The comics have been:
Heavy Metal Garage - A car related strip with 50 so far.
Terraform 16 page SF color work.
Terraform - Earlier In the Steroid Belt... 5 page color
Terraform - The Sales Call 7 page black only manga style.
This is Where the Smoke Comes Out - 36 page Autobiographical/History of the last 60 years.
All can be accessed from our ArtandTechnology website. All free.
They have all involve different ways of story telling, just to see how they go.
Heavy Metal Garage was done like a daily newspaper strip and is inspired by Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller. It uses his format in fact. I am a fan. Apart from the car theme and style that changed a bit over the 50 strip run, each is an individual standalone thing. A single panel with a Narrative Caption, maybe a speech balloon and a single illustration. This had scratchy rough pen work, that become less scratchy as it went on. Note that Miller's comic is always scratchy pen work.
Site logs show me these strips have been read some 300 times. Promotion the issue? You tell me.
Terraform came about after being inspired after reading all of the French Valerian and Laureline. This combines the authors take on politics with SF and was a real revelation to me, in the same way reading Ghost In The Shell was. This story is more like a future documentary, or the way Arthur C. Clarke, wrote. Involves Climate Change too but more about a good use of Data mining and surveillance technology.
In the mid 1990s I was involved with Desktop Sc-Fi Production using models, puppets and animation and this work takes all that into a simpler comic format that I can actually do in a reasonable amount of time.
Terraform - Earlier In the Asteroid Belt. A character piece with a robot having an existential crisis. This is more the way Issac Asimov wrote. It uses my robot puppet from the 1990s, with backgrounds drawn in Clip Studio Paint. This is a really fast to do format and I think the way it came out is great. Only let down by my writing, but I have seen far more bad TV with worse endings!
Terraform - The Sales Call. This has the style I would like to continue with. Using black only and manga tone is a way to do longer stories by a single person. This was done in Clip Studio Paint. What this story is missing here though, is the introduction of the characters, especially Miki. Without some feeling for who the characters are, it doesn't make much sense. ALEC is introduced in the main Terraform story, but that too needs more depth. This story is following one of the many SHONEN MANGA formats that allow a story and characters to go on for a very long time. They don't have a 3 act play structure. I would also like it to be a bit educational, but we will see.
This is Where the Smoke Comes Out - A Collection Of Memories uses the format from Shigeru Mizuki's SHOWA, A History Of Japan. That work is as much autobiographical as it is historical and I found the autobiographical sections the most interesting with the history sections providing a time frame of reference for the reader. Mizuki had converted photographs to line drawings for the manga production process, but I have mostly used back and white photos. Early feedback I received on some draft pages said that gave a validity to the work that comic images wouldn't.
Some quotes on this last have been:
I really like this
I really enjoyed your short comic
love your comic
This is really interesting
Fascinating stuff and great fun to read!
Thoroughly enjoyed it
This is fascinating !!!
Great read, thanks for sharing!
It's an incredible insight as to how technology develops
The advantage of doing webcomics, compared to any other type of "vanity publishing" is I have complete control and can monitor promotion vs accesses, and make changes at any time.
So now what?
The autobiography/ history was done as an experiment and is very brief. There are many stories I could add to it. Seems to have had some 30 people read most of it in the 2 weeks since I posted it. If that had been hundreds of times more, then spending more time on it could be justified, but not at the moment. It has scratched the creative itch I had.