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Tuesday, 31 May 2011

New Policy Police book hits the streets

Policy Police: Rapid Response is a collection of all the short stories that have been published up until now.  It's available in 2 formats:

Pocket edition - 5"x8" - the same size as the others I've done to date
Trade edition: - 6"x9" - that bit bigger for the more ostentatious or short-sighted reader.

The proof copies came this morning - managed to elicit some guffaws from my wife, which is all the market testing I need. Click on the little icon in the right-hand column or this link here.  Or in the SHOP once I've updated it.

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Excavating the old Policy Police stories

Or at least it's felt a bit like that. Some of the stories I've redrawn for the upcoming book are approaching two years old. It's made me very aware of how different the stories look these days. The early ones were pretty rough, but that didn't matter, really. I was just pushing ahead with the story and showing myself that I could put words and pictures together in a way that other people could respond to.

I pretty much took Paint as far as any sensible person could, and Manga Studio has definitely moved me up several layers by comparison. And there's so much in it that I haven't really tried yet. I'm sure that in a year's time I'll be looking back at the stuff I'm doing now and realising all the other stuff I could have done....

I'm really tempted to go back to the original story (for the third, maybe fourth time depending how you count) and re-draw it, to make it look as good as I think the new one does. But perhaps that way lies madness. Probably better to try and think of new stories. Less boring for the readers I think.

Monday, 9 May 2011

Policy Police: The next book

I'm over half way through remastering the short stand-alone stories for print. I've set myself the target of getting the next book out in June. So I reckon I'm on course to do that.

As a taster, here's the very short story "Going Green" done as a one-pager. You can click on it to make it bigger.

I did the original overnight following a meeting about our department's lack of green-ness. I added the cleaning product at the end to make explicit something that was only implied in the original, and to give the thing the feel of an advertisement feature.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Policy Police: Return of the repossessed #4

Episode 4 already. No Faren at all in this one, though it has happened before. Once I think.

Up until this story, most episodes have been introduced with a sentence or two in Faren's voice, giving some context to what was to follow. However, cuz there are parts of the current story (like this episode) that Faren is not privy to, I did consider having some introductions in the Kid's voice. In the end, I followed Wittgenstein and decided that "whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent."

While I was in Tokyo just recently I did a lot more traveling in lifts than I am used to. Our apartment was on the 12th floor, and a lot of shops are multi-level affairs. Anyway, the experience inspired me to set the second part of this episode in a lift. I had originally scripted the encounter to take place in a corridor, but I felt the claustrophobic environment of the lift would add to Tex's discomfort. Also it gives his little speech in Frame 19 the feel of an "elevator pitch" - that this was something he'd rehearsed for moments such as this. Though it doesn't really have the desired effect.

Talking of desired effect, the lift pictures haven't come out very well, but I've decided to go ahead and publish anyway. Might redo them over the next couple of days.