I Was Doing So Well...

I managed two months of consistent updates, and you know what? Not good enough. I haven't digitized most of my buffer, which takes time for each page, and I've been slacking. Plain and simple.

My new goal? One page finished completely every day. It's gonna be painful as hell, in several meanings of the word, but I'm going to do it.

Anyone out there anticipating it, I'll have a guest comic done every Sunday. For those who've been following along, the first is heading out to MatthewJA, of http://icannotdraw.thecomicseries.com. Even if you're not into stick-figure art, you've got to respect this guy.

posted by Solem Saje @ 18th Feb 2011, 3:00 PM

An Act Of Administration

It pains me to say it, but today's update will be up come tomorrow evening.

But before you start to shout and clamor! Listen.

Those who browse ComicFury will know, already, that image uploading has been disabled for the next day or so. The last estimate I read, given by Kyo (our benevolent dictator) has made tomorrow evening the earliest I can update, but probably not much later.

To salve your wounds, I will mention my buffer-building and stacked upload scheme will make it so that in the highly unlikely event that this happens again, updates will not be interrupted.

Furthermore, tomorrow and all of next week's updates will be three-tier length, as opposed to the normal two-tier. This isn't a bribe for you, per se, since that was how I originally planned these pages, but the timing works out rather well in my favor!

In other news, I'm now offering to do guest comics, one every other week, for anyone who wants to take me up on it. I've gotten to the point where I can reliably update and still go that extra mile, and in any case it seems like something fun to do, that I've never done before.

Today's blog post was sort of an unplanned necessity, so Sunday's is still going up. Hopefully I can think of something interesting to say before then!

posted by Solem Saje @ 11th Feb 2011, 2:02 PM

The Comic, And Beyond!

This will be my first entry, talking about Perfect Karma, myself, and my future projects.

As some of you might know, the main characters in the comic are based on my two friends and I. The comic started about a year ago, now, as a bit of a test project. I wanted to make comics, specifically webcomics, but neither my art nor managing experience were good enough.

So I got an account on ComicFury, and went to work. Updating was... sporadic. Almost as bad as the early art (and the present art, if I'll be honest) was the fact that more than half of my author's comments were apologies. But with the merciless prodding of my two partners in crime, I got better. It's been two months since I even had a late update, let alone an absent one.

I'm now about a third of the way through the story, page-wise, and have learned a lot about the whole process. All the advice I sought out back in the day about starting up a webcomic was confirmed: that is to say, it's all about personal trial and error.

Sweet heathen gods, was there a lot of error.

I haven't taken an art course since middle school, but I've slowly been teaching myself the ins and outs of perspective, anatomy, and theory. The results show, but I'll be the first to admit my own impatience. Patience is another thing I've had to learn, though I think that lesson will be nailed into my head for a long time to come, yet.

To stop myself getting burnt out, I've also been working on storyboarding future, more serious projects. That is to say, I do not want this little adventure in Mary-Sue, one-liner oriented pixelated image abortions to comprise the bulk of my aspirations. I have a grudging pride of Perfect Karma, but like many, I dream of more. Unfortunately for the meantime, Perfect Karma is the vehicle of those future efforts. I love my work as much as I hate it.

I'm coming to think that's a pretty common attitude for all artists, professional or at my meager level.

But my friends and I have aspirations, and until our other projects get off the ground, my work and materials are the greatest content pool we possess. All I can do is forge ahead, and churn out more material, and make every page an exercise in improvement.

Next week, or whenever I feel like it, I'll get into current events. Maybe I'll even have some questions to answer! (Yes, that was an invitation. Feel free to comment and ask about anything!)

posted by Solem Saje @ 10th Feb 2011, 1:42 PM