Changing of the Guard has been a wonderful challenge for me as an artist, but more so as a writer. I really feel as though I may have bitten off more than I can chew at times (i.e. most of the time), but I also believe that is what motivates me to see the story through and try to make sense of it all. This will easily be the biggest TOACM chapter yet!
I still feel like I’m setting up the world of TOACM with each new comic. For a webcomic that’s over two years old (has it really been that long already?) that seems like kind of a funny statement, but it’s true. I amuse myself each time I add in a footnote caption box that references an older strip. To think that pieces of the current story tie back to events, characters, etc. from months and months ago is mind-blowing. There’s does come a certain sense that things are beginning to work themselves out and coalesce. I hope, as reader, that you feel the same way.
I’ve been Tweeting lots of sketches, thumbnail artwork, and work-in-progress stuff as of late, some of which you can see in this very post. I hope you enjoy the little behind the scenes sneak peeks into the process. In this post you will find a) a rough thumbnail sketch of panel 3 (top left), b) the pencil art for Gus and CM in panel 1 (top right), c) a work in progress shot of the entire strip in the early inking stages (below), and d) the final scanned inks of the entire strip before any finishing work (at bottom). I hope you enjoy these glimpses into my creative process.
Until next week!