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13 July 2006 @ 10:48 am
Redone Page 37  
The original version of Makeshift page 37 is one of those pages that makes me cringe every time I see it:

Colby's run looks incredibly lame and the whole page looks rushed because.... well because it was. I really like the face in panel 2 but the other two panels just drive me bonkers. When I started figuring out how much work would be involved in remastering the pages for print, I knew I'd have to change that page or it would drive me crazy forever.

Figure drawing, a better understanding of dynamic movement, more time and stronger draftmanship... here's the results:

And here's the new version of the page as it will be in the book, complete with better lettering:

Obviously the other pages won't be as drastic as all that. :)
jrloafyjrloafy on July 13th, 2006 03:19 pm (UTC)
The new page is infinately stronger then the original. As much as I don't mind creators tinkering with their work it's always nice to have the original version as well. Might I suggest you include the original pages in the back of the book for the more drstically altered pages (such as this one) with explanations as to why you changed them as extras. Cause that would be nifty!
Kyohazardkyohazard on July 13th, 2006 03:22 pm (UTC)
I find that happens a lot with me. I go back and look at work I did like a year ago and cring. :)

I can't remember if you mentioned it before or not, but who's publishing it? the same guys who are hosting it now?
zubkavichzubkavich on July 14th, 2006 02:30 pm (UTC)
Udon's publishing the book actually.

Although Udon Comics has been publishing anime-themed/commercial property stuff for some time now, we've also been diversifying our artwork and client base over the past few years. The potential of the book stores coupled with the business we already do at comic stores gives us more options.

Publishing other work by the artists at the studio is something we've been talking about for a while, so this is a good step in that direction.
Howard Taylerhowardtayler on July 13th, 2006 03:39 pm (UTC)
I'm so totally NOT going to do that when I put the first 1000 strips of Schlock Mercenary into print. I'd have to re-draw the entire first 500 strips... and then the NEXT 500, because they'd clash.

You shame me, Jim.

*hides face and cries like a space-baby*
T-Duck: Buckygrafxman256 on July 13th, 2006 06:08 pm (UTC)
Why not? Willis is doing it with It's Walky! :P

(he's crazy!)
zubkavichzubkavich on July 13th, 2006 06:28 pm (UTC)
He is crazy. I'd rather spend my energies on new content, personally... barring this reformatting process.
daniel_olsendaniel_olsen on July 18th, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC)
Crazy indeed. But productively crazy. 0_o The guy has three strips a week plus the "as-it-comes" ItsWalky! redraw/compilations.

Its not even a question of quality vs quantity because the strips are different enough so that the quality or jokes doesn't crash.

But yes, CRAZY!
zubkavichzubkavich on July 14th, 2006 02:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but think about that for a sec, Howard... you just said "the first 1000 strips..."

1000 strips!

My whole graphic novel is 172 pages and you have a first 1000 strips! That's already an amazing chunk of work and you have much more beyond that.

Your dedication is mind-blowing and your strip kick all kinds of ass.
LrdApocssines on July 13th, 2006 03:56 pm (UTC)
There are some advantages to having digital work - its easier to correct/augment in time. Then again don;t go all George Lucas on us - Colby definately shot first!

zubkavichzubkavich on July 13th, 2006 06:27 pm (UTC)
Actually, I forgot to mention that I'll be adding all new alien races, characters and subplots to the storyline. There will also be a new ewok song number at the end of Makeshift.

Makeshift Miracle is actually part 4 and will be renamed "A New Dream". The prequel will de-ball my villain completely and make him a whiney piece of shit.

It is my true definitive version of the story.
Ddextra on July 13th, 2006 04:09 pm (UTC)
in the first one, i got the sense that the runner was reluctantly heading somewhere (with a slightly disjointed hip- which might explain the reluctance in haste), the way the arms were in particular, whereas in the "corrected" version, he's very determined, almost superheroic.

just sayin.

ps- nice chatting with you via jake yesterday. should we get our friend to get in touch with you re. ride to gen con?
zubkavichzubkavich on July 13th, 2006 06:25 pm (UTC)
Colby will be pulling back the shirt to reveal the Superman 'S' momentarily. ;)

Ray should be e-mailing you guys today. If he doesn't I'll pass you his phone info and vice versa.
Bezmanbezman on July 13th, 2006 04:23 pm (UTC)
The figure is obviously a much more 'accurate' drawing 2nd time around, but I kinda prefer the colours of v1.

Is that a choice made for preference or because you had to change the colours for print?
zubkavichzubkavich on July 13th, 2006 06:23 pm (UTC)
Not to get too technical, but greens and blues distort really heavily when you go from RGB (screen colors) format to CMYK (print colors) format. The green color change is from that.
Identity Androgyne: cred to _nicon 2euthrecyti on July 13th, 2006 04:58 pm (UTC)
Woot! The incredible joys of revisions, ne?
I can't wait to see your finished (and updated) work in print.
Liz Greenfieldlizgreenfield on July 13th, 2006 06:04 pm (UTC)
Yesss, long live redrawing pages until it makes you go flipping-heck-insane!

Amazing improvement, especially on the running kid.
zubkavichzubkavich on July 13th, 2006 06:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Obviously all the pages I could "do better" but I'm only redrawing a few that really drive me up the wall.
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zubkavichzubkavich on July 14th, 2006 02:26 pm (UTC)
Psst... his name is Colby. It's right in the text that goes with the post about the redone art.

Thanks for the other feedback. I don't agree with all of it, but the fact that you took the time to put your thoughts down about it is appreciated.
derrick_fish on September 30th, 2006 03:24 am (UTC)
I just found out that you're bringing the MAKESHIFT MIRACLE to print thanks to the link on PVP and it's filled me with glee! I LOVED the comic when it first came out and can't WAIT to hold it in my grubby mitts and really sink into it all over again. Good work!
zubkavichzubkavich on October 1st, 2006 01:39 am (UTC)
Thanks for the praise and support. Scott's news post about the book has been a fantastic way to bring back old readers and get new people on board the story.