Anyway, I want to take the time to reflect a bit on this chapter.
Generally, I think the quality has gone up a bit. Chapter 2 looks a bit better than the first one and the pages have more variation and sharper design (screentones, word balloons etc). The plot is moving a bit slowly right now but I wanted to have a stronger focus on the main characters since this comic is an exercise in working with more developed characters. I’m the plot-centric kind of author, so I need this. Yet plot-centric it’s going to become with the next chapter, where I introduce the main story, the story of the Silver Vein world.
Going back to this chapter, I think I’ve improved a bit (doing 100 comic pages ultimately does that to you). I feel, however, that my anatomy-skills and perspective-skills are starting to rust. So there will be a break between chapters 2 and 3. I’m going to spend the time working on another comic project while I study comics, anatomy and perspective as much as I can. I’ll still work on the storyboard for chapter 3, only not on the actual pages.
Enough of my ranting. What did YOU guys think of the new chapter? I’m curious to hear it. Don’t be afraid to tell me even if you have a lot of negative criticism going on. That’s why I’m making this comic after all, to be able to improve.
Oh, and as a small extra, let’s have a look at that cover for the collected version again (it’s already on deviantart):
Yes – I’m a bit proud of it, although I’ll probably hate it to death in a month or so. I am working a lot right now to be able to print it in time for SPX. I also pushed back the deadline for the guest art to sunday this week. Anyone who wants to have their art in the book MUST have it ready by tomorrow in other words. Well…time to get more work done on the book.