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Thursday — April 24th, 2014

Operation Plan

Hello again!  After nearly a year without a new Dressed for Success comic page we wanted to spread the news. Work is being done on picking things up where we left off and continuing on telling the story of our intrepid heroes Alex and Walter.

As had been mentioned previously, I found myself in a situation where I needed to focus my energies on other things and couldn’t continue with the ongoing production schedule of a weekly webcomic.  After some time, things have settled down and the ability to move forward with the comic series has presented itself.

After some discussion, it was determined that trying to move on with the weekly schedule that had been maintained for a few years wasn’t necessarily going to work.  At least not without the potential for some page release hiccups or creator burn outs along the way. After all, we are doing the comic in our spare time around full-time jobs and juggling various family commitments throughout the year. So it can be a challenge at times.

With this realization it has been decided to adjust the production and release schedule in such a way where we will post 2 blocks of story pages throughout the year, with short breaks in between. Here is how it will break down:

Over the course of a year we will release a block (or chapter) of 20 pages, one page a week.  Followed by a 6 week break.  Then continuing on with another section of 20 pages and another 6 week break.

So we would be looking at producing 40 pages of comic story over the course of a year instead of 52. We feel this is a reasonable compromise which allows ourselves to create a decent amount of pages overall while giving us a bit of a break along the way.

As I am producing new pages I am doing so using the program Manga Studio, which will hopefully help increase my speed at drawing pages as well.

Right now we are in the early days of ramping up production on new pages and as of yet don’t have a firm date on when new comic pages will start being posted again. We are hoping sooner rather than later.  In the meantime, let us know what you think of our plans and continue to watch this space for further updates on this topic and other things related to Dressed for Success.

- Jeff


               It Came From Within!

One Down, Many More to Go

So the first new Dressed for Success comic page has been penciled and inked and is ready for the colouring phase. It feels good to be over that initial hurdle of getting back into things.  It is still early days with Manga Studio but I am seeing how it will be able to speed up my work flow.

Now back to work on the next chapter of 20 pages so that we can start posting them online for you to read as soon as possible.  But for now here is a preview of the inks on page 161.

- Jeff

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Squirrels and School pictures

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Hey folks, bit of an update for you. So for the second year we are participating in the Comic Creators for Freedom fundraiser.  This year’s theme is school pictures, and you can see our entry above. The CCFF goal is to end child trafficking and exploitation. Any size donation is greatly appreciated.

The other thing of note about Alex’s school portrait is that it’s Jeff’s first piece done completely digital.

I’ve been working on designs for my next Bertram’s Tale, drawing squirrels, bears and bridges. I had this crazy idea that I’d actually figure out what I was going to draw before I jumped into pages. As pleased as I was with my first outing on Lazy Jack, I’m really looking forward to having done prep work before starting this time. I’ll be moving Bertram’s Tales over to Tapastic, as well as running the original DFS stories there as well.

Hopefully, we’ll have more news shortly.

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