That’s right! with this update, we end book one of “Space-chuck”, which is entitled “prelude”. As you probably guessed, seeing as the book is entitled “prelude”, the story isn’t over. This book should provide enough of a frame of reference to ACTUALLY start telling stories in the space-chuck universe, which is something i’m looking forward to! So this is the biggest project i’ve done to date, and all along, i’ve had mixed feelings about doing it! Moving forward, i’ll do things differently, and that’ll be fun.
SO! We’re back to daily updates! Thank-you for indulging my sci-fi. See you tomorrow! 😀
A few more weeks of Space-chuck, and this book will be finished! Hopefully, if people are interested in reading it, over the years to come i’ll get a chance to flesh out other aspects of the Space-chuck universe, but “Space-chuck PRELUDE” will be wrapping up… and we’ll be back into the daily short-form stuff here on the site.
Every time I change how I do the comic, there are hard lessons i learn. Here is what I’ve learned this time, doing this graphic novel:
1) Drawing five pages a week takes more time than drawing three frames a day… seems obvious, but for some reason, i thought doing a comic like this would free up some time for my other responsibilities by spreading out my draw-time over a week instead of once a day.
1.5) It’s probably not a GREAT idea to sacrifice time and expect a higher level of artistic quality.
2) From the perspective of the reader and the feedback i’ve gotten: Reading five pages once a week is a lot more difficult for people than reading three frames a day. Not only that, but expecting people to track with a story, once a week, over the course of a few months, is kind of a stretch if they aren’t used to that kind of thing.
3) The next time I do a large project like this, It’d be good to see if I have the discipline to release it all at once instead of weekly… that way, even though there’d be a lag in regular updates, people could actually get the story i’m trying to tell. Could I follow deadlines when no one gets to see the work? hmm…
Maybe i’ll try colour next. who knows. Again- thanks for reading! There’s still a few weeks, maybe a month, left of the story. As always, you can click the link at the top of the page to read the entire thing!
The eighteenth instalment! which brings us up to page 98.
Thankyou for sticking with me through this science fiction’d adventure! I’ve learned a lot through making something more intentionally long-form and story-driven.
Here are the good things i’ve learned:
1) It’s good to map the story out and stick to the map.
2) writing a map and not a script helps keep it fun to write the dialogue week-to-week
3) drawing it per page instead of per three frames makes for a lot more options
4) science fiction is great, i feel like i don’t have to explain everything.
Here are things i’ve found to be difficult:
1) I’m not drawing every day anymore… I just save it all until the end and cram
2) I’m not spending extra time to work on the art, because i don’t have enough time
So! Space-chuck has been fun. If you’re one of the few readers who stuck around to indulge me in my little science-fiction-fantasy, from the bottom of my heart, thankyou! It’s nice to do something different once in a while! 😀
Ah, nothing like a little exposition. Next week’s update is going to have a LOT of drawing. I’m excited to draw it for yah!
This week is going to be crazy. Crazy in a good way, but crazy none-the-less.
I’m a little sleepy, so I think i’ll skip the “written update” this week. To be honest, not a whole lot new has been happening anyway! On the art front, I miss drawing every day… but on the “i’m a dad and have a full time job” front, doing it like this sure allows me to have more time for that stuff.
At the encouragement of my brother, I might do a bunch of mini-comics next. They may or may not be posted here… I haven’t decided yet. We’ll see!!!! 😀
Have a great week everyone!
edit- oops, i somehow managed to post the second page of this update twice instead of posting the first page! Here it is fixed.
Hybrids, eh? better on gas mileage, and durable to boot.
I love the sci fi comic makin! much fun, much fun indeed! one strange problem i am running into that i never had before is this: once every couple of weeks, i need to click the “ALL the space chucks” page and read through the archive to remember details i don’t have written down in the overview. man oh man!
Hope everyone is having a happy new year!
The saga soldiers on!
I hope everyone’s christmas was enjoyable! mine was good, lots of family hang-out-times, lots of movies watched and games played. On saturday, i slept in until like 10pm, which was awesome.
So, you know how my original plan was to update once a week during the duration of this story, and then i was like, “nope, twice a week!” well, i think time-wise, i need to go back down to once a week. I am finding that I am slacking on the art to meet the twice-a-week deadline, which is kind of defeating the purpose of this whole story (the purpose being to push the art beyond what i can currently do). SO! Mondays it is. If i have extra time throughout the week, i’ll make the art better or do extra pages, but it’ll still update on mondays.
OK! thanks for your patience! 😀
Ho man! I could go for a good couch nap right about now. For some reason, Josie (days away from being officially one year old) is screaming like a banshee tonight. As I type this up, we are going on hour 3. ugh.
Sorry for the lack of update on Monday! I don’t often break my update schedule, and I don’t particularly like doing it. Here is my lame excuse:
I applied for a table at my favourite local comic arts festival last spring, and have been waiting to hear back ever since! In december, they started sending out the invitations, and on Saturday, I got the email telling me I wouldn’t be getting a table at the festival and i was feeling pretty bummed out about it… We were busy all day with birthday whats-its, which meant if I was going to draw the update i would’ve been up late Saturday night, and what with the discouragement and all, i really wasn’t feeling up too it. But, a few days later and with input from friendly perspectives, i realize that they probably have a full roster of really amazing guests, which will make for a cool convention to attend. Some day, when they think i’m ready, i’m sure they’ll let me have a table. Until then, I probably shouldn’t miss my updates.
Alright! See you monday.