Well, it’s 2015, and we’re knee deep into production of Chapters 3-5 here in the studio! It’s still early, but, we’ve got some preview stuff to show off for those of you that are eager to see what’s in store for Bleeding Edges in the coming months! Despite minor setbacks (including my (David) attending of Katsucon 2015 in Maryland yesterday) we’re ready to start giving you some preview stuff to look at!
To the left, we’ve got panel art from Chapter 3, showing Gyest standing irate (most likely ranting at Tobias and Zenji for some reason), and ready for action. The colorizing technique used in the panel will be the new standard for every piece of interior art produced for Bleeding Edges. This will, of course, eventually include the first two chapters, which will be re-released digitally once all 5 are ready for scheduling. We are also beginning plans to launch a Kickstarter in summertime that will pave the way for us to be able to release Chapters on a month to month basis for our readers. The story of Bleeding Edges is meant to be consumed quickly (or binged on in massive doses!), so it stands that the series needs to come out on a MUCH faster release schedule. This will be difficult at first, but with your help, we can make it a reality!
Tim and I have HUGE plans, twists, and epic stories that we want to share with you. But, we’ll need your help in making that happen in the future. We’re taking this project to the next level with this phase of production, and our Kickstarter planning.
P.S. Tim and I are also in the very early stages of planning a second series for Sequential Revolution, and will be quietly hunting for artists for new projects.
Stay tuned for more preview content (we have much more to come!)
-David A. Nova
Work is underway on Chapters 3-5 for Bleeding Edges, after a short break to refresh ourselves and our spirit for the book. We’ve been assessing what we did right with Chapters 1 and 2, and what we (ultimately) did wrong with our first launch. One of the issues that we hope to address with the next three chapters is the pacing of Bleeding Edges. The story, being inspired by many long running manga stories, tends to develop at a slower pace than most American comics… so a faster rate of page release (or really, anything better than 1 page a week) would be most preferred to maximize the enjoyment of the reader.
Another issue we’re looking into is color… Chapter 1 and 2 were produced in black and white due to time constraints, mostly. But, if everything works out, Chapters 3-5 may end up in full color from the start. But, it’s still far too early to tell if that will end up being the case.
Another issue we’re looking into is Website design and the reading environment for the web edition of the comic. While, we’d like you to be able to download each chapter and (eventually) volume individually, it may end up being preferable for some readers to continue reading on the website, so, we’re looking into some redesign options for SR that may take place early next year.
Preview materials will be posted throughout the early part of next year.
That’s all for now,
Happy holidays, and merry new year, as it were. We’ll see you soon.
Above, we’ve got the two new (and slightly reworked) images that we’ll be using in the ground campaign in Virginia. I’ve already ordered about 100 of these postcards, and will order more if they prove effective.
You can help us with our ground campaign too! Simply download the images yourself, and print them out on card stock to assist in spreading the word about Bleeding Edges! Or, if you’re willing to shell out some cash, order some from Vistaprint, or other online services!
We look forward to hearing all about your efforts, and your stories!
Thank you so much for your assistance!
So, as you all may know, this Thursday is the anniversary of 9/11, and, we feel that, although we make no apologies with the content of our book, Bleeding Edges, considering the bad timing of the artwork that’s coming on Chapter 2: Page 9, we should delay the release of the page until Monday of next week.
To give you a bit of background on the situation; I realized that 9/11 was coming up, got curious, and started to count when our pages would release… this was right around the time where I was detailing Page 9… and I came to a shocking realization… the page was to release on 9/12… and this just didn’t sit right with Tim and I.
We won’t spoil what that content is, but, we feel it would be in poor taste to release it on Friday, the day after 9/11. When it does release, on Monday, we want our readers to know that we didn’t plan it like this… we rarely plan anything that far ahead (we’re more concerned with character arcs, and how to evolve the story), and that this is the result of bad timing. We don’t believe in censorship here, so, changes will not be made to the panel in question.
To all those that like to have your page of Bleeding Edges on Friday, or the weekend, we’re sorry if this upsets you, or inconveniences you, and assure you that this is a one time thing, that pages will continue to release on schedule.
Thank you for your continued support!
-David A. Nova
Though, since this is more of an official post, I’ll go into it a bit more.
The first panel on display is showing my process. You’ll notice that my pencils look a bit more rough than my inks… this is just sort of how I got used to doing my panels. Since I don’t have an inker, I treat the pencils phase a bit rougher, because I like to add little details and improvise in the inking phase. It makes each phase interesting for me, so I don’t end up feeling like I’m just tracing my work over in black.
The second panel, which was chosen by Tim, is a little more simplistic than last week’s example. It’s from a series of action shots in Chapter 2, obviously, so you’re lacking a bit of context. I’ll update with inks to show how the image evolves when it’s finalized and tweaked for corrections and whatnot when the time comes around.
Though, I will say, that, as far as action scenes, this one is interesting, because the characters are actually in free fall the whole time, so that has produced an entirely new set of challenges to overcome! I enjoy challenges.