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Day Job, New Job, Comikaze & A Riddle

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This blog hasn't been updated in quite a while so here's my attempt at catching everyone up.

It was a thrilling week when my shameless imgur post  got some attention back in May. I discovered a handful of people who enjoyed Parabolis. Some have been asking about the sequel. I've had it in mind to write one but I only got as far as an outline and a really good paragraph about a character sitting seaside sipping on chacoli that belongs somewhere near the beginning of the story. Then a baby was born. And fires abound.

Until mid-September, I was a wildland firefighter in California. And in the past few months, fires have been capitalizing on the drought-stricken state. After spending hours, days, and weeks digging trenches mid-slope on steep, unforgiving terrain in 103 degree weather, there was little motivation to come home and do anything but hold my newborn and sit in the stillness. So for those of you who have been waiting for the sequel along with my editor who is about to put a bounty on my head, I'm sorry. The good news is I got a new day job. There is a bit of a learning curve to it and I don't expect it will keep me any less busy, but I'm hoping it won't leave me so physically depleted that I won't be able to chip away at the sequel when time permits. Fingers crossed.

On an unrelated note, Comikaze in L.A. is coming up. Get your tickets early. Although I won't be able to attend (bc training for new job), our resident artist, Curt Merlo will be there debuting his new zine/book/work of art. I've seen it and I'd be lying if I said it wasn't worth your undivided attention. Not only that, he will also be giving away FREE copies of Parabolis to anyone who can correctly answer this question: 

"How many hares in a hat?"

So be sure to swing by the Saboteur Press table.

Holy Fan Art

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Check out Leon Paladin's rendering of Selah from Parabolis:

In his words: "Aside from being beautiful, she is the kind of strong female character that most fantasy novels lack. Selah has joined the ranks of Galadriel, McGonagall, Erza Scarlet, Elizabeth Swann, and some others. She can wield a sabre, creates her own destiny, and is more willful than her grief-stricken father ever was."

In his words: "Aside from being beautiful, she is the kind of strong female character that most fantasy novels lack. Selah has joined the ranks of Galadriel, McGonagall, Erza Scarlet, Elizabeth Swann, and some others. She can wield a sabre, creates her own destiny, and is more willful than her grief-stricken father ever was."

Brilliant.

#Hashtag

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I opened an Instagram account. I suppose this changes the nature of my relationship with hashtags. I don't fully understand them but there they are, scattered in my wake like a trail of bread crumbs. Come find me.

THE VENGIAN

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“He moved unlike anything Dale had ever seen, like a figure from a feverish nightmare, deliberate and menacing.”

Check out visual artist Robin Har’s interpretation of the Vengian from Parabolis:

Impressive work. Send us your illustrations of your favorite characters from Parabolis via FB or email them directly to us at eddie @ parabolis [dot] com, and we’ll post them!

PLAYLIST

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Music is by far the most powerful medium as far as I’m concerned. More powerful than visual? That’s a pretty tight race but I’d still put my money on music.

I enjoy a decent spread of music. But not everything I enjoy is conducive to long hours of pensive, deep immersion into daydreams. When I paint, write, or introspectively gaze at my shoes, I usually imbibe a particular cocktail of jazz, movie scores, trip-hop, and… well, shoegaze. It gets me in the right state of mind without distracting me. 

I made no exception while writing Parabolis.

I’d often close my eyes, up the volume, and visualize the setting–the temperature in the air, the scent, the ambient murmuring of some distant crowd, the cinematic scenery.

If you’re wondering how I made my way to Parabolis, here’s a sample playlist to guide you.

Sigur Ros – “Med Sud I Eyrum”
Yann Tiersen – “Deja Loin”
Blue Sky Black Death – “And Stars, Ringed”
John Murphy – “Adagio in D Minor” AKA “Sunshine”
Patrick O’Hearn – “Beyond This Moment”
Ulrich Schnauss – “Nobody’s Home”
Zucchero feat. Miles Davis – “Dune Mosse”
Blackmill – “In the Night of Wilderness”
Moby – “God Moving Over the Face of the Waters”
John Coltrane – “I’m Old Fashioned”
Amethystium – “Outro”

SLOW CLAP

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During Comikaze, 80% of the people that stopped by our table were designers or had some design/artistic background. As a work of visual art, Parabolis is consistently met with immediate approval. And we hoped as much. After all, we didn’t just print out the manuscript and glue it to a spine.

