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30th Jun 2011, 2:41 PM

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End of June Updates

Hi everyone!

First of all, thank you for reading. As much as I like the actual making of these pages, comics are meant to be read! I hope you are enjoying the story and the art--I plan on continuing this project for some time to come.

Secondly, my scanner problem has been solved by the extremely generous actions of Sid Hancock, who is my friend and the creator of Raventown. This week I used my mother's scanner (I'm at her house for the summer), but thanks to Sid I'll have my own again very soon! You should check out Raventown and also his "Comics by John Egbert!" Tumblr which is a Homestuck fan-thing.

Sid and I have collaborative plans for a series of mini-comics, too, so you should keep an eye out for that in the future!

Thirdly, if you're another webcomic/comic artist with dreams of doing comics/illustration for a living, HI THERE! A lot of the well-known/established comics artists that Sid and I follow and admire are all friends and make up this amazing network of artists. We want that kind of thing, too! Not to mention I have a distinct lack of artistic friends to talk to these days. That said, we should all totally be friends so that when we're almost 30 we can go to cons together and then get drunk afterwards and draw crazy things on napkins. Sid and I are both on the shy side but I promise we're really nice and actually funny sometimes. 

If you wanna be friends, add me on Tumblr and/or Twitter and send me a message that you read this and want in! We can chat about our comics and whatnot, and I'll add you to my comics list on the "Links" page. Even if you're not a comics person, we can still be friends of course!

Hope everyone is having a good summer so far. If not, get on that!

-Noel

6th May 2011, 5:02 PM

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Donation Drive!

Hi everyone! We've been updating for over three months now, which is far longer than anything I've ever done before. I'm so grateful to every reader--as much as I love making IgZ, sharing it is the best part. So, thank you!

Now I need a little help. I have to stay at my mom's house this summer, and the nearest art store (a Michaels, BLEH) is 30 mins away over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge...yeah, she lives on an island. Anyway, since I can't just walk up the street to Plaza like I do here, I'd like to purchase all the supplies I'll need for the summer in advance. I'd also like to utilize the time I'll have without class to create a huge backlog of comics so that you're sure to get consistent updates in the fall. In order to make this happen, I'll need a bit more funds than I currently have. That's where YOU come in.

Guess what? You get stuff for donating!

$1: an IgZ wallpaper for your desktop

$5: Wallpaper, PDF copy of Chapter One + "Flames Came Rushing" e-book

$10: Wallpaper, PDF w/ e-book, and IgZ bookmark (real, mailed to you!)

$15: All of the above plus 1-week promotion of your comic/site/videos/whatever you do

$20: All of the above, but 2-week promotion

$25: All of the above, but 1-month promotion

$30: All of the above and mini black & white commission (6"x6")

$35: All of the above but color commission instead of B&W

$40: All of the above but small color commission (8"x10")

$45+: All of the above and your choice of an IgZ original art comic page (THE THING I DREW!)

 

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. Even if you're not able to donate, I REALLY appreciate your continued readership. With your support, I can keep this comic going and eventually offer you wonderful things like physical books. Who knows where we'll go?

IMPORTANT NOTE: the donation rewards will not be instantaneous. Expect digital stuff/an address request for physical stuff in 1-4 days.

- Noel

16th Feb 2011, 6:32 AM

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Your Questions Answered!

I got a few questions in the comments for Wednesday's comic (#008), so I thought I'd answer them with a blog post!

1. How do you control watercolor so well? (from Linden)

Good question! I get this sort of thing pretty often outside the webcomic as well, since all of my personal art is done in the same watercolor/ink mixture. The answer is:

  • practice! Sounds cliche but is totally true. Learn from your mistakes. Build muscle memory.
  • tons of patience. For the most part, you can't just slap your brush around or use quick strokes with watercolor, especially for something like this comic. Excepting large areas or certain stylistic additions, my brush strokes are extremely controlled and pretty slow. This also applies to:
  • drying time. The best way to control watercolor is by controlling which areas of the paper are wet and dry--the paint will go where there's water, so by controlling wet and dryness, you control the paint. This means doing small non-adjacent sections at a time and waiting for them to dry before moving on. For every hour that I spend actually painting, there's usually between 3-6 hours of drying time where I'm off on the internet or something (but all broken up, not all at once). You'll get to see this in more detail when I do my process post.

I've had a lot of people express to me the idea that watercolor is a difficult medium. It is, if a) you don't know how to use it/how it works and/or b) you're used to painting in oils or acrylics. If you're interested in watercolor, I strongly encourage you to take a class! I took watercolor and did an independent study on the medium in high school with a really excellent teacher, and although I've discovered a lot of things through experimentation, the foundations she gave me were really crucial to my artwork as a whole.

2. And by not "hard drawing" the dialogue in, does that possibly mean we could get "raw" versions of the comic? (from Shamus)

I'm not exactly sure what you mean here, but if by "raw" you mean comic pages without the dialogue, well, what would be the point? I'm not placing the digital bubbles over top of handwritten speech--the page is now solely an illustration, and so the digital bubbles are going over top of backgrounds and the like.

Eventually I will be doing a process post, and so you'll get to see the comic without bubbles then (in addition to things like the preliminary sketches, actual sketches, and clean line art), and eventually a printed book might have a "sketchbook" section, but other than that, I guess the answer's no.

30th Jan 2011, 2:24 PM

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VELCOME, VELCOME, BAHAHA!

Hello, everyone!

For a few years now I've had a hankering to create a webcomic and/or graphic novel--probably because I read a lot of both. However, I've never really been able to get my ideas off the ground! Sometimes they weren't the best ideas, and sometimes...I was just busy. Right now I'm finally in a position where I think I can handle a three-post-a-week schedule AND I've got what I hope is a good, interesting idea!

Most webcomics these days are digitally drawn, or at least digitally colored. Ignition Zero, however, is completely traditional aside from a few adjustments in Photoshop. Each page is done in pencil and watercolor on a piece of 9"x12" watercolor paper. It is kind of labor intensive, but I love it. So far.

ANYWAY.

This comic will be featuring content that some people may not understand or agree with--like Orson's anarchist and Marxist friends, Deaf culture, people with special needs, or asexualism in general (a word which right now has a red underline, as the dictionary doesn't recognize it!). I try not to be preachy, but Ignition Zero does heavily feature organic, vegan, DIY/anti-consumerism type lifestyles because it's what I know/love/live, and what most of my friends know/love/live. It's not the only lifestyle type you'll see, of course! One of the things I strive for most is diversity.

Also, you may notice the site itself is a bit lacking. In the next few months I'll be working on making it more legit, buying a domain name, adding extras pages, etc. So look for that in the future! 1/31/11 marks the posting of page one! I'm so excited for it to go up, and I hope you enjoy it.

- Noel