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 did it again in January 2017 with our second batch of comics, which made it to Cyprus Comic Con 2017.
Because we figure it we keep doing it, eventually we're going to have a locally made comic book scene here in Cyprus.
Scroll down to see what we've been up to.
The Comic Book Project launched its first three issues—Last Moments, Lost Days and Sam—at Cyprus Comic Con on 3 September, 2016. Issues 4-6 were launched at Cyprus Comic Con 2017, along with a limited print run of the 48-Hour Comic Book.
If you'd like to order any of our current or back issues, you can do that here. Thanks for reading local!
ISSUE 4 | STEEL PUNCH
WRITTEN BY ELECTRA MICHAELIDOU
ILLUSTRATED BY NICOS NIPAT, IOANNA EPAMINONDOU, GEORGE THEODORIDES & ANIRO
ISSUE 5 | UN SOGNO
WRITTEN BY MARIANNA PAGKRATIDOU
ILLUSTRATED BY ELEANA VASILIADES
THE 48-HOUR COMIC BOOK
The 48-Hour Comic Book was the warped brainchild of Write CY comic book writing instructor Antonis Bargilly, a lifelong believer in the impossible.
Post-production was a bit slower, but the story itself, and the bulk of the artwork, was hatched and executed at Cyprus Comic Con 2016 in the basement of Filoxenia by 15 enthusiastic writers and artists who responded to our open call.
The 48-Hour Comic Book is part of the Comic Book Project, an ongoing collaboration between Write CY and the community to produce quality local comic books.
Read the 48-Hour Comic Book here.
Synopsis: When a strange email about an ancient artifact shows up in hacker Paul Copper's inbox, the FBI show up at his door. What begins as a routine investigation launches Copper and FBI agent Ally Brannlock on a quest to find the Quintstar, an object so powerful that just about anyone who knows what it is is willing to kill for it.
A SET OF ALTERNATE COVERS BY NIKOLETTA KYPRIANOU
Artist Nikoletta Kyprianou designed a bunch of dazzling alternate covers for us last year for a Deluxe Edition that never saw the light off day. Check out Nikoletta's work in a limited edition reprint of Issue 2 SAM by Sophie Charalambous and Heba Rena Yassin.
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.
Sophie is a dreamer. She lives in Cyprus’ capital city but she was born and brought up in her beloved Limassol. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Civil Engineering and an MSc in Human Resource Management and Organizational Behaviour. She is usually into new projects. She loves brain and body journeys. She reads, writes, travels, wanders in the city, takes photographs, watches movies or plays, listens to music, dances or learns something new. Recently she had one of her poems published. Sophie believes everything is possible.
HEBA RENA YASSIN
Heba is 23 years old. She has a BA in Fine Art from Hertfordshire University, and a MA in Digital Art and Design from The University of Nicosia. She is currently applying for a PhD. She has a keen interest in the human mind, face and figure and a passion for Japanese art and culture. She enjoys reading and watching series/films. Find her on Facebook at Heba Rena Yassin Art.
ANTONIS BARGILLY AKA A.G. BARGILLIUS
CULT LEADER & COMIC BOOK WRITER/INSTRUCTOR
Antonis has been storytelling since childhood. Even as he became a professional musician and composer, he continued to tell stories (albeit a lot of them would be told with sounds rather than words), and use different means to craft them. Along with his friend, Antonis Aristodemou, he opened Ant Comics, the first comics shop in Cyprus, almost a decade ago. It was during this period that he founded the Cyprus Comic Society, a 2-year project that brought local writers and comics artists together. He studied education and has over 20 years of experience teaching in different disciplines and to all ages and group sizes. At Write CY, he is bringing everything together—comics, teaching and storytelling—in his unique Comics Writing class. (Well, everything minus the music, obviously.)
MARIA CHRISTINA GANTT
Maria Christina (aka NightWalker) is a Digital Artist with a BA in Applied Multimedia Arts from University of Nicosia, Cyprus. Her love of art and creativity started from the day her mother handed her a pencil and paper and ever since then, she never leaves the house without her sketchbook. Maria’s passion is fueled by art books, comics, video games, cartoons and, of course, behind the scenes looks at animated movies. She currently works as a freelance digital artist and has been in the creative industry for the past 5 years. Her main goal is to keep improving her skills and delivering the best work she can. You can find her work on Facebook at NightwalkerMC.
