Running a little late today, I blame Damages, that fucking show. The funny thing is: I had planned to say "No new post today... April Fool's!!! On my link for today's post, and then there almost wasn't. Not only that, but it was me remembering that lame joke that caused me to realize that I hadn't posted the new page yet. Go figure.
The metaphor cookie that is Roeke and Nyant's relationship crumbles a bit more today.
See ya next week, assuming I'm more responsible than I was this week.
You know, when I first conceived this idea(no pun intended, just a happy accident-- oh god, I can't stop!) ANYWAY. When I first figured out the robots Roeke would be fighting were sent by her ex I thought to myself that I had found my story's final boss and main villain. Now, overall, I still see Nyant that way, but the dude has some valid points. I can certainly symp/empathize with him and anyone who might agree with him. I just think Roeke, while not perfect, is MORE right.
Also, those robots ARE trying to kill her, right? Is Nyant a really shitty programmer? Does he WANT her dead? Or are those robots seriously messed up, themselves?
Well, you might have some hints in the next couple weeks that you can draw some conclusion from. Until then, keep on rocking in the free world.
Spoiler alert, they are getting into this again. And this is gonna be the big one, folks.
I was gonna leave the cover over Guardian white, but I thought "this is a pseudo apocalyptic world, I'm sure this was the first good sheet they could find... they don't' have the luxury of color choice and thread count" So... pink. Deal with it. *hifiveshimselfforbeingthebestatworldbuildingandcolorchoice*
If nothing else, I feel like I'm pretty good at using facial expressions to augment the dialog and the scene in general. I'd really love to find some *real* artists to work with, though.
See y'all next week!
Especially not peaceful rides down the river on a stolen dock!
I'm a little behind this week, so another short blog, but I hope you enjoy the page!
I had work and D&D tonight, so now it's late and I'm quite tired.
Basically, I'm about to do what Roeke's about to do, so this is all you're getting for a blog.
Hope you enjoy the new page, and I'll see ya next week.
There's a bit in Greg Rucka and JH Williams III's great Batwoman story where Batman lectures Kate (Batwoman) that she shouldn't wear her hair long, because any ol' criminal can grab it and then she's done for. Roeke didn't get that advice, and now she had to salvage what was left. (Brief aside, Kate didn't need the advice, she was wearing a wig, and the best part is she doesn't defend herself to Batman, she doesn't need to. She knows she's badass.)
Roeke doesn't know that she's badass. She's proving it one life-threatening trial after the next. Aaaaaand I just noticed a tear I drew in her shirt that I haven't been drawing in issue 04, shit. Should be a quick enough fix, it's just the small one in the collar. I remembered the other two! Roeke's been beaten so bloody in this comic, I recently had the wonderful idea to keep a "battle-damage" sketch handy while I draw that I update with each new wound. God, I wish I'd thought of it oh, say, three issues ago.
Anywho, we're not out of the woods-- er, city-- yet! That's next weeks page!
Well, so much for the Torch, eh? RIP, favorite robot, you'll be missed.
Other than my complete negligence in even attempting a background, I really like how this page turned out. Good action, good energy, and I love the calm stillness in the aftermath on that last panel.
Next week: Roeke gets what is probably her most important upgrade, the one that bests likens her ability to the video games that inspired this story!
Until next time...
This may be one of my favorite pages of the issue. The action, composition, and how bad-ass Roeke looks in the middle panel of toward the bottom- before smashing Torch's face in, are all working for me. What'd you think?
Part of me wishes I made Torch the main robot, definitely my favorite design (thanks again, James). Oh well, there's still more Torch to come, you'll just have to see next week!
Thanks for reading, er, looking (not much dialogue on this page),
Anyone else notice that I forgot to add a subtitle to last week's blog?
Anywho, OUCH, right? I'm pretty sure it wouldn't look like that irl, because, y'know, physics, but you depict hair tearing out in a still graphic medium! Jerks.
UPDATE! Moved the "tear" line down to Roeke's scalp to look more better, thanks to the glory of photoshop.
