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When Is Perfectionism Too Much?

16 Jan 14
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I think this is a valid question that anyone with, or attempting to attain, a career in a creative field should ask him/herself. I asked myself this same question more times than I could count in 2013, and I expect I will repeat that habit this upcoming year. I don’t necessarily see that as a bad thing, though.

One of the greatest things about art, in any form, is that there is no such thing as perfection. No matter how good you get, it always feels like you should be reaching higher. One of the worst things about art is that there is no such thing as perfection. How do you know when you’re done? At what point do you stop going over whatever you’ve created with a microscope, looking for problems to fix? I’m a writer and, recently, amateur stand-up comedian, but I’m also a detail-oriented person, so those little inconsistencies in my work that the average reader/listener would never even notice stand out like a sore thumb to me. I feel compelled to address every little issue and in the process, discover more problems. Next thing I know, an hour-long project has extended to four.

Sometimes that’s the way it is. Sometimes you have to work on something longer than you originally planned to make sure it gets done right. But at the same time, if you want to make a career out of your craft, you need to be productive. You have to produce finished products at a reasonable rate, not always at your leisure. That’s hard to do when you keep going back to touch up old projects. I know I’ve been guilty of this numerous times.

With that said, I still plan on re-lettering our old pages because I think it will significantly increase how professional our books look to new readers, but that will be the last time I touch anything from BlackGuard predating “The Hero Plot Trial”. After that, I’m going to attempt to spend a little more time moving forward and a little less time looking back.

Peace.

-Jerrod

What We’ve Been Up to Lately

10 Jan 14
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Since reaching the halfway point of “The Hero Plot Trial”, we’ve been a little quiet. I just wanted to do a real quick blog to let those wondering know what we’ve been up to.

Will, first of all, has been doing a lot of chibi-style drawings. You can find some of those in our artwork page here. The reason for this is that Will and I have been wanting to launch a second title on the BOSC Comics site that is more like a traditional webcomic or comic strip, but we don’t want something that looks too similar to BlackGuard. We feel there should be a clear distinction between the two titles. Will decided that using a chibi style would help make that distinction, so he’s been working on drawing characters in the style for practice. The new title (which we were advertising to come out last year) is called The Great Purging. Hopefully, we will finally start these strips this year.

Meanwhile, I have been spending a lot of time re-lettering old BlackGuard pages. For many of these pages, this is the third time, they’ve been lettered, but recently I learned of a few more professional lettering standards that I didn’t follow back when I first began doing our lettering. Since we are planning to start selling our books in larger numbers this year, I thought it would be worthwhile to go back and try to make the books look as professional as possible. As it turns out, this task is taking me much longer than I planned, but I still plan to follow through with it. For now, I’m taking it one issue at a time.

Speaking of which, I am almost done with issue one, the first half of “Monkey See… Monkey Free?!” Once that issue is finished, we plan on submitting it to Comixology to be sold as a digital comic. For those of you not familiar with Comixology, it’s the leading distributor of digital comics. They sell everything from Marvel and DC to indie creator-owned comics. They even have apps for mobile devices so you can read your comics anywhere. We suggest you check them out.

Last, “The Hero Plot Trial” will resume this month. Since it’s been a while, we invite you all to go back and refresh your memory on what’s happened so far in this chapter starting here.

Peace.

-Jerrod

The Hero Plot Trial and BlackGuard: Volume 1

17 May 13
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We haven’t kept up with this blog much in the past. From now on, Will and I are going to try to post on here at least weekly. Overall, we’re trying to be more communicative with our audience. That includes Facebook and Twitter also.

So we wrapped up “BlackGuard vs. The Goonz” about two months ago. Since then, we’ve posted a few promotional images for the next chapter of BlackGuard, currently titled “The Hero Plot Trial”. The ORIGINAL plan was to start that chapter this month. Unfortunately, my laptop died about two weeks ago. I did buy a new one, but I didn’t recover the files from my old hard drive until about two days ago, so we’re now a few weeks behind schedule. I’ll try to get the script finished as soon as possible, but you probably shouldn’t expect The Hero Plot Trial to begin until June. Sorry.

We have been keeping busy in the meantime, though. Will, of course has been doing character designs and promo art. When not working on the script, I’ve spent some time getting us registered as a business. Along with that, I’ve been trying to write up a simple business plan. That process is moving along at a snail’s pace. Trying to switch my mind over from comic script writing to business plan writing isn’t easy.

