ATOMIC MINI COMICS ISSUE #2 LIVES!
That’s right, the headline is not a fever dream or wild imagining. You’re not injured or in a near death state of irrationality.
I finished another mini comic.
As I mentioned before, I participated in a mini comics dump truck with some fine folks on the Facebook group Comics Projects. Thanks to the support and encouragement of a peer group in general and some good advice and assistance from these people in particular, I actually finished my planned mini, and with it the 4-page story for my character Z that I wrote as my very first mini comic. That’s right, I finally put that thing down on paper! I’m all giddy, so I’d better get down off this table.
This also made my mini for the exchange the longest one I’ve completed, 12 pages with a specialty cover. No great shakes in the real world, but it’s a 50% increase from the first “book”, so that’s something to me. At this rate, the next mini will be 16 pages and I will be producing a full size comic book issue the time after that. Of course, I may just defy the progression and move directly to full-length next time, we’ll see what story I come up with. Since so far my stories have been simple in the extreme (smashing stuff with monster hands mostly), we’ll have to see how it shakes out.
As for the cover, I had what I thought was a cool idea to make this one a little special for the cool folks in the swap. I printed the line art for the cover on a transparent paper and put the colored blue line sketches for it underneath on the regular cover. People seemed to like this, and it gave me a chance to make something with the blue on black contrast that I’m so fond of. I also decided to include a sketch card with each issue, and then at the last minute I added a new sketch to the back page of each book, just for fun. I would say these came out in a range of quality from “Neat lookin’” to “uh..nice”, assuming that the reviewer was being asked publicly and was a kind person. At any rate, it was a chance to put more of my stubbly little fingerprints all over the thing and they were fun to draw. And since I tried to do monsters for each one, they more or less matched the theme of the mini-probably more than the main story in the comic.
More obsessive detail to follow, including a post mortem, but for now I’ll put up some tantalizing photos in subsequent posts.