A Brief Hiatus
I've decided to take a break from updating the comic page now until the start of September in order to give me time to stockpile a number of week's pages so that when I come back in the Autumn I'll be working with a bit of a buffer. This should hopefully mean I won't skip weeks as often as well as giving me the opportunity to work on a couple of other projects over the summer, including getting the print issue of the comic ready for Nottingham Comic Con as well as hopefully getting everything ready for launching my Patreon page. I'll keep updating my Twitter and Instagram with process shots, sketches, thumbnails and drafts as always so keep checking there for your Nick Prolix art fix!
An Update Upgrade
Up until now I've announced each new update with a screenshot of that week's page on Twitter and Instagram ('other social media sites exist' - ed) which has meant that people haven't really needed to come to this website to see the content. I've noticed that some other webcomics do things differently and use a smaller preview image to announce new updates
I like this approach more and so this week I started thinking about ways I could do something similar. As well as serve as a preview for the week I also want the update image to work as a bit of world-building and to fit thematically with the comic's period setting.
Using this cool poster from a series of second feature crime dramas made by Anglo Amalgamated as a model I've come up with something that I think works both as a tease for what you can expect from this week's strip as well as establishing the pulpy tone of the story through its visuals.
Note To Self
Found a link via The Comics Reporter to the 10 Rules for Drawing Comics blog and was struck by Michael Allred's penultimate tip:
Write down what you do every day. Even if it's just a brief list of accomplishments. For instance, "Working on Madman no.100. Penciled pages 5 and 6. Started inking page 2." I buy a new little desk calendar every year. It only takes me a few seconds at the end of the day to simply mark down what I accomplished, even if I did absolutely nothing, but melt into the couch and watch movies all day. Over time it gives a very accurate account of my productivity, how long something took me, what interrupted my progress, and when I specifically did something. It's the next best thing to keeping a journal. But it's brief, concise, and effortless. And very very valuable. It's the key tool to the discipline of a monthly comic book. It takes out all the guess work as to how to use my time.
This chimes with me and reminds me of Austin Kleon's daily practise of making short illustrated lists of his daily accomplishments:
The best writing project I took on last year was what I call my logbook: a simple Moleskine daily planner in which I kept track of the little details of my day. Who, what, where types of details. Who I met, what I did, where I went, etc. It’s not a diary or a journal. It’s a book of lists. The lists are simple facts.
I suck at maintaining this kind of daily habit but it's definitely something that I've found helpful and affirming in the past so I figure this blog is as good a place as any to start trying again. Here, then in a spirit of cautious optimism is a list of things I achieved yesterday:
- Took part in #comicbookhour
- Penciled more of page 17