If you’re new to the site and wondering why there hasn’t been a comic update in a while, it’s because I’m redeveloping the comic to be less of a gag strip and more of a graphic novel format. You can keep up with development at my personal website, where I’ll be sharing maps, histories, character designs and other goodies before the launch of the new comic. Thanks!
Hey, everyone. I just wanted to give you an update on what’s happening with The Big Crunch and some of my other work.
I spent the last couple of months developing a website I had designed a year ago but never had the time to launch until now. It’s called DrawingWarmups.com, and it’s a free resource for artists who want to establish a daily drawing practice. Every day, the site publishes a new drawing warmup prompt, and with a free profile, you can upload your drawn responses, as well as chat with other artists in the forums. DrawingWarmups.com was a labor of love, and I hope you’ll find it useful!
As for The Big Crunch, I hope you’ll indulge me as I continue to write histories for the city of Thanova and its main characters. I’m having something of a creative honeymoon with this comic, where I’m getting to know it better, trying to understand it more intimately and to determine where it should go. I’m not going to set any launch dates yet for new pages, but just so you know, there’s lots of writing happening write now, even if you can’t see it for the time being.
Thanks to those of you who have expressed interest in where the comic is going next. Please follow me on Twitter for new updates.
Last night, I was writing a history of Thanova (using that private wiki I’ve talked about before), and as I was hurling words into the sarlacc’s maw, I came to a realization: The Big Crunch has totally outgrown its format.
When I started making The Big Crunch, my intention was to create a framework for a consistent gag strip. Within the first year-and-a-half, though, I’ve discovered this world enraptures me in a way a gag strip just can’t portray (not to mention I’m not really a joke-teller at heart). The Big Crunch is meant to be a graphic novel, with each chapter exploring a new facet of the city and revealing the sordid histories of its inhabitants. I want both a canvas and a schedule that’ll allow me to illustrate Thanova with the grit and complexity it deserves.
So, the plan is this: I’m going to do a special one-page print episode for Free Comic Book Day, which I’ll be handing out at the Simply Green Biofuels booth in Rochester, NH and publishing here. After that, I’m going to take some time to write the histories of Thanova and the cast, refine the character designs, map the world. I’ll share that process with you, either on this blog or my Twitter and Tumblr pages. And once I feel like the stage is set, I’m going to relaunch the website and publish The Big Crunch in 24-page chapters, standard comic book size, available online as pages are produced, and in print as chapters are finished.
Now, to abate the fears of anyone who’s read and enjoyed the comic so far: it’ll be the same cast, and the 52 episodes you’ve already read aren’t going anywhere. Consider them, shall we say, pre-canonical rough drafts? In the meantime, thanks for going on this journey with me. You’ll be glad to know, it’s only just begun.
Do you like things? Do you like things that are free? What I’m about to offer you qualifies as both of those!
I’ll be giving away a special print episode of The Big Crunch at Free Comic Book Day in Rochester, NH on Saturday, May 4th, hosted by the rugged miscreants at Jetpack Comics. You’ll find me sitting with my brother at Simply Green Biofuels, who’ve graciously offered to sponsor this sustainability-themed episode. I might be drawing ACEO cards of the TBC cast for a nominal price, as well.
For information on the event, visit the Jetpack website.
A new episode of The Panelists is live today! Kyle Latino and I dig into our personal illustration archives and engage in the time-honored torture of self-critique. One of the highlights of the episode is Kyle talking about his incendiary encounter with Howard Chaykin. You don’t want to miss it.
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