We spent months mulling over every detail of its arrangement–what size it should be, whether or not there’s enough negative space to give the eyes rest, how a glossy vs matte finish might affect the reading experience, how the paper feels, the texture, the thickness, the font, serif or sans serif, Garamond or Georgia. Then there was color-correction, trapping issues, and a long list of typesetting hurdles Curt had to navigate in one hand while producing his best illustrations in the other.

Biased as I may be, I believe Parabolis can stand on the merits of its design alone. That was never in question. But does the narrative content warrant such meticulous thought and craftsmanship in its presentation? To our delight, the trickling feedback we’re getting so far has been encouraging. There’s a short list of growing fans assuring us its not just lipstick on a pig.

I’m not sharing this as a passive aggressive marketing pitch. Or maybe I am. But also because this is part of the creative process–a discovery we’re making. I can only imagine that the joy you experience dancing alone in your room to your favorite song is different from hearing the raucous applause following a moving stage performance (I wouldn’t know either way since I only dance when I’m drunk).

Likewise, Parabolis is on stage. I’m just hoping this is the beginning of one of those terrible slow clap scenes.

THE SONG OF MY HEART

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~250 copies of Parabolis have already been sold or awarded to our backers. That’s ~250 out of 2000 copies of the limited first edition. That’s ~250 pairs of eyes, scrutinizing the song of my heart. And after all those hours, days, years, spent hunched over a computer, scribbling on napkins and notebooks, piecing this thing together, this story could just as well be The Room of books… only without the cult following. I wouldn’t know. I’ve been married to this thing too long to see it with any objectivity. But it’s out there, circulating like a selfie I can never take back.

“You’re tearing me apart, Lisa!”

After re-reading the novelzine in its final form just a few weeks ago, I noticed errors that had managed to slip through the cracks. I don’t want to bring attention to them but they’re there screaming at me: “This is worse than the way your voice sounds on a recording!”

Ideally, those of you who have a copy won’t even notice them because you’ll be so immersed in the story. Ideally, those of you who do will think, “These are indicators of an authentic limited first edition copy,” and you’ll see it for the collector’s item it could be.

If we ever manage to move the remaining ~1750 copies, you can be sure we’ll give it a proper polish before we order another print run. The real question then is, “Errors or no errors, is the story any good?”

I take that back. The real real question is, “Do I really want to know?”

And the answer to that is YES because if my heart is tone deaf, it shouldn’t be singing. So let us know what you think. Email us. Message us on Facebook. Call me. Maybe.

COMIKAZE WITHDRAWALS

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Comikaze 2013 was our first con. We didn’t know what to expect. We didn’t know what we were doing. Then we met this badass mf of Sideways 8 Studios fame. Situated next to our table, he held our hand and walked us through the whole process like a sage. He wasn’t condescending when he had to explain to us what “bronies” were or why some attendees wore fez hats.

Dr. Who

Dr. Who

For those of you who have never been to a comic book/anime convention, it’s a different world. There’s this frenetic energy in the air. Over-stimulation of the senses, kind of like Vegas only without the drunken douchebags or that glassy, dead-eyed look of having just lost your savings in a single hand. It’s weird and wonderful.

Comikaze 2013, www.toplessrobot.com

Comikaze 2013, www.toplessrobot.com

But the best part by far was meeting some of the most interesting people in the world. We met a real life blacksmith who reads 200 books a year and competes in ironman. We met social exiles whose communities forged with fellow aficionados was something to envy. We marveled at the creativity of the cosplayers and exhibitionists. And it was a blast.

So here’s to a great Comikaze 2013. Here’s to you, Jeff and Chris, our neighbors. And here’s to Brook(e?), and Frederik, and Fatima, and Rockwell, and Charlie and Amber, and JD, and Arrielle, and Andres, Guilherme, and everyone else who took a gamble on us and helped make this such a memorable first comic book convention. See you all at WonderCon?

THE SHIPMENT

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4 pallets, 2000 limited first edition copies, sitting in my garage, ready to be delivered into your hands.

We’ll be debuting the book at Comikaze Expo on Nov. 1st-3rd at the Los Angeles Convention Center. If you’re in the area, swing by and say hello for a free signing and other goodies.