Posting the blog post a tad bit late. Justin is stuck being a Manager and I was drinking, least we got the thing that matters up on time!
Nothing crazy going on this week. Just working on some pages, sketching a cover for the book, and converting some cool Nurgle stuff.
I’ve been using The Purge Detachment from Imperial Armour- The Siege of Vraks lately. Its allowed me to use cooler plague zombies and Necrosius the Undying, plus I can still keep all my plague marines and my Daemon Prince. It’s a win for me, not so much for my opponents. I’ve decided to give a Maulerfiend a shot, but I need to make it fit my Nurgle theme. I’ve assembled the entire model minus the head and neck and I’m waiting on some bits I bought from Ebay. I can describe what I’m doing, or i can show you my inspiration that I’m copying off of.
What this guy did was take a Moggoth Lord monster head and stuck it onto the Maulerfiend body. It should look cool when I finish it, hopefully I wont have to do to much greenstuffing.
Anyway, Brother Bashan is back everybody! I figure with Hunter dead we need a new lead, lets hope that Bashan can handle the responsibility.
Ah, I love the fresh smell of a new location…
…I don’t know if we mentioned it, but we got the Kickstarter money. It’s in our Big & Tall Tales bank account right now…STARING at us. We’re still scrambling around to get the book together, but as soon as we do…we’ll get the ball rolling. We don’t want this to take any longer than it has to.
This also means we have to start getting rewards together, and the first one is the hardest: EATING THAT GODSFORSAKEN BANANA. It’s right there in black and white on the Kickstarter page, I have to do it this month. Every time I think about it, I start getting anxious. I’ve literally never done this before, and I never intended to.
Okay, I’m stopping. My heart is starting to pound just thinking about doing this. Holy Moses.
I’ve mentioned before that I sometimes write by the seat of my pants, and doing that sometimes means that scenes take me in unintended directions. Sometimes, an unintended direction gets you someplace better than your original destination…although I’m not sure Hunter would consider this one of those times.
I feel like saying anything else would just be anti-climactic.
Hey guys, Will here again. Justin forgot to set up the page because he’s busy being a manager at our day job. Lets all say it together… ooooOOOOOOooooooo Mr. Manager.
We’ve always have said that we want Hunter Black to be PG-13 and besides the occasional real world curse, we’ve stuck to that format. So with this page, and Monday’s, I wanted to cover up The Widow Jennaci’s lady parts without resorting to the tried and true “Random Kirby Dots”. I think I did a good job handling it (Yes, I admit I did a little of the dots with the first panel….sue me).
Like Justin said on Monday, we have begun the process of turning our first volume into a printed collection. After succeeding at the Kickstarter we both had that awkward “Whats Next?” feeling. Thankfully, our letter guru, Jacob, put us on the right path. I think the biggest thing for me right now is designing a kick ass cover. You can’t have a kick ass collected volume without a kick ass cover.
Soooo…this is one of those rare moments where I have not seen the page until it’s time to post it. I don’t think I’ve ever been unhappy with a page under these circumstances, and this is no different. I look at Panel One and think that Will could be doing great work for the Big Two, even though I tend to think that superheroes aren’t his thing. I mean, am I the only one who thinks with a little tweaking, Panel One could totally be Jean Grey/Phoenix? I think I’ve mentioned before that the tale of Jemith Jennaci is based loosely on the life of Anna Nicole Smith, who was one of my celebrity crushes in days long past, before that train went fully off the rails.
So Will and I spent a chunk of this weekend making a list of changes that we want to make to Hunter Black Volume One before we send it to print. There are a very few continuity errors and typos that we want to clean up…we’ve been promising ourselves that we’d do that every time we (or a reader) have found one. Of course, that also opens us up to temptation to fix things that we think aren’t good enough. I know that in at least one spot, I tweaked the dialogue just because I thought what I’d written before sounded TERRIBLE…and Will has a least one panel that he wants to completely redraw.
When he told me that, I sort of recoiled, because I really don’t want to turn this book into the Hunter Black version of the Star Wars Special Editions. I don’t want readers to look at the book and see something that isn’t quite what turned them on in the first place. And we both have to remind ourselves that sometimes you guys don’t see the same flaws that we do. (That said, Will can and will change whatever he wants. I long ago learned to just TRUST HIM.)
Still, you’ll probably spot a few small differences in the book if you look closely. All changes for the better, rest assured.