Electra is a 24-year-old aspiring author from Cyprus. She holds a BA in Animation and a Master's degree in Creative Writing. Her stories are normally focused on people, relationships, and emotions, and she is particularly interested in the genre of creative non-fiction. Some of her favourite writers include Kurt Vonnegut, Charles Bukowski, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Electra enjoys bold, quirky literature that challenges the status quo. Naturally, she hates the Twilight saga and Fifty Shades trilogy. Apart from writing, Electra has a love for video games, music, and photography. She currently lives on the outskirts of Nicosia with her family and their eight cats--Meow, Alice, Billy, Tigerdog, Pedro, Mango, Cuppy, and Kitty "Hello" Herbert Padilla.
Nicos is a self-taught cartoonist from Cyprus who uses traditional media such as ink and watercolours to offer a funny take on everyday situations. Growing up, the margins of Nicos’ school books were covered in pencil doodles. As an adult he’s constantly amazed at how someone’s feelings can be transferred and expressed on paper and then communicated to others.
Being an artist that’s serious about improving his skills, Nicos can be seen around town carrying a sketchbook and pen that he uses for observational drawing of unsuspecting bystanders, capturing their souls in his sketchbook forever! Careful, you could be next! Visit Nicos at Nipat Art & Cartoons Cyprus.
Dorina Panayiotopoulou (aka Aniro) was born in Athens and studies architecture. She started drawing comics three years ago just for fun and then fell in love with them. She participated in her first comic convention in the summer of 2015 with her first comic LOST SOUL, which describes some of the problems of the crisis in Greece. She completed her second self-published comic, Blue Moon, in April 2016. Blue Moon won her the first prize and a 3-year scholarship at Ornerakis Applied Arts School in Athens. It’s about drugs and how using them makes you unable to control your life and overcome your problems. She's currently working on a new project which is a horror story. You can see some of her work at Aniro Comics on Instagram and Facebook.
Marianna completed her BSc in Education Sciences in Early Childhood at Democritus University of Thrace in 2013. She completed her Master’s degree in Cognitive and Educational Psychology in 2015 and is currently a PhD psychology candidate at the University of Cyprus. Her research interests are in the field of cognitive and experimental psychology and her focus is on the study of human spatial memory. Marianna's current research explores how we encode spatial information in our memory through narratives and, more specifically, through comics. However, she is not only interested in comics for academic purposes. As a creatively curious individual, she has recently written her own comic, Un Sogno, which means "a dream" in Italian. A dream coming true, and that is only the beginning!
Eleana is a 13-year-old aspiring artist. Born in Nicosia, Cyprus, Eleana has been interested in art from a very young age and started taking drawing lessons at the age of 5. She enjoys watching films, listening to music, dancing, travelling and photography. She became interested in comics after attending a comic book illustration workshop at the Art Hub Visual Arts Laboratories, where she had the opportunity to collaborate with comic book writer Marianna Pagkratidou. She found the whole experience fascinating and is looking forward to working on more comic books in the future.
Nikoletta is a freelance artist/illustrator with a BA Degree from Middlesex University. She enjoys creating intricate pen drawings of weird and out-of-this-world characters. Growing up with old horror and fantasy movies and horror books was what eventually inspired her hand-drawn art. For the past 6 years, Nikoletta has been the art director for Power of the Night Festival. Her current work includes: CD artwork, concert/event posters, T-shirt designs and children's books. Nikoletta was featured in the 2008 D&AD Awards Book. Upcoming exhibitions include: the 9th Annual Akamantis Exhibition and Cyprus Comic Con. Find her on Facebook at Nikoletta Kyprianou Illustrations/Artwork or drop her a line at email@example.com.
Tasos Anastasiades is an Assistant Professor in Graphic Design at the European University Cyprus. In 2004, he started publishing the "Plastic Comics" magazine, the first comic book created and published in Cyprus. He is a Co-Founder and Organizing Member of Cyprus Comic Con, a non-profit organization that organized the nation’s first comic book convention, which is set to become an annual cultural event.In 2015, Tasos’ visual work was selected to be used in the official promo reel of Poser Pro 11. Poser Pro 11 is 3D software produced by Smith Micro, one of the biggest companies in the field of 3D design, animation and illustration.
THE THIRD MAN
Max grew up reading comic books and watching a lot of horror movies but ended up becoming a short story writer. His short fiction has appeared in a number of publications in the US, UK and elsewhere. His novel Dillo is forthcoming from One Eye Press in December 2017. He’s the director of Write CY and co-director of Storyline Creatives, where he helps other people tell their stories. Find him at maxsheridanlit.com. If you have a creative project you'd like to discuss, drop him a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Comic Book Project wouldn't have been possible without the generous support of Kemanes Print Shop in Nicosia.