15 years of creativebarbwire
Wikipedia says “Super deformed or SD is a specific style of Japanese caricature where characters are drawn in an exaggerated way, typically small and chubby, with stubby limbs and oversized heads, to make them resemble small children.”
I read a lot of manga, but I also read classic comics, so my SD style is between Japanese and the Peanuts. And since I’m not the best artist in the world (I failed illustration school, but I just kept drawing), it’s probably not even close to the real SDs, but that’s how I do it – and you can see the evolution, especially in the profiles, in this very booklet.
About the title… creativebarbwire is the name I chose for my blog, since I’m creative, but I have lots of thorns, like barbed wire (besides, by now I go mostly by “Barb” instead of my full name), so I thought the author should have something that comprised everything. That’s where the Happiness Is… vignettes were first published.
E-book available upon request (PDF, e-pub, mobi).
King of Music – Zaphadin
The true story of the man behind the myth. A Star Minds novella.
He loved to entertain his friends with songs and dance moves. And one day at a wedding banquet he met the manager who made him a galactic phenomenon – he can dance, he can sing, he can entertain you like nobody else, he’s the king of the music business! During his fifteen years career, the star of Zaphadin kept rising in popularity while at the same time the man’s morale plummeted into desperation. That’s why at the height of his fame, he walked away from it all.
Character interviews Zaphadin and Rashaun.
Kilig the Sword
Kilig’s life story from apprentice of an assassin to retired headmaster, and of the two green-eyed men who stole his heart
Assassins are not all the same, someone prefers the old school from the far south to Godwalkar’s rules. But not Karuna the Sorrowful, who’s been waiting for his savior to take him on as apprentice, so he can become Kilig the Sword – a honorable assassin who would never hurt women or children and has a tendency to fall in love with green-eyed men.
Bonus story: Fighting Monks School – a very young assassin in a fighting monks school
Members of the Assassins’ Guild can be as honorable as anyone. They might be trained to kill, but they’re just people with loved ones to protect and avenge.
This short story is also included in “Saif&Kilig” and in the free anthology with various authors “Wyrd Worlds 2”
Star Minds Next Generation Diaries
The companion of the next generation novel with the story of how Shan-leo lost his arm, the diaries of Mayumi, Wim, Hiro and T’ymi’chel (or the novel seen from other points of view), and then Dadina five years later. Cover story: S.E.T.H. or Izzy-lee’s quest to recover her beloved.
Star Minds Snippets
The companion to Star Minds has prequels from different points of view, but also another perspective on the whole series – what really happened to the hybrid called M’aera S’iva.
How C’ell’andy lost half of his body.
Mya Lylestar as assault team member with her best friend and sister-in-law.
Life-changing events for Maela – losing virginity, maternity, maiming and becoming a cyborg.
Imperial Princess Lin-sun chooses her husband – with her head and not with her heart.
Tyro Megnaghy builds the perfect prosthetic wings for a lovestruck prince.
Heartbroken Kol-ian seeks refuge on Earth.
Gaurishankar becomes a were-panther.
Uwe-yuri discovers his son is mind-controlled by his wife.
The rogue years
The adventures of 3.com. And the end of “Technological Angel” from other perspectives.
The real story of M’aera S’iva, half Carian, half Humanoid.
Cover art by Phoenixlu.
The second collection of stories set in the Queendom of Maadre a.k.a. Amazons Country. “Amazons’ Men” shows the men themselves – public men or slaves, but still human. “Uncommon Amazons” shows how men can be treated very differently by two sisters. “The Queen’s Son” is another uncommon man with a rebellious mind… An extract of “Books of the Immortals – Water” introduces the reader to Keira the Amazon.
Cover art by Cristina Fabris, map by Federico Distefano.