Just a quick post as a memorial to the great shows of 2013. Looking forward to the 2014 convention season. Hope to see you all at one or more of them!

2013

WonderCon Anaheim
March 29-31
– Thanks for a great show! See you next year!

San Diego Comic-Con
July 18-21 – Thanks for a great show! See you next year!

Central Coast Comic Con (Ventura)
September 7-8, 2013 – Wasn’t able to make it this year, but see you next year!

Las Vegas Comic Expo
September 28-29, 2013 – Thanks for a fun show!

Pasadena Library
October 11, 20136pm-10pm – Thanks for a great show! See you next year!

Comikaze
Nov 1-3, 2013 – Wasn’t able to make it this year, but see you next year!

Long Beach Comic-Con
Nov 23-24, 2013 – Thanks for a great show! See you next year!

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For everyone attending the Long Beach Comic-Con next week, stop by to see me at Booth #1304b!  I’ll be promoting a special limited edition LBCC only printing of Hass #1 (only 100 copies printed, so get yours before they’re all gone).  There will also be copies of Chaos Campus along with a few random surprises.

See you there!

As mentioned on Twitter, I’m attempting to write a novel as a creative palette cleanser.  It’s a crazy little experience.

Also as mentioned in that Twitter entry, I can only seem to work on this novel for two hours… from 1am to 3am.  I work on scripting from like 10am to around 6pm (that can go up to 8 or 9pm on a really good day).

Now for some random musings I haven’t revealed on Twitter (aren’t you lucky)…

  • First Sentence Terrors

Off and on I’ve been doing research on the craft of prose writing and other things related to creating a novel (since I’ve been a script writer for the best part of the last decade).  One thing that stops most potential writers in their tracks is the first line.  I understand the fear… it’s the first words a reader sees of your work.  That line could be the difference between someone continuing into the story or putting the book down never to return.  That’s a lot of pressure… pressure that I avoided.

How?  By realizing that this is a first draft.  Not even a first draft… a “trash draft.”  I’m just getting as much of the story as I can down in whatever form it comes out in.  My first sentence is a reminder to myself to research more about car accidents.  Why not?  I don’t plan for anyone else to see this draft anyway.  Maybe Denise and John, but they understand, lol.

  • Story Changes & Character Motivations

Originally this story was going to be a comic book mini series… but everything I wanted to put into it wouldn’t fit into four to six issues.  Then I considered making it a TV series, but then I got caught up in freelance work and couldn’t devote any time to it.  After a few months passed I realized I wanted to begin the story at the beginning of the incident and not years later as I planned.  Then I made the antagonist the protagonist’s brother.  So though I had plans and ideas on where the series would go, because of the character and story changes a lot of the motivations and plot will go in different directions.  On one hand I like the challenge and adventure of seeing the new places the story will take me.  On the other hand it’s a bit confusing having two unfinished versions of the same story swirling around in my head.

  • Scripting Jobs & This Prose Project

Speaking of things being a bit chaotic swirling around in one’s head, I still have my scripting jobs.  There are the freelance gigs I’m doing along with my creator owned projects that I have to stay up to date on.  That’s a lot of writing to do during the day and it’s exhausting, so devoting the time and energy to this prose project is something I’m still getting used to.  For a while there I was getting to bed around midnight-ish so I could wake up early to work on a “normal person’s schedule.”  This 1-3am novel writing schedule is throwing my regular schedule for a loop.  I’m sure I’ll figure out how to balance it all, it’s just the learning curve is a doozy!  @_@

Alright, there were other points I wanted to bring up, but I can’t think of them at the moment so I’ll guess I’ll wrap up this blog entry.  Thanks for stopping by and taking part in my insanity.  I need to do more blog entries so maybe I’ll do a follow up soon.  We’ll see.

Until then, back to work I go!

I’ve been super busy since the wonderful chaos that was SDCC, but I’ll do a blog post about that experience within the next week or so.  Until then I wanted to give a few updates concerning my latest two projects, Hass & Southern Hospitality:

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There were 50 limited First Look copies of Hass #1 printed for SDCC.  Here’s the first review for the issue!  Hass is a four issue mini series and we hope to have more news for the series within the next few months.

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The next project I plan to push heavily around the Long Beach Comic-Con is the Southern Hospitality graphic novel.  Artist Kevin Richardson made a cool blog post that gives a little background insight on the book as long as a sneak peek of the interior art!

Check out a really deep and in-depth interview I did with Richard Caldwell @ The Lottery Party: http://thelotteryparty.com/interviews-b-alex-thompson/

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For everyone attending the San Diego Comic Con next week, I’m going to be at the Arcana booth (booth 2415) promoting and signing copies of Blood, Shells, & Roses, Amour GN vol. 1 & 2, and Lethal Instinct TPB vol 1!  Stop on by!  I’m scheduled to sign on the following schedule:

Saturday – July 20th
12:30PM – 1:15 PM

Sunday – July 21st
11:30AM – 12:30 PM

If all goes as planned I will have Evil Inside tee shirts for sale, too!

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I will also be stopping in at the Lion Forge/Geekscape booth (#3919) when I can to help preach the word about The Chosen and Catalyst Prime!

So there you have it!  Hope to see everyone there! 🙂

Hello and welcome!  My name is B. Alex Thompson and I’m a writer of comic books, graphic novels, screenplays, teleplays, and more.  This is a new site so pardon the dust as we continue to move things in!

If you’re in the market to hire a freelance writer, I am available for new projects! I have over a decade of experience in script writing and would love to bring YOUR project to life with the printed word! I’m talented, dedicated, motivated, disciplined, punctual, and able to work with almost any budget. If you want the exact storytelling experience you’ve been looking for, contact me today!