Thursday, August 28, 2008

How about a Fantasy novel

Well its been forever since i posted and what can I say. I"VE BEEN BUSY! I've been drawing and stuff around the clock, alas, I can post nothing as it would compromise the project i am currently working on. So that sucks. I wanna share but can't! So which comes to the current post. i did something I can share. I 'roleplay' ( some call it gaming, other refer to it as D&D) and it is THE BEST way of developing character and story. So I am playing around at writing a novel using one of the characters I created during an awesome campaign I did back in college. And here it is. I'm in 95 pgs and its a blast. HELL I could turn this into a graphic novel.


Blogger Matt said...

If it's set in the desert...I'm there!

2:39 PM  
Blogger Sant Arellano said...

That's freaking sweet, and yes!! It is THE best way to exercise the story and character muscles. Sounds cool, so: A film, a new graphic novel, and a fantasy novel... man, what's next, your own TV channel? I came to the conclusion that there's two Mark Andrews, ala Prestige. Case closed.

Roleplay is awesome, do you only play D&D, or maybe some Werewolf or Vampire? I get to play with people that aren't working in anything related to animation and film, and they come up with some crazy shit.

Keep writing!!! Sounds awesome!


1:45 AM  
Blogger EL GRANDE said...

Wow Mark. I'm ready! Bring this story on. My wallet's ready.

joe y ELio

2:02 PM  
Blogger Randall Sly said...

Mark... you’re awesome... I just want to let you know that it's very neat that you take the time to post your thoughts and art work. I hope you continue to inspire us.

Thank you
Randall Sly

8:49 AM  
Blogger jacks said...

cool stuff!!

11:32 AM  
Blogger MANDREWS said...

Matt----- don't you know it. I have an unexplainable attraction to the desert.

Sant----I used to play D&D but no more. Rolemaster is the superior system ( prepared to fend off D&D die hards) It has a great flow and is more...well....believable a playing mechanic. No werewolf no wampire no D20 systems. I will keep writing.

El Grande---- fabulous I have one pre ordered book now. It begins

Randall----- Thanks. I try. I like to share.

Jacks---- thanks man

Mandrews out

7:54 PM  
Blogger EL GRANDE said...

Thanks a ton for the support Mark. Your work is a total inspiration brother. In fact, Elio and I spoke with you in 2005 at SDCC and you imparted us with some serious knowledge that has definitely made it's way into the pages of El Grande. Hopefully we'll get a chance to speak again in the future.

Joe y ELio

9:06 PM  
Blogger Omar "OX" Rodriguez said...

I saw you on tv the other day, if you are the Mark Andrews that drew story boards for the Incredibles an much more. And you sir are a walking Genius.Incredible the way you can tell a story. The DND thing sounds you remember every single little mission you did when you played that campaing? o nevermind, im guessing your gonna write a story loosely based on that...or maybe not. HEHEHE, in any case its amazing. I use to play cleric. Love all the art here, keep doing your thing.

9:11 PM  
Blogger Rob A. said...

right on! Deserts,swords, and cool images. But wait.. You are writing a full novel? That is really cool!
I too find role master to be the best out there for the fantasy junky in me.
For Sci Fi I use classic Traveler. Simple elegant and wonderfully rich with story ideas.
How many pages are you thinking the book will be? Hopefully loads!

4:10 AM  
Blogger MANDREWS said...

el Grande---- curse my memory. well i'm glad I said something useful. i'm sure we shall meet again.

Omar---- on TV huh. crazy. yes i think I'm the same mark Andrews. i did work on Incredibles and a whole lot more. Genius? I don't think so but thanks for the compliment. yes I almost remember every mission I did in D&D well the best parts anyway. Enough to inspire cool ideas to tell stories with.

Rob A----- Rolemaster is the best. I've played all the systems. and as for Shazar.... I'm thinking 400 pgs or so. we'll see. It'd make a coll graphic novel too. Ahhh time! I need more time!!!!

mandrews out

2:52 PM  
Blogger crylic said...

This is great man, love the mood in this. How'd you do that bg, it looks crazy!

7:14 AM  
Blogger MANDREWS said...

crylic---- I did the back ground the way everyone usually does it these days. find a great photo and minipulate it. stamp tool in photoshop and some shadows here and there a filter or two.... viola! great BG.

the character I did myself.

mandrews out

8:25 PM  
Blogger LFW said...

Shazar looks like a giant in comparison to the mountains in the BG.

12:59 AM  
Blogger MANDREWS said...

IFW------ how's that? Explain?

Mandrews out

9:02 PM  
Blogger ROHIT IYER said...

Is this fantasy? Or just a period piece?

Either way, I look forward to it!

5:45 AM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...


4:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i just wonder if you ever sleep...

6:16 AM  
Blogger Tirso Cons said...

It looks so nice, man.

Long time since last time, happy to see your new stuff as amazing as always!

Best regads


1:01 PM  
Blogger MANDREWS said...

Rohit----- its fantasy. all fantasy.

alina chau----- thank you.

v*dez------ yes I do, yes I do. its amazing how much work you can get done just by doing a little something every day.

tirso----- thanks man. been busy or I would post more.

Mandrews out

7:43 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

95 pages?! Sounds like a graphic novel already! I'm super pumped. Also any more news on the Samurai story you were drawing up a little while ago?

4:02 PM  
Blogger Venusian said...

Completley off topic - being a barsoomian obsessive, I have a site - where I am tracking the development of something sometimes known as John Carter of Mars. I just posted all about you ( well from what I score online ) and why the fans waiting for the film need to know who you are - Jeff

1:07 PM  
Blogger Anti-Grav said...

Hi Mark

This one is a little bit of a geek fan letter so please bear with me.

I love your work. Its no exaggeration to say you and your story team have inspired me to get into the animation (story) industry. ‘ Iron Giant’ was a left hook and then ‘The Incredibles’ was the knock out punch. After seeing these movies I knew what I wanted to do with my life. I think of it as a revelation of sorts, like a burning bush talking to Moses, now replace the bush with a thermo nuclear explosion and you get the picture.

So a few years back I changed course from book/concept illustration and got into the cinematics industry . I have been fortunate enough to work for Warner Bros / DC doing boards and story/visual development. I haven’t gotten into feature animation yet, but I’m working on it.

I have a webpage with a few spare time projects of my own, a few boards, loose ideas and experiments. If you ever have a spare moment , any thoughts on the work would be invaluable to me.

Anyway, I am truly grateful for the inspiration.

Rant ends.



5:00 PM  
Blogger Munchanka said...

Kickass! Game of Thrones definitely has me in the mood to do some writing. We'll have to see how this viking campaign turns out.

11:25 AM  
Blogger Munchanka said...

Hey Mark,
This inspired me to start doing "comic covers" for each adventure of my campaign. I always thought covers were the most fun aspect of comic art, with the most dramatic moment. Can't wait to see more from you and your games!

1:15 PM  
Blogger Damon Bard said...

Great stuff Mark!

I heard you are working on John Carter of Mars...I love those books!

Need any help with the Tharks and such? I'm just down the street from Pixar here in Emeryville...

Here is my stuff if you are interested:

Hope you don't mind me contacting you.


Damon Bard

4:27 PM  

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