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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.

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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! :)


Friday, March 21st, 2008

Whoops! I fell asleep last night in the middle of working on this.

BTW, the last frame was not inspired by Superbad, it was something I’ve had in my notes since pretty much the beginning. This was just the first opportunity I had to use it.

So how’d things

Friday, March 7th, 2008

I finished this comic while hanging out at my friends house, but I didn’t get back home to scan it until 5AM. Seeing as I don’t have any time to work on the second half of this page, I’ll have to get to it later in the day.

I still promise to make up for the three pages I’m missing.

Sorry I didn’t get this page up earlier Monday… I spent most of my day in San Francisco Traffic Court, winning my running-a-red-sign ticket and not paying a $166 fine. :) As a bit of a victory move, I bought myself a copy of Justice League: The New Frontier on Bluray. Now as hyper-critical as I am concerning superhero comics, I give props to any story which transcends the general quality of generic superhero tales and any story which makes superheroes seem new again. The original graphic novel was a brilliant piece of work for this reason. The movie was, in turn, a fair adaption of the original story, in spite of the fact that certain key points of the original story were left out. If anything, I certainly felt my money was well spent. On the flip side, I felt that the extra features seemed a bit tacked on and largely unrelated to the main feature. In fact, the only one segment about adapting the original story into the movie version was a pathetic ten minutes long and spent most of the time talking about Starro. Beh. The other segments drew ire with me, though for largely philosophical reasons; the people that were interviewed discussed superhero comics as if they believed that superhero comics were the only comics that have ever existed… which of course is a belief that draws great resistance from me. But that’s another topic for another time. Fortunately each of the segments tie into The New Frontier in some way, so at least that was their saving grace.

C’mon, I got this s**t

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

OK so I missed the last three posting days… I’m gonna look into making that up to you guys in some form or another. But right now it’s 4AM and I’m dead tired.