I am filled with humility and inspiration
Emerald City Comic Con is going on this weekend. I had a pretty epic first day. Steve Lieber (Illustrator: White Out) kicked my butt with constructive criticism for Elves of Iax. I feel like I sparred with Pi Mei and he chose not to kill me. More on ECCC to follow, still deciding how I'm going to post it all.
Writing The Indies
I'm working on more pages of The Indies. I haven't done a regular web comic in a while, so it'll take me a couple weeks to figure out my update schedule. I'd like to have a new one up every Monday. (Jeeze, I haven't even added it to the comics page yet. Let me get that done right now). I'd also like to do something about my ECCC adventures, but the day-job is taking up a lot of time at the moment.
Look! Look! I am making more comics. I'm just far far away from a scanner! Fate conspires against me but I laugh in the face of fate. Course, that could be why he keeps conspiring against me. Man, screw fate.
Everybody who knows anything about anything knows that anybody who says something like everybody who knows anything about something is lying
Exactly 140 characters, by the way.
Let's ask Allison...
Go here and ask her anything. ANYTHING!
~Big Josh [03/30/2010]
What? Regular Updates
Eh... kinda. There are now three pages of The Indies up. Eventually I'd like it to be a weekly-update sort of thing. For now though, I just want to get a bunch of strips up there as fast as I can so new folks have enough substance to dig into. I must say, its really nice to just be having fun with a comic again. Man... now that I'm back I keep seeing little fixes the site needs. Its the old stuff, Billy! I'm feelin' it again.
Final Fantasy XIII is Unplayable
I managed an hour before I had to quit. The "gameplay" doesn't care what I think, opting for the default combat button to be "here, loser, let me do it for you." As for story, the characters dropped seven different pieces of undefined gibberish (Cocoon, Purge, Pulse, Elsee, Falsee, Yuge, Nora) that were important enough to warrant a beautifully rendered emotional reaction but not an explanation or even a hint as to why I should care. Josh - who finds the good in everything - is raving about this game, but $65 for a RPG that literally doesn't want me to play it is just insulting. (hey Allison, you want my copy?) The next episode of The Indies is 50% done. Had to deal with that Tax thing this weekend.
I have a ton of day-job work and taxes to file, yet I really want to get comics done. The solution: eschew sleep, draw until 5:30AM to finish said comics. Voila: another page of The Indies. If I can't get another page done this weekend, I'll at least put a characters page up. UPDATE: Check it out, I told you I would.
Indies Every Monday
Okay! I really think I can keep this up. Sunday is a good day for drawing, so let's make it official: Swing by Splurd.com every Monday for a new page of The Indies! Isabella is probably the closest the story will have to an antagonist. I want to make this as clear as I can, though: Isabella is NOT based on a real person. No one in The Indies has a real world counterpart. For once, I'm actually writing total fiction.
Vampires Have Bad Taste
Okay, I'm noticing something about general vampire fiction as I chill out at Josh's house and try to ignore The Vampire Diaries until Supernatural comes on: what the hell is with 200-300 year old vampire guys getting all goofy for 21st century babes? I suppose people are cleaner and smarter nowadays than they were over the ages, but in three hundred years of style and culture, you guys pick now to "challenge the elders in the name of love" or whatever the hell the plot of this tripe is. Oh, hey, I forgot Bones is on. Oh, Temperance Brennan, you're such a Mary Sue.
I actually talked to my fictional characters about this one. Fan-service, perhaps, but its canon and gives us a glimpse at the gang's history.
May the 4th be with you!
One of the coolest Star Wars costumes ever!
~Lunchbox Mike [05/04/2010]
I fell asleep drawing The Indies last night. I'll get this week's page finished after work today.
Twilight is Creepy
I'm having twisted fun inventing a fucked-up creepy parody of Twilight in The Indies, though on my best day I will not be able to top a vampire fang Caesarian section. Sorry the comic is late. Isabella is a tough character to write for. I don't want her to be an unrealistically horrible person, the idea is she just doesn't mix with this crew at all.
Vespa? A Wasp Woman?
New page of The Indies, on time this week. I've been looking forward to drawing this one for weeks now - it sums up who Penny is quite succinctly.
Yeah, those may very well be Pokémon fridge magnets
The Indies this week introduces Jet's parents. I had a lot more fun writing the dialogue for this one than doing the art. Its funny, this cast is really coming to life for me in a way none of my other characters ever have. Its less like writing and more like just letting them do their thing and recording what happens.
I just posted on Twitter about deleting my Facebook account. I feel like the Internet's biggest hypocrite.
Hey Internet. I know I'm already late with The Indies this week. I planned on having it up for you when you got back to work this morning, but I just got a Red Cross call. Comic is 90% done, should have it up for you by lunch today.
Talk Conspiracy To Me
New page of The Indies is finally up. Sorry for the delay. This is a bit of a landmark for me. First off, with meeting Armand this week, I've officially introduced the core cast. Second, by my own old standards, 10 pages makes it an official web comic. Insert fwee whistle here!
Who Is Kai Ryssdal?