Amen City Chronicles: Din Krakatau color edition

24 09 2009


Finally, after a long wait, Din Krakatau is available for sale through Indyplanet.

The entire webcomic is collected in this 136 page manga/digest sized trade paperback for 19.99$.

Want it? BUY HERE!



Whoah, look at the time!

15 08 2009

The time that has passed between this and the previous post, that is!

Sorry about that. I kept on having some weird problems with cookies (some WordPress vs Opera issue) that was annoying enough to keep me away from this place. Well, that should change now.

I have finally sent Din Krakatau to Ka-blam awhile ago and it’s being processed by them as I type. The files have been accepted (phew!) and now I’m waiting for the invoice.

More info soon.

From Pulpgrind to Coilstar

7 03 2009

I decided that the name “Pulpgrinder Books” sounds silly, so after a lenghty brainstorming session with good friends of mine (which mostly consisted of one of them shooting down one of my dumb ideas after another), I came up with Coilstar Press.

Meanwhile, I have finished redesigning the cover and all of the non-story interior pages (inside cover, title page, chapter pages, commentary etc.) so it’s one step closer to finding to completion of Din Krakatau. Still need to tweak the text bits and the credits page, though.

Time to Post Something…

3 02 2009

Wow, have I neglected this place!

Well, yesterday, Din Krakatau finished its online webcomic serialization. Today, a final post-page got posted, informing of the future printed edition. Let’s hope getting that thing printed won’t be too difficult. In theory it’s all simple, just up the files, pay for the proof, receive proof and verify it and approve for online sale. Yeah. I just hope nothing weird pops up along the way (plus I need that Paypal fully active first anyway).

Moving on: so, what are my future plans? I have ideas for three or four different projects that I’d love to do this year. These include a short graphic novel which I’ll call “SBL” for now (below 100 pages), a long graphic novel “VE”  (300 or more, done in a rather “sketchy/messy” style) and a sequel to Din Krakatau, “ACCv2”. I might also start working on “WoN”, but that one is going to be a special one.

Other potential projects (and their abbreviated titles that will be meaningless to anyone but me) “LoR”, “MJA” and perhaps some short color stories. And maybe “GB#1”.

Heh, totally mysterious post.

SBL has been in the making for a while now. It was my second finished script, one that I wrote for myself and then dumped it as I couldn’t draw well enough at that point. I’ll be revising the story and expanding it a little bit.

VE is another old project of mine, it started couple of years ago with a short story I’ve written. This story was going to be a beginning of a larger series, but that never happened beyond couple of drafts. As for the comic itself, I tackled it once, writing the script and drawing very raw layouts. Ended up scripting the first two issues in script form (and had it layouted visually until the middle of second chapter).  I decided to return to it and use the story as a basis for my “300 project”. What’s the 300 project? It’s a rather crazy idea of drawing a 300 page graphic novel in a space of a month. The story in VE is long enough for that, especially since I have couple of larger “arcs” in mind and these could easily fill the book. Might even need an additional volume. Will see how it works out visually, for now I just draw random sketches of characters and such.

ACCv2, that is second volume of Amen City Chronicles (first one being Din Krakatau) shall most likely follow closely from this story and through the use of “a group of friends/relatives telling stories” trick, I shall use it to tell couple of shorter tales and lead into the third volume. This one most likely shall be titled “Demon Eater”, but I haven’t made up my mind yet.

as for WoN, it’s a project that I’m expecting to be a little controversial (since it deals with religion and all) and is going to be a huge undertaking (several hundreds  of digitally painted pages), which means I’ll probably have to do it in chapters/issues. As much as I don’t like these, 40-52 page issues wouldn’t be so bad in the end.

That’s it for now.

128 complete!

15 11 2008

That’s right. Few days ago I have finished lettering the last pages of Din Krakatau. A page or five still needs some tiny fixes (forgot to color someone’s hair on one, there are some typos here and there, basic stuff like that), but basically that’s it.

So what’s the next step?

I have to resize and edit all the pages before I can print them. After totally screwing up my template, and choosing a smaller print format, I am stuck with 128 pages of artwork that can be scaled down, but needs to be relettered, and panels with vertical bleed need to be edited (as they’re barely extending in the trim area, meaning it might cut the artwork properly but also might leave a thin white line at the edge of the page).

Luckily that’s only about 40-50 pages that need the last one, so I’ll make it somehow. After having them fitted into the 500 dpi manga/digest format template, I’ll have to also create b&w/greyscale version so that I can offer both for sale.

After that I’ll still need covers, additional artwork for title/chapter title/bonus pages, and finally paypal. Still a lot of work ahead.

So what’s in other news? I have officially stopped trying to register to The Comic Forums. Trying four times is enough. I guess I’ll just send the Indie Spinner Rack guys an email instead… whenever I feel ready to write one about how I listened to their show most of the time I spent working on chapter four (and during the coloring second half of chapter 3). But since I suck at writing emails it will probably take a while. Meh.

Din Krakatau link in the menu on the right, no need to plaster it all around my posts.

Pencils done!

31 10 2008

I have finished pencils for Din Krakatau. After finishing few more pages than in the previous update I had to take a short break since my back started to complain. After a week or so off, I have returned… and pencilled 21 pages in 6 days. That’s right, six days… or nights rather.

Started on Saturday, did page 108 to get back into the groove. On Sunday, I managed to hit four pages. My previous best was 3.5 page, so doing pages 109-112 was a nice thing to happen.  Monday night was EVEN BETTER as I did FIVE pages: 113-117. Tuesday was just as good with pages 118-122, followed by Wednesday with 123-126, leaving the last two pages for Thursday. And here I am.

Now, to re-script the entire chapter, scan the pages, edit them, color, letter, sent them off to a friend for a spell/grammar check and upload them, while at the same time start working on the printed version (there will be several edits required to make that happen).

Overall? I am damn happy. while the pages are still not complete, I have achieved the goal of 128 pages and completed the storyline. And I’ll probably sell ten copies too, haha.


17 10 2008

Now that was a long break. I was torn between not having time to do anything and not having time to do anything else but feeling bad that I’m not working on Din Krakatau. Well, on Wednesday evening (night, actually) I felt like listening to some podcasts, which lead to me picking up the pen and paper again, starting to work on chapter 4. I did roughly 2/3rd of a page and went to bed.

The very next day I have finished that one and drew THREE PAGES MORE! YAY! Good result for me!

Which means, I have finished pencilling pages 97-100 (nice round number). Currently there are 82 pages online and 28 pages to go (nice reversed digits). There’s also exactly 14 pages left of chapter 3 to go live (half of 28). So I’m changing my statistics to a countdown.

46 pages to go live, 32 to color and letter, 28 to pencil.

I’m hoping to keep up the tempo like I did on the third chapter. Then it would be just a matter of doing some color illustrations for the covers and interior artwork, handing it off to someone for spellcheck/grammarcheck… and hopefully scraping enough funds to get paypal.

Oh… and of course I’ll have to slightly reformat the pages to fit Ka-Blam’s template (as I messed up mine and the sizes are off) and then strip out the color from the color pages. Woe is me (not really, it’s just time consuming).