I’m currently designing t-shirts, which I hope to have available up on Redbubble by the end of next week. This site will also be getting a face-lift. It’s almost been a year and things are starting to get dusty.
“5 Page Panic”- A Retrospective, Part 1
A few nights ago I was forced to stay up and slam out an insane amount of comics in a very brief period. I’ve been in situations where I’ve been neck deep in comics before, but the project was so intense toward the end that if I thought about anything but comics I risked losing focus I couldn’t spare.
I had a lot of other smaller details to worry about, but creating five pages of comics without sacrificing quality was my biggest priority. As tempting as it was to just whip out pages consisting of nothing but heads and word bubbles- THAT IS NOT HOW I ROLL.
I’ll be doing a few write ups about what I learned, both to solidify it in my mind, and to let people get a look into the less than obvious challenges of developing comics. There is a slew of information out there if you want to focus on improving yourself as a comic artist on a technical level and I don’t have anything to add that hasn’t already been covered in tutorials, collage courses, and textbooks. I am more interested in discussing challenges comic artists never consider because they are too focused on the surface of their project.
I’ll call this series: “The Five Page Panic Retrospective”. It’s going to have a few technical tips in it, like what you can do to prepare for a deadline with catastrophic consequences, but the main focus of these essays is on the underlying challenges of making comics that people don’t think to consider.
The fundraiser was a HUGE success and Thieves has gone out to print just in time for ECCC.
GOOD NEWS: Instead of making people wait even longer for more updates I’ve uploaded the final eight pages of chapter 1. WOW!
BAD NEWS: With the first issue completed it’s time to put the comic on hold for a bit. Working on the first issue made me realize that I need to prepare for the second issue in advance. Locking in character and environmental designs specifically.
If all goes well chapter 2 will be launched in May.
Thanks again to everyone who helped make this book possible.
The thrill, the joy, the sheer panic. It’s that time again. TIME TO PRINT MORE BOOKS.
Internet, do you like my comics and would you like to support my creative endeavors? I sure hope so, because without your help it’ll be nearly impossible to fund all this stuff by myself.
I’m not just accepting donations, however, these are pre-orders. The more you give, the more you get. I’ve got a second edition of Partners coming out. Thieves #1. A little thing called NASCAR SHOES. Pins, posters, even original comic pages are up for sale.
I’ve got 45 days until the books need to go to print. Let’s do this!
YOU HEARD HIM RIGHT: ALL COPIES OF PARTNERS ARE NOW JUST
ECCC is coming and new books are going to be printed. I don’t have enough copies to sell at both of the conventions I’ll be attending, so I need to make money selling the old copies ASAP.
So hey, if you wanted a copy before, but weren’t sure if you wanted to invest in something this indie- this is your chance to get a cheap copy. You’ll help fund my other projects too, and that’s super appreciated!
I hope you’ve been enjoying the recent updates. October was one busy month. Thanks to generous donations and some work on my part I finally got my new tablet. Finding time to work on comics between my day job, not so easy.
In other news:
I will be attending the Short Run Small Press Fest on Saturday November 12th. I don’t have a table but you might see me stuffing ill gotten comics into my jacket.
The intro to Thieves has finally come to a close. A very, very slow close thanks to some serious technical difficulties. While working on this image my tablet kicked the bucket and I’ve had to scramble up the cash from some very generous donations and my own, unreliable, day time job.
I’m going to be taking a 3 week hiatus. I need to get my shit together with these anthologies, icons need to be made, and I would like to have a fat buffer ready for when Thieves starts up again.
That and the whole broken tablet thing.
So prepare yer butts for chapter one coming October 15th.
Thieves Pages 18, 19, and 20
With the “Intro” coming to a close this chapter will end with a gigantic spread consisting of three pages.
I didn’t think this would take so long to make (OH THE HUBRIS)
The first page is complete, so instead of keeping people waiting have this preview instead. I’m really, really, excited for the final product.
After these pages are uploaded I will be taking a two week break from updates. I want some prep-time for chapter one, I’m working on two upcoming zine projects, and I just need a damn buffer. I will update as that happens. Thanks for reading.
A step by step page breakdown
It’s time for Thieves page FIFTEEN.
This page is a bit late, but I’ve added a bonus! A step-by-step breakdown of my process.
A lot of people ask me how I do these comics traditionally, and you can find out HERE.