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.
Man, it’s been so long since I designed these guys! There’s a reason why they’re being featured in the same blog. It’s obvious by the time Acton leaves Zenji and Tobias to escape his ship, that the two are somehow connected (after trading ambiguous insults and boasting throughout their small grudge match). But, as to how connected they are, I’ll leave to your own speculation.
Zenji is a mystery, as he’s first seen forming his own body out of the cracked and battered asphalt of a ruined apocalyptic cityscape. We know that he’s not quite human… or is he?
General Acton, on the other hand, who had his introduction in Chapter 1 as well, is first seen torturing and teasing Tobias about his mother’s death. He takes a blood sample from Tobias before he’s interrupted by Zenji, crashing through the hull of his ship.
General Acton makes a comment before they begin fighting; “It’s been sixty years since I first awakened in this body, do you honestly think I’d neglect learning how to use it?!” Leading us to believe that, despite looking human for the most part, that he’s not… up until this point, all of the Netics we’ve seen are completely mechanical. What’s so special about Acton?
I guess you’ll just have to wait and see.
As for their designs, we wanted Zenji to look like a Shaolin Monk, so we gave him a color-scheme to fit (although, it’s not possible to see that in the b&w version of the comic). You’ll also notice that he’s not white! He’s of mixed race, and you’ll find out why that is in future chapters.
Acton, on the other hand, has a purplish tone to his skin that almost glows…
I wanted his skin to look almost zombiesh (is that even a word?), and I
experimented with a green tone to his armor… inspired by Harpuia from Megaman Zero, of course, the lights on his tech armor, also differ from standard Netics.
I still need to finish the details (so busy!)
Hope you enjoyed this little look at these two character designs!
I wonder what designs we’ll look at next?!?!