I’ve been hard at work trying to finish the drawing aspect of this project before the summer, that way I can finish up the cover and any edits that are needed and then I can move onto the pre-press process.
This is a quick look at one of the pages in progress. You’ll notice I am using Manga Studio to create the comic, there are two main reasons for this.
1) The way it handles word balloons/lettering is phenomenal.
2) The fact that it can handle a multi-page comic like exactly that. It creates a nice simple means of organizing your project. Which is good for me since I get a tad forgetful in terms of what I am on and such.
I’ll continue to post updates about the progress of the project. And maybe even give some sneak peeks at some of the finished artwork. So keep an eye out.
So, as some of you know, I have been working on a project known till now as the only The Super Secret Project. I am now far enough along in this project that I feel I can reveal the nature of the project.
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The super secret project is actually a Graphic Novel.
Yes, you heard me correctly, a graphic novel.
Why am I doing a graphic novel you ask? Well, I am glad you asked. I’ve been asked quite a few times about the possibility of creating a printed version of my comic. And I’ve always said that while I would love to do so it’s an awful lot of work to put into what amounts to a re-run. Don’t get me wrong I like collections of strips just as much as the next guy, but if I was going to do a book I wanted to do something new and different. I know I could have added “special” comics to a compilation, or a bunch of sketches but that just seemed like adding filler. So the more I thought about this book idea the more I wanted to do a completely new story.
The big problem was what exactly would the new story be about, I batted ideas around in my head for a while. Would this new comic be about epic battles or a simple day in the life of the hero? Would it be fantasy based or firmly set in reality? Ultimately I realized I already had a story waiting in the wings, it wasn’t a complete story but more like a list of plot points and an idea for an ending.
And so I set out with a basic plot in hand, and started crafting this story. It’s been quite a while since I have attempted to tell a story in a long form format, and the last time I don’t think it was much more than 8 pages or so long. This new project is looking to come in around 76-80 pages. That is quite a bit larger than any story I have attempted to tell, heck I think my longest comic was a comic called “Welcome to my World” and that came in at 30 pages I think. This new project is a deeply personal story that I hope touches others the way it has me.
You might ask “Why all the secrecy?” Well, that has a lot to do with the length of the project, it is easily twice as long as any comic I have ever attempted so I was unsure if I could stick with it long enough to finish it. By keeping it secret I would not let anyone down who had been anticipating the comic anxiously. It’s still a ways off till it’s done, but now that I have passed the halfway point I feel I can at least reveal a the nature of the project.
Heck, I will even share a page or two with you:
Both of these pages could in fact change a lot before we get to the final editing stage, but the at least show you a snippet of what the comic may look like.
As much as I’d love to go into the what the story is about, I don’t want to ruin it or the folks who might actually want to read it. What I can tell you is this:
1) The format of the book will be a Manga sized digest, full color cover and black and white interior.
2) I’ll be printing it through Ka-Blam most likely which means you will be able to order it directly from them.
3) I could be convinced that “Artist Editions” where you order the book through my site and get a fun sketch in the book are a good idea. It would take a lot to convince me of this, but it is possible.
So there you have it, now you know all about The Super Secret Project… well except what is about. I guess you’ll have to wait and buy it when it comes out!