The Dallas Webcomics Expo is now StripCon and the 3rd annual show is this Saturday, August 6th and I’ll be there! I’ll be bringing out some books to sell (including the original 1997 GREYHAWK AND THE STARBUCKLERS OF THE CARIBBEAN graphic novel!) and I’ll also be showing something cool that’s not ready to be seen here yet! If you’re in the Dallas area, come out and say hello! Visit their website to see the other webcomics creators who will be there.
At the request of readers Arlene and Lochniall, we’ve set up a Cafe Press shop with Wannabe Pirates and Starbucklers T-shirts, mugs, etc.! Currently we’ve got FIVE different designs and we might even add a few more!
Go to Flemm’s Shoppe to check ‘em out!
We’re back! …Just not as often!
McCrary’s schedule really isn’t conducive to doing a page a week. In addition to his work as a preacher (a job with no off time), he is a husband and a father of three. That he was able to keep the weekly schedule mostly owed itself to a very long lead time. Unfortunately, that buffer dwindled quickly.
To take some pressure off of him, we’re going to change the schedule to every other Tuesday.
I, for one, am just glad he’s sacrificing his time to work on it all!
Once again we want to thank all of you for visiting and reading our little endeavor here on the web!
As you’ve probably noticed, our updating has been a little sporadic lately and I apologize for that. Sometimes real life intervenes.
Sometimes it intervenes a lot!
That being the case, we’ve decided to put both The Wannabe Pirates and Greyhawk and the Starbucklers on hiatus for a little while. The plan is to bring them both back on Tuesday, February 1st. (Which just so happens to mark our website’s third anniversary!)
There are several factors behind this decision. With the current economy being what it is, I have had difficulty finding work and it’s become clear that I’m going to have to make finding work my primary objective. With this weighing so heavily on my mind, I’m concerned that I’m not giving The Wannabe Pirates as much care as I should be. I’d hate to continue on with this haphazard schedule and having to stall the story when I am unable to create the things I need for the next section. Plus, both McCrary and I could use some battery-recharging.
We both plan to continue working on the comics to some extent during the break so that we’ll have some buffers of new strips built up before the return.
We apologize for this inconvenience, but look forward to returning in February with all the excitement we can muster!
Happy Holidays, everyone!
Largent & McCrary
I thought it might be fun with each page to show what the penciled, inked and then colored pages look like. You’ve seen the colored finished page 31, so here are the penciled and inked pages!
The Penciled Page
On this page, I penciled things without a lot of detail since I knew a lot would be in “post production” (lines for walls and such). I always throw a blue layer over the pencils (at 50% opacity) so that when I am inking, I can easily distinguish between the black lines for inking and the background.
The Inked Page
This page was fun because it transitioned from the dream sequence on the previous page to the real time with Greyhawk, incorporating the same face from the last panel of the previous page (used similarly in the last Greyhawk and the Starbucklers story). The passage of time allowed me to give our hero the “piratey” facial hair that my wife and daughters really liked on Greyhawk– a visual key that things have changed. A lot of fun things are added at the end in Photoshop. Gradations, filters, etc.