Beyond Words

I spoke to Holly Hunt’s Beyond Words podcast about writing and rewriting. If you want to spend 25 minutes listening to my weedy, stammering nerd-voice, well, here’s your opportunity! Holly reviews Faerie Apocalypse for good measure at the end. Check it one time: http://themodernmeltdown.net/beyond_the_words/beyond-the-words-episode-40-writing-to-feedback-with-jason-franks/ FacebookTwitterTumblrEmail

Top 100 Graphic Novels of 2017

As some of you may or may not be aware, in my day job I work as a software engineer and I have a growing interest (and pending postgraduate qualification) in data science. And so I have made some science for you. Comicbook science, in fact. I made an app that lets you explore Diamond’s monthly top 100 graphic novel charts from last year. You can filter by publisher and/or work-for-hire/creator owned status. Check it out here: https://jasonfranks.shinyapps.io/Top100GNs2017/ Some Insights Marvel, DC and Image massively dominate the charts. Dark Horse is clearly #4, but it’s much closer to the smaller...

Eating Authors

Hey there, fussy eaters, Hugo and Nebula nominated author Larence Schoen asked me to talk about food on his blog. I like food. You should read me talking to him about food. If you like food.  Everyone likes food. Go read the interview here: http://www.lawrencemschoen.com/plugs/eating-authors-jason-franks/ Then, when you’re done, go check out some of Lawrence’s excellent science fiction: http://www.lawrencemschoen.com/books/ And then, I dunno, treat yourself to a nice meal. Or at least a snack. This has all made me very hungry. Cheers! — Jason   FacebookTwitterTumblrEmail

The Mechanics of Visual Storytelling returns!

Hi folks, Thanks to the kind folks at Comics Mastermind I will be teaching my Mechanics of Visual Storytelling webinar for the third time this month. This is a nuts and bolts of how to write script for comics. It’s a creative writing course–it’s a look at the tools of visual storytelling and how to use them to write a workable script. You can sign up for the workshop on Wednesday 28 March at the link below. If you can’t make it on the night the proceedings will be recorded and you can view them later. Otherwise, we’ll probably run...

The Noctuary: Pandemonium – Greg Chapman

Greg Chapman is an writer, illustrator and comic artist. Those of you with long memories will remember that I interviewed him a few years when his novella The Eschatologist was published. Since then Greg has gone from strength to strength, being short-listed for a Stoker award, becoming the President of the Australasian Horror Writers Association, and winning the Richard Laymon President’s Award from the (American) Horror Writer’s Association. Greg was kind enough to answer some new questions for me his various activities, and in particular about his new book, Noctuary: Pandemonium. Congratulations on winning the Richard Laymon President’s Award from...