Wednesday, April 12th, 2017
A little heads up for people here on the site — the Kickstarter project for the Multiplex 10 animated short has reached a $9,389 thanks to 263 backers in three days. It’s slowing down fast, so I don’t know whether we have the momentum to get past the goal — or to exceed it, so we can do it with higher quality animation and animation — but I hope we do.
I spent a little time today trying out some new techniques that I couldn’t really do with the comic. The two drawings below use the Texturino plugin for Illustrator by Astute Graphics (whose Phantasm plugin I use constantly in Multiplex stuff) to “paint” in the shadows. I think it works pretty good, though I’m still getting the hang of it.
I couldn’t use these effects in the comic, because they need to be printed at some point, and at high res, Texturino creates giant files that make my computer cry. BUT… I might use them — sparingly — in the animated short, most likely for backgrounds.
Electrogor from Zander Cannon’s Kaijumax
Bobbie Draper from The Expanse
If you don’t read Kaijumax or watch The Expanse, do it! I love them so.
Thursday, March 16th, 2017
A brand spanking new eBook collecting all twenty-nine Multiplex Movie Reviews to date is now available via Gumroad. It’s priced at $1.99 and includes a bunch of strips never posted to the Multiplex site and previously only available to Kickstarter backers and Patreon patrons. Some of them are even funny!
(Please note that if you are a Book Three Kickstarter backer or current Patreon patron, you already have access to this eBook! I included a link in the latest updates on each site.)
Friday, February 17th, 2017
Heads up, completists. I have a three page story in the new Mae Volume One TPB from Dark Horse Comics. This is the same one I co-wrote (with Mae creator Gene Ha) and as a thank-you for backers of its original Kickstarter edition — and Dark Horse’s editors decided to include the story in the back matter of this new collection, along with a bunch of other short stories by other great creators.
BUT… I have a story in a Dark Horse-published book! That’s cool!
If you’re not familiar with Mae, it’s an all-ages adventure comic by Gene Ha (Top Ten and a billion other comics). Here’s the official Dark Horse synopsis:
When she was just a girl, Abbie discovered a portal to a fantasy world and has since had great adventures there: defeating horrible monsters, power-mad scientists, and evil nobles. But when she turned twenty-one it all came apart and she decided to return home. Her sister, Mae, had no idea what happened to Abbie all this time, and Abbie’s tales are too hard to believe—that is, until the monsters and other terrible creatures start to cross over to our world . . . Collects issues #1–#6.
I highly recommend it. It is a lot of fun. You can learn more about Mae Volume One on Amazon.
Tuesday, February 14th, 2017
(Unless I change something at the last minute.) If you see a typo, let me know. :)
Anyway, Book Three is on track to go to the printer TODAY. The next step is proofreading the electronic proof, and then the next step after that is proofreading the physical proof (in a few weeks). So, you know, don’t hold your breath yet. It’s a process.
Also! In case you missed the very quiet announcement, I’ll repeat it here: since Multiplex is ending in the next couple of months, I have started a tinyletter so you people can stalk me more easily. I’ll use it to send uh tinyletters about my upcoming (Multiplex and non-Multiplex) projects and junk like that. It’s basically a very simple e-mail newsletter. I won’t use it often; just to give you the heads up on Kickstarter projects launching and whatnot, since not everyone can afford to support my creative endeavours via Patreon.