Sunday, January 31, 2016

Just When

Just when I thought I was gonna have an easy week. Well it started off as an easy week.

- -- Space Mummy t-shirts anyone? Spend most of my Sunday working on Space Monstas stuff, which is the plan for the year. Did some layouts and polished up pages 1 & 2 for a test print to a make sure the lettering was the right size. Everything looks good. I will be sharing them as a teaser soon.
- -- Working on Cousin Harold 10. Started doing the daily strips which will start running in late March. I’m usually able to complete 4-6 strips a week. I hope to have this issue done early summer, but this issue is 32 pages so who knows. The last 32 page story took me 5 months, which is why I went to shorter stories.
- -- This week we are also wrapping up the 4th volume of the Comics Never Stop paper. Strips were due on Saturday and they are looking AWESOME! The paper is almost done, I just have a couple I's to dot and T's to cross. Sorry no sneak peek pictures here.

- -- And in the middle of this all I was packing up the last packages for my 2015 Subscription Kickstarter and decided to design my 2016 Subscription Kickstarter. I plan on launching it February 5th. 
- -- Comic of the week is Yo-Kai Watch manga. I’m a big fan of the Coro Coro monthly manga from Japan but so few of these kid manga are translated into English. So Yo-Kai Watch is the one that is being translated right now. It’s fun to see how they structure their stories. So much Energy!

- -- Have a great week,  - denny!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Making Comics

There is a reason my family always joked with the phrase "Comics Never Stop" just take a look at all the stuff I have been working on this week.

- -- Started the week off working on a little more of the Space Monstas comics. I’m really happy with the way things are progressing. Hope to have the first story done and available this summer in an Ashcan form. I have some special plans for that ashcan to make it different than the other minis I have created. The plan is to print the actual Space Monstas comic on newsprint by the end of the year, probably in October.
- -- Toys have taken over my life, I keep putting aside comic work to make toys. This has to change soon or I will not have any comics coming out.
As for the toy progress, it’s going slow and very frustrating. I have heard for ages that it’s a tough process, but I look and say “If that guy can do it, so can I.” At this point I have started to make samples of the Cousin Harold toys. Nothing that I feel is sellable, but I’m getting closer. I worry a little about the amount of money it might take to make sellable toys. I don’t want to spend too much of money learning, but that might be what it takes.
- -- Cousin Harold 10 is almost fully plotted. I have enough of the story to start the actual writing. This story will be written in parts 2-6 pages at a time. I like to have the beginning, middle and end before I start. Once I have the pieces I can start writing around them. Usually this is the point where a character will surprise me and take on a life of its own.
On Saturday I had a good writing session and finished layouts for the first 4 pages of this story. I will be writing this story in chunks. I usually plot my longer stories and write them scene by scene. This way I keep everything fresh.

- -- On Wednesday Cousin Harold 9 arrived from the printers. Looks like I will be spending my free time this weekend folding, stapling and trimming some books. This is really my favorite part of making comics, I love assembling the books! (I guess, I might have to put the toys a side this weekend.)
- -- I’m also finalizing advertisers for the 4th volume of the Comics Never Stop newspaper. If you are interested, we are looking for a couple advertisers for the 5th volume. Check the Comics Never Stop site for more information. Strips are due next Saturday from everyone. This is looking to be out best volume yet.
- -- Comic of the week is Pencil Head by Ted Mckeever. Ted is one of my favorite artist. I have been reading him since I was a teen. Love his work. This books looks into his experiences working in the comics industry. I cannot wait for the next issue!

- -- Have a great week,  - denny!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Starting Stuff

Seems that I'm starting a lot of things this week, while wrapping up projects that have been in the works for some time.

- -- Started working on Cousin Harold 10 this week. This will be my first log for story since issue 5, set to run 32 pages. After issue 5, I switched to doing shorter stories. I think the longest story I have done since issue 5 was 12 pages. Incidentally this issue features a story about the night before the Air Ball 100 that happens the year after the Air Ball 100 story from issue 5.
The plot has some elements that have been kicking around in my head since the mid 90’s. At one point I thought I was going to write the Doom Patrol, so I planned a story arc. I was young and thought I was a genius and that I would be given a chance to write that series with no experience, a little crazy, I know! Some of the elements from that story arc will be major plot points in this story.
I plan on trying to squeeze all of the Cousin Harold Universe characters into this story. So if you like a particular character he/she should be showing up for a couple of pages in this massive story.

- -- On the toy front. Friday I started working on producing sale versions of the Cousin Harold toy (designed by Erik Erspamer). I’m hoping the mold works, it’s the first mold I’m making without any help and there will be some difficulties with Harold’s ears. I expect to have some toys made by next weekend, so hopefully I will have some more pictures to share.
Trying to also finalize the sculpt for the Space Mummy toy. I think I have it, as long as I don’t break the Milliput again. Hoping to get this toy into production soon also. On a side note, I have wrapped up the first 2 pages of the first Space Mummy story and hope to be posting them in February as a teaser. I have some ideas on how I want to leak them, but I’m not sure if it’s going to work.

- -- This weekend I will be folding, stapling and trimming a Highbrow mini that made up of pages that I drew almost 20 years ago. Highbrow was one of my first characters and these pages have sort of haunted me for a long time. I felt like I needed to do something with them. I got an okay 8 pages story out of them and feel satisfied. Only like 35 copies of the books are being made and shipped to my Kickstarter backers. I’m glad I got this done finally.
- -- The Comic Shout Out of the week goes to Copra #25 by Michael Fiffe. If you have not check out Copra you are missing one of the finest produced independent comics out there. Picture the 80’s suicide Squad book filled with Steve Ditko creations with a splash of Grant Morssion’s Doom Patrol. There are 3 trades available or you might be able to order some of the more recent issue from Fiffe himself.

- -- Have a great week,  - denny!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Newsletter 1/9/2016

Okay so I’m going to try and write a newsletter type post here every week. Let’s see how I do.

As I write this I’m finishing up production of Cousin Harold 9. My son just read the color story to me which I’m currently prepare to send out to Best Value Copy to have printed. Very excited about this book. It asked the question that I have been asked most about Harold since he was created, “What Happened to his ear?”

The cover might be a big spoiler, but I thought it was fun. The cover is based on the cover for Detective Comics #367 (by Anderen/Infantino). I saw this cover on the wall of a local comic shop and just knew that I had to use it once I revealed what happened to Harold ear.
Last night we had a successful night of handing out Comics Never Stop newspapers at the Glendale Glitter and Glow Block Party. 400 papers found new homes. It was fun hanging out with the Comic Never Stop crew and talking comics while handing out papers.
Also I have been purchasing supplies so that I can start attempting to produce the Cousin Harold figures next weekend.  I will be making the mold Saturday and Sunday and hopefully producing some figures come Monday.
-- I think I will also start trying to include a shout out to my favorite comic of the week. This week’s Shout Out goes to Doctor Strange #4. If you have not been reading this new Doctor Strange series, I think you are missing out on some awesome comics. Do yourself a favor and check it out when you get the chance.

That’s all for this week.