He and Christopher Calloway had a really fun chat about Christian’s comic #TheResurrected, the importance of an editor (yay for Erica Schultz ), comic book promotion, the research that went into writing an Indigenous-Australian protagonist & of course vintage Star Wars.
I was in Sydney for a couple of weeks, having a bit of a break from comic book scriptwriting and Kickstarter prep. The weather was spectacular.
This is my new favourite building in Sydney and is right next to where I spent a good chunk of my youth. It is also served as one of the references for some of the beautiful Nova Lucis buildings designed by Crizam Zamora for our comic, THE RESURRECTED.
First ever review of THE RESURRECTED is in! And all I can say is WOW, WOW AND WOW!
“THE RESURRECTED #1 is both challenging and entertaining. Carnouche and Zamora make an excellent team for this debut comic. The comic does not shy away from issues like oppression, racism, and death. However, it is not all doom and gloom. The cop-show mystery keeps the pace moving. Cain makes a compelling and complex hero! I am eager to see what the future installments have to offer.”
HUGE thank you ComicsVerse for such a wonderful review! Not only was it extremely positive but also insightful and intelligent. I feel like they really understood what the comic was about. I am a big fan of ComicsVerse so this is particularly satisfying.
Thank you Molly for the effort and research that went into the review and for the support you have shown our team 🙂
What exactly does a comic book writer do? I’ve been asked this question a bunch of times so I thought I would share a really brief example of the script that I wrote for Issue One of the The Resurrected. The sample attached is Page One, which is relatively quite a short page.
Every comic book writer is different, some provide the artist merely with some basic details and let them design the majority of the panel but others use their script to suggest panel size and shape, shot angles, colours etc etc. As you can see from my script sample, I’m probably somewhere in between. There’s no right or wrong way to go about it.
As a writer, we should also be describing what action is happening in the panel, what the characters are doing, saying and feeling, and what the environment is like.
The writer’s job also includes mapping the plot, character arcs and themes. Our entire series is already mapped out, with the help of my amazing editor Erica Schultz.
Page One was quite a difficult page both to write and draw, considering that we had to be historically accurate. We undertook loads of research and also ran the script and panel designs past Indigenous friends to make sure we weren’t misrepresenting their culture. I’ve already written an article about this process so I won’t go into it further:
Meet Akimi Ozaki, Cain’s 35-year-old easygoing Japanese-American partner at the Special Division for the Ressurected (SDR). Akimi was a detective at the LAPD before transferring to the UN city-state of Nova Lucis four years ago, not long after the 2032 techno-terrorist attack that rendered Australia inhospitable. Akimi is dedicated to the word of the law and in contrast to her technophobe partner Cain, she has embraced the massive leaps in nanotechnology that have improved her chances of catching crooks. Although Cain’s intensity often annoys her, Akimi has his back, no matter what the situation.
The art is finally finished for the first issue of The Resurrected comic so we’re celebrating with the first ever public release of a completed page – Page 1 (albeit low res for now). Not only that, but our artist Crizam ZAMORA has shared the entire art process for this page, from the pencils/ink through to the colours/letters,
Line work by Crizam, Colours by Sal Aiala, Letters by Cardinal Rae & Plot/Script by Christian Carnouche.
We’re finally introducing another main character for our comic series The Resurrected. Check this link if you missed the introduction of our protagonist – Cain Duluth
Meet Xander Calypse, theenigmatic CEO of the all-powerful Drexler Nanotech Corporation(DNC), the company responsible for creating the now banned resurrection serum and for developing the weaponised nanobots that obliterated the Australian population in 2032. Although DNC has been heavily criticised for its reckless development of certain technologies, it was also responsible for designing the nano-technologies that eliminated disease, famine and pollution.
Xander is intensely driven and has little empathy for others. He would do absolutely anything to achieve his goals, but what does a man who is wealthy beyond belief still desire?
This is a huge moment for us – the first time that we will publicly name the protagonist for our comic book series The Resurrected. In fact it’s the first time any character will be named. Drum roll please……..The protagonist’s name is…..Cain Duluth!
So who the hell is this good looking dude and what is he doing in our story? The year is 2037 and Cain Duluth, a 39 year old Aboriginal-Australian detective, is one of the world’s last surviving Australians after the population was obliterated during a terrorist attack in 2032. Struggling to rebuild his life after his wife and daughter were killed in the attack, Cain works for the Special Division for the Resurrected (SDR) on the man-made island of Nova Lucis; the newly relocated United Nations just off the east coast of the United States. The SDR’s goal is to pursue and permanently detain ‘Rezzies’ (individuals who have been resurrected from the prohibited resurrection serum). Although Cain would do anything to get his family back, he is against the resurrection serum and similar nano-technologies that he believes were responsible for the destruction of of his homeland.
Thanks to Crizam Zamora for the beautiful pencils and inks and Salvatore Aiala for the wonderful colours. Check in here soon for more previews!