09/13/2010

BIG GO YE DOGS! NEWS

Sooooo… I’m staring Go Ye Dogs! over. Like… all over. I’ve rushed into the strip from the beginning, otherwise I would have never even started. I’ve fretted so much about the characters I’ve shoe-horned them into a plot I hadn’t thought through. I’ve tied one hand behind my back with an awful cramped format that doesn’t allow any tension or creativity. I hadn’t given myself enough time to design the costumes. I’m rushing. Plus coloring on the computer for me is a very dull, joyless exercise. So I’m starting over… from the beginning.

The layout will resemble a typical comic in portrait format. There will be more panels and more space for them to breathe. I’m not letting myself get lazy about my environments. I’m keeping the good things and tossing the unnecessary ones. I’m filling in the grays by hand. Please trust me. This is already working out for the better. Page one already has more energy and passion than the last month of the strip. I’d appreciate it if y’all came back to square one with me on this one. You will be rewarded.


Discussion (20) ¬

  1. Immelmann

    I’m glad you’re doing this now and not a year down the road! Good luck with the reboot.

  2. whitewolfy123

    im confused. so is this the supposed to be the first page of the do over? and we never met any1 else yet?

  3. Colt Coyote

    Cool, can’t wait to see more!

  4. Brian

    Cool beans, man. The comic showed a lot of potential, but I don’t think it ever would have fully lived up to it in the narrow confines of the previous format. I will continue to be an avid reader, and I look forward to whatever you do because you’re fundamentally awesome at a molecular level. Keep on truckin!

  5. Angzerius

    Lookin’ forward to it.

  6. funnyanimalbooks

    That’s right. Clear your mind of the previous story. This is square one!

  7. Giordanisti

    Regardless of how much you like the old story, is there any way you could keep the previous archives around somewhere? I still loved the art, and would appreciate being able to look back at it.

  8. Dahgrow

    Awesome, sounds great. Excited about it. I love what it’s been so far.

  9. Salvar

    Nifty.

  10. Tabby

    Sometimes that’s what it takes.

    :3

    Looking forward as well~

  11. Slathbax

    Oh okay.

  12. c

    We all need a do over every once in a while. Can’t wait to see what develops and best of luck.

  13. Blasphemous Rex

    I fully agree with your decision. If you’re making something you don’t want to make, or feel like it isn’t nearly as good as it should be, you have the complete and utter right to make changes (or in this case, a reboot). If you were to kept going on a note you felt was wrong, it would only end up getting neglected and become just another dead comic. It’s always okay to change things if they aren’t working — because you can always change them back.

  14. funnyanimalbooks

    I’ll try to think of something, but to avoid confusion I’ve had to do away with them for now.

  15. Durf

    yeah there were times when the comic seemed to take unnecessary twists. like the madam O segment, nose ghosts, etc.

  16. Dotcom

    But I *liked* the unnecessary twists—and the artwork. It made the comic interesting. :(

    As an artist I understand this decision (I want *everything* I do to feel perfect, too), but as a reader I hope that the old strips at least get archived…and part of me isn’t sure if I want to read the story over again or not—especially so early in the game.

    A huge part of what makes reading comics enjoyable is watching the artwork and stories progress and change. There’s so many comics (many you can see online) that start with “rough” art and plots, but they grab your attention and seeing them change every day is like getting a surprise. I understand and respect that ultimately, it’s the artist’s decision, though.

  17. funnyanimalbooks

    Thanks for that. I like webcomics for that unique way you get to see them progress. It’s a very honest, democratic medium. The story was not up to my standard, however, and GYD is intended for publication as a book, which requires it to be streamlined. I had to delete the archives for simplicity. I’ll make a page with a PDF with the old strips in a week or so.

  18. Catter

    You know, for some reason it does not seem like a big deal that you started over, and I am rooting for whatever you make now. But I hope you do keep a few things from the old strips.
    Nice webcomic. You do have your own style, and the cultural aspects of these people is just as interesting as the story itself.

  19. Becvar

    Glad I only just found this comic, but even if I’d been following you for 4 years, you have to do what feels right for you as an artist. Us getting to see your work is a privilege you grant us, not a right.

  20. Cecil

    “Is there any way you could keep the previous archives around somewhere? I still loved the art, and would appreciate being able to look back at it.”

    I second this^ I really loved the old story and art, I’ve reread it all several times.

    “I’ll make a page with a PDF with the old strips in a week or so.”

    This ^ makes me very happy, and I hope you follow through. Great work, and good luck with the reboot, I can’t wait to see what happens :D

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