The self-portrait is clearly meant to inspire you to not fuck things up over the next eight years.
It's like a mailing list really, except that it saves you the trouble of sending emails around to a mailing list. Well, in theory anyway..
Ah, sounds nice. I'll have to look into it some more. It's just weird to me that when I click on our RSS icon, all I see is code gibberish, but our weblord assures us that is somehow normal.
So for the first time today I read the comic as a whole. I had already of course read issue one a couple of times but it's been a while.
All the points that I had seemed slow to me reading week to week went by very fast and flowed well. I had especially thought the whole lunch and walk home stuff took forever going week to week, but now as a whole I did not get that feeling.
Being I'm not a "comic" guy and having really only read one other (Preacher). I sometimes have a hard time focusing on all the details of the art. So during my read through today I went very slow and tried to focus on every panel. I defiantly saw much more than I had before. Jess you're an amazing artist, I totally look forward to seeing this project through to the end.
Awesome post, dude. I really appreciate it.
I actually haven't gone back and read everything since we wrapped issue 2. But then again, I'm so intimately familiar with it all, that it's hard for me to read it with a fresh perspective. But I think it's important that I do so and try to judge it as a whole.
For instance, I know we have a ton of our Narrator Dude in issue 1, and then he's barely in issue 2 at all. Did that seem odd to you while reading it? Since issue 1 was introducing the world and most of the main cast, it felt more necessary to have the Narrator Dude. I also thought his slang helped get the reader in an '80s mindset. But I feel like if we used the Narrator Dude too much, he could get annoying. So in issue 2, he was just reserved for moments when we might need some added clarity. Like to inform the reader that this crazy sci-fi shit that's busting out of nowhere isn't a dream.
I've talked before about how it's a necessary evil to put out only one page a week, but there are
two things I prefer about updating the comic that way.
First, it almost forces the reader to slow down a bit and soak in the details. I know when I read a comic the "traditional" way, I tend to plow through it without spending as much time as I should soaking up the art details, which is a bummer for the artist who spent forever on it.
Second, it encourages discussion on individual pages, as opposed to merely talking about the issue as a whole. And as creators, we're always greedy for feedback.