TBT 1984: The year I met Ramona

My fourth grade elementary school teacher was a woman named Mrs. Vigneault, or Mrs. V. as the kids called her in lieu of butchering her name. One day she started reading a story to us about this interesting and imaginative girl named Ramona Quimby.

Ramona

One of my favorite parts of the school day was listening to a new chapter of Ramona Quimby, Age 8. I checked out every other book I could find in the library that had Ramona in it and read them all obsessively. Eventually, I bought them. (I still have all my Ramona books and read them from time to time.)

While I had always enjoyed reading up until that point, I think that this was the moment when the passion really took off. Thanks for that, Beverly Cleary. And Mrs. V. And Ramona. ❤

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TBT 2012: Benny and Kaz, a Silly and Pointless Tale of Murder and Love

They’re brutal. They’re violent. And they’re totally gay for each other. Pfft! 😀

One of the fun things about going through my old stuff to find something to post for TBT is coming across projects that have completely slipped my mind. (Conversely, one of the not-at-all fun things is remembering that I can’t draw for shit so most of these projects will probably never see life outside of a Word document unless stick figure art ever takes off.) I can’t believe I forgot about Benny and Kaz. Shame on me.

It all started when I was chatting with the old partner about a comic strip that I enjoyed. I began wondering if I could pull off writing one. At first, I wasn’t sure because it was one thing to have an entire chapter to work with, but a totally different thing to get to the point in only six or seven panels. But I decided to give it a shot and that’s how Benny and Kaz was born.

Basically, it’s about a couple of assassins who have lots of sex with each other when they’re not killing people. Hardly award-caliber stuff, but I had a blast with it.

Here’s some character info and the scripts for the first two strips: Continue reading “TBT 2012: Benny and Kaz, a Silly and Pointless Tale of Murder and Love”

TBT 2008: Killer Kira

Yes, I know it’s officially Friday, shush.

I’m a huge fan of yuri manga. The problem I always had, though—aside from the tragic overall lack of it in general compared to yaoi manga—was that a number of the stories I came across never really appealed to me. Not that there was anything wrong with them, it’s just that I’ve always been more drawn to dark and/or violent stories, and there wasn’t an overabundance of that in the girl/girl stuff I found. So I decided to write something for myself. And that’s how Kira Fujiwara was born.

Kira is (was) a killer. She never took any particular joy in it; it was her job, and she did it. Very well. But that’s not to say that she didn’t have a soft spot. She did, in the form of her on-again, off-again girlfriend, Jade, who understandably had some issues with being in a relationship with an assassin. I hate that I was never able to make a go of the story I wrote for them aside from the stuff that’s sitting on my hard drive and a short story that was published in the last printed volume of Yuri Monogatari, but maybe one of these days I’ll dust her off and try again. I just can’t resist a pretty lady with a big gun and an even bigger attitude. 🙂

Bits and pieces: Continue reading “TBT 2008: Killer Kira”

The evolution of a tale

(I almost typed tail. Lulz. Also heads up: this post contains crack—the butt kind.)

I’m pretty sure at some point in the past—perhaps on the other blog for those of you who followed me here—I mentioned that Family Matters and, by extension, the entire Harborview Immortals series was originally written as a manga. (And if I didn’t mention it, well, now you know. 😀 ) The whole family angle was actually a very small part of the overall story, which was more focused on the interaction between a number of clans spread out across the globe: Spain, Ireland, Britain, Japan, and Italy. The story was told primarily from the Italian clan’s POV, with a little bit of input from the Irish. Jacob didn’t exist here; he’s actually a carryover from an even older story that I wrote about sixteen years ago, though I did snag his present name from another character, Giacobbe, who didn’t make the cut here. The character who became Xan was originally named Niccolo and of Italian and Japanese descent (some of you can guess where the Japanese portion of him ended up). He was also a vampire; the whole human thing was reserved for another. Let’s see, what else… Vincenzo was nice, Demetrio was not, and Luca was a ruthless and slightly rapey enforcer-type. Yikes.

Despite my initial disappointment that the manga never failed to materialize outside of some drawings and pages that will probably never see the light of day, I’m really happy with what the story became and where it will go from here. It took a while to get from there to here, but in the end, it was totally worth the frustration. I hope you’ll agree.

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What could have been:  Continue reading “The evolution of a tale”