COMIC BOOK PROJECT
Welcome to the Comic Book Project. We took 5 talented scriptwriters from our first comic book scriptwriting course at Write CY in the spring of 2016 and put them in touch with a team of insanely talented local artists—and went to Cyprus Comic Con with 3 original comic books we produced ourselves.
Because we thought it would be very very very cool.
And it was.
And that's why we're going to do it again, starting with our next comic book scriptwriting courses in January 2017.
Because we figure it we keep doing it, eventually we're going to have a locally made comic book scene here in Cyprus.
The Comic Book Project launched its first three issues—Last Moments, Lost Days and Sam—at Cyprus Comic Con on 3 September, 2016. Issues 1-3 will be available again at a second Write CY launch planned for early 2017, along with issues 4-5 and the 48-Hour Comic Book.
If you'd like to pre-order any of our issues, you can do that here. Thanks for reading local!
NEWS & EVENTS
OUR ORIGIN STORY
It was in December 2015 that we first heard rumor of Antonis Bargilly. Some said he was a failed voodooist, others an Italian banker with broken Swiss connections. Still others warned us that Bargilly, who never appeared before 11 in the morning and only in a damp velveteen cape, had been so influenced by vampire comics that his blood had gone cold and he no longer had a reflection.
But we'd been looking for a comic book writer to teach our first comic book writing course at Write CY and Bargilly seemed to fit the bill. He was organized and punctual and had rare reserves of energy and talent. Enough at least to hide his darker side from us for months.
From early February to mid-March 2016, Bargilly, then going by the name A.G. Bargillius, convinced five impressionable pupils to produce five original comic book scripts for him (presumably in time for Cyprus Comic Con 2016 in September.) By mid-April Bargillius' "class" had twisted itself into a devoted following. By the end of May it was a full-blown cult with 14 members of Cyprus' creative community—artists and writers—working day and night at Bargillius' bidding.
Bargillius' goal at the time? To produce six individual comic books (plus a deluxe edition) for sale at Comic Con, while simultaneously staging a 48-hour comic book writing marathon where visitors could learn comic book creation in just two days, both firsts on the island. He called his diabolical scheme The Comic Book Project, and by then there was no earthly way of stopping him.
Then tragedy struck.
One of Bargillius' writers was eaten by zombies. Three weeks later another member of the cult, an artist, disappeared in a slow-moving fog. Mystery, fear and skepticism enveloped the secretive mastermind at this point as Bargillius spent more and more time alone.
Today Bargillius communicates with his writers and artists telepathically, or possibly by Facebook, where he maintains a community closed to the outside world. Whatever the case, The Comic Book Project continues, Bargillius' minions working at a breakneck pace to produce their work by Bargillius' printing deadline in late August.
Will they make it? Will death and secrecy continue to plague the Project? Does A.G. Bargillius actually have a reflection?
Find out by following The Comic Book Project on Facebook. In the meantime, if you want to learn how to write comic books, click the button right here.
ARTISTS & WRITERS
WRITER | COPPER MOUFLON GRAPHIC NOVELS
Chris proclaims a passion for stories of all types and genres (hey, we don’t discriminate around here!), and is always on the lookout for a good twist. When not writing stories, he enjoys contemplating the ceiling (he says it helps with creativity, or something), winning every single board game ever thanks to his ridiculously unbelievable luck with the dice, and munching on whatever’s left in the fridge. He’s one half of Copper Mouflon, an indie comic book publisher based in Nicosia, Cyprus.
ILLUSTRATOR | COPPER MOUFLON GRAPHIC NOVELS
Stella studied illustration in the UK and recently finished her MA in lovely and sunny Cyprus. She’s been in love with drawing ever since she could hold a pencil (proof: her mother cries every time someone mentions “white walls” at home) and she’s über passionate about games (though she can’t beat Chris at board games), comics, anime, cartoons, and movies. In short: if it comes on a screen, she’ll take it. She’s the other half of the indie comic book publisher Copper Mouflon.
Ifigenia is an academic with a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Cyprus. She loves reading—almost everything: novels, short stories, comics, and academic papers. She was in love with comics even before she learned how to read, but this is her first complete attempt to write a comic (if you don’t count countless times she tried this as a child). She also writes other things and recently she had one of her short stories published. Disclaimer: Although Aristo is a fictional character, Aristo’s story or at least parts of Aristo’s story is a true for many academics.
Ioanna is a fine artist, fine arts tutor and co-founder and director of the Art Hub Visual Arts Laboratories. Born in Nicosia Cyprus, Ioanna has been passionate about art from a very young age, carrying art materials and sketchbooks anywhere she goes. Upon graduating with a Master’s Degree in Fine Art from the University College of the Creative Arts in Surrey in 2006, Ioanna started working professionally as an art tutor both in the private and public sectors while exhibiting her own work in group exhibitions.
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