Happy Wednesday, everyone!
Well, the fight's out! Robots are lookin' to punch Roeke's lights out. She better back up, and guard her grill...
Choreographing a fight scene is a really fun challenge. Getting Amanda to color it without a proper script is a mean mean thing, though. But, as you can see, we got through it. Panel 5 is definitely my fav on this one, with the robots calmly walkin' out on her. Those dicks!
Then I'm gonna end every page with Roeke charging, haha.
Well, page 14 is pretty much exactly the same as my layouts. But look at panel 1 of 15, completely different angle! I think that is one of those spots I made a conscious effort to get more profile shots in, so as to elicit that side-scroller feeling. Also, dramatic foreshortening is hard :P
Anywho, think that's it for this round, see youse guys next week!
The robots are finally here! What do they want with Miri? And why does Roeke recognize them? Read on, true believer (I think I got that from somewhere...)!
Amanda went and turned a mundane stare down into a hyper-action anime staredown! And the colors go well with the website logo! It's all about Roeke's eye in that second to last panel, though! And did you see the bits of orange in the smoke... it's like it's a real fire! Good job, sisses!
Oh, hey, the robots are here, so now's a good a time as any to reveal our FINAL COLLABORATOR, haha. Actually, I've already mentioned him and this: But those sweet robot designs are compliments of one James Lloyd-Knox. We'll get him a bio up on the about page soon!
Well, it's already past 10 and I wanna get this thing posted, so I'm calling it there.
See ya next week!
Here we go!
Somethings happened, could it be.... ROBOTS!?
Don't tell anyone, but I think this comic will read a lot better in whole chapter chunks instead of this page-a-week model. So... sorry about the slow start. I need this page-a-week though, creatively, because it's like a deadline. If we HAVE to have it out every week, then I HAVE to keep working on it. If I didn't start this website, if I didn't start posting this thing, I really doubt we'd have gotten as far as we have. It was also important to me, as you'll probably see by the end of Stage One, to take my time establishing Roeke and Miri's relationship and routine so that the impending action and the four issues following are all properly motivated.
Anyway, chapter one will be done in late July, if you wanna come back and enjoy the story at a more natural pace!
Oh hey, some BTS stuff! Don't strain your eyes too much trying to read my chicken scratch. But you can see that not a lot changed from my original layouts.
Artistically, this page is pretty rewarding for me. That middle tier where Roeke is just starting to run and has barely broken into the panel is still one of my favorites, and Manda made it look great in color! Then, of her own accord, she did the yellow and the red backgrounds in the last two, working on a couple levels I can really dig: slow, then stop; followed- more importantly- by caution, then alert! Also, I think I made a good call in reframing it from layout to final. *Pats self on back*
Well, that's all I've got this week, see you Roekers next time!
Whoa! We're halfway there!
Well, for Stage One. Did I tell you that this comic will have 5 stages in all?
Once again, compliments to the color chef, Amanda, for her improvisation and flexibility. There was never a script for issue one, and she works from the art without my lettering there. So at first she didn't know it was supposed to be heading into night time on these last couple pages. But it was a quick turnaround for her to go from that to bathing Roeke in moonlight on a pretty, clear night. Go Amanda!
Also, who-- or what-- is Nyant, other than a terrible name? (Inside joke, sorry). Well, let's just say Miri's conception wasn't immaculate...
I've got some ideas of what I might be doing for my next project that I'm pretty excited about, though not ready to divulge more info on, so basically I just typed this sentence for no reason.
I'm also gonna start teaching myself to color, so I can free Amanda up to go back to a comic she's drawing with me (Autumn). Well, that's the idea anyway. We'll see how it goes :P
I'm plucking away on the pencils for Stage 3, and have only 4 (and a panel) to go. I'm writing and doing some design work for Stage 4, and am staring down Stage 5 on the horizon.
Well, see y'all next week, right? We're closing in on robots... or, rather, robots are closing in on ROEKE!
Halfway done with Stage 1
Amanda colors good
I'm gonna learn to color?
Born in California, Justin now resides in Portland, OR. He's had a passion for comics from a very young age