Panel 3's my personal favorite I like the angle, the perspective, and the oh-shit-ness of the threat depicted.
Anywho, FIGHT'S OUT!
WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON!?!!?
I swear I started writing this before The Last of Us came out, honest!
I feel I don't have much to add to this beyond, y'know, what you've already read. I'm personally pretty proud of the expressions I've produced, I think that's a decent strength of mine where any technical skill may fall short.
I feel bad for them, but it'll get better, right? RIGHT!?!?!
I was trying a different method with my ballooning on this and the following pages. I don't know how I feel about it.
So, if this page is the spark, I look forward to showing you the fire it starts next week (and the powder keg that explodes later on!).
But, Roeke, it's the greater good!
THE GREATER GOOOOOOD.
Well, until next week: stay classy.
Why is it every time we go indoors the only colors I can think of are "gray" and "darker gray?"
I need to get better at this. I think my drawing is getting better, though, and more consistent. The chipped paint detail on the ladder was a pain, all future ladders will now have good paint jobs, okay?
Next week, we'll have some flash-backing!
Holy moley, it's 2015!
Nothing like a little imminent DOOM to start off the new chapter of Roeke!
The cover for this chapter was made completely by the sister thing: Amanda Brewer, how cool is that?. The robots were designed by James, and all the art beyond the cover is by me.
Looking at the schedule I've cooked up for myself for the year, I can say that if I keep up with it, it will be probably the most productive year of my whole life. Several times more busy than I was last year, at least. Wish me luck! Oh, and don't forget to subscribe to Roeke over here:
Tapastic should make things a bit more convenient for ya, so you'll never miss a new page! That being said, I just started publishing there and it'll take a little while to get current. I'll let you know when it catches up, too.
Oh, also, why don't ya leave me a comment now and then? Remind me I'm not making this in a complete vacuum, VALIDATE MY EXISTENCE.
Okay, thanks, bye!
To be continued!!!
We've done it, another issue in the can! Thanks for joining me in this crazy ride, I really look forward to telling y'all the next chapter and the rest of the story!
I'll put the cover up for sure next week, but I haven't decided whether to throw the first page in with that, or if I need the extra buffer time...we'll see.
In any case, see ya next year! And speaking of next year, I'll share a goal of mine with you all here and now for accountability purposes: I am going to finish publishing Roeke. That's three whole comics, as Roeke is a 5 part series total. Then, after that's done, hopefully you'll get to see the start of whatever comes next for me.
Until next time,
Merry Christmas, y'all!
I got you this new Roeke page, and no gift receipt, so you're stuck with it!
Roeke has a sit down after getting beat up by a robot. But, hey, she got her GPS/DS thing and can hopefully use it to find Miri!
Boy, I sure used a lot of grey in this issue....
Anyway, last page of the chapter goes up on New year's Eve, so chapter three will start without interruption or delay the first Wednesday in 2015!
To all, a good night!
I like how the first two panels turned out, the rest can go straight to hell! :P
I'm coloring Roeke 03 right now and I think my art might be improving some. Funny how that works ;)
Also, how does one spell out that sound phonetically? I did my best, but did that put the right noise in your brains? That kinda inhaled hiss as you do anything you can to disperse that pain?
Well, we're winding down on chapter two. Just a couple more pages, a Christmas and a New Year's present for ya's. Then, first Wednesday in January, we will see the start of Roeke Stage 03! Featuring not one, but TWO robot fights and the wrap up of our flashback scenes, depicting the ultimate fate of Roeke and Nyant's relationship. It'll be a doozy!
Last night I lost my mind a little and scheduled out my comic work and publishing schedule for 2015, and boy, will I be busy! It is my hope and aim to finish Roeke (which has been 5 Stages pretty much from the get-go) and then in the last few months of the year begin publishing whatever my next project ends up being. Pretty exciting, eh?
