Weekly Update 12/11/17 | Shipping Wars, Prismacolor Pencils, and BAKUMAN

Hey y’all! It’s Julian.

It has begun. The shipping wars of December 2017 have begun.

What I mean, of course, is the process of producing, packaging, and shipping all the holiday gifts I’m sending out this year. And if you’ve ever done this, you know that “war” is only a moderate exaggeration.

I’ve chosen FedEx as my partner in battle this time around. Currently, an amazing piece is in their hands, headed to Chicago. I’ve had no complaints with FedEx so far, so they’ll be my partner going forward.

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I’m busily working on other pieces, and yes, I’m working with Prismacolors now!! SO in love with these things. I got the 150 set, only because they were on sale for like $47 on Black Friday. But they are now mine, safely in my hands, and I intend to use them to the best of my ability.

I’ve also begun to really use the local library system again…mostly for reading manga, yes, but also for picking up books on writing, drawing, and publishing comics. Here are a few I’m reading right now:

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BAKUMAN (Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata) – Created by the author and artist of Death Note, BAKUMAN tells the story of two high-schoolers who aspire to become manga artists. Through a classic manga-style Odd Turn of Events, our hero, Moritaka Mashiro, makes a pact to become a published manga artist, WITH his work turned into an anime, before he’s 18. I’m only 2 volumes into this series, and it’s at least 20 long, but I’m really enjoying it so far.

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Making Comics (Scott McCloud) – This is pretty much my core text as a comic artist. I don’t own a copy but I borrow one from the library from time to time. It’s the basics of creating comics – whether comic books, manga, or graphic novels – all told in graphic novel form. Very fun, very educational, very important work.

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The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing Comics (Comfort Love and Adam Withers) – I haven’t read this one at all yet but it looks awesome. It’s by a husband-and-wife team who started self-publishing comics in 2008, and were doing it full time in 2009. Which is incredible. So I wanted to read this and pick the brains of the experts!

Well, that’s all I’ve got this week. I have a couple of videos coming your way, though, so stay tuned for that!

~Julian

Weekly Update 12/2/17 | Character-Building Experiences, Character Design, and THE PENCILS ARE COMING!!

[Pictured: Brush-inking practice piece. I’ve been learning brush inking for just a few weeks now but it is AMAZINGLY fun and useful!]

“Life is crazy, but so am I, so it suits me.” -me, five minutes ago

Yep, life has been pretty wild lately. I have been trying my best to work on my plans for 2018, as well as the Secret Project, while dealing with issues with my roommate and money and county health systems and and and…

Life is crazy. Let’s hope I’m crazy enough to meet its challenges, and grow from it. Yay character development!!!…not…

I’ve been hard at work developing the characters for Sidekick Goes Super, as well as doing more general preparations for 2018 projects. The first one, though, will be the first issue of SGS. Psst…I’m hoping to have copies for sale (and prints, and pins, and all kinds of other stuff) in my Etsy shop in February!!

Here’s a few of the characters…

Chad (The Sidekick):

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Redd (The Girl Next Door):

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Ash (The Wannabe Punk):

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Macie (The Librarian):

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And I have several more in the wings, waiting to be inked and introduced. 🙂

If you’d like to get updates on Sidekick Goes Super, please stay tuned to this page (and/or the Facebook page and tumblr!) and behold, ye shall be updated when I post anything on my homepage, and you’ll have a link to it. Ain’t technology grand?

Finally: YES, the Prismacolor pencils are on their way. Amazon is being a little shit because I’m not a Prime member, so they’re doing 2-day shipping on the very last possible day…sigh…so they should be here this Friday (Dec. 8, 2018). I’m hoping to be able to do a full box opening, walkthrough, and review, and while it may take a bit of work, I am DEFINITELY going to have that up at some point, both in video and text post format.

Anyway, this post is going up a day late due to poor time management on my part; for that, I do apologize. Thank you again to everyone who’s been supporting me thus far, and welcome to anyone who’s new!

~Julian