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:: Posts Tagged ‘Comikka’ ::

I just glanced at the post date of my last blog update and HOLY CATS, I haven’t updated since September?! What is wrong with me?! I’m lucky (and hopeful) you’re a forgiving bunch :D

A lot has been happening, even if it’s not a lot of new Odori Park comics. I will say I’ve been contemplating how and when to best return to making OP strips, but if you’ve read my blog posts in the past, you know my focus this past year has been a graphic novel project. More on that in a second.

First, I wanted to slip in a plug for Alex Heberling, an online friend (and rival–don’t think I haven’t forgotten my humiliating loss in the TGT podcast brackets, Heberling!) who’s drumming up funds via Kickstarter to publish the first collection of her newest comic, The Hues. It’s a beautifully illustrated full-color (of course) magical girl adventure that I’m looking forward to seeing in print form. Please have a look, and consider pledging.

On my own book’s front, I’m sorry I haven’t been posting any progress here. To be honest, it’s been slow, but steady, and exciting, but unfortunately not much to look at. Here’s a peek:

See, I’m still hip-deep in the scripting stage, but decided to merge this with the thumbnailing stage. After all, I’m really the only one to whom these scribbles need to make sense, so why take the extra time of scripting it out formally in text first. Especially when I think just as visually as verbally about comics. But that means there’s literally not much to look at–at least not much that’ll make sense to anyone who’s not me. :)

In any event, even though balancing the kids and the day job keeps the work slow, it is progressing.

In the meantime, I was recently contacted by Carla Ventresca and Henry Beckett, creators of the syndicated strip On a Claire Day, who are also the creators of a new mobile comic site called Comikka. It’s a fun way to read comics on smartphones and other small-screen devices, and I’m excited to get my Odori Park library up and running there for a new batch of readers to find! Carla and Henry have figured out a neat way to help the cartoonists make some money for their work by inserting interstitial ads in the strip flow, but at a frequency and insertion point of the cartoonist’s choosing. There are a few strips already that Carla uploaded to get me started, and although I’m (as ever) slow to get things cooking, I’m looking forward to posting more of the archive there. Please check it out, and read some of the other cool comics there!

More news to come as I have it! Thanks for standing by me, folks. I appreciate it :)

Today is a double-shot of awesome (for me, and hopefully, you’ll agree). Let me start with this:

BorderWalker at Webtoons.com
Over the summer, I caught wind of a new comics competition at the LINE Webtoons site. Webtoon is a (massive) anthology of serialized strip and long-form comics, and the first time they ran this competition, one of my favorite creators, Stephen McCranie, came away with the grand prize. That’s $30K and a publishing deal. Not too shabby! So, even though I found out late in the game, I took a stab at creating a new comic serial for the contest. Through the month of July, I plugged away at my idea, BorderWalker (not to be confused with my old BorderWalker, if you remember that site). Ultimately, it just wasn’t enough time to get a submission together.

Cut to today: Webtoons has launched a new competition, and this time, I’m ahead of the game! I’ve launched the first episode of BorderWalker today on Webtoons, and I’ll be making more updates in the days and weeks ahead. The description of the rules are a little unclear, so I’m not sure if I make it through the current “Submission” round just by posting sufficient updates, or on the strength of reader Likes and Ratings. Assuming I make it into the “Voting” phase, however, I’ll be trying to drum up a lot of support then, as reader votes on their favorite comics will determine who makes it through the brackets to become the final winner!

For now, I hope you’ll go read BorderWalker at Webtoons, and if you enjoy it, please share it, subscribe to the feed there, rate it, and/or “like” it :)


In the past, I’ve posted about Odori Park being picked up by the Comikka web service. I’m super happy to announce that they’ve now officially publicly, for really-real, launched the Comikka service to readers! It’s designed for mobile reading, so please go check out Odori Park on Comikka using your phone or tablet, and tell your friends! :)

Many thanks are due to Carla, Henry, and their staff at Comikka for processing the hundreds of OP strips to make them readable on the service. Thanks, guys!

So many comics!

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