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Quilt Comic: Bruise-Black

How do we create the bad guys? Join us for an exploration into the darkness of the Bruise-Black, as a wicked tear in space unleashes the tangled, mangled force upon the unwitting planet of the Quilt and we gather the forces of the Indie Comic Union to figure out how to tell a story with a menacing rogues gallery we can call our own. Join participating Union members as we explore how to build a better villain for the world of the Quilt!

The Villainous Bruise-Black


Joining us are: Gara @ginkbeast Monty Cantsin @drmontycantsin Matt Laux @mattdrawsdnd Conner McGowan @conner_cottontail Bradley Littlejohn @theseahorsie With extra artwork presented by: Robert hamil @robhamilart

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Quilt Drawjam: Thinking About Thunk!

Once again the Indie Comic Union travels to the patchwork planet of the collaborative comic project The Quilt. This time we are zooming in for a close up on the design process for Thunk!, the metallic leader of the Crater Critters and a character with a transformation and a destiny in their future!

Participating Indie Comic Union Members
John Osborne @johnosborneart
Conner McGowan @conner_cottontail
Matt Laux @mattdrawsdnd
Gautem Sheoran @pulp2pixel
Bradley Littlejohn @theseahorsie
With artwork from collaborating Indie Comic Union Members:
Robert Hamil @robhamilart
Ginkbeast @ginkbeast
Aaron M Williams @aaronmwill

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Quilt Drawjam: Crater Critters

The Indie Comic Union’s collaborative comic project continues with more production designs and worldbuilding for The Quilt. This time we explore the Crater, an alien oasis and reprieve from the hardships of the Quilt’s harsh patchwork landscape… until everything changes! Watch us develop ideas and concept art for the Critters to flesh out our script and figure out how to not only create a comic together but share that process with all of you along the way.

This episode features the hosting of The Authorbot
Production and editing by The Seahorsie
and the talented Union members:
Matt Laux
Robert Hamil
Brian Judge
& Gautam Sheoran

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Quilt Drawjam: Space Barbarians

New YouTube video! Indie Comic Union’s collaborative project continues with the Quilt. This time we are gathering to develop the look of the Starbreakers, fallen space knights in decline struggling to retain their dying ways on the harsh world of the Quilt. We run the gamut from John Osborne’s archetypal main character Apannon to Matt Laux’s takes on the cityscape and more pastoral characterizations to the Junior Starbreaker ideas of Bradley Littlejohn and the bat-like members created by Ginkbeast. Conner McGowan also makes an appearance towards the end, so be sure to stick. with us for the drawjam finale. Watch us ramp up for producing a comic with participating members of the Indie Comic Union as we explore not just the world of Quilt, but the processes behind worldbuilding, character creation and sequential art!

The Seahorsie
The Seahorsie

Bradley Littlejohn, AKA The Seahorsie, lives in an underwater cave near Seattle and crafts the comics Wiltworthy & Galactopera. Swim by sometime to check them out!
Admin & founding member of…

Mattdrawsdnd
Mattdrawsdnd

Whimsical and adventurous illustrations

Ginkbeast
Ginkbeast

I draw motley creatures going through their constumbrist lives.

conner_cottontail
conner_cottontail

I’m a Scottish Indie comics creator that takes inspiration from daily Scottish life and translates it too my super hero book “HoneyHair A Wage Slave Hero”

JohnOsborneart
JohnOsborneart

From Wichita Ks, John Osborne is the creator of the Frankenaut comic series and the artist for The Adventures of Aviore. After spending all day drawing aliens, robots, monsters and heroes, …

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Script: God Fruit Page 3

Design info for scene III

Wikipedia image of the Barnacle Tree from Medieval folk traditions

Barnacle Fruit

Medieval folktales mention barnacle trees encrusted with barnacles that gave birth to baby geese. The legends were thought to have arisen over misunderstandings about the migration of geese and driftwood bedazzled with barnacles, but for our purposes it makes for an amazing alien flora that gives us the fruit surfboards in this scene!
Wikipedia
Cryptid Wiki

Designing Gooseboards:

One of the design challenges for this scene is in creating the barnacle encrusted trees that disgorge a goose-like fruit from the barnacle on an umbilical stem!

The fruits must be long enough for two to carry and should have “surfability” for the Crater Critters so they can ride them in a couple pages.

Page 3 Script

EXT. The Crater Daytime
A large ecosystem inside a giant caldera on The Quilt. An alien oasis surrounded by wasteland. As if this crater itself were inserted into hardship as a gift to those who would find it.



PANEL 1 (2 squares) Establishing shot
Wide shot of the crater showing the reader the bounty that resides in this small oasis among the hard wasteland which surrounds it. Teaming with alien plant life, there are small mountain peaks within it pouring rivers down into jungles of the exotic.

PANEL 2
birds eye view down through the enormous leaves of an alien fruit tree, with the view of XTBD reaching up to try and grasp really long surfboard sized prickly, curved space-goose-pickle of a fruit. XTBD is standing on the shoulders of THUNK.


Thunk
Careful
XTBD
I am fine. Worry about yourself THUNK! Nothing to fear here.

PANEL 3

XTBD reaches up to the vine on the end of the fruit with a pair of scissors. The vine is tongue-like and attached to a barnacle on the tree. From below background we can see SLIVER and TAR are sitting and looking up

SLIVER
Nothing?
C’mon XTBD There ARE things worth fearing.

