Archive for March, 2008

I AM ERROR!

Monday, March 31st, 2008

OK the computer I use to do post production for my comics on is acting super bogus, so comic updating will be unfortunately postponed until I can fix it or something. I’ll still be drawing comics though, so once it’s fixed I’ll be in update overtime. But until then, just sit pretty. Sorry folks! :(

Man I just

Friday, March 28th, 2008

A few little things.

1. Jopes make everything better.
2. Yay for yet another on time comic!
3. Chapter Five is almost over!
4. I gotta start scraping cash together for cons later in the summer. I also gotta start working on some new material for the FanimeCon.
5. My Complete List of Writing Offenses is due for a major update soon. I’ve had a few good conversations about it with people, but I have a lot of data to shift through and consolidate before I can add it to the list. But you’ll love them!
6. Creating replacement band names is fun!
— Squashing Melons = Smashing Pumpkins
— Frequencymind = Radiohead
— O’Bannon = Pinback
— Poorly Illustrated Male = Badly Drawn Boy
— Apes To Astronauts, Fishfingers, and a few others are actually unique names. In one way or another they’re going to play an important part in the story.

Oh my God Thad! It’s about time you showed up to one

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Yay! Surprise extra comic. I didn’t halftone it just because the halftone obstructed certain details which made it impossible to work out what was going on.

One of writing teachers encourages us to write not so much about the fact that it’s raining but more about the feeling of being rained upon.

I find it really hard to write reviews of books, apart from “I read it” and “you should read it.”

Today I bought Skim by cousins Mariko and Jillian Tamaki. The minute I picked it up I knew it was going to be some quality shit. The story is one of them “this is what it’s like to be a tenth grade girl” kinda tales, seemingly aimed towards those readers as well. But I felt the story was good enough that it moved beyond that “narrow” aim. When comparing Skim to a book within the same “narrow” genre, like Good As Lily (by Derek Kirk Kim and Jesse Hamm), Skim comes out to be the better title. I mean, as much as I enjoyed Good As Lily, the Tamaki Cousins just seemed to put five times as much effort into Skim. The book itself felt alive, and the characters were probably some of the best examples of three dimensional characters; a perfect measuring stick for me to strive towards. It’s been a while since I’ve been so enveloped by a story so well written and well drawn; while reading it I actually felt like I was inside the main character’s mind looking out through her eyes. (Or: I felt like I was being rained upon as opposed to merely reading about it raining.) You must read it.

FURTHER INFO ON SKIM:
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6 page preview…

Bonus Comic Wednesday!

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

Yeah, I’m gonna post an extra comic tomorrow. This shouldn’t affect the posting of a comic Friday. Awesome, huh?

GET OFFA ME!

Monday, March 24th, 2008

Aaah… nothing like an on time comic. :)

Y’know, I was thinking… I never thought I would have written 160 pages of anything, but here I am. My younger selves, predominantly my high school self, is looking at me right now and is astonished with where I’ve gotten thus far. Now I wouldn’t say that I ever thought of myself as a failed writer. But I’ve always longed for the day when I could actually start writing something and finish it, seeing as pretty much everything I’ve ever written in the past never reached completion. I have CDs upon CDs of incomplete work, which have always kinda mocked me.

Ever since I first discovered comics, I wanted to write them. I can flash back to any number of comics I tried to start. I created a few “issues” for my super hero team, X-Flock, but it never went anywhere. I did come close to completing an entire X-Flock story, but God only knows what happened to it.

I used to write Battle Angel Alita fan fiction, but most of my work ended up being four or fives pages, all of which ended up on the scrap heap. The largest document I ever created was called The Gunnm Documentary, which was a large collection of notes and stories which intended to tell the prehistory of the Battle Angel Alita universe… but this was before the recent Last Order series was written. Fortunately there was enough original material in The Gunnm Documentary for me to strip it of any Alita reference and still keep the story intact. Now it’s the foundation for Martian Uprising, my sci-fi epic that I’m going to work on years on down the road. Still, even the Gunnm Documentary wasn’t something I considered to be completed work that I would have been proud to put my name on.

Then there was when I started work on my first webcomic, The Book Of Huzzah. I was surprised that it lasted some 103 pages. The first webcomic story I wanted to write for The BOH was called I’m Screw’d, but I only managed about five pages between two different attempts. The next original story that I tried to write, Skyhowl Legacy, lasted like 16 pages; more than I ever produced up to that point, but still something that I couldn’t get myself to want to finish. And when I started Moose River, the first attempt at writing a more narrative story lasted 30 pages; more than Skyhowl but again it wasn’t anything to write home about.

The most I’ve ever done of any one art project, quantity wise, was when I had my Pokémon website; I created something like 450 fake cards for the Pokémon card game. But those things were easy to make; I used to make like three to five of them every few days, and this was over a period of like five years. 450 fakes still was quite a feat, but then again, it wasn’t a story.

Moose River (the current incarnation) is finally something I can be proud of. 160 pages alone has certainly proven to me that I can finally write a story that I don’t see as yet another a failed attempt. I hope this trend continues! :)