Two Strips A Week!

After much thought I have decided to do two “Habitat” strips a week. So now in place of my Monday blog posts I will be posting a new strip. Every Monday and Friday at 10am CST a new “Habitat” comic strip will be posted. I’m hoping I can keep up the slightly more grueling schedule but if I see that it is taking a toll on the strip I will go back to just one a week. I realize that it seems like my schedule is changing every week and apologize for the inconsistency but, this comic strip also started as an experiment. It is a challenge to myself to do two comic strips a week so that I have enough material to send to a syndicate come May 5th of next year.

This will be my last Monday blog post but I will continue to post blogs at least once a month.  Not that my life is that interesting but it I think it is nice to post once and awhile just as a journal of my thoughts and how I go about making the strip.

You’ve probably also noticed a change in the look of the site. I’ve switched to a more reader friendly theme. It’s a little less customized but I think it will be better in the long run. Once I get my own domain is when I’ll try and go nuts with the design of the site.

Well, thank you for stopping reading my stuff I’ll hope your come around every Monday and Friday to check out “Habitat.”

Journal Entry #4

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Greetings true believers! No, this is not Stan Lee. This is M. Gonya with another blog post! Not quite as exciting, I know. I try to make these posts as interesting as possible but I’m probably the only one that gets a sick joy from them.

Last Saturday I went to a local pop-up gallery here in Kenosha to see the work of local cartoonists John Hambrock (The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee), Dan Pavelich (Just Say Uncle), and Ryan Pagelow (Buni). The thing that I was most struck with is the tightness of Hambrock’s inking. It’s not until you see a comic in it’s raw form that you start to see that “oh, yeah… this is all done by hand.” Just seeing how careful his marks were gave me a new appreciation for the inking process. After going to that gallery showing I now know I have to step up my game.

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Since going to the gallery showing, I’ve been trying to draw everyday but it doesn’t always pan out. As you can see I’ve been experimenting with the look of the characters. The drawing of Morton at the top looks more like a yeti so I don’t think I’ll be adding fur lines to him in the actual strip.

I just finished reading the book “Mastery” by Robert Greene. Greene mentions that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become a master. If that is the case I think I’ll become a master of my craft just about the time my bones turn to dust. Since reading the book, I’ve been trying to not waste a moment of my life by seeing the benefits in everything I do. Instead of being annoyed that I have to clean dishes I now see it as a way of getting chores out of the way to free up time for better things. I’ve also tried to make my trips to and from work brainstorming sessions for the comic so I’m not wasting time in the car.

My last topic of conversation is the website. I’ve been thinking a lot about this wordpress site. My idea is that I would like to have at least 200 followers before I start paying for a domain and host. I just hope that most of the traffic to this site will carry over. I want to get I nice, firm fan base before I start paying for stuff though. (Kinda like the Beatles having a #1 Hit in the U.S. before touring here.) Another issue I will be handling soon is the design of this site. I will probably be changing the theme to the “Panel” theme for the #11 strip. I hate to lose my header but I think the readability of the strip is more important.

Well, thank you for reading and i hope to see you all here on Friday! Peace.

Habitat #10: A Marvel of Biological Engineering

Habitat 10Poor Morton… never knows when to keep his big mouth shut. Finn is definitely more appreciative of the beauty of other animals. Morton’s idea of beauty is a discarded cheeseburger and a nice shaded patch of soft grass.

I’m beginning to change the look of Finn just a bit. Instead of the circle I start drawing his head with a square. It makes a bit more sense with the way I want his head to look. I’m more pleased with this design of Finn… even though he hasn’t changed THAT much. I’m still considering drawing more details into the characters such as fur but I’m still unsure.

So this is big #10! I bet you didn’t think I’d be around even this long! lol Well, neither did I ! 🙂 I hope to stick around for maybe another couple rounds of ten. Thank you to all the readers out there. You guys rock my world! See you guys on Monday! Peace!

 

I Miss Summer

Sharing drinkHey Everybody! I hope everyone is having a fabulous Summer! Now that I’m out of school, Summer is a less evident than it once was. My day job kinda sucks all the fun out of what are supposed to be long lazy Summer days. I won’t get into my day job here though.

