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hello! here are my sloppily-drawn comics for hourly comics day.
greetings all! it's time for your monthly update on the long-delayed but ALMOST FINISHED debut episode of brobot!
yes, as you know, i said late january. we're there now and GUESS WHAT... i'm still animating the last scene. lol! i use lol to hide my deeply centered self-loathing and depression about this fact, but i'm used to it at this point! i'm really excited to put this out, i haven't had anything out in a while. i keep going back and forth between my opinions of this thing, i sometimes like it, sometimes dislike it, and overall think it's a little too unfunny and too confusing for its own good.
but it's cool, i've been doing some ADR of sorts and going back and re-writing lines, which is the first time i've ever done that! i'm hoping to go back to the opening scene to fix certain jokes i hate lol. i'm even going back and re-inserted lines/scenes i deleted from earlier drafts cause why the fuck not? it's already long as it is, might as well introduce characters better. after the last scene's animated, i've gotta re-board and animate a tag (which shouldn't take too long), and dillon's working on the music in fits and starts (don't wanna be a dick, but it's the truth lol. he's kinda swamped in some regards with work stuff though). after the episode is "done", i'll do audio work and put in the music, re-animate any shots with errors, and then it should be done. new estimate? i don't wanna say. i keep missing my deadlines and i'm just gonna keep my mouth shut. soooooon, though. i'm literally like... a minute from completion or less lol!
i'm also completely convinced (don't know if i said this the last blog post) to do the second episode and all future shows using rigging in toon boom. like, hardcore rigging haha. i'm tired of the way i've been doing it, and as shows like rick and morty (or anything from bardel) and those early eps of star vs. the forces of evil have shown, rigging is like, the way to go (if i do it right lol). hopefully that will speed up the process some, and i'd like to get better at rigging anyway.
i still plan to put out a promo clip too, but i want music behind it soooo. anyway, since i only ever upload images, here's a video! it's a shot i'm on now, the cops in the car aren't animated yet (nor are they in final design... that should be done in the next day or so!)
greetings! happy new year!
i am excited to tell you that episode 1 of brobot is nearly done. i am animating the final scene right now and after that, i'll animate a tiny tag to the episode. afterwards, i'll go through looking for errors, and then animation will be completed. then since i build these things along the way to watch them play shot-by-shot, i'll have not much work to do... only audio stuff. i plan on making a 5.1 surround sound mix cause that just sounds fun, and i've got to remix all the audio and get it sounding ok... the levels have all been off ever since i started this thing and it's annoying me lol. i also have to, very soon, re-record a couple of lines i can slip into some shots. i've tried to do them twice and i cannot get them sounding like the lines i recorded initially... so both recordings sound wildly different. and that would be jarring and i can't have that. so i've gotta figure out that. also, kingdarkeyes really needs to get to work on the music, but he just had ass surgery sooo... can't be a jerk!
i hope everyone who reads this' holiday season went well. and i hope their 2017s will be better than their 2016s. despite the internet's hatred of 2016, it was not too bad for me. i got to move up to georgia and began working harder on my stuff, i got a decent job, i got to make another issue of something anything and got to get both issues into stores, and i met a wonderful girl. i also made an animation to get me back in the swing of things and now i'm almost done with the first episode of the series i've been wanting to do for a very long time. i wish it hadn't taken so long, and my mission for the next year is to try my best to not take as long, or somehow put more work out there. i want to make more comics, more episodes of brobot, and be kind to others and work harder!
i'm hoping for a late january release still for this episode of brobot. thanks to anyone still following me! :)
hi all!!! happy holidays!!!!!!
here's a brobot update! i'm literally almost done. i'm expecting a january release now. i checked last night and i have about two minutes left to animate, and some of it is fairly complicated (crowd shots). after that, i'll be finalizing the audio mix and making a 5.1 mix... something i've never done before, so i'm excited! after that it'll be out. kingdarkeyes is finally beginning to work on the music so that's picking up. all in all, though, almost done!!! i'm really excited. i also decided i think i might do future brobot episodes using rigging and stuff. i love doing what i've done on this one (re-drawing shit) but i think, considering how long this has taken, using rigging would be a wiser option in the future. i am just one person doing this, and i'd like for these to speed up.
