Friday, July 31, 2009

Crossover Project!

I am currently working on the NEW script for chapter 7 of The Black Marker Detective. The old chapter 7 would have been Shadow's 2nd trip into the afterlife, but that's being pushed back a chapter now. My long time friend DJ Crimson Fox and I are now putting together a crossover story with his characters.

He has a cast of well developed characters and story line for them, but has never used them for anything. I keep telling him do a comic or if you can't draw and don't have the cash to hire an artist, do some text fiction. But he never does so now I'm helping him get his characters into print.

It will be a bit interesting seeing as his characters are so drastically different from my own. They work at/run a clothing company for women who's attributes are much bigger then what is considered normal. So all of the female characters are very, very large, if you get what I am saying...? The idea was to have some kind a mystery happen there at the company that Shadow would get hired to figure out. The script is coming along nicely, but I'm not sure how it's going to turn out when it comes time to draw the comic. I'll make it work but I'll be outside my comfort zone. I'm not use to drawing girls built as heavily as his characters.

Is short, boobs so big a blind man couldn't miss them will be a new, and challenging experience for me.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Colored Pencils

Anyone who's ever read The Black Marker Detective should know that the whole comic is drawn in black markers with certin details colored in with colored pencils. I'm not going to pretend I didn't get the coloring idea from Frank Miller's Sin City. I did. And I chose to use colored pencils instead of coloring it digitally because I think it adds to the rough, I want to say gritty, look of the comic.

But I've come up with a little problem now thanks to my choice. The colored pencils I used for Chaku's hair and Nolly's eyes, hair, and nose were two heavily used stubs I dug out of a box of crayons and pencils just becaused I likede how the colors looked on paper. The names of the colors were long gone and only the one used for Nolly still had a brand name on it. Pentech. A brand I have never heard of before. Chaku's pencil only has made in China left on it.

Now both pencils are almost gone. Used down to the nub. And I can't seem to find replacements for them. I haven't really looked into every color Crayola offers, but seeing as I'm pretty sure Chaku's pencil wasn't a Crayola I have been trying to stay away from that brand. It's easy to tell because Crayola goes on very smooth, not at all like this one I've been using. It has to be a cheaper brand. And I can't even find Pentech pencils. Do they even still make those things? So I have been looking through RoseArt. I picked up their 64 count box of crayons, and their 72 count box of colored pencils. Yet I can't find a match for either of the pencils I need to replace.

For Chaku I'll probably be able to make due. I found that RoseArt's Emeralg Green is very close to the color I've been using for her hair. But I'm having no luck at all with Nolly. The Pentech pencil I have been using has been sharpened from both sides (who does that?) so while the name of the brand is still there, the name of the color is gone. I would guess it to be something like a Neon Pink, but even in a 72 count box RoseArt has nothing like it. I found that if I mix Cerise and Orchid I get something close, but you can still see the difference and it doesn't quite pop like the other one did. I don't know what I'm going to do. I like the color I already have for Nolly and don't want to change it. The comic will out-last the pencil so if I can't find someone who sells Pentech pencils I'm going to be screwed!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

I just looked at the stats for my comic (TBMD) and found out that the page "Baby Bump" is the highest rated page in the whole comic. How or why I do not know. I don't know what's so great about that page. I mean, yeah, it's a big turning point in the story, and I liked how the bottom left hand frame looked. The shadowed image of Agent Billings shooting Bernard was really cool looking I thought. But the page was kind of strange looking and I was never really sure about it. But if people like that page okay then. I guess I don't even know what's good and what's not.

Almost done!

As the title of this post says, I'm almost done! With what? The prologue to chapter 5 of The Black Marker Detective. It will take up this week and the next week. So you will have to wait two weeks before we get back into the actual story. But I'm almost finished drawing it. So that means I will have two weeks to work on comic pages before I have to worry about updates. I'm so happy! If I work really hard I can get back on a normal schedule again and won't have to stay up late into the night working on comics. Then I can get some work on COATC done too!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Online gaming...

Blast you online gaming! I need to get up to speed in my comic pages. That's why I was doing the pointless prologue thing in The Black Marker Detective. But I'm not getting up to speed at all. I'm playing Shin Megami Tensei Imagine instead. Why are online games so addictive?

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


I finally got around to putting up Confessions Of A Teenage Carnivore. I had put the comic idea on the shelf and started working on a different comic, but when I found out that the name I wanted to use was already taken and couldn't come up with a different name I liked I put that one on the shelf and took COATC back down. There are only two pages up at the moment, I had the first 5 pages drawn but it was in a different art style and when I decided that COATC would in fact take place in the same world as The Black Marker Detective I had to re-draw all the pages in the same style as that comic. I also hate drawing the same page more then once. So that's why new pages of COATC are slow coming. But once I get through the first 5 pages it should start to be a pretty good comic. Or at least I hope. I for one really like the idea I have planned out for it. It's just a matter of if my readers will stick with it long enough to see the actual story, or if they will stop after the first 5 pages saying, "Eww... This is a yucky vore fetish comic!" and stop reading.

It's really not a vore fetish comic. Well... okay it is... But that's not all it is. It's more of a deeply emotional (and slightly controversial) drama that just happens to double as a vore fetish comic for allegorical purposes. That's what I intended for it to be anyways...

And on a 2nd note, I have finally made it into chapter 5 of The Black Marker Detective. The prologue that went up today is will last a few more pages before we get back into the story. I know it's slightly annoying. You may be saying, "But I just read the last chapter! Why do I need you to fill me in on what I just read?"

Well there are two reasons I'm doing this. The first is that there are a number of things I want to point out and/or say that I can't really do without either branching off on pointless tangents or breaking the 4th wall. And since breaking the 4th wall and having Hoofy explain it to you is faster I went with that.

The other reason, and the biggest one, is that I'm very behind in my work. I have been finishing the pages for TBMD the day they are scheduled to go online. That's not healthy for the comic or my nerves. I use to have the pages done 5 or 6 in advance... Doing this prologue allows me to finish a page with only drawing two images and sticking in some text. It's fast. I can build up a number of pages that are ready to go online. And I can get up to speed and fave time to actually work on the new pages instead of rushing them like I have been doing. With the fact that I'm now drawing a lot more background then I use to I'll need that extra time.

Yes... I know I pretty much just said that I'm A lazy bastard and the prologue is just a way for me to take it easy for a while, but that's how it is. So deal with it for a few weeks.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Naked multiple limb amputee hanging from the ceiling...

The Black Marker Detective took an interesting turn last night when I was drawing the new page. You can see it tomorrow when it goes up. But when I drew a naked multiple limb amputee hanging from the ceiling by a chain I thought, this may be getting a bit twisted, even for me. Now yes, parts of the comic that take place in hell are going to be a bit twisted. It's hell. But tomorrow's page just has me looking at my work a bit differently. It's one of those moments where you finish a page, pick it up and look at it, and say, "Where the hell did that come from?"

I don't know why I'm only doing this now. I have a whole story arc that will be coming up in another two chapters that takes place in hell. (Most of it is already drawn) There's twisted stuff in that one. But this is the first time I have drawn naked amputees and there's just something about thr whole experience that has me a little weirded out.

I guess maybe it's one of those, "I did not know that about you" moments, only I'm saying it to myself...

Oh and don't worry. The comic is not going to turn into another "Jack". Not that that's a bad thing. Jack is the greatest comic I have ever read. But it's not what my comic is meant to be.