Previews and Anniversaries

(Sep 01, 2010)

This week the AMATEURS website went live.  The comic isn’t ready to go up yet (Jeremy and I are still working on creating a buffer of pages), but we made a short teaser for the project, which is what occupies the space at the moment. Part of me has wondered if making a preview for a comic is too much of a vanity project, though I will say it’s given me a chance to get comfortable drawing the characters and experiment with toning pages.  It’s also gave me a chance to butt my head against ComicPress, which will be powering the site.

However, it is exhilarating to be able to show something for this project that Jeremy and I have been working on for a while now.  It’s also a bit terrifying, because we’ve thrown our hats in the ring, and now it’s time to make sure the work gets done.  If all goes well, we should start serializing pages in the next couple months.

Again, that address is  Okay, that’s enough of that shill-talk.

Something else I’ve been working on in the last week is a new strip for the Viet Nam Literature Project.  I’ll post the whole thing once it goes up on the VNLP’s website.  This one was a doozy to work on, though I’ll save my commentary for when I post the full strip.

I just want to acknowledge that it’s been ONE FREAKIN’ YEAR since we decided to keep a regular brownpaperbag blog.  I know “regular” is open for debate, but whether we delivered each week or not, that target has always been there in the back of my mind.

On one hand it’s encouraged me to be more productive — to have something to post on Wednesdays — though sometimes that productivity has been channeled specifically to this blog.  Instead of sharing art I was already making, that sharing being an extension of my art, writing for this site feels more and more like a separate creative act. For example, when I’m in the middle of a project, whatever half-finished bit I have at the moment may not make an interesting post by itself.  So instead I may post it and talk about my process, or I might create something else to post instead.

I’m not saying this is good or bad, only noting that what started as one thing seems to have turned into something else that was unexpected.  Hopefully all of this isn’t sounding too pretentious.  In reflecting over the past year of this website, these are the thoughts that come to mind.  Also, I speak only for myself when writing this and not my fellow art-mates.


Just one more thing before I sign off:  This week, Jonathan left for a two-week trip to Vietnam.  It doesn’t look like he has any pre-written posts, so time willing, I’ll try to update these next two Fridays as well.  Time to roll up my sleeves and bang on some keys!

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