It may not be an official award or anything like that, but someone at least digs what we’re doing here with New Comic Day!
I am, of course, referring to ComicRelated.com columnist and reviewer (and soon to be podcaster?) David O’Leary voting NCD as the best webcomic of 2010!!!
Yes, we’re that shameless that we’ll take what we can get! lol But in all seriousness, David is an excellent reviewer with in depth takes on the books he reviews, and a superb interview columnist who gets big names to talk about really cool stuff. So all of us here on the NCD crew have much love and respect for our foreign friend overseas and greatly appreciate the nod he has graciously given us. Along with the NCD live episodes UVN has provided us and the extra strips we were able to churn out for the holidays (look for another one coming on New Year’s Eve!), this honor has rounded out the holiday and made this a WONDERFUL Christmas for NCD! So, thank you, David!!!
I’m looking at the calender today and it reads November 3rd. Wait a minute! What happened to October 31st!?!
Did we have Halloween this year? Did we get an abbreviated version of own of my favorite holidays?! (if you want to call Halloween a holiday)
Is it just me or did Halloween 2010 just get a quick mention and it’s already Christmas 2010? There were more Christmas dispalys up in stores then displays for Halloween.
What;s going on here?
And perhaps the scariest thing about Halloween that I noticed this year…have you seen the size of those Reese’s Peanut Butter cups? When did these things get so small? They’re almost the size of a quarter.
Somethings not right. This much I know. Halloween 2011 people may just be passing out candy canes.
Hey Everyone! Lisa here with the coloring video for this week. It follows the same template as the one I set up last week. Meaning it’s just a speed video of the coloring process with some commentary from me. Still getting used to doing the commentary thing, I shall have to get better at that. Anyway, without further rambling here you go.
And finally….the other writer of NCD makes an appearance! That’s right it’s me….that Bill guy also known in some circles as the G-Man. Thought I would drop in post my first in what I hope is a series of blogs here on the good ol’ NCD site.
And I thought seeing how we already have these great blogs by Brant and Lisa about how the either letter or color the strip I thought I’d jump in and fill everybody in on how I write the material I contribute and that ends up being used in NCD.
Step #1-Sit down. Typing while standing up can be somewhat physically demanding so whenever possible I prefer to sit down when I do so. I recommend that if you write anything by hunting and pecking out individual lettered keys on a computer key board like I do that you too try this interesting and groundbreaking technique.
Step#2-Type the thing. I mean it’s that simple. Keeping the characters in character (at least the one named Bill) is easy enough because he’s me and I’m him or something like that. The things that comes out of his well drawn pie hole (courtesy of a joint effort between Chad Strohl and Brant Fowler) are indeed things I have said or in some cases wish I would have said.
Step #3-Know when to shut up. I love words. I throw a lot of them out there at any given minute. sometimes I throw too many out there. Sometimes Chad and Brant want to kill me. They’re like “Bill for pity’s sake it’s a four panel web comic not a freakin’ novel…ease up on the dialog…we need room to draw the art and place the letter balloons and Lisa can’t color letters, not really”.
I have gotten better.
Step #4-What to do with the table scraps-Eric and I have already written out well over a hundred strips for NCD and I still come up with ideas all the time. Recently some of my more grand ideas once they made it to the rest of the NCD crew has been suggested to be used in a NCD web comic that will be posted here. I know what you’re thinking. NCD is already a web comic. And you’re right! But this new web comic idea will actually be a NCD story in multiple pages….like a comic book with an opening splash page. And after three or four of them are done we plan to collect them into a new NCD comic book series!!!! Yea!!! I also have two other very talented artists stepping in to draw some “fill-in” NCD strips I have written to use just in case Chad (the most overworked artist in the world) ever miss a deadline. Those artists are Jef Price (who has done some work with NCD in the past) and Joe Pruitt….a good friend of mine who I work with on another web comic. I have three web comics…NCD, Price For The Asking, and the soon to be launched Bumtastic Four….with Joe . If we never have to use these fill ins we add them to the next NCD collected edition comic as extras!
Step #5- Keepin’ it clean. As Eric has pointed out before NCD is like Looney Tunes mixed with Clerks. Well….Clerks is written by a certain Kevin Smith. Nuff Said. Sometimes I get dinged for the material being “too blue” and that’s not a coloring mistake on Lisa’s behalf. So I scrap the stuff and save it for something else later. Some of the material I use for NCD actually comes from a movie screenplay I wrote a few years ago called “Three Wise Men”. TWM is all about these three guys who all they do is play disc golf, talk about comics, music, and sex. Very Kevin Smith like. So some of the material gets kicked back to me from time to time.
But…never fear…the hamster wheel in my head never stops spinning! I’ve even found an outlet for that material….look for the “Bill And Gapo” NCD spin off series written by me and illustrated by Gapo The Clown writer and artist Tony Miello coming soon in the pages of Pandemonium Spotlight from Twilight Star studios.
Well that’s it this time….until next time I’m outta here!
Here’s the first of what is hopefully going to be a weekly post from me (Lisa) about the coloring process. Seemed the easiest way to share that was to show you. So from this point forward Friday will be coloring video day here at NCD. We’ve set up our own YouTube Channel and will be updating there with more than just coloring vids… that’s a tease for stuff coming up next week. :)
For this first installment I’ve made a rather short video… I sped up the coloring process and just narrated it a bit. So hopefully it’s interesting/entertaining. Enjoy and if you have any suggestions for the format of these videos in the future feel free to share them with me. I’d like to make them as interesting as possible for you all.
So with that I’ll close an let you check out the video!