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A Shot in the Dark - "Caught" Wallpaper

The Young Protectors, Yaoi-Con 2012 and a new wallpaper!

Lots of news! Updates to a new webcomic, appearances at Yaoi-Con 2012 and a new wallpaper for mailing list subscribers featuring characters from my first comic, “A Shot in the Dark”!

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Yaoi 911™ in Prism Guide 2008

Yaoi 911™ in Prism Guide 2008

So late last year, I was chatting with my buddy and colleague, Tommy Roddy — he’s the creator of Pride High, a series of comics about gay teen superheroes in high school — and he turned me on to this guide that comes out once a year which offers readers excerpts from a bunch of gay comics. It’s created by the folks at Prism Comics and serves as a kind of a who’s who and what’s what for the gays in both mainstream and independent Western comics.

Anyway, I reached out to them, one thing led to another and now there’s an excerpt from “A Shot in the Dark” in the current issue!

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Free Yaoi Comic For Registered Users

Free Yaoi Comic For Registered Users

So let me tell you, we’ve been awful busy lately putting together the book — super busy, crazy busy, so busy, in fact, that I haven’t had a chance to mention yet that the first story in the book. “A Shot in the Dark,” is completely finished and ready for public consumption. Well, all that is going to change right now. I’ll be posting its final pages up here (like I’ve done with its in-production pages ) sometime soon, but in the meantime, I’d like to give out a preview PDF of this complete full-color yaoi comic to those readers who’ve registered their email address with this blog. Just as a special treat. :-)

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Yaoi Art: "A Shot in the Dark" Inks (Age: 18+)

Yaoi Art: “A Shot in the Dark” Inks (Age: 18+)

Here are the finished inks for the first comic in our upcoming book of yaoi short stories: Yaoi 911™. It’s called “A Shot in the Dark” and was penciled by Karla Diaz C. and inked by Winona Nelson. In its 16 comic book pages, a Junior Apprentice must save his now helpless boyfriend, a Senior Apprentice, from a tremendously powerful and crafty demon after a summoning goes terribly wrong.

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Yaoi Art: From Pencils to Inks

Yaoi Art: From Pencils to Inks

I’ve covered writing and formatting the script as well as using thumbnail sketches as an aid to creating final pencils. Traditionally, the next step in the process would be to ink those pencils.

So, let’s talk about what that means, look at how the process has changed in the digital age and, of course, show you examples of cute boys covered in digital ink. :-)

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Yaoi Art: "A Shot in the Dark" Pencils (Age: 18+)

Yaoi Art: “A Shot in the Dark” Pencils (Age: 18+)

Here are the finished pencils for the first comic in our upcoming book of yaoi short stories Yaoi 911â„¢: Firsts called “A Shot in the Dark” and drawn by the very talented Karla Diaz C.

In its 16 comic book pages, a Junior Apprentice must save his now helpless boyfriend, a Senior Apprentice, from a tremendously powerful and crafty demon after a summoning goes terribly awry.

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Yaoi Art: From Thumbnail Sketches to Final Pencils

Yaoi Art: From Thumbnail Sketches to Final Pencils

The process of creating a graphic novel goes through many stages. First you write a script. Then, working with an artist, you come up with character designs. The next step is for the artist to create “thumbnail sketches” for each page.

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Teen Wizard to Demon: "Get Your Filthy Claws Off My Boyfriend!"

Teen Wizard to Demon: "Get Your Filthy Claws Off My Boyfriend!"

Here is the complete script for the first comic in our Yaoi graphic novel — “A Shot in the Dark.” In its 16 comic book pages, a Junior Apprentice must save his now helpless boyfriend, a Senior Apprentice, from a tremendously powerful and crafty demon after a summoning goes terribly awry.

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How to Write a "Full Comic Book Script"

How to Write a "Full Comic Book Script"

So, you want to create a Yaoi short story (or graphic novel!) Where to begin?

While you might have a bunch of cool images in mind (perhaps of cute boys fighting monsters and then making out…), it all starts with words on paper — a script. And in my humble opinion, that should be the king of comic book scripts — the full script.

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