I am emerging from a frenzy of art events in Montréal and the complexity of putting up a graphic novel with *Vellum* of all things. Now I can proudly boast my latest publication : Maîtresse des vents, a 92-page graphic novel in French, from my own SF universe. My cover pic has been put into magnificent colors by my talented colleague Frank Fournier.
It is my first graphic novel published since a few years. I published with my own indie house because I was tired of waiting after various French publishers all hoping for the next popular thing.
I had a blast drawing 16 new pages and sketches to complete the story, and will work to distribute the paperback version in some outlets. Here’s one of those recent additions.
There is a section with various sketches at the end of the book. It will be a small pocket book format. The electronic copies are available on various platforms.
If you are patient, I will get the English version done as soon as possible. After all, the computer technology and Clip Studio make this endeavor less painful.
Title: Maîtresse des vents, Un récit de l’univers des Jardiniers
Whatever is the flavor of your life and your deep-rooted beliefs, the shorter days leading to the holidays often coincides with difficult situations, forcing hard decisions.
It is a time when the heart may feel the relentless pressure of the exterior world, and also experiments inner turmoils of its own. No wonder, then, that so many striving souls lack confidence! When everything darkens, I crave for the oldest of pick-me-up, a good book and a cup of hot chocolate.
I love chocolate (I know, not original since I share this taste with hundreds of million of people). Dark chocolate, artisan-made chocolate, ethical… and also, hot chocolate, at certain times. For me, hot chocolate reminds me of the scout camps, when we doled out the evening collations to the cubs after a long day of activities.
I rarely drink while reading a book, because I might get drops on the pages. But yes, on rare occasions I have enjoyed the treat of reading on a good chair, with the cup of chocolate nearby.
As the Holiday Season is upon us, I put out my first collection in paper and ebook, 5 Chocolate-Rich Holiday Storiespublished by Echofictions. Those new, upbeat stories include three sweet romances set in the Holiday period, and they’re best enjoyed with a cup of chocolate or your favorite treat!
I just finished “Sarek” an excellent SF novel by Ann. C. Crispin, set in the Star Trek universe.
In these trying times, I need some comfort readings, which I get from some Star Trek novels.
I just finished Sarek, (a story with Spock’s dad), a tale with finesse and a touch of Pon Farr that enriches the universe of the original series. (I ignored the ST reboot at the cinema). There, we meet Amanda in depth, and learn about her love affair with Sarek. The novel shows up this Vulcans are not walking cold computers, not perfect, but people with their own emotions, tradition clashes, preferences, disagreements. But they settle their difference in a more zen manner.
As with “Vulcan Heart” by Josepha Sherman (another fine writer we lost in 2012) and Susan Shwartz (many thanks to you!), this reading leaves me with a strong impression that our humanity, sick with conspirators, hate groups, anti-vaccines and anti-science, would need Vulcans (and also the Bene Gesserit, but that’s another universe). Just the basic control of emotions and the philosophy would prevent many problems from even happening (what’s the logic in despising dark-skinned persons?) in addition to cleaning up most prejudices.
The only flaw in this book, alas, is that we can no longer thank its author … Ann Carol Crispin left to count the stars in 2013. It’s a shock when it is a contemporaneous author who disappears.
Has the same thing happened to you? What was your most shocking experience? Please, share your testimony, because I haven’t found my zen state yet. So many writers to be grateful to, so little time!
Fortunately, Ann C. Crispin and the other departed writers have left many books behind, like a trail of excellent chocolate chips leading to the stars!
Yes, Las Vegas, the city that blossomed in the middle of the desert with hidden sources (the Las Vegas name means The Meadows), has the reputation you know!Yet since the 1990s, the city of “sin” is turning more and more towards families. There are still the ubiquitous casinos, but it has changed, and grown.
Las Vegas has a Mayor, Carolyn Goodman, since 2011!She has succeeded her husband Oscar (deceased) and pursues progressive policies.Public transit is well developed, among other things.
An iconic view of Las Vegas, facing the Fremont Experience
I went there for a writer’s workshop.However, I discovered other less known and very positive aspects.
This week, I open with murals. In every city I visit, I try to capture the mural art. And Las Vegas has some amazing art.
This is behind the restaurant Vegenation, which I will talk about soon.
A mural that animates a sad parking lot! Near 6th Avenue
Another colorful mural, surrounding the same parking lot.
The Astronaut and Unicorn hidden mural, visible from a back alley!
Here, a very well sponsorised giant mural
A well-thought illusion featuring a place long gone.
A museum mural. Wheter the red splurt was designed or not to symbolize the fragility of wild life reminds to be seen.
Some very unconventional murals surprizes the visitors!
This young pinkish girl seems to mock us!
Another rebel graffiti. The woman’s face extends below on the asphalt, a mark of the artist’s craft. The other graffiti artists have (for the most part) respected this image!
You can guess the hope and apprehension in this man’s eyes. (My other angle without the post was too sun-drenched to show.)
This dignified face may be a publicity stunt, but the Fear no Fate text looks like Fear no Hate, all in all a good message for me.
As a science fiction writer I can’t ignore that one.
You’re invited to step aboard my Patreon galleon and sail to new uncharted territories!
I came to Patreon at first to support my fellow artists friends. And I am still supporting them via this fantastic system.
But now a flurry of new projects are claiming for existence:
Windmistress, YA SF, 43 finished pages on 50.
Honor Road, manga, 200 pages, 22 finished
Joys of the Signing Table, 100 gags published on my blog, meaning a 250-page album in manga format. I need at least thirty hours to convert the graphic files to the publication format.
I am currently working on two SF novels ( Azuras and Grasshoppers), and planning for more.
Your kind support on Patreon will make a difference for my writing and drawing fiction, especially as I write in both English and French. It will allow me to hire help for translation and design, and to get the formation I need to hone my craft. Because I am always learning.
It will make a difference for you, as your pledge will reap rewards: free reading, behind-the-scene sketches, ex-libris, ebooks…
(Honor Road, sketch)
Some of my recent English titles (ebooks and comic books) can be found below.
Ma Patreon page contains a short and funny video presentation. Enjoy its nice musical score and share it among potentials fans !
This October is such a busy month that I am lagging behing my posts.
So here is a placeholder post while I organize the mailing of my SF novels overseas, make frenetic preparations for my depart for the Utopiales festival, and put up new e-books, tinker with websites, recuperate from my Oakville half marathon race… and run to a scout camp this week-end!
So the next Signing table comics will have to wait a little!