Hey guys, just checkin back in! Once again, it's been way too long since I've blogged. I'm really trying to get into the groove of doing these again. I'm learning that it's much easier for me to come up with topics if I just blog about my current news as well as my general artistic endeavors. Here we go..
For those of you who may be unfamiliar with my current project - I'm working on a webcomic with the Briman47 ([link]). A very talented artist. It has been a great experience thus far. I won't get into too much detail. I've posted a couple videos on youtube that give you the rundown of what's been going on with that project, including some inside peaks at the work - ([link] - [link])
This overall project differs from creating a graphic novel. Maybe not in the traditional sense.. I mean, it's all "comics" in the end. However, what I'm talking about is the model in which the comic is being read. Instead of buying a book, you just go to our website (ronaproject.com) and start reading!! (what a shameless plug that was). It's much easier, much cheaper and let's face it.. you going to draw in a bigger audience if you're allowing anyone and everyone to read your content. Personally, I actually enjoy reading comics online. I've read a ton of Manga/Comics on OneManga and other sites (shhhh, don't tell anyone). It isn't as nice as having the physical book, but it's close.
From a creators perspective, online comics has a lot of advantages. Your audience can view a regular stream of content on a more consistent basis. Plus, it's much easier to access and spread your work around via social networks or whatever. I've warmed up to it I guess you could say.. So much so, that I'm going to release the first volume of Rona for download in the coming weeks. Give it a chance to get spread around on the internet a bit. I've heard many professionals advise against this. However, at the same time, I see many professionals going back and re-releasing their work on a downloadable format. I think the trend is going up, not down. I also plan on adding a couple extras that weren't not in the book. This includes the entire short story I previewed in the back of the first volume of Rona. I'll leave a couple links here to some sample pages of the short story - ([link] - [link]) plus, I'm going to add me and Anthony's manga submission that we made (and mailed) to publishers after attending the Comic Con in late 2007. I figure there are some people out there interested in how we put together our submission to publishers. Its older work, but it's something that I've wanted to get out there since I released Rona in March of this year. I not sure what I'm going to charge.. maybe $4? I like to slightly undercut the competition
It's funny really, the more you work the more you learn, the more you learn the easier the work becomes later down the line. Using that logic, it makes sense that my recent project is going much faster the second time around. I see no harm in apply that knowledge to my first projects either. Just trying to stay one step ahead of the game.
Thanks for reading!!
P.S. I'm going to be selling my Wacom Cintiq 12wx on ebay. I will include a link to this blog as soon as I get it up. Your safest bet is to follow ronaproject on twitter @ [link] - I will definitely post the ebay link there asap. Just thought I'd give my fellow artists a heads up.. you know, in case you've been shopping for one - Here's the [link]
I can purchase a copy of Rona here [link](check out the website and give my like buttons some LOVE please)