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Happy Blackening-of-the-heavens Day to you, folks! It's overcast here in my neck of the woods, so the much-hyped solar eclipse didn't amount to a whole lot more than the cloud cover being slightly darker. Perhaps more importantly, this phenomenon doesn't appear to have triggered the anticipated Advent of Yzzrghthöth, Thousand-Mawed Serpent of Perpetual Darkness, so the comic posts will continue.
As you probably noticed, I've been departing ever so slightly from the primarily gray toned, limited color palette as the pages go on. While I'm not certain about the practicality of going full color (it's pretty, and I like it, but per-page production is long enough as it is), I do like introducing a little bit more if it works.
I'm also trying to be a little looser at each stage of the page process, or at least a little faster and less fussy. It's harder than I thought, telling myself to pull back on shading detail or calling it "done" instead of killing an hour tweaking details that aren't terribly important.
As always, it's a learning process. And just as with previous comics, I'll keep learning and trying stuff as I go. Total visual cohesion would probably be boring anyway.
Til next time, enjoy!
Later, at work:
Doctor: "Hello. My name is Dr. Chad Chiselton. Don't let the subtle streaks of gray on my temples and my rugged yet warm demeanor fool you: I'm steadfastly dedicated to my job and my patients, which is my life's work, but I wish I could spend more time in the library of my lake house and working on my romance novel. It's nice to meet you."
Mom: "HELLO I FORGOT MY NAME IT'S NICE TO MEET YOU."
You're doing a laudable job of sustaining the natural inertia of narrative events, so far, Van. Keep up the good work. I sense an encounter with the 'renascent', Gogo, is increasingly imminent. I await for the next page with enthusiastic anticipation.
Onward and upward.
Andy: "It's just a commenter."
Gogo: "So...you do NOT want such things."
Andy: "I'm not getting into this."
Gogo: "Damn right."
Also, it was cloudy as crap here,too. At least, as a friend said on my Facebook feed, good that we live in a age of technological marvels, and the video of The Darkening can be seen from other places.
To get a little political, I am not sure whether the coming of a Great Old One, descending the universe into madness, before undoing all of reality, would be worse than current events, partially set in motion by the currant Oval Office occupant.
In any event, I look forward to more of this amazing work of art!
Then panels 6 & 7 - transition. Andy exhibits internal dialog to which we are not privy. In the last rectilinear panel his upper body posture straightens from the slouch and this is the largest rectilinear panel by area indicating something important is happening.
Then panels 8-10 - TRANSFORM ANDY. Andy morphs in irregular curvilinear panels of different color pallet emphasizing accelerating pace. None of the panels show full Andy and all show physical action with standard GL motion emphasis lines. The panel 8 hat reduces the furries and adds volume to the head and the projecting bill in Panel 8 hiding the eyes suggesting the donning of a superhero mask (of a poorly hidden secret superhero identity). Panels 9 and 10 indicate planned quick purpose.
Finally panel 11 - Transformed Andy exits the apartment building. The forward projecting hat bill emphasizes speed and streamlining for fast motion. His facial expression is firm and determined - in contrast to *anything* we has seen of him to date. The full t-shirt adds bulk to the upper body in contrast to where we started. I don't know the logo mark on the t-shirt but it may carry complementary meaning in the upper mid-west, or we could just say that it is of a bird in ascending power-stroke - wink, wink. Andy's left arm is held away from the body increasing the volume of swagger space he occupies. The apartment building door literally BOWS in response to the force and purpose of Andy's passage! This is not just an Andy going off to work busboy/kitchen help at Fisher's Cafe. He has something else in mind. We are left hanging with a main character caped up and launching in to flight toward an unknown destination. The GL shouts: "Off to Work" means something else entirely, so STAY TUNED!
I especially like how pointing those details out showed their presence to me and made me consciously aware of them ^^