You know it's my first year tabling at a con when I see this and get uber excited! That's right, Ratcliffe and I are on the Artist Alley list now, that's as real as it gets (before the show anyway. And if you click it, it'll lead ya right back here!*
*Oh, James! When your site is up lemme know and I'll link to it all over the place!
So, page 6.
Well, I'm 2 for 2 on nudity in my comics now... what a pervert! But hey, I got to show you that scar. How'd she get that, you wonder? Well, read on!
Oh Miri, so much 'tude!
Apparently, I broke continuity with the clothes hanging on the tree.. so Amanda was kind enough to fix that as she colored the page.
The last panel may have been my worst one yet. If you think Roeke looks slightly derpy, just be glad you didn't see the original rendition of the panel. I don't know what was wrong with me that day, but I just could not draw that close-up.
Manda did a great job with making her hair look wet, I just drew some squiggly lines, the color sells it.
Well, that'll do for this time.
Hello, my lovelies!
How'd you like page 5? Me too/neither, as applicable.
The line about improvisational narratives? That's probably the most meta thing I've ever written, seriously, might as well have drawn myself saying it, haha.
Miri doesn't talk much, does she? One of my little cousins barely says a word either, but you can always tell that her brain is working, she understands you and she's actually quite clever. Miri, though, she's just grumpy.
Amanda's colors made the river panel stand out a lot better. The extra shadow splotchies on the ground helps sell that 'middle of the woods on a nice day' serenity.
Anywho, thought I'd spend the rest of this post telling you all what's going on behind the scenes of Roeke!
Their are going to be 5 stages/chapters/issues in total, and I've plotted the whole thing out. I've outlined the major beats and know pretty much what happens on every page through the very end. I've scripted through issue 3, and have, in fact, started drawing it. Issue 2 is penciled, inked, and partially lettered, and Amanda is several pages ahead of us coloring issue 1.
If we get to a point where we're far enough ahead, I might start posting twice a week. But I'm terrified of running out of finished work and having to delay mid-story. I'd rather just take a break between each chapter and post otherwise uninterrupted. We'll see how that goes :)
Well, take care, y'all. Be excellent to each other!
Howdy there, everyone!
I've got some cool news for y'all (well, for me, anyway)!
I'll have an artist alley table at Rose City Comic Con this September (COMMENCE AIR GUITAR SOLO)! I'm splitting it with my homeboy, James Ratcliffe, a fine comics illustrator himself. We also got Amanda and James (Lloyd-Knox) badges, too, so they could man the tables when I pee or whatever, oh, and I guess so you can meet and chat with them or something.
This is my first ever con as a table-haver, so, y'know, excitement! I'm plotting what I'm gonna do with my half the real-estate.... Chapter one of Roeke will be done by the end of July (sticking to my current schedule), so a print version of that seems to be in order. Maybe do a print run on Virgin Nation, too, if budget permits? I think Amanda might want to get some prints in there for sale, too. Obviously, we've got a while to figure it all out, and I'm totes open for advice and opinions if you've got 'em!
Anyway, to our regularly scheduled blogging:
You may notice that this is, in fact, Friday-- and not Wedenesday. I've decided to spread my content load out a bit each week, so you'll get the new page on Wednesdays still, but then you can come back and read the blog on Fridays. Thrilling, no? I love watching the stat-tracker graph trace beautiful mountain ranges.
As for page 04, I'd like to say I like panels 3 and 5 in particular, I thought they turned out well. It was important to me, too, to contrast Roeke's sentimental captions with a crying baby, because even when Miri's not okay, she's still Roeke's whole world. Parenting 101 stuff, right?
Man, definitely need to be more mindful of how much space I leave for word balloons, my improvisational solution of breaking panel 1 with panel 2's dialog worked out-- and even helped lead your eyes through the page, sure-- but I'm telling you that was a happy accident while resolving the lack of balloon-space in that second panel, heh.
As always, mah Sisses colors good. It was her call, you know, to give Roeke blue eyes. I hadn't told her what color yet (forgot to mention, really), but I was thinking brown. When I got the blue in, though, man, and that shade and piercing shine, yeah. Of course I went with that, it looks great!
I'm starting to think my commentary would be better served as a retrospective, since I keep finding myself not saying a bunch a stuff because I realize that none of you have read it yet. I'll probably still do the mini-comments, though. And then do a big one at the end of ... each chapter? The series? BOTH!?!?
I'm tabling at RCCC
Blog has moved to Friday, comic stays on Wednesday!
I stole this device from Matt Fraction and Kelly Sue's newsletter!
Peace, y'all, be excellent to each other!
Alrighty, week two and our second post is here!
And you're technically getting two pages!
Please forgive the sizing issue, you won't believe how limiting Weebly can be in this department. I also wasn't considering the format I'd be publishing in when I started drawing this back in the day. Rest assured though, this is the only double page spread in the series, so it'll all be nice and readable from here on out.
The preceding paragraph was written, of course, before I realized that pictures too large for the area are given a scroll bar. Not the classiest way to view the image, but one can read it without squinting now. You see, the scroll bar doesn't show up when you're in the page editor, so I never noticed until I published it. But enough about all that.
So, the following is the song that I stole the title of this chapter from:
Anyway, I like it.
Once again, I would like to sing all praises for my dear sister/colorist, Amanda. I drew a squiggle and some fluffy lines, and-- with limited resources-- she gave us a beautiful sunrise. After that it was a simple matter of throwing in the title and credits and now we'll be getting on to Roeke's whole reason for choosing this life...
Thanks for checking us out, hope to see you again next week! Click here to go straight to the new post!
Born in California, Justin now resides in Portland, OR. He's had a passion for comics from a very young age