Saturday, 16 August 2014

The last page of Strange Times 2.

Well it had to happen eventually.
I'm just finishing the last page of Strange Times Book 2.
People have been very patient and very gracious, coming up to me at Conventions and asking if Book 2 was available to buy yet, only to be told, once again, that it was nearly finished.
Well, not for much longer.
I'm very happy with how it all resolved itself, and it may seem a strange thing to say (as I'm writing it) but that's actually how it feels. These strange little characters have kind of told their own tale as the book has gone along. I started each page knowing where I thought it would go and quite often found it taking a slightly different path.
Challenging me to hold the story together.
I've really enjoyed travelling it with them.
But, it had to end and end it has.
So, when will it be ready ?
Well, a very good friend has offered to proof read it for me (Thank You Claire), even after having read Book 1 :o).
Once that's done it'll be over to Andy Bloor to work his usual magic for me and pull it all together, injecting some nice design elements, as he as with the cover.
...and then it's off to the printers.
I'm considering having it available for Thought Bubble, but I've another book being launched at Thought Bubble already, of which I shall tell more soon... should I launch two books at the same Con ?
Oh, why not :o)

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Bumbling B and onwards.

I've had some really nice comments on my Bumbling B figure (see previous post) from Samantha Bryan and the people that are members of her Facebook group, which is really encouraging, and also from Jennifer Collier over at Unit Twelve on their Facebook Group.
So, I'm feeling even more determined to have another go.
This time though I've designed him around something I came across in a local antique fair.
An old fire extinguisher, resting on an A4 page for scale.
Which has some really nice features...
...a nice attachment, or two, for tubes, and I love the label on it...

...which calls it an Extintor Liliput, almost implying it's actually some horrible device for killing little people, so maybe it wasn't a fire extinguisher as sold to me.
Anyway, the figure I'm going to try and create around this will look something along the lines of...
He'll be from another planet and the costume will be his spacesuit, needed to keep him alive. I think he'll wear a mask, to hide his identity, although he is the only red skinned individual around and hardly likely to be trying to live amongst us unnoticed.
It'll no doubt take me a long time .. but I'll post his progress now and then.
Wish me luck ..