Part III of Trouble on P57-Exodus starts today! We find Wayne riding his bike at night, talking to Yok. Hands-free mind you!
Last week, I mentioned that Daniel Daniel of the Webcomic Show came to interview me a few weeks ago. Today I’m happy to share the interview with you, right here on Episode 97 of Making Captain Wayne. As you will see, we had a busy and fun day, talking, exchanging our views on comics and webcomics, reading them, creating them and how to make sense of it all while having a day job and a family life. After grabbing an average burger at a local snack bar, we eventually sat down and Daniel interviewed me about my comic making experiences and a few more things.
A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure to welcome a fellow comic creator in my home. Daniel Barton, the artist behind the Goober & Cindy webcomic came to interview me for the spring edition of the Webcomic Show. It was a real privilege to meet Daniel in the flesh and we had lots of very interesting discussions about our views on comic making and other artistic endeavours.
You will soon be able to see how the afternoon went down and be witness to my first ever video interview. I do stress the ‘first ever’ and ‘video’ as the interview itself proved to be a lot more difficult than I had anticipated. You learn from your experiences, I guess and if the show turns out to be compelling and interesting, all the credit will go to Daniel as he conducted it all like a real professional. I mostly struggled to sound AND look intelligent! Besides being the mastermind behind Goober and Cindy, Daniel also happens to be very creative in the field of music. Personally, my musical tastes are very eclectic. I listen to just about anything, given the right setting and context. But it has to be good. When I create comics, I often listen to film scores but also to a lot of instrumental music, including electronica. Jean Michel Jarre, Vangelis and Joe Satriani are part of my ‘music to draw to’ playlists. You can imagine my surprise when, a few days before our meeting, Daniel presented me with a Captain Wayne theme song!
Daniel did an amazing job combining his trademark sound with a 8-bit throwback sound that pays tribute to the origins of the whole Adventures of Captain Wayne project. If Captain Wayne had ever become the video game it was intended to be ten years ago, this would definitely have been its intro song! Thank you, Daniel, for putting your creative talent to the service of my own creation! It’s an honour that I feel a lot of gratitude for. You’re awesome! Where can I listen to the Captain Wayne Theme Song, might you ask? Well right here, if you haven’t clicked on the image yet. You can also visit Daniel’s Goober & Cindy webcomic which will be ending in the summer, right here. A number of comic creators including myself have contributed guest comics to help Daniel’s farewell as he will be dedicating more time to his music career. The piece I submitted to that effect will be published this coming Wednesday, so be sure to check it out!
Finally, a few words on my latest short story project, Azure. I’m very close to completion. The last colouring stages have taken (a LOT) more time than I had anticipated but it is all coming together in the most awesome way possible. I’m very excited about this for a number of reasons, the first one being that the story is part of an anthology but a group of super talented independent comic artists. I know I’m starting to sound like a broken record but I have met a lot of incredible artists since I started this website and blog. Being asked to be part of a project like this is more than I ever could have anticipated. I’ll be able to let you know who all these awesome artist are and what the anthology is called very soon!
In the meantime, here is a little taste of Azure and its synopsis:
Azure is a short story by Wouter F. Goedkoop, creator of the Adventures of Captain Wayne. It is the tale of a little blue creature that finds herself shipwrecked on an inhospitable and strange planet. Fighting for her own survival, she makes her way to a mysterious, lone building where probable safety awaits!
Captain Wayne in Trouble on P57-Exocus is going on a little break as we’ve hit strip #40 but do not despair, it’ll be back soon! I will have an intermission title comic online this week or the next, in the same fashion as the last break, back in December. I realise blog posts are a little erratic as of late but I’d rather post when there is something to post about rather than posting for the sake of it. Be good, be safe, and make sure to read some comics, listen to some music… you know, all that good stuff!
Experimenting with different ways to approach storytelling, you could say that it’s what I do most often with my projects. It wasn’t always like that but my adventures in comic making sure seem to have taken the winding road rather than the straight highway…
Let’s talk a little about Captain Wayne first. Volume 2 is delayed, you’ve figured that much. I could start posting pages now but that would create more confusion than anything else. Our current story, Trouble on P57-Exodus, is about half way through and the exciting bit is still ahead of us. The rogue Onzes will lead us to the heart of the story and believe me, adventure and drama are about to reach new heights in the Adventures of Captain Wayne! I will have to take a break very soon, though. It is unavoidable, I’m afraid.
I am currently in the middle of the coolest project I have found myself involved in since I’ve started committing to creating sequential art. Azure is part of this project. Yes, only a part of it as other, very awesome, comic creators are taking care of producing the other parts. I am currently in the inking stages. Colouring is next and I have been experimenting with this and that, in order to come up with something that is a synthesis of the progression of my process since moving over to Manga Studio 5. Here’s what it will look like:
As you can see, I haven’t completely forgotten how to work in colour. While the style is similar to my Cpt Wayne work, my approach to storytelling is very, very different as you will see when this is completed. I still have a lot of work ahead of me but it’s all on track, looking good and I am extremely excited about it!
Another event I am quite excited about is the visit of a fellow comic creator whom I will be meting up with soon. Daniel Barton, of the Goober & Cindy webcomic, will be interviewing me as part of the spring edition of the Webcomic show which he is the host of. I am looking forward meeting a fellow webcomic artist who happens to live nearby-ish. I am also very humbled that he considered me for his interview, thanks Daniel! Until you can hear me attempt to speak up about my process and all that stuff, I’d like to encourage you to visit Daniel’s Goober & Cindy webcomic site. Even though his comic is coming to end, it’s never too late to discover something new and catch up!
Finally, I would like to wrap up today with a piece of art I received from a big fan of Captain Wayne. Jack is a grade 9 student who is very interested in comic making and spending a lot of time learning about sequential storytelling and working on his art. We’ve had many discussions over the last year about comic making and he has had many, many kind words about the Adventures of Captain Wayne. It is extremely rewarding for me to see the impact my work has on aspiring artists and writers; in fact it’s more than I could ever hoped for! To top this, Jack presented me with his own interpretation of Captain Wayne as a thank you for my support of his creative endeavours! Thanks Jack, I am truly humbled by your generosity!
See you on Thursday for another comic update of Trouble on P57-Exodus and thank you for understanding that even though my blog posts are a little erratic than usual, I’m still doing my best to keep you in the loop of the madness of the independent comic making world!