These brief prologues will go in the beginning of the graphic novel volume one, but I don’t think it matters that it appears on page 188 online, as long as it’s somewhere. This comic marks the first of my attempts of using new techniques of using tight pencils and no inks. Not inking saved a huge amount of time, but my coloring still needs refining. The third panel was the one I had the hardest time with, taking a bit less than two hours to do. I wanted this big treasure room with gleaming hordes of gold, but it only came out so-so. Oh, well. It works. I’m way too big a perfectionist.
This page took less than eight hours from start to finish, although part of that time was spent rendering the sky while I took my mom’s messed up Vista PC to the GeekSquad (don’t even want to go into that.) So if I had to guess, it was maybe six or seven hours to color. That’s still a bit long, but had I done this the old way with 3d you’d be waiting until next week (at least.) I think with practice and refining I can get the coloring down to four or five hours, maybe less. That would be awesome. My goal is to get ahead and have a buffer of comics, and then start posting three pages a week, M-W-F. Then they won’t be so late. The old method was very time-consuming, and yet most the evidence I’ve seen suggests that fancy art isn’t what sells a comic. Just look how well Megatokyo sells (that’s not a knock against him, I like it, but it’s just pencil.) I know the 3d did nothing to improve sales on Wowio. I think what really matters is good writing and story-telling. So that’s what I’d rather focus on. Hopefully I can start improving that and keep the story rolling.