a new issue of something anything is on the horizon too, hoping for that to be after brobot, in the lull between the first and second episodes. here's a recent image of what i've done:
okay, thank you for still following me! i hope the holiday season treats all of you well!
how's it goin out there internet? brobot's chugging along as usual. i figure in this post i can show you where i'm animating almost all of it!
this is my little room, "studio" i'm trying to call it, in the basement where i make my shit. as you can see, i've got that simon & garfunkel poster you can see in an old animation of mine, my stereo and records, a bunch of fast food cups and water bottles, my mic and isolation shield (though i record in a different area... have yet to find the best area for best sound!), and my trusty cork board where i keep a lot of cool shit (some old fan art, tips from people i admire, and random stuff).
but yeah, this is where everything you'll see soon was animated! i'm actually going to try writing a new draft of episode 2 this weekend and hoping to begin recording that soundtrack too sometime soon. alrighty! until next time!
lol TLDR: brobot is coming but you know how long this shit takes!
okay. so i'm not gonna waste your time. but i'm still chipping away at brobot. i'm doing well on animation, i've got about a quarter left to complete, maybe a lil less. i've gotta re-record a couple things and fix a few animation errors but after that it should be good to go. i'm sorry it's taking so long (for all the people just avidly awaiting it, which i know number in the thousands!) lol but anyway. i'm really happy with it, it's just taking a lot longer than most of my stuff. trust me, i am working. i'll release a promo in the coming weeks.
in the meantime, i got my comics into a couple local shops. you can now find issues of something anything at criminal records in atlanta and bizarro-wuxtry in athens, georgia! i'm working on getting them into a couple stores around the southeast. it's really cool, i've never done this before, so it's pretty thrilling. after episode one of brobot is done (hopefully before december arrives), i want to make a new issue of something anything (#3) for christmastime! lots of things have gone pretty well for me in these past few months so i want to make some comics about it. here's the photos on the shelf at wuxtry:
alrighty! see you in another month... i want to have more compelted then!!!!! but you know how this shit goes
oh! also! you can get those comics now in physical form from my gumroad too, as well as a digital copy (if you buy a physical, i'll just email you the digital!)
brobot ep 1 is coming along! i won't tell you where i'm at, but i'm almost halfway through. THIS is gonna sound crazy, considering my progress so far, but my hope is to finish it within the next month. with work and other stuff i haven't devoted every bit of free time to animating the episode, but september is the month of going hard on it. i've made a lot of progress in short amounts of time before -- xmas short, paperboy. the difference is this short looks better than any of those and takes more time. but my idea is that by the end of this month this episode will be nearing completion... hopefully looking at a mid-october release date.
in the last month, i've faced a lot of challenges regarding a scene i had to entirely re-do. well, i mean, i hadn't animated it yet, but the way i boarded it was, like... it was a handful. you'd probably think i'm crazy if i explained it. basically the original joke wasn't funny, so when i re-boarded it in july, i took it out and re-wrote it some. then i realized that didn't properly introduce the setting, which the next (admittedly only slightly funnier) joke kinda relied on, so the viewer'd be left wondering "i don't get it. where are we?" so it was a mess. but i fixed it.
