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The Future Looms...

...like something that hasn't happened yet...

I find myself thinking about the future incarnation of Suburban Jungle a lot, lately -- to the point where it's getting difficult to concentrate on finishing up the -current- version. Among other things, SJ is going to become more print-focused. "Being a webcomic" is no longer sufficient gimmick to make something special -- there are tons of webcomics any more. And while SJ will always have that it was an "early adopter" as a piece of its history and character, it isn't 1999 any more, and just being a webcomic is not enough.

This has got me pretty nervous, actually. To stand out as a print comic, SJ is going to need a serious ratchet up in both the writing and the art quality. Changing to the new format will help with that, but I also need to invest the work. I am confident that I can do it, but it's still a daunting task. I need to level up, as they say! And the only ways to do that are training and experience.

Much to ponder. Much to do! If anybody has suggestions on ways I can improve, I'd love to hear them. :)

-TG

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jamesbarrett
Jan. 26th, 2007 05:19 pm (UTC)
I could use gaining a new level myself. gotta go adventuring though, or else I won't have the eps to level up with. -Frisk
exatron
Jan. 26th, 2007 06:21 pm (UTC)
Read lots of print comics and take notes.

I'm guessing you'll also be tweaking your character designs.
the_gneech
Jan. 26th, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC)
I was pretty much planning to redo everybody to some extent, to bring them a little more in line with what I've learned about character design over the years.

Among other things, that means keeping a series "bible" with character reference sheets, building layouts, etc., so I can be more consistent.

-TG
kylet
Jan. 26th, 2007 07:03 pm (UTC)
You going to preview the new designs when you have 'em? ^.^

For what it's worth, the transition from web to hard copy comics was a choppy one for me, but all you need to know is to not be afraid of trying anything with it. Just doing it is the best way to improve. So don't worry! You'll do fine.
the_gneech
Jan. 26th, 2007 07:12 pm (UTC)
Of course I will! I gotta have something to put up on the SJ website in the intervening time. ;)

Why choppy? I'm very curious. I remember being totally blown away by i.s.o. #0 -- it was like your art had blasted to a whole new level.

-TG
exatron
Jan. 26th, 2007 07:30 pm (UTC)
It's also an opportunity for feedback on the updated designs.
kylet
Jan. 26th, 2007 09:30 pm (UTC)
Okie, excellent. Wasn't sure if it was something secret that only priviledged people would get. :::coughs and hands you some bills under the table:::

Thankee, but that was i.s.o.; early pages of Buffalo Wings and Carpe Diem came between then ^ ^;;
the_gneech
Jan. 26th, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC)
Yay, bribery! ^.^

Well, I'm interested in those too. We can take it to e-mail if you'd rather discuss it there.

-TG
hantamouse
Jan. 26th, 2007 06:25 pm (UTC)
Art? All the great toonists say practicing with realistic styles & life drawing improves ones tooning.
Writing? A very long term plan, with some story or literary purpose behind it.
the_gneech
Jan. 26th, 2007 06:29 pm (UTC)
re: Art, yup, I'm planning to do that during the off-time.

re: Writing, I will probably do that too, although I'm thinking more in terms of "overlapping story arcs" rather than "one giant master plan".

-TG
susandeer
Jan. 26th, 2007 07:02 pm (UTC)
When I get home (I'm in San Carlos right now. At a Starbucks. I blame MLD!) I'll pop a few useful books off of my shelf and toss the titles andISBNs your way! It'd be good to know if you plan to stick with the anime-ish style, or if you plan to go in some other direction.

Oh, why San Carlos? I just applied at a Trader Joe's for the position of store artist! Wish me luck! (I need to get out of the house a couple days a week. That pesky sanity thing!)
the_gneech
Jan. 26th, 2007 07:10 pm (UTC)
Good luck! =)

And yeah, I intend to stay in the same neighborhood of the style I've got now, just a "more betterer" version of it. I'd like to incorporate a little more traditional tooney style (think Herbie), particularly in the character design, but with more realistic (e.g., manga-style) backgrounds.

You can sorta see where I have in mind to go with the stuff I did for Carpe Diem, but that was a very early take on it. As I get more comfortable with the format, I'll probably shift a little further away from the comic strip style.

-The Gneech
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the_gneech
Jan. 27th, 2007 01:33 am (UTC)
I'll be doing more stories when SJ is on its break!

-TG
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the_gneech
Jan. 26th, 2007 07:28 pm (UTC)
Right, I'll get on those directly. Thanks!

-TG
rhanlav
Jan. 26th, 2007 11:04 pm (UTC)
Uh, no suggestions here. I mean seriously, its 2007, and the only thing I've done with webcomics is read them and over the last 3 weeks I've been a guest colorists for LXF. Seriously, I have no room to make suggestions for jack dook.

--Salen
the_gneech
Jan. 27th, 2007 01:36 am (UTC)
Hey, you're still entitled to an opinion! I'm not gonna be like "Oh yeah, well YOU SUCK!" if you have a suggestion. :)

-TG
rhanlav
Jan. 27th, 2007 02:25 am (UTC)
Yeah, but opinions aren't good. Only facts! Or Truthiness. And since I don't have any facts or truthiness, I'm gunna pick Door #3.

Plus, if you say its gunna be good in the future, I'm sure it'll be good. Or maybe I'm just being agreeable because I'm in serious need of sleep. That could be it.

--Salen
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