Unfortunately I missed last week’s scheduled update, mostly because I’m preparing for the new project now that Smoke Man’s finished. It will definitely be starting up by next Sunday and will be something very different from what’s been on the site already. In the mean time, I updated the Art Work section of the site with some new content. Most of it is stuff I’ve been meaning to add for a while but it also includes a brand new piece of fan art.
The print edition of The Smoke Man is finally available. You can buy it from CreateSpace, aka the self-publishing section of Amazon. You can also order it from Amazon if you prefer and it is also available in ebook format on the Kindle store as well
The remainder of The Smoke Man will still be uploaded to Sly Stories too over the course of the next few weeks and I’m going to increase the update schedule to twice a week during that time. In the meantime I’m currently working on the next project for this site as well as side projects like Tales of Happenstance.
Tales of Happenstance #3 has been completed. It has actually been completed for a while but I forgot to post about it on this blog. I just recently uploaded it to our sister site Novel Graphics so it’s still worth noting here though. You can also view it on the the author’s blog.
Also of note is that Smoke Man #2 has received similar updates to Smoke Man #1. This is probably the last extensive redraw project for the Smoke man, but Smoke Man #3 might receive some minor updates as well (especially for the eventual print version).
Sorry for the delay on this news. I’ve been working on several projects lately so no news is actually good news in this case. It means I’m probably busy working on creating actual content for the site.
So I did an art upgrade on Smoke Man #1. It’s been over a year since I’ve worked on that comic and it’s style is drastically different from the style of the story in it’s current form. Since I want the Smoke Man to exist as a complete package after it is finished, I figured I should make art look a bit more uniform (and a bit less ugly). Also, Smoke Man was envisioned as a much shorter series and went through several rewrites over the years. I always wanted to do some editing to the first issue’s story to make it better reflect the series in it’s current form. And this was a good excuse for that.
The process took a bit longer then I hoped it would, but the worst of it is over. Thankfully the art on Smoke Man #2 isn’t nearly as embarrassing or jarring in retrospect. A while back I hoped to update my other comics in a similar way, but it was hard enough to upgrade Smoke Man, the most recent series. Instead I am planning on phasing out my earlier stuff since I’d rather come out with new material instead of having to parade or fix embarrassing old stuff. Smoke Man isn’t even done and it’s already matched the length of all my previous work combined. This site has become somewhat less desperate for content so I’ll steadily edit things down to the quality products.
The first update will be coming early next week and pertains mainly to the art style of the site. It’s been more then a year since I’ve started The Smoke Man and the art style has dramatically changed in that brief time. The new banner and next week’s updates are here to better reflect that change. The second future update will be a while from now but will hopefully be made sometime this year. There will be a site-wide restructuring and these are the baby steps.