Posts Tagged ‘Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan’

RoCR: Comic for April 11, 2010 has been digitally inked, coloured and re-lettered.

April 29th, 2014 by Reinder

Read it here: Let them stew, I say!. Highlights and shade by Aggie Janicot.

Game plan for the rest of the week: I want to go back to the earliest penciled pages and digitally ink as many of them as I can. In addition, I want to create at least one more new page for Abúi's Travels and maybe one for yet another comic.

Digitally inking those old pencil pages is turning out to be a smooth, easy and fun process now. I am, however, aware that as I gain consistency throughout the series, I'm losing some of the things that only pencil can do. Right now, I'm looking at a silhouette of two characters, but when I look closer, what looks like a flat dark grey shadow is in fact full of nuances indicating shadows, highlights, the hems of costumes, and so on. You can't reproduce that in ink. Well, I can't.

I'm also taking a leaf out of my wife's book and revising as I go. So far, there isn't an awful lot that desperately needs it. While pages 62-70 aren't the very best in the storyline, they are what they are and I'm happy to leave them mostly as they are. But I leave the option to make art changes open on a panel-by-panel basis.

New Abúi’s Travels page on ComicFury, my wife’s comics, and Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan

April 28th, 2014 by Reinder

And while we're on the subject of Abúi's Travels, there's a new page up. This is one of the biggest-looking pages I've ever come up with, due to the detailed backgrounds and the shading and highlights provided by Rona. It's also got a ton of cameos from other webcomics. Backgrounds and crowds make for a lot of extra work, but in this case, it was worth it.

Rona's been updating her own science-fiction comic Hekatomb on a weekly basis for almost a year now. Lately, after a catastrophic CMS update, she's also been re-uploading her vampire horror comic American Gothic Daily in a revised version. What she does is she takes each old page and draws/paints digitally over them, expands the canvas size and adds new materials. While reconstructing the site, she posts the old versions of each page as an addendum to the new ones, so you can see how much progress she has made since she started the comic in 2006. It's a very fast, efficient process with staggering results. Go see it.

I have a week off right now, so I've been working on Feral some. I've been inking penciled pages from 2008-2010 and adding color flats to them, which I give to Rona to add shades and highlights to. Yesterday, I gave her the revised version of the page for April 11, 2010 and she sent me back this:

Too silly is about right.

Silly version of page 97 of Feral

Abúi, as drawn by Donna Barr, plus more on the webcomic Abúi’s Travels

April 26th, 2014 by Reinder
Abúi from Abúi's Travels and Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan, as drawn by Donna Barr

Donna Barr's interpretation of the character Abúi, drawn on her iPad.

The other day I did independent comics veteran Donna Barr a small favor, and as a thank-you gift, she made this drawing of Abúi from the webcomics Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan and Abúi's Travels for me (both comics not safe for workplaces or other small-minded environments).

Abúi's Travels is a bit of an oddity in my range of webcomics. At present, there are two stories in the website's archives. One of them is Incognito, which I originally created as a short guest series for the naturist webcomic The Bare-Pit in 2006. I featured one character from Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan who had been doing some webcomics universe tourism and let her crash into the world of The Bare-Pit. The author of that webcomic continued her adventures, so suddenly there was a solid bit of continuity featuring Abúi. When I wanted to join the Halloween Cameo Caper 2012, I did not want to include another big crossover event into the main Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan continuity, so I decided to create a separate site from which one of my characters could go on crashing into other webcomic universes, and picked the one that had already done a bit of that. So there we have it: Abúi's Travels is the adventures of a faerie from one fantasy webcomics universe, who travels through time and space and has light-hearted adventures. Just the sort of thing I needed to do while my schedule is too full to work on RoCR on any regular basis.
Well, maybe. I managed to draw 16 new pages as of April 26, 2015. The Halloween 2012 event is well into the past and I'm still writing and drawing material for it. Arguably, if I'd spent the time on RoCR, that comic would be ....16 pages further into the present storyline than it is now? But it would still have updated haltingly and with variable art quality. Probably for the best that I don't work on my main comic right now, and besides, I'm having a lot of fun with this project, precisely because it is so unimportant and there's a lot of freedom for me to work with, that I wouldn't have while working on RoCR.

The present story, which interacts with the Halloween Cameo Caper 2012, is called Death Comes to Tyrion, in which Tyrion is a place not a person - nothing to do with Game of Thrones. I'm having a lot of fun with it and I hope people reading it are too. I would like to do more stories, including ones where instead of crashing into existing webcomics, Abúi collides with larger genres or subgenres embodied in newly created fictional settings.

Donna Barr is the creator of The Desert Peach, Stinz and the new webcomic on ComicFury Rental Goddess.

May 20th, 2013 by Reinder

The Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan comic for June 6, 2001 has been remastered.

A quiet Monday at the caravan. I intended to get a lot of work done, but more or less crashed like a big dog on arrival. Did get a Spun Off page scanner-ready; once that one is processed (it needs extra digital work, by design), I will focus on the two pages of Abúi’s Travels which I also scripted on Monday. These will lead into the crossovery bit, and with a bit of time travel, I should be able to get that done before Halloween of 2012 like the original plan was.

Speaking of time travel, we rewatched the Doctor Who season finale and then went back to the 1963 season, watching the reconstructed Marco Polo and the Terry Nation story The Keys of Marinus. Both reminded us that Steven Moffat didn’t exactly invent problematic depictions of race and gender in Doctor Who, not by a long shot.

May 18th, 2013 by Reinder

The Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan comic for June 5, 2001 has been remastered.

May 15th, 2013 by Reinder

The Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan comic for May 31, 2001 has been coloured, cleaned up and reposted at a larger size.

Actually the colour work was done in 2006 during an earlier round of remastering and was published on Drunk Duck at a width of 550 px. This is the first time it’s been published on the main site and at the new standard width of 648 px.

May 13th, 2013 by Reinder

The Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan comic for May 30, 2001 has been remastered. Now with 100% more magpie.

May 12th, 2013 by Reinder

The Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan comic for May 29, 2001 has been remastered.

My vacation is over and I think I got the comic-making itch well and truly scratched for a bit. I worked on 8 pages in total, though I only finished four of them and they’re not in sequence. Most are just an hour or two from completion, though.

May 11th, 2013 by Reinder

The Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan comic for May 28, 2001 has been remastered.

A slow, quiet Saturday. I don’t expect the pace of life to pick up until after Doctor Who tonight.

May 10th, 2013 by Reinder

The Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan comic for May 25, 2001 has been remastered.

And my migraine is over. YAY!