Archive for January, 2011

The Dark Matter Nanos – S is for Seamus

Yet another entry into our alien alphabet series, inspired by Edward Gorey’s The¬†Gashlycrumb Tinies. I’m still thinking of an appropriate title for the alien version. I imagine it will hit any day now…

And now for a slight aside…

As you may have noted (or haven’t noted, which may be even more dispiriting…), this is my first post for 2011. I don’t want to say that I’m on a hiatus, or that I’ve hit a wall, or that I’m quitting. Because I’m not. Or maybe I am, and I’m just in denial about it.

But I am at one of those proverbial ‘forks in the road,’ and so I’m trying to decide which direction to go with this webcomic. I’ve enjoyed doing it, and I feel that I’ve grown quite a bit as an artist by undertaking it, but at the same time, it has taken away a lot of time from other projects that I need to attend to, some of which pre-date Supernova. Also, I’m starting to think that my style of storytelling is not suited to the form of a regular webcomic. I’ve definitely learned to respect those who have taken on the rigorous nature of the format, with it’s need for a consistent and regular output. However, I’m just not sure if it’s the right place for me.

Alien Eustace Tilley (2011 Version)

This was my contribution to the 2011 Eustace Tilley contest over at the New Yorker. I’m not sure if it’ll win, but who knows, I could always use $1,000 to spend at the Strand bookstore. A ton of people sent in submissions, and a ton of talent was on view, so I feel fortunate enough to have just participated.

This was actually a chance to rework an old idea from a couple years back. I had the idea of an Alien Eustace Tilley then, but for no concrete reason (i.e. it wasn’t for a contest). I think when you compare the two, the execution of the new one is far superior. I think I’ve learned a few things in the way of design, concept, and technique, and so I’m glad I took the time to revisit it.

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