Was just discussing with some friends the upcoming project: “Lil’ Wings Playschool,” an all-ages book starring the kid versions of your favourite Two Gargoyles characters! Here’s Lil’ Thunder! Art by William Blankenship.
At Calgary Expo this year, Jeremy Thew drew a wonderful picture of my half-Norse God, half-Canadian hero, THUNDER, meeting his hero, Captain Canuck. I showed the sketch to Richard Comely, the creator of the good Captain; today I have coloured it and present it to share with you my joy of being Canadian, and to share a couple Canadian heroes with you.
Hey folks! This weekend, on Sunday March 12 from 10 am – 5pm, come see myself, Michael McAdam, and artist Kyle Burles at our shared table at the Red & White Comic & Toy Expo!
It’s a great one-day show, perfect for families, with comics, toys, artists, and costumes! Always a good way to connect with the local pop culture scene on a smaller scale than a show that might be too crazy huge to be able to see everything– this one has one room, one location, one day! C’mon down and see us!
Silly title today– just enough to capture the essence of the couple of new things I want to talk about. If you look to the right, on the column that goes down the side, you’ll see this new button: “Buy Me A Coffee.” It’s a really cute set-up from the folks at Ko-fi.com that helps artists and creative folks accept contributions once in a while in a spur-of-the-moment, don’t-tie-me-down way without having to commit large sums to a Kickstarter or monthly amounts to a Patreon (though you can do that, too). Feel like contributing to a Canadian Independent Comic Creator today? Simply click on “Buy Me A Coffee” and donate whatever you wish! (Full disclosure: I will probably actually buy at least one coffee if you contribute. Creativity needs fuel, after all!)
I’m also really pleased to announce the inclusion of Two Gargoyles on the Canadian Independent Comic Book Wiki. These folks — and you can follow them on Twitter as @cancomicswiki — are doing great things to increase awareness of, and build a stronger presence for, Canadian-created indie comics. I’ve already listed my whole library on there, and will be adding character bios for all my characters once I begin receiving the art for each character from the incredibly talented Jeremy Thew. (Hint: the Buy Me A Coffee button helps with that, too!)
I’m very excited about the work I’m doing with Two Gargoyles in 2017. I think this is the year where I go “next level” and learn more, do more, create more, and most importantly, get the work out to more people. I’m really looking forward to having you all on the journey with me.
“We’re all here because we’ve identified as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. But that’s really only the first step. There’s an entire spectrum to our identities…which is why our symbol is the rainbow.” –Spectrum #1
Two Gargoyles Comics is proud to present to you all the first page of Spectrum, our LGBT-focus superhero comic!
Richie Sorensen is a young man who is just getting ready to come out, and is seeking a greater understanding of himself as a young gay man. But just as he’s introducing himself to the community, his life changes as he suddenly gets superpowers! As if high school, friends, and family weren’t enough to figure out..!
This comic is about the search for identity within the gay community. The struggles for coming out are not what they once were– but while there may be more freedom to explore one’s identity, there are other challenges such as “Where do I fit in to all this?” Explore with us, and find your place on the rainbow’s spectrum!
“Hello, and welcome to Gloaming. A nice place to visit…”
Those were the words prefacing the very first issue of Gloaming, written by myself in tandem with Kyle Burles, with art by Kyle. We are both very pleased to announce that Gloaming #2 has been sent off to the printers, but will debut first on twogargs.com, and update one page per week. Once issue #2 is available for sale on indyplanet.com, I will make an announcement so you don’t have to wait to read the story!
Gloaming is a foray into the horror of a small town; although there may be supernatural goings-on, it’s always been my opinion that there’s never anything more complicated, devious, or frightening than people.
If you enjoyed Gloaming #1, buckle up– the ride’s about to get bumpy.
It’s that time again– with the launch of Issue 5 planned for the Calgary Expo, it’s time to open the doors even wider to a new audience for our half Norse God, half Canadian, Super Polite hero, THUNDER!
As a treat, Two Gargoyles is uploading the ENTIRE second issue of Thunder all at once, so readers old and new can discover his adventures or refresh their memories!
Spreading the word is the best, biggest help to an Indie comics creator– share this with your friends, introduce them to a Canadian super hero, we’ve got battles, laughs, deep thoughts, and face-punching!
http://twogargs.com/thunderpage/ is the link! Share early, share often!
Two Gargoyles is pleased to present the return and first free digital publication of THUNDER, our Canadian Superhero.
In anticipation of the release of THUNDER #5 at the Calgary Expo a the end of April, I would like to make a very special announcement regarding THUNDER. As of this post, you may now enjoy all of Issue #1 for free on the Twogargs site– Just go to http://twogargs.com/issue/thunder-1/ and enjoy!
New THUNDER stories and pages will be posted every Thursday leading up to the convention. If you’ve read the book already, please enjoy refreshing your memory with a re-read. If you’re new to the book, please share it with your friends!
It’s always fascinating to me how life can imitate art. Thunder, my half-Norse God, half-Canadian, Super Polite hero, is the star of a comic about a young man seeking identity in a tale reflecting the Hero’s Journey of mythology: seeking realization of potential via the journey to maturity.
So, too, does the process of creating the comic mimic that journey. Thunder has more issues published than any other Twogargs comic: Four to date, with a fifth one more than half completed as of this writing! And yet, after the fourth issue there came a pause, a crossroads in the creative process.
The artist left the project, creating the need for change in the book going forward (and I’m excited about the direction in which it’s going, which I will share in another post!) but also leaving me with a decision to make looking backward: I always said after the fourth issue of Thunder I was going to collect those first four comics into one graphic novel, as a one-stop jumping-on point for those readers who wanted to have one big story arc all at once. Unfortunately, with the departure of the original artist came certain changes that needed to be made. So the decision was this: Pick apart the story or completely refresh it? I chose the latter: Why not have something fresh for existing Thunder fans to enjoy, as well as new readers?
Thus I began to search for new artists to deliver the Graphic Novel’s art even as the new artist began work on the newest issue of the comic.
But, like the Hero journeying through the Forest, I encountered obstacles. I found an artist who began to draw the first book with fresh eyes, and then suddenly his job and work-life balance changed, which meant he could no longer devote any time to the book. After finally realizing that (because I think we Indie comics people bend over backwards in the vain hope that maybe things are still possible even when we know darn well they aren’t) it wasn’t going to work out, I went with another artist.
This artist had life troubles from the get-go– not his fault, of course! Life Happens! But one can only say “it’s nobody’s fault” for so long before one realizes that isn’t the issue; the issue is there’s been no work done on one’s project for a number of weeks. And so, it came time to say goodbye to that relationship as well.
As of this writing, I have found another partner with the help of a Facebook group connecting writers and artists, and it seems as if Thunder can finally move forward into realizing that fresh, new Graphic Novel!
There’ll be refreshed art, new characters, slight changes to the story; it will still be the Thunder you’re used to but with a spiffy new shine to him.
I’ve been silent on this topic for so long, it is a great relief to finally share with my readers that YES, that Canadian super-hero you were getting to know is coming back in a BIG way. Watch this space as I continue this Hero’s Journey with all of you.
Onward and Upward,