Thank you to Tiffani Sahara for the beautiful colorwork on the cover. :) First guest artist! She will be fully credited on the inside cover of the final printed comic, but for here, know one and all that she is awesome.
TODAY TODAY TODAY marks one year since Dissolution went from idea floating in a cloud (a cloud, not The Cloud (c) Google) to the first marks on paper and the first frustrated cry of "I have no clue what I'm doing."
I've learned a lot since then, sponging up any and all wisdom thrown my way by way of tutorials, comic meetups, conventions, discussions with other artists, and devouring comic books and graphic novels. Layout, text setting, panel design, gutters and proper sizing: these are all things I didn't know I needed to think about (what, you mean every page isn't supposed to be a splash page? what are "panels"?). But Volume One stands as a testament to what was at the time - the story is solid (I feel) and the art is always going to be an in-progress piece. If nothing else, I hope that by the time this gargantuan novel is finished (years from now, no exaggeration) it will be interesting to see my art progress from kinda crap to kinda great. I'm happy with the progress I've made so far, super happy, though I know I have so much farther that I'd like to evolve as an artist.
Thank you for your patience and loyalty for this first year! I love seeing the readership numbers grow, and I think it's really cool that it's growing so organically. Other than the Dissolution Facebook page and the Tortoise & Hare Facebook page, I have done virtually nothing in the way of true advertising on this project. That may change now that we've started really focusing on the convention circuit and making my art and writing a focus. Dunno yet. :)
What a crazy year though! Published my first book digitally - and currently awaiting the paperback proof for hard copies to sell, Dissolution was thrown into the fire of a Kickstarter and emerged stronger, I snapped my ankle and broke a tooth (AUGH - and not even in the same accident), I attended my first convention ever as an artist (SoonerCon '13), my poor scooter got destroyed, and Tortoise & Hare Creations moved from Tulsa, OK to Hagerstown, MD. Living in interesting times, indeed! Still, I wouldn't give it up for the world, even the bad with the good - and I can't wait to see what all this next year will bring!
I'd be honored to have you travel with me and find out!