“The King’s Road” Chapter One

Hey everyone!

I think I’m fairly safe in assuming that most of you out there who have stumbled upon my site for the first time aren’t familiar with my comic Artistic License Revoked.  So before I present my next story I just wanted to share with you a few things…

Artistic License Revoked is a comic I created about two struggling writers trying to catch their first big break.  It’s based on my real life friendship with another writer, and our own foray into the literary world together.  I (sort of) ended the series awhile back to work on some other projects, but I found that I couldn’t walk away from it.  My mind kept returning to all the cool places I wanted the series to go, and all the fun stories I still wanted to tell…

“The King’s Road” was an idea I had rolling around in my head since I started the series back in 2010.   Being that the characters in the comic are writers themselves, I thought they would certainly have someone that they looked up to in the literary world.   Someone they thought of as a kind of mentor, and strive to emulate.  So I thought, wouldn’t it be great to do a story where they actually get to meet their hero?!  And wouldn’t it be even MORE great if I could turn this idea into a bigger, longer story than I’ve ever done before!?!  And when those ideas came together, it opened the path to “The King’s Road.”

I dedicate this story to Mr. Stephen King, and I hope that if he ever somehow stumbled upon it (maybe the same way you might have)  he might get a kick out of it, and I certainly hope you do as well! Enjoy!

Stay tuned for the next chapter as your two favorite struggling writers meet the strangest “ka-tet” ever assembled!

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“The King’s Road” Chapter Five

Well, our 2 favorite struggling writers finally made it out of the house!  But their story is not quite over just yet…so please stay tuned for the epilogue you won’t want to miss!

“The King’s Road” Epilogue

Well, that’s it folks!  Thank you so much for reading!  I hope you enjoyed this story as much as I enjoyed making it!  38 comics in 18 days, whew!  It was a blast, but quite a challenge considering I have a full-time job. But I really wanted to tell this story, and have it finished before the Derby City Comic Con this weekend so I could focus on that stuff.

I apologize for the somewhat confusing, backwards way I posted these chapters, if you are a new reader please hang in there with me, I’m gonna try to get them archived for easier reading as soon as possible!

As far as any commentary I can offer about this story… I spent most of June working on this project, with plenty of Stephen King movies playing in the background as I sat at my drawing table!  The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption, The Stand, Desperation…I think I even burned through TNT’s Nightmares & Dreamscapes entire series twice!!  And when I wasn’t drawing comics (or at work, blehh) I even managed to get in some reading time as well!  I had just finished Carrie before I started writing this story, and I also read the first Dark Tower book, both of which I LOVED!  (I’m currently halfway through the second book in the Dark Tower series and enjoying the hell out of it!)

It occured to me while I was working on this story just how many truly great characters Stephen King has created, and I so wish I could’ve squeezed them all in somehow. But in the end I had to choose a select few that I connected with the most…Carrie, John Coffey, Roland.  And as far as the baddies, I know Pennywise is probably the most popular fan fave villain of the Stephen King Universe, but for me it’s gotta be Randall Flagg, baby.  The Walkin’ Dude!  He truly terrified me when I first read The Stand so I HAD to work him into the story somehow!

I had so much fun writing and drawing Mr. King’s characters that I almost wish I could do it forever!  But, I have my own characters to create.  And believe me, I have a LOT planned for this year, including a brand new webcomic right here on Mind Circus, a childrens’ story, and my very own comic book HAVOC FORCE!  So please stay tuned, hopefully lots of cool stuff on the way!

And of course, I would also like to thank Stephen King.  For all the stories, and the inspiration to write my own.