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August 23rd, 2010

Awesome + Win = Productive Weekend

I have officially adopted a new comic project. I spent the balance of the weekend putting in some heavy development work on it, with some assistance from Sirfox and the usual beta-reader team, and have begun scripting out the first issue. There’s not a lot of it that’s ready for the viewing public yet, but I can let out a few teasers:

  • It is a fantasy/adventure comic, not a “comic strip.”
  • It is a “new franchise” of my own creation, not directly related to previous works, although I’m sure a lot of the “standard Gneechian elements,” whatever those might be, will be in evidence.
  • There will be anthropomorphics in it, although it is not strictly a “furry” comic.
  • I will be the primary artist, but I’m hoping to build an “art team” of like-minded folks who can take on sideline stories, bonus items, and so on. I’ve already contacted one or two, but until I have some folks definitely on board, I don’t want to name names. (If you’re interested in getting involved, drop me a line!)
  • It will follow a web + print model, posting one or two pages a week on the web and releasing printed comic books (and trade collections) two or three times a year. It does not have a website yet, as I haven’t firmly nailed down a title yet. I expect there to be one before the end of the year, however, and probably the first issue to start publication late 2010 or early 2011.

What effect will this have on my other projects? It varies. My hope is that it won’t impact NeverNever at all, which should also start running again sometime this fall. (We’re building a buffer before we launch it again.) On the other hand, it will probably put the kibosh on any new Suburban Jungle comics for the forseeable future. There just isn’t time for me to do both and keep a day job — and there’s no way I can afford to do without a day job at the moment.

As for my writing projects (such as B&G), that’s harder to say. I haven’t been making much progress on those, though not for lack of trying! But for whatever reason, all of the book ideas I’ve been noodling around with have languished. However, this new project (assuming it’s a hit) may very well scratch my writerly itch, as it’s a very flexible framework. It’s not the wild and crazy “Throw everything in and see what sticks!” flexibility of Suburban Jungle — you won’t be seeing song-and-dance routines or ninjarazzi here — but it is a setting that will allow for drama, mystery, high adventure, and silly humor, all on an as-needed basis.

In Other News…

The other main thing I achieved this weekend was finally getting some real work done on the second edition of Childproof the Unicorns. The new edition is going to be in a larger format with three strips to the page instead of two, and will be available, barring catastrophe, at Further Confusion. My dream schedule also puts Attack of the War-Cats (the long-anticipated second volume of NeverNever) on the table at FC as well, but I’m not making any promises there. :)

Anyway! It was a great weekend, and I’ve gotta say it’s really nice to be excited about a project again. Watch this space for teasers and development pics as time goes on!

-The Gneech

Originally published at gneech.com. You can comment here or there.

Furry Art Gripe of the Day: Foxes

I have a very hard time drawing foxes. I just can't get rid of that stupid muzzle! I end up with wolves that have been painted orange. Very frustrating.

Any artists out there have suggestions on what I can do to break myself of the Giant Honker Habit?

-The Gneech

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A Good Night's Work

Roughly 25% of the way through retouching ancient NeverNever strips for the second edition of Childproof the Unicorns — not bad, considering I just started over the weekend. Doing very little to the artwork, but converting all of the dialog from Comic Sans to Creative Block, the font we switched to when Sue first took over the art duties, and touching up the color -> B/W conversions to make them a little less muddy.

Depending on how the layout goes, I may end up making a few new bonus art pieces for this edition, but that's yet to be seen. I am planning to draw up something new for Attack of the War-Cats, but I haven't figured out exactly what yet. NeverNever fans, now's the time to make a request!

Looking at early NN is always a bittersweet thing for me. The art makes me cringe, but the story makes me smile. :) You can really see the Peanuts influence, not to mention my art style going from very muddy, line-heavy art to something that was streamlined almost to the point of being sparse as time went on and my energy to do a lot of shading wore down. That daily grind becomes a killer after a while! I'm hoping the new way I'm organizing my work now (by book, rather than trying to hit a weekly schedule) will keep it from wearing me down again.

-The Gneech

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