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Comics for June 18, 2013 - Page 707
No big deal, just having to make several new characters and a whole new set for them to be in in the aftermath of a whole week of filial visitation. Don’t want to make it half-ass, so expect the first of the five updates to be Monday night. With any luck, we’ll have one Saturday as well!
Mean time, I’ll be updating the Facebook page as often as I can make or scrape up extras to put there.
Challenges of Zona now has its own Facebook page.
A little late, but I thought I should do it. Just search and you shall find - “The challenges of Zona.”
There’s a couple of things I put up, and will try to continue to do so.
So, I am going to be experimenting a bit. You will notice that the panels are somewhat larger, and there are fewer of them.
This is on purpose.
It is actually easier for me to fit some of my loquacious dialogue into larger panels without spoiling the visual. Also, if I just put out straight 800×600 panels, it means I am not fiddle-farting around with the layouts as much. I want to see if it brings more of a cinematic feel to the story.
Oh, and by the way, I’ll be trying this out five days a week. It should be the same or less work for me, and an update of from 1-4 panels a day for you. Will it slow down the story? Will it give me a larger canvas to work on? Will it all deepen the experience for the readers?
How the hell do I know? That’s why it’s an experiment.
So - Monday expect a new update. At least one panel, probably more. Then the same on Tuesday, and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. And so on until we get sick of it.
Couple of new things in the Hot Stuff section.
This is me trying to get warmed up again.
Hi, guys. Long time, no write.
Yes, Uncle John still remembers how to type. In fact, I have some news.
I will be making a few changes and experimenting with some new things on the comic in the coming weeks. Have no fear - hopefully you all will actually like it, and it will have no negative effect on the frequency of updates. More on this later.
But I am well aware that the galleries have gone a long time with no new stuff, and I am also looking at the art for the past few months and thinking that it’s getting a bit stale and repetitive, and no longer really my best work. I am a little stalled, frankly, and artistically feeling like I’m in a slump. So, that is where you come in.
For the first time, I am publishing a poll thanks to pollcode.com so that all the readers of this, my own humble contribution to the debasement of Western culture, can anonymously sound off on what you would like to generally see in the galleries. Naturally, as I know many of you already do, you can also tell me directly in the comments, but hopefully by doing it this way we can hear from those who may be shy or don’t have the time or desire to post that they really want to see Zona covered in whipped cream with her top off. Or Mentl covered in whipped cream with his top off. Or either set of twins, covered in whipped cream with their tops off - or anything else more creative that may have nothing to do with whipped cream or “The Challenges of Zona” at all.
So - click on the little radio buttons. Give me some feedback.
I know, I know - it’s been a lonnnng time coming. But Valentine’s Day is on us, and I wanted to put up a testament to love.
Sorry. Can’t finish the page tonight. Election night here in the US.
Can barely sit still.
Hope every American voted, whoever you voted for.
In CA there’s still a couple hours left to vote.
Today is Samhain, also Day of The Dead and All Hallow’s Eve. The traditional meaning of the day is that there is a division between the world of the living and the world of the dead, and on this night, that veil is thin and messages, thoughts, images and other communication passes easily between. We’re supposed to remember our dead and honor them. I took some time this morning and jotted down some of my dead - the ones I could think of. Nobody especially famous, but important in one way or another to me. Just putting it down this way with the way that they died also tells you a bit about the shape of my life. Other people, living and dead, form the framework of any individual’s life and story. We can’t exist alone, and we need the relationships with others to survive and thrive. If Jean-Paul Sartre is right that “Hell is other people,” then the corollary must also be true, that heaven can be found there, also, and everything else in between. So here follows a not-terribly exhaustive list of my dead:
Howard, my mother’s dad - emphysema and heart disease. Age 80
Mark Greenke, schoolmate - Car accident. Age 17
John, my father’s dad - radiation poisoning from primitive lung cancer treatment. Age 74
Berlie, my father’s mother - stroke. Age 73
Mary, my mother’s mother - in her sleep. Age 89
Jocelyn, lover and friend - killed by a terrorist bomb on Pan Am 103. Age 26
Robert, my father’s brother - not sure. Age 72
Fran, Robert’s wife - not sure.
Marco - friend - AIDS. Age 32
Stan - friend - AIDS. Age 27
Gary - friend - AIDS. Age 30
Oscar - friend and jeweler - AIDS. Age 34
Lil - surrogate aunt - stroke. Age 75
Mary Kaye - dear friend - suicide by shotgun. Age 38
Greystoke - dear friend - cancer. Age 10
Rita - mother - stroke. Age 68.
Jim - father - lung cancer. Age 76.
Inconcievable - dear friend and companion - pituitary malfunction. Age 19.
Evy - adopted Jewish grandmother and saint - finally decided she was done here. Age 98.
Kathy - friend and neighbor. Trapped in her burning house. - age 70.
Kevin - friend and fellow performer. “long illness.” Age? Never knew. A few years on one side or the other of me.
Something a little different.
Hope it hands you a little giggle.
New update tomorrow/Saturday!
I got sucked into a Time vortex.
Actually, that’s even partly true. I got caught up in a bit of a surprise I’m making you all for Samhain. Hope to have it up tomorrow, or maybe Thursday and there WILL be a Zona update on Friday.
I hope you like it. Not saying more than that, because you lot are all so clever I really have to watch what I say these days to even have surprises at all!
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