Sadly, this is my version of moving right along, working 1 and 1/2 hours a night after work/nap/vegetation.  I’m going to have to go faster if I don’t want to drag this out forever.  That being said, I finished the second row of the first strip, having re-leveled the dudes (turns out they were off like, half a centimeter).  Despite my need for consistency, I had a little trouble not drawing the same people’s faces goofily distorted from one frame to the next.  I’m okay with the result, but I’m hoping this is something that practice will cure me of.  All that’s left to draw on the first strip is the non-framed content, which shouldn’t take long.

I realize that reading about this process is kind of theoretical and boring without anything to look at.  I’m fighting the instinct to post pictures of my progress because #1 I don’t want to spoil the result and #2 I know I’ll get caught up in prettifying the intermediate shots and not concentrate on what’s important:  Finishing.  Regardless, I’m going to try to update another page on the site to give a little more information and hopefully a picture or two by the end of this weekend.  I also still have some background administration stuff I’ve been putting off.

My forecast for finally publishing?  I’m not sure.  I don’t want to paint myself in a corner but I will say this is the plan:

  • Pencil strips 1 through 6 (one strip has taken ~ 3 days)
  • Ink strips 1 through 6
  • Color strips 1 through 6
  • Add dialogue for strips 1 through 6
  • Publish strip 1

At my current rate I’d say at least another month before final product.  I’ll see if I can speed things up.  I’m already having ideas for the second episode and I’d like to draw them out.