I was gonna write about how page one is here and hooray and finally and all that! But I feel that may be a bit much lately...
I could do a commentary track, I suppose? Things like, "That's supposed to be two leaves knocked loose by the ascending bird, but James joked that the bird was pooping and by the time Amanda colored it, that's what it became."
My photoshop-fu is not very mighty, so enjoy the exclusive look at my blue-penciled sketch lines! Ooo Aaaaa.
The solid-color "gradient" for the sunrise was Amanda's call and complete brilliance, she's taken my NES palette challenge to the next level by giving us a background we'd see in an old game... bravo.
Story-wise, we've established our main character and bit of her morning routine. And she's bored! Well, Roeke, be careful of what you implicitly wish for...
I wrote the last paragraph and deleted it twice. Part of me feels like a magician revealing his secrets (I'm not), or or... pretentious some how. Like the work is somehow worthy of such discourse. I think I should leave it be, let the page speak for itself, and let the audience read it as they will. Too many lit-classes, I suppose. Now write an essay on how my brilliant masterpiece uses the character, Roeke, to dissect, compare and contrast the hard, but simple living of farm-life versus the hustle and bustle of a more urban environment. And supposing all that, what does the bird symbolize? Or the shape of the clouds?
OR, you could just tune in again next week for the next update!
Well, it's still technically February, so Roeke's not late. In fact, you can see the cover for chapter one riiiiiiight NOW!
And, you may have noticed, that page also states page one will be here this Wednesday, it's true! It also just so happens that that's when I plan on updating every week-- because, new comic day! MORE EXCLAMATION POINTS!!!
*Ahem* Anyway, I'm very excited to share this with you all, and hope you'll dig it. I also hope I get a solid fix down for the whole page sizing thing, it's been a pain.
As I stated before, my sisses, Amanda, will be doing coloring duty on Roeke, and I will pester her about gettin' info to make a bio for her on the about page. I also need to get one up for James, as he helped me design the robots Roeke has to fight (yeah, robots!).
Anyway, we'll see you for the start of chapter one on Wednesday!
Well, it's February now. Sometime in the next 26 days, I owe y'all some new comic!
I've decided that I'm going to go webcomic style for Roeke. Mostly because my ego loves to see that little spike on my stats page anytime something new goes up. But, practically, it allows me to keep my promise and still naggle at the details as I go. My awesome sister, Amanda, is plucking away on the colors for Roeke in the challenging-ly limited pallet of the NES (my fault).
Things I'm still working out:
So, it's webcomic style, but how often will I post? Two, Three times a week? Definitely one of those two.
What date to start...? I'm chatting with Amanda LITERALLY right now, to get a feel for how quickly she can get done/ how much of a head start she needs. Then I also need to slap it together with my lettering (already done over the b&w art, just waiting to merge), tweak any last bits, and put it up on the site.
What next? I tease two projects I've got in development on the home page. One, with my dear sister on art duties, called Autumn. It's about an amnesiac girl with a mysterious connection to a magical tree... and the destiny of the world resting on her shoulders! Based on a dream Amanda had, which is no big deal if you know her, but might sound kinda crazy to anyone else ;)
The other, Ashes and Eden, by myself and my bff, James, explores two sides of the end of the earth: Those left behind, and those that found a new planet to colonize.
Other than that, I'm starting to talk to strangers online about making art babies together. I, in fact, got my first rejection today! It was actually a super sweet letter, and, if stars align at a later point we might make something then. Actually, it wasn't actually wasn't my first rejection, but the other one wasn't a complete stranger, so it doesn't count :P
I have other solo projects floating in my head, but let's get through Roeke first, eh?
Welp, TL; DR, as the kids say these days-- so I'm gonna end this now.
Born in California, Justin now resides in Portland, OR. He's had a passion for comics from a very young age