Monday, April 14, 2014

Entry 234: AMNIA CYCLE pages 63 & 64

Chapter 3

Words. Who needs them? Am I right?

I wondered about that with this one. I worried that people wouldn't understand what was happening on that first page. I thought I could add some dialogue to help the reader through it a little, but I decided against it. I guess I just figure if it's strange and confusing that that is okay, good even. This whole section of the story is supposed to be a little strange and dreamy. 

What about the computer thing Braeburn is making off with? Is it clear what that is?

Anyway. Only two more pages in this chapter. Then I'll be taking a little break. I might take a little longer with this break than I did with the other chapter breaks so that I can focus purely on S.H.I.E.L.D, which is getting done right now. I'll have an update soon.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Entry 233: AMNIA CYCLE pages 61-62

Chapter 3

How many of you knew that that guy was going to Byzner? 

Obviously, reading the pages one right after the other, it isn't like I'm trying to build that mystery. A guy falls from the sky and you find out it's Byzner. I don't let you wonder for to long who this guy is. But with how the entries broke it up it adds perhaps a little more build up.

It's fun thinking about how these entries read each week. I'll be honest, I don't think I'm making a story that reads well two pages at a time spaced out over weeks. 

Anyway, these to pages make more references to the first scenes of the story. Go back and check it out.

Till next week.
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Entry 232: SAGITTARIUS A * #4

Oohhhh, GuuuuYYYYSSsss.

Check it out! A new Sagittarius A* strip!

With Sag A* I'm enjoying playing with the amount of information in each page. In strip 3 I was going for a decompressed moment. With strip 4 I wanted to contrast that by loading it with a lot of compressed info. For me it's all about having fun with what a page can do.

This page is actually the end of Chapter 1: "My Father." The next chapter will be called "The Psytron War." We'll find out what that was all about.

If you want to drop me a comment, p;ease do.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Entry 231: AMNIA CYCLE pages 59-60

Chapter 3

Does this sequence look familiar?

This might be a good time to go back and read the beginning scenes of Amnia again. For the next six pages, up to the end of chapter 3, I'll be making several references to the beginning scenes. 

I'm really excited for the final scenes of this chapter. At this point, I have a pretty good idea of where this all is going, and it's so fun to unfold it. 

Thanks for reading.

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Entry 230: AMNIA CYCLE pages 57-58

Chapter 3

Recently Marvel sent me a copy of the big hard cover collection of Infinity. (It's a very pretty book, I have to say.) In the book there are short bio's of each of the creators that name some of their past works and I was excited to see that Amnia Cycle was mentioned. 

They probably just referenced my bio on the Periscope Studio sight, which I think mentions Amnia Cycle, but whatever, it was still cool to see my webcomic get mentioned in the big Marvel crossover book. 

Speaking of Periscope Studio, I know I almost never mention it, but I'm a member and I have been for like 5 years now. (That's crazy to think about) Anyway, all of that changes very soon. 

Me and my buddies, Ben Bates and Jeremy Barlow are starting our own studio. Ben, you'll know as my collaborator on the Bebop and Rocksteady comic, and Jeremy you'll know as my collaborator on They'll Bury You Where You Stand!

It's very exciting. I've wanted to create a studio like this since before I joined Periscope. 

Anyway, we're going to need a studio name… I think. We'll see how that goes.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Entry 229: AMNIA CYCLE pages 55-56

I have lived with stories in my head for so long. I have stories in my head that I continually revisit, re consider, and tighten up, with the idea that someday I will get them out of my head and in a comic. And many of these stories have lived in my head for many many years. But with Amnia Cycle I'm learning how great it is to get ideas out of my head.

I'll just take this scene for instance. I've known for a while that Zarco and his crew would encounter something/someone at this point in the story. I went through a lot of different versions of this scene in my head. I thought through each different version to see where it would lead. I thought about how each version would effect the rhythm and tone of the story. And just basically did problem solving. But my point is that it's done! I'm done with this scene. I lived with it in  my head for a while and then I kicked it out of there, making room for new scenes.

For someone who has lived for so long with stories, stories that are piling up and cluttering my head, it's such a relief to be getting something out. It makes me realize how good it would feel to get all of these stories out.

I gotta do it, and I see now that it is possible.

I'll point out that some of these ship designs a similar to ships I drew in some sample pages back in the year 2000. You can find those pages in this Blast From The Past Entry.

See, even some ship designs from that long ago now have a place to live here in Amnia Cycle.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Entry 228: SHUTTER #1 Variant Cover

"This doesn't look like an Amnia Cycle page! It also doesn't look like S.H.I.E.L.D. or Avengers or The Inhumans. WHAT IS THIS IMAGE I'M SEEING?" you are probably asking yourself right now! Well ask the part of your brain that knows how to read and then look at the picture again. Did you get it that time? That's right! This is a cover for a new comic from IMAGE called SHUTTER!

Keep reading for more info and my preliminary sketches for this.