And here’s a comic:
It’s an okay comic, I don’t love it, I don’t hate it. I think it was a funnier IDEA than how it was executed, but not bad. I like the art, though! A lot of Uptown Girl is just the characters talking, so I try to show the characters doing something while they talk, like Uptown Girl applying lipstick in panel three. It’s more interesting for the reader and keeps me interested while I draw the comic.
This little gem will appear in this spring’s “Imitation of Life”. to be honest, I wasn’t even going to include it in the book. This isn’t the original version, here’s the first attempt:
I had the idea for the comic and I knew the humor from the comic was dialogue driven, so I focused on that. But I was lazy on the art. It’s Uptown Girl and Ruby just standing around…the art is rushed and panel four is a little wonky. I drew the comic, didn’t care for the art and stashed it away. I didn’t think it was *that* good and didn’t plan on including it in a collection. Normally I redraw stuff I don’t like the art for, but I didn’t think this was funny enough to redraw.
So it sat in my drawer for months. It kind of bugged me that eventually that would be a finished comic that wasn’t going to make it into a book. But a couple weeks ago I bit the bullet and redrew it.
Anyway, I have three and a half pages of a comic to ink and then I’ll be done with the new book. I plan on sending it off to be proofread by the end of the week and start ‘Uptown Girl-The Lazarus Heart’ next month. I’ll have a week or so of non-Uptown Girl art to work on, so I’ll probably work on The Retros for a bit. If you’re one of the
thousands dozens following me on twitter, I mentioned that The Retros will be collected into books in addition to being online. I think each book will be around 300 pages. I’m up to 59 pages so far, so I’m…well, I don’t know if I’m behind or ahead. I think I’m both.