||[Apr. 16th, 2012|11:46 pm]
Still chugging away at the cruise comic, now tentatively titled "Displacement." It keeps getting more involved, and now it's hovering at an estimated 100 pages! It's taking longer than I thought it would, but that means more comics, so that's good. Here's a little preview page:|
As you can probably guess from this page, it was quite a trip.
Sorry about the delay. I'm hoping to be finished with it by CAKE (Where I'll be exhibiting!).
I'm also going to be at MoCCA, TCAF and (in November) Thought Bubble (My first UK show!). It's a short list of conventions again this year. As soon as Relish comes out, I'll blast through as many as will have me.
But it works out nicely, because along with "Displacement," I've also got a few other exciting projects on the horizon this Spring! Like this: Did you guys see my first Adventure Time comic story? It was in Issue 2, and an absolute blast to make! I can't believe how many awesome people are involved with this series. Speaking of, have you heard about this amazing thing? I'm really excited to see the comic, and so pleased to be a part of the cover art!
Also: There's another travel comic I'm going to be making in May, but I'll tell you more about it later because I'm too excited to even deal. Yooou'll seeeee!
It's been a strange and tumultuous few months, but now it's all humid and hot and my priority becomes trying to make my hair look less weird.
Today was the first hot day in NYC. It was pretty and everyone was outside. I managed to snag a half-hour of reading by the river while I waited for the post office to open this morning (I've been getting up early now that I'm on summer hours. It's to do with the light that comes in my bedroom). Did some work, cleaned/groceried, and then I went to the figure drawing session headed-up by an old childhood pal of mine. The model was especially good-- curvy and angular all at once! Here are a few watercolor sketches from the session.
I seriously love drawing naked people so, so much.
2012-04-17 01:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Question about your publishing...
Actually, i don't make zines. Occasionally I do make mini-comics, which are like zines, but all comics. I always consider zines to be stapled booklets that have writing, photos or sketches, as opposed to minis, which just have a comic. still, it's rare for me to make minis these days, unless I'm going to a new or special show or have a short comic that I want to print alone for some reason (though I prefer to wait and put it in an anthology or collection). I usually distro digitally with short stuff, and publish longer form stuff in a book. The costs of professional printing are actually not bad if the story is worth it, and 100 pages is definitely enough to print. My shortest pro book is Drawn to You, which is only around 40 pages, but still well worth the pro job. You have to weigh the benefits of what fits with the particular piece, and the downsides of staple booklets when it comes to making something beautiful/lasting/eye-catching. I get frustrated with the low quality of copyshop printing. Minis are great, and I make them from time to time, but the highest benefit of staple booklets is that they get your work seen for a low price when you're starting out or unknown at a convention. So you also have to consider your audience, and the place you're coming from. I'm incredibly lucky and grateful that I have a great fan base that will pay for a pretty, finished piece, but that wasn't always the case. I started making minis and selling me for a couple bucks for almost zero profit, but now I can sell my published work or self-published pro-printed books, and not spend entire nights at Kinkos like I used to. I do not miss it.
My last mini was the Hogwarts story, which was 36 pages. I know it's "cheating," but I still paid a little extra for trim/fold services and had the cover pro screen printed by a friend. Comics are time consuming enough as it is without getting carpal tunnel from folding and cutting.