So far, my current art sale has been a big success. And there are 24 hours left to buy stuff. Here are the deals: half off original art ( the prices listed are the reduced prices), one free print with every sale of original art, buy one print get one free.
I am incredible proud to announce the launch of the new comic The Situation, written by the illustrious Jeff VanderMeer and drawn by myself. A lot of work and love went into this so I hope you enjoy it.
It's a dark, satirical science fiction story set in a world where things and people can change when you look away and nothing is certain. Wick works for The Company and is willing to go to great lengths to keep his job.
Only a few days left in my store sale! On top of half off original art and free prints with every purchase of original art I'm also offering two prints for the price of one for the remainder of the sale.
My current sale is a big success! Thanks so much! There are seven days left in the sale and I've decided to give away one free print with every purchase of original art. Due to a snowstorm yesterday none of the original art has shipped yet so I'll be including free prints in all the orders I've received. Here are just a few of the originals up for sale at reduced prices.
Starting today I'm having a huge sale at my Etsy shop. I've cut original art prices in half and reduced print prices by a third, all prints are now 10 dollars each plus shipping.
My print sale in November and December really helped us get through those months and I can't express my appreciation enough. At the moment most of my income comes from print and original art sales so every sale counts and means a lot to me. Every sale literally helps my family eat and buys me supplies to keep doing comics.
And now that Maddy is almost done and I'm starting in on The Robot Museum I need to do another push.
I'll keep these items on sale for nine days, there has not been a better time to buy my art.
I thought it'd be fun to to post all my progress on Robot Museum here on my blog, right up to it's publication. Yesterday I posted the main character to get things started and today I'll start with the earliest parts of actually making the story happen.
It was around Christmas time I decided to finish the Robot museum outline I'd had kicking around for a long time and with a lot of work things started to fall into place. All the world building and characters started to build a story on their own. I started by scribbling notes and sketches in my sketchbook. I was travelling when I started so this makes sense, but it's how I always start something.
Once I was back in Toronto I started gathering up all my notes and began the process of actual outlining. I like to have my outlines typed up. I have been using Scrivener for a while, Scrivener is a Mac writing program which is deep and excellent. But I needed something simpler. So I went back to using Word. which is great. But more recently, after having memory lapses and not saving stuff I opted for Google docs and it's wonderful autosave. Not only autosave but I can edit on my mobile. Perfect! Thanks to my friends at the International Komic Krit team for pushing me in that direction.
Speaking of IKK, the next thing I did was get together a team of international cartoonists and writers to help each other edit our work. These people are mercilessly helpful. It's amazing. With my writing I feel I have good ideas and can even manage a good basic structure for my stories but i lack the self awareness to really examine it and see what could make it the best story I can write. I can't say enough good things about a good editor.
so now I'm editing in google Docs on my desktop and my phone. The ability to do this is great.
While working on the outline i also work on thumbnails. In my own process the words and pictures go back and forth from the beginning informing each other. I find this back and forth magical. something new emerges from this process. It's r a lot of work but it's also really exciting.
And that's where I'm at right now, a nearly completed outline and ongoing revisions to both the outline and the thumbnails. I'll update again soon. I'm doing the thumbnailing a little differently this time around and I want to share it.
Keep an eye here tomorrow afternoon! I'll be announcing a special sale at my shop!
I finally have a script for Robot Museum I'm thrilled about, thanks to all the creators who joined me in the International Komik Krit team. Since about Christmas I've been reworking the story and things have finally started to fall into place for this book. If you're a long time follower of my blog you'll recognise Quentin and the Museum from the first few days I started posting. It's an idea that's been gathering other ideas for years. And I'm finally ready to stat drawing it.
Quentin is a transgenic (a sort of clone made from the genetic material of different creatures) who was created specifically for the task of maintaining robots. In the case of this story, vintage robots. The story begins when the Museums owner dies leaving the Museum to the hapless Quentin in his will.
At the moment I'm thumbnailing it, and for the first time creating a book specifically for digital readers. Although I'm keeping in mind print as well. Over at Komik Krits there is a ton of lively discussion about the future of comics and the best way to approach selling them. This is turning out to be a real adventure. I hope you'll all join me on this and support it when it comes out. I'm hoping for a Summer release. Get your tablets ready!
I'll post more soon.
In other news I'm going to have a print sale soon, so keep an eye on this space.
As is often the case with me an idea soon takes a funny twist and I'm off and running before I know what's going on.
As Maddy Kettle nears completion I decided to pick up another story that I really want to tell, The Robot Museum. And, encouraged by amazing articles about self publishing, digital publishing and the artist entrepreneur such as this one, this one and this one I decided this route might be the most interesting. It really seem that this is the year of the creator, maybe the beginning of the age of the creator.
My one worry is editing, my work is always improved by strong editing. so, no sooner did I put the question out there I was able to find an amazing team of cartoonists and editors who are willing to work together to edit each others work! I'm really excited about this idea. I'll report more on it later.
Finally, just a note on Robot Museum, I may have mentioned this before but I'm going to do this book in pencil and push it all digitally. Above is an example of one of earliest attempts at working this way, owning a Cintiq really opened this up for me, presenting new ways of working that hadn't occurred to me before.
A full page spread from Maddy Kettle, which I'm back penciling. I've pretty much mapped out the first story for Robot Museum too, so 2012 has already started off as a sprint. My idea for Robot Museum right now is self publish as a digital only book, for now. As things start rolling and I'm working on the book, the funding and publishing plans I'll post more and more to let everyone in on the process. More soon!
After a bit of a hiatus I've started posted iPod sketches again. Such a fun, versatile tool for sketching. And as I'm writing The Robot Museum again right now it's pretty useful as well. I can use some of these designs i the comic. And when I'm out and see something that has a striking shape I can easily take out my iPod, open Brushes or Sketchbook Mobile and turn it into a robot.
A panel from Maddy Kettle which I am now returning to after about 2 weeks of working on The Robot Museum. I managed to get a lot of stuff finished for Robot Museum and I'm really, really happy with were it's heading. I love the story and the tone and the characters but it still needs lots of work and polishing. As for Maddy, I'm working on the next lot of pencils which pages 41 to 61, I'll posting more updates soon.
I have an old pair of Russian goggles that my son has become obsessed with. I think they go well with those pyjamas. Just finished reading an amazing book, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I could not put it down for 2 days. If you like science fiction, role playing games, video games and the Eighties you should check it out. I'm taking another day or two Robot Museum pretty soon.
Happy new year everyone! I hope the holidays were great for everyone and I hope this year is a wonderful one for you. Here's a drawing I did last year for a charity auction to help Japan recover fro the devastating earthquake. Here's hoping for a better year in that regard. I'd love to see more peace, prosperity and compassion this year. Things we could always use more of.
I'm posting this too because I've started scripting the Robot Museum book again. I started scripting it as an illustrated book but it came out as a comic, I think it's a process that's becoming second nature to me, I just find it's an easier route for me to write tat way rather than in prose. After working on and off on the Robot Museum the story finally came together over the holidays. So, I'm taking this week to fine tune it and start thumb-nailing before tackling the second half of Maddy Kettle. I'm still not sure how or where to publish Robot museum, there are so many options these days it's hard to know what's best. I'm also thinking I'll do it in pencil and digital, which is a medium I find I do a lot of my strongest work in. All I need to do is find the right paper....