As far as the comic goes, I think I’m doing alright. I have been trying to network more and be more sociable online.  I’ve learned that there are a lot of talented people out there and most of them are very nice people. I’m also surprised at some of the artists that have been reading “Habitat.” I’m pretty self-conscience of my drawing ability and I’m being visited by really talented people. It really motivates me to keep going and make the comic better. Thank you to everyone who has been reading my comic. I truly appreciate it!

I am obviously NOT a professional cartoonist… YET. 🙂 I just want people to know that I still have a day job and I’m unable to spend all my time on this comic. This is not an excuse for some of the wonkiness of my drawing. If I want this thing to be good enough for syndication I’m going to have to practice drawing more. A lot of times I have time to draw but don’t because I can’t think of what to draw or I’m afraid of what I’ll draw will look like crap or I’m just plain lazy. From now on most of my free time will be spent practicing drawing.

Well, thank you once again for dropping by. I really appreciate everyone who’s been following me and commenting. You’re all great! Have a good day!

Habitat #9: The Climb

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The reason you don’t see more stray cats on the top of electrical poles is because there are no dogs to put them up to it. It does seem very natural for cats to climb up things but not know how to get back down.

I came up with the idea for this strip while driving to work. I just noticed how many poles line the streets and that was the impetus of the idea to put Finn on top of a electrical pole. Since I’m not too settled on Finn’s design you’ll notice he’s only in two panels… I think it still works without seeing him… I don’t know if it would have been funnier to see him in the last panel or not.

I’ll have another fun-filled blog for you next Monday! Thanks for reading!

A Case Of The Mondays

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OK, I lied. I’ve decided it is smarter to post Mondays and Fridays. So The plan is a blog post every Monday and my comic will post every Friday. Both at 10am CST. Sorry for any confusion.  Posting on Wednesdays just seemed too close to Friday.

In an attempt to stay motivated about “Habitat” I’ve been writing a strip a day. I think just writing out a rough script every day has kind of helped me shape the character’s personalities a bit more. It has also given me a little deeper well to go to when I have to decide what strip I’m going to do next. I haven’t written anything with more than just Morton and Finn in it yet. I would like those two to be perfected before I add more characters to the mix. I’m not lacking in strip ideas yet. I’ll usually have a general idea of what I want the strip to be about (examples: rain, the softness of grass, traffic patterns) and then I’ll brainstorm from there on what the characters will do and say. I usually have the idea while I’m working so I’ll just have to quickly write the idea down and then write the script during lunch or after work…. and sometimes during work. 🙂

I must admit that I got a little discouraged when I discovered the comic “Over The Hedge.” I thought it was just a animated movie but it is actually a comic strip as well. It is a very well done strip that is set in the outdoors as well which made me wonder if I should rethink my strip. I wanted to be more original and I was bummed that there was another strip doing it better than I was. Then I thought about it and figured that my strip is different enough that no one is going to accuse me of ripping off “Over The Hedge.” I even think my strip can be just as good, if not better than “Over The Hedge” if I keep working at it and sharpening my drawing and writing skills. It may seem like I have a big head but, at times you need that ego to keep yourself motivated.

Well, that’s all for now. I want to thank all of you for reading “Habitat.” It means so much to me when I see that someone “liked” a strip… yes, I sit and stare at my dashboard for hours on end waiting for the likes to come in. lol I really do appreciate your viewership though. Feel free to drop me a comment now and then. I would love to here from you! Thanks for reading! See you FRIDAY!!

Habitat #8: The Baby-sitter

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Man, looks like Morton is a real jerk  in this one. If I was Finn I wouldn’t even want to hang out with him. They are all they have though… for the moment anyway.

I’m critical of all the comics I do but this one I’m really critical of. Finn kinda morphs from panel to panel. Consistency is always a challenge in comics. Like I said before, I would like to re-design the look of the characters a little to make them less flat looking. Morton is a jerk in this one which is not how I really want him to turn out. I want him to be a wisenheimer without being construed as meanie or a bully.

Just a reminder that future comics will come out EVERY FRIDAY!

As always, thanks for reading!