Monday Links and News – 11.10.2014

October felt like it lasted forever (5ever?) and yet November seems like it is blowing by like a train. Which is fine, really. The sooner we’re clear of Winter, the better. Also, I love Thanksgiving. Yummy.

I chatted with Paul and Chris of the Montreal Sauce Podcast last Thursday evening. I think it will be published soon, but here is my first appearance again. We chatted about many things, but spent a lot of time discussing my comic making process now that I’m all digital.

The short version is, I try to do specific tasks on specific days. Only worry about one thing at a time. For example, on Mondays I write as many comics as I can. I try for at least two, but really shoot for three or four. Since I’m once a week, I need to pay attention when the comic will run, so I don’t miss a chance for a holiday related comic or the like.

I will let y’all know once the podcast episode is online.

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helping

Uh oh.

My No Filter Fox offers up a guest comic. Oh boy.

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Thoughts on publishing my full comics on Tumblr and Twitter.

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I added new items to Storenvy (original art) and Society6 (prints and merch).

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Monday Links and News – 11.03.2014

A new month!

Inktober is over and I finished all 31 daily drawings. I enjoyed the challenge, although I’m not sure if I will do it again next year. We shall see though. I didn’t mind the drawing part, but the posting each to my website everyday became a bit of a chore by the end. Drawing daily for Inktober did make me think about increasing my comic output. I’m not ready yet, although I am already working on comics for December (at least the writing/lettering part).

I might try to push myself to publish two comics a week in the new year. Maybe more. Daily would be great, and ideal, but I’m not quite there yet–but getting used to working digitally will help with such a goal.

For now, I’m working on building up a buffer, which will come in handy during the upcoming holidays.

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halloween comic

Oh boy.

My Halloween costume comic tradition continues.

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Monday Links and News – 10.27.2014

Work on my new novel continues.

It is work, yes, but fun work. First drafts are a weird kind of fun–there is an odd freedom about a first draft. Consequences be damned, and all. Because: you can always fix stuff in the next drafts.

I’m at about 10 thousand words in by now, so over 10% finished (my goal was around 80 thousand words). In last week’s newsletter, I wrote about letting the story take the lead. This is a difficult concept to explain to non-creatives (no offense), but, while writing (or drawing) if inspiration taps me on the shoulder and says “Go this way,” I do. It could be “add this plot point” or “here’s a new character” but I go with the flow.

It is why I have a difficult time answering the ‘Where do you get your ideas?’ question. I just get ideas. There isn’t any magic involved, it is how my mind works.

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guilt trip ghost comic

Boo!

GTG is back!

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Inktober is nearly finished–my last drawing will be on the 31st. A fan already asked about buying all 31 drawings, so I have that to look forward to, which is nice (and keeps me drawing).

Daniel J. Hogan’s other blog is clattertron.com. The blog on danieljhogan.com is for weekly links, news, general updates, and other rambling.

Monday Links and News – 10.20.2014

I wrote about practice and routine in last week’s newsletter. They help, for sure, especially with muscle memory, in the case of drawing. Inktober is nearly over, and I’m seeing the benefit of working on drawings every day, especially before I work on my comics–they act as a good warm up. Not that I wasn’t drawing every day before Inktober. I was, but mainly quickly little sketches, nothing as planned out and finished as (some of) my Inktober drawings.

It does make me think I could crank out more comics than I do now (once a week), but, I’m not ready to increase my output. Yet. Inktober also made me think I was over-thinking my comics a bit, especially as I still work on getting used to drawing on my Surface Pro 3 and using Clip Studio Paint.

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BEE sure to read.

BEE sure to read.

Oh, Junior Bee.

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Daniel J. Hogan’s other blog is clattertron.com. The blog on danieljhogan.com is for weekly links, news, general updates, and other rambling.

Monday Links and News – 10.13.2014

“Do the work,” was the theme of last week’s newsletter And boy howdy, have I been working.  Inktober, blogging, making comics, and starting a new novel.

Or rather, started. Yes, I started a new novel last week. I got the idea about a year ago, and it wouldn’t stop bouncing around in my head. Out! Out! Get on the page!

I prepared for about a week, but finally dove in last Monday or Tuesday. Preparing is good and all, but the best novel prep-work is starting to write. Ideas flow once you start to do the work, speaking from experience. I have a rough outline, and a word count in mind (just north of 80 thousand words).

I’m still sending my second finished novel, Riddle of the White Gun, to agents–but this is not keeping me from starting a third (or fourth, or fifth depending on what drafts of White Gun I’m counting, along with other books).

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semantics comic

Uh oh.

Dangerous food is afoot.

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Daniel J. Hogan’s other blog is clattertron.com. The blog on danieljhogan.com is for weekly links, news, general updates, and other rambling.