This year’s Halloween Comic was hard to read on Gocomics. I’m posting a larger size here. Here’s hoping Gocomics brings back the zoom feature. Ideally, I would love to do the strip as a full page Sunday comic every week. Obviously, that is not the state of newspapers comics at the moment.
It’s here! The sixth collection of “Dog eat Doug” strips. Again, I can’t thank everyone enough for supporting my self-publishing endeavor. I do have to ask for one quick favor: I need your reviews! It would appear, and thankfully so, that in this world of SEO, spambots and automated everything, word of mouth still caries the most weight.
So if you’ve picked up any of my family and kid friendly collections, I would be eternally grateful if you took a minute and gave them a rating on Amazon. Even say a few words. Thanks!
Also wanted to thank Amazon user TSOJ for their flattering review of the new collection:
Brian has one of the best contemporary children’s cartoon strips on the market. You want Tim Burton? You want Clive Barker? You want a funny smell coming from a diaper? (well, maybe not that last one) You want cute babies and puppies living in a household that occasionally gets visited by sweet, huggable demon cats? Then you want Dog Eat Doug 6 (you probably want all of the previous 5 books, too). But, ya, get this book.
Not sure who you are, but thank you. Especially love how you snuck Clive Barker in there.
Indeed, I have self published another volume. You can get the kindle or print version by visiting the “My Books” page. As you can tell, I went with a Bruce Lee tribute theme this time. Also, you may have noticed the newsletter signup field over there on the right. I’ve decided to have a special little list that will offer news and some special deals and giveaways as opposed to just casting things off into the social media winds. Sign up, and no worries, I won’t be sending them often.
My first ebook journey is off to a good start. Thanks to everyone who has checked it out so far. And thanks for the reviews! This one is from Rene R.:
Really loved reading It Came from the Diaper Pail. Look forward to re-reading it. Sophie is adorable and Doug is so cute. Thanks Brian for writing Dog eat Doug.
Although I quite liked this succinct write up from John Cuellar:
This is a pretty good comic strip.
If you download a copy, I truly appreciate the reviews.
Head on over to gocomics.com to read the latest episode of the Conjurers comic. I’m trying to get another page up by Friday. There’s a lot going on in this sequence and I’d rather not make everyone wait a week between scenes. So, I’ll kick in a little over drive and pump out some pages. It’ll help me get a better handle on this “quick” style. It’s odd attempting to produce pages rapidly and still make them look cool.
Well we might be gettin’ all “Reservoir Dogs” up in here. Next week, we’ll learn more about Steve. Is he on their side? Could be some screaming. You’ll have to wait and see.
What’s not to love about a chase scene involving floating skull creatures. The style is a changin’. I’m focusing more on form and value and laying off the heavy atmospheres and textures.
Little time jump here. Now, the script called for Savachia turning the cup over to the old couple and all, but I felt the story needed a breath. Mostly from the real-time plotting so far. Just a bit of space. Also, you’ll notice the art has lightened up a lot. Again, I’m still experimenting and am pushing the art in a slightly different direction. I want to keep it painterly, but I need to focus on better rendering of the characters and such. We’ll see how that progresses.
And, if you can’t tell by this week’s episode, things are about to get battle-licious. Things were moving slow in the original script. So I’m editing a lot as I re-write the pages and thumbnail ’em. I have a habit of trying to explain too much in too little space. Makes things drag. Simple solution: add more conflict, ramp up the stakes.
Also, we’re not far off from Savachia’s journey into the Conjurian. Which will be the end of this comic arc. His story picks up in the novel. I’ll have more on what story will be next soon. It’ll be quite different in many ways.
Thanks for reading!
This one was brutish from an art perspective. Like I’ve mentioned before, this is a new style for me, so I’m constantly in search of new mistakes and hoping for happy accidents. And I was trying to push this one towards more of a painterly feel and it got away from me a bit. Still, learned a ton for the next page, which I am off to finalize the script for now.
Welcome to a meeting of the inner circle. This is the ruling body of the Conjurian. And while you won’t see a lot of them in this episode, you’ll see them all in different capacities in the novel.
For now I have only mentioned a few names. You know Ray, Eugene, Aggler and now a mention of Xavier. They are key players in the overall arc for the comic and the novels. So much fun ahead.
Next episode, you’ll see what happens when Savachia tries to take charge. Also, an honest offer from an evil man.
What? Savachia’s dad? Yep. And the nasty Shadow Conjurer’s got him. And the poor little Watcher. His old crush on Savachia’s Mom made him drop the ball, and his “redemption” will really put several trains on a collision course.
The fun bit is that I am working on the novel whilst working on this arc of the comic. So many things start to tie together. At first it seems like a jumbled mess. You just keep chiselling away and little surprises appear like diamond flecks in a rock wall.
Next week, Savachia will try and get his head to stop spinning and get some answers. Sadly, some of those answers will whip his head around faster than the teacups at Disney World.
Seems to me someone knows a lot more than they have let on. And who is this Christopher fellow? You will find out. He’s a major player in the world of magicians. Can’t give away too much. Suffice it to say, he has a large role in the novel. was happy he popped up in this comic series. Kind of a little meet and greet before the book.
Now, what about Savachia’s father? Oh my, there’s lots. You’ll see.
And wham! Something has popped out of the Conjurian. Ya, I know we’re not heading directly into the Conjurian for a good while, but I wanted elements from that world to crossover into Savachia’s story. Things are picking up some steam, and there’s more complications to come for the poor street hustler. He’s stepped into a dandy of a wasps’ nest.
Also, I have some ultra cool news coming about the webcomic’s future. Should be able to announce it very soon.
And he’s back! Remember? The creepy dude, sitting in the tree outside the magic shop? Eating doughnuts? Well, I hadn’t forgotten him and goodness knows he was dieing to get back in the action.
This is where the fun of writing happens. In my outline, I had a few notes for this page. Firstly, bring back the doughnut eating Watcher (and his crow). Second, I knew the scene was going to be creepy, him standing over Savachia’s Mom and all. What I didn’t know, till he started talking, was that he has a history with dear Mrs. Savachia. Well, that threw me. So, I still have my outline. I know where all this ends because of Savachia’s role in the novel. However, some of the stuff coming will be as much a surprise to me as for you. Kinda cool.
What I do know is that things are going to escalate faster and faster. There be some battlin’ a comin’. Nothing is ever what it seems when dealing with magicians.
Now to find out what’s in the secret room. Just not the way Savachia thought he was going to find out. Wait till the next episode. A little surprise, even for me!
Here’s a page before I scan it in. I try to keep everything loose. Almost like an under painting. Then I can shape it and paint some more layers over it in photoshop. The main focus is on value. Something I need to work on. Always reminding myself to not jump ahead and just get the lights and shadows to a place where I like them. Then I add in details. Subtle stuff goes a long way. That’s another hard lesson for me.