I did this comic around New Years last year. I spilled milk on it after I had colored it in. For the most part it didn't really get too destroyed, fortunately.
I like the last panel. Smart thinking
Heh, honestly I expected a bigger quality gap between newer and older pages - I know I see faults in the early pages of Cop Story (and it's been two years tops) and this still looks quite good! Threw me back to the days I did all my comics traditionally. :]
And aaaw, I always feel bad for kids getting THOSE parts - well, someone has to get them but it's a hard truth to learn when you're a kid. I was just thinking about plays in Jarvis and Teague's school recently...
@Oly-RRR: That'd be need to see a side-story comic of :D
And thanks! I think my biggest issues in the early pages were keeping facial anatomy from getting "out of range," but most glaringly the use of color and over-use of closeups. There were actually 2 chapters totaling 70 pages that preceded this chapter which have since been removed from the archive- THOSE early pages were much, much worse XD (if it was just the art that was bad, I'd have left them, but the writing made little sense either so I chopped the pages out)
@mitchellbravo: I'll actually get to the kids appearing in the main plot eventually but I'll keep making short comics about them till then (the page I'm working on this week is actually about them) and yeah, I'm considering writing something about a school play.
Eh, the thing about webcomics is that they are a bit like living creatures - they grow and have embarrassing past. A book you can just edit, with comics you often have to accept them as they are otherwise you're stuck in a re-drawing loop (I've been there too many times). I can totally understand cutting something if you're unhappy about writing though! I hope I won't have to cut what I have of Cop Story so far (mostly because both Nutter shooting the witness and Chauncey losing his hand are huge plot points) but when I look at it I see a few moments I'd handle a bit differently now. Live and learn and all...
Also I never believe it about my own comics but when I read other comics I see it's true - people would rather see more of the story than see the same story re-drawn in somewhat better quality so after you get on a certain level re-drawing is worth it only if something is bugging you A LOT (or for publishing reasons).
@Oly-RRR: I do like the shorts a lot. I mean I started following the main comic because I liked it as it was, but the shorts expand on the characters in a different way than the main story, and in a way that feels natural and yet still supplementary in case someone didn't feel like reading it for whatever reason.
Yeah, the first two chapters were really just weird, rambling messes that confused a lot of readers. I figured it was better to start off clean and with a storyline that I felt was stronger and established shit better than those chapters did.
Oh, definitely! Any time an artist asks somewhere whether they ought to redraw their early pages, 99% of the time I urge them not to. Better to just move on and learn from your mistakes. In my case, the only reason I drew a new beginning was because having this just be the first page out of nowhere seemed a little too random and unofficial.
One problem I will have is like you said if I ever decide to publish/print, I am going to need to rescan and re-edit the first ~180 pages :( Which will probably lead to me "tweaking" them a bit out of necessity since I'll be starting the digital part essentially from scratch. But going so far as to redraw them? Heck no! I'm too behind where I'd like to be as it is :P
@mitchellbravo: Aww! :] Yeah, I was just doodling characters as I planned the story ahead and then I realised that if I'm drawing them all so much I might as well draw short comics about them. Initially I planned it as a break between the parts of the main plot but that is not working out because I keep coming up with new shorts and the next part of the main plot is going to be bigger so I'm starting combining work on both instead of waiting till I'm done with shorts. I really should have thought of it sooner!
Even at my best speed I don't think there will be much intersections between the main story and shorts in the next year, except for Chauncey and Leicester (and in a way Houston) being involved.
And oh gosh, yeah, that's a lot of editing... I'm lucky there since I already had most of my comic routine figured out by the time I got to Cop Story but even so - I found a way to make speech bubbles look more natural recently (already used it in the latest short) so now nearly all earlier bubbles seem slightly off and so on...
But I think we should solve those problems when they actually arise - I'll brush things up for publishing if that opportunity actually happens, till then I just keep going (like you said, we all draw slower than we script)! :D
@Oly-RRR: I love when secondary/tertiary characters come to life in a way you didn't intend them to. I have vague but pretty determined plans to at some point do a story about Uly's war buddies that would be released in print and digital copies instead of being a chapter here on the website. The trick is I have to get much faster to be able to complete it alongside the website stuff.
Time's always the issue, isn't it? Sigh...