Monday, April 30, 2007


New comic was uploaded this evening. It'll post tomorrow. Still trying to work out a new update schedule. I like the old MWF routine, but will it work for what I'm doing now? Remains to be seen.

Also: tomorrow's comic taken almost verbatim from a phone conversation my wife had with her youngest sister this evening. The Brancos are weird people, folks. Weird people.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Is that Supertramp I hear?

I feel like I'm really getting a handle on the tablet thing. It takes me about the same length of time to get a drawing done this way as with pen and paper, except I can go back and redraw something if it turns out wrong without having to scrap the whole comic.

The one disadvantage so far is I can't figure out how to make a box for the panels. So far I've just hand-drawn (well, with the tablet) the panels, but you can see that hasn't been very effective or nice-looking. What I may try to do is use a straight-edge with the tablet stylus and see if that works.

The other difficulty is judging size issues. I know the past couple of comics have been either too big or too small. I'm still getting a feel for how that works, too. The problem, really, is that my laptop is a widescreen, so it fits on my computer screen perfectly. On computers with a regular screen and lower resolution? Not so much. Guess I'll have to figure out how to compensate for that.

I'm enjoying the tablet so far, though. My hope is to improve enough that I can start adding things like color to it, too.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Tablet tablet tablet tablet

I got a tablet.

It rocks.

I'm still learning to use it.

Comic-thingie tomorrow.

Maybe real comic Wednesday.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Commence Transmission

My unintended (but ultimately beneficial) hiatus is nearing its end. I should be able to get the tablet by the end of next week, and as soon as I've got some grasp of how the thing works, I'll be posting comics again.

The break's really recharged my creative batteries and got me excited to draw again. I spent my time doing random sketches without any goal or purpose, and the results were that my art improved a bit and I slightly redesigned some characters.

The real question before me, though, is whether or not to continue doing Crooked Halo.

Don't get me wrong: I love doing the comic, I love the characters and everything, but I'm not sure what else I can really do with them or where to take them. Additionally, I've got plans in the works for a comic based on the conversations of my wife and a few of our friends that I'm really excited about. The thematic content and style would be totally different from what I'm currently doing, which is probably part of the draw.

I'd love to be able to do both, but will I have the time to devote to such endeavours? I'd want to keep Crooked Halo on the three-days-a-week schedule, but what about the new comic? Once a week? Twice? Three times? I don't know if I could keep up with that.

We'll just have to see what happens. I really don't want to abandon Crooked Halo. I'm very attached to the comic and the characters, and I think I could come up with further stuff for them. I think there's still potential, even if I'm not sure what to do next.

What I know for certain is that there'll definitely be new comics up before the end of April. Otherwise, I might turn into the Monkey or something.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

"How cruel and melodramatic fate is!"

Further car troubles (to the tune of a busted radiator at the cost of $520) have postponed the purchase of a tablet until after Michelle's next paycheck. So in a couple of weeks, I'll have it in hand...I hope.

Honestly, I don't like this delay any more than you guys. But hey, when your car demands repairs, you really don't have a choice.