Jan 14 2014

#GneCoDraMo Status Report

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InkyGirl inspects my work. 'Needs more kittehs.'

“Gneech Comics Drawing Month,” a.k.a. GneCoDraMo, continues apace… specifically, at a frustratingly slow pace. ¬.¬ I have 11 pages scripted and given rough layouts, five pages completely inked, and as of last night at midnight, two pages colored. And that’s with many, many late nights devoted to it.

Guh. No wonder neither Arclight nor Coventry took off. If it’s taking me this long when I’m devoting 50+ hours/week to it, what could I have possibly done on a couple of hours at night during the week? O.o

It’s not all bad news, however. For starters, I’m very pleased with the quality of the work. Suburban Jungle, or at least this new incarnation of it, finally looks like what I always wanted it to. It’s still not perfect, of course, and likely never will be. But with the full size canvas, but more importantly the tools in Manga Studio and the joy of digital inking– plus 15 years of practice– have finally put my art about where I wanted it to be when I started.

So the trick now, is to retain the quality, but ramp up the speed. Of course, the work is kinda front-loaded, as I have to do dev sketches, create palettes, and do architectural studies for all the characters and locations as they appear the first time. As I build up a library of poses and standard “shots” to pull from, it will go faster. Things will also speed up as I get a better handle on the comic format– I keep pulling out various volumes of Love Hina to figure out how Akamatsu-sempai handled all those talky, talky scenes without becoming an endless series of talking heads.

I think I’m getting there. :) And speaking of, I better get to work!

-The Gneech

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Jan 11 2014

Parker Peacock Dev Sketches

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Parker Peacock Dev Sketches by the-gneech on deviantART

Another member of the new comic cast, neurotic but fabulous waiter, Parker Peacock! The face sketches look way too mellow for his personality, but I was just trying to figure out the head structure.

Yes. I put a peacock in this comic. -.-

I don’t make things easy for myself, do I?

-The Gneech

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Jan 09 2014

Partnering Up with FurPlanet!

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Here’s a cool bit of news on the business end of things! The awesome folk over at FurPlanet have taken on the publication duties for a new edition of No Predation Allowed: Ten Years of The Suburban Jungle! Sayeth Teiran: “[We're] long term fans, and we’re very happy to be able to help keep your comics in circulation.” At that link you can also grab Roar Vol. 3, which contains the Squash and Stretch whodunnit, “Blackbird Singing the Dead of Night.”

As you might imagine, I’m both pleased and deeply honored by this! Thanks, FurPlanet!

The new edition is mostly the same as the first edition, with a few small errors ironed out, particularly in Volume One. I have a small number of first editions left, which I’ll probably be taking to Fur The ‘More in March.

So. Awesome. /)^3^(\

-The Gneech

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Jan 07 2014

So Many Suggestions! O.o

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Just wanted to toss out a “Thanks!” to everyone who responded with ideas about characters for the new comic, on FurAffinity, on my LJ, and on Twitter. They weren’t all usable, but they WERE all interesting and worth considering!

I’ll be putting up preview panels and such over the course of the month as progress is made. I’m currently aiming to debut the first issue at FurTheMore– if I can make it!

Thanks again!

-The Gneech

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Jan 05 2014

Help Cast the New Comic!

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So I’m working on cast members for my new comic, and I find I need a fairly large ensemble of background characters. So I’m looking for suggestions of characters you’d like to see in a furry comic! Any kind of suggestion will work, whether it’s a species you’d like to see but never do, a culture or personality type, or even just a funny idea. Keep in mind that genetically-impossible hybrids are very rare in the Suburban Jungle setting and that we’ve already got one (Charity Cheeger), so try to avoid half-fox half-wolves with wings, that kind of thing.

So you know what we’ve already got, here’s a rundown of “types” already cast…

Young female cheeger (half-cheetah, half-tiger)– our protagonist, Charity!

Domineering female wolf

Smexy male red wolf

Neurotic male peacock

Brawny male otter

Mysterious handsome male black panther

Perky and cheeful female dolphin

Avaricious and amoral old male monkey

Mellow female surfer vixen

So you tell me! What would you like to see? Please don’t suggest your own fursona/OC, ’cause the answer will automatically be “no,” but a character type like said persona might work. :)

-The Gneech

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Dec 29 2013

I Hear His Theme Music, He’s Around Here Somewhere…

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So @EpicBirdbrain on Twitter did this in response to a silly conversation we were having, and I pretty much love everything about it…

DEET-doot-doot, deet-DEET-doot-doot...

Thanks, buddy! :D It’s awesome. And I plan to use it early and often.

-The Gneech

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