Writing on the novel has been slowed because of another project. Specifically the Webcomic. In May I realized that there was no way I could keep up the pace with how my arm has been, but I still want to tell the story. Rather strangely, typing is easier on my arm than drawing is. No, I can't figure that out, either. So, I stopped and looked at both the art and writing, and then looked into alternatives.
The result is a hybrid of comic and novel , basically an “illustrated story” or “illustrated novel” (think more “Prince Valiant”).
1. Since typing is easier, this storytelling format is relying more on that and a little less on the art.
2. A lot of traditional comic-telling is spent on 'between' shots leading one big climax, image, or scene to the next, all while trying to make those 'between' shots the best you can. By going this route I save my arm for the images that mean more and are the most important by dropping the 'betweens'.
3. I can keep the color! Going black and white just wasn't an option as I love color. 🙂
4. The story can be told a little faster (trust me, there is enough to keep going for quite a while!)
So begins a restart.
The script is now being rewritten it in a novel format. That, in itself, has been an interesting experience. 🙂 I've rewritten the entire first chapter, which is now being edited, and the next few pages have been laid out along with really simple idea sketches for the graphics. Since I'm relaunching anyway, I'm also redesigning a few things. Not the characters, but specifically the house. I'd never been completely happy with the design, so I'm taking the time to make it look more like I want.
The php script I had been using to post the comic and create an automatic archive was rather old and not being supported or upgraded any longer, so I switched to WordPress with the Comicpress theme. It wasn't what I wanted to use, but there aren't that many comic scripts being actively worked on nowadays, and I wanted something that is in active development.
So, the site now has a new look (constantly being tweaked), and as of June 10th a new page in the new style went live.
New site is at: http://www.dreamerscovestudio.com/comic/
The old site with the old archive is still active and can be found at: http://www.dreamerscovestudio.com/comic-old/