Lessons learned from doing this one: Think out dialogue and word balloon placement before you start drawing. By putting Lulu on Jasper’s left in the first panel, I put myself in a bind, as she had the first line in each subsequent panel, and I didn’t want the word balloons crossing all over the place, making it difficult to follow. I also didn’t want just a bunch of panels of talking heads, so I tried to liven up the layout a little. Still learning. Let me know what y’all think.
This is actually Lanah’s joke. Thanks Honey! You get a free t-shirt!
I lose a lot of detail when I convert the sketches into their final form (through an Adobe Illustrator process that will remain secret-I did it by accident once and almost couldn’t figure out how to do it again)-eyes and mouths seem to suffer the most. The answer is to draw bigger, I suppose. Will someone break it to my wife that we need to buy a drawing table?
A much older strip that I had done for the Baltimore City Paper Comic Contest, about 10 years ago. I was mostly just curious about how long it would take to modify it panel by panel (as the original was all mushed together on one page with no gutters between the panels). Turns out it was a real pain in the arse. Next I need to learn how to size the panels properly.