arