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Day 6 of #authorlifemonth: fan art

Day 6 of ‪#‎authorlifemonth‬ is supposed to be ‪#‎fanart‬, but I’d rather focus on some of the amazing artists who have worked with me on my comics over the years. There are too many to mention, so here’s a quick teaser. Of course you can always check out my artist of the month page to see more about those involved and their amazing works. Here are some samples of what’s in my graphic novels.

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Day 21: Currently Published Plots and more

booksI figured since it is getting closer to Halloween, I should make a quick list of the current publications I have and a brief idea as to the summary of them.

 

The Novels:

 

FLESH AND LEFTOVERS: While zombie incidents plague the world, the survivors must unite to prepare for a much bigger threat.

 

BLOOD, THE SECOND HELPING: Vampires have been a thing of legend, but throughout history they’ve played an important role.  Now a team of humans who have survived horrific incidents must seek out the vampire lord and destroy his clan.

 

BONES AT BREAKFAST: A sinister villain has evolved into a creature beyond imagination.  With his army of werewolf servants and allies, he will attempt to reshape the world in his image.

 

SOULS 4 SUPPER: The ghosts of countless people roam free in a desperate move toward the afterlife.  Can a small group of covert operatives surpass them to prevent the opening of Pandora’s Box?

 

DEVIL’S DESSERT: Hell’s demons have chosen earth as their final battlefield against the forces of heaven.  With humanity caught in the center of this eternal war, they will have to choose their own path toward survival or face extinction.

 

TECHNO FEAST: A supercomputer has evolved and taken control of all networked technology.  With the world at its command, humanity must find a way to combat the threat, by seeking out answers that have been hidden from the public eye.

 

Non fiction books:

 

NO, IT’S NOT. YES, IT IS: ARGUMENTS: A lighthearted look at arguing through personal experience will give you a few laughs, might teach you a thing or two, and help better your approach when disagreeing with someone.  At the very least, you will know how to deal with certain personalities.

 

Graphic Comic Books:

 

ZOMBIE INCIDENTS: spinoff filling in back story of events in Flesh and Leftovers.

 

LEGENDS OF VAMPIRE: spinoff building on the world of Blood, The Second Helping.

 

IN CASE OF WEREWOLF: spinoff of events in Bones At Breakfast.

 

GHOSTLY HAUNTINGS: spinoff stories from Souls 4 Supper

 

Collections:

 

EDEN’S ORDER TRILOGY: Collects Flesh and Leftovers, Blood the Second Helping, & Bones and Breakfast, as well as novelized versions of Zombie Incidents, Legends of Vampire, In Case of Werewolf and bonus material.

 

PANDORA’S CHAOS TRILOGY: Collects Souls 4 Supper, Devil’s Dessert, & Techno Feast, as well as novelized versions of In Case Of Werewolf, Demonic Entities, Final Upgrade, and bonus material.

 

All of the above listed are available for purchase in multiple formats through the links on the right of this page.


Day 9: The Story Behind the Art

coversWhile the stories to the books written by Rick Pipito are the main content, a good cover to the book is what catches the eye.  Let’s take a few moments to talk about the ideas behind each cover and the art that Dan Pipito brought to life.

 

FLESH AND LEFTOVERS has a cover that come into mind over the phone.  I pitched my idea for the first book to Dan and he immediately said, “Zombies?  Okay, I’ve got it.  The cover is a set of teeth tearing into a raw hunk of meat.”  He felt that it matched the title of horror and food amalgamation.

 

For the spinoff comic ZOMBIE INCIDENTS, the concept was mine.  I had access to various fake body parts that looked and felt real.  In my mind I thought, “What would Hannibal Lecter keep in his fridge?”  We set up my spare refrigerator with a bowl of bloody leftovers, through in the fake body parts and snapped a picture.  Then Dan put the whole thing through a celophane like filter to give it that artistic touch (after all, leftovers ARE often found wrapped in plastic).

 

BLOOD, THE SECOND HELPING’s vampire theme is evident in the cover.  Dan incorporated a lot of the story elements from the book.  The city bathed in blood is symbolic, while the shadowy outline of the antagonist’s face is seen behind the large fangs.  A pivotal scene from the book is also shown with a reconstructed body rising from the fountain of youth.  It’s a very busy (in a great way) cover that keeps with the theme of the teeth from F&L.

