It'll be April soon, and I traditionally upload an April Fools' strip. Only, I've been stuck on a Sunday-style comic for a while now, so updates other than that have been... slow.
Still, I don't feel like having three April Fools strips in a row
in the Archives. Accordingly, I'm trying to kick my brain into gear by making the subsequent strips in advance.
And I thought I'd give my faithful dA followers a special treat
Missing strip content: they pinpoint the tiara's location by combining sympathetic magic and geometry skillz.
This strip took basically one day to make. Skipping shading other than quick pencil strokes shaves down the time somewhat. Adding an "ink" outline takes a bit of time, but makes things much clearer. I'm pretty pleased with doing background as pencil sketches rather than coloring it.
I still hand-craft the speech bubbles, which takes time, but again makes things clearer. I try to get a distinct bubble style for each characters - that way I can show a free-floating bubble, and still have it be clear who it belongs to.
Over-all I figure doing the three "normal" strips will take about half the time the Sunday-style will.
Much of the Gang's 40-year history is sketched out, and one consequence of this is that I've got a lot of "informed" running gags going, surfacing once, but with dialogue implying it's the umpteenth time.
Ai's unwitting successes with women, Nimble's kleptomania, Hook's little ways to get extra income...
One major theme is Ben's portals malfunctioning in various ways. In their time adventuring, the Gang has criss-crossed all over history and through several parallel dimensions. As a result, nowadays they're very reluctant to take one of Ben's "shortcuts".
Last time traipsing through time, they stumbled onto the Genesis of their world. Without spoiling TOO much, I'll say that Hook simply took it as an opportunity to finally, indisputably
, end arguments about which one was first: the chicken or the egg.