As you might have noticed, I’ve been busy! There’s been a lot going on, 2013 ended, the website’s been revamped and new, unexpected projects have come along.
Let’s talk about the holidays. I did a considerable amount of work on the site, as you can hopefully see. I was expecting things to be a lot harder. With technology, no matter how much you love and embrace it, things always seem to go for the worse, at least they do for me. Not this time, though. It was a real breeze and most of it has to do with the fantastic work of Philip M. Hofer, the man behind Comic Easel and ComicPress. What are these Comic things I speak of ? Well, it’s the code that makes posting Cpt Wayne possible and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Philip for all his hard work and his dedication to the webcomic community.
I’d also like to show you a few pieces of fan art my own kids and one of my nephews have produced lately. It’s really kind of neat to see how my adventures in sequential visual storytelling are affecting the lives of these boys and girls. Just the fact that they spend time drawing their own take on Captain Wayne puts a huge smile on my face so the least I can do is post a few of these masterpieces online! The first one is from my 5 year old son, the left side of the second one is from my 7 year old daughter and my 10 year old nephew made the right side of the second one and number 3.
On to the Comic Creators Minigroup. This is a special place where I interact with a lot of very talented and generous independent comic artists. We exchange ideas, experiences, give each others’ work constructive critiquing and we occasionally work on collaborative projects. Some would call this their circle of trust, I just call them my comic buddies. As I have often said, one of the best parts of publishing Cpt Wayne online has been meeting lots of fellow artists and being to interact with them.
I’m currently working on a cool little project with another 11 artists and they thought I’d be a good idea that I lead the project! I feel very humbled that they’d put that kind of trust in me so I’m making sure I’m up to the task. My main concern is that everyone’s having fun and finding the challenge they need to make their art move forward. It’s really all about artistic growth, and it’s the main reason I am pursuing this whole comic making venture!
You can see a few conceptual sketches relating to this project on my Tumblr. Did I mention I had a Tumblr? Well, it’s been there for a while but I’ve finally managed to find a use for it now, so go check it out and let me know what you think. You might see stuff I’ve already posted here in the blog but there’s also artwork there that didn’t make it anywhere else.
Before I go, I guess I owe you an update on Volume 2: Captain Wayne and the Mysterious Island. I’ve been so busy with everything else, little progress has been made on the follow-up to Cpt Wayne and the Unexplained Dimension. My artist’s journey during the last year has also put certain things into perspective and all I can say for now is that the whole concept of the next graphic novel has somewhat changed. The story will stay as is, and that’s good because it’s a really awesome adventure. The delivery will somehow be a little unusual, but I’m confident you’ll end up thanking me for it!
I hope you have been missing the good Captain and his crew during the break. We’re back for the second part of Trouble on P57-Exodus and all I can say is that it’s going to be picking up a little speed very soon….
Be good, be kind, enjoy comics and see you on Thursday!