Thu 7/20/2006

Well, the ink is all on the page.

I've still got some proofreading and touch-ups to do and then it's time to scan it all and lay it out. Then I need to find a printer (I don't think I'm going to use the same ones from last issue...) And I want to try and get this all done in the next couple of days! (I'm trying to have this issue ready in time for the Portland Zine Symposium)

All in all, I'd say it was a pretty good issue, production-wise. 48 finished pages in 131 days, averaging a page every 2.7 days, and for three months of that I was wrapping up SCHOOL! (Each "unit" above is a completed penciled or inked page and the pencil line was my original goal, to have the book done by MoCCA--ha!)

I penciled the entire issue while riding the subway to and from school which helped a lot and I also made an effort to "loosen up" the style this time. I didn't rule out my lettering and I mentally focused on the fact that each panel would only be glanced at for an instant, since Comics read quickly. In the same breath, I don't think I rushed anything and I'm proud of how it turned out. I can't wait for everyone to see it!

But yeah... I'm pretty exhausted. I get extremely focused in the "home stretch" and have been drawing pretty non-stop for the last few weeks. I'm looking forward to working on some other stuff. I really need to finish up the script for Basewood Chapter 3 and I feel totally out of touch with my sketchbook. Luckily, I've got a few trips coming up, so being away from my drafting table will give me a good excuse to work on other projects.

Okay, back to my "post-production" work. Comics soon!

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