It’ll all be over soon…

…Well, maybe.

This week I’ve started drawing the final chapter. I started inking the fifth page today. The chapter is massive, a twenty eight pages total, so while I’m moving at a decent clip right now, there’s still a ways to go, and I’m probably going to slow down once October hits. Why is that, you ask?

Remember how I participated in the Bill Counts October Game last year, in which I produced a finished piece of art for every day of the month? Well, I’m doing that again this year because I’m a horrible masochist. But I’m doing things a tad differently this go around. This time I’m drawing a 30-page comic called Shouting at the Void. Here’s a teaser page I did to get an idea of how I want it to look:
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So I’m doing that starting next week. It won’t be quite as rough last year, I hope, since I’ve already got the whole thing scripted and thumbnailed, got my color palette ready to go, and I’m drawing the pages really small, 6×9 inches. I’m hoping this will take a lot of stress off and save time so I can keep working on Other Sleep and not stall like I did last year. One can hope, at least.

Dig the new banner? That’s from a page I scanned yesterday. Here are a couple of more bits in progress:ninelface
ninel157It’s insane and a little scary that I’m so close to the end of this thing that I started early last year. My first graphic novel. Dang.

I’m looking to have this finished and online in November, with the whole thing in print in early January before my art show at the William King Museum in February. Let’s hope it all works out. Thanks for reading, thanks for sticking around, it’s one hell of a ride.

[Brett]

Chapter 8 is online!

Go read it! I think this is the quickest chapter to go up in some time. At 18 pages, it’s pretty lean, but it’s vicious too. Shinya does NOT have a good time, to say the least. GO READ IT NOW!!

The final chapter is next, a whopping 28 pages. It…might…take a while.

BONUS NEWS: In February I’ll be having a solo art exhibition at the William King Museum in Abingdon, VA for the comic! I’ll be displaying original pages and stuff! More details will come as we get closer to the date, of course, but still, exciting stuff.

[Brett]

Chapter 7 is online!

I’m happy with how it came out, and it’s the first time in a while where I’ve really had a blast drawing it.

Ninel get’s pretty bloody in this one, which I felt was necessary. The last few chapters have had her just drugged and helpless and kind of useless, so getting to turn that around was a relief. She showed some tough behavior in the first few chapters, but now it’s back and fully formed. Go read it!

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Movement

Hey folks. I wanted to assure you I’m not dead, and that progress is going well with chapter 7.

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My goal is to finish the chapter and have it online somewhere in mid-to-late July, before Rob-Con, which is the 27th. ¬†After that, I’m going to buckle down and, I think, try to get the entire graphic novel finished before the end of the year. There are two more chapters after this one, so it shouldn’t be THAT difficult, right? Hopefully.

HeroesCon was a couple of weeks ago, and I wrote about it in depth over on my main website. Long story short: it didn’t go TOO well. I uh, had a bunch of extra copies of the first chapter of Other Sleep printed due to a fear of running out of copies to sell when it turns out that…I didn’t sell a single copy of the book at all. -_- Win some, lose some, I guess. Hopefully next month’s Rob-Con will go better, since it’s smaller and local and such, yeah? Regardless, I met some good people at the con, watched my good friend and comics guru do some particularly crazy sketches for people, watched my girlfriend run around excitedly while dressed as Delirium, bought a LOT of good books, and still had a good time.

ALSO: to tide you over until chapter 7 is done, could I interest you in a PDF of the new issue of Burst Reach 3? It’s only a dollar! I think it’s some of my best comics work yet, and if you’re enjoying the weird shit I pull in Other Sleep, you’ll definitely enjoy this also. This post I made on Tumblr shows you what’s inside! I’m also selling physical copies, if you want one, email me: amechanicaldisaster (at) gmail (dot) com!

That’s all for now. I promise that chapter 7 will be online before you know it!

[Brett]

A brief transmission

It’s been a while, and I apologize. I guess you might say we’ve hit a bit of a hiatus.

drawingI’ve been, as usual, extraordinarily busy. I had two appearances: ETSUCon in Johnson City, and Free Comic Book Day at Mountain Empire comics here in Bristol. I stressed out and lost my mind preparing for these, getting postcards printed from old October Game pieces, getting posters made, getting the second printing of chapter 1 of Other Sleep, supplies, et cetera. Annoyingly time-consuming. Oh, and buttons! Check these out!
buttonsBoth appearances were damn successful, though, more successful than my only other con, Rob-Con was last year. I was astonished by how many people I met who were giant monster fans and wanted me to do mutant sketches of them. I got a few awkward snubs here and there, like a guy who put down one of my books simply because it didn’t have any “meta references” in it, and things like that, but the good outweighs the bad.

Seriously, real talk, Godzilla fans? Are my favorite people to talk to. They are the best, friendliest, people. I want to be friends with all of them.

So on top of these things, I’m working on comics for Burst Reach 3, nearing completion. Also painting a nursery and doing other family responsibilities because I’m going to be an uncle soon? Aw crap.

So yes, unfortunately, things get in the way and Other Sleep is what gets set aside. Heroes Con is in June, and I’ve pretty much confirmed today that I’m sharing a table with a buddy of mine, and just ordered MORE copies of chapter 1 to sell there. Next up? Transportation, hotel, all that jazz. Yikes.

I’m hoping to get back on track and working on chapter 7 this month. We’ll see. Fingers crossed. Thanks for sticking around!

[Brett]

 

Emerging once more

Chapter 6 is finished and ready to read! At 18 pages in length, it’s no slouch. I think it’s my favorite chapter so far too. It only took about 90 pages or so for me to hit a point where I actually seemed to know what the heck I was doing, heh.

I figured a lot of new things out in this chapter, especially in coloring it, and I’m really happy with the results for once.

So why did it take longer than I said it would? Well, aside from taking my time with it and refusing to rush things (despite every desire to do that), I had a very very busy January, which I wrote about at length over here on my main blog. 

In short, I did the following: Drew a 10-page silent comic, did 4 watercolor paintings on canvas for a local art show, got involved in a Moebius tribute show at Floating World in Portland, got paid to design a logo for a website run by a local newspaper, and got involved in stand-up comedy. Yeah, hectic.

The future’s looking good, too. I’m doing an album cover for a friend’s metal band, will possibly be at THREE(!) comic conventions this year, and some other fun stuff. I’ll be sure to keep you updated on these things, of course.

Alright, back to work. Enjoy the new chapter!

It all comes slowly unraveled

IT’S FINALLY HERE. After three months of waiting and wondering, chapter five is finally online! GO READ IT NOW. It’s the biggest chapter to date, a whopping 22 pages. That brings the total page count up to…uh, hold on…EIGHTY-EIGHT PAGES. Without a doubt, I WILL break the one hundred page point in chapter six.

Which…optimistically? Should be online in January. There’s no way I’ll get it completely done in December, what with the holidays, girlfriend, second job that I THINK I acquired but not entirely sure of, et cetera.

Anyways, this chapter…I have mixed feelings on. Story-wise, it’s important, and it has some great moments, but you can tell I worked on and off with it over the course of three months, and that hurts a little to look at. Some panels are just shambles, some bits had to be redrawn digitally and stick out way too much, and my skill level back in September was just not the same as the pages that were drawn post-October Game. I’m REALLY happy with the coloring though, and happy that I didn’t have to really sacrifice any dialogue for space purposes like I’ve done in previous chapters, so there’s that.

Chapter six will be something else, I think. I’ve had it written for months, but now, at this point in time, I want to restructure it a bit, make it stronger, shake things up more. We’ll see whether that pans out or not in the future, but right now, that’s the plan. The cover alone is a little bit of a departure already, and I want to see if I can carry that freshness through to the end, yeah?

So that’s that. Back to work. Stick around, it’ll get better.