It was noticed that there was a bit of a image distortion in the last page of Jin’s prologue. This is because I had to make a last minute change to the dialogue of the comic. In that I had to remove a lot of the dialog. The comic as originally scripted had a lot more talking in it. I didn’t see the flaw until I got the art back from Erwin and was confronted by the wall of words in the page.
But since you spotted my quick modifications I might as well show you the page before my self and the patreon donors (nudge, nudge, wink, wink, get it, patreon donors get special access) edited it. So yet again you get an alternate storytelling perspective. This time the art of shutting the hell up.
Well I was hoping I could work something out but it looks like we are going to get a delay in the comic of a little bit. Erwin has some personal issues that he has to deal with and I have run out off filler art to post. Added to the fact that we are one page away from the end of this story I really don’t want to interrupt the comic.
So we are probably going on a break for a little bit, (a week or two) while Erwin gets things back in order. I will be scrambling around to get some filler art from various artist. Then the question of how to avoid this is the future comes up. I’ll be trying to come up with some ways to do that. I think the first step is being more regimented in my script writing to have more break point in the stories. I will have to think about it.
Until then here is a couple cool comics you can read:
Feel free to post your own recommendations in the comic.
I have been working on getting a site comic produced. It’s based off a character that sort of rose out of a number of memes on Blade Bunny. I posted a female version of the robot cowboy character the fans had named ”The Chrome Cowboy”. The female version was anointed “The Tin Temptress” by the fan. This lead to a Paul Sullivan song called Toffee Tin Temptress through a Google search and thus the proper name of the character became “Toffee the Tin Temptress”.
Well one thing lead to another and I started writing a comic script for this character and I decided that she would be a sort of terminator robot in that she could appear to be human. So then came the question of what her human form looked like. After writing up a description I realized I was making a character named “Toffee” white. Why couldn’t a robot cow girl in a post apocalyptic world be black? After all there are lot of bad things you can say about the machines that rise up to destroy humanity but “racist” is not one of them. So I changed the description of Toffee to be a black girl and sent the description off to the artist.
This is the face of the character I got back.
So here’s the dilemma. This is clearly not a face with African features. Yet if I tried to describe African features it would end up be a character of a black woman instead of an attractive woman who happens to be of African decent (or a robot built to look like a woman of African decent as the case may be).
Google image search came to the rescue and I just send a bunch of faces i found to the artist and she came back with this.
Which was pretty good. Unfortunately after drawing this the artist got wrapped up in some other projects and could no long work on the comic. So I had to go and find a new artist. This time I made sure to send over all the faces that I had collected to make sure that the new artist understood what I was looking for. This is what I got back;
Again walking a tightrope here because the facial features are good but the hair lacks volume. It just doesn’t look right for a black woman. Google image search again and the image was modified to this:
At this point I though that we were cooking with gas. Even without coloring you could tell the ethnicity of the character without it being insulting. Buuuutttt notice i said “even without color”. Well this is the colored version of the picture.
She’s freaking Irish.
Starting to see the problem here. It’s like pulling teeth to get a black character. If I asked for a Nordic babe I would get it on the first try. But a true ethnicity to a comic character, well the artist don’t have the experience with it. You have to constantly send back photo reference and very carefully worded explanations.
You want to know why there’s not as much diversity in comics? It because it’s just to bloody hard to get the artist to draw it.
PS: This is what I sent back to the artist describing what I want. Fingers crossed.
I will no longer be using Facebook to post alerts and information from the comic. This move will cost me a good deal of revenue and readership. But I will not give my business or content to a company that performs immoral psychological experiments on it’s users:
The Facebook is fundamentally broken:
I really want to reach the people on facebook and promote my comic but the moral cost of doing so is just too high.
So what is your preferred non-facebook social networking tool? The most votes in the comments is what I will put my efforts into.