I don’t want to alarm anyone, but we’re ten pages deep into this story now. Crazy! And I’m afraid you’re going to have to cope with the constantly shifting arrangement of the rigging, number of staysails, detritus on deck, etc. until I figure out completely and exactly what the Blanco looks like. Maybe by the end of this story I’ll know how to draw a boat?
Posts Tagged ‘rasselbock’
Hi! I apologize for the brief delay. There were a few reasons for that unplanned hiatus, and I should probably address those, and how I hope to be able to prevent any more of them.
I don’t mean to get too saccharine on you, but I feel like this comic is the most important creative work I’ve ever done. It kills me to have had to set it aside in order to concentrate my attention on paying work. And I have every intention of continuing the story at a more respectable clip going forward, though I’m sure you know how reliable the promises of a longform webcomic artist’s are, especially mine.
One of the problems with doing a comic that is completely watercolored, especially using the techniques that I do, is that it’s very time-consuming. (I would say that I regret not choosing a simpler, more efficient method of comics storytelling, but honestly I really enjoy working in watercolor, and like having originals I can hold in my hands too much to do it digitally.) And right now, commissioned illustration is my only source of income, which means I need to spend a lot of time working on them. I’d like to be able to spend more time working on my comic, but it would be a lot easier to do that if it was earning me some kind of income.
I finished a batch of four pages, the rest should go up every friday of this month, thanks in no small part to the folks who’ve backed the comic on patreon. I had a lot of fun writing the dialogue for these pages, we’re going to get to know Rasselbock and Pedro a little bit better.
Also I get to draw cartoon food, so that’s fun.
In continuing Patreon news, pledges have now passed the $125/page threshhold, which means I’m now committed to weekly updates. Weekly updates or I don’t get paid. I’m comfortable with that arrangement. Let’s aim for fridays.
I think, if we were being honest, it was mostly probably most Noe catting Hower’s dogs, here.
I don’t actually know what kind of dish carrots al-miraj are, but now that I’ve written about it, I kind of want to make one up. I will let you know how that goes.
So some of you might have noticed a change in the color quality when I started posting new pages this year, or you might not have, this might be something that only I can see because it bothers me so much. In the space of time that I wasn’t posting comic, we moved, which means I can no longer pester John and make use of his nice scanner. You remember the post I made about the quality of my cheapie document scanner vs. his nice fine-art scanner?
So for the last several pages, the color fidelity of these pages is nowhere close to what the actual watercolors looks like. The next funding goal in my Patreon is only $25/page away, and that level will allow me to purchase the fine-art scanner that I was borrowing time on before. (they tend to run between $350-500 used, the newest in the expression XL line is like, $2500, which: no thanks). Once I have one, I can go back and scan all of the previous pages and update them with the improved colors. This also includes a lot of my older work for which I still have the originals, including the Firefox and Buble strips.
If you think you can help me meet this goal, consider having a look at my patreon and becoming a supporter. (And, huge thanks to everyone who’s pledged already – I can afford to spend a week or two out of every month working on the comic now, and it’s very liberating.)
Pedro just has no time at all for Rasselbock’s tomfoolery. Very serious opossum.
I’m afraid to say there will be no comic next week, because I’ll be traveling for most of next week and did not have the foresight to prepare another page in advance. I’ll see you in a fortnight.
And that is Rasselbock! Now we get to spend some time with Noe, in the chart room. Everybody responded so positively to Rasselbock that I’m a little bit nervous about being able to follow him up with a character that might be a little bit less endearing in his design and speech.
But we will see! I am pretty excited about these next several pages.