After a bit of a delay, the new page is posted, and with it comes a new story and a few experiments in style. As you all can tell, this page looks a little different than previous updates. The reason is because I was recently suggested by the graduate review board at SCAD that while the colored pages for the book looked really great, the grayscale online versions were sorely lacking in detail and presentation. The fact that I was sticking with the three-gray tones that I had been using for the newspaper strips meant I was skimping out in details on the new larger format. So, taking that bit of critique into account, I’m trying something new with this story.
I’ve added shadows over the grays and gave the entire comic an overall sepia/faded newspaper look. I’ve always loved sepia and the traditional feel it brings to the medium, as it’s also the base tone that I will be using for the upcoming Chronicles of Ademar. I’m going to be experimenting with this new look for the online comics, since it did feel a little unfair to only put the real effort into the printed version. I will still post full-color updates when I get enough donations, but until then I want to make the online version at least somewhat comparable in quality.
In terms of the story for this page, this is the second appearance for Dr. Munchkinn and Fritz. I don’t have too many “villain” characters in the comic yet — aside from Chelsea, of course — so I thought it would be interesting to push them a bit further in that direction. Read through the original six strips with their debut in the comic, and then take a close look at Fritz on this page. Notice anything… different? Hmmm, indeed.
Let me know what you all think of the new look for the online comic, and if I should change anything. This is an experiment so I want to make sure I’m getting it right. More to come next week!