New site design! I figured it was time to match my new (old) direction, with a new design. Comics aren't the only thing I'm old school about. Guess my website design is also, with the side navigation that looked kind of dated. So everything is up top now to peruse the site. Hope it makes it easier.
Did you see the new cover image on the front page? Pretty happy with it. Single event covers are hard for me. So since this encapsulated the first three parts of the series, I wanted to represent. As you go further into the page, the story progresses.
How is the book going you ask. Well it was going pretty well considering I redrew a bunch of pages for the unreleased book. Like I said in an earlier post, after BOOK ONE, I am not revising anything. It's going to be set in stone. So I'm backing up and re-looking at some staging I had some misgivings about. But now I have to take a break because of football season. The area teams I create programs for are tackling me pretty good right now. While I hope to draw at night, my days are going to be taken up for awhile unfortunately. But I do still plan to have BOOK ONE and Issue #3 out in September. After I get out from under this workload, I'm taking three weeks off to focus on my goal.
I've often said during this winding road this book has been, that if the only thing I get out of it, is being a better artist I'm fine with it. I look at the PRELUDE book's art, and while I am still happy with it' golden age touches I was going for, my technique has progressed since then. Practice really does make better, even for an old dog. All that rust I accumulated during my drawing break has finally been shaken off. Probably the biggest improvement has been in my storytelling. It's probably the biggest reason I do revise my past pages. It's very important to me for my art to represent my emotion and general feeling towards the story. When I revise a page, I don't take it lightly. There has to be a general sense I am improving the way the reader understands my work. And I think I've done that.
Lots of great things going on (including my participation in getting a local con going), so stay tuned to the site for more.
A lifelong comics fan, Mike W. Belcher is the writer/artist of MAN IN THE MASK. A story he's had with him for over 20 years.