Captain Wayne books, they are here at last! Yes, after a considerable amount of time spent looking looking for the best solution to bring my comics to you, I’ve finally found something I am happy with.
While the format is smaller than what I had first imagined, it’s a small trade-off for being able to bring you printed editions of Volume 1 and a collection of how far we got with Volume 0.
Please do check them out, both volumes are available on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr and Amazon.de! Whether you decide to order some copies or not, do consider leaving a positive review if you enjoy the Adventures of Captain Wayne, good costumer reviews are essentials for my work to get some attention.
I’m still very busy with all the projects I mentioned last week including the bee book which is going to the printer this week! It’s written in Dutch by my dad who has been keeping busy being a bee keeper for the last four years and is doing lots to get the general public interested and invested in bees, here in the Netherlands. He asked me last year if I would work with him to get his book made and we are both very excited that it’s finally all coming together. He has been planning a course he’ll be giving in November and the book will be officially launched then. I’ll let you know more about this once the book is a physical reality.
Work on my new project, the Tales of Jerrik, is also moving along nicely. A flood of ideas at this point, and very new approaches (for me) to how to deliver the story are what I’m faced with.
I will probably document the development of all my new projects is a new blog rather than keep everything here, on the Adventures of Captain Wayne. I’d like to stress that I do not plan on stopping the Cpt Wayne comic, far from it. I simply need a bit of time to put it all in perspective and decide how to proceed to best deliver these adventures.
Finally, still no news about when Azure will be published but it’s only a matter of time. Thanks for dropping by once and again and don’t forget to check out the Captain Wayne books on Amazon and leave some reviews if you feel I deserve your praises!
I’ve never missed an update. The adventures of Captain Wayne have gone on short breaks since I started posting them on April 5th 2012 but I’ve always been very disciplined about comic updates. I’d like to think that you as readers and fans know what to expect of me by now.
Being honest and forthcoming on this site is important to me because that is how I approach all of my creative work, be it at my day job or my artistic endeavours as a storyteller and comic artist.
Trouble on P57-Exodus is an experiment. I wanted to work in black and white and with certain limitations. One of the limitations was to work with a small buffer and treat the story as an ongoing tale that would take twists and turns as I came up with ideas. There is a general arc for this episode but it’s more of a leading thread than a defined story. The end point is known but the road is winding and bumpy. I’ve been enjoying it, especially from a graphical perspective, but I do feel that with this treatment of my own material, I’m selling Captain Wayne and its readers short.
Relatively speaking, you could argue this is nonsense and I’d have to agree. The problem is Volume 2, really. Captain Wayne and the Mysterious Island has been in development for a while and changes in my workflow and software of choice have been delaying it even further. I’m really excited about the story and how it builds up on what I’ve been establishing with Volume 1 which was designed as an introduction and scene setting device. It’s all about getting to higher places and driving the story, characters, art and storytelling forward. To give you an idea of what I’m talking about here’s a panel from the first part of Volume 2.
What does this mean, then? I means that Trouble on P57-Exodus is now on an indefinite hiatus. I’ll still be working on it but I need time to figure some things out, including what format to adopt that will make my comic making adventures viable. It’s an ongoing challenge and the trick is to stay objective and critical which is exactly why I’m putting comic postings on hold.
Right now, I’m busy with some collaborative work with my good comic making buddy Tom Dell’Aringa, I’m publishing a book with my dad, Azure is maybe making its way to the anthology it was created for after all and I’m cooking up something new and very, very different. More on that later!
I’d like to thank you all for you faith and support this far, it means a great deal to me ! Finally, don’t forget to check out Mark Stokes’s Kickstarter campaign for his Zombie Boy book Some kind of horrible, he’s a fabulous cartoonist and a great guy. He most certainly deserves your consideration!
This week, I will not be talking about Captain Wayne – there will be lots of that next week – as I would like to tell you about the Kickstarter campaign of good friend, fellow comic artist and award winning cartoonist Mark Stokes.
Some kind of horrible is the title of Mark’s book which will be a collection of the first 200 strips of his 4 years and counting comic Zombie Boy. To get an idea of what his comic is about I invite you to look at this great little video Mark put together for his crowd funding effort:
Zombie Boy is one of my favourite strips published on the web. Mark always manages to put a smile on my face as I discover his new stories three times a week. He constantly juggles between one-offs and small (sometimes larger) story arcs, single panel strips and fun, convention defying multiple panel gags while staying true to his vast cast of characters. On top of that, Master Stokes’s stories unfold with the seasons, establishing a clever connection with you, the reader. As I sip my morning coffee, I can read a new adventure of the Leaf Bandit as the fall wind blows dead leaves in my backyard.
Although Gorr is probably my favourite character, Zombie Boy himself does provide for a good share of the laughs. As an artist who spends a lot of his time on designing worlds and their inhabitants, I find myself drawn to Mark’s abilities as a character designer. His protagonists are, visually speaking, very strong and do more than support their individual personalities and the stories they tell. Because ultimately, Zombie Boy wouldn’t be the treat it is if it weren’t for its wonderful (and masterful) storytelling – both visual and verbal.
So, if you enjoy slick, colourful art and funny, unconventional storytelling, do yourself a treat and check out Mark Stokes’s comic and his Kickstarter! And pay a close look at the video: Mark inks all his comics by hand! I have such an admiration for artists capable of such skilful rendering!