Moon Town - sci-fi graphic novel

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Moon Town - sci-fi graphic novel

Post by Og » Fri May 22, 2009 10:59 am

Hi, guys

After a long time and maybe way too much thought, I've decided to do Moon Town as a webcomic. First 8 strips are up:
http://moon-town.com/comic/episode-one/

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I won't be promoting it hard core until next Tuesday when I'll have 10 strips up, but I thought I'd give my Flight buds a sneak peek.

Hope you like it!

-Og
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Post by Og » Sat May 23, 2009 9:46 am

Here are the first 5 strips for those who are interested. More recent strips at the Official Moon Town website.

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Post by squirpy » Sat May 23, 2009 10:34 am

This is really fun! I love a good sci fi story, especially when it's this well drawn.
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Post by sharpclaw » Sun May 24, 2009 9:33 am

How you so quickly established the different -- and conflicting -- personalities is fantastic! I shall definitely start following this one!

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Post by Og » Sun May 24, 2009 2:54 pm

Thanks, guys!

Sharpclaw - that's a nice thing to say... I think and worry obsessively about character, so that's quite gratifying to hear that it worked, at least for you!
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Post by Hyperion » Sun May 24, 2009 7:57 pm

Love the style for sure. It caught my eye right away, and you maintain it so I'm not disappointed, but rather gratified.
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Post by Mr. Average » Mon May 25, 2009 4:27 am

I totally dig the style - the colours especially. I'd like to use a similar technique for my own comic - is that Illustrator or just very carefully-applied Photoshop work?

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Post by Og » Mon May 25, 2009 5:15 am

Thanks, guys!

Mr. Average - that's Photoshop. It's a pretty slap-dash technique, I have to say. I'm picking my colors with some care, but as for applying them, I flat the strips by just cutting rough shapes with my lasso tool and filling them, letting the inks define pretty much everything.

Then I pay a bit of attention to where I think the light is coming from and I light and shade accordingly in a similar technique, cutting rough shapes and using the levels adjustor to darken or brighten the sections, and occasionally using the color balance adjustor to put some blues in the shaded areas and usually something warm in the highlights.

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If you're interested, some in-process pics are below -

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Post by Mr. Average » Mon May 25, 2009 6:07 pm

I'd be very interested to know how you go about selecting a colour palette. Colour theory was never my best subject, so up to now most of my work has been in black and white.

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Post by Og » Mon May 25, 2009 6:58 pm

Honestly I just grab colors I like, and start putting them together. If I add one that I don't think belongs with the others, I'll tint it until it feels right.

It's not a very theory-based approach, but it's what I do...
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Post by marooned » Tue May 26, 2009 11:48 am

Steve is rockin' this already and it's only 10 strips in - I'm looking forward to many fine years of Moon Town goodness! How about that art and colors? It gives me one of those "am I inspired, or do I go and break all my pencils" moments. Aaah!
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Post by willmj » Tue May 26, 2009 11:28 pm

I was really gutted when then animation project stopped. So seeing this see this this morning really made me smile... Go Og! you have us captured... Take us to Moon Town! :D

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Post by Og » Wed May 27, 2009 6:32 am

I was gutted too, Willy, and glad it's back in some form.

Now I'm just trying to catch up to you and EEKEEMOO!
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Post by Hyperion » Wed May 27, 2009 9:35 am

what happened with the animation? I guess I missed that. I was really looking forward to it, the artwork was so awesome.
really really witty quote

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Post by Og » Wed May 27, 2009 10:10 am

Hyperion - I was going to make a series of films in my spare time, but I couldn't get the results I wanted in any sane amount of time, so I'm doing it as a graphic novel instead. Same cool drawings, just not animated... yet. :)

BTW - for those who don't like leaving the safe, warm confines of the Flight Forums, I present the next 5 strips:

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The latest strips, of course, can be found at the Moon Town comic site...
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