Original Release Date: December 20, 2011
Viisi (and Paul, for that matter) are some of the few new characters I actually took the time to draw concepts of, and for which I worked out some personalities, before introducing them in the comic. In the past, I often lamented not taking the time to do much world-building, concept art, or other forward-thinking efforts with Mike and the Ninja. Usually, I had to fight just to meet my deadline. It wasn't until Volume Three that I tried to put more forethought into my ideas and designs. I think it was beneficial, to some degree--the Viisi scientists have variations to their dress, gender, and ethnicities, and that helps to make them more interesting. You'll also recall that Jerry, the one on the far right, is the person who threw up after replicating twenty chili dogs, so they have some personality, too. Especially Rodney, the obviously imbalanced one in the middle.
Big news on Six Legs, No Heart. Interior inking was finished last night! There's still a lot of work to do, including interior post-production and the cover, but the brunt of the workload is officially behind us! I'm planning to get as much work done over the next two weeks as possible to maximize lead time before Cape Comic Con 2017. Wish me luck!
I also only have 50 more Mike and the Ninja commentaries to write. I've been keeping ahead by at least a month since I started working on them, and while my buffer is growing somewhat smaller, I should finish Six Legs, No Heart in time to start writing commentaries again before they run out.
I'm amazed at how busy I've been with creative stuff! Now the only thing I need to get better at is telling you guys about it! One step I'm taking in that direction is improving my social media use and strategy. I recently converted the Mike and the Ninja Facebook page to a Big Skink Tales Facebook page, so it can encompass all of my projects instead of just Mike and the Ninja. Or, if you're more into Instagram, I also started a Big Skink Tales Instagram page, and that's honestly the best way you'll be able to get updates and teasers on works in progress, and looks at my process and art equipment.
That's all for now! As always, take care of yourselves, and thanks for reading!