I created the Rage Website in November 2008, as part of an online self-publishing Graphic Novel project titled Rage, Bane of Demons. Rage is a script I have written more than 20 years ago. My goal at the time was to earn my life as a french graphic novel writer (I was young and naive), and I had no idea about how to format a script for presenting it to a french publisher. In doubt, I layed out the story page by page and panel by panel, with all of the dialogs, added an extended summary of the story and a description of each character, and sent it to all of the french publishers I knew. And nobody wanted it. Almost twenty years later, I reread this old script and didn’t found it so bad. I wouldn’t want it to just lie on my hard drive, but obviously couldn’t send it again to the same publishers, then wait for them to say “No”. So I decided to look for a penciler, and choose the artist who would best fit with the tone of the story, then publish the finished graphic novel online.
My main goal being to find a penciler, I put online the first six pages of the Rage, Bane of Demons, script, with scenes descriptions and dialogs, and a depiction of a few characters of the story. Any artist willing to participate in the project was invited to send me his interpretation of these first few pages of script and of the characters, and every artist who would send me sketches and tryouts would have his work published in the galleries of the site. After a beta-test period, the Rage Website went public in December 2008… and to my surprise, many pencilers were more than happy to send me sketches for the galleries!
I have been pleasantly surprised to discover the Art of Marcel Morote, Shannon Sapenter and Okii Shirow, to name just a few. MiRagE and Chriss’ willingness to help actually helped me keep the site alive for a long time. Without MiRagE, who sent me one of my first colored Rage drawing, Rage would not have had a face for a lot longer! Thanks to everyone who have been kind enough to participate in the project. I won’t forget any of you! Come see me at my booth at conventions, and you’ll have a surprise or two:)
A year afterward, Rage finally found his first penciller: Thony Silas! Rage Website then became Rage Website 2.0, the Official Website of the Making of Rage, Bane of Demons. Nearly three years after the creation of the Rage Website, the first Rage, Bane of Demons graphic novel was finished, and more and more digital publishers were willing to publish Rage in their own digital libraries.
A few months after finishing Rage, Thony Silas began to work at Marvel, then DC. Since he wasn’t available anymore, I began working with Alan Quah on Rage #1, a story set after the first graphic novel, which marks the beginning of the Rage Series. Alan managed to pencil 20 pages of the first issue, and then went on to work for other professional publishers. So far, Alan has been working on Vampire Diaries for DC and on the Godzilla 2014 movie adaptation for Legendary Comics. At the time I am writing these lines, he is the regular penciler of the Dark Souls comic adaptation. Stéphane Degardin has taken over for the 10 remaining pages of the first issue, and is also the colorist of Rage #2. Alex Nascimento, who penciled the cover of Rage #1, has become Rage’s new penciller since Issue 2, and Dijjo Lima is the new colorist beginning with Rage #3.
A digital card game were also available in the Rage – Bane of Demons App (which isn’t available on the App Store anymore), drawn by Yonami, Fabien Laouer, Stéphane Degardin, and many other artists. I am planning to recreate the App for iOS and macOS in 2018, and release the Card Game under another form, but I have too many things to do for the time being, least of all working on the very first Rage RPG titled the The Second Night.
… And I have a lot more to say about this project… But it seems my writing time is over. I have only a few hours a day to work on rebuilding the site and the pages about the different books have to take priority. Please, be patient.