As I mentioned in my previous journal, I'm going through all the original art I created for the webcomic version of the two Tetsuko
stories ("Incident at Gannon Labs!"
and "Fight! Mighty Muscle Girl"
), reformatting it for print publication as a graphic novel. It reminds me a bit of what the people responsible for restoring and/or digitally remastering a motion picture - although in my case it's also a bit like a film director making a "director's cut" (or in George Lucas' case, a "special edition") of a theatrical feature probably go through.
Although I'm sorta going the other way: whereas remastering a movie makes a digital version out of a physical/analog original, I'm taking art that was digitally created and displayed and creating a physical (printed) copy.
Progress has been good so far - I've got 10 printable pages! Trouble is, I have no idea how many pages the finished GN will be, because I don't know how the digital pages I've got will break down into print pages.
An example: Page 7 of issue #1
, one "page" on a monitor screen (although you have to scroll down to read all of the page) becomes two pages of print comic (pp. 29 and 30), splitting just after the 4th panel (Winston has Tetsuko backed up against the door to the lab). So although many of the pages will reformat one-for-one from digital to print (especial the later pages of #2 when I had the idea of eventual print publication more "front-of-mind"), many others will split into two (or more!) pages. At this point I'm still looking at the possibility of 80 pages (or more!)
I feel compelled, though, to share at least a taste of the progress I've made. So I've created a graphic showing the original page (more precisely the top half thereof) compared to the version that will see print. And while most of the finished pages (so far) have been relatively simple resizing to fit a slightly different size or aspect ratio, the examples I've chosen to show here represent not only some extensive resizing and reformatting, but also a repurposing of the art.
I took the middle six panels of the original Page 5
(top half - Tetsuko remembers a not-so-pleasant incident at a restaurant with jerky boyfriend Derek), put them on their own page, and now have the incident happen sequentially in the story instead of as a flashback. I added two new panels to the top of the print page, stretched the existing panels to accommodate more dialogue, and changed Tetsuko's ensemble to something a little sexier.
I had to resist the urge to completely redraw everything in the page: in many ways my art has improved over the years since I first drew the page (and in some ways it hasn't improved), but trying to "improve" that art would add even more time to the project than I want to spend. besides, I think it's interesting see how my style has changed (and, I hope, matured) as well as how the designs of the characters (especially Tetsuko and Sonya) change over the course of the story.Please know that, even if I can't thank you personally, your watches, faves and comments are always very much appreciated!
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