, the woman uses paints. Gouache painting, to be specific. The end product is amazing, I must say. However, seeing photos of the process of making the cover art simply blows my mind. The final cover art has been released to no one, as of yet.

And again, if you want some sneak peeks as to what we're working on, I recommend subscribing to our monthly newsletter. (Click HERE to go to the form.)


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As I was explaining earlier this week in my last post, I've been marveling at my need for an entirely new catalog of terminology in order to write out comic script for Mary.

On Facebook, I asked Jon Del Arroz and Chuck Dixon---yes, I'm talking about the famous up-and-coming comic artist as well as the famous comic writer for DC---about whether or not they had any experience in turning novels into comic books. The following conversation ensued (posted with permission):


Jack Mikkelson - Author Jon Del Arroz or Chuck Dixon, do you guys have any experience in turning novels into comic books? I'm basically re-writing the book! (Which is fine, of course.)

Chuck Dixon LOADS. My bestselling book is an adaption of The Hobbit. I've also adapted:
The Forgotten Man
Call of the Wild
Some of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time books.
Some other fantasy series I forget.
Clinton Cash
and I'm currently adapting John Ringo's zombie novels.

Jon Del Arroz Yep I did Richard Fox’s ember War. It’s more work than just writing a comic from scratch I find!

Jack Mikkelson - Author  Wow. Makes me wonder what I've taken on. But I'll say this, I am enjoying this process.  Jon, did you start off writing books/novels? Or did you jump straight into comics?

Jon Del Arroz   I would say I started my first novel first but then I got bored and wrote a bunch of comics and went back into the novel after. So both ;)

Jack Mikkelson - Author I understand. Leaving a text medium for a visual medium is more gratifying, I find. You can easily see pictures. Text has to be poured through, requiring more work. More thankless than comics, I find.

Chuck Dixon My advice? Eye candy. Eye candy. Eye candy. And consider moving some of the action around so that it's better spaced through the story. There HAS to be something going on visually ALL the time.

Jack Mikkelson - Author Noted. Thanks! I'm thinking that areas that drag a bit with dialogue should be punctuated with later action. For example, after a short spate of dialogue, it skips into the future: "Meanwhile, 5 days later..."

Jack Mikkelson - Author  I've purchased the graphic novel adaptation of The Hobbit. I'll be studying this closely soon. Thanks for your recommendations. I don't suppose they sell copies of the comic script, do they? (Probably not.)  Oh, and one more question if I still have your attention. Do you find that graphic novels sell better and attract more attention than the regular print works do?

Chuck Dixon NO! If I've learned anything in all my time in comics is that the greater reading audience for fiction actively HATE comics. Prose has a MUCH larger potential audience. I mean, 1000 times greater. Comics have turned themselves into a boutique industry,

Jack Mikkelson - Author WOW. I thought that telling a story through the visual medium would be more accessible for wider audiences. This amazes me. Mr. Dixon, may I share this conversation we had today over on my blog later? I'm just amazed by this.

Chuck Dixon Sure!


I also got permission from Jon Del Arroz through Messenger to publish this shortly before I posted this blog post. 

I was very surprised when I read Dixon telling me that fiction readers HATE comics.  I've thought for a few years, now, that Bovodar's adventures would be best told through a visual medium.  But the idea that fiction readers would disdain a comic form of the novel?  I'd never considered that.  Perhaps videogames or shorts from the story on YouTube would do even better with audiences?  Who knows?  

I can say one thing, though.  This artwork that MacArthur is doing for this series is fantastic.  She puts a lot of attention, heart, and soul into the effort, and the end result is quality work.  It shows, it's impressive, and there will be more of it.  We have so much for you all.  It's a pleasure to tell this story for you guys.