My first one I’ve ever drawn. Looking back, there is good stuff as well as bad stuff, as there is with everything. If you want to do the jump and just check it out, you can do so here.
I just realized that my links in these things aren’t working right now. Hrm. I’ll get that fixed as soon as I can. In the meantime, you can see the new page by heading to the site, if you get this through an RSS feed, that is.
I’ve been looking pretty hard at the way that I put this whole thing together. As you can imagine, building a comic book site is a huge learning process, and there have been a lot of decisions along the way that I totally made with the best of intentions and desire for success that turned out to be absolutely wrong. It’s a funny thing, trying to do your best and then realizing you are very silly. Fortunately, I get the chance to rethink some of my process and try some new stuff. It’s never too late, so to speak.
The method I use to draw the comic is the big thing that I’m going to change. It used to be that I would draw a rough of the entire page to get layout all at once as a first step. It was always a separate, timed thing that I allowed myself 24 hours from getting script to accomplish. Sounds like a good start, right? Well I’m keeping that, but changing after that. The process after that was basically: Now draw it all until you are done.
Something that vague has really been hurting me. I’m going to employ a much more structured approach, and try to be way more open about my progress for the next two weeks to try everything out. I’m not going to bother to map it out here or anything, but for those of you who are interested, keep an eye on the @anthasacomic twitter account. I’ll be posting my progress there. It might also be a way to get some ideas for your own process, if you are attempting this kind of work yourself. If nothing else, you can pick up some hints from another person’s mistakes.