5 seconds. I estimate that is how long this page takes if it’s a movie. And you, dear reader, come back for your next 5 seconds as I feed it to you ever so slowly, one drop at a time like Chinese water torture. This is why you are a great audience and I must say thank you often. I must also thank Kailey who is always at the ready to color a page once I finally finish another one.
Part of it is just these action sequences. I get super picky during these scenes and I pencil and delete and re-pencil and rework these pages until I’m happy with the action. I want it to feel cinematic, and in a book I think it will. But read one page at a time it probably feels slow. Or at least choppy. It is like watching a movie on really bad dial up.
If you count the moment Gogs decides to punch that living bear in the face the beginning of this action sequence (and I do), then this action sequence is 29 pages long and it started in October of 2013. I point this out only to highlight two things. I like to spend time in action and I take my time drawing it. Not to mention the busy life I’ve led during that time, but I think if I was working on a less choreographed scene I would not be moving quite as slow. The angles, the backgrounds, the bears… Dickinson poses. There are days I will sit down and pencil out a page and go nope. Delete and try again next time. And the bummer is there won’t be a next time for a while.
But, that is why this comic remains my labor of love. I do it when I can, I do it exactly how I want it and I’m happy that way. Thanks for your patience, your input and your loyalty.