Space is so cool, both the science fiction/fantasy and the real deal are so inspiring and awesome. When I got to go to NASA in Houston, it was such a cool experience, seeing all the rockets and space suits. I was really sick and a bit delirious, but walking into the hangar with the Saturn v rocket on its side and seeing how massive it was (even in its state of deterioration) it was inspiring. Of course, seeing an x wing pull an e-break turn to kill some tie fighters is pretty inspiring too. I’m equally inspired by both, because I’m what you’d call “easy to amuse.” I will say this though: space failures are way more impressive in reality than they are in fantasy. When a Sci fi movie fails, nobody’s happy. When a billion dollar mission fails because somebody missed a decimal point, well, that’ll make you ponder existence. space is hard.
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!
of course, thanks to the magic of the internet, this comic won’t be posted until monday morning at 9am… EVEN THOUGH, as i type this, it is monday morning at 1pm! YIKES.
So I watched “deep impact” as I was drawing this. There are so many things about this movie that i just straight up don’t understand. Like! Why was it made? who was it’s target demographic? Why on earth did they gloss over the whole “every nuke on earth didn’t work against the comet, but apparently the four nukes left on the space ship worked fine and dandy?” was the non-existent emotion of the sacrifice made by the crew of the spaceship “messiah” (i’m not kidding) supposed to be a bait-and-switch of suspended disbelief?
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.
ho boy! for some reason, this one was a real hum-dinger. a HUM DINGER I SAY!
Now that I’m not blogging every week day, for some reason, i feel like I have nothing to say in these posts! So! from now until this story is done, when I post, I will add a little story complete in and of itself for your reading pleasure. After this story is done, we’ll see, i might go back to the gag-a-days. ALL IN DUE TIME!
Josie, my almost-one-year-old-daughter, just discovered that when the playstation 3 is on it’s menu, and she presses an arrow on the D-pad, the menu shifts over and makes a sound. This is her new favourite thing, as far as I can tell. She presses a button, it makes a sound, she giggles with glee, and then takes a huge gulp of milk. And then, she does it again. I may have a gaming daughter to contend with!
Do me a HUGE favour! If you like the space-chuck story and you haven’t already, consider who you might share it with! I’m a very readers-motivated comic guy. I don’t get ad revenue or any of that kinda stuff, this is PURELY to make me feel good about myself! FEED MY EGO. you know?
It’s been a lot of fun doing these comics. One huge difficulty I had doing daily updates and gag-a-day comics was that I was running out of ideas, i would usually base them off of something that happened to me that day and after 4 years it was becoming easy to repeat myself, making the same jokes, drawing the same pictures, etc.
BUT! with this, I get to spend more time actually drawing and less time worrying about stuff. It has been fun.
OK! Have a great week everyone! See you on thursday!