Thursday, April 10, 2008


Thats right true believers, I think I am crazy enough to do it again. Call me insane ( just not to my face 'cause I'm sensitive) but I have this overwhelming desire to do another one. I've had this story I've been kicking around way before COLOSSUS about this cowboy who gets...well...abducted. He wakes up in an enclosure that looks just like the wild west except its only a couple square miles, the rest is a hologram. Not to get to into it he meets up with different alien beings who have also been taken away from their worlds and want back. So our unlikely group have to not only solve the mystery and find a way home but survive each other in the process.

I don't know how long the book will take me to do but probably a year or so. It will be 200 plus pgs and potentially full color. I'm just starting to do some exploration with the characters and look before I lay into it. pgs will be updated on the blog as I go.

Takes a deep breath, wipe forehead aaaaaand..... GO!

Mandrews out

main character Blackjack

color or....

Black and white, I haven't decided yet.

a bad guy. automaton called the KEEPER.


Blogger danscanlon said...

Wow, here you go again! This sounds cool Mark! I have to say again your prolificness (not a word and certainly not spelled right, is contagious!) I'm starting on something new and this is just the type of thing I needed to hear. A friend told me a quote by Lucial Ball strangley enough, that went something like, "If you want something to get done, give it to the busiest person you know". This is surly the case with you.

10:17 PM  
Blogger Sant Arellano said...

Friking awesome man!!!

I'm still reading Colossus, I take my time with these things because of school, but I want this one already!

Awesome, the premise looks great, I always like how the alien thought process is interpreted by us, the reasons we give them to abduct us. There's an animated documentary called "Abductees" which shows real testimonies of abductions, and in one of them a guy says the aliens asked him to explain the concept of "Rescue", isn't that awesome!?!?

Well, you have my blessings Mr. Andrews, hope it turns out great!

I'm panting my way through animating my shortfilm and squeezing time to do more storyboards, if I put something up, would you be so kind to give it a quick glance??

Take care,



11:29 PM  
Blogger steve said...

Very awesome Mark! Idea sounds cool and unique.

I like the color a bit more than the b&w, but that's just me. You sure you're going to make us wait a year for this?! :p

5:21 AM  
Blogger samacleod said...

That's pretty exciting man! These look great! I like the way you color. I definitely think you should color it, why not.

10:17 AM  
Blogger THE SIR, James Suhr said...

sounds great, your black and white pic of the cowboy got me wondering if might consider doing the book in sepia tone? look forward to seeing when it's all done!

10:44 AM  
Blogger mnmears said...


You're already intriguing me with the thread of your story -- lots of potential there.

A good story -- paired with your awesome art -- I CAN'T WAIT.

I just don't know how all you guys do it -- work probably 50-60 hour weeks (no doubt loving most every minute of it), making time for family, and then doing all these wonderful outside projects.

This is one of the main reasons I admire and respect you and so many of your peers.

Keep it up. Quality items always find a market.

Finally, congrats on your directing gig.

9:32 PM  
Blogger MANDREWS said...

Dan Scanlon---- Thanks man! you go get 'em too.

Sant---- Thanks man. I'll look out for that animated documentary. Sure I'll check out your boards.

Steve---- yes a year or more. Don't know how long it will take to do. It all depends on when I can grab, beg, steal, make time. We'll see about color. heh heh. Most likely more sellable.

samacleod---- yes! absolutely

the sir james suhr---- sepia tone huh? perhaps. though when it gets into the scifi realm I'd have to pick another monochromatic color.

mnmears---- Totally lots of potential just you wait. As for how we do it.....? Shear will. If you want to do something you just do it. Its basically the discipline to do without sleep. heh heh.

As for directing, Thanks man I will do my best!

Mandrews out

9:26 AM  
Blogger Augie said...

Wow! A cowboy western in space? I want to read that right now. Awesome idea. I say you color it both ways. Do the western part in sepias, and then switch over to a saturated technicolor palette for the outer space saga. Can't wait to see what you do.

5:18 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Interesting idea! The droid is cool.

6:25 PM  
Blogger said...

This is going to be cool, I love your design for the Keeper.

6:46 AM  
Blogger Monkeyfeather said...

SWEET! This news excites me. Perhaps even makes me giddy like a little school girl.

10:42 AM  
Blogger Rohit said...

Great idea, Mark!

I'm still tripping on Colossus. What're you gonna call this one?

I love anachronistic setups like this. It really helps to mix genres and delve into something new!

What's this "directing gig" I'm hearing about?

Which reminds me, congrats on the (cough!) "script" of a certain (cough!) movie, about a guy named (cough!) John (or was it Jack?)!

Oh, and this one should definitely be in color!

3:31 AM  
Blogger Mike Thompson said...

How about a mixture of black and white and color? Flashback sequences in grayscale would be super cool. Or the entire intro done in b&w up until the moment he awakens in the holographic environment. The rest in fabulous color.

Nifty sketches, Mark.

4:35 PM  
Blogger Thomas von Kummant said...

this is unbelievable!!!
you do this beside your daywork!?!?!?!
you allready kicked ass with colossus, so i´m looking forward to this story.

much energy on that

4:52 PM  
Blogger crylic said...

Ooooo, excitement! Can't wait to see more Mark.

2:48 PM  
Blogger Ted M said...

Sweeeeeeeet. Do it in color, man!

6:52 AM  
Blogger Matt J said...


3:39 AM  
Blogger Graham Ross said...

I'd say color. Kinda reminds me of the Blueberry series by Mobius.

10:33 PM  
Blogger Smook said...

You can kick me in the teeth for not doing this earlier, but I finally managed to pick up Colossus and am looking forward to reading it.

As for this one, not that my opinion matters much, but I'd say COLOUR!

Best of luck with it.

8:25 AM  
Blogger Jeremy Spears said...

Thanks for the kind words, it felt good to paint a little, it's been awhile. So I've been meaning to comment about your western novel you doing...sounds freaking awesome man, I'm excited to hear about it and see it! If you need ideas for the train robbery sequence, I'm there for ya man.


Longbeach Out!

9:56 AM  
Blogger Gavin Freitas said...

Looks good Mark, but I would go with color:) The color looks richer but who the hell am I. Keep up the good work...

11:40 AM  
Blogger roque said...

"If you build it, we will pay money for it..."

11:34 PM  
Blogger IdiotCircusBoy said...

You have to find a way to work zombies into one of your stories one day. ;)

10:43 PM  
Blogger Ben Dai said...

first time visiting your Blog.
nice work man.
I think i remember u told us about this idea long time ago in Calarts.
cant wait to see it when its all done.

10:42 AM  

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