HUGE response to Rise of the Wreckyard! Thanks to everyone reading and sharing it!
With the last two Armstrong episodes, I always waited until it was released to start work on the next one. This time was different - I started working on the 4th one before the 3rd one was finished. I don't plan on having 4 or 5 months between each one... that's such a drag.
So here's a thumbed page from AS04 - The Ballad of Sheriff Davenport.
Armstrong is one story I want to tell and has a definite end point. I like that idea because it's working towards a finale. Originally, there was going to be six total, but I think that number has turned to seven.
Here's some behind the scenes to the Wreckyard story.
I start writing on 11x14 bristol board sheets. I'm not sure why - it might have something to do with being able to fit a bunch of stuff on one page - It's easier to connect ideas this way. It also feels better than hunching over a laptop.
These sheets are a timeline map and bits of dialogue. I prefer handwriting over computer at the beginning because it feels like I'm drawing rather than writing.
I'll go through 5 or 6 sheets before I hit the computer (why'd you PUNCH the computer??). The story is revised MANY MANY times. Then page thumbnails, etc, etc.
Armstrong: Rise of the Wreckyard is 99.99% finished and will be released next Tuesday, October 25th at www.talesofarmstrong.com!
This episode took nearly 5 months to complete and I'm stoked to finally put it out. Alot of work went into it (especially the details) and I'm extremely proud of the 36 pages that I've created. I'm the kind of guy who has to have every detail right before saying something is done and alot of it just wasn't right early on.
Also - www.talesofarmstrong.com underwent a full redesign! The original was supposed to be minimal and artistic, but ended up looking unprofessional, confusing, and stupid - I can admit that I poorly designed it. The new site still maintains a minimalist nature, but it's more obvious that there's an online graphic novel lurking about now. Stay tuned cuz I'll be adding a bunch of extras to the site in the coming months too!