Modicum

Mutt Press
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This collection of short stories, musings, and cartoons by writer / cartoonist Scott Semegran explores such themes as suicide, parenting, religion, masculinity, the apocalypse, and, most importantly, erections. It’s guaranteed to make you laugh, cry, and pee your pants (hopefully, not at the same time).


Praise for Modicum: 


"Funny, sweet, dark, and sad, Scott Semegran's comics and short stories create a wholly convincing world of love, loss, and fear. His light touch with heavy subjects is a gift, and his forays into silliness are a delight. I can't tell if his kids should read it as soon as possible, or never." - Emily Flake, cartoonist and author of LuLu Eightball. 


"Hilarious, poignant, twisted... and those are just the stories. Scott Semegran's cartoons bring an added one-two visceral punch to a powerful collection of work." - Davy Rothbart, author of The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas and publisher of FOUND Magazine.


Scott Semegran lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, four kids, two cats, and a dog. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in English. He is a writer and a cartoonist. He can also bend metal with his mind and run really fast, if chased by a pack of wolves. His comic strips have appeared in the following newspapers: The Austin Student, The Funny Times, The Austin American-Statesman, Rocky Mountain Bullhorn, Seven Days, The University of Texas at Dallas Mercury, and The North Austin Bee. Books by Scott Semegran include Sammie & Budgie, BOYS, The Meteoric Rise of Simon Burchwood, The Spectacular Simon Burchwood, Modicum, Mr. Grieves and more. He is a Kindle bestselling author.


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Scott Semegran lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, four kids, two cats, and a dog. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in English. He is a writer and a cartoonist. He can also bend metal with his mind and run really fast, if chased by a pack of wolves. His comic strips have appeared in the following newspapers: The Austin Student, The Funny Times, The Austin American-Statesman, Rocky Mountain Bullhorn, Seven Days, The University of Texas at Dallas Mercury, and The North Austin Bee. Books by Scott Semegran include Sammie & Budgie, BOYS, The Meteoric Rise of Simon Burchwood, The Spectacular Simon Burchwood, Modicum, Mr. Grieves and more. He is a Kindle bestselling author.

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Mutt Press
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119
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Language
English
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Comics & Graphic Novels / Anthologies
Fiction / Short Stories (single author)
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 Table of Contents 
Preface 
Chapter # 1: Types of Comic Books 
1. One-Shot 
2. Anthologies 
3. Mini-Series 
4. Ongoing 
5. Graphic Novel 
6. Webcomic 
Chapter # 2: Coming up with a Comic Book Idea 
Pay attention to your environment 
Get inspiration from movies 
Read novels 
Read other comic books 
Chapter # 3: Tips for Developing Your Story 
Remember to develop key characters 
Give your characters good reasons for fighting 
Black moments are great 
Have a proper ending 
Don't be predictable 
Chapter # 4: Coming up with Characters 
Revisions make great characters 
Keep the list of characters small 
Personality and background are crucial 
Draw sketches 
Make them unique 
Characters in your book must be different physically 
Colors Matter 
Chapter # 5: Know Your Audience 
You will be able to use its language 
You will give your audience stories it likes 
Promotion becomes easier 
Writing the book becomes easier 
How to Identify Your Audience - 
Chapter # 6: Making Your Comic Book 
Write Your Story 
Make Panels 
Chapter # 7: Tips for Editing and Proofreading Your Book 
Revise one thing at a time 
Focus on grammar and spellings 
Don't just edit once 
Don't proofread it yourself 
Chapter # 8: Promoting Your Comic Book 
Have a website 
Don't forget social media 
Ask people to share and recommend 
Join comic boards 
Sell at a comic con 
Chapter # 9: How to Be a Great Comic Book Writer 
1. Read Lots 
2. Work with Others 
3. Learn from the Pros 
4. Don't Stop at One Book 
5. Get Feedback 
Conclusion 
Author Bio 
Publisher 

Preface 

You definitely have a list of comic books you like. And I can imagine that they take you into a new world when you read them. Simply put, comic books are a great way to spend leisure time. I know people who enjoy these books more than movies and novels. 