Well, wish me luck. Thanks to Dragon Age (and my own laziness) I am way behind where I wanted to be by now, but not so far that it's hopeless (no month break between chapters this time!).
See ya Christmas Eve!
I originally had a much different- and much more boring- composition in mind for this page. I don't think that even made it to the tiny thumbnail stage before I thought of and fell in love with this one.
On the original drawing, the small, square falling panels were much smaller, so I blew them up when I went in to color the page. Technology!
Looks like Roeke's spider problems are finally at an end...
If robots had feelings, I'm sure someone reaching into their arm hole and pulling on their guts wouldn't feel very nice.
I like my last panel there (and the transition to it). Hard to do better suspense then "They're already over the edge!" Wile E. Coyote would be throwing up his "Help" sign right about now.
I have a nasty habit of writing myself scenes with a loooooot of panels. Particularly the fights. Beware! Future collaborators are going to hate me :P
On a separate note, I feel like emotes should count as punctuation, as sentences look funny when you punctuate after an emoji, but the emoji feels isolated and unrelated if punctuation precedes it. So, there you have it: emoji is the new punctuation :D
I hope y'all like incomplete stories, because now that Dragon Age rules my life forever, I probably will never finish Roeke 03, haha.
God, I hope I'm kidding.
On this page I had an idea for the colors to progress toward a red alert and I'm not sure if I pulled it off. I dunno, it makes the whole composition kinda weird...
Speaking of pulling things off, yowzers! Spider is literally trying to rip her arm out and for that, I got to draw one of the most pained expressions I could muster. I think that worked out pretty well?
Anywho, thanks for reading. Happy Turkey day or what have you! Don't go shopping on Friday, you soulless bastards!
Not much time to blog this morning, so I just thought I'd say "Hi!"
Hope you enjoy the page, and we'll see you next week!
So, I just got done inking Roeke 03, and I must say, I'm a better artist now. Honestly, I think my art was better in the first one, too (with some exceptions), but maybe that was just Amanda's coloring :P. I'm mostly dissapointed with my inking on this page. Welp, I'll just have to do better next time.
For you, next week means the big throwdown with Roeke and The Spider gets underway. For me: I'll start color work on Roeke 03. With any luck, I'll have enough of a lead that I'll feel confident posting issue 3 pages twice a week! No promises though!
Alrighty, catch y'all next week!
It's all smiles, love, and expository dialogue here, folks!
I really like how the last panel turned out.
I don't have much else to say about this page, I guess, so I'll let you off early this week.
Tune in next time!
Once again, if the print is too small, hit up the infinite scroll page HERE.
I know all the things about "BIOLOGY," all of 'em! Sure, Nyant is monologuing a bit, but that doesn't mean anything, right? I actually really like how his ideas come about stream-of-consciousness style. Like he's just spitting out some comforting thoughts when all of a sudden wheels start turning, puzzles start fitting- and the scientist kicks in! We'll see where that leads us next week, eh?
Today I did the layouts for Roeke 04. I am jumping all over the place on this book. I technically still haven't even finished this issue. I still have one more page to color, it's just there's soooooo many things in that page! It's intimidating :P. I'm just under halfway through inking Roeke three. So, uh, progress is being made, so I feel like I'm allowed to feel accomplished, right?
Keep it real, y'alls!
First, if the formatting here has made all that text too small, you can check out the larger version at the bottom of this page(Roeke 02 Infinite Scroll).
This relationship I'm establishing- and all the things about to happen in/to it. This is the heart of the story for me. This makes the comic more than just fighting lots of robots. I'm excited to show y'all.
Someone complimented my facial expressions last week. Unfortunately, the way I had my form submission set up, it was anonymous, so, uh... thank you anon! I have the form set up proper now, so I'll be able to personally thank anyone in the future. And, for more traditional comments, that the whole world could see, we have the comments here on each blog post, too!
Well, typing with long nails is annoying, so I'm gonna stop and go cut mine. See ya next week!
Born in California, Justin now resides in Portland, OR. He's had a passion for comics from a very young age