August 2009

PECULIAR COMICS #34, copyright 2009 by ED
YOU HAVE MY ETERNAL RESPECT if you can spot the “Frisky Dingo” reference.

If you can’t spot that, then I’m sure you’ve ALSO spotted the lack of a conclusion to the “My Fucking Raygun” story. Yes, I’m actually working on it. No, it’s not COMPLETELY done. No, I can’t guarantee it’ll happen next week.

To be fair, though, I was doing the MFR stories completely on a tablet, and that takes a long fucking time. For the most part, everything else I’ve done for Peculiar Comics has been primarily accomplished using pencil and paper, with some digital editing and finishing flourishes.

I like doing these little black and white “slice of life” stories (because it’s a well-known fact that hook-ups with aliens happen way more often than you’d care to admit) because they’re different than what I usually draw and write, and VERY different than what I usually read. Granted, my past two reads have been Asterios Polyp, which you should go out and buy if you haven’t already, and the third volume Love & Rockets, which you should also read if you haven’t already…especially since L&R‘s been around for…oh, almost a quarter century now. These stories are also completely hand-done. Granted, I do adjust the levels a tad in Photoshop, but that’s only to fix what the scanner has botched.

Next week, you’ll see either the conclusion to “My Fucking Raygun” or the true story of how I met my girlfriend of two and a half years.

PECULIAR COMICS #33 pt. 1, copyright 2009 by ED

PECULIAR COMICS #33 pt. 2, copyright 2009 by ED

PECULIAR COMICS #33 pt. 3, copyright 2009 by ED
DUE TO A COMPLICATED* SCHEDULING ERROR, Vol. 2, No. 7 will be late, as in up next week. Instead, enjoy the one I had done for next week. It’s drastically different, I know, but I wanted to try something more slice-of-life (sorta) with less focus on detail and more on simply telling a story and/or telling a story simply.

…and while, yes, this was inspired by things that happened to me in grade school, I’m not a bitter person. Promise.

*And by “complicated”, I mean involving a combination of late space shuttles, doppleganger incidents, and historical retcons.

PECULIAR COMICS #31, copyright 2009 by ED

AND THINGS TAKE A TURN TOWARDS THE CLICHE CLIFFHANGER. Will our favourite spaceman come through?

One more piece of the arc to go, and I promise you, it ends with a bang. Just to let you down before the end, it’s a much smaller bang. MUCH smaller.

Meanwhile, I’m in Maine until the 16th. TWIST!

(I wrote this from the past.)

PECULIAR COMICS #30, copyright 2009 by ED

LIKE I SAID BEFORE, TO QUOTE BOB DYLAN in the most cliche way possible, “The times they are a-changin'”.

Recently, I’ve been playing around with color in comics, more specifically, a limited color pallet. In a portfolio I’m working on, I’m utilizing only primary colors (to obtain other colors, I adjust the transparencies of the colors in Photoshop). Here (and with the strips to follow), I expanded my color pallet to secondary colors and slightly darker versions of some colors for shading. I’m doing this partially as a way to fine-tune my skills with my new Bamboo tablet.

I also wanted to experiment with a vertical strip format, as well as working in a higher resolution (Volume One wasn’t scanned in at 300 dpi, so even if there WERE interest to print them down the line, they’d look crappy; Volume Two is here to fix that).

Feedback? Is this a good change? Were things better before? Should I quit now and dock off my hands?