Finish drawing circuitry panel
Print full color mockup
Finish colors and effects
Decide on cover image
Create title/copyright page
Create back/endcap page
Launch kickstarter fundraiser
Decide on a printer
Realize all our dreams and live happily ever after
It’s true that this comic took a few twist and turns (and pauses) after what was a great start. I’m so proud we stuck with it. Anyone who ever seriously wanted to make comics has had the experience of getting deep into a project and putting it down before completion. Thankfully, we had enough dang sense to pick this one up again.
The team gathered today to work on special effects. We’ve decided to redraw one panel, so Josh tackled the pencils on that. Meanwhile, Chris continued to do the “post effects” on a few panels, getting ever closer to completing the book.
When our main character, Amelia, plays piano her compositions are so powerful that we depict music notes and the energy of their sound vibration flying through the air, engulfing other characters. This effect was dreamed up by Mike and Chris and literally requires us to go in and manipulate each note one by one. (we mentioned this in this earlier post)
It takes a lot of time to create effects like this, but we decided when we first started on the book that we were trying to achieve a very high standard in the art.
Today marks the second time in a week we kept our commitment to get together again and finish the book. Hi yo silver (and black, magenta, yellow, and cyan).
post by ML
The Amelia team got together today to look at the entire book and see what remains to birth our comic into the world.
We didn’t plan on taking a long break, and things have changed a lot since we last gathered. Josh has been all over this year, drawing. Chris is about to have his first baby. And I’ve been busy with the local art scene and some personal matters.
But this comic keeps calling to us. Amelia currently stands at around 95% done and finishing fast. Every single image is penciled inked. All the pages are composed and lettered. Chris is coloring up the last few panels. He has 3 to fully color and then some effects to add to a handful of others. He’s actually making a lot of progress even as I’m typing this.
Thanks to everyone who’s asked about the book and is interested in seeing it come out.I even met a stranger today who asked me to at least put up a new blog post. Well Mike, here it is.
We’ve locked a follow up meeting onto next week’s calendar. I’ll keep you informed.
I feel like Han Solo, “It’s not my fault!”
Although some of it probably is. Amelia has slowed down in the final stages. Careers, family, holidays, life, and death have all called. It’s very close to completion.
New art and info soon.
Josh Boulet finished the line art last night. Every drawing of the comic (except one that Mike will be drawing in Adobe Illustrator) is now complete. That’s LINEWORK- meaning each drawing has been penciled and inked. There’s still plenty to do in terms of coloring it, lettering it, and putting it all into a production document, etc etc.
But it’s a huge milestone and the first part of the project that can be labeled “complete” since the completion of the script.
Of course Chris still has about half a book to color while we wait for him:
It’s almost 1am as I type this. The Amelia team got together tonight for an all-nighter-ish work session. It was time to gather and knock out a bunch of art.
Progress is good. Josh is only a handful of panels away from being finished with all the drawings for the entire book, which I think is scaring Chris.
Chris’ coloring takes time, but we really don’t want to rush that part. The colors have been getting a real reaction from everyone we’ve showed them to. There’s a lot of detail that goes into them, especially when he’s working on those fractal patters in the aliens.
Fortunately we’ve taken some time tonight to just enjoy hanging out together too. Hallie and Deb made dinner and then followed it up with brownies and ice-cream!
Plus we found time to watch Eternal Sunshine, and even get a little hackey sack in.
You can’t rush quality.
“This is called Composition for Lonely Aliens Who’ve Been Traveling in Space So Long They Forgot How Beautiful Music Is“. – Amelia Chang