Hello everyone. Usually when I post something I tend to share news, a thought, or an experience, but this time, I am here to ask for your opinion. Now as you all know, first impressions are mostly… irredeemable, or as Will Rogers said, You never get a second chance to make a first impression.
First ten pages of a screenplay are like first impressions, because they represent the first ten minutes of a movie, which apparently is the time that takes us humans to decide to keep watching the story.
So what I am asking for is your collective first impressions, not of me, though I hope I came out ok; If that’s the first time you ever visit my blog. I’d like your first impression of a screenplay that is now being circulated through script writing competitions.
The thing is, I wanted something positive to come out of my country, because they are only showing negative images that mask the beauty of Mesopotamia. Though my story does not take place in ancient Iraq, it is something I want to use to inspire people through. I wish to show that we have people who have hopes and dreams, even though they are broken. I want to tell a story from Iraq that will get you exposed to our culture, our people, and our lives. Hopefully, if I can make you think “I want to know more” then I will feel more confident about the story I wrote.
So here is a link for the first ten pages from “Children of Mesopotamia”, which are available on the Page Turner Awards site.
I was contacted by an educational Charity from Oxford called , The Iris Project, which promotes access to classics in UK state schools and their wider communities. They wanted to start a unique project for year eight students. The creation of a graphics novel based on ancient Greek primordial beings, Titans and Olympians, re-imagined as modern day characters living in Oxford.
They heard about The comic I am working on, The Epics of Enkidu, and asked if I can do a virtual video to talk about how I created a story based on a myth, with a nerudiverse character, and explain some fundamentals of writing and drawing a graphic novel.
I immediately said yes. I will share the video tomorrow.
AHMED ALAMEEN, motion-comic creator and best-selling author of the novel PSYCHS, has just launched his independent graphic novel project THE EPICS OF ENKIDU! Regular readers of Balladeer’s Blog are familiar with my obsession with ancient mythology, so it goes without saying that I love the premise of this tale, which combines super-heroics with mythology and autism awareness.
The man-beast Enkidu, the foe-turned-friend in The Epic of Gilgamesh, has survived to the present-day. He surfaces in a hospital, suffering from amnesia. Can an encounter with an enigmatic superhero revive his memories or will these two figures, who should be allies, instead be doomed to fight it out in a tragic misunderstanding of Earth-shaking proportions?
Hello everyone. I made a new video with drawings and animations that I created in a single day to tell a short story about how my comic is a 4000 years sequel in the making. Check it out here on YouTube.
My wife and I made a list of 10 things we will do if the #Indiegogo campaign is successful, and we shared them together on #YouTube. Check out our list here and let us know what you guys think. It’s really funny 😆😆😆
It’s not often that I feature crowdfunding campaigns here, but this one is – in my opinion – deserving of a bit more publicity, especially as I have autism myself; it’s rare that autism spectrum disorder is treated respectfully, positively or by people who genuinely have close experience with the condition.
Essentially a sequel to the oldest known story in the world – The Epics of Gilgamesh (which was written approximately 1500 years before Homer’s The Iliad) – The Epics of Enkidu is a comic book featuring a superhero with a difference – he has autism.
Written by Ahmed Alameen – who was inspired to write the comic by his autistic nephew – the crowdfunding campaign launches on IndieGoGo on the 15th of May. You can sign up for the pre-launch here.
You can also check out the trailer for the project below:
Just got a shout out by the Awesome people at Chiptunes 4 Autism. Check it out, but most importantly, check out how they connect Neruodiverse people through music, how they introduce sensory tools and how to use them, and how they provide an expression outlet to neruodiverse people.
Tonight I will be going live on Comic Book Club YouTube page. Please visit me there and check out how I look and sound on the mic, but most importantly, learn more about my project, which features a hero with Autism, in the sequel to the oldest story found in human history.
My story features a superhero with autism. We decided to create a campaign that help us not to just tell an engaging story, but also to spread awareness and to help people understand more about Autism, which is our main motive to push this campaign.
By funding this campaign, you are creating a great contribution to the autistic community and their parents. You will also going to revive the oldest story ever found in human history; The Epics of Gilgamesh, and make other become more interested in history and ancient stories that withstood the tests of time.
Please show your support by going here Indiegogo so we can bring this comic book story, in full color, into your hands as soon as the campaign ends
“The Epics of Enkidu” Is a comic book that features a superhero with Autism, and for History/literature fans, it is the sequel to the oldest story found in human history. The Indiegogo Campaign will start on May 15th. Set the date if you want to bring the oldest tale ever told back on track in a modern setting.