Friday, September 28, 2012

Moon Prince Cover

Dear Readers:

As I mentioned last week, Book One of The Moon Prince ended on page 131. Before starting Book Two on October 12th I've got a couple of little treats - starting with the cover for Book One. I hope you like it!


Click HERE to read the whole book.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

My Favorite Present

I had the dubious pleasure of turning fifty years old recently, a transition which was greatly eased by the presence of a house-and-backyardful of family and friends (men often receive bottles of really good single malt scotch on these occasions and this one was no exception, so my memories of the event are a bit hazy).

Anyway, I just wanted to share my favorite birthday present of all - from my friend and fellow comics-maker Bishakh Som. Bishakh made me this fantastic sci-fi adventure drawing on watercolor paper, featuring the "Adam" character (in duplicate!) from my book Fantastic Life. Beautiful!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Rough Pearl Page 34: She's Cute!

Dear Readers: 

This is the last page of the "cartoony" version of The Rough Pearl. As I mentioned here a few weeks ago I've decided to re-draw the entire story in a more "realistic" style, so starting next week I'll begin posting the new version, starting with page 1. For those of you who've been following the story, I'd just like to offer an apology for the delays and I hope that you'll stick around to watch the new version unfold - it should be caught up to the same point in the story by May or June next year. Thanks for your patience, and thanks for reading!


Click HERE to see previous episodes.

Friday, September 21, 2012

The Moon Prince Page 131: Trust

Dear Readers:

Today's episode marks the end of the first book of The Moon Prince. The second book will start serializing here three weeks from today, on October 12. But please be sure to check back in next Friday (September 28) to see a special treat - the cover for Book One! - and again on Friday October 5th to see  a map of the area around where Max and Molly lived at the start of the book.

Thanks for reading The Moon Prince, and I hope you've enjoyed the story so far!


Click HERE to see previous episodes.

Monday, September 17, 2012

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Style Crisis!

Back in June I stopped posting new pages of my graphic novel The Rough Pearl so that I could go back and rework the drawings, which I'd decided were too loosey-goosey for my uptight tastes. I devoted hundreds of hours on lovely summer days to this obsessive task, hours which might have been more profitably spent playing with my young children, or romancing my wife, or drinking beer, etc.

Anyway, just when I had it almost done (there's about five messy pages still left, you'll probably be able to tell which ones if you read through it), I started to get really sick of the style I was using. I know, I know, ridiculous, right? Just get on with the damn thing!

But frankly, this was all part of a bigger issue I've been having with making comics - the old "realism" versus "cartooning" stylistic debate. When I started The Rough Pearl I imagined it as having a certain "noir" vibe with lots of shadows, as well as a little more gravitas than its prequel Fantastic Life, since it was about characters who were now older and working real jobs.

However, because of time constraints (I'm also doing another book, The Moon Prince, at the same time) I decided to draw The Rough Pearl in a cartoony style similar to Fantastic Life. Even though I liked the results, I always knew it wasn't honest to what I had originally wanted to do, and eventually this nagging, guilty feeling became impossible to ignore. So I did a test page in a more "realistic" style, and immediately realized this was the right way to draw the book. The upshot of all this: I'm going to redo every page from scratch!

Since I had 4 more pages done in the original "cartoony" style I'm going to go ahead and finish posting them, and I've also uploaded all the "polished" versions of the 30 previously posted  pages. Once I have those last few pages of the old "cartoony" version posted, I'm going to start posting the new "realistic" version from the beginning -- page 1. If you've been following the story and wondering where it would go, please accept my apologies for all these delays - I promise not to do it again!

Just for fun, here's the latest page of the "cartoony" version plus, as a bonus preview, the same page done in the new "realistic" style (click on either one for a full size version, and if you'd like to read the "cartoony" version from the beginning, please click HERE):