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A little bit for would-be webcomickers

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So I received an email from a reader and soon-to-be comic maker recently, which got me thinking about how I got into making comics and if I had any advice for would-be comickers, what would it be? It was interesting to think about while I put together a response, so I thought it might be useful to add some of that information here, too. I’m hardly an expert at anything involved here, but I find it interesting sometimes to read about how others work, and if someone can get some use out of what I have to say, all the better.

I originally got into comics because my friends were doing it (PEER PRESSURE!) and kind of got hooked on the process. I’ve gone through a zillion different changes in the way I do things over the past eight years (!) I’ve been making Messenger. There are a few areas that stand out as major “learning points” for me as I’ve gone along:
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New Chapter Starts!

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If you missed it, there were two updates yesterday! The last page of Chapter Eight, and the cover for Chapter Nine! If you haven’t guessed already by the cover art, Chapter Nine is going to break out of the routine and focus on someone entirely different – Zavier Kenakobe.

I’m also planning to break away from my own habits and try some new things with the art in this chapter, just to keep things fresh and exciting. If you hadn’t noticed already, I’m going to start posting pages at a larger size, because it’s 2010 and most people have bigger screens these days. (It’s bizarre to think that when I first started working on this 1024 x 748 was HUGE.) The old pages in the archive will stay as they are, because darn it, there are about 200 of them and I don’t feel like resizing and reuploading them all. Sorry!

There is also a new vote incentive this week, featuring the cover art for book 2. It’s still a work in progress and there’s a lot left to go into it, but I thought it could be fun to share for now. 😀

(Remember to vote for your favorite Hive Comics, too!)

Not much other news for now. The Story Guide has updated with the conclusion of Chapter Eight, and the Galleries have been slightly reorganized.

Art Dump

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Uploaded a bunch of miscellaneous drawings today, mostly little notecard doodles. I tend to do these while I’m sitting around at my desk talking to friends or whatever.

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See the rest in the illustrations gallery.

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