If you want to join in the fun and be one of those entertaining people with comics, then it's never too late to get in the game. If you can start writing comic books, you may get famous and make some money in the process. Furthermore, you will find fulfillment in that other people are enjoying your creations. 

All that's required from you is to work hard and give your readers the best stories you can come up with. 

However, there is one thing that acts as a roadblock for many – where to start. 

How on earth are you going to come up with characters? How will your develop your story to make it entertaining? And how will you even hatch an idea that will turn into a great book? 

If you are like many, you may be intimidated at the thought of all this. 

In this book, I will show you how you can make a comic book. You will find everything you may need to know about this process. I have tips on idea generation, story development, character development, and more. All these tips will help you start and finish your book. Additionally, you will also find info on promotion and becoming a great comic book writer. 

I'm sure that you will enjoy the book. So without wasting anymore time, let's get started.

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Best Reviewed Books of 2017 - IndieReader


"The writing is sharp and unpretentiously thoughtful... An endearing collection that deftly captures the need for youthful fellowship." -- Kirkus Reviews


These are the stories of three boys living in Texas: one growing up, one dreaming, and one fighting to stay alive in the face of destitution and adversity. There's second-grader William, a shy yet imaginative boy who schemes about how to get back at his school-yard bully, Randy. Then there's Sam, a 15-year-old boy who dreams of getting a 1980 Mazda RX-7 for his sixteenth birthday but has to work at a Greek restaurant to fund his dream. Finally, there's Seff, a 21-year-old on the brink of manhood, trying to survive along with his roommate, working as waiters and barely making ends meet. These three stories are told with heart, humor, and an uncompromising look at what it meant to grow up in Texas during the 1980s and 1990s.


The writing of Scott Semegran has been praised by bestselling author / Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Davy Rothbart as "Hilarious, poignant, and twisted." Award-winning cartoonist Emily Flake described the fiction of Scott Semegran as "Funny, sweet, dark, and sad, Scott Semegran's stories create a wholly convincing world of love, loss, and fear. His light touch with heavy subjects is a gift, and his forays into silliness are a delight."


"Verdict: With nary a dull moment, Scott Semegran's BOYS features short stories filled with unexpected nuances that draws readers right into the heart of his well-developed characters." -- IndieReader. 5 Stars. IR Approved.


"Semegran's work is evocative and replete with relatable, recognizable characters... who find comfort in friendship. With its descriptive flair and flashes of humor, Boys offers an engaging read--one short fiction fans are sure to enjoy." -- BlueInk Review


"Raising difficult questions of morality, this slice-of-life narrative is as heartfelt as it is entertaining... Boys is compellingly realistic fiction. Its fantastic details, interesting construction, and humor make it worth the read." -- Foreword Clarion Reviews. Clarion Rating: 4 out of 5.

On his way to New York to celebrate his impending literary success, Simon Burchwood is the prototypical American careerist: arrogant, egotistical, narcissistic. But a quick detour to Montgomery, Alabama to visit a childhood friend sends Simon on a bizarre journey, challenging his hopes and dreams of becoming a famous writer. The Meteoric Rise of Simon Burchwood is a character study that delves into the psyche of a man who desperately tries to redefine himself. 


Simon is certain he is on the brink of literary stardom. Yet this brief sojourn in Montgomery challenges his haughty façade—and the "meteoric rise" that has continually eluded him. Expecting adulation from his childhood friends during his layover in Montgomery, he's instead met with indifference. Ready to finally leave his troubled past behind and move on to greater things, he invites his friend Jason—whose marriage is on the verge of divorce—to join him in New York. They quickly embark on a bizarre trip that is stranger than they could have ever imagined.


From Kindle bestselling writer and cartoonist Scott Semegran, The Meteoric Rise of Simon Burchwood is for fans of literary fiction with a touch of magical realism and a dose of dark humor. This is the first book in the Simon Adventures Series which includes The Meteoric Rise of Simon Burchwood, The Spectacular Simon Burchwood, and Sammie & Budgie.


