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Unfortunate Hiatus

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I’m the worst…

I get everyone all excited for new and improved Dungeon Crawlers comics, but I failed to deliver.  I’ve been dreading making this post, because it feels like admitting defeat.  Deep down, I don’t think I am.  This is just a hiatus.

The biggest reason I’ve slacked off working on this comic, is that I’ve been working on other comics.  More specifically, I have been getting paid work to color other’s comics.  With a newborn on the way this June (Wooo!), the extra money is helpful, but it does mean that I have less time for stuff like Dungeon Crawlers.  I just landed another big coloring job, so it will continue to be a while before I can work on this comic again.  I’ll be leaving the site up so people can read through the backlogs, and I hope that I’ll be able to return soon.

If you’re interested in the work I’ve been coloring, here’s a few pages from the work I did on Derek Hunter and Jason Young’s comic The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’s Apprentice:

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Word bubbles are removed, as these pages are unreleased as of now.

If you want to see more of my comic coloring portfolio, check out my DeviantArt page for coloring other’s work.  There’s some pretty cool stuff in it.

Finally, I want to say thanks to everyone who reads Dungeon Crawlers.  The comic will come back eventually, so thank you for your patience and support!

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Grizzlaw Mines 01

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It’s finally begun!  As I mentioned before, this is a sort of relaunch for the Dungeon Crawlers comic, so now would be a good time to start reading.  There’ll be no need of prior knowledge (though that would make the experience richer) to enjoy.

I have been working on this page for AGES.  Since I’ll be self publishing this next run into a single issue, I really want to make sure I put the time and effort into making it look awesome, so updates will be slowing down, but hopefully quality will be rising.

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The End of an Era

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So, time for the big announcement!

The next exciting new chapter in the adventures of Bo and Jasper will be a Dungeon Crawlers comic!

Okay, yes… this is already a comic.  What I mean is that it will be a pre-written story arc around 20-25 pages with the intent of publishing.  This is going to change the format up a bit, but hopefully for the better.  The whole comic will still be online for free, but it’ll give me something to sell at my next con, and serve as a good jumping off point for new readers.

That means goodbye to the three panel gags and hello to full page continuity.  It’s a continued evolution in the learning process that is this comic.

ALSO, if you haven’t seen, I have shirts available online!
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Sparring

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Another level up for these two… they’re starting to become real presentable baddies!

I had a lot of fun with the dramatic colors and shadows on this week’s page… not often I do action with, but I want to start incorporating it more.

Oh… and maybe try clicking on that Store button up there…

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Lesson Four

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I’ve got a fun announcement around the corner for Dungeon Crawlers, that should play a big role after Bo and Jasper finish their training.  Hold on for a little bit longer to find out!

Playing around with different inking brushes on this one… all of the character work was done with another of Kyle T. Webster’s brushes, specifically Kyle’s Inkbox – Sexy Sumi-E.  It’s awesome at going from thick to thin, and I didn’t have to adjust the size of the brush once while inking, only my pressure.

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Lessons 2 and 3

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Back to a bit of a more familiar style artistically here.  This was a lot more satisfying to draw as a result… What can I say?  I love inks.  There’s something to be said about how outlines ground an image.

Come back next week to see them learn their final lesson in fighting for minions.

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The Element of…

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Surprise!

Again, playing around with a different style here, putting the brushes I bought to good use.  This was a real challenge to me… I missed my outlines.  It totally changed my workflow for the whole thing, but the end product isn’t too shabby.  A fun change.  These diversions artistically help me to keep things fresh and somewhat less of an assembly line.

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Crickety Claw

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First off, thank you everyone who came and visited me at Salt Lake Comic Con!  It was an immense success and a great deal of fun.  For those of you who missed it, I still have prints available, so let me know if you are interested in purchasing.

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I also owe a big thanks to Tyler (in the hat) for grabbing us a booth.  I definitely couldn’t have done it alone.

I like that this strip references the Crickety Claw, a throwback to a stupid sounding battle-move that has never been seen until now.  It was a lot of fun to draw, especially since I was playing around with brand new brushes!  I mean look at how cool this watercolor is:

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I found these brushes thanks to JJ Harrison and Derek Hunter who led an awesome panel on drawing comics digitally.  They are by Kyle T Webster and they are amazing (the Megapack for Photoshop).