Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Rema: The Graphic Novel Series


Hello! It’s been a long time since I blogged, but I might as well get right to it...

I’m so happy to announce Rema will be a YA graphic novel series put out by Scholastic Graphix, starting in 2019! I am directly adapting the novel I serialized online a few years ago, art and all, and I’m so proud of the work I’ve put into it so far.


Some quick facts: The series is currently untitled, and I only use REMA as a work-in-progress title. The book is planned to be in color, but I will not color it. Colorist is to be announced. The first prose novel, for those few who read it, is being divided into two parts. I’m about halfway through the roughs and can say for the first time in a decade it truly feels Rema is in its destined final form. As an author, it is such an amazing relief!!! Every page drawn is like “yes! Finally!!” Is anyone really surprised Rema is ending up being a GN series, given my history? Well, I guess I am a bit surprised, but here I am!


The journey to complete this puzzling story is far from over, but many micro steps were taken to get Rema here, pulled along by many friendly forces. I’m compelled to give some thanks! 

First, I have so much gratitude to my agent Judy Hansen, whose patience with me knows no bounds. Many thanks also to the wise, talented editors who gently rejected the novel version so I could find my way to THIS version, and to my colleagues, friends, and family who always had faith in me (especially Kazu, who was hinting at Rema’s comics potential way back when it was an online novel). I'm so grateful to Rema's new editor, the brilliant Cassandra Pelham, who gave this story more chances than I can count. I know for sure this book is in good hands. :)

 
Developing Rema has been such a long, intuitively-guided journey, I have so many people to thank that it would require an entire book in and of itself. More than anyone though, I want to thank the handful of readers who have followed Rema’s progress through the years – from when it was a webcomic in 2003, to when it was an online novel in 2012, and through its quiet travel home to Scholastic. 

Your enthusiasm for Rema’s characters and world have carried it through many rough spots, and part of the reason I’m so passionate to work on it is because of you. So many times when I felt down about Rema’s progress, I would get a message or an email from a Rema reader, and every time it was like my energy was revived. 

I haven’t met many of you, but I feel we share this world in this imaginary space, and I never felt alone while creating it. As I illustrate the action and romance in comics form, I think of how you might feel about the pages and I can’t wait to share them with you. 2019 seems so far away, but it will be here before we know it. I truly hope the graphic novel series will be, finally, worth the long, long wait!

In the mean time, I will be posting WIP snippets on my twitter account, and you can add the temporarily titled Tabby Charon #1 to your goodreads list, if you’re so inclined. Until next time, I hope your days are filled with love and peace!

10 comments:

  1. Well if no one is going to post a comment, looks like I'll be the first one: I've been a fan of Reman Mythology back when it was still a webcomic. I found it through one of the now defunct webcomic portals (onlinecomics.com I think?). Every so often, when nostalgia hits, I look up Reman Mythology to give it a new read or see if there is any chance of a new update. I don't know where everyone is now, but I can't wait for the new format. I'll be looking around for new updates come 2019. Is there an email list that I can sign up on for this?

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    1. Hello Galgano! Thanks so much for being first to comment!! And thank you for remembering Reman Myth. :) I don't have an email list, but you've reminded me to make one. In the mean time, I update my twitter account frequently (@amykibuishi) and you can subscribe to blog posts on the left. Thank you again, and see you in 2019! ^^

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  2. Wow, this is excellent news!! I am so glad we will finally get to see Rema published! :D I'm also a fan of Reman Mythology (and Sorcerers & Secretaries) since the old days and while 2019 seems like a while from now, I'm very excited! Keep up the great work!

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    1. Thank you Particle Man! I'm so excited to share the pages with everyone in the not-too-distant future. :) Thanks again for remembering my work! ^^

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  3. I found REMA as a webcomic a long time ago, and was there when it was switched to that jaunt as a web serial. For the longest time after that disappeared I consigned this to my bin of discontinued webcomics and serials. I am so ECSTATIC that this will be coming back in a solid form! I can't wait.

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    1. Thank you so much for leaving me this comment!! I don't know how I missed it. I'm sorry for being so wishy washy with the project in the past. This is definitely it's final form (I mean it has to be! I'm under contract now haha ^^) and I truly can't wait to share it with everyone. Finally it feels like it's the book/story it was always meant to be. Thank you so much for following its rocky progress over the years. :)

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  4. I'm screaming! Not literally, but in a good way. I just had a random thought about Rema and decided to see what news there was, if any. I've been a fan since the webcomic and remember eagerly anticipating updates. When it went on hiatus, discontinued webcomics being common, I never expected anything, but something about the characters, art, worldbuilding, and story really stuck with me because I'd think of it again randomly and go to reread. I was so excited when the illustrated novel was announced and was back to following Rema attentively for updates. 2019 seems a long way but it's honestly worth the wait. I'm so happy you have the opportunity to tell the story in the form you always envisioned it in and thank you for your passion and dedication to it!

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  5. I vaguely remember this as my comic. One of my first. I'm glad you still work the story. I will await this eagerly. :)

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    1. My first webomic, like to read. Oops.

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  6. Omg that's so exciting! I remember following this as a high school kid and wishing for the story to conitnue. Congrats!

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