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Looking for Beta Readers of My Adult Graphic Novel Manuscript

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srezvan

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One of my upcoming projects is a departure from my previous children's books and silly comics. I'm looking for beta readers for the project. The process is pretty simple. I'll post the manuscript to a secure folder, you read it, comment in the document to share your thoughts, and complete a short survey at the end. There is no monetary compensation at this time, but I will provide beta readers with the final product at the end of the project. The manuscript is 30 typed pages (including table of contents, character descriptions, and some other information). It's a comic manuscript, so it's a mix of caption text, dialogue text, and scene descriptions.

Here's some information on the project:

Title: Depleted
Author: Sohrab Rezvan
Illustrator: TBD

Tagline: The sorrow of The Crow meets the descent of Falling Down

Back of Book Summary: Depleted is a gripping and emotional graphic novel that follows David Evans's turbulent and tragic story of loss, grief, and, ultimately, pursuit of revenge. Haunted by his daughter's death and fueled by his own guilt and anger, David becomes consumed with finding her killers and exacting his own sense of justice. As he spirals out of control, he realizes that he may have become the very thing he hates. Dive into this haunting tale that will leave you questioning the limits of justice and the price of seeking retribution.
 

Please comment here or message me to participate or ask questions. Thanks for taking a look!

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I'll give it a read.  Not sure I can give too much constructive critiques...  but I can try!

How is it written?  Are you writing it with all the panel break-downs?

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On 6/1/2024 at 10:33 AM, Yorick said:

I'll give it a read.  Not sure I can give too much constructive critiques...  but I can try!

How is it written?  Are you writing it with all the panel break-downs?

I did not write a panel breakdown. I'll most likely be working with an illustrator I never worked with before, and I want to make sure he/she has some freedom in the work. Here's a random sample of the style:

 

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Jeremy: “David!” Jeremy Sawyer is driving, grabbing David by the arm.

 

Jeremy: “David, are you okay, man?”

 

David: “Yeah.”

 

They sit in silence across a few panels, with David unmoving and Jeremy glancing back at him.

 

Jeremy: “I bet you’re happy to be going home, huh?”

 

David gives Jeremy an annoyed look.

 

Wide shot of both. Jeremy (awkward laugh): “Yeah, that was a stupid question. Sorry.”

 

They sit in silence across a few panels, with David unmoving and Jeremy glancing back at him, stopping himself from talking.

 

Jeremy: “You know, next Sunday is my and Janice’s tenth wedding anniversary. We were hoping you could come. Nothing too crazy, just a few close friends and family.”

 

David: “No. Thanks.”

 

They sit in silence across a few panels, with David unmoving.

 

That's an intentionally awkward scene, but I don't want to spoil anything.

 

For the review, the feedback can be as specific or general as the reader likes. "This scene is boring," "This scene is great," "The ending was great," "The plot dragged on." Even that type of feedback is helpful, with a preference for specific comments. 

 

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