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I will never stop being pleased with owning an original page of Streets of Gotham. Nor will I ever be unhappy with my framing choice, or the excellent services provided by my hometown’s local gallery/framery, Lyndon Gallery.
We also moved our table to the other side of the room and it’s definitely working out in our favor. The table is my desk. We eat on the couch, haha.
(An aside, I AM working on the next page of B&GiA, I just got miserably sick with a chest cold and didn’t want to do anything that qualified as work for a week :/ )
Because I’m actually working on a page right this very minute (okay, not while I’m typing this, but while I’m not typing this, yes), I thought I’d reblog it to here!
Also, here are some screencap previews of the next page (still very rough due to aforementioned illness and couch-potatoing.)
Comix on the web that get me pumped for life
I’m so lonely when I’m not making comic book recommendation blog posts!
New comic criticism parameter: Does this comic make you excited to be alive? Pick your own most important thing to look for in a comic, mine right now is “exuberance.” Some of these aren’t exuberant or cheerful in the most straightforward sense, but a sharp sense of humor and observation is exciting. I’m looking for comics where you can tell the author is sincerely expressing part of their spirit. Smash your heart on the page.
Real Rap by BFMU
Boys and Girls of America by Christopher Jones and Bridget Stanley
Hemlock by Josceline Fenton
Perfect Stars by Romantic
SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki
Truth Zone for Comics Workbook by Simon Hanselmann
Vacant by Heather Nunnelly
Not a webcomic but honorable mention:
Margaux Motin’s blog. I can’t understand French but I can tell she’s having a good time with drawing. I didn’t dig her book of comic strips out in English, but I enjoyed her work a lot more when I saw the breadth of projects she’s involved in. Check this short comic out to see what I mean about exuberance.
So flattered right now!
Follow Laura K, kids, she is The Future.
Hey folks. I haven’t been in terribly consistent communication over the last few weeks recently, or really ever. Did you know that living in New York takes a lot of money and resources? Living in New York takes a lot of money and resources.
But anyway, despite Briget’s recent troubles (aka: having a life that needs to be managed outside of a webcomic that doesn’t generate any money) and my constant efforts to stay afloat, the comic has been moving ahead pretty consistently. Briget is drawing it whenever she has a free moment, and I’m already on the third story arc, which prominently features dance music. Listening to this footwork mix by Traxman has been awesome writing fuel: it’s incredibly concise and driving, which is a rare and welcome thing in DJ mixes, and it features a fantastic juke reworking of “Stayin’ Alive,” which is something I don’t think anyone would be able to argue against. It’s a great mix in and of itself, but it’s also a good view into the kind of music that Howard is into and what he’s probably been irritating the shit out of Nathan with on the drive to Minnesota when they haven’t been listening to music that they mutually enjoy.
- Work on comic. COMIC. I am behind. I feel awful. But I have been fucking exhausted lately.
- Work on coloring pages, because those should be done now, but I’ve been caught up in either a) doing comic, b) doing wind down art (because if I draw nothing but comic I get really really burned out on it).
- Figure out what to eat for dinner! HAHAHA.
- Work on my key children’s profiles for tomorrow’s parents’ night at nursery. Profiles that are ENTIRELY EMPTY because there has been absolutely zero time to focus on doing them in nursery. We’ve been kind of constantly short-staffed the last month because of people being sick or being on holiday and aaaaaagh.
But first. My husband came home while I was finishing my five minute banner and said, “Hey, you wanna go out for a drink with Joe and Andy.”
Answer: Fuck yes because I have been exhausted the last few weeks and I NEED TO WIND DOWN.
You guys are entitled to an explanation to why the comic has been so weird lately. It’s not because I hate it or because I’m not working on it!
It’s because my life got stupidly busy all at once.
My day job (which I love!) has been very hectic lately and I’ve been working loads of overtime because we’ve been variously short-staffed, and even if it’s just 10 hour days, you would be surprised how exhausting that is when your job consists of looking after 20 children under five. There have been several days in the last few weeks when I haven’t even turned my computer on after work because I’m just too tired to even think about drawing.
I’m going to change the header to say “weekly” instead of “Tuesdays” on the site, because that’s really more fair to everyone’s expectations, and Chris and I don’t want people to think that the comic is spiraling into the ether. Because it’s not!
Sometimes you take the time to draw a really cute face and then you cover it up with speech bubbles.
And that’s okay, because that face wasn’t doing any talking. But sometimes you just wanna show that cute face off. So here we are. An adorable Molly face and a still-unimpressed Elise face.
Oh Janelle. You’re so naively well meaning. As for you, Naomi, you are just fanning the flames of awkwardness on purpose.
Sorry for the late page. I was sick last week and it was super annoying. I’m better now, though!
Ha, did I say Wednesday? Apparently I meant Thursday.
Though in all honesty, I thought I’d manage to be done yesterday. Time makes fools of us all!
In any case, click through for comic!
And if I still had Photoshop, the shading/texturing of this page would have taken half the time, but I don’t, and was using a free program called Fire Alpaca, which is pretty good, but a little clunky. But it’s also free, and beggars can’t be choosers sometimes.
(Note to self: Stop making promises and excuses. Reasons may be legitimate but no one cares and you keep breaking promises which just makes you look bad.)
There’ll be a new page tomorrow, but I had to share this little preview just because g’awwww. It’s no joke when I say that the thing I most look forward to whenever Briget sends me a new page is seeing how she’s drawn Molly’s face. I might have to do a “Molly’s Facial Expressions” appreciation post once the first chapter wraps, in fact.