Happy holidays guys! You have been the best readers a couple of authors could wish for and look forward to sharing lots of adventures with you come next year! We hope that this Holiday you eat well, drink merrily, and enjoy all your favorite things in life!
– Silver & Kaya
It’s rainy and moody in Portugal, so Kaya drew this Triclops sketch to cheer us up. Hope you enjoy it! And while you’re at it, please enjoy this subtle reminder from Kaya that there’s 9 more days left to subscribe to our Patreon to get these two Run Freak Run posters sent to you free!
In this interview we got asked 21 questions from the Book of Fates readers. The questions were graciously curated by our editor and best-friend H.T. Brady. Sorry for the bad camera crop. We forgot completely about the square format. Total amateur mistake!
Thank you for being our amazing Patrons. For the past five months you have supported our return from hibernation with Book of Fates and Tower 6. You’ve sent us your words of encouragement, your love, and faith in ways that even Tweebo couldn’t. Most of you have been reading our work since Run Freak Run and never gave up on us even when we almost did.
It’s not much, but to say thank you in our own small way we are sending Run Freak Run prints to everyone who pledges before December 24. If you’re already our supporter, then you’re on the list!
But as is the tradition of Book of Fates, we thought it would be best we check with the Fates which poster they want :)
Our new book is called “The Good Robot”. It’s about an enthusiastic Service and Support Robot called “Tweebo” who starts its first day of work with a ragtag crew of a badly funded Earth Rediscovery Program. But will the energetic bot manage to become one of the team when it’s faced with a crew who seems to want nothing to do with it, apocalyptic amounts of snow, and corporate policies dictated by the ever-vigilant Human Resources Administration?
“The Good Robot” series is a dystopian satire with elements of science-fiction and post-apocalypse. If you enjoyed Murderbot, Fallout, or Asimov’s robot-series, then we think you might like this one too.
All the stories from “The Good Robot”-series are about 10K words long. We will release them in 5-6 installments which can be read as separate short stories, but will ultimately be connected and collected into a book.
The first ebook (short-story length) is completely free with no strings attached. Rest of the series will be gifted to our Patreon supporters as we complete them. Eventually the Tower 6 will find it’s way to the book stores, but that might take a while. So sit back, enjoy your free ebook, and get to know Tweebo – the robot that tries too hard. :)
Hey guys, today we’d like to show another project that we’ve contributed as cover art illustrators in the past couple of years.
While not working on our stories, we’re illustrating the covers the urban fantasy series Arcana that is written by our our best friend (and editor of Book of Fates) Hanna Brady.
We met Hanna back in Berlin while working for the same mobile games company and have formed a tight-knit writers-group ever since. It’s thanks to her that we’re able to put out a new Book of Fates chapter every week. She reads every single chapter after we’re done with our pass and helps us polish it. It’s beyond us how she can take our mess and make it so pretty, but we love her for it.
If you like kick-ass women, absolutely amazing Tarot-magic, and gaslight fantasy and would like to know more about the Arcana-series, then you’re in luck because Hanna has agreed to give our readers a FREE book. It is the first book of the series, and this way you get to test it before being swept away by it. Just click on the link below and follow the instructions to receive your copy!
In the beginning of RFR’s production Silver bought me a Moleskine storyboarding notebook which I started using right away to sketch out the first couple of chapters. Over time, as we had more and more of the story written out, I kept adding new chapters to it.
It’s full of scribbles, each uglier than the previous, only readable to me, even if just barely. Still, this notebook marks the first, and possibly most important stage in drawing a comic book: thumbnailing the story.
Thumbnailing is not about pretty pictures; it’s your roadmap and your comic’s visual plotline. It’s crucial to be prepared and ready, knowing your overall goals and each page’s content before you zoom in on the individual panels. It’s all about story pacing, and page composition and flow, already marking places for drama and suspense. This is where I decide between a silent, one panel page, and a ten panel, action packed sequence, or how to best compose the blacks and whites and lights and shadows that the comic is basically made out of.
You will add the character acting and nuances when you get to drawing the actual panels, but for storyboarding you’ll have to think more like a storyteller than a portrait painter. The key is to always understand how each page works with multiple pages forward and back. If you have this, 80% of your decision making is basically done.
Optimally, you’d have all your story written out by the time you start thumbnailing. This is one thing we learned from RFR: have a script or at least a plotline ready before you start drawing anything. Having to make changes in writing is much easier than having to decide to throw ten inked pages out the window because the story needs to go a different way after all.
All that said, I wanted to give you a little peak into this scribbled mess I’ve been calling “RFR thumbnails”:
We’ve mentioned a few times on this blog what big fans of history we are. Like a lot of authors we find inspiration for locations, themes for drama, and even character quirks by turning to what was before. Knowledge of history is an extremely useful tool full of free source material, but more important than that: it’s fun!
To help you take the next step into the mysteries of history, we’d love to introduce you to one of our all time favorite podcast series by Dan Carlin: Hardcore History. Like its name suggests, it is a fascinating look into the craziest, most explosive, and always brutally violent phases of mankind’s history. But it’s not all guts and glory; it has a reflective nature that doesn’t only tell about the horrors have happened, but also explains why in a very clear way. And best of all, most episodes are totally free to listen to. Just press play.
We have two suggestions to start with: one is a strange but interesting story about a small town named Munster in Germany, and how the beginning of Protestantism affected the whole of Europe ripping it apart into a whirlwind of witch-hunts and social chaos. If you are fan of the time period Run Freak Run is based on, then we really recommend listening to this show, for it truly shows how messed up this era was.
The second suggestion we have is a series of episodes on the First World War which engulfed the planet, killing millions in a matter of weeks. It’s truly a heart wrenching story of how quickly and efficiently we as a species can destroy each other, but also how ridiculous the predicament was that lead to it. If there ever has been a better example of human idiocy, the beginning of World War 1 was exactly that. This podcast has six episodes, each lasting several hours. It does go very in-depth at times, but it’s important to remember that only by studying properly, we can learn from our mistakes and hope to never repeat them.