By now it’s clear that the 2016 Halloween special didn’t happen. Due to some very unfortunate circumstances several delays occurred and by the time those got resolved we were in 2017, and I didn’t feel like releasing a Halloween special in the spring made much sense. I’ve decided to just eat the bullet and publish it like it is this year’s entry instead. So the good news is there shouldn’t be any delay this time.
I’m doing something different this year for #inktober. Like last year I’m doing a continuous story, but this year I’m concentrating on having a print product when I’m done. “Lil’ Musa and the Valley of Shadows” is the working title of this short comic. I’ll be doing the first 10 pages of it (black and white) for #inktober. The full story, will be a 20-24 page, gray-tone, print product funded by a Kickstarter campaign (knock on wood).
So 10 pages across 31 days means I’ve got to draw a third of a page daily. Thus my Patreon updates (this side of the pay-wall) will be every 3 days when a full page of inks is available. While my Tumblr updates will be daily (multiple individual panels) and include lettering.
It’s time for another #TBT post. If you’re a Patreon Patron’s are invited to the voting thread to elect a future #ThenAndNow candidate.
I’ve always been fascinated by Jacob’s wrestling match with The Angel. This spread and the next 2 were some thumbs I did intending to one day convert to an animated short. I still would like to do that.
I was obviously unhappy with something on the left facing page. But this I’m pretty sure is the full body sketch of the demon thingy on the previous spread. Yeah. Joe Madureira was clearly hanging out in my noggin.
6 Months is probably long enough for a hiatus. It’s time to get back into something vaguely resembling regular updates. So after thinking about it, mulling it over and deciding how I want to proceed with The Legendary Sisters of the Laughing Doggebi, I’ve come to a decision.
Last December I printed the proto-canon version of the prologue for a local indy comic artist showcase. The impression I got based on the reaction to that book is this: long-form comics aren’t really suited to page-a-post updates. People need more of a chunk to digest. I have no scientific data to back this up… but since analytics suggest most of you binge read it at least feels like a sound conclusion. So going forward I’m not going to kill myself pushing weekly updates, both art and story suffer when I do.
Instead I’m going to release “scenes”.
A scene is basically everything that happens in a single setting, or in the case of a montage a single theme. So I’ll be scheduling updates by looking at the script and determining how long it will take me to finish a scene. I’ll put up a scheduled release for the next scene when I’ve made that evaluation. The next (as the title of this post suggests) is March 31st. That’s a way out, because I’ve got to finalize the script further in advance to facilitate this new system. Call it a buffer if you will.
Anyway I hope releasing in this format will engage more of you in the comments, given you’ll have more story to chew on with each individual post.