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Summoned Mate – The Setup


Hello All!

Just wanted to let you in on a little personal project I’ve been working on. In an effort to stop second-guessing myself, back in June, I decided to make a comic with my own art. All the poking and prodding from my daughter, husband, extended family, and friends helped with that. The goal is to finish a comic by July 31st. A task that I quickly found daunting.

I’m still pushing through till the end and will post up all of the work as I go.

The basic information for Issue One can be found below. In order to create a full story, I did outline the whole thing. But, for this project, I figure it would be best to break it into parts.

Summoned Mate Checklist

  • Full Story Outline
  • Character Designs
  • Setting Designs
  • Thumbnails
  • Comic Pencils
  • Comic Inks
  • Lettering
  • Printing
  • Convention Debut!

Story Goals:

  • Define the society – what world do my characters live in?
  • Introduce Gabby Tessier and Derulo.
    • Goals that conflict with each other
    • Needs hinted (to be filled in with backstory)
  • Meeting full of angst/conflict
  • No Way #1 – not feeling each other
  • Adhesion – forced together

Characters:

  • Gabby Tessier – Witch
  • Derulo – Impundulu (Vampiric bird)
  • Selena Tessier – Witch
  • Tate Hodges
  • Cloaked Faith of the Fortune cult members

Setting:

  • Outside Halloween party – plantation
  • Tupelo trees
  • Bald Cypress tree w/moss
  • Giza – darkness

Since I’m such a stickler for order (at least at the beginning of my projects) I like to figure out how many pages I need to portray each part of the story.

Act Breakdown for 40 pages:

  • 25% for Act 1 = 10 pages
  • 65% for Act 2 = 26 pages
  • 10% for Act 3 = 04 pages

Spoilers Below!

If you want to be surprised about the story happenings, please stop reading. I wanted to be open about the writing process and posted the full outline. As for the final draft, I may wait for the completion of the comic before posting.

Act I (10 pages)

  1. Meet Gabby and Selena entering a Halloween party – Invited by Selena’s crush.
  2. Talk of Gabby’s use of a suppressant while Selena has been training to control her life-like cat ears and tail.
  3. Meet Tate (Selena’s crush) – Gabby voices her apprehension of his company’s chosen party location.
  4. Party in full swing. Everyone is offered a signature drink. Gabby doesn’t care for it because of the mixed taste from suppressant.
  5. Gabby holds a drunken Selena up, this was happening too fast. People are dropping around them.
  6. Gabby tries to call for help – no signal. Tate takes pleasure in knocking Gabby out.

Act II (26 pages)

  1. Darkness – breathing and screams.
  2. Gabby wakes up to chanting and gurgled screams. People (chained by a magic circle) are being drained.
  3. Selena and Gabby are dragged into the circle.
  4. Gabby waits for an opportunity and fights them off while trying to wake Selena.
  5. It looks like Gabby has the upper hand, then she is shot.
  6. Her blood reacts with the vampire circle and the area is covered in darkness.
  7. Derulo forms out of the molten ground as her blood mixes with the giza. Offers to help her if she bonds with him, denied.
  8. Derulo gets caught by chains and the cult members begin to feed on him. His blood is really powerful and they are getting drunk on it.
  9. Gabby agrees to their bond and Deurlo breaks free of the chains.
  10. Traps the cult members in a dome of wind. Tells them the one to decide their fate is the witch he is bound to.
  11. Gabby is pulled into a standing position by a bed of wind.
  12. They plead with Gabby, Samual included – just doing their jobs – forced to do the rituals – forgive us.
  13. Gabby relays her hate for automatic black forgiveness and sentences them to death.
  14. Lightning strikes some and it jumps to the others, killing them all.

Act III (4 pages)

  1. The wind dome falls and Derulo holds Gabby in his arms. They sink into the ground.
  2. Cult members are running towards their area.
  3. Gabby moans about Selena and the others.
  4. Derulo tells her to heal first as the giza covers her body.

That was a long one. Lots of planning down. Just have to put it in action. How do you prepare for your comic projects?

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