I just have a quick update today regarding the art style mostly and then it’s back to Panzer Dragoon Orta.
What you have seen over the past few days is a lot of experimentation on my part. I have felt like I was in kind of a rut lately and I wasn’t really growing at all. So starting with the GBA joke we did last week I set out to break that rut. I liked the sketchy/painted style a lot for that comic but when I tried it in a strip that used the characters it just felt wrong. I tried a lot of new stuff over the next couple days and then in the Cardboard Tube Samurai strip I put together a style that everyone seemed to agree worked really well for strips that took us into Gabe’s imagination. I plan on using that same style for any similar strips in the future. It still wasn’t right for the regular comic strip though and so I kept tweaking it. What I have tried to do in todays strip is deliver on a style that is sort of a halfway point between the style I used for Cardboard Tube Samurai and the way I used to draw the strip. I think it worked out really well and I plan to continue drawing the strip this way. I honestly have not been this excited about drawing in years.
Two other items really quick. First off, the petition to get the Cardboard Tube Samurai into Soul Calibur 2 now has about nine thousand signatures. That’s in only one day. I am sure that no amount of signatures will get him into the game at this point but it’s still cool to see how many people want to see the CTS in a game. Maybe some other developer will take notice and we’ll see him appear in something else.
Last but not least there are two new shirt designs over at gameskins.com. Kiko has added a “Got Next” shirt that I think is a work of genius and a MechAssault shirt that I will wear proudly while I kick all your asses. On the subject of Gameskins we are working on a restock of our own shirts right now. Since Wang Fu always sells out in less than a day we are planning on ordering twice as many as we usually do this time. They should be available in early February.