Friday, April 26, 2013

Hatman #50 script is finished!

Hey there, Hatman fans,

I don't recall if I have spoke much about my grueling process for Hatman & Indigo Issue 50 yet.  I believe years ago I may have posted about the 50 covers (one of which is to the right by Tilian Wagner and has nothing to do with the story whatsoever!) we wanted to have for it.  However, I have had a script for quite some time now that just didn't feel right.  I have had several of the 3twins staff (both past and present) look over it and offer suggestions on how to fix it.  Nothing seemed to give it the tone I wanted and I kept adding to it and changing parts.  That is until very recently it dawned on me that there were only a couple core things that needed to happen for the following story arc and all the rest was what was wrong with the story.

Last week I printed out the latest version of the script and went at it with colored markers to help figure out what to keep and what to toss.  This was a new process for me since I generally keep all of my work in the digital realm.  However, I needed to have something tangible to chop up and dissect.  After that I had an idea of how to fix it but it wasn't quite ready, so I sat on it.

I sat on the idea until yesterday when I completely re-wrote the script only keeping a few lines at the very beginning.  The new story is very trim and to the point.  I wanted a stand alone issue that marks a turning point in the way we tell Hatman stories for the foreseeable future and the new script finally achieves that!

I have been very tight lipped about the story of issue 50 and honestly the essence of what was always there is still there, but I wanted to keep it a secret.  But, we are going to slowly start offering some new information, sort of back story to the issue.  Those of you who recall our experiment in a blog-based adventure last Halloween will understand what I am talking about, and the most faithful of you will realize that even though we have the script finally, the finished product could still be a ways off.  One of the things I want to do with this is offer fully hand-painted backgrounds.  This will possibly be a time consuming process and will change the way we create the story, but Alex Harvey has indicated that she is very interested in providing those.

I can't say when issue 50 will be published on, but I do promise in the coming months we will get you ready to experience a shift in Hatman and Indigo's life that will reverberate beyond issue 50 for quite some time!

Until next time,

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Hand-colored Zapman Re-imagined!

Howdy Hatmaniacs!

Today I bring you a sneak peek at what is in store with the Zapman Re-imagined three issue story!  To the right (or above depending on your screen resolution) is just one of the finished pages colored by up-and-coming 3twins artist, Alex Harvey!  I made this image extra large so you could take it all in!  Those of you familiar with the original Zapman story know that there was a Superhero Audition.  Well, for the new improved retelling of that story, S. LaDon Ware pulled out all the stops to show just how impressive that audition really was!

Take a moment to gaze at all the amazing superhero wanna-bees!

I really love the combination of S. LaDon's pencils and Alex's coloring.  I am so excited to bring you this story!  We still have a little ways to go before we can start publishing it on, but S. LaDon Ware is surely going to knock the rest of this one out of the park!

There's so much coming up in the next few months!  Andy and I are going to roll up our sleeves and start a ground-up renovation of the website.  We are still working on mastering all of our old comics into one format.  Please be patient though, as we are both still taking classes.  I recently decided to pursue my Masters Degree, so I will not be finished with school until Summer 2015.  However, as I fall into the swing of things and we gather momentum for a re-launch of our site, I can assure you will return stronger and more vigorous than ever before!

Always stay hungry for new stories,