"A clever and surprising twist." — Kirkus Reviews 


"An ambitious, enjoyable read with a superb ending that changed my interpretation of the entire text." — IndieReader


"The book is told entirely from Simon's viewpoint. Simon is not a very likable guy; as a matter of fact, he is a self-centered, pompous jerk. But for some reason, it's pretty fun to be inside his head." — Red Adept Reviews (4.5 Stars)

THREE QUIRKY, MIND-BENDING NOVELS IN ONE BOXED SET


For the first time, all three novels in the hilarious literary series are together in one eBook bundle. This eBook collects the entire epic, mind-bending run in the most convenient format available including all three book covers and accompanying illustrations:


THE METEORIC RISE OF SIMON BURCHWOOD


THE SPECTACULAR SIMON BURCHWOOD


SAMMIE & BUDGIE


What Reviewers Are Saying About Simon Burchwood:


"Simon is such a character that I couldn't wait to find what he did next." —Great Books Under $5


"Simon's self-doubting verbosity becomes oddly endearing." —Kirkus Reviews


"Simon Burchwood is a genius. It's true!" —Bitsy Bling Books


"His ill-fated journey is strangely captivating." —Indie Reader


"Cracked me up!" —Ashton the Book Blogger


THE METEORIC RISE OF SIMON BURCHWOOD


On his way to New York to celebrate his impending literary success, Simon Burchwood is the prototypical American careerist: arrogant, egotistical, narcissistic. But a quick detour to Montgomery, Alabama to visit a childhood friend sends Simon on a bizarre journey, challenging his hopes and dreams of becoming a famous writer. The Meteoric Rise of Simon Burchwood is a character study that delves into the psyche of a man who desperately tries to redefine himself. Is Simon pompous? Yes. A jerk? Yes. Will you like him? Absolutely!


"The book is told entirely from Simon's viewpoint. Simon is not a very likable guy; as a matter of fact, he is a self-centered, pompous jerk. But for some reason, it's pretty fun to be inside his head, mainly because he is an inadvertent, oblivious jerk... A very good novel that was humorous throughout." —Red Adept Reviews


"Verdict: An ambitious, enjoyable read with a superb ending that changed my interpretation of the entire text." —Indie Reader


"The close-to-the-bone novel captures perfectly the intensely solipsistic nature of a certain type of author ... a clever and surprising twist." —Kirkus Reviews


THE SPECTACULAR SIMON BURCHWOOD


Recently divorced and his writing career in shambles, Simon Burchwood's life is a complete disaster. He reluctantly finds work as a computer support technician and resigns that his career as the next great American novelist will never come to fruition. When he learns that his ex-wife abruptly moves to Dallas with his children, he embarks on a crazy road trip with a nerdy coworker and a hitchhiking punk rock girl and discovers the inspiration he desperately needs for his new literary masterpiece. Take another trip with the one and only Simon Burchwood.


"Simon is starting to understand something, and his luck literally changes. Semegran handles this quite deftly. We see the progress he is making in getting a grasp of what life is about." —The New Podler Review of Books


SAMMIE & BUDGIE


Sammie & Budgie is a quirky, mystical tale about Simon Burchwood and his young son Sammie, who possesses the gift of foresight. The boy's special ability propels his family on a road trip to visit his ailing grandfather, a prickly man who left an indelible stamp on the father and son. The three are connected through more than genetics, their lives intertwined through dreams, imagination, and longing. The novel explores the bond between a caring father, and his children, one affected by his own thorny relationship with his surly father, and the connection he has with his sweet son is thicker than blood, going to the place where dreams are conceived and realized.


"Illustrated throughout by Semegran, this book is the author's best. In these pages, his steadfastly idiosyncratic style really begins to click. An unconventional, beguiling, and endearing family tale." — Kirkus Reviews


"Though Simon's love for his children shines through as one of the novel's biggest strengths, its illustrations are perhaps the best part. Expressive, adorable, and adding a fun surprise, they are a welcome addition to the reading experience." — Indie Reader


"The novel's delights abound... Semegran is a gifted writer, with a wry sense of humor. Poignant, yet never maudlin, this novel will appeal to literary-minded readers and fans of magical realism." — BlueInk Review. Starred Review.


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