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Comic-making resources

Here are a bunch of places to get things you need and learn about making comics. Questions? Hit me up anytime via social media or email rick@overwater.ca Dead links? Let me know!    BASICS OF WRITING AND SCRIPTING http://channel101.wikia.com/wiki/Story_Structure_101:_Super_Basic_Shit https://www.studiobinder.com/blog/downloads/story-circle-template/ Glossary of comic terms: http://www.balloontales.com/articles/glossary/index.html Sample scripts from brand-name writers (also has a downloadable template): http://www.comicsexperience.com/scripts/ Fred VanLente script templates: http://www.fredvanlente.com/comix.html Strongly consider purchasing: Drawing Words and Writing Pictures by Jessica Abel and Matt Madden. Everything you’ll ever need to know is in here. Their website is also full of resources: http://dw-wp.com Also: Stan Lee’s How to Write Comics  GETTING IT
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This is 2019 so far

Man, oh man, have I become the king of biting off more than one can chew. Except that, so far I’m actually chewing it and somewhat digesting too. When I feel overwhelmed, I read the e-letter of Warren Ellis, one of my current living heroes (you should sign up for his newsletter, it’s excellent). Ellis always seems like he’s on the verge of imploding, and yet keeps cranking out awesome stuff in comics, TV, books, you name it. I’m no Warren Ellis but nonetheless.. In the last half of 2018, I did this: Had a short story, “The House of
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2018 is already a blur!

So… one year of my UBC MFA is done! Straight As in Creative Writing,  Advanced  Writing for Graphic Forms, and Creative Nonfiction! 1989 Rick is not buying it, but it’s true! The next issue of Futility, a complete graphic novel to be published by Coffin Hop Press, is in production. We launch at Edmonton Expo in Sept. A new short story, The House of the Knight’s Nail appears in the By the Light of Camelot anthology from Press this fall. I’m 3/4 done a new crime noir novella, stay tuned for that.
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Busy Guy

2017 has been a blur so far! I’ve sold two short stories, one’s a robot murder-tale you can find the link to here on my site. News of the second is coming soon. After months of filling out applications and creating portfolios (enough time to, seriously, just write a $#@&! novel), I was accepted into two different MFA programs and have chosen the University Of British Columbia. I’ll be starting my Master’s Degree in Writing this fall. Proud to have gotten into UBC;  it’s the oldest MFA program in Canada and highly respected. Hopefully I can sully their reputation for award-winning
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New short story available, misc. news

When Words Collide 2016 was my fave conference so far. I had a productive pitch session with a publisher, met some fantastic people, attended some great seminars and got excellent advice from veterans like Hayden Trenholm and Eve Silver. I also managed to sneak in a few drinks… A major highlight was the launch of the new anthology Enigma Front: Burnt, which contains my new short story “The Dim Beneath the Lights.” I’ll have it up  with my other fiction eventually, but in the meantime here’s the Amazon page for it.
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Rick Overwater is a longtime Calgary-based writer and musician. He likes guitars and short sentences.
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New stories in the works

I’ve been a busy boy over the last year. Among other things, I finished Booming Ground, a six-month writing membership through the University of British Coumbia under the tutelage of author Geoff Cole. Man he whipped me into shape. It was one of the most productive things I’ve ever done as a writer (besides use the craft to pay bills). My new weird west/sci-fi fantasy story The Dim Beneath the Lights was accepted into the anthology Burnt, put out by the Imaginative Fiction Writers Association. It will be released in the fall at When Words Collide. I’ll share more details and pretty pictures when we
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New short fiction, upcoming scriptwriting panel!

August/September (2015) News about the new short story anthology I appear in, a reading at its launch party, and my upcoming When Words Collide comic scriptwriting panel with James Davidge and GMB Chomichuck. I’m most pleased that Coffin Hop Press has published a new short story by yer ‘ol pal Rick. My new noir (ish) piece, a violent, drug-fuelled  bit of depravity titled Butch’s Last Lesson is now part of AB Negative – An Anthology of Alberta Crime. Each story, by an Albertan author, is set here in ‘Berta and rife with crime. You can check it out and order it here. You
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