Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Status Update

Hey gang, just want to give you a heads up where things are at.

The book is close to be completed.  It's going to be a 6"x9" trade paperback.  As I mentioned before, it will be a compilation of Chapters 1 and 2 (every strip up until this point).  The cover is going to take me a bit; I started on it last night, and I'm using Manga Studio to create it.  I haven't messed with MS long, but I have to say I'm pretty impressed.  From what I've been hearing from a lot of other artists, MS is replacing Photoshop for their go-to digital art source, and I think I can already see why.  My wife showed me a brush last night, the Effect Brush, that literally creates a line the way you intended it to be drawn, instead of having to settle for what Photoshop or Illustrator may have perverted your line into.  
Get it, artists.  You won't regret it.  I think it was somewhere in the ballpark of $80... a steal when you compare it to the alternatives.

I want to create a button for the Zazzle store.  Anyone have any suggestions?  I was thinking of using one of these:

I haven't had much activity on the store yet, but to those that have purchased things, thank you SO much.  And of course, if there's any other merchandise you want to see, any other character you want to see, please let me know.  It's not difficult at all to create.
I said this on Facebook, but I've been told the shipping prices are pretty crazy on Zazzle.  Sorry about that.  Unfortunately, that's out of my control.  But I did knock down the prices on several items, most particularly the stickers, and those price changes will go into effect after the 20th of this month.

It won't be too long before the movies are wrapped up, and when they are, Chapter 3 will commence!

Also, did you notice the site re-design?  Not any major, changes, really, but among other things, there's now a YouTube bar on the left there that (in theory) plays the Super U. movies.  It works a little strangely, though.  For some reason, it initially tends to display movies about cars until it remembers to load the movies I told it to.  And when you play them, if you can hear the movie but not see it, scroll back up; it's probably playing higher up on your screen.

Lastly, some non-comic-related news.  I've come to the decision that I'm dropping off the face of the Earth.  I'm ditching my cell phone, and ideally after my daughter finishes kindergarten, my family and I are relocating to a remote corner of the Earth.  Society no longer makes any sense to me; I can't begin to explain it, but what I do know is that I don't belong... well, anywhere, really.  I desire a life of self-sufficiency... of work that produces tangible, gratifying results.  I need to find a place where I can carve out a space and make it my own.  I need to live in place where politics and technology don't matter; such a place seldom exists, I know, but there are places left in this world that are far more removed from them than others.  I need to be surrounded by natural splendor.
What will this mean for the comic?  Probably nothing.  I'll still have a computer and the internet in this place, and so nothing should prevent me from making comics.  But that's a promise I can't make; the lifestyle I envision living will be a demanding one, and I may not find myself having the spare time.  But that's further down the road, and nothing we should concern ourselves with right now.  For now, plan on Chapter 3 happening soon, and I hope you continue to enjoy the movies and the Walters Files.

-Matt out.