Saturday, February 27, 2016

This Week In Mesy Comics: Week 1, Overview

Howdy folks!  A lot has been happening here at MesyComics (a dark corner of my basement).  I've found a renewed passion for comics thanks to discovering The Awesome Comics Podcast. I'm a solitary guy by nature but this podcast has gotten me to see the power of shared enthusiasm for the art of small press comics. I use to think of that medium as artsy fartsy black and white copies of over priced garbage. With technology having changed so much, the quality of small press can be just as good as professional comics. So many great comics are being made that you won't find in most comic shops and some of them are even better than comics put out by any of the major publishers. It's amazing! All this time I've been working in small press comics (web comics) and not even realizing it or what was possible in small press. This year has been a real eye opener and I've found my way again.

Website Moved
I've moved my main site over to MesyComics.com  There you will find the finished works of all my comics.  The Last Resort and The Cheez.  I'm still making both when the mood strikes but posts will be there now. Follow me on Twitter @MesyComics  for all my updates and banter.

Recap of The Caped Sphincter
For here, I'm going to keep posting sketches and works in progress. More importantly I'm going to use it to chronicle the creation of The Caped Sphincter: my first full comic.  It was a book I made one issue of back in 1996 and never finished. I did 100 Days of Making Comics last year and recreated a 12 pg ash can. I had hopes of making it 4 ash cans and finish what I started in '96. It was a good experience but after the 100 days I was struck down by self doubt and fear of failure. I spent all of last year doing sketches and avoiding the comics.

The Goal
This year I've heard a few people say "FINISHED IS BETTER THAN PERFECT".  This is my new motto and has given me the strength to carry on. It won't be perfect but I will finish it.  I'd like to get 2 full-size modern comics done this year (20 year anniversary of the original) but whatever happens happens...I'm going to work dilligently, deliberately and as often as possible: realizing that this is a marathon (not a sprint) and a learning experience. I'm going to post progress reports here every weekend. If you want to see how the sausage is made, please follow along.

This week in MesyComics.
I started thinking about the plot of The Caped Sphincter and I want to return to 2 full-size comics as intended in 1996. For those of you who have the ashcan, things are going to get better.

I realize my writing needs help so I bought this book.


Seems like it's going to help a lot.  While I'm learning how to write I don't want to waste time so I'm learning how to color a comic. I stink but I think I'm getting something close to a look I can use. Here are the first 3 pages:

Flatting is tedious but fairly simple. Coloring is the hard part. I want to try and up my game for this book. My comic strip colors stink too but as one panel gag strips I can live with the results. A full comic colored like that would be an assault on the reader's eyes. I want something less saturated overall.  These 3 pages being night scenes, it's a little hard to tell if the look is going to work yet. We'll see.

Coloring gives me lots of time to think an I decided to make a 3rd comic featuring a different character...because when you are in a big hole you can't get out of dig deeper right?! I came up with Harry Goatdini (A.K.A. The Escape Goat) back in Inktober of 2015. I think he's got more marketability than an ass in a cape (not that I think I'll make one penny on any of this) and I've already got a deeper back story in mind.



Ultimately Harry is going to be part of the same universe as TC but he's going to have to wait. Slow and steady...finished is better than perfect. Just going to have fun, get better and make comics.

That's all for now. Cheers!


Thursday, February 18, 2016

Moving Along

Howdy Peeps!

As promised I'm moving along with my comics and I've also moved sites.  MesyComics.com will be the main site for fans of The Last Resort and eventually all things MesyComics.  I'm still working out the details of how I want to work this. For now I'll keep both sites working.  This one for blogging and The Caped Sphincter works in progress and other comics at MesyComics.com

This week I've been trying to figure out a look for the colors on The Caped Sphincter.  I think I'm getting close to a cell shaded look I like. I need to redo the lettering but I'm pretty happy with this page and it's a process that won't take me a thousand years to finish.

I also think I'm going back to 2 normal sized comics rather than 4 shorties. So anyone who downloaded TC Sphincter #1 can consider that more of a sneak peak into Issue one than a complete book. Also, I was never happy with the inside covers so it was really a WIP.

Enough babbling. Here's the colors!


Saturday, February 6, 2016

Getting Back on the Horse

Ok, so anybody who checks this blog regularly will know I've lacked focus for the last year. Based on the amount of traffic I get,that's probably just my mom!  Anyway, I think I found my way again.

I've been listening to The Awesome Comics Podcast and have gotten inspired. The show is a group of three guys from the UK who review and promote small press and independent comics. They really put their hearts and souls into  small press comics and share a great love and enthusiasm for the craft. Each of them is not only involved in making comics, they also love sharing the work of others and building the community. I found so many good creators after just two episodes that I've been binge listening to past podcasts while I work.  If you make or love comics, do yourself a favor and check them out.

The Awesome Comics Podcast: awesomecomics.podbean.com

So, I've been listening to these guys and doing my usual random sketches and I came across two different people today who've said "Finished is better than perfect." And that got me going. I've been so worried about making something good that I quit making anything at all. (sketches and occasion gag comic aside). So today I'm making a commitment to get back on the horse.  Last year I did 100 days of making comics and completed Issue 1 of The Caped Sphincter. I originally planed to finish 2-4 by June of this year (in celebration of the 20 year anniversary of the original comic).  That's not going to happen. I AM going to finish it however. Starting....NOW.

I'll post everything as I go here and on Twitter. It might not be great but it will get done. I realized that fear is what held me back last year. I was so afraid the book would be terrible that I froze. Even if the book is terrible, so what. I need to do it. Have to make a lot of bad art before you get to make good art right. Time to get to work.

Here is Issue one in case you missed it. Click on the image (link) for a free PDF copy. This PDF is better than last year's. If the quality still stinks please let me know and I'll try to resolve the issue. Thanks!

**If the download doesn't work ,please comment, email me or Tweet me @MesyComics.  Still new to posting PDFs to this blog.


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Last Resort: Tropical Paradise

It's been a while since I made a new comic of The Last Resort. After this bad pun people will probably wish I didn't. If you like this kind of nonsense, please check out the archive tab at the top for all the old strips. Cheers!