the good news (ay, yall heard about the good news? yall sleepin on your boy, had a good SNOOOOOOZE) is that pretty much every new thing that has to be designed has been designed -- character turnarounds, fire, house interiors, wormholes/portals. all of which can be reused throughout the rest of the episode. except i recently re-wrote the tag for the episode so i've gotta kinda-sorta re-board and re-voice that, but that should come easily... it's not too different than it was. i'm really excited with how the episode is turning out and my friend dillon (kingdarkeyes) has recently begun working on the music in earnest for it. and i'm beginning to re-write drafts of the next few episodes, which will hopefully be shorter and i can release them faster. the idea is i want to go back to mobile to re-record some friends' lines in the next month or two and then i'll get the soundtrack for episode 2 done then too. so hopefully i can begin animating on that before fall's over. i don't like waiting so long :( lol
i'll also be releasing a preview clip on my facebook and twitters before it's out so be on the lookout for that if you wanna! here's a screenshot of a shot i recently completed. onto september, pray for me dawgs that i complete all this shit SOON!
yo everyone! so last you heard i was reviving brobot. well, he's officially risen from the dead -- in fact, i've got nearly 2 minutes of animation complete on the first episode! hooray! :)
in between the time i made that post and now, i had to re-write certain scenes, re-voice them and re-board them, make a new animatic, and then make (as of right now) six character turnarounds. then i got to work on july 7 in earnest animating, and i've completed almost two minutes since. i'd say that's actually really good progress for me. i'm proud of the work i'm doing. i'm really enjoying brobot being a thing again... it feels so good to animate this character, and feels even better to see scenes fully realized. it's just way too long. want to know how long? (i hinted at this on my twitter feed) it..... clocks in at 7:42 in the animatic *vomits*. but the good news is i'm making a dent in that runtime and it's actually watchable for the first time.
my absolute dream is to have this episode done and out in early september. i have another episode that's... okay right now lol in terms of its script that i'd need to make another pass on before it's ready to be boarded. and i really, really want that one out shortly before the election. it's such a bummer because brobot's first season spans the entire school year and changes with the seasons and stuff, and had i been able to not have a breakdown and quit it last year, we'd be on schedule. so, assuming nothing weird happens between now and next year, you'll be getting an episode set in the snow in, like, april probably :( lol
but, what matters is it's being made. and it will get done. i'm just so... at peace now, making this. i run into little things here and again where i face challenges with this episode (i.e., bad jokes), but i just have to remind myself that it's just the first episode, things will get better, what's most important is that it gets finished and we move on... because if we don't, nothing will ever get made anyway. i am the only one doing this.
okay! hopefully i have another update for you next month where i'm 4 minutes in! hopefully not actually... i need to be further along in it if i want it out in september...
okay bye bye!
hi all! so i'm getting back started reviving something i shelved awhile back. you already know what it is. i'm an exhausting person to deal with, am i not?
i should begin animating the first brobot episode -- an early animatic of which was formerly online -- by the end of this week. gotta finish recording extra dialogue/re-boarding some sections. i've written some new things into it and i like it more. i guess it started with me being interested in the robot theme currently going for the anim tournament. i thought, "oh, i should bring brobot back." then i got into writing a first draft of an episode idea that wasn't completed last fall -- brobot running for class president -- and i started thinking "ok, maybe this can be the first episode... maybe i'll do this again..." then i took a look at the animatic for the original pilot i had and realized it wasn't so bad. in fact, it was pretty good. i was just really hard on myself. so i'm back to the original plan i guess haha :) ...
i'm really excited to get into it, my entire perspective this time around is different. it just feels fresh and fun now, it's been a really positive thing for me. i'm trying not to take it so seriously and not forget to have fun. i don't know. maybe i'm just fucking crazy. i'm just really excited to start animating on it and beginning to see progress on something i really love. my goal is to have it out in early august, but we'll see how that goes. idk. i feel good!
here's what brobot will look like. :) see you soon!
hey everybody! i have a new issue of my comic, something anything, out! go get it, it's free (if you'd like). link: https://gum.co/WSFNN
im thinking about participating in that upcoming newgrounds animation tournament (which, as i understand it, is not NATA? something? idk) either way, i want something new to make before i embark on a bigger animation, so that could be good. although the round two theme, robot, seems oddly perfect for a character i could bring back...
we'll see! hope to keep you posted. here's a panel from that comic: