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An Announcement about 1134 Web-Comics

17 Nov

Hello 1134 Comix readers and subscribers,

Last week I posted that there would be an announcement regarding the future of 1134 Comix—and here it is. I would like to give as much context as possible, but I’ll try to keep this as succinct as I can.

Those of you who follow this page closely will know some, or all, of the following things: I teach writing as an adjunct professor at a university, I’ve started a super small press called 1134 Press, I’m a fairly decent fiction writer, and have been an off-and-on freelance designer over the years. What the vast majority of you wouldn’t know is that I’ve also recently started working full time my university. Clearly, I can’t do all of these things all of the time. So, I had to consider what it is that I want to focus my attention on, and what I need to step back from. I will no longer be doing any freelance work of any kind; which isn’t the point here. The point here is that I will be pulling back from producing a regularly updated web-comic series.

Now that I have a full load of work at my university, I need to be selective of where I spend my time creatively. I currently have a half dozen or more writing projects in one stage of completion or another. I believe the writing projects are where I should focus my energy. I’ve come to believe that my focus on the web-comics has caused me to not give the proper amount of attention to writing prose; and I think it’s time to spend more focus there, for a while.

All that said, I actually do have plans for future sequential art stories. I still have plans for more News from the Crypt, for that matter. For those of you who do follow this page: expect to see some more News from the Crypt posted as I wind down the web-comic postings. Expect to see a few more 1134 Comix characters and one-off comics pop up here and there. Also, expect that the sort of comics I’ve been posting here to become fewer and fewer. I’m planning a new direction for my creative work, and the nature of that work will cause longer stretches of time between projects reaching publication. My hope is that this will also mean that when I do publish work, it will be that much more meaningful.

To sign off: I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again—see you in the funny pages!

G.J. Sieck

1134 Comix: More Videos?

4 Sep

As some of you might have seen, I recently created a video based off of the News from the Crypt web-comic. If you haven’t watched it yet, I think it’s kind of funny but also kind of bad for a few reasons (you can determine those reasons for yourself if you give it a look lol). You can find a link to the video in a previous post; lower down the feed. Though the video didn’t exactly crash YouTube with the amount of views it received, I am going to create more videos for 1134 Comix. Having decided to create more videos, I spent some time working on the YouTube page–I realized that the page is a mess. I’m not going to try to describe the myriad problems here, but there is some work to do in getting pages/accounts sorted out right before more videos are posted. Also, the video linked in the post below will probably disappear during the process of fixing the channel(s). Fortunately, I caught the problems with the YouTube account before uploading a lot of stuff.

At this point, it’s hard to promise a real schedule for video uploads. I think that, for now, new videos will generally be based on the News from the Crypt web-comic. Most weeks, there will be a web-comic posted as usual, on Instagram and 1134 Comix (we also have content on webtoons, but that’s another platform where its use is being reconsidered). Some weeks, though, an animated video will be posted instead of a News from the Crypt web-comic. If all goes to plan, I will get better and better at creating videos; and saying the channel grows a following, I will start posting videos more regularly while pairing down the amount of web-comics posted. From my experience with the first video, I feel like animated shorts are the best medium for News from the Crypt, and that the audience would be more interested in the videos than the web-comics. I also plan to make other videos unrelated to News from the Crypt, but we’ll see how it goes. 

For now, look forward to more web-comics. We are still finishing off the Pussies of Tomorrow story, and the News from the Crypt web-comic is still ongoing. I plan to have the YouTube channel fixed up and a new video ready some time over the next week or two. To wrap up this post, I’ll just remind everybody to check back later today/tonight for the next page of Pussies of Tomorrow–find out what happens with Captain Snowball and the crew!

G.J. Sieck

What do you Think?

11 Jan

As we dot our Is and cross our Ts in preparation to send The Adventures of Blakbone and Other Stories to the printer, we’ve been brainstorming the next web-comic. We’ve come up with two ideas that we like. The working titles are, Pussies of Tomorrow and Shifty Elephant. This is were you come in.

What would you rather see become the next 1134 web-comic?

A) Pussies of Tomorrow

This web-comic would follow a group of spacefaring cats. They would go on adventures full of zaniness and enough cat themed jokes to make you puke.

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Or,

B) Shifty Elephant

This web-comic would be a detective story featuring, you guessed it, a shifty elephant. It would follow (for the most part) a standard detective noir  story structure and would definitely make use of as many tropes as possible.

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As we work on the next chapter of Blakbone (The Outer Space Adventures of Blakbone), we will be checking our responses to this poll here and on social media. We hope to have the next Blakbone story out by summer time; after which we plan to start the next web-comic series.

So, coming up at 1134 Comix:

  1. The Adventures of Blakbone and Other Stories (the official, final release date will be announced this month!)
  2. The Outer Space Adventures of Blakbone (Planning to release the full story in print by summer ’18)
  3. Either Shifty Elephant, or Pussies of Tomorrow (web-comic to start by Summer ’18

Note: Character designs are not final

Vote in our comments section, or email at 1134press@gmail.com

Also, you can follow us on Facebook

on Instagram at gj_sieck

on Twitter @GJ_Sieck

and find our print books at 1134 Press

Thanks!

Submit your Writing

11 Sep

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Writers’ Bloc is a University of Baltimore student organization that promotes writing within UB and the surrounding community. Writers’ Bloc is interested in submissions from writers of all levels from the Baltimore area. That said, submissions from outside the Baltimore area are also welcome. Comic submissions are also welcome (1-2 pages total).

Submissions to Unbloc Zine are accepted year-round, but get your work in by September 30th to be considered for the October edition.

Writers’ Bloc / Unbloc Zine accepts:

Fiction, memoir, poetry, experimental forms, comics, and art.

Submit to unbloczine@gmail.com

Visit the Facebook page for further submission guidelines at: facebook.com/ubwritersbloc

1134 Comix – Made Easier to Read

30 May

1134 Comix has been publishing web-comics on this platform for a few years now. All of the comics posted have been placed into the “comics” category. The way things have been done since the beginning of this site have made it too much of a chore to go back and read stories from their beginnings up to where they currently are.

Finally, I have made this somewhat easier by creating new categories for each title. Now, all you have to do is go to the “categories” scroll down menu and pick which title you’d like to read. Remember though, once you select the title you’ll have to scroll down to the very bottom of the page for the first page and scroll up to read the following pages.

In the meantime, I’ll continue adding to these stories and also finding ways to make them more accessible.

The new categories are:

Blakbone

Axgar

A Day in the Life of Larry

Horde of the Unvanquished

Outer Space Adventure

Thanks for reading!

-G.J. Sieck

1134 Web-Comics: Not Quite a Comic

15 May

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Check back soon for the continuation of Blakbone!

Drumpf

3 Apr

Instead of your regular web-comic this week I decided to do something a little different. Everyone’s favorite orange presidential candidate, Donald Trump, wrote a little book back in around 1987 called, The Art of the Deal. My Dad, always the entrepreneur, had a copy of this thing and I recently found it mixed in with my own book collection. At first I was embarrassed to even have it in my apartment, but I thought maybe I could actually make some use of it.

Wouldn’t it be fun, I thought, to rip a couple pages out and see what kind of story I could uncover through the art of erasure. So without further ado, I present you with a bit of erasure poetry I’m calling Drumpf–a name brilliantly given to us by John Oliver.

Enjoy.

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-G.J. Sieck