Cutie Steel Lijin

I just put the entirety of Cutie Steel Lijin, the 24-page oneshot comic I did last year, online.

Cutie Steel Lijin - cover

Cutie Steel Lijin – Front Cover

This comic was inspired by a particularly fruitful round of Channel A, a game in which you pitch the plot of an anime fitting the genres of the round and with a name using one or more title cards in your hand. The required genres were “steampunk” and “comic artist” and I had some pretty great title cards. The finished comic debuted at Emerald City Comic Con last year, and I figured a year sitting on it was enough, so now it’s all online, though you can still pick up a physical copy in my store.

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Final thoughts on The Z Train

I just posted the last page of The Z Train on deviantART (start at the first page here). I hope it was at least somewhat enjoyable.The whole thing will be added to the Comics part of this website as soon as I fix the handful of toning mistakes I made in my rush to be finished.

After going back through the comic again this month, one page at a time, I still have a lot of misgivings about the end product, but regardless, it is definitely nice to actually have an end product. Working on this comic proved that I could still draw and finish things while pulling full time hours at the Real Job… as long as I have a tight, immovable deadline. If I could only come up with enough ideas to work from, I could probably do one of these every other month or so. But the problem is the ideas. It took me three weeks to finalize the story/thumbnails for The Z Train, and little more than a week to pencil, ink, and tone the whole thing. You’d think it’d be the other way around.

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Rainbows and Rainclouds: Final

My book came in today!

Considering I ordered it on Sunday, I’m really surprised it got here so quickly, even with expedited shipping (since expedited shipping doesn’t mean expedited printing). I kind of wonder if I could have gotten away with just getting ground shipping, but whatever, it’s here with time to spare, and I don’t regret paying extra for it.

And the book looks awesome!

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Rainbows and Rainclouds: Progress Report III

Well, I’m done, more or less.

I worked steadily all last week coloring 3-5 pages a day, and I meant to work through this week also. If I had stayed on schedule, I would have finished coloring by Thursday, but I ended up finishing late Friday night/Saturday morning instead and then doing the cover this evening. It wasn’t that big of a deal though. I just wanted to finish everything earlier so I could have plenty of time to prep the files for printing this weekend and then send everything off to Lulu by Monday so hopefully they’ll be able to print and ship it before my final critique. As far as the class goes, I could have stopped coloring on page 30 because that’s all that will be due on the final critique, but whatever. 40 pages and a cover, done two weeks early, how about that.

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Rainbows and Rainclouds: Progress Report II

So I was probably a little annoying on Twitter last night and this morning constantly noting the progress (or lack thereof) on these pages. It was really my own fault I ran so close to the deadline though. I had actually managed to ink six and some odd pages over Kami-Con and so finished up all of the inks by Tuesday of last week and by Thursday had cleaned and fixed up most of what needed to be fixed digitally. One of my periodic deadlines for the class was today and I was supposed to have a minimum of six pages colored in addition to the finished inks. Personally, I wanted to have eight pages colored.

But basically I had the entire weekend, Friday-Sunday to color those pages. Long story short, I put off starting them until midway through Sunday afternoon and stayed up all night to finish the required six before I had to go to my eight o’clock art history class Monday morning. But heyyyy, I finished. I always finish.

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