A Moore man seeks a $700 prize and his shot at small-press fame as part of the sixth annual “Small Press Idol” contest from Dimestore Productions.
Brad Huffman-Parent is the writer of “Steel Rising,” which made it to the second round of the competition. Voting in the second round continues through April 30. Forty-two projects entered Round 1; of those, 27 have moved on to Round 2.
While Huffman-Parent can’t say much about the story as part of the contest, he did share that it’s a twist on classic fantasy.
“One day I just started thinking about how the standard fantasy characters would act and interact in the modern world,” Huffman-Parent said. “But I didn’t want to just stick them in the modern world for them to have an old-style adventure. This is a world very, very close to ours, but with elves, dwarves and orcs; a reality (where) things have evolved just a bit differently. I thought hard about how these characters would integrate realistically into the modern world.”
Huffman-Parent moved to Moore in 2001 when he was stationed at Tinker Air Force Base. He left active duty in 2007, taking a pay cut to spend more time with his family. “I’ve decided to really dedicate myself this year to getting somewhere with my writing and hopefully turn it into a full-time career.”
Huffman-Parent is working with three artists to bring “Steel Rising” to life. They met via the Internet; and while they’ve never met in person, Huffman-Parent says they meld well as creators. Brad Thingvold is the penciller, who designed the characters of “Steel Rising.” Inker Joe Armour is also a makeup effects artist, writer/director/producer and a 3-D modeler/animator. And Armour has some comics history in his family, Huffman-Parent said: Armour is the nephew of George “Inky” Roussous, who was an inker for Jack Kirby. Armour is designing the logo for the series. The color will be provided by Michael Summers.
In the second round, Huffman-Parent and his artists will create bios and various poses of the characters in the series, as well as an official logo. From this round, 20 projects will advance to Round 3. Round 3 will require three completed pages of sequential art; the fourth round requires a full 12-page story.
To vote for “Steel Rising,” go online to www.dimestoreproductions.com and sign up. Voting takes place in the Forum, under the heading “Idol judging.”
By Matthew Price
From Friday’s The Oklahoman