The BamZap Universe is still a new one at that, with partly forming nebula's, secret solar systems, and an imagination connecting the dots in the ether. The latter being the place where things are coming together. New storylines, ending plotlines, and hints of a vast and complex future. But there is cohesion, and with that comes answers to our heroes challenges and choices.
That's the thing though, you've got to let your thoughts loose in order to see what works and what doesn't. But for how long??? Yeah...that...I noticed I didn't have a blog post in 2021. It was a great year creatively, which meant I had to somehow finish writing my other project, Eye of The Keeper. Created in the early 90's, with art done up to 2009. Then a flash of madness I wouldn't wish on anyone. A way to rewrite the first nine issues with the art for those already being done (with the core of what I wanted to do to remain intact). Then, continuing the story from issue 10 and beyond, with a new artist yet to be chosen. These are things that no writer wants to do...but NEEDS to do. Because it's oh so good. Passion rekindled, and all that stuff.
It's a full story arc, a world unto itself, and a deeper connective sequential vision that weaves from issue to issue. By having the entire run written in advance, it allows me to craft all the details that I love about the Keeper, and The City of Tears, also know as The Crying City, or Triminy (its actual name). Once that is done, I can focus on the marketing and publishing aspects of BamZap.
While that is getting closer to completion, I also have to address Grain, our sand and bubbled wonder. I held off publishing issue two because I want to launch issue three as well, and wrap up the first storyline. That means two Kickstarter's a few months apart, lots of new content, and the high standard of artwork that you're used to. It's about time that everyone get the full storyline to see where Grain's journey is headed. It's all coming, and I am grateful for your patience.
Crazy that we're still in this pandemic. Were there any positives that came out of it for you guys? Maybe learn an instrument? Start a business? Baking? For me it was the chance to write more, and eat more.
Take care and stay safe everyone. --MarkGrain issue #1 Available In Print & Digital