Friday’s comic wrapped up a little four-part story about Peter buying a laptop. Buying a new computer is always a stressful thing.
We’ll return to stand-alone comics this week.
I would like to talk to you about my new picture book, Mishap.
You can download the digital edition HERE. You can pay whatever you want for it, including zero dollars. You can even buy it cheap and pay more money later on.
If you enjoy it, you can PRE-ORDER THE PAPERBACK EDITION for ten dollars. I will draw a sketch inside and sign it for people who pre-order the book. The book will be shipped out on December 3rd.
And if you tell people about this book through Twitter, Facebook, E-mail, etc, you will be doing me a huge favor. You will have my undying gratitude. This is the link to this page: http://www.keycomic.com/?p=2098
Over the weekend, I added a feature to the site that lets you comment on each individual comic.
If you spot a mistake in the strip, if you have a question, and especially if you have an opposing viewpoint, please comment! I enjoy reading the comments and I will try to reply to them all. For the time being, we will only be able to comment on new comics, or comics posted after November 15th. I have to manually alter the archives to allow comments on them. It’s not a big deal, though, it will just take some time to do.
Mishap, my new picture book, will be released on December 3rd. I just received advanced copies of the book and I was really happy with how they were printed.
I use a POD (Print on Demand) service called Createspace. When one of my books is purchased on Amazon, Createspace prints one up specifically for the buyer. The great thing about this is that I’m not sitting on a basement full of books; my only investment is the time it takes to put the books together. The downside is, the per unit cost is higher to print one book than 2000.
There’s also a stigma surrounding POD books that they’re just glorified photocopies; that the printing is crude, the paper is cheap, the content is off-center, etc. A month ago, I would agree with this, but the shipment of books I just received has put those concerns at ease. I suspect that Createspace has updated the equipment they use for printing, because they are starting to offer more options, such as matte-finish covers.
These books have rekindled my interest in using POD services to the point where I have returned to coloring Keystone. A month ago, I wrote about the cost that color brings to the printing, and that is still a concern of mine. Fortunately, I believe I have found a solution to this problem, which I will discuss in greater detail when the second Keystone book is released (in early 2014).
I bought a font program a few months ago and turned my hand-lettering into a font. This was a tough decision. I remember one time during an art class, I had some drawings I made on the computer. One classmate said, “Wow! You know how to click a mouse.” I have always had this feeling since then that if I use the computer, I’m somehow cheating.
In the end, I’m glad I turned my lettering into a font. I have more time to focus on other areas of the comic, and it makes editing the writing a snap.
Which brings us to today’s comic. I’ve taken another step and used fonts I didn’t create myself: Verdana on the top and Arial on the bottom. These fonts are pretty standard, and I bet you can find them installed on your computer already.
My favorite sans-serif font is probably Futura. My favorite serif font is Rockwell. I don’t use these fonts because I can’t use these fonts because they cost money. I just like to admire them on Google.
Maybe someday I’ll be able to use them on the cover of my books. That’s when I’ll know I’ve “made it.”
I decided to switch from elliptical word balloons to rectangular balloons with round edges.
My hypothesis is that the simplicity of rectangular balloons compliments the simplicity of the drawings, which emphasize geometric shapes.
These types of balloons can also be found in Barnaby by Crockett Johnson, Tintin by Herge, and Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau. These comics also have clean, simple drawings. (I don’t mean “simple” in a bad way).
Or maybe there is no other reason besides the fact that I think it looks cool. Simple, right?