No, Untold Tales of Bigfoot isn’t changing to a 3-panel gag format. I’m just experimenting with different comic-making tools and threw together some quick strips for practice. The first book of UTOB was put together with Photoshop, Illustrator and Painter, but I wanted to see how MangaStudio’s inking brushes, panel layout tools and text functions worked for me. I’m still getting used to it, but so far:
Panel Layout: Love it. It could really streamline my process.
Inking brushes: Love these too, still working toward getting proper line weights.
Text tool: A little clunky compared to what I’m used to. Gotta work on that.
Another fun reason I’m posting is because the Reuben Awards are this upcoming weekend. Hogan’s Alley (the magazine of the cartoon arts) has posted their fearless predictions for the winners and I managed to squeak onto the list.
If you recall, when Hogan’s Alley handicapped the Reuben Awards in 2013, Untold Tales of Bigfoot was a “should win” not a “will win.” A great vote of confidence in me back then. And, happily, their prediction was slightly off and I actually won the Reuben that year!
This year, well, I have some good news and some bad news. I did land on the list but, again, not in the “will win” slot. Fudgepops! With much appreciation to the Hogan’s Alley staff for their continued support, Untold Tales of Bigfoot has once again landed in the “should win” slot for Best Online Comic Long-form. They’re giving the “will win” prediction to the lovely Stand Still, Stay Silent by Minna Sundberg. And, frankly, it would be well-deserved. Minna’s got a beautiful comic (as does Mike Norton with the also-nominated Battlepug). Here’s what Hogan’s Alley had to say:
“NOMINEES FOR THE ONLINE COMIC STRIP/LONG FORM AWARD: Vince Dorse (“The Untold Tales of Bigfoot”), Mike Norton (“Battlepug”) and Minna Sundberg (“Stand Still, Stay Silent”). SHOULD WIN: Dorse won this category two years ago, and we said then that he SHOULD win it (but we didn’t predict he WOULD win it). So again we say he should win, but… WILL WIN: Sundberg’s post-apocalyptic epic has a fully and imaginatively realized mythology and has attracted a passionate fan base. (But if Dorse wins again, we’ll be unsurprised and gratified.)” You can see the rest of their fearless predictions here.
So, not a bad vote of confidence from the experts, even if it’s not a full-on win prediction. But who knows? Hogan’s Alley predictions aren’t 100% foolproof. Could lightning strike twice? Could I walk away with another win? I’m guessing no, so don’t get your hopes up. But it’s nice to have folks in my corner. And, as I’ve said before, I feel like I’ve won simply by being nominated. I’ll be happy just to make it through the banquet without spilling hollandaise sauce on my tuxedo. -v