I just completed the semi first draft of the script for Youth in Asia X, which stands to be the tenth issue in the ongoing series, Youth in Asia from my comic book imprint, Anti-Hero Brand Press. The script is based off of several fantasies of mine, but also brings about a major storyline relationship that had hints back in YiA6. It stands to be the most graphic and without a doubt, most offensive issue of Youth in Asia, possibly ever, as I intend to continue past X.
In reality I have yet to begin scripting issue 9 which would chronologically be the next issue. But I found the tenth issue concept to be so badass I had to give it a whirl.
That being said, for the first time ever, I have a co-plotter on the YiA series! Yes, there was Venus of Necro who wrote the second short story of the Book of Grrry and the epic Fuzzyface, but no one has been credited with co-plotting an issue of Youth in Asia. Her name is Cynthia Griego. I met her through two friends in Albuquerque, NM during last year's con season that ended up being a total CON. If you were there, you'd totally understand. But great things came from that year, including having a FUCKING CO-PLOTTER! She's done an amazing job dealing with my insane OCD with story writing, and I never realized how much I ask about concepts and character designs like I have with this project. Cyn loves the concept. And in addition to co-plotting, she is also slated to do a cover and maybe even color the issue. Not that I believe in luck, but cross your fingers.
In order to get this issue made, I will be working very hard, which is a key word as it pertains to this issue. With the quasi first draft of YiAX in the can, I have begun to write a backup story for the issue, which was supposed to be 8 pages tops. But, it's writing itself and I am just along for the ride. It's an origin story of the character Fluxx who debuted in YiA6 (2012). But she really debuted in the 6 page short of YiA Origins: Fluxx back in 2011. The Fluxx character was co-created by myself and Sarah Schwartz, who is the muse behind the character. She helped with the character's look, costume and power set. Sadly, Sarah passed in 2012 before she had the chance to see Fluxx in action in YiA7. But when she read the original script for YiA8, which was way more graphic than the final comic that came out, she said it, "pushes the envelope, but in a good way. Go with it!" And that is why she will always hold a piece of my heart. She knew my passion for my work, and she understood my love for her character and my love for her, even if it was never spoken. I will always miss Sarah. She will always be an influence in what I do with the Youth in Asia series, and I can only hope she would be proud of the stories I churn out.
But YiAX is going to be raw. Very raw. And it will introduce yet another character into the Youth in Asia Universe, who is a deviant just like you. She's a wonderful, talented, beautiful young woman who is both an alternative model AND an artist. And she has given me essentially carte blanche to create the character in the vision I have, without restraint. And this is the exact same way Sarah allowed me to create Fluxx, with the exception that Fluxx have shoulder length curly hair. And I am forever grateful for these special people who help propel my story and tell it the way I see fit.
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Listening to: SModcast
Reading: Damian: Son of Batman
Watching: the Phantasm series
Playing: storenvy and solitaire
Drinking: Miller Fortune