Live Stream!

Hey Gang!

Announcing the Fomora Live Stream on Twitch!

The updates are going to come again soon.  But in the meantime, check out the live stream of the comic.  I’ll be popping on when it’s convient, but I’ve regularly scheduled Wednesday nights from 7:30 to 9 EST.  Join in and see what’s going on under the hood!

Behind the Scenes!

Hey gang!

The posting Hiatus continues as I get pages up to speed and work on some side projects.  I’m planning on resuming as quickly as I can, but I need to get myself ready for convention season and focus on getting art ready to roll.  You can follow all my updates on Patreon, where output has really increased!

Talk to you soon!

P.

Portland Comic Expo

Hey gang!

The Portland Comic Expo was a blast.  Thank you to all of the Patrons that helped us print our book in time!  It came out great and folks loved it.

It was a one day event, but it was a great first convention.  My wife and I exceeded all our expectations.  At first we wanted to be able to sell just one thing, so we didn’t have to take all our inventory home.  I was really nervous and was worried that our book was incorrectly priced, that we didn’t bring enough stuff, that we brought too much.  Luckily my wife, Mardelle, was able to help me relax and stick to our guns.

We sold a bunch of books!  All the research we did said we would sell more prints and other items, but our books were our hot ticket item, by far.  People loved the colors (so many comments on how the colors pop) and the clean inking.  A lot of different folks bought our book and we have a better idea of our target consumer, but the best part by far were the parents that brought their young children over to look at the book.  They were excited, asked their kids if the book was something they’d like to read, and asked me to personalize the book when they bought it.  And they always asked if there’s more coming!

I was so happy to be able to reach younger kids at the convention.  The comic is truly meant to be all-ages.  I want adults to find it fun and whimsical and pretty to look at. And for all of it’s fun and cuteness, Fomora is a land that has a little grimdark tucked away under branches. We’ve gotten a lot of support on the web from adults.  But the convention let us hand it to parents who could hand it to their kids, let them touch the book, let them see a Wol up close.  It was an incredible marketing tool, but also just really, really exciting to see your work validated by small humans.  They won’t spare your feelings if they don’t like something.

In addition to selling books at the expo, we brought a few copies by to Casablanca Comics in Portland!  If you’re in the area, check them out.

My wife and I took a ton of notes and are already planning for three new conventions next year!  All and all, this was a super positive experience.

Positive as it was, it was draining.  This week, I’m not going to update the site with comics.  I’m going to be drawing pages behind the scenes, and working to fulfill upper level Patreon rewards, and start putting together a webstore that will be functioning as we head into the holiday season.  I know we left off on a bit of a cliffhanger last week, but we don’t want to mess this page up!

Talk to you soon!

-P.

Schedule update!

Hey gang!

Quick update on where I’m at, schedule-wise.  I’ve been able to get through most of the remaster for Into the Wild.  I’m adding some finishing touches, designing a cover, and getting quotes.  The bulk of the work is done.  That being said, I’ve burned through my buffer of pages for Winter Song.

I’m still planning on delivering Fomora to you three times a week, but I don’t want to rush the artwork.  If there’s one thing I’ve learned by doing the remaster, it’s that the art in Fomora has gotten consistently better.  So for this week, next week, and possibly the week after, I may miss the Monday, Wednesday, Friday update.  Today’s page, for example, will be going up tomorrow.  And Friday’s will go up Friday.  After next week I’ll be doing actually printing, so it’s just a matter of rebuilding that buffer to make sure there are no interruptions.

I wasn’t planning on going to the Portland Comic Expo this year.  But it’s an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up.  However, it would be foolish to show up to the comic expo without anything.  Bad as an artist trying to attract readers and bad as a business person trying to make some money with his art.  So the redux has taken precedence as far as getting pages done is concerned.

Winter Song is not going on hiatus, it’s not slowing down, I’m just rolling with the punches as best I can.  Anyway, I’ll talk to you again tomorrow!

Thanks for reading!

-P.

Five Years!

Five years ago I drew this DnD character as my first digital artwork! A print of it still hangs in my hallway. Sometimes I want to take it down, replace it. But like all pictures, it reminds me where I came from.
Five years, wow. Book Two of Legends of Fomora starts tomorrow, work is underway for my first print run, and I’ve got a couple more surprises in store. What would that young man who drew “Rhogar of Athas*” say to that?
 
My wife told me yesterday that I’ve gotten much better and that I keep getting better, and wondered if that made me upset, that I’ll always know I could do it better in the future. That I will never be as good a cartoonist as I will be tomorrow. That thought excites me.
 
I honestly believe you can master any skill with enough time, patience, and diligence. That 10,000 hours honing your craft will make you a master. I don’t know how many hours I’ve spent, but I can see the improvement, and I like what I see.
 
My secret is that I draw these pictures for my wife. I try to make her laugh or smile or get a little bit choked up. If you all like them while I’m doing it, that’s even better. But I try not to think about it too much.
 
Enough blathering. Time to get back to the literal drawing board.
 
-P.
*This was actually a really awesome DnD quest run by my old partner Bjorn from Unnatural 20.  It took place in the Dark Sun Campaign setting and it was a real hoot.  I played a Drey (dragonborn) druid.  Mechanically, it was a bit wonky because I don’t think Dragonborn make the best druids.  But character wise it was a blast.  He was one part Obi-Wan Kenobi two parts Bill McKibben, using his primal magic to try and restore pockets of Athas’ desert to something more verdant.

Behind the Scenes Process Story

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.

French Album Template

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!

 

-P