One of the primary reasons for needing the business plan is because we’re planning on releasing BlackGuard: Volume 1 sometime this year. Volume 1 will include the first three story arcs of BlackGuard, “Monkey See… Monkey Free?!”, “Psycho Therapy”, and “BlackGuard vs. The Goonz”. Basically, everything we’ve done so far. We want to print at least 500 copies of this, preferably hardbound. I’ve been looking into different ways to fund this. Obviously, Kickstarter and Indiegogo are my first two choices, but I think we should also have a backup plan. That’s where the business plan comes in. We could apply for a small business plan or bank loan, but in order to be considered for those, you need to have a written plan for your business.

I’ll try to post another blog on Wednesday with more information on things to come.

Go with God.

– Jerrod

What’s Next?

27 Oct 11
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I’m going to keep this short, but I thought I should write something to let everyone know what to expect from BOSC Comics for the next few weeks.

So, the page we posted yesterday was the final page of “Monkey See… Monkey Free?!” I’ve been working on the rough draft of the next chapter for a few weeks now, but Will and I still have some fine tuning to do. This time, we want to have a better idea of how the story unfolds before we start it. Last time, we actually cut out an entire segment of MSMF at the last second when we were already halfway through it (the second half of the flashback scene, after Dirk’s death). Everything still turned out fine, but we kind of want to avoid that this time.

I guess I said all that to explain why there won’t be any new BlackGuard strips for the next few weeks. That doesn’t mean we won’t be adding anything new. We’re going to be making updates to the BlackGuard character profiles, which will probably include redrawn profile pictures to match Will’s current style. I have a few blog ideas about BlackGuard that you hardcore fans might dig. I’m sure Will’s going to produce his share of artwork over the next few weeks. And who knows, maybe we’ll FINALLY produce some new strips from The Great Purging during this break.

– Jerrod

Cola-Con, Blackguard Issue #1, and More…

16 Sep 11
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So this is probably the first blog I’ve written in a few months. I’ve gotten behind on my work ever since I took on a second website (I’ll talk about that later). We had to push a few pages back over the past couple of weeks due to our packed schedules. I’ll try to catch you all up on everything the BOSC have been up to lately.

Cola-con

First of all, we went to Cola-Con, a hip-hop and comics convention, about two weeks ago in Columbia, South Carolina. Nothing but dope comics and dope music. We handed out a few prototype versions of the first printed issue of Blackguard and got a lot of good feedback. We also got to sit through two panel discussions, one of which was about the connections between the hip-hop and comics cultures (I couldn’t help but think of Odan and Dirk Sanders the whole time). Oh yeah, and did I mention Talib Kweli and 9nth Wonder were there? We saw them perform live near the end of the event.

Blackguard Issue #1

The original plan was for us to have the first issue of Blackguard (the first 24 strips) printed to hand out at Cola-Con. Little did we know how much work it would take to make each page print-ready. It also didn’t help that I had no idea what I was doing (I still don’t quite understand margins and bleeding). After fumbling with the files on and off for about two weeks, we realized the only way the issues would be ready in time for Cola-Con was if we payed about one and a half times the original price and had submitted it a month ago. That’s when we made a last minute stop by Fed-Ex and made about six sample printings.

The upside to this is that we originally would’ve printed those first 30 or so copies without printing a test issue. But because we’re not in a rush anymore, we did print one, which arrived in the mail just a few days ago.

Blackguard Issue #1

This copy looks good, but there are a few changes we’d like to make before printing more. We also plan on looking into making this issue available for fans to purchase online.

New Sketchcards

If you’ve been following our artwork updates, you’ve probably seen the images from the “Sketchpad” series. Well we’ve got three new additions to that series: Geronimo Jones, Crucial Da Ape, and Dirk Sanders. You can find these at the Artwork Page

Overflow Festival

So what’s been keeping me so busy the past few weeks that I haven’t been able to keep our audience properly updated? I started working on a website for a local event here in savannah called Overflow. It’s a festival designed to showcase the many artistically gifted people in the area. The event will have something for people of all ages and is being setup as a family event. For those of you in or near Savannah, Georgia, it takes place October 9 at Daffin Park. Check out the website here.

Blackguard’s “Monkey See… Monkey Free?!”

We’re approaching the finale of the MSMF story arc. We posted Part 42 last week, and Part 43 should be up by next week. The storyline will be wrapped up within the next few pages, and then it’s onto the second chapter, tentatively named “Group Therapy” (That name’s Probably going to change).

That’s all I can think of right now. I’ll try to use this blog a little more frequently to keep everyone updated on the weekly activities of The Brothers of Spontaneous Combustion. That is what it’s here for after all. See ya.