The beginning (again)

Welcome to the next chapter of On the Verge (I’m going to start using the acronym OTV on here since I tend to use it in all my notes). This has been a really long time coming and to be honest I’m super excited to finally get going on things. For anyone who is new and just checking this out for the first time, I’ve been heading in this direction since the end of last year and have dropped hints or talked about my plan for things over the past couple of months. For anyone who has been following along, thanks for hanging in there and I swear this will be worth it!

So basically for the past several months I’ve been trying to wrap up THE JUMPER storyline as well as get various social media (Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Tumblr) all squared away and consistent so that with today’s launch they would all be working together. As well, if you’re a regular reader you may notice that the site has been heavily overhauled. I’ll post some more thoughts about the website in the next couple of days, but for now I just want to point out that pretty much everything has been updated and edited. The main problem with the website is that I’ve pretty much left it alone since the last update which was in November 2011 and pretty much as soon as that update went live, it was out-of-date. That’s the way websites go, but it had reached a point where it really needed to be overhauled and this was the perfect opportunity to do it. My guiding principle has been to try to simplify everything down and hopefully that helps!

On the Verge – back to the beginning
If you haven’t already heard, starting with today’s post, we’re going back to what I keep calling the “main” OTV story that I intended to write and draw when I started this project three years ago. I’ve spent pretty much the past two years working on smaller stories and really trying to get a handle on just what I wanted to do and how to do it.

The first work that I published back in February of 2011 was originally developed as “Chapter Zero” but I really liked the direction and decided to change that to Chapter 1. But after working on the story for a couple of years I realized that I needed to actually start earlier and that meant deciding on what to do. I could just post away and things would be out of order and hope that people would follow along. Or I could figure out how I wanted the story to start and go back and start at the beginning. After a couple of months of soul searching, I made the hard decision to start over.

And that brings us to today.

OnTheVerge-Book1-Cover

At some point this will have a proper title other than just ON THE VERGE, but for now, that’s what I’m going with. The other thing that I thought was worth pointing out is that I don’t really consider this to be the “final” cover. In fact, I think it’s somewhat difficult to sit down and conceptualize a cover without the majority of the story actually written, let alone illustrated. I mean I know the plot and what’s going to happen, but it’s not fully scripted as of yet.

That being said, one of my co-workers who’s a really amazing designer and is a really great conceptual thinker walked by my computer at lunch as I was putting the finishing touches on this cover and absolutely nailed what’s going to happen in the story – this without any idea of what I’m actually writing, which I haven’t shared with anyone. So maybe it’s all in the image if you just look hard enough… I mean it does illustrate an important part of the the story but I really didn’t think it was that obvious.

And that’s about it for today. Please take a minute or two to look around and check out all the new content. It’s not 100% done yet since I still have a bunch of images to stick into a couple of the pages. But it’s close. If you see anything weird or have any other kind of feedback, feel free to let me know and I’ll definitely look into it. Also, be sure to check back in for the post about what the heck happened to the website… ‘Til next week when the story really gets started!

About jason

Illustrator and graphic designer. When not working full time as a Senior Graphic Designer, I am usually working on the graphic novel On the Verge: the Arrow of Time. Artist on Andrew Jackson in Space and The Sisters.

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