This is a reprint, it originally appeared on my Patreon as an unpaid post.
I’ve learned so much by making Legends of Fomora. Absolutely a ton!
When it comes down to it, I think you should always go for it. Learn as you go. Because if you spend too much time tinkering, you may never start. But make sure you take all the stuff you learn along the way and put it to good use.
Originally, I wanted to make Legends of Fomora a wide book. Something like, 14 inches wide by seven tall – I think. A kind of weird size, sure, but the classic size for classic comics. I made every web update with that format in mind. One page equals one page.
But I’ve ultimately decided on a “French Album,” style, common in classic European comics. It’s 9 inches wide by 11 inches tall. So book one of Fomora will have two web-comics per book page. Cool.
Now, the two mediums – web and print – are incredibly different. And a whole big page in a book may take a long time and not quite get you the…umph you’d want in a webcomic to keep readers coming back. So I’ve been writing book two with this in mind.
The image above represents a french album page. As I’ve been writing book two, I’ve been making notes as to what day-of-the-week the page will go up on (Monday, Wednesday, or Friday) and what quarter(s) of the French album page they will take up. Most of them will be the top or bottom half, but some are just one quarter, a couple are three, and there are a few that will just have to be one full French album page online.
It’s been a little challenging, to make everything fit, but I think it will make for a better comic in both formats. Something to keep you tuning in as it’s made and to keep you turning those pages. I highly recommend this to any webcartoonists that are writing long form stories and don’t want to leave the web update on a lack luster note.
Things are coming along very nicely over here. Chapters One through Four of Book Two have gone through the first round of editing. I’m going to straighten them up, then move onto the end. After that, the drawing commences!
I’ve managed to get through the first two chapters of Book Two. So far I’ve sat down and worked through an outline of the whole book. Just major bullet points. I broke those up into chapters and then started writing the comic proper. I do it all in my notebook so I can scribble around and move things. There’s just something so satisfying when you scratch out something you hated or can really underline three, four, five times something that you’re really excited about.
I’m going to go ahead and get these typed up and out for editing and then forge ahead with chapters three and four. I want to start drawing by the end of the month. So I’m trying to get everything written and – at least the first two chapters – edited by then. If the last two thirds of the book are still in editing while I’m penciling the first pages that’ll be ok. There’s a lot of meat on the bones and I want to take my time with the artwork.
If you want to see the artwork as it develops, check out my Patreon page! It’s updating very regularly with concept art, character sketches, and the Bestiary. (The bestiary is going to be featuring key creatures this month. You can get a good look at what’s to come).
Talk to you soon!
Hey there, just reposting this as a blog post so it stays semi near the top but doesn’t block out other news that rolls out over the next couple weeks.
I’ve got a lot of feelings about this book! 160 pages, nearly a year and a half of design, writing, and drawing, and some exciting characters to boot! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading as much as I have making it! And, again, thank you so much for reading! Please, share with your friends and let them know we’ll be back for book 2!
I’d also like to take a brief moment to publicly say, “thank you,” to my lovely wife. I couldn’t’ve done this without you! There would be no Legends of Fomora without all your help. Thank you :).
I’ll be updating this site during the break with news for Book Two, but for now I’ll give you an idea of what we’ve got planned for Legends of Fomora thus far!
I have a working title, but I want to let it percilate for a bit before sharing. There are lots of ideas and a solid outline for the next installment of Legends of Fomora. I’ve learned a lot from the process of making Book One and creating Book Two will be a little easier. For the next few weeks I’m going to be writing whole chapters and having them edited. I’ll be working in my sketchbook on new concepts – all of which I’ll keep you posted with on my Patreon Page. I’ll have a firm launch date for Book Two once I have some actual pages finished and ready to go.
My goal has always been a printed book. I’ve already done some preliminary work for a printed Book One – some basic book design and a few quotes from printers. I’ve settled on a layout that will stack to internet pages on top of each other to make one printed page. So we’re looking at around 80 pages raher than 160. I’m waiting to get a “critical mass” of readers before any printing begins – so share with your friends! Book Two’s production schedule will be independent (well, as independent as it can be) from a Book One print run. So new comics will be forthcoming no matter when the printing begins.
Goal one of Fomora has always been to make a quality comic – and I’ve been doing that. I stayed away from too much advertising until recently so that I could focus on the artwork. I think now, with the first full installment complete, is a great time to push forward with some advertising to get new readers to the site.
Having never done this before, I’m not sure what to expect. I applied for a table at Topatocon in September this year. If all goes well, Chris Collins and I will be exhibiting there. I’ll keep you posted!
Wanta Fomora tee-shirt? A pin? A print!? I’m getting ready to put together a shop and have a few options for you to show off your hunter roots. This is a longer term goal that will come after Book Two has begun.
That’s what I have to report on for now. Watch this space for updates!
I finished getting input for the next chapter and have been making script changes and laying out pages. This chapter is going to be extra long – nearly double the size of the previous ones, so I’m taking some extra time on my end. This week there will be some Patreon posts (indeed – I just posted a new Bestiary page for hunter-level patrons) and I’ll show some behind the scenes work here.
I would love to chat about all the things that are going to happen in this chapter, but I can’t abide spoilers. So just sit tight and we’ll be back serving fresh-cut pages next Monday. Ready your shield for this one, hunters!