Inside the Mind of Kurtis J. Wiebe

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Rat Queens #2 Available Now!

Rat Queens #2 hits stands today and we are super lucky to have a pretty hilarious backup story written by Pat Rothfuss and illustrated by Nate Taylor.

I’m very proud of this issue. I’m always very critical of my work, but this is one of those times where I can feel confident with the final product. Owen Gieni has given the series new life for me. The process we go through each issue is much more involved. Since this issue in particular, we’ve sat down on the phone and broke story from scene to scene until we have the whole thing plotted. In that way, we’ve been able to make jokes stronger and plan for a tighter long game as we plant early seeds now.

I’m thrilled to be back with Rat Queens. I love it again.

I hope you do, too!

Kurtis

PS: That issue 2 B cover is a tribute to Larry Elmore’s classic Dragonlance piece.

Rat Queens Wednesday Webcomic #8: Bedtime Stories with Braga

New weekly webcomic, this comic written by me, art by Will Kirkby, letters by Ryan Ferrier.ratqueens_bedtimestories

Rat Queens Wednesday Webcomic #4: Social Warrior

New Webcomic with art from Justin Osterling and letters by Ryan Ferrier.

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Rat Queens Wednesday Webcomic #2: Goodbye (NSFW)

New Rat Queens webcomic by Isaac Goodhart, Ryan Ferrier and me!rq_goodbye

Rat Queens Valentine’s Day Cards

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Bits of Script: Rat Queens Teaser

Had a private message asking if I had any sample scripts from an artist looking to practice sequential work. Reminded me I used to post pieces of script for people to check out as a way to show my process. Here’s the very first five pages of Rat Queens I ever wrote, initially meant to be the actual intro in the first issue but ended up being used for promo material.

 

PAGEONE (5 Panels)

Panel 1. The focus of the intro to our first issue is a bait and switch. This large panel will be of Hannah in a dark room, setting the tone and mood to look as though things are grim and scary, like she’s been caught and tossed in a dark pit somewhere. In reality, she’s waking up in the aftermath of massive party at their house. The party was a massive all night with dozens and dozens of people passing out on the floor. Here, Hannah is sprawled out on the floor, the side of her face on the ground. We want all the following panels to be dark, lots of shadow, mostly outlines so the reader is unable to tell where she is but still able to get a small sense of character and space.  We’re on the floor, level with Hannah, she’s unconscious and looks ROUGH. Again, painting a picture of doom here.

Panel 2. Push in on her eyes, one is narrowly open and she’s wincing a bit.

Hannah 1

Ughhhh

Panel 3. On her hands and knees, rubbing her head with a hand, facing the floor, hunched over. Still in quite a bit of pain.

Hannah 1

What happened?

Panel 4. She’s crawling along the floor. She’ll be making her way to the front door but there’ll be overturned tables and unconscious. I think we should stay close in on Hannah the duration of this scene.

Hannah 1

Where… guh, it smells like troll ass in here.

Panel 5. She crawls over a few bodies all crunched up together. Still dark, can see enough to know what she’s crawling over.

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PAGE two (5 Panels)

Panel 1. Behind Hannah, she’s foreground looking ahead and we can see the piles of bodies, arms and legs sticking out. Real grisly. It’s all darkness ahead, we can’t see an end to the room. It’s cramped, enclosed. The darkness crushing down on her.

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H-h… help. Me.

Panel 2. Hannah, squinting her eyes as she crawls forward.

Hannah 1

Let’s just avoid that disembodied voice.

Panel 3. She crawls over more bodies.

Panel 4. A hand rises from the bodies and grabs her wrist.

Panel 5. A face appears close to hers, a human male, in his 40’s, almost ghoul like with long hair but bald on top. He looks terrible, missing a few teeth.

Man 1

I… need… wat-

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PAGE three (6 Panels)

Panel 1. Hannah punches him in the face.

SFX 1

Crack

Panel 2. She crawls over his face and continues on.

Hannah 1

Everyone’s got needs, old man.

Panel 3. Hannah finds the wall with her hand.

Panel 4. Her hand as it touches the bottom of the handle to the door.

Panel 5. She’s leaned against the door as she turns the handle. She looks desperate, her eyes half closed and like it’s taken everything just to get up onto her knees. Her weight is heavy against the door.

