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  • June 28, 2012 @ 8:00:00 AM — The TroubleGeneral No Comments

    All Sorts of Stuff

    Our First Review:

    There's a little bit to talk about this week, first off we got reviewed on the Digital Strips podcast (which can be found here), due to some technical difficulties pretty much the whole episode is the review. The gist of it is that one of the two guys liked it and one of them didn't. Overall I feel pretty good about it. There's some fair criticisms there, but a lot of the review is focused on some pet-peeves which was kinda disappointing. Anywho, I appreciate the attention.

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  • June 20, 2012 @ 10:00:00 AM — The TroubleAnnouncements No Comments

    Issue 1 Has Arrived

    A very small run (25 copies) of issue 1 arrived yesterday and they look really good. They will be available for sale at the Derby City Comic Con and later this summer at Gencon in Indianapolis. There aren't any current plans to make it generally available online. I'm sure that will eventually change, probably once there are a couple more books printed.

    Here's a few photos.

    Issue 1 Cover

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  • June 16, 2012 @ 10:00:00 AM — The TroubleAnnouncements No Comments

    The New Trouble HQ

    Welcome to the new Trouble and Dangerous Website

    We've been working on this for quite awhile now, and it's pretty much ready to go. There will be some minor tweaks and improvements over the next couple of weeks as I'm sure at least a couple problems will become apparent. There are a couple of new things to talk about so lets get right to it.

    The Trouble Blog

    There's been a Blogger blog for many years not, but updates to it have been pretty scarce. That will not be the case with the new site, there will be several posts every week, depending on how much is going on. We'll also be using this as the primary means of sharing information with the readers. We'll continue to link new posts and comics on the Facebook Page but it's not going to be the primary means of communication any more (though we do appreciate everyone who's "liked us").

    The Comics

    The presentation of the comics has changed a little, we're displaying them in 2-page spreads now. They've been designed to work this way since issue 2, and our mini-focus group liked it better that way. Other then that they haven't changed too much.

    Future Plans

    It's our hope that one day there will be a big enough community to support a forum and blog comments. So that's definitely on the list of things to come. Also there will be some wallpapers and other things like that coming soon. Aside from all that we're just going to focus on making the comics. We are hoping to move to 2 pages a week at some point. This fall at the earliest.

    We'll also be working on a related project about the history of Capital City. This will probably take the form of some illustrated blog posts that will deal with filling in some of the details about the previous generation of super heroes and villains. All the things that lead up to and set the stage for the Trouble showdown with Brainitron. There's still a lot of work to be done on that so no time frame just yet.

    Again a big thank you to Brian and Ronda at R Squared Comics for hosting our new site, thanks for visiting!

  • April 18, 2012 @ 10:00:00 AM — The TroubleGeneral No Comments

    The Kingdom

    The Kingdom Header

    I wanted to give a formal shout-out and thank you to Jason Bienvenu creator of The Kingdom graphic novel for featuring a Trouble and Dangerous ad in his forthcoming issue #4. Jason does some pretty incredible work on his book and is coming off of a successful Kickstarter Campaign for a 6 part mini-series. Definitely check out his stuff, the first couple issues are going in sale this May.

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  • April 5, 2012 @ 10:00:00 AM — The TroubleGeneral No Comments

    Making the Comic

    *Reproduced from the old Blogspot blog*

    It may or may not be apparent but the Trouble and Dangerous is created completely in Adobe Illustrator. As with anything this has some pros and cons. The major pro is that it's completely scalable and very easy to edit and tweak on-the-fly. I think the major drawback is that it can lack some of the expressiveness of a hand drawn comic and come out a little stiff sometimes as a result. This is something that will probably become less and less of an issue as the comic matures and I get better at making them/using Illustrator.

    To give you a quick idea of what all is involved here's what page 2 of the comic looks like in "Outline" mode:

    Outlined Art

    As you can see the Trouble is made of of several dozen ovals and what I like to think of as connective tissue. The characters are essentially modular in their construction, meaning they are made of of several main parts that are in turn made up of several more objects. It's a lot like how animators rig up 3D models with internal skeletons that allow them to move limbs and things around without having to redraw the character from scratch. I can basically move and rotate parts of the charator independently of each other and then fill back in the connective tissue. So for example if I want the charactor to look sad or defeated, I cam easily slump his head and shoulders to create the right kind of body language.

    This actually illustrates another of the cons of doing things this way, there is a lot of production work before even the first comic is made. Introducing a new character also takes quite a bit of initial work.

    This is a great way to learn Illustrator though, actually several versions have shipped since I first started this project. The newest version CS5 has 2 features that I am pretty excited about, first being the Width Tool that will allow me to make a stroke fatter or thinner as needed (This can be seen in the promo art posted in the last article). The other is the Draw Inside functionality that makes it much faster to create and use objects as clipping masks.