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We’re Number Eight! We’re Number Eight!

November 8, 2008

I’m a little late with this post, but I just wanted to thank everyone that supported Skullgoyle during last month’s competition at Zuda. The competition was tough and made up with some high quality comics. Overall, I feel it was a worthwhile experience — as well as a worthwhile experiment with my first real true venture into the world of web comics.

We started the competition in ninth place after the first week of voting, and then settled into eighth place for the duration of the competition after the second week of voting. There was a lot of great support from friends and comic fans, and it was all greatly appreciated. Many readers knew exactly what we were gunning for I felt that I accomplished what I originally set out to achieve — win or lose.

A big thanks to my collaborator, artist Daniel Thollin who did a fantastic job with the script that I gave him. I fell he really nailed the mood and established all of the points I was hoping to achieve with what was essentially an introduction or set up for a much longer series of adventures with Victoria Valentine and her guardian — the Skullgoyle. Daniel was great to work with, and had we won, I feel it would’ve been a breeze to continue our Skullgoyle partnership and produce a weekly Skullgoyle serial. I hope to work with Daniel again, if not more Skullgoyle, then something else. In fact, we’ve already dipped our toes into the collaborative waters of another project. We’ll see.

Also, Stephen Lindsay did a great job with the lettering. In writing the script I had some specific lettering. Stephen had no problems handling the requests for tweaks here and there — and in the end, nailed exactly what I was looking for.

Hopefully Skullgoyle will once again soar and roar — somewhere, someplace, and in one form or another. Until then… Thanks again for the support.

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Skullgoyle Needs Your Vote

October 21, 2008

Over at Zuda.com, week three ranking updates came out yesterday and they remained unchanged from week two — which means the comic that I and artist Daniel Thollin created, Skullgoyle, still remains in eighth place. (At least we moved up a rank from ninth in week two’s tally.)

Two reviews of Skullgoyle have popped up online. The Webcomic Witchfinder thinks “the writing is excellent” and “it’s a great little comic with a solid idea and an interesting treatment.” Even if he didn’t understand that we chose to go with black & white for a reason. And, the over at the ComicMix website they state “Skullgoyle has the feel of a solid, classic pulp adventure” and “As long as we get more of the big winged guy, we’re there!”

C’mon, faithful few readers of my blog… Practice now for the big election two weeks from today (those of you who are old enough to vote are going to vote, right?) and head over to Zuda.com and cast a vote (as well as giving five stars and making it a favorite) for Skullgoyle — a heroic hero for this Halloween season. Thank you for your support.

I’m Dan Taylor, and I endorse this message.

More Skullgoyle Campaigning

October 9, 2008

And, definitely not the last of it this month — trust me. If you’re email address happens to be in my Outlook address book you’ll probably be getting a similar email — or if you’re a friend of mine on MySpace.com, Facebook, or ComicSpace, you’ll probably be receiving a message that reads a lot like what you’re about to read below. I’ve got to really push to get Skullgoyle votes this month because the competition is insane.

Alright. If you’re familiar with www.zuda.com, and you knew that I had a web comic in the running for October’s competition, then you knew that a pitch like this was inevitable.

Oh, wait… Hey! How you doin’? What’s new? Hope all is well with you. How about this weather? And the economy — what’s up with that?

Okay, back to the pitch.

Skullgoyle, written by yours truly, with art by Daniel Thollin, is currently in the midst of a tough as hell competition to decide the favorite web comic presented by Zuda for the month of October.

Cutting to the chase… I need your vote. This may very well be the toughest month of completion that Zuda has ever sponsored and our Skullgoyle is right in the thick of it. If you could sign on (register and then sign on if you’re already not a member) and cast your vote in Skullgoyle‘s direction I would be most appreciative — probably enough to buy you a drink, watch your kid, vouch for you to your significant other for any reason what-so-ever, send you a Christmas card this season, not bore you with my attending the first Lollapalooza story ever again, actually buy your next comic book that is published and not just say that I will (if you have comic being published), visit your blog (if you have one of those also) on a regular basis, be your best friend, and/or vote for your web comic when it’s in the running on Zuda.com.

So, if you could do me the huge favor of voting for Skullgoyle I’ll owe you a solid. If you could do even the huger (that’s a word now) of spreading the word and convincing (or bribing) your friends and family to vote for Skullgoyle I’ll owe you a solid with the density of granite.

The direct link to Skullgoyle on Zuda is… http://www.zudacomics.com/node/695.

After my Angels losing to the Red Sox in the ALDS, my comic book being cancelled, and having to suck it up and go back to a regular Monday thru Friday 8 to 5 desk jockey job — my cat, Quint could use some cheering up.

So, if you have any questions — or just want to talk about our feelings (I’m here for you, man) — feel free to hit me back. Help me make my Mom proud. (My dad will still never read it.) I appreciate your support.

Skullgoyle Now Appearing At Zuda

October 7, 2008

A brand new web comic is premiering at Zuda.com this month written by yours truly with art by Daniel Thollin — Skullgoyle! But, that’s not all. The presidential race between Obama and McCain isn’t the only event this fall in which your vote plays a vital role. Skullgoyle needs your support and your vote!

SDCC Panels I’ll Regret Missing — Sunday

July 17, 2008

Assuming that I’ve survived the Wednesday Preview Night, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, I’ll find myself ready to wrap things up on Sunday and get the hell out of Dodge. But, before I make my escape there are a few panels that I’m interested in that I’m likely to skip out on.

10:30-11:30 Zuda Online Comics— Read. Vote. Create. With those three little words, Zuda is changing the face of webcomics. Panel participants include Zuda staff Richard Bruning, Ron Perazza, Kwanza Johnson, and Dave McCullough, along with creators Jeremy Love (Bayou), Bobby & Peter Timony (The Night Owls), David Gallaher & Steve EllisHigh Moon), Nick Doan (Pray for Death), Johnny Zito & Tony TrovarelloThe Black Cherry Bombshells), Sheldon Vella (Supertron), and Caanan GrallCeladore). Listen as they ramble incoherently, pausing occasionally to make a good point. Room 4

Seeing how I currently have an entry submitted for the Zuda competition, there might be some useful nuggets of knowledge at this panel.

12:00-12:45 Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay Comedy legends Harold, Kumar, and NPH (Kal Penn, John Cho, and Neil Patrick Harris) appear live and in-person ato talk about the creation of their latest masterpiece—Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay—available on DVD on July 29. Don’t miss the stars of this cult classic comedy franchise as they talk about their experiences making the films and the plethora of extras features on the DVD including “Dude, Change the Movie!” where the viewer decides what Harold and Kumar do next. Ballroom 20

Having just recently seen this movie this might be a lot of fun. My admiration for Neil Patrick Harris has been growing steadily — and this flick just helped the cause.

12:00-2:00 Browncoats Fan Group— Calling all Browncoats! Fans of Firefly and Serenity are welcome to join the California Browncoats to hear about upcoming events and products that you’ll really love. Stop by and listen to some quality storytelling by ’verse-related and ’verse-friendly authors. And last but not least, come to meet and hang out with all the great Browncoats at Comic-Con! Room 24A

I’ve stated before that I’m a Firefly/Serenity fan though I’ve never participated in any Browncoat activities. It might be worthwhile to hang out in the back of the room and check it out.

And… That wraps up the San Diego Comic-Con panels that I’ll regret missing for the year 2008. It was revealed earlier today that the event is now completely sold-out. It should be a helluva year. Hopefully I might even make it to a panel or two this year. See you at the show.

Pimping Action, Ohio

May 7, 2008

Neil Kleid, fellow conspirator, co-creator, and co-writer of the upcoming dark Hollywood tale of starlets, pop stars, and heiresses has a new web comic debuting at Zuda this month. Along with artist Paul Salvi, Neil introduces us to Action, Ohio.

Action, Ohio is the story of Detective Andrea Bruce, a Detroit policewoman who doesn’t believe in heroes. But when a teenager dies stopping a fire with amazing abilities and the coroner suspects foul play, Andrea discovers a secret town of superheroes while tracking his killer. In the sixties, men responsible for the birth of Silver Age comic books found a town riddled with the fallout of the atomic age and invented fictional characters based on its residents to divert the world from their existence: If America thought super heroes were fictional beings, it wouldn’t go looking for them.

So follow Neil over to Action, Ohio and vote to see this web comic continue as a regular feature. For those of you that aren’t in the know, the web comic with the most votes in the monthly competition returns for a regular year-long run — which in turn, will help the Kleids diaper fun that will be needed come this fall.

Also, with Neil winning I won’t have to worry about competing with him when I finally get my Zuda entry together and on board.

More BurrowMates…

April 11, 2008

I’m still toying with the idea of a comic strip (web or otherwise) about a rabbit and gopher sharing a burrow. Here’s a four-panel strip, as opposed to the previous one-panel gag.

BurrowMates… Coming Soon?

March 5, 2008
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I’ve been wanting to maybe try my hand at a web comic that’s a bit more of a stretch than the nerd commentary of Angry Fanboy. But, I’m not that hot of an artist. A couple of years back I came up with this simple rabbit doodle that I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with.

Then I came up with an idea about a rabbit and a gopher that share a burrow. What ya think?

Angry Fanboy – 1

February 7, 2008
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The Return Of Angry Fanboy

February 6, 2008
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