 

LEGENDS OF VAMPIRE, the BTSH spinoff comic, was another of my ideas.  Wanting to keep the real photograph idea of the first comic, this time we had a friend pose for us holding a glass of wine.  The closeup shot of her neck with the wine (which is good for your blood of course) was put through an antique filter to give it an oil painting appearance.  Dan added the fang marks and highlighted veins to be more pronounced to give it the “I’ve just been bitten by a vampire” paleness.

 

BONES AT BREAKFAST is the last in the first trilogy, so it made sense to close it out with a similar theme of teeth.  This time Dan had the full snout of a wolf prominent in the foreground.  You can notice that the jaw is not as pronounced as a normal wolf, giving it that human likeness of a werewolf in front of a very full moon.

 

The comic spinoff, IN CASE OF WEREWOLF, was another photograph idea.  I gave Dan the concept and he took some bones from a medical office skeleton, threw them on a plate with some prop hair, and added a cup of coffee and orange juice to symbolize the bones at breakfast aspect.  Again, he passed the photo through a filter before adding text and finalizing the cover.

 

THE EDEN’S ORDER TRILOGY cover is a simple tree.  This is no ordinary tree.  Upon second glance, you can see that the bark of the tree is stretched skin like in texture, the branches are in fact shaped like bones, and the red tips where the buds would be is blood.  This is to show not just the tree of life from the Garden of Eden (a place we visit in the novels), but also to represent the flesh, blood, and bones from the titles of the included books.

 

SOULS 4 SUPPER marks the start of a new themed trilogy.  Dan went simpler this time.  I told him about what my version of Pandora’s Box would look like and that is what we decided for the cover.  He added intricate gear and piston layouts, and I told him I wanted souls to be wisping from the top of it like they were escaping.  His decision for the textured background and very little color is perfect for focusing on the object depicted.

 

The comic spinoff, GHOSTLY HAUNTINGS, came as an easier venture.  Dan worked in a kitchen at the time, so when I said I had this idea to have ghosts escaping from a pot of stew, he grabbed the biggest deepest pot he could and took a picture of the steaming contents.  Then he added ghostly faces into the stew and steam.  The even better part of this is that the faces are actually warped and altered photos of famous people and pieces of art.  They are altered to the point beyond recognition, but if you look closely, you may just see something you recognize.

 

DEVIL’S DESSERT has an intriguing cover.  The Crown of Thorns, the Spear of Destiny, and the Sword of Eden are all artifacts crucial to the book’s storyline.  Those are the items represented in the two tone cover, with a little bit of orangy-yellow fire coming from the blade.

 

TECHNO FEAST’s cover was another mutual idea.  The main threat of this book operates from a satellite.  This satellite depicted isn’t necessarily THE antagonist, but it makes sense once you read the novel.  Outerspace in the background with the purplish gasses displayed among the deep blue make it a contrast that is eye captivating.

 

PANDORA’S CHAOS TRILOGY is another combination idea.  The Statue is a way of representing the ancient history involved in the story (think roman architecture).  It’s one arm has a broken limb.  You can see feathers of what is an angel wing, while a dragonfly like demon wing droops to the other side.  It’s face is very mechanical looking, while his heart is Pandora’s Box yet again, but with ghostly energy emanating from it.  Souls, Demons and angels, & technology (the focus of these 3 books) are represented evenly.

 

NO, IT’S NOT.  YES, IT IS: ARGUMENTS is the only book by me (Rick Pipito) that does not have a cover done by Dan.  The idea here was to represent the turmoil of arguing that the non-fiction book’s topic is about.  I had wanted to represent the two sides to one’s own psyche.  There is a wavering of opinions that often are quite contrasting without facts.  So, I had my wife take a picture of me facing one way with my glasses on and a different hairstyle.  Then I removed my glasses, and took another shot of me with some facial scruff.  By putting the two of them together and filtering them to look like a blueprint of arguments, it seems as if my two selves are in a dispute with each other.  It not only symbolizes some of the times that I’ve struggled to decide what is right or wrong, but also gave me the experience of making my own cover for what will eventually be a trilogy of non-fiction.

