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Peter Rogers – Writer

Month: August, 2013

Bags of Action Ep 7 – The Expendables

We had quite a few technical difficulties on this one, our guest co-host Gavin Jones from the Sidekickcast couldn’t connect so it was just me and Steve Aryan in the end.  Then for the last 10 minutes or so the sound went odd, possibly the action movie gods reacting to my extremely honest assessment of the movie.  Find it on itunes or listen here

Next Ep – Expendables 2

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Forgotten Planet – Kickstarting our way back to Pluto

We’re into out 6th day of the Kickstarter campaign for my latest graphic novel Forgotten Planet so I thought I’d give you a bit of an update and share what’s been going on so far.   Scar Comics are putting the book out and Shane Chebsey, my editor and co-publisher, and I have been hard at work promoting the campaign all week.   We’ve reached 60 backers and are currently standing on £1205, against a goal of £11,500.  We’re planning to share some more artwork and start revealing potential stretch goals once we hit 100 backers.

We’ve had some great support so far, and lots of really positive feedback about the concept and Giancarlo Caracuzzo’s art.  Our sci-fi action story seems to really be catching people’s imagination and there are lots of people to thank for getting us this far.  The animated trailer, which has been getting lots of attention, was created by Alex Hollowood and the two versions of the audio trailer were voiced by iFanboy and Fuzzy Typewriter host Paul Montgomery and produced by Dan Riedo.  We’ve also had some great support from some of Giancarlo’s previous collaborators such as Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, Ivan Brandon and his editor on Gorilla Man at Marvel, Michael Horwitz.  Writers Si Spurrier and Rob Williams, both of whom have helped guide my writing over the years, have also been very complimentary about my writing and the project. Gavin Jones and Dan Marshall kindly let me appear on the Sidekickcast‘s most recent episode, where I talked about the book and the campaign. You can hear the 60 second version of the audio trailer here, and you can hear the Sidekickcast Episode 84 here. We’ve also been featured on sites like Broken Frontier, Down the Tubes and Sci-Fi Pulse, with more media coverage to come.

Thanks of course go to Shane for having faith in me and the idea, to Giancarlo for his superb artwork and dedication along with the book’s original artist Azim Akberali who did much of the initial design work.   It’s been a rollercoaster few days, a big learning curve and a heady mix of excitement and trepidation.  If you’ve backed the project by pre-ordering the book, have shared a Facebook link or retweeted, told friends etc, then you have my eternal gratitude.   We’re putting everything we can into the crowd funding campaign, and even more into the book itself. Here’s hoping that, with your help, our sci-fi action adventure book will make it over the line and into people’s hands.

Forgotten Planet

Forgotten Planet

 

 

Forgotten Planet

I was planning a longer post about the launch of my first Kickstarter campaign today, but as it’s nearly 1am I’m almost asleep at the keyboard. Forgotten Planet, written by me, with art by Giancarlo Caracuzzo will be coming out from Scar Comics.

Needless to say we’re very grateful to everyone who backed us on day one, and those who shared details of the campaign across various social media.

For now, here’s the trailer (created by Alex Hollowood, the man behind the Dapper Chimp logo), considering he only had 3 pages of artwork and the cover to work from, it really is a marvel.

Advice for writers

A number of years ago For your Consideration ran an article about me on The Pulse website. I’ve just been re-reading it and especially the advice I gave to new writers, which I thought was worth sharing. I don’t think I’d change anything in my answer today, hopefully I’ve heeded my own advice.  If you’d like to read the full article head here, or to the columnist Chris Beckett’s page here.

THE PULSE: For aspiring creators, what is the best advice you would give to them as they work to break into comics?

ROGERS: I’m not sure I can add anything to what far more established and more successful creators have said in the past. Most of the advice I have been given or that I have read has proven to be right really. I guess I can summarise some of the key things that I think are important for you though.

Don’t show your work too early. This is a mistake a lot of people make and it can totally destroy not only your confidence but also your credibility. I was told this many times and didn’t listen. I sent my first ever story “Darwin” to Andy Diggle and it was nowhere near good enough. I can laugh about it now, but it was a stupid and sizeable mistake.

Learn the craft. You really do need to understand the medium and how to write for it. Simple things like script layout are something you need to get a handle on, and reading other people’s scripts is a great place to start. Get an understanding of story and embrace structure rather than fearing it. And do the background, as tempting as it is just to get writing preparing a full back-story for your characters and universe will prove invaluable.

Make plenty of contacts. Every time you speak to a creator, editor or fan is a networking opportunity, in person or online. One thing people often forget, particularly on forums or by email, is that everything you say and do makes an impression. Be courteous and keen, but not too pushy. When you do meet influential people make the most of it, I have had to learn not to be shy to ensure I don’t miss opportunities. And to not get drawn into online fire fights too!

Treat artists very well indeed. Without them you are just writing scripts not making comics, so look after them. They hold the keys to the kingdom. (Feel free to shoot me for that cliché)

Get your own work out there. If you can’t get published just do it yourself. As long as you have had some editorial or professional feedback then it is not vanity press by any means. And if you don’t “break in”, whatever that means for you, at least you have a comic in your hands and available for others to read.

Give yourself deadlines and set yourself clear objectives. It is easy to end up talking about what you are going to do and still not do it. Easy to let your day job, family life, social life, social networking and console games take up all your time. Setting yourself daily or weekly objectives as well as an end goal will really help you focus and keep your eye on where you are going. This doesn’t sound like fun, but there is nothing worse than regretting not putting the hours in.

Write every day. This is something that everyone tells you and everyone is right! I spent a lot of time reading about writing or taking courses about writing when I could have actually been writing.

My main personal advice would be to find something that helps maintain your motivation. We all have down days especially as writing can be such a solitary thing, so you need a light at the end of your own personal tunnel. I think about how I will be remembered after I’m gone (I refer to it as my funeral montage), it’s a bit morbid but it definitely ensures I put enough effort into it. J. Michael Straczynski put it far better than I can though.

“ Like everyone else, I am going to die.
But the words – the words live on for
as long as there are readers to see them,
audiences to hear them. It is immortality by proxy.
It is not really a bad deal, all things considered.”

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