Yep, I’ve decided – since my old job ended – not to do this comic anymore. It’s just not cheerful enough!
So what now?
Now, I’m working on a new happy webcomic! It’s about childhood, geekery, the seventies, nostalgia and FUN! Here it is:
Jamming it all in
I bit off more than I could chew with this page. Remember on the < last page I seem to have learned all of these important nuggets of wisdom via trial and error? You’d think that all the trouble I ended up going to with revisions would have taught me something? Not so.
And another page – which nearly wasn’t.
I learned a few things from making this one. I started with lots of ideas – concepts – that I wanted to get into this single page. I thought I could cleverly weave it all together, coherenly with humour and good pacing.
Alas, my cleverness wasn’t so clever. I went from excitement – and a sense “I can’t wait to show them this!” to “Oh my God, this is a mess.” Thankfully the remedy wasn’t so difficult. below you can see it as it was before I took some simple steps… Continue reading
So here it is, page 2. Drum-roll…. Ta da!
I hope you were surprised by the twist that this page has taken so soon into the story, and that it strikes a chord w… No, actually. I hope it doesn’t. I hope you like getting up each Monday morning and going to the job you love. There’s nothing quite like going to bed on a Sunday evening with a smile on your face, and springing back out of bed at 7am knowing you’ll be doing fun, interesting work which people will enjoy – especially kids.
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So here it is – the very first ever page of the comic! Now I must make sure to do one a week. It’s funny, I did a version of this page about a year ago that took me days and days and DAYS to create. Very detailed, fancy, too complicated stylistically. So it all went on the back-burner. The week before last I tried simplifying things – and succeeded to an extent. But as I coloured away in Photoshop, the embellishments crept in: a shadow here, a skin tone there, here a highlight – there a highlight – everywhere a highlight. Old MacDon…
I’m new to this so I mustn’t expect instant greatness from myself. What will Clive do next we wonder..?
I hope you enjoy my new venture!
I’m now hoping to use the main site as a vehicle for trying out some Flash Animation things. The Blog site will be for giving updates in a form that will allow easy interaction and comment.
I’m also using the whole thing as an exercise in creating many different web-channels if you like and making them work together. For example via: WordPress blogging, Flickr uploads, Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace and perhaps RSS Feeds and Twitter.
I was off work again with a chest infection the last two days and feeling restless, I opened the old suitcase I’d brought up from mum and dad’s, and the plastic Penney’s bag dad’d given me last time I was there. Both are full of my old drawings – mainly of Star Wars. Handing me the bag he said: “I remember you said ‘oh just throw them out’, but I kept them.” So he did, and I’m glad he did. My mum also kept some stuff I think. “No, don’t throw those out…” she pleaded.
One of the most fascinating things is the comic strip adaptation of Star Wars that I started aged nine and a half. I have most of the first version, but some was sadly culled as my drawing improved. I’d remove pages no longer deemed up to scratch and replace them with better versions. These were the pages my mum wanted me to keep safe. Between dad and mum as I said, I have most of them. The odd thing is, the earliest, poorest ones are my favourites. The dawing is so poor, so out of proportion, so in need of a ruler at times! – but it brings me back immediately to that happy time, immersed in my drawing and the imaginary escapist alternate universe of Star Wars. It was also executed very quickly so has a wonderful immediacy and freshness.
To close, I must apologise to all the people that I bored senseless with my youthful Star Wars obsession! And I’ll also finish with a great quote I discovered in my comic adaptation. A few lines that Star Wars Director & Writer George Lucas hadn’t thought to add to one of Obi Wan Kenobi’s snippets of wisdom:
Kenobi: (Emits an animal wail to scare off the Sandpeople)
Luke: “Wow, that’s amazing. A Krag Dragon Call!”
Kenobi: “Easy with a set of well trained vocol cords (sic). After all: a duck can quack.”
Luke: (Without pausing to ponder this nugget exclaims, wide eyed) “What’s a duck?”
Classic stuff. Kenobi has seen more things in the universe than poor Luke could ever dream of. You know, ducks for instance. See it here on Star Wars age 9!