NofNA at Small Press Expo, SPX

August 26th, 2009

10%+ proofs after the proofing process

I will be appearing at SPX from the 26th of September to the 27th, Saturday and Sunday. If you’re in the area, stop by and take a look. The place will be chock-filled with great comic artists and comic fans.

In the unlikely event that the 10%+ books are not ready by then, I will also have a free NofNA-themed postcard and business card for dispersal, and I do think that I will be doing free sketches (perhaps on the back of said free cards, if you’d like). Come and see the proof that was too big for production! As well as the seventh book, the 10%+ Addendum, which contains about 170 pages of all-new material.

I’ll probably make another announcement before I leave with more details.

Hope to see you there!

Vacation in Canada

July 28th, 2009
Vacation in Canada

I will be taking a vacation to Canada from July 31st to August 7th–that’s this week’s Friday to the next. As a result, NofNA updates may be suspended or delayed.

I’ll be working on an extra story while I’m there, without the aid of a computer. A small comic book drawn in black & white. If all goes well, it should be available for purchase several months later.

NofNA on Twitter

May 25th, 2009
NofNA on Twitter

NofNA now has a Twitter account: http://twitter.com/nofna

It’ll be filled with my thoughts on NofNA pages and work, as I work. Other things relative to the philosophy of NofNA may appear. For now, I don’t plan to use it as an RSS feed for when new pages are uploaded, but that may change.

NofNA Updates Weekdays

April 21st, 2009
NofNA Updates Weekdays

A step closer to daily status, NofNA will now update every weekday. I may not be able to keep this pace up for color arcs at this page size, but I should be able to manage for this arc.

Please let your friends know that cliffhangers are fridays-only now.

Thank you for your continued support!

Secretary pp. 56-92 Analysis

March 2nd, 2009
Secretary pp. 56-92 Analysis

An analysis of the entire fight between SV and the jerboa has been uploaded to YouTube. In making these, I had two aims: one, for readers to check their own insights against what I personally had in mind while drawing, and two, to prepare readers for the amount of analysis that has the ability to give each story more depth. This analytical approach will reveal much more about the characters and their aims than they choose to reveal themselves.

Hopefully, these videos will help and encourage readers to form their own conclusions beyond what is obvious in the story.

Part One
Part Two
Part Three

Open to the middle of the book

January 27th, 2009
Open to the middle of the book

An “in medias res” checkbox has been added underneath the story selection menu. When checked, and a story is selected, this will simulate pulling a book off of the bookshelf and opening it to somewhere near the middle. Helpful for when you want to just jump into a story.

What Just Happened? The NofNA Fight Scene

January 22nd, 2009
What Just Happened? The NofNA Fight Scene

During the fight scenes, NofNA may appear as a soup of action instead of a distinct image. The hard-edged, pixelated nature of aliased art does not help to make things more clear; human vision is not built to discern quick motion from high contrasts.

Speeding objects create a blur under normal visual processing. But these images are crisp. There may be some dissonance when the brain tries to resolve what is going on.

Because of this, I’ve thought of putting words to a couple of tips that I use when resolving action.

The first tip, is to spend no more than a second “reading” each panel. Blaze through the entire page and the brain will automatically work to stitch together what’s just been seen. When the processing piles up on itself–adding an element of “duration” to each panel–the sequence will make sense as a whole. It will animate itself. Currently, NofNA is designed to be read very quickly. This is why fight scenes endure for many pages: they will occur historically at the same speed it takes to read them.

The second tip, is to slow down and carefully analyze what is going on. This is as simple as thinking about the immediate past, present, and future: The preceding panel, the current panel, and the anteceding panel. An internal monologue is a great help in making out a particularly difficult image. “What body parts are where? What’s contacting? What seems to be in motion? Is there any debris? Is this a special effect? Is the character making use of some odd visual apparatus? What’s this mean? What’s this doing?” Simply stating the obvious can reveal new things about the image seen… and not only in the context of this website.

Happy New Year! 10%+ in 2009

January 1st, 2009
Happy New Year! 10%+ in 2009

The 10%+ book has been completed. It’ll be sent to the printer, whereupon they’ll print it and send me a proofing copy. After I make corrections and adjustments, It’ll be on its way to becoming a physical object.

The price is looking to be about $34.50. It’ll be 8″ x 5″ and about 800 pages long. There are plans to break it up into smaller, more digestible (and cheaper) installments. You can consider this all-in-one behemoth the deluxe version.

More details to come as it finally approaches sale.

Happy new year!

Livejournal Feed added

November 5th, 2008
Livejournal Feed added

If you use livejournal frequently, you can now receive Nature of Nature’s Art in your friendslist. Simply add “nofna.livejournal.com” as a friend to receive each update.

The large images are concealed behind an lj-cut in order to preserve your friendslist format.

10%+ Finishes

September 23rd, 2008
10%+ Finishes

10%+ has finished. What is in store for Meander? I don’t think even he knows. Could his antagonism towards Rule have been avoided? Is there any way that they could have accepted each other’s ideals?

Work on the book is proceeding smoothly and the first part of work (out of about six or so) should be finished soon. The black and white version has been cancelled due to time restraints, but the ending intended for the black and white version should appear in the book.

I’m undecided as to whether to split up the story into two volumes due to the unexpectedly massive size. Recently, Evan Dahm’s Rice Boy was printed using the same service that I intend to use. At over 450 pages it was not small, yet he managed to fit it all into one book. I’ll have to think about it carefully.

The next NofNA arc starts on Thursday. It will have no color, only lines, to help afford me some time to work on the book. The story should be interesting. I’m very excited about it.

See you then. I hope you enjoyed the story.