God Damned Ninja
I have a general plan for The Indies, but I really don't write it more than one or two weeks in advance. This page is a result of that, I didn't really plan for this moment to be as big as it turned out, but as I got closer and closer to it, it felt more and more important. Moments like this are the greatest benefit to making this shit up as I go. Funny story, I intended to fully color this page, but on a whim I started playing with ink texture and surprised the hell out of myself. Still, it felt right to Frank Miller Nat's hair and scarf just this once.
I spend my life worrying about those I care about. I figure, though, that one of the best gifts I can give those people is to be a person they never need to worry about.
Let's celebrate St. Patrick's Day by making Thursday Elves of Iax day from now on. Funny thing about being an artist, you always tend to hate your old art, but even though I drew Elves five years ago and made a lot of mistakes, I'm still proud of it. Of course, I am an artist who likes to wear his mistakes like a badge of honor. I find it constructive to remember where I came from, it reminds me how much I've grown.
The legendary Lou Albano (who I'll always remember as the True Face of Mario) passed on at 76 years old. Even though I didn't have a NES, that show was a favorite. Thanks, Lou.
Ride the Sheep!
The Indies is totally on time this week, imagine that! I'm suddenly having fun drawing again, and I think it's showing. Also, I wasn't sure how or when I was going to introduce Pileus, but he managed to make a great punchline for this week.
493 -> 649
I actually caught, raised and trained all 493 Pokemon of generation four. For those not in the know, the number of Pokemon in the world was recently raised to 649. I beat the new game last night, which opens the option to move your critters from the old game to the new. The feeling I got after this process was very much like that of flopping into a huge pile of stuffed animals. Also, it's Thursday, time for some Iax.
Extra Boom Strength
Nat's plan comes together in this week's The Indies. I use two sizes of Bristol for The Indies. 9"x12" does the trick for most of the basic 6 panels pages, when I'm just trying to keep the story going, but I started using 11"x14" when the visuals are more important. I could see drawing big all the time, it's more work but just as much more fun. I get to hide a lot more fun details into the background.
Yah, I'm not a big sports fan either, but I gotta wave a cheering fist for my college alma mater. Go Rams, butt some butt!
Seconding Allison's statement. There wasn't a stadium at VCU when I started there, and there was when I graduated. It was kinda cool and I kinda cared, so it would be neat if they won that big Tlachtli competition they placed in. Or whatever.
I don't usually care about sports, but VCU has made it into the Final Four, which is awesome.
Working on The Indies
I just want to say this week's page is really, REALLY hard. I'm still working on it. I really hope it turns out even half as cool as it is in my head. We'll see.
God this week's comic was hard. Most of you out there know I like to push myself artistically, but this one was just maddening. I really doubt there will be any more action-oriented sequences in The Indies. The whole in-a-video-game thing is really only going to happen this once. Thanks to Chris for helping with a little anime-style Japanese conjugation, though. Viva Naruto.
Songs and Consequences
I'll be honest, I was a little apprehensive about writing Paul's "The Spartans were fags" comment last week, but I kinda let my characters do whatever they want when I'm writing. I don't like letting them get away with it, though, so I stuck him with a little bit of consequence this week. It feels good to be wrapping up this story arc. I actually started writing Jet's silly song, but only finished about half of it. Dunno if I'll bother finishing it, it's lame and I'm not clever enough to make it 20% cooler.
Elves of Iax Update
I totally forgot to give you guys an Iax page this week. Let's blame tax day.
The Five Friend Dynamic is a concept the gang and I have been refining for a while now, so it's kind of exciting to finally be unleashing it upon the world. I have a rant about it almost finished, which includes a bunch of examples. I'll be posting that fairly soon.
Iax and the Future
Indies Very Late
Working on it now. 4/6 panels done, it'll be up soon. SakuraCon kinda wiped me out. - Okay, It's up now. Not much to say about wrapping up a story arc.
NOW, will all the birthers PLEASE shut up and find something constructive to do?! And Trump... find a new platform to stand on, son. Obama's Ivy League records and their contents are not going to create jobs, shore up the economy or help people afford medical mishaps.
Jer doesn't do drugs
I think if I DID do drugs, they'd make the weird things about me even worse.
Hey Internet. I just wanted to let you know I'll be gone for a couple of weeks, helping the Red Cross in Birmingham. I've never been shipped out-of-state before, so I totally don't know what to expect. I'll be sure to let you know how it goes. I'm gonna try and keep up with The Indies while I'm away - telling stories is my stress relief after all - but I don't know if I'll have time to get it done, so please don't hate me if there aren't any updates for a couple weeks. Thanks, and wish me luck.