 

In addition to these amazing covers, there is also the few pieces of internal art that work with the stories when they are needed, and then there is of course the comic books which have multiple artists representing the plots.  All of the above book covers can be seen in closer view through the novels and comics sections of this site.  They are also available through purchase links on the right side of this page.

 

Be sure to follow Dan on Instagram and twitter @dpipito, as well as myself @rickpipito.  Like our facebook page for all the published works http://www.facebook.com/fleshandleftovers.

 


In the works 2014

I’ve received quite a few emails from those who’ve read my novels, asking, “Rick, when are you going to release your next novel in your horror series?”  With all kind words and compliments, I’d like to thank those fan emails.  I enjoy responding to each of them.  So, I decided that to answer the questions asked, I’ll post on what is in the works.

First, my novels:  Now that copyrights are in place and my agent gave me the okay, I’m finally able to give a hint as to what the next book is about.  “Genetic Morsels” begins a new trilogy of novels that take place in the not so distant future.  The next step in human evolution has begun, and with it is presented a whole new era of conflict.  As people with extraordinary abilities struggle to control their genetic code, those who are “normal” worry about extinction.  This is not just a novel where people run around in tights like superheroes…. no… in fact, it is the contrary, and based in this physical world, where it is a much more realistic and horrifying take on what it would be like to develop powers.  Think about if you could generate fire from your hands, but each time you do it, your hands burn as if placed in a heat source.  The powers could be a gift, but they could also kill the user or severly hurt them.  Look for this book in 2015.

Also in the works is the “Pandora’s Chaos” trilogy.  This will compile my novels: “Souls 4 Supper,” “Devil’s Dessert,” and “Techno Feast,” and will have the added bonus of the spinoff graphic novel stories, and some hints as to whats to come for the next trilogy.  This is a stand alone trio in the series that will be released in 4th Quarter 2014.

Finally, my first book, “Flesh And Leftovers,” is being adapted by sCrypt Sound into an audiobook.  I’ve been working around the clock with adapting the audio and working with some amazing voice actors/actresses.  It’s been a lot of fun, but consuming much time.

Next up, sCrypt Comics: Dan and I would like to officially announce sCrypt Sound.  This is a component of our sCrypt brand that opens new doors for us.  I record music often, and now that we’ve got a halfway decent studio in place, sCrypt Sound will focus on recording not just my music, but our audio book conversions, as well as any potential future podcasts.

The next graphic novel, “Devil’s Dessert: Demonic Entities” will be released in 2015.  We had to take a break from the overwhelming work load of the graphic novels, and are perfecting the stories to be converted into graphic form.  We will be announcing artists as soon as this kicks into high gear.

Instead of the graphic novel, however, we are working on a children’s book. “A Little Girl In the Land of The Hiccups” is a short story written by myself (Rick Pipito) and will be illustrated by Dan Pipito.  To be released this holiday season.

Other Miscellaneous works:  While Dan is working hard on his own artistic endeavors, I’m gearing up for a summer season of musical fun.  For the first time in a long time, I’ll return to the stage as a solo act, playing guitar, singing and harmonica.  With a mixture of originals and cover songs, the plan is appeasing all audiences of every type of music.

My podcast, “Think About This” is on indefinite hiatus at this time.  My cohost (and wife), Roberta, is hard at work with her Homemade Delish brand, and the podcast has had to take a back seat in order to accomplish some goals.  We do plan on returning when we can though.  In the meantime, I’ve been assisting with her success, and we are both confident that this will enable me to take sCrypt and my works as well as hers to a whole new level and beyond.

Also, don’t forget that our new sCrypt store is up.  While you can’t get my books (available at http://www.lulu.com and http://www.amazon.com) or the comics (available at http://www.indyplanet.com) there, you CAN get other cool merchandise to support us.  Bumper stickers, T-Shirts, collectible glasses and coasters and more are all available at http://www.cafepress.com/scrypt

As always, feel free to ask any questions, and if you are interested in working with us on a project, feel free to contact us here or at scryptcomics@gmail.com  .  While you wait for our new releases, we will continue to put some in depth reviews of upcoming movies, TV series, and animated projects.  Thanks for following, and stay tuned.  🙂

 

 

 


short story – Ghostly Hauntings

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These are stories that expand upon the novel “Souls 4 Supper.”

You’re speaking with your grandfather. It seems like forever since you have last seen him, but your conversation reminds you of being a child again. Then it dawns on you. Your grandfather has been dead for years. As you focus your eyes on him, he vanishes. His absence forces a feeling of dread as your hair stands on end.

**UPDATE: This is now available as a short story in text form in print at lulu.com and on amazon in digital as part of the Pandora’s chaos trilogy extras

 Written by Rick Pipito, with featured art by: Dan Pipito, Joe Parisi, Kristie Vanderzee, Michael A Garard Jr, Jacob Greenawalt, Kelly Swann, Muhammad Nurul, Mao Estheim, and Asher Humm.

Artist Story Details:

Joe Parisi returns as a sCrypt veteran artist, and this time, he is illustrating a story about a haunted book where the pages tell the tale of its reader.

Dan Pipito goes back to his own childhood in this issue, and helps to tell the tale of old man Butsy, who murdered his wife.  Her spirit will not be happy.

Kelly Swann brilliantly illustrates the story of Djinn, a spirit trapped within a lamp, whose magical wishes are not all that the wisher desires.

Michael A Garard Jr is a newcomer whose art is featured in two stories.  The first of which tells about the lost souls and their connection to heaven and hell.  The other story takes the main character to a graveyard to investigate why the spirits there are so angry.

Kristie Vanderzee returns by showing us the ghost town of Atlantis after it has risen from the depths of the ocean.

Jacob Greenawalt illustrates a sequel story from issue #1.  Detective Hwong has had a near death experience leaving her with the ability to see the ghosts of the dead.

Asher Humm had a one issue hiatus, but is back to show just how close to the spirit realm we travel while sleeping.

Mao Estheim comes at us from Japan with her Mangaesque style in a haunting that may just be a hoax after all.

Muhammad Nurul resides in Great Britain, but this Indonesian native draws the story of a child whose imaginary friend is more than just in his mind.

Souls 4 Supper: Ghostly Hauntings  is TM and © Rick Pipito. All rights reserved.

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“Bones At Breakfast: In Case Of Werewolf” Recap

As we gear up for our 4th sCrypt Comics graphic novel (August 2013), as well as the fifth novel in the Flesh and Leftovers series (Spring 2013), I decided to go back and look at our last comic release.  Like our previous graphic novel recap we are now going to take a look at sCrypt Comics’ third issue.  This release is by far the best one yet.  The process for this is difficult to say the least, but the artists all came through with amazing talent.  Here is where you can get your copy of “Bones At Breakfast: In Case Of Werewolf”

Of course, I highly suggest checking out the full length novels as well, but if you are looking for some interesting and stunning artwork, and something that fits well in with the series, then this is something you don’t want to miss.  Check out the gallery below and click on each picture to see a larger version.  To grab a copy, check out the link on the name above, and of course you can always get the novels where these comics began at www.lulu.com as well as on www.amazon.com for the Kindle.


sCrypt Comics mentioned on Super Podcasto Podcast

If you haven’t listened to Super Podcasto Magnifico yet, then you are missing out.  SPM consists of three standup guys who talk about what we all love.  Their passion for comic books, video games and movies continues to grow a following each week.  Beginning in 2010, these guys take a humorous, yet serious look at what is going on in these worlds with each cast.

A couple of weeks ago, in episode #118, they spoke about the current Aquaman story arc and at the end, Squirrel mentioned his work in our lastest graphic novel “Bones At Breakfast: In Case of Werewolf,” and where you can get a copy (which we all know here).  Thanks for the plug, Squirrel.  It is also my priveledge to mention that Squirrel is also a contributing artist to next year’s sCrypt Graphic novel “Souls 4 Supper: Ghostly Hauntings.”

Go there now, and listen to their podcast, and make sure to scroll through their archives.  Even though they began in 2010, it is worth checking out some of the older stuff.  Plus, it is a fun and entertaining way to pass some time.  www.superpodcasto.com .

Thanks Guys, and keep up the good work!  (And remember, I’m always up for a guest appearance to talk about that subject of the week) 🙂


What’s in The Works

As always, we are extremely busy with multiple projects, so here is a quick update.

Our fourth graphic novel has officially started production.  We are hard at work gathering artists, storyboarding and putting finishing tweaks on some of the dialogue for “Souls 4 Supper: Ghostly Hauntings.”  If you are or know anyone who is an artist that may be interested in working on some great ghost stories, please contact us immediately.  Slots are filling up quickly, but there are still vacancies.  This is great exposure for any dedicated artist, or for an artist who is looking to do something unique and awesome. – rickpipito@hotmail.com

I am also working on the next novel in the Flesh and Leftovers series entitled “Devil’s Dessert.”  This time, Gordon Lightcap and his team are up against an ancient war between heaven and hell.  The angels and demons have chosen Earth as their battleground, so while an apocalypse is upon humanity, the balance of order and chaos teeters on the free will of the people.  Will earth give in to the darkness or the light?

In the works, but still waiting for copyright finalities is the first story in the “M.U.T.S. Files.”  This will be a free release online that will involve origin stories of the members of our favorite covert op team MUTS.  Artist Kelly Swann will be the first to illustrate a few scenes from the story to make it appealing to the eye as well.  Again, if you are an artist or know anyone interested in a project like this, let me know.

Finally, in the early stages of negotiation is a crossover event between sCrypt Comics and Earthbound comics.  Nothing is set in stone as of yet, but the wheels are in motion, and both sides have expressed interest.  More news on this to come.

On a charitable note, sales were decent for the month of November, so I am writing a check this week for a third of the profits from sales for last month.  This check will be donated to the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy relief fund.

As always, I am trying to get my stories into hollywood and many other outlets so that someone will pick them up, or at least fund us for larger projects.  The world of sCrypt comics as well as my novels has no limits, so let’s all keep our fingers crossed, and if you know a connection of sorts, please send them our way.

You, the fans, are the best that there is, so keep supporting us!  Thank you again,

Rick Pipito (sCrypt Comics co-founder)


short story – In Case Of Werewolf

These are stories that expand upon the novel “Bones At Breakfast.”

Do your bones ache? Does your instinct sometimes prevail over rational thought? When night descends, do you feel “different”?  If any of these are your symptoms, then you are not alone.  You may have contracted lycanthropy, and when the moon rises, your inner beast will emerge.   This is the third graphic installment in the world of “Flesh And Leftovers,” where cases of werewolves will shatter your bones.   Ten talented artists bring one author’s stories to life in this spinoff of the novel “Bones At Breakfast.

** UPDATE: This is now available as a text short story in print at lulu.com or in digital form as part of the Eden’s Order Trilogy Extras at Amazon

 

Written by Rick Pipito, with featured art by: Dan Pipito, Joe Parisi, Scott Modrzynski, Ivy Duffy, Kristie Vanderzee, Ken Hensley, Michael Coppolecchia, Jacob Greenawalt, Sakura Jones, and Kelly Swann.

Artist Story Details:

Joe Parisi returns as a sCrypt veteran artist, and this time, he is illustrating the journal of a man in search of the Abominable Snowman.  He soon finds out that this creature is not what most people think it is.

Scott Modrzynski takes photography and art to a whole new level in a truly Beautiful and Beastly tale.

Ivy Duffy brings her talent to this issue by showing how animal instincts can take over a man in order to survive being shipwrecked on an island.

Dan Pipito’s watercolor takes us to an alternate future in a dilapidated Philadelphia, where a Lycan queen is hunted by human resistance.

Kristie Vanderzee takes us on a journey through Russia’s underground subways as a rogue soldier gives in to his new werewolf appetite.

Ken Hensley shows us the true story of the historical “Moonlight Battle.”  An ancient wolfman turns the tides of this revolutionary event.

Michael Coppolecchia, a veteran Marvel Comics artist, truly channels a native American Indian’s animal spirit as he attempts to interfere with the white man’s plans to build on his people’s ground.

Jacob Greenawalt adds his style to a story where a man cursed with changing into a wolfman during the cycles of the moon, pilots a craft to the lunar body to see why the moon has these powers over him.  What would happen to a werewolf on the moon?  One man is about to find out.

Sakura Jones enters the Garden Of Eden with us, and what happened once man found it again.  Zombies, vampires and werewolves are cured in a healing wave that sweeps the planet.

Kelly Swann tackles Norse mythology and the story of Loki’s half human half wolf son, Fenrir.

Bones At Breakfast: In Case Of Werewolf  TM and © Rick Pipito. All rights reserved.

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