A First Look at the Color of the Future

It’s really interesting to be reminded how much color can add to a project. I think the cover of issue number one looks excellent with the full color treatment. Way better than it would have looked if I had posted just the black and white. You have be the judge yourself by taking a look here.

Jon has done a really excellent job, and I am excited to show you even more of his work. He wants to wait until there are significant chunks prepared before he releases them, though. Say four or five pages at a time, all at once. So we will post the black and whites versions as soon as they are finished, weekly, as planned, and then hit you with a whole chunk changed over to color when they are ready. I’ll be sure to blog about it and blow up out twitter feed when appropriate.

This week, maybe even by the time that you are reading this, we’ll be starting to send out the rewards from our Indiegogo campaign. We have the ‘Thank You’ page built, and just waiting to be added to the site itself, as well as a few other minor page updates as well. It feels good to be moving on fulfilling our end of the campaign, and I hope that those who were generous enough to be willing to share what they had enjoy what they are receiving in return. All the hard work in the world doesn’t seem like it could possibly be enough to repay your kindness.

Anyway, I hope you like the color. I’m excited to see every page look as good. We’ll get them there as soon as we can.

Exciting Times

Anthasians, I’ve got to say, I’ve got a lot to be excited about this week.

First of all, next week we’re going to be starting Issue One of the comic. We’ve been waiting to get to this point for a long time, and we’ve been working our tails off to get there. Seriously. Neither Joe, Jon, or I have tails anymore. They’re just gone. As if they were never there.

Anyway, to finally be heading into the main story is amazing to me. And there’s a lot of content there. The first issue is going to be about twenty pages. And we’re going to have a map! And let me tell you, the map that Joe is working on is incredibly detailed and it looks fantastic. Besides, what sort or self-respecting fantasy series wouldn’t have a fancy map come right after the cover? Also, on a side note, having a map attached to something I’m writing is kind of something I’ve wanted since I was in middle school. Checking that goal off the checklist is, yep, you guessed it.

Exciting.

On top of that, I am now able to write and work on a computer that works, and doesn’t power down eight times in one hour due to overheating. Those of you who watched our fundraiser video will remember that one of the ways we were going to use our funds was to purchase a computer that allowed me to do my job because the one I was working with was on its last leg. And it had a limp. And it was caught in a forest. At night. In a blizzard. And walking uphill both ways.

So now I’ve got my new system and getting all the do-dads installed and trying to make friends with the machine. She’s going to make doing my job worlds easier. And to me, that is, all together now, Anthasians.

Exciting.

So expect more blogging from me, now that I can be on my computer for more than ten minutes at a time. Speaking of the blog, the other day we had our first comment on one of our posts! It was such a good feeling to know someone was reading our blog and checking out our comic. And for them to take the time to actually leave a reply made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Exciting.

But, as it turns out, it was just a spam robot that left us a link that probably linked to something smarmy and, you know, internet weird. So learning that was a bit less exciting, but, either way, the initial email letting us know we had a comment made me feel great. And no one can take that away from me. Not even a free offer for a year of male enhancement pills.

For those of you who come by and read the blogs and the comic, thank you. And stick around. Next week, things are going to get

Exciting.

Completions and Progression

I have an issue with finishing things I start.

I’m sure, to a degree, everyone does. I’m not going to try and say that I am any worse or any better than the next person, but it is definitely safe to say that I have the issue as well. I have a pile of dead web comics, comics and other ideas that will never see the light of day.

That’s why it’s good to see that this page has seen the light of day. Based on my track record, that chances of that happening, statistically, were relatively low. It feels good to present the idea in it’s entirety. Now it is time to move on to the main idea. i.e. the actual plot line. I’m all for the initial setup, but getting to the heart of the matter is always very exciting.

Nixie and Ground’s relationship, though, is a very central part of the story, and making sure that we defined it early, I think, was worth it. We didn’t want to think that one thought of the other as a pet, or that their relationship was (ugh) romantic or anything of the sort. Getting these things just right is tough. Let me know how we did and next week we can start to get to “main ideas.”

Of Fundraising Campaigns and New Pages

I’m so very glad that the Indiegogo Campaign is over. These kinds of long term fundraising things are completely new to me, and, let me tell you, I had quite a learning experience these past 45 days.

Before I get too deep into that, (hip deep, I imagine) let me take a moment to point out that the new page for the comic is here and will tell you more about what became of that warborne survivor.

Anyway… the concept of a person going to a crowded place and asking everyone who happens to notice them if they could spare some change is not a new concept. Hobos have been doing professionally for several years, I hear. The idea of doing this over the internet is a whole new thing, and it can be a fantastic doorway for those with a great idea to get idea to actually exist. Conceptually, I love it. Sites like the well known kickstarter and indiegogo and, jeez, like dozens of others all help you create a place where your idea can be showcased and help collect funds for you. It becomes a situation where the only job left to you is help spread the word and get people to actually give you the money. You know, the actual panhandling.

I think it is interesting to do a quick aside and point out that kickstarter has become so widely known that saying you have a ‘kickstarter’ has quickly become synonymous with having any kind of a fundraising campaign, but I digress.

Sounds like it would be pretty easy, right? My 45 day long campaign was a rollercoaster of worrying and website refreshing that I would wish on few, and the success of this site didn’t even hinge on our success. I can’t even imagine those projects out there that don’t even get to exist unless the campaign is completely successful. It’s amazing how quickly your creative self esteem gets tied up in the frequency and size of donations.  I spent many a day feeling like a failure creatively  simply because no one happened to drop by the donation page. Then, without warning, the collected amount would just up by even the smallest amount, I would know that somebody loves me, even by the amount of love  that $5 buys you, and I would have the energy to forge ahead.

Let me tell you; super fun way to live.

