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This is a weblog of one person's multi-year quest to write, draw, and publish a graphic novel. This is my story: my trials, tribulations, successes and failures. -- Robert Stradley, Weekend Artist
Happy New Year everyone. I learned a valuable lesson this Christmas season. When doing holiday comics, one should make sure that they are done ahead of time to properly schedule them. I waited until December to draw them and load them, so they drooped over into January. To prevent this from happening again, I started Valentines Day comics immediately after Christmas. I intend to have at least one each for Easter, 4th of July, Halloween, and Thanksgiving, before heading into Xmas 2016. I now begin to understand the comments from book editors who would write things like: "I am sitting here sunning by the pool, sipping a Mint Julip, and writing my Xmas book greetings to You the Readers."
I also made some new Index pages to indicate when we were diverging from the storyline to celebrate a holiday, and made a new section [300's] to house them.
I am beginning to build up enough of a library of standard drawings of Priscilla, Magniloquence, Aimée, and Ampére so that I can make electronic modifications rather than re-draw, re-ink, scan, and color them each time. Simply changing expressions, arm positions, or head positions is a real time saver. [Editor's note - see June below for clarification.]
Drew and colored Easter Parade. As I was drawing the backgrounds, I realized that I still hadn't done a map of the downtown, yet I had drawn many backgrounds. So now, at least on paper, I have a list of all the downtown stores I have talked about or shown, and their approximate locations. I now know where OSFA [One Size Fits All} School is and where Gazebo Park is. After I draw it up, I will scan and share the map of Wonder Falls.
Changed the Last button to jump to the Last page of Volume 1 rather than the last page of each individual comic.
Started drawing and coloring Volume 1 Number 3 wherein Magniloquence experiences the 13 Dates from Heck. It is slow going, but I am having the most amazing amount of fun generating new and unusual supers for the sole purpose of torturing Magniloquence. Until now, I never really understood the comment from another writer in her forward when she would say "I enjoyed torturing my heroine, I hope you will too." But as we all know, "true love conquers most" so be assured that Magniloquence will meet her future husband by the end of this issue.
Continued working with the 13 Dates from Heck, completing the Pricilla's Pearls of Common Courtesy panels intermingled among the dates. Some were re-written to better fit the storyline. Then I had to re-order the 13 Dates and tune some dialog. All of which is part of that Editing Mode Thang -- important to the end product, but frustrating for the artistic side of me who wants to "just get on with drawing it.".
I just drew my first romantic scenes, a kissing scene with Magniloquence on a Date from Heck and another kissing scene with Aimée and Six Shooter. When I sat back and looked at them, they were almost the same -- similar angles and positions. Sigh, I guess I need to take out some time to work on my romantic scenes. There is always something new to be learned.
My wonderful wife Lee helped me make a Facebook Page for Magniloquence the Superheroine. It will be a twice per week format until we have caught up to this website.
Drew the Thanksgiving panel, and 4 Christmas panels. Priscilla's cracked carols continue.
Updated spoiler information in the New Reader section for bios of the the main characters.December
Colored the Chrismas panels and took a vacation.
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