IDW’s “Imaginary Drugs” is out, which means that the Billy and Gravely short that Rafer and I did for it is now available!
If your Local Comic Store doesn’t have it, please have them order one for you!
With six weeks remaining before the debut of the weekly Furry Widdle Bunny strip, I’ve started pencilling the first storyline. Here’s an in-progress peek at the very first panel, awaiting finishing and colors!
The lettering is completed, barring any minor nudging, and I’m pretty happy with how the custom font is working out.
I’ve settled on really thick borders, not rigidly squared. It has a nice bold feel to it that I like. FWB started without any panel borders at all, which I still think worked for the opinion page look it was shooting for. Funny page strips thrive on borders, though, so I’m over-compensating by giving more border than required.
Onward to “inking”!
With the deadline for prep work looming, it was time to bite the bullet and actually test out the theory that I could produce a comic digitally. This meant learning the tools at least well enough to make myself look silly. This, I feel, has been accomplished. Behold the test strip, written in seconds and taking hours to produce. At least I have an idea of what I need to do for the real strips… that I need to start drawing by this weekend, if I want to keep my schedule!
Probably my biggest concerns are getting the panel and word balloon borders in shape. The rest of it is relatively under control. Anyway, I’m still feeling excited about this. Now back to work!
Earlier this year, Rafer Roberts asked if I’d be interested writing a 2-page Billy and Gravely with a quick turn-around time to appear in a Kickstarter comic anthology: Imaginary Drugs. Would I? Oh, hell yeah! Those sciFI (heavy on the FICTION, light on the science) hooligans are a blast to write, and as “Dope Fiends of the Zombie Cafe” and “Wild Women of the Kitty-Kat Galaxy” demonstrate I love getting Rafer to draw crazy shit.
Over a few emails we worked out a scenario, and the comic came together with a quickness! Then came the news — Imaginary Drugs had been picked up for distribution by IDW!
That’s due out later this year (and believe me you will hear about it!), but first comes the promised Kickstarter release. I just flipped through my PDF proof copy, and It Is Gorgeous!
I’m all a-tingle, I am. 🙂
“Wild Women of the Kitty-Kat Galaxy!” is now available for purchase! It’s listed, along with “Dope Fiends of the Zombie Cafe!” and the “Plastic Farm” issues with Wendi’s artwork, on the DC Conspiracy Hula Cat store!
DC Conspiracy is a comic collective centered around Washington DC, and Rafer happens to be a member. He’s volunteered to handle orders of the Billy and Gravely comics, so show him some love and check out the Rafer Roberts store while you’re picking up your copy of “Wild Women…”!
You might poke around the other DC Conspiracy stores, too. There’s a lot of good comics just waiting for you to read them!
The test printing of “Wild Women of the Kitty-Kat Galaxy!” came in, and it looked downright spiffy!
So I ordered a mess of them to bring with me to SPACE! They’re promised to arrive by the day I’ll be heading down to Columbus, so we’ll trust in that. Worst case, I’ll have that proof copy for folks to look at.
Coloring has been completed for “Wild Women of the Kitty-Kat Galaxy!” We’re now working on completing the layout of the comic and getting it in the proper formats for submission to distribution channels.
We’ve learned a lot about how indie comic production has changed since the previous incarnation of Hula Cat, and I’m sure we’ve still got some lessons ahead of us. The important thing is that we’re doing it and will do it more assuredly the next time and each time after that!
My thanks to Rafer and Wendi, who’ve been very patient with and understanding of me throughout this journey. I offer this panel excerpt to allow Billy to say to me what they haven’t. 😉