"Comic-A-Day" from 2 March - as promised


The idea here is to keep myself drawing one-page comics at least once a day. In reality, it's not going to be quite so punctual, as this weekend of showing up to work rather than sleeping in has proven already. I'll push myself to keep it as close as possible, though. Just consider the title "Comic-A-Day" a stated goal... or a quaint misnomer.

Below was sketched 2 March, with some finishing touches today during lunch, when I decided to climb on the roof of the building so none of the hundred-odd people in the facility this weekend would bug me. And damn it, two of them were up there eating! What the hell?

Goal here of course is not to produce perfect, tight pencils; I just want to produce legible, presentable roughs where I've focused on layout and visual narrative. That's where I'm really looking for anyone with some thoughts to direct their comments:
- Are the layout and individual panels easy to "read" visually?
- Do you understand clearly what's going on here? Who, what, when, where, and how?
- Is there anything that interrupts the normal (western) reading order of left-to-right, top-to-bottom?

Granted, these are just practice, so not all of the "stories" are going to be thrilling. Hopefully the more I do this, the better I'll get at picking and laying out snapshots of my day that work best in this format. To paraphrase someone's post on the Zuda Comics message board, I hope to begin "thinking in panels." (Sorry - whoever posted that, I'd love to credit you. You gave me this idea. Unfortunately, I have no damn clue where in the pages and pages of topics you made the suggestion.)

In the future, I may begin choosing some of these sketches to practice digital or traditional inking. For now, it's all blood and guts!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recognize that apartment and front stoop! Now you've made me homesick for my sis. I really love your composition!

Also, isn't it funny how she insists on iced coffee, even in the middle of winter?


March 12, 2009 at 8:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like you drawing, a little hard to read tho.

March 12, 2009 at 8:37 PM  
Blogger Lucky said...

Meg! Thanks! And it is a little odd, though I have to admit she got me in the habit too, with the iced stuff.

Other anonymous comment - thanks for the feedback - do you mean the visual layout is hard to read, or just the text?

March 13, 2009 at 12:16 PM  

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