Well, well, well. Even as I sit surrounded by unpacked boxes and an irritatingly slow internet connection, it turns out you just can't keep a good me down, and you can't keep a good anthology down either.
Yes, I've mentioned them before, but The Psychedelic Journal of Time Travel, a comic anthology with a time travel theme, just tweeted this:
Which is, in case you were wondering, a preview of the story I wrote for their third issue, coming this March.
Well, I'm almost completely moved out and the internet here is about to stop working, which feels a bit final. Basically that means I won't be able to get an update out today, but once I get a laptop set up in my new place I can work offline and then upload the files from an internet cafe or something, so with any luck the update will be late, but only by a day or two.
This is all very sad really. Why not share the website and the Facebook page to your friends, to cheer me up? (Nudge nudge).
Well, this is a blog I never wanted to have to post. I'm going to be moving house soon, and I'm going to be doing the best I can to not let that mess up the website's schedule. This could mean I won't be able to get online at home though. My plan is to keep working offline even if I don't have regular internet access. So even if the website does go quiet for a while, I'll have tons of content ready when I'm back online again.
Yeah. Um. You know the drill. Back with new pages next Friday. Until then... afaflhagsd...
Yup. Had some registrar related problems and the site went down (and it had to do it right around the time I was advertising the URL all over my Story Collider description too - more on how Story Colider went later).
So that's where we've been, if you were wondering. I updated the Adventures of Zip Facebook and Twitter accounts with the info but had no means of letting you guys know directly. And that's in no way a thinly veiled invitation to like the Adventures of Zip Facebook page and follow the Adventures of Zip on Twitter. Except I lied just then and it totally is.
New pages as normal coming this Friday.
Would you like to win a t-shirt with this on it?
Yes? Then head on over to the Adventures of Zip Facebook page to enter a caption contest that's going on over there. Pick from three pictures to caption and you could be the proud owner of a Wild Thorlax t-shirt. Click on one of the previews below to be taken straight to that picture on Facebook:
That's right. On Saturday it's the website's anniversary. I want to do something for it, probably a promotional contest, and I was thinking that the prize for said contest could be a free commission. But right now, I'm not sure of how many participants I'll get.
(Here comes the sales pitch).
So, if you've been following the comic but you haven't liked us on Facebook yet, go do that to find out more details of what I'm planning on the day. Yes, I know it's a spammy thing to ask, but the more likes and comments I receive, the better idea I get of whether it's worth bothering. I know that sounds like an ultimatum, but it's honestly a bit hard for me to gauge who is and isn't reading sometimes.
Okay guys, here's the thing: Mike Smith is very busy at the moment with some other projects that will hopefully open up some great opportunities for him. Because of that, it's hard for him to keep getting inks done in time for me to get pages finished by Friday every week.
Noticing that the speed at which he could output inks was slipping, I've began drawing the next issue ahead of time. I will be illustrating issue 7 by myself, whilst working with Smith to illustrate issue 6.
The keen eyed among you may have noticed that this:
was not drawn by me. Or well, it was coloured by me, but not penciled or inked by me. That's because issue 6 is mixing it up a little with the introduction of a new artist to the series: Michael Smith.
Michael (the other one)'s drawings have a ton of detail and while I'm colouring them I'm always finding nuances that I missed the first time around. It's a challenge to do it, yes, but it's also fun. Believe me when I say this isn't one you're going to want to miss.
Find out more about the Smithmeister in this short documentary about him and his exploits in animation.
Not much to say about it really. I don't really know how to concisely phrase it in a way that would be accessible to the non-tech-savvy. Essentially there was trouble with the URL, (the thing you type in the address bar to get here, for those that don't know) meaning that if you typed www.adventuresofzip.co.uk in your browser for a few days there, it would tell you the website did not exist when it totally still did.
Yes. The site is still going, as is the comic. Expect new pages tomorrow, as is normal on a Friday.
News about the comic, the website, and other generally relevant ramblings.