TAR interjects
Well I’m always afraid my jar will crack and I’ll just become a greasy stain somewhere again…

PANEL 4

view of YTBD looking up at THUNK and XTBD on shoulders and cutting down the fruit. Holding a fruit to the side are SLIVER and TAR

YTBD
 My biggest fear is-
XTBD
I’m afraid of nothing! Fear is pointless.

PANEL 5

Thunk and YTBD are the focus of the panel with Sliver framed below them showing his statement is ignored by the two more dominant characters.

Thunk
 If we just do it the right way there is nothing to worry about. Purpose pushes out worry. Just be careful XTBD!
Sliver interjects
but who decides how we are supposed to…
YTBD interrupting
let’s just get along. This is a fun trip to harvest barnacle fruit. It’s FUN!

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Quilt Layouts

More Indie Comic Union goodness is up on our YouTube channel as our diligent Quilters go into overtime on our meeting and break out this second half conversation to cover panel layout systems that work well on Instagram and for our Quilt comic collaboration. Drew F. Lee talks about Erik Larsen’s innovative modular system, and there’s some Kirby, Ben Grimm, Matt Wagner’s Grendel, and lots of riffing on concepts for characters like THUNK!

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Quilt Workflow

Indie Comic Union members get together and discuss the nitty gritty details of how we are going to use Magma Studio, Zoom, our own Indie Comic Union website and other tools to pool our collective talents and build a world together called The Quilt.

Indie Comic Union Roll Call for this video:
MattDrawsDnD
The Seahorsie
The Authorbot
Incandescence Comics
One_and_Only_Comics
Aaron M Will
Star Savior Bunny
Robert Hamil

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Script: God Fruit Page 2

Three double panels (or two-squares each on the Kirby grid).
Full script for Issue One is here

Page 2  

Panel 1 and 2

wide panoramic establishing shot of the cityscape of the barbarians. The skyline is visible with that tear in the fabric of the universe from the previous page. There is a small terrace on the left hand side where some barbarians are small but visible. This civilization is a group of space primitives. Barbarians who once held a seventies scifi technological civilization, as evident in the once grand buildings and the pieces of technology that are still revered and are intermingled in the panel.

Narrator: and when the laughs died down

Panel 3 and 4

Shot closes in on the barbarians on the terrace. They have hands up to their eyes but they are looking at the sky-tear which has a purple energy spilling out of it. The people have body language that shows alarm even though we are behind them. One of them is the barbarian woman .

Narrator: they conspired to undo it all

Panel 5 and 6

The group turns in terror and begins to run, including the barbarian woman . The dark energy is clearly headed toward the planet from above and is now largely filling the sky

Narrator: with a bored tug at the seems

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Space Barbarian Drawjam

The Quilt’s first Drawjam was a nice get together, and one of two meetups that will get shared to YouTube just as soon as we get the video edited so we can all see the ideas flying from all angles as the Quilt begins to take shape!
For now, we just wanted to get some of these beautiful images posted as soon as possible before we eventually eintegrate them into the Quilt entries for Apannon and a new entry for the Starbreakers. The Starbreakers are shaping up as intergalactic space knights who long ago found themselves stranded upon the patchwork planet of the Quilt watching their noble traditions erode as they held off one catastrophe after another until the Bruise-Black came to end it all!
Some great lore was also added during out two meetups: the mysterious role of elemental forces in the characters’ futures as well as the Starbreaker shield that each clan member bears as an important piece of their identity.

Click the images in the gallery below to start a slideshow of work by our wonderful Indie Comic Union members.

Contributing Comicers:

JohnOsborneart
JohnOsborneart

From Wichita Ks, John Osborne is the creator of the Frankenaut comic series and the artist for The Adventures of Aviore. After spending all day drawing aliens, robots, monsters and heroes, …

Rhamilart
Rhamilart

Based in central Georgia, Robert Hamil is an independent comic creator, fluent in drawing superhero and horror comics. Look for his original comic Promordium, coming soon!

The Seahorsie
The Seahorsie

Bradley Littlejohn, AKA The Seahorsie, lives in an underwater cave near Seattle and crafts the comics Wiltworthy & Galactopera. Swim by sometime to check them out!
Admin & founding member of…

conner_cottontail
conner_cottontail

I’m a Scottish Indie comics creator that takes inspiration from daily Scottish life and translates it too my super hero book “HoneyHair A Wage Slave Hero”

Ginkbeast
Ginkbeast

I draw motley creatures going through their constumbrist lives.

Mattdrawsdnd
Mattdrawsdnd

Whimsical and adventurous illustrations

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Dreaming up the Quilt

The first of our YouTube videos documenting the making of the Quilt arrives today. We will be hopping into meetings regularly to begin all the worldbuilding, character designing, and assembly of this crazy new indie comic collaboration that is The Quilt! As Conner says so well, “Be sure to like and subscribe!” so you don’t miss a minute of our highwire act!

John Osborne and Bradley Littlejohn brought a new idea into the Indie Comic Union based on the successes of experiments during the #indiecomicteamup in December 2020. With Zoom, Magma Studio, Discord and Instagram making it so much easier for comic makers to collaborate, why not go full tilt and design an entire comic world? This is not just an indie comic, it is a multimedia exploration of the joy of comic book creativity and artistic collaboration. It is also just the beginning, so stay tuned as brave members of the Indie Comic Union leap into imagining the world of The Quilt where anything is possible. We will be doing worldbuilding, tuning up our script, and publishing the comic on our website, instagram and in behind the scenes footage here on YouTube.

Video editing and music intro by Bradley Littlejohn

Intro artwork by:
John Osborne
Matt Laux
Conner McGowan
Bradley Littlejohn
Robert Hamil