Sorry for the emergency filler art. As warned, I really need to focus on scripting before the story moves forward!
Ref: Zoë's wearing Torg's old "Operation King Under the Mountain" shirt.
So I’m stuck in a script bottleneck. This quick strip is the last stop gap ‘quick fix’ I will use for this bottleneck. Fridays are off in February (as I put in the headline) so look for some art tomorrow. But know that I’m either going to get past this script bottleneck by Monday or I’ll go a different route by Monday. Something’s going to give and the story will leap forward once more, or I may just run away, a silhouette of myself carved through my office wall.
Not really a ref-ref: The Screw Ball comment by Pilotbot-1 has no connection to Oasis' screw-ball cap!
Welcome to February Filler Fridays, 1 of 4! I haven’t done much color work lately and I think I want to see what I can do as far as a Zoë portrait goes. I’m not very good at this, but it makes me happy and relaxed and I need some of that right now. So far so good with the pencils! Let’s see how it progresses next week.
Welcome to February Filler Fridays, 2 of 4! Ok the inks are in. I have no idea at this point if I’m going to paint over everything or keep the ink lines in place. We’ll have to see as the color starts to fill in next Friday. I was also going to have her in her usual black dress, but in this case color might be in order. or white!
Welcome to February Filler Fridays, 3 of 4! Gyah! GYAH! GYAH, I say! This is terrible! It's the mouth mostly. Oh well. It was fun and relaxing for me, but I'm just not going to be good at this without a lot more practice. Weird when I cover over the eyes, the nose and mouth don't look too bad. If I cover over the mouth the eyes and nose are great! Put all three together? Yikes. I honestly don't know what the "finish" is going to end up being, but good bad or ugly, the February Filler Fridays is doing it's job!
UPDATE: Ha! Those rascally Ret-Con Ninjas have covered up her offending facial features. Defenders can see the horror in the blog if they so choose. But it is scary!
Sidenote: I, um, I don’t really know the band Nickelback well enough to dislike them. All I know is when I was describing the script to Leah she laughed, and that’s good enough for me!
Welcome to February Filler Fridays, 4 of 4! In the end, I made her a Ninja! For better or for worse, I had fun with this, I hope you did too!
Triangle Refs Tomorrow
Hey all! I really needed this filler art to be quick and easy to keep on top of the strips and avoid burnout. But the hopes for a happy enjoyable spring is sincere! The warmer weather is making me smile.
And to think all that time Torg spent training Gwynn in proper cellphone-use.
I needed something quick for this announced 'filler', so I colored an Aylee panel I just liked! It was from this comic.
Hey guys! Happy Fourth of July! This is your forewarned filler-art! I created it while exploring an art app on my mobile. Its small and sloppy, but you know Ive done woise! Go grill something for FREEDOM!
REMINDER: M/W/F mode: Next comic will be Wednesday!
Here’s some inside baseball! Originally the comic for Friday was supposed to be one row (finishing with the Torg and Oasis kiss). But when laying it out in book format and seeing the one row over the other it just demanded to be a two row comic. Instead of the Torg/Oasis smooch going on all weekend it was a quick shift to probably a future to Torg spinal-pain as Oasis leaps off Torg’s chest.
The downside is it makes today’s now one-row comic weaker. But ‘the art demands’ sometimes!
For the record Kiki was singing ridiculously quickly, so much so that I had to slow her down. I may tweak that last caption panel... someday....
TWENTY YEARS! WHO-HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Stay tuned for what happens NEXT!
My neighbor pointed out
I know the archives are bouncy and huge with the 'infinite archive' we're doing. It might be a little uncomfortable now, but we are going to climb whatever mountain we need to fix it and make it work the way we intended, the way you'll be good with.
The Once-Every-Twenty-Years Auction is wrapping up soon! Check it out, because it only happens ONCE every TWENTY YEARS!
Hey guys! Every new comic it’s a cliffhanger these days, I know! I wanted to give you guys a heads-up that there’s a new ‘navigate by date’ option that drops down under the archives! And more is coming! We’re still working on so much stuff.
9/12 UPDATE: For those with eagle eyes, I did a retcon on the shadowy panel 6! I hadn't finished designing that room and now I have!
I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge something that’s been mentioned before in Sluggy lore but many of you may not know. The character of Marcus Chen is homage to Mike Chen, one of my favorite teachers from my days at the Kubert School. A great teacher and a great guy, in my experience Mike was only maniacally evil when it came to our GPAs. And Marcus was one of my favorite villains to write for, I’m sorry to see him go after all these years. But it is what the story has demanded.