And if you are new to Squid Row, look through archives! There’s a lot of Squid Row history there! In fact, that’s really where you ought to start before you head to RandieandRyan.com…
If you looking for ways to support your friendly local cartoonist, I am now on Patreon ( www.patreon.com/bridgettspicer ) … there are different levels you can pledge at (think Public Television Pledge-athons) and at each level, there is a perk. If you pledge at the $15/mo level… you will not only get Art-o-rama every other month… but you will also get a special designed-by-me postcard (with sketch) every month, a special bonus content feed (through Patreon) AND the insider’s scoop feed. That’s A LOT of goodies. Just thought you might be interested. Why not go over and check stuff out? (link above).
Let me explain how Patreon works… For years, many creatifs have put their works online hoping to support themselves with donations buttons, selling books and various merchandise. While some have done well by this model, many barely scrape by. After all, funding a book is an expensive venture… making merchandise is risky (t-shirts are a flop… I had so many XL leftover!). We wind up providing content,often with low return. ***(Please KNOW, that I appreciate the support and the supporters of Squid Row! You have been most kind! Really!!!)
What Patreon does is this… it’s a website that provides a way for folks to give (and support) their favorite creators. It’s the same model as Public Television… and you GET something back for the support). This is HOW it works…
1. sign up to be a patron thru my Patreon page: www.patreon.com/bridgettspicer
2. there’s a list of monthly pledge levels, and you pledge me money (via a convenient button)
3. Patreon bills your card once a month for that amount.
4. I see this and note at what level you have given and what splendid perks I will be providing.
5. I provide splendid perks monthly (including special content not found anywhere else).
6. I pay bills, I make stuff you enjoy.
Even if it is one dollar a month… this is SO helpful! You know how crowd sourcing works… if EVERYBODY gave ONE dollar… I could pay Harold’s bar tab! … and the rent… and create more goodies for all to enjoy! While with Kickstarter, you only contribute once for to support a single project. With Patreon, you are supporting a creative person each month and thusly… lots of projects!
So, if you can, why not throw a little money at me? I will continue to make fun stuff for ya. Smiles!
Many of you might be asking yourselves… “What is going on over there at Squid Row Comics?“… To this I give to you an example of my day so far:
8:30 am… into the office. Check email and post a toon on the Squid Row Comics Facebook page.
9:00-ish… print up the innards of the next issue of Art-o-rama on the office laser printer.
9:30-ish… hobnob with cartoon-punster pal, Chris Dreyer who drops by the Cartoonery, here.
10:00-ish… cartoon client drops money by the office! Yay! Money!
9:30 to now-ish… scanning in textures I’ve created to be used in the backgrounds of the new comic, Randie and Ryan. For this I’ve been scanning paintings of mine. I also got a nice set of Copic Markers that I’ve scribbled with on different papers to get a marker effect. I’ve been able to find interesting brushes and whatnot for Photoshop and all, but I want some unique textures and backgrounds to give R&R a different feel.
Now …I am about to delve into some page coloring and using those backgrounds on R&R. It’s been a learning experience for me. The new coloring techniques, layers and building up is so much more different than working on the 4 panel humor strip that is Squid Row. This is more of a cross between graphic novel style and getting artsy the Photoshop… and I’m both challenged by it and improving with each page I do. Experimentation is what’s making it more funner-like.
Noon… I’ll stop for lunch. PBJ on glue-free bread… apple.
This weekend I’ll be finishing up the June-July issue of the Art-o-rama zine and will package them up for shipping… to be out sometime next week. *** I have applied for a table at the San Francisco Zine Fest in September (in Golden Gate Park). That should be fun!
I’m also looking to give you all an opportunity to… oh, shush, Bridgett. I always like to blab.
Hi ho, Squiddies…
I thought I would post a few pictures of the ol’ drawering board and the madness that goes on there. My process is a bit different now than how I worked on the comic strip. I still use a lot of scratch paper and a mechanical pencil to flesh out ideas. But now there’s much more to consider… This is how the new process is working…
I like to throw ideas on a piece of paper… usually a dialogue emerges first. Then I break up the dialogue into panels via numbers… this then requires some editing of the speechings. Then I sketch a few images of the scenario… how I envision facial expressions and body language… then I move onto the layout. I have some templates that I’ve created in a program called Comic Life… these templates help me visualize action in a sequential manner.
What I like about the new format is the room for dialogue… more space to say stuff… and also the room to really sketch a scene, a place, or area. To be able to think about setting is a nice change. It does take much longer to create a page (as opposed to a 5 panel strip)… but I like it and feel that each successive page gets better in composition.
I will say that the lot I’ve created isn’t going to run in succession… meaning I didn’t do number one to start. I started a bit further on. But I had trouble starting at number one. I guess that was a weird writer thing.
Anyhoo. The process continues.
Hello Squiddies. I’m sorry to have been quiet here on the site. I am, in fact, still down with “The Grimm.” It has been almost two weeks… With this awful flu… And my couch exile is kind of unsatisfying.
I have, however, had time to work on the next issue of Artorama… Something you can do whilst on the couch … And even with a cat on your lap. I chose a theme I could talk about with some authority… And conviction… Sickbed-dome. I know… A cheerful subject… But it isn’t all down and gloomy. There is humor to being sick. I mean, you have to laugh at the ridiculous amounts of goop that is residing in your throat and nasal passages. Oh, dear…. Too much information?
Anyhow… I hope to be back in the saddle next week and back at my office (she said as she took a slug from her mug of lemon tea).