It’s a wrap! A look back at July 2015

I haven’t done a month end wrap up email in forever so I figured that I should get back in the habit of it since I’m back working on OTV stuff. After a couple of really busy months with moving and friends & family visiting, I finally got back to working on new OTV pages.

One of the things that I find both interesting and frustrating at the same time, is that I find myself in just about the exact same position I was with OTV today as I was a year ago and I basically have to fess up to the fact that I really haven’t done too much OTV work over the past 12 months. Now the reason for this is that I got extremely busy with “other” work. My freelance work took off like crazy last fall and that ate up a lot of my free time. As well, I was devoting a lot of my lunch hours to working on UNLAWFUL GOOD, followed by THE SISTERS and ANDREW JACKSON IN SPACE. Now I don’t feel too bad about taking some time away from OTV to work on “other” comic projects because if I was being completely honest, I started OTV to (A) make art and comics on a regular basis and (B) see if I couldn’t use what I produced to showcase my artwork and hopefully find some freelance work. So the fact that I’ve been able to do both at this point in time is great. BUT, for me to work on all of those other projects, has meant taking time away from OTV and that’s meant that I’m not as far along as I’d hoped to be.

Crazy as it might sound, last year at this time, I was actually entertaining thoughts about finishing off THE ARROW OF TIME by the end of the year. So yeah, that didn’t happen.

Anyway, all of this brings me back to where I’m at today – actually starting work on a new chapter (ya pencilling!!!). As it stands right now, the second issue of ANDREW JACKSON is probably not going to start until at least the fall and if I was being honest, I’d say somewhere near the end of the year. I would love to get working on it sooner, but I’m not convinced that can happen. So while I’ve got this opening in my schedule, I really want to try and get as far along on THE ARROW OF TIME as I can. I’ve taken a good hard look at my schedule and I’m really hoping that I can keep to it and that will really mean that I can get a good chunk of pages done. Can I finish the whole thing off this year? I’m not sure. I’m kind of torn between just getting everything drawn and then plugging away on the inking or if I should continue on like I have been, one chapter at a time. At this point, the story is pretty much set and we’re slowly headed towards an ending (that I’m just finalizing).

The other reason to really put my head down and work and get stuff done, is that I would like to publish this thing – either in print and/or via something like Comixology. The only reason that I’ve held off publishing anything is that it’s not completed yet and really want to publish it from beginning to end without any great interruptions in there. So the sooner I get things wrapped up – or at the very least, close to completed – the sooner I can start thinking about how best to publish this thing.

I’ve said this a couple of times over the past several years, but I’m not going anywhere. I’ve been posting at least one page a week for almost five years now and there’s still quite a bit of story left! I just really need to get it done and stop letting other projects get in the way.

Speaking of getting it done… I’ve been finishing off the colouring and lettering on the final few inked pages that I have completed and I really have to say that I love the way everything comes together in this story. I mean I can hate my own art some times, but I really am happy with everything for the most part. These last bunch of pages are really fun and I think you’ll all enjoy them.

So stay tuned for some #makecomics posts! I’ve got lots of stuff to do and now that I’m focusing on ALL NEW pages, I’m really looking forwards to getting going.

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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