It's one of my talents! I've got some exciting/devastating news for you!
The exciting to devastating ratio is completely dependent on how you usually take news to the continuation of extended periods of wait and how long you can hold your breath under water. The holding your breath under water thing actually has no bearing on the outcome of my message but I feel it's important to remind people that we can't breathe under water. So don't try it.
CHAPTER TWO IS DONE!!!!!....and by done I mean chapter two's layout and sketch pages are done. Which means all this time I spent drawing out the chapter, every single page of this 64 page chapter, essentially, has to be redrawn. Or in this case I suppose the correct word would be "traced". It's all a part of the process of drawing a comic.
I've discovered through this journey of compulsion and obsession that to get a cohesive and continuous flow of character and design I have to lay everything out before I go and ink the final images, which is what I didn't do with the first chapter. And it is because of this beginners foley that many pages of the first chapter, from tone coverage to character design lacks the continuity that is a staple to the comic form. There were even a couple of instances where people thought (to my artistic embarrassment) that Little Pip was two different characters because of her ever evolving design in my insistence to produce pages to upload for you, my dear, dear readers. Also my dear, deer readers.
So yes, essentially I am starting from the beginning (although that's actually not completely true because I did complete around 5 pages at the very beginning of the chapter before I completely committed myself to doing this in the most "professional" way possible) But let me assuage your fears of another half year of waiting, because the hardest and longest part of drawing a comic is the layout and sketches. There were even a few pages that took two or three weeks to complete. And when I say "a few" I mean there were a couple of times when a mere three or four pages would take almost a month to complete.
Why is this you might be asking? Well, my reasons are as numerous as they are mundane. Essentially it just boils down to time, My greatest enemy! and my ability to "see" the page when I read the words.
I work full time, and being a grown-ass man who has already graduated college (yes, I'm of the older variety) I have bills to pay and responsibilities to ignore, and that takes a lot of my free time and energy, so sometimes I could complete a page in one night, and other times that one page took a week. It's something I'm hoping to get better at because at this rate if I actually want to completely draw this graphic novel in it's entirety it will take 40 years to complete. Of course that's on the schedule that I'm living right now and who knows if that will stay the same! I might fall into a large sum of money and never have to work again, only concentrating on drawing comics, which is why I never look where I'm going.
Of course being an adult comes with the privileges of one, mainly paid vacations and time off to do whatever the hell I want because homework is a thing of the past and I also forgot how to think in that context anyway. The other reason being sometimes I just couldn't see how to draw the scene in my head or I physically couldn't draw the scene to my liking. Determination is not an endless well, and I would sometimes have to wait for the underground springs to bubble back up and replenish my ability to continue.
So I guess what I'm saying is I've reached a big milestone in the completion of this newest chapter, but I still have a lot of work ahead of me. Now I've only to back track and put in place everything that I've already laid down. I can't say when it will be ready but I can say it won't be nearly as long as this first step has been. (I knocked on wood as I typed that. I'll type it as well. (Knock, Knock)
Again, I thank everyone of you dudes and dudettes, for allowing me to entertain you as long as I have and I hope to continue doing so for as long as I humanly can.
Words, words, words