Apr 29, 2012

Goblyn Issue 22a

I did a lot of experimenting with layer effects in CS3.
it was actually a lot of fun, playing with different lighting effects,
and mixing the gradients of them along with the
layer effects to create really intense visual demonstrations of Logik.

the Monster King might be old, but he's still very very strong.
probably much stronger than his sons, even all put together.
which is why the citizens of the Southlands won't let him leave the throne,
and also why none of his sons have tried to seize the throne by force.

Apr 22, 2012

Goblyn Kickstarter (now live!)

The Goblyn Kickstarter to print issue 1 & issue 2 has been approved and is totally live right now.

I posted the video on my youtube page also, but the KS page has all the incentives listed.


it's a bit watered down as far as explaining what Goblyn is all about, because I didn't want to be too overly complicated like I normally am.
and if you have been reading Goblyn, you're aware of how overly complicated I can be. C:

let me know what you think.

I want to thank you and everyone who reads Goblyn for all the feedback, great comments and support all these issues
you are soopa awesome.

and I hope to get your support in any way, to get these things printed.

tell your friends... tell anyone you can. hee hee


Apr 21, 2012

Munch Chunky Issue 2a

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------All the stars are lining up and Munch Chunky is really taking shape.
I had quite a bit of fun working on this issue.
I even streamed me making this issue.
even tho I  was using photoshop 6, which is so totally nerfed in comparison to CS3 
(which I normally use to make comics)
it wasn't bad. MC isn't very heavy on the dynamic layers and such.
it's just straight forward drawings, with colour, and a good solid story about friends and adventure.

what more could you ask for?
oh, the link to the livestream videos?
done and done.

here's a little embed action for you too.
smars on livestream.com. Broadcast Live Free

Apr 19, 2012

issue 2a back on track.

So after quite an uphill battle finishing the kickstarter video for my other comic Goblyn, I'm back on track and nearly finished colouring the pages for issue 2a of Munch Chunky.

I've been broadcasting on my livestream while i colour the pages. every day from 8am to about 4pm EST
I decided this is what I'll do with Munch Chunky from now on, as an effort to not always be in my cave like the bearded hermit I am. and just cause I thought it might be fun for you.
I'll answer questions if anyone actually shows up.
but considering the time frame. I'm not sure if anyone ever will.
oh well. still gonna' do it! XD

Watch live streaming video from smars at livestream.com

you'll get spoilers if you care about that sort of thing, but I'm only colouring right now... not lettering.
that comes last, and I will probably stream that as well. or part of it at least.

I'm loving getting to draw all these animals. I love how strange and diverse the animal kingdom is.
you can really find some weird animals out there.
and while I tend to not stray too far from the core animals people are all familiar with.
I do have plans to get pretty exotic once Bojo and the gang get their adventure underway.

well, I hope that more people will come to like MC and the characters, I know it's still in it's proving ground stages, but I have very big plans for it and I hope you'll stick around for all of them.
as soon as I get everything set up behind the stage, I'll be adding and updating a World Databook section, about all the characters and such to the world of MC.

for now, i should go and pencil the last pages of this issue before I get too tired.

Apr 17, 2012

Goblyn Issue 21b

the drama of making comics.
I reordered the pages three times, added a couple new pages for better continuity, and then at completion realized I had coloured the two different versions of Jeph the wrong colours.
So I went through the whole book and recoloured them. @_@
I should have stuck to my labeling system, so I would know which was which.
in spite of it all, I made It through and I have to say I really like this issue.
It feels really grounded, and has just the right amount of that good ol' Goblyn mystery about it.
without being too mysterious.

oh, and btw... that's not a blood 'splosion on that one page. even tho it REALLY looks like one.
ha ha.

Apr 11, 2012

Inspirations: Beast Mode!

see those things above? yeah...
If i didn't make this post I knew I wouldn't be able to stop thinking about it.
at least temporarily that is.
what am I talking about?

one of those weird relics from my childhood that has persisted in haunting me and at the same time inspiring me.
even tho it was only a part of said life briefly.

I just caught myself singing the theme song used in the commercial.
it's not the first time, and that got my gears turning.
after some time thinking about it. I came to the conclusion that this is definitely one of the core inspirations for Munch Chunky.

I'll be honest. as a kid i had no idea what the story was with these things. I just knew, they were animals that wore mech armor and had weapons and elemental powers. 
what explanation more does a kid need?!

ultimately there's nothing super special about the Battle Beasts it's a pretty straight forward rock, paper, scissors, kind of deal. 
the thing i found most interesting while looking them up, was that they were originally a part of the Transfomers universe.
i know right!

but when Hasbro brought them to the states from Japan, they cut all relations to the robots in disguise.
I'm okay with that. it would have just confused me as a kid anyway.
my entire obsession with these silly little toys is all based on the commercials.
the brief action packed animation segments in them ignited my imagination back then, and apparently this concept of animals getting all decked out in mech armor and running around with weapons and elemental abilities really stuck with me.

I'm not embarrassed, I mean it's at the heart of Munch Chunky about as much as a lot of stuff I grew up with.
that's the way it works right?
the cycle of inspiration keeps going.

alright... next post. about me making comics, LIVE.

btw... here are some links to BB related stuffs if you're even slightly interested.

Apr 7, 2012

Song and Dance

I think I've mentioned before that I don't like to listen to music while drawing, except for classical. and light classical at that. When I do the roughs of the pages I draw as well as write dialog. I don't use a script because I will often change dialog here and there as I'm going. I do this because I want the images to match the dialog as close as possible. I always hated reading comics and you could tell the artist didn't see a script with dialog, just a general outline of what's happening from page to page, because the characters actions, or facial expressions weren't matching the dialog. I can't live with that disconnect. 
The only time I do listen to non classical music is when I'm colouring pages. and lately with the battle building up between Jeph and the Gang and Unlimited 99 I've found a couple of soundtracks i thought fit the spirit of the battle the second I heard them.

it really started with one song Scorcher, from the Armored Core:for answer OST, and I can't get this song out of my head.

now listen to this song while going through the fight sequences... to me i think they match very well.
i think they do... a lot. It's the only song I hear now when I'm drawing these fight sequences. and maybe that's not entirely a bad thing since they are really making me happy with the way they're coming out.

Apr 5, 2012

Issue 2a in a good mood.

So far so good. I've recently shifted my page colouring shedule to the mornings, which seems to work better for me, and for the out put of pages. it's not taking 10 hours to get through a days set of pages. and i'm generally in more of a good mood. maybe it's because I have the rest of the day free to think and relax, draw and speculate on the size of the universe. hrm... XD

or maybe it's all the paper mario music!
it just puts me in the right mood for making Munch Chunky.

give it a listen. tell me it doesn't change your mood.

Apr 1, 2012

Goblyn Issue 21a

a wee bit late? yes.
I was actually adding 2 extra pages to this issue.

I've been working on the video for the Goblyn kickstarter fund, and also working on the new Goblyn website.
(finally moving it from the old host once and for all)

It's not very tiring I was just a little bad at managing how long I needed to stay on each project. I worked on the site too long and spilled over into time I was supposed to be working on Pages for this issue 
it will definitely seem short. there are, I think less than 20 pages of dialog. (i'm probably wrong about that)
there's not a lot to be said by anyone this issue. 
it's a battle unfolding.
but what little that is said, is pretty significant.
enjoy! C: