Full time Information Technologist, full time father, part time author and self proclaimed geek. Check out my writing projects by visiting my Projects page, new content is posted Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

New Website

posted Jan 4, 2012, 8:40 AM by Sherief AbouElSeoud   [ updated Jan 4, 2012, 8:40 AM ]

I have moved all of my content over to a new website: http://abouelse.blogspot.com. All new posts will be done on the new site, Soon the domain name will be set to point at the new site, but until then click the link above to see my new website.

More from The Bait

posted Sep 10, 2011, 11:33 AM by Sherief AbouElSeoud

We are getting close to the launch of The Bait. Getting the website set up is going to take a bit, but we should go live later this month or first thing in October. Here are a few panels to tide you over!

This is a shot of Giant Cyborg Beast from page 3.
Next, a shot from page 4.
Last, here is a panel from page 5 featuring Tech Emo.
Stay tuned for more The Bait news!

Heist Character Idea

posted Aug 1, 2011, 10:01 AM by Sherief AbouElSeoud

I've just posted a real short piece Elena - In Over Her Head. Just a short piece I did trying to get into the head of a character I'm working on.

I'll post some more The Bait art Tuesday or Wednesday.

Silent But Not Slacking

posted Jul 25, 2011, 6:39 PM by Sherief AbouElSeoud

It's been a couple of weeks since I posted an update and even longer still since I've posted a story. I haven't been taking a creative break, in fact I've been hitting my projects harder than normal. So, here is what I'm working on.

Heist Comic Script
A few years ago I wrote a really straight forward script for a heist web-series that was never made. Though the original script and plot were pretty straight forward, I enjoyed the characters, their relationships and have been sitting on the story for a while. Recently I've been considering adapting it into a comic script and without jumping the gun, I may have a found a creative partner to work with. I've been hitting the script pretty hard, changing the story and characters around to make them more interesting and fun in a way only a comic can be. At this point, I'm hopeful and happy to be moving forward, but that's about all there is to say.

The Bait
Who is The Bait? You are going to have to wait to find out. What is The Bait? It's a web comic that is the brain child of my good friend Mark "Tony" Tesone. About a year and a half ago he came up with a fantastic, funny, idea for a web comic and I knew we had to do it. So, we tried to find an artist to help us out with it. With no money and no street cred (that's what the kids call it) the search for someone to draw it quickly became frustrating.

Since I took all the art classes in my high school, I figured I was more than qualified to draw it myself (this is sarcasm). I picked up a pencil and started stumbling through panel after panel of Mark's well written script. As the pages start coming together I'm feeling a bit more confident, and am happy to see almost panel by panel improvements.

If everything goes according to plan, sometime this fall we should start posting weekly pages of The Bait. I'll try to post some images as the project progresses so you can keep checking back for sneak peeks.

Move to Wordpress
I'm currently in the process of migrating all of my content over to my Wordpress page. Once it's finished I'll point my domain name over there and be done with Google Sites. While I'm happy with the flexibility of Google Sites, the fact that people cannot comment on my posts has finally made me decide to leave.

In closing, I'm not being as lazy as I appear to be and will try to make it a point to post updates and sneak peeks at least weekly on my site. As always, thanks for taking some time to check in and see what I'm up to.

Matinee Eclectica - A Short Review

posted Jul 13, 2011, 8:00 AM by Sherief AbouElSeoud

Lately I've met a few people who really have pushed my perception of what a comic book can be. More than just guys in costumes beating each other up in a soap opera-esque drama, when done well comics can be used to tell any story. This leads us to Matinee Eclectica, a series of short stories written masterfully by Ryan Schrodt and illustrated by a team of artists (including Ryan Lee, Ben Anstrom, Peter Palmiotti, Ben Carbanero, Nick Justus, CJ Ruiz, Steve Ott, Guy Allen, Greg Hillsman, Kyle Shold, Dennis Budd, and Kelly Tindall). 

Each story runs about five pages and showcases a different art team. One of the first things I noticed was how well each art style fits with the particular story being told; in every case the right creative team was chosen to handle each tale. The stories themselves range from dramatic westerns up to sci-fi warning tale. Each story was fun and well worth the read. There are some great twists, witty moments and some panels where you just connect with these characters. Ryan Schrodt really takes what little time you have with each story and makes a great impact.

Of special note are the two Assumption stories, which are western tales that are pulled off perfectly by both the writer and the artists. The first story Assumption: The Coward does a great job of really connecting you to the characters of the story so quickly that I couldn't help but be surprised and moved at the end. Assumption: Honest Ned Strikes has a great twist ending that has been used many times before, but you really just don't see it coming until you flip the page. Also, I'd like to mention the When Animals Attack story, which is so fun, it left me laughing hysterically at the last panel.

Physically the book is very solid, the pages are thick, durable and the colors are brilliant. It took longer than I would have liked to receive the book, which is just a side effect of print on demand, but it was well worth the money and the wait. The cover art is eye catching and the pin ups inside really do a good job of highlighting the time and thought that went into the book.

All in all, buy this book. It's a great read and a fun book that's worth the money, I highly recommend it.

"Hero's" Son - Final Chapters

posted Jun 27, 2011, 6:47 PM by Sherief AbouElSeoud

The final two chapters of "Hero's" Son are no live. So, check out Chapter 45 and Chapter 46.

After spending the weekend at Cherry Capitol Comic Con and finishing "Hero's" Son, I'll have some more to type up tomorrow.

Son Chapter 44

posted Jun 15, 2011, 4:45 PM by Sherief AbouElSeoud

Getting close to the big finish, sit back and enjoy the lull - Chapter 44

Son Chapter 43

posted Jun 14, 2011, 10:04 AM by Sherief AbouElSeoud

Here it is in all it's drunken glory: "Hero's" Son Chapter 43.

"Hero's" Son & Con

posted Jun 12, 2011, 11:34 AM by Sherief AbouElSeoud

You can catch "Hero's" Son chapter 42 here. Depending on how the last few chapters break down, it's going to weigh in at just under fifty chapters. I know my "chapters" are short, which is intentional, so they are easy to read online. I knew Son was significantly longer than Hero, but I recently noticed that Hero weighed in at about 10,600 words and Son is already almost 20,000 words. It's not a giant surprised, since I've really tried to get to know these characters better and spend more time on them. I hope it's paid off.

I'm pretty excited because the Cherry Capitol Comic Convention (C3) is the only con I've been to, and this will mark my second trip. I had a blast last year meeting some great artists/writers and sitting in on some really intimate panels. I can't wait to go this year and get some books signed and pic up some sketches. I'll probably drop a few copies of "Hero's Story" off at the Taco Bell booth, so if you are around feel free to banter with my good friend Ryan who's manning the Taco Bell booth (he'll be the balding gentleman with stacks of X-Men books). and grab a book. I'll post some pictures of the cool stuff I blow my vacation money on when I get back.

"Hero's" Son Chapter 41

posted Jun 8, 2011, 7:11 PM by Sherief AbouElSeoud

Chapter 41 is up, give it a read!

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