Progress Report: When I started The Great Comic Experiment, it was with the idea that putting up Untold Tales of Bigfoot for a live audience — writing and drawing under the pressure of a deadline and feedback –would somehow make me better and/or faster at telling stories and creating comics. Happy to report that, not only am I improving in the speed department, but that the feedback and comments I’ve been getting are really helping me visualize possible opportunities and potential pitfalls in the storyline. So, though it might’ve been more comfortable creating UTOB in a vacuum, putting it up week after week as it’s written has made it a better comic. So thanks to everybody for helping out with that.
Giveaway Update: This past weekend I ran the random drawing for the sketch card giveaway and I’m happy to congratulate Wouter who lives in the Netherlands. The card’s all packed up and I’ll ship it out to Wouter this week. It’ll be a nice test of the international postal system. As always, thanks for reading the comic and commenting.
Finally, as you can tell from this cropped image above, I participated in another fan-art exchange this week! This time it was with Ryan Fisher, creator of the webcomic, Sometime After. Ryan was kind enough to send me this emotionally charged image of Bigfoot and Scout, rowing down some unnamed river in their quest to find Scout’s home. I love the way Ryan captured the essence of their personalities with the expressions on their faces. There’s a charming, storybook feel to Ryan’s illustration and it’s what makes his own webcomic so endearing. Sometime After, done in greytones with traditional pen/ink/brush techniques, examines what happens to storybook/fairy tale characters when they’ve outlived their relevance. It’s not strictly all-ages, but use some parental guidance and head over to check out Sometime After. The characters are instantly likeable, the storylines have real heart and Ryan’s always posting something interesting on his accompanying blog. And while you’re there. take a gander at the fan art I did for Ryan! -v