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Back to the Action
Thanks for putting up with the delays this week. What with the time away for my birthday and then the scanner woes. I thought I'd never get the new page up. But it's done and posted and now time to move on to the next page. This is where the action kicks into high gear and I'm excited to get into drawing it so to make up for the lack of pages this week, the next page will be posted tomorrow instead of the average two day space between updates. See you soon and thanks again. Nova Chronicles readers are the best on the net.
Scanner: 1, Nova Chronicles: 0
I apologize to those who are wondering what happened to the next page. Ever since the NC started I've been struggling with a break-down prone scanner. Looks like it has finally reached the end of its life as it is now resorting to shutting down my computer. Thus, no scanning capabilities means no new page. However, I'm heading out after posting this to purchase a new unit. I should be back up and running by noon tomorrow (Thursday the 27th) and appreciate your patience. See you then, Thanks for waiting :).
Suffering for my Art
Welcome back. Sorry about the missing next page. It's almost done but the new inking style has opened up so many new doorways artisticly for me that it's taking a while to realize them all. Case in point is the delayed page 3-11. I hated to turn in for the evening without a completed page but would have hated worse to do a poor job. Also, don't think that this new style will have a lasting slowing effect on my hitting deadlines. It's just the beginning of something new and takes a few small steps to get adjusted. See you tonight.
Now in Technicolor!
... Well not exactly. Still black and white, but with a whole new look. The new visual style of the Nova Chronicles is a result of the new Ink format vs. the old Pencil-only method. Hope you like the change. So far response to the color and ink picture of the Vindicator and Gyro has been overwhelmingly positive so I think this will work well too. I was tempted to go with color in the comic pages as well, but in the end it just didn't seem to fit as well... At least not for now. Keep those comments coming in. Take Care.
Hi. I had a suprise to roll out this morning but I ended up needing a little more time to get it set up right. So I've pushed Monday morning's page back to later in the day. I'm really pleased with the changes going on and hope that you will be too. Please check back tonight. Thanks.
Shirts and Such
Well, Thursday's page is a bit late in posting but it's up now. I won't bother with the details but can't stress enough the importance of frequent saving when working on a computer document. But you knew that already.
Wow! It's been a long time since I put down one of these newposts. I'd like to use my first break of silence to welcome those of you joining us this week for the first time after clicking over from MacHall. Hope you like what you see and stick around for the long run.
A slight layout shift...
Hello, intrepid Nova readers. You may notice a slightly different layout around here. We've moved the Site Menu to a more logical place near the Update notice, and used the space down below for some choice links to some of our favorite webcomics (as well as a couple of resources Tyler uses in creating the NC). I think this is a better look overall.
Today has always been a day of personal reflection and rest for me so no new page at this time. Instead I hope everyone who came to the site today will spend those couple of minutes they would have used to read the comic to instead take a moment for a little peace of mind for themselves. I'll be putting up some new art sometime this evening and we'll get back into the story on Friday. Have a good night and enjoy the rest of the season. God Bless.
Sometimes It's Just Out of Your Hands!
The lack of a new page today was due to a major problem with my internet service provider. The system has been edgy all week but the whole thing came to an end today and shut down. Around two this afternoon I gave up hope and went out to do my Christmas shopping. At least it wasn't me this time ;).
Back on Track- Thanks for Waiting
Well, the school semester is winding down and the holidays are upon us. I should now have more than enough time to get the Nova Chronicles rolling again. Thanks so much to all the faithful readers that waited so long for me to get things done.
Finals, work and life's other little Catastrophes
Updates a little off this week? Yeah, I know. Between catching up at work after Thanksgiving and finishing up the semester at school, comic drawing time might be cut a little short for a few days. I will strive to get updates completed but might be a little off with them for a short bit. Thanks to the students and starving artists out there for their collective understanding ;)
Back at Home and Back on Track
Hi. Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Today was supposed to be the next page in chapter 2, but I got a little set back during the holiday weekend and am now without a finished page for Sat. So expect the Chronicles to be back on regular schedule on Monday. I'll be using the rest of the weekend to help finish up some loose ends on the site with Scott.
Tinkering under the hood
If anyone tried to access the site early Saturday morning (11-30) and was greeted by a cryptic error message, I am the one to blame. I've been doing some work on the underlying code that drives The Nova Chronicles, and it required some adjustments after uploading before it worked properly. So, I apologize for any inconvenience.
What's on your mind?
Well, Chapter One is all finished. Time to move on to a new episode. Chapter two will introduce new characters, expand on those already in the mix and reveal new aspects of the overall story.
Welcome to monday the 18th and another week of the Chronicles. Today's page will be up tonight, took me a little while to finish it up due to the fact that I'm working out how to finish the first chapter. The whole thing is written ahead of time but it is not always planned ahead how the story will advance page by page. Looks like tonight's installment will be the last of Chapter One: Prologue.
Today's page will be uploaded this evening as I had to stay at work late last night and as a result will have to finish the next page this afternoon.
A few words with a master
I had the pleasure of meeting Michael Turner yesterday evening. For those of you not familiar with him or his work, he is a very distinguished comic artist over at Image Comics and his work is a tremendous influence on my own. He's a really great, down-to-earth guy, and he allowed me to pick his brain for a while... things I hope to use to make the Nova Chronicles even better. If you're a fan of this feature, or comic books in general, do yourself a favor and check his work out. Thanks Mike.
A Second Wind
All right, I know! The update schedule has been less than impressive as of late. It seems to be the result of just too much going on at one time. So, with that in mind, I am taking the needed steps to assure that the comic is given the proper amount of time needed each week to keep updates on time. I plan on going somewhere big with the Nova Chronicles and I feel it's about time I showed it. I cannot promise that there won't be future snags for time to time but I will tell you that it will be a vast improvemnet over what it's been.
A moment for artistic merit.
For those of you wondering why there is no new page today, I needed a bit longer for a slight re-write of the next page or two. I just wasn't satisfied with the way the stand-off between Bailee, Alex and the Police was headed. I've got a much better solution and am in the process of bringing it to pencil-and-paper life as I write this. I should have it up around midnight or at the latest tomorrow morning. If you're disappointed by another delay just remember that it's all for the greater good of providing you, the reader, with the finest comic I can. And remember, all of you aspiring artists out there: Good writing skills are not just for use in your comic, but also in explaining the lack thereof :). See you in a few hours and thanks!