The result, though, was undeniable. Indiegogo, unlike Kickstarter, does not require a project to be fully funded in order to receive the contributions that were made. So we were able to raise about three quarters of our $4000 goal, and I couldn’t be happier, or more grateful. I definitely believe that it is impossible to put a dollar amount on the worth of creativity, but it is nice to see a community try to in such a positive way.

The Final Countdown

Good afternoon, Anthasians.

Earlier today, Joe posted Europe’s video for “The Final Countdown” on Anthasa’s facebook page, mentioning that it described exactly how he was feeling about the day. And I completely agree with him.

We’re down to the very last hours of the indiegogo fundraiser, and as they dwindle, we’re feeling a lot of last minute love from our faithful followers. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far. It means a lot to us here.

That being said, we’re still a ways away from reaching our goal. We’re about two-thirds of the way there, and getting this far is amazing. In these last hours, however, we could use any help we can get. Whether it’s a few bucks or reposting the hell out of the link, we appreciate everything you guys are doing for us. So let’s make sure we get as close to our goal as possible. Head to the indiegogo page and check out what’s new and tell your friends and family.

Now onto other news. The boys and I are hard at work on getting more of the comic done. Joe’s got a really great rough of the fourth page of the first issue, and is huddled over his tablet, polishing the panels and getting it ready for its eventual release. I’m working on the rest of the script for the first issue and then moving along onto the next nine we have planned. And Jon is hard at work coloring Ground’s story.

Wait. What?

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That’s all you’re getting for now, Anthasians, but keep your eyes open for more colors in the future.

That about wraps it up for now. Like I’ve said before, head over to Anthasa’s indiegogo page. Spread the love and let’s see if we can make our goal. And keep checking back every Wednesday for new pages of the comic. And remember, if you have any questions about the world, or are curious about the different facets of Anthasa, let me know in the comments section and I’ll do a history lesson to answer those for you.

Thanks again for everything, guys. And if I knew any of the lyrics to “Final Countdown,” I would be clever and post some sort of topical, Anthasa-themed spin on it. But I don’t. Damn.

Keep checking back, and we’ll see you soon Anthasians.

Of Updates and Blogging

So, here we are…

How are you…?

You can see the next page of the Warborne backstory here. we start to focus down from one giant conflict spanning 40 to 50 years and begin to look at the fate of one particular individual.

It looks like I’m going to be able to do this once a week, and we’ll be adding something to the frontpage saying as much. I have to admit, though, it was a pretty rough week. I basically drew every moment that I wasn’t at work or sleeping. There was a few little breaks in there, to be sure, but I really felt I had a full time job drawing.

Part of that felt pretty damn awesome. Part of it felt like there was no way I could be fast enough of the quality of the work has really suffered, etc. Looking back though and comparing with the work that I posted today, I actually have gotten a lot better. Believe me, that’s a comfort.

All that being said, the fact is that I didn’t ACTUALLY get a page drawn in a week. I failed, but I feel like I got close enough that it will be okay. I’m working under the assumption that I will get a bit faster with time. (I really hope) and that some pages will be faster and easier than others. There is one other thing, too. I’m hoping that you, the reader, can accept that some weeks the update posted might not be a page. I’ve had a few people ask for a map, for example, with the statement that having some geography will help give a sense of scale as we continue. I freakin love maps, so that sounds like a great idea. If I get a nice map drawn up and fully colored and everthing, that might be the update for the week, and buy me time to get caught back up on pages. Cool? Cool. I promise that there will always be something to look at, every Wednesday.

Feel free to comment of post any suggestions for things you might want to see as supplemental material. Or tweet them to me. Or email.

I’m easy.

 

Welcome, Welcome

Hey, everyone! How are we doing today?

So, as you are bound to see, this is my first blog post. As with anything, starting is always the most difficult thing to do when it comes to something like this. Even now, I’m sitting here next to Joe and Jon who are hard at work, and it’s taken me about five minutes to get this far. And I’m the writer. 

Let me start off by saying thank you. A deep, genuine, heartfelt thank you to everyone who has joined us on this adventure so far. I’m gobsmacked that all of you have been so incredible, supportive, and constructive to us. So, from you to me, thank you.

Also, let me also do a quick shout out to everyone over on Reddit. I’ll admit, however, I have no idea how that place works. It’s beyond me currently, but Joe has promised to teach me how to internet. Anyway, you guys and gals have been really great these last few days with your support, your interest, and your criticisms. And, seriously, thank you for that.

Now, one of the things I’m going to do on this here bloggie-wog is something I’m going to call “Logan’s Complete Guide to Anthasa,” or something suitably pretentious along those lines. I’m open for suggestions in the comments section that Joe has promised me that we have.

As you read from Joe’s previous post, I’m not going to sit around and explain what’s going on in the comic. What I’ll do are posts about the world, its history, and its lore. It’s not essential to enjoy the comic, but since this is based on a very long and involved pen-and-paper role playing game, there is bound to be some interesting back stories and supplemental materials. Also, it’ll all be things based in the past. No need to worry about spoilers.

This is where you guys can come in. Let me know what you’re curious about in the comments. Have a question about crystal technology? Hit me with it, and I’ll give you a rundown. Wondering how the government in the Gnomish city of Gizmorian is different than the governing parliament and king in Aman’Dala? I’d be more than happy to explain. Have a passing fancy about what happened during the Third Age Wars? We can talk about that, too.

That about wraps it up for now, Anthasians. Come back to visit soon, and head over to our indiegogo page to watch our videos, see some more cool artwork, and, if you can, donate to the cause. We’re ten days away from the end of our fundraiser with a lot of ground left to cover.

Thanks again for dropping by. I’ll head out now, before I start going full Mr. Rogers on everyone and start singing while I don a lovely warm sweater.

xo