It’s been a bit of a headnoisey day, comic work-wise, so I’ll just drop some notes about a side project and may seem a bit more schizo than usual. Starting to type this just as I hear Brubaker say to Siuntres that he loves the fact that whoever follows him on DD is fucked. I’m loving the Thunderbolts, but good luck, Diggle. Just saw the season finale of Entourage and still can’t buy that Sloan’s marrying E. No. Planetary #27 just came out and I want to re-read the whole thing all over again. Yes.
As I’ve probably spilled once before, I’ve been slowly piecing together this flash-animated online RPG with Tres Komikeros accomplice Alex Cipriano; and it’s taken months to get to the place we’re at now, but I can honestly say that it’s been a fun and interesting experience. It’s a breath of fresh air, literally just being given lists and write-ups of creatures and environments to design, with free reign to just go nuts with every detail. Hell of a fun gig. I’ve never been much of a gamer though, so Alex has been indispensable in helping me understand just what the client’s been asking for. We’ve worked out a sophisticated system of chirps and grunts to suit my specific comprehension skills… or lack thereof.
Half way through the creature design phase though, it dawned on us that we simply couldn’t still have lives and do this well… so about two months ago, our buddy Leandro Panganiban came on board as a colorist, with Michael Dizon following shortly after. So what started out as two guys pooling Mignola and Madureira influences spread out into this Falcoon and Phil Noto mishmash. Between the four of us, we’ve magically got everyone believing that we know what we’re doing. Go us!
Naturally, it’s a bit of a pain playing the wrangler in any bunch, and this herd can wander like nobody’s business, but seeing the work just come together is just a thing of beauty — certainly not bad for my first experience in game design. I hope to be allowed to share actual designs from the game soon, but until then it’ll have to be vagaries and hush-hushitudes.
Comic talk in a coupla days.