Hannah 1

*hurk* Ughhhh, my guts are burning. Poison.. it’s-

Hannah 2

Ok… that’s a little vomit bubbling up…

Hannah 3

*huff* Just *huff* keep it *huff* together, Hannah.

SFX 1

Click

Panel 6. Small panel, the outline of the doorframe lit by hot white light.

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PAGE four(splash)

Panel 1. Behind shot of Hannah on her knees, shielding her eyes from a giant blistering white light that is washing over her, blasting away the darkness.

Hannah 1 *large yell, words shaping the balloon*

Gahhhh! N’Rygoth’s ballsack!

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PAGE five(5 panels)

Panel 1-4. Side by side panels of Hannah, crawling across grass, in pain, suffering. Panel 3 will show Betty’s feet and Panel 4 will show Hannah grabbing onto them for dear life.

Hannah 1

Must..

Hannah 2

Escape..

Hannah 3

Black pit of..

Hannah 4 (Panel 4)

Ohhh, thank the goddamn gods for these little lady feet.

Betty 1 (Panel 4)

Dude-

Panel 5. Large panel. Betty, hands on her hips, looking healthy and ready to go and dressed for adventuring. Behind her, the other two girls, also dressed for adventuring but look as worse for wear as Hannah. Violet is in her metallic armour, rubbing her head leaning against the house and Dee is leaning against a tree, barfing her guts out.

Betty 1

You got SO drunk last night.

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Rat Queens Process Video

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted on my blog. There’s a fuller update coming but for the moment this will have to do. Balancing two ongoing comic series and a full time job has taken a lot of my hours, unfortunately.

Here’s a quick video by Roc on a Rat Queens teaser we did when we first announced the title. Enjoy!

Rat Queens #1 Sells Out!

Just a quick post to address the amazing support and awesome feedback we’ve received from our fans. The response has been overwhelming and Roc and I are absolutely thrilled to see our series connect with so many fans from so many different walks of life. We have so many awesome events planned for this series, in action, comedy and character arcs; what you’re seeing is just a small taste of what we have in store.

You’ll laugh. You’ll cringe. Eventually you’re going to feel

Strap yourselves in, Rat Kings and Queens. It’s gonna get crazy.

Here’s the first look at our Rat Queens #1 second print cover by my good friend, Riley Rossmo.

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We Are The Rat Queens!

We’re two weeks away from Rat Queens #1! Finally, our full unveiling of all four of our lady mercs, each of which have their own special covers which you can order from your LCS! Please join our Facebook page and help spread the word of our series! We want to do this comic for many, many years.

www.facebook.com/ratqueens

We’ll also be having a monthly letters column each issue. Send all your thoughts and questions to:

theratqueens (at) gmail (dot) com

Without Further Ado, here are…. the Rat Queens!

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Dee: Human Cleric

Born in the backwoods swamps on the ass end of the continent, Dee was doomed to isolation and brainwashing from the beginning. Those that surrounded her, friends and family, all belonged to the Chosen of N’Rygoth, a weird and deranged cult of divine magic practitioners.

Now, after seeing the vast cities and meeting people from diverse cultures and beliefs, Dee has lost her faith and, ironically, become an atheist.

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Betty: Smidgen Thief

Betty’s sweetness and charisma has always made fitting into any crowd easy and as such is popular no matter where she goes. Betty’s long history of fleeting lovers has, over the years, taught her many unique skills, a primary one being that of a talented thief.

She’s a bit of a jack of all trades and probably one of the most sincere, loving drug users you’ve ever met. RatQueens_03_cov_b_sm

Violet: Dwarven Fighter

The daughter of a wealthy artificing family, Violet grew up around revolutionary inventors and smiths. She was trained in the use of armour and weapons the day she was strong enough to pick up a blade and put on a suit of armour, which, as a young dwarf, was roughly ten human years. RatQueens_02_cov_b

Hannah: Elven Mage

Born to the nefarious necromantic couple, Rizo and Jadah Vizari, Hannah was introduced to the dark side of magic very early on. Raised in a constant environment of black magic, she never realized that the path she walked was corrupted and would eventually lead her to corroborating with demons and pacts with devils. It all seemed quite fucking normal.

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