Eddie has a lot of shelves.. and lost his preference for abstract art.. and now enjoys wearing stained clothing.
I screencapped a lot of teen guy's bedrooms in '80s movies, and they all had a lot more stuff going on than Eddie's room did. Lots of shelves.
And as for the added stain, we decided that we needed to fuck up that shirt somehow. Because Eddie is talking about how he has nothing decent to wear to the party, but originally we had him wearing a perfectly fine T-shirt. In fact, that shirt seems to fit on him better than the other shirts we've shown him wear. Plus, it tickled me to have him change out of his newly stained ice-cream shirt, into a previously stained barbecue shirt.
I agree, the lighting changes in the party really improve the atmosphere. I also spotted a cheecky background blowjob haha!
Rijst wins our Issue 2 "Spot the Blowjob" contest that we never announced and have no prize for. Congrats!
The GIFs are a really good way to show changes as well by the way.
Totally. I was surprised by how easy they were to make. I might even go back and edit the old comparison posts to make those images into GIFs.
Eddie's room is massively improved. It looks a lot smaller and more consistent in its layout. That's probably because of the window, which gives some sense of direction in shots from different angles.
Also because I made detailed floor plans of Eddie's room (and his house, and Alex's house, and their yards...). He actually has a pretty big room that spans most of the width of his house, but it looks smaller because we crammed it full of stuff.
In the new Satan Ninja panel he looks much more like an 80s rock star than in the old version so it definitely fits the theme better.
You know, I was recently looking at it, and I thought the exact same thing. Which is kind of strange, because his costume didn't change at all. He's just drawn in a different pose, as we thought something looked off about the way he and Sam looked in the old version.
Now the real question is, are you guys going to post pages of the new issue in their final form or will there be another hiatus after that? I'm asking because I get the idea that, having drawn all the pages you can judge the issue as a whole and decide where improvements need to be made to smooth it out across pages more. It seems to work really well this way but I don't know if it feels like it for you guys.
We don't intend to ever go on a long hiatus like this again. Maybe we'll take a week or two off when things get hectic in our lives or in-between issues (to give Jessica time to make super rad covers), but certainly nothing like this. Issue 1 and 2 have been kind of a beta mode for this comic, as we learn the ropes. Once we come off hiatus and launch Issue 3, we intend to update this comic steadily until it's finished.
What happened during Issue 2, is Jessica was trying to balance her day job and doing the art for the comic (among other things). It seemed doable at first, but then her job started requiring her to work a bunch of extra hours, and so she fell behind and was struggling to get a page done a week, which is why a lot of Issue 2 pages were rushed out in an unfinished state.
But now, because we're insane, Jessica has quit her job and is focusing on the comic full time. So it should be much easier for her to keep the updates coming at a steady rate. We have a bit of a nest egg saved up, so we have maybe a year or so to make this comic profitable for us. At least profitable enough to warrant Jessica working on it full time instead of getting a normal job. It's a huge gamble, but hopefully it'll pay off.
All that said, the comic won't be truly done until it's all collected in 1 (possibly 2 or even 3) graphic novel volume(s). Up until that point, there's always a chance that we'll make adjustments to old pages. But I highly doubt our future issues will require nearly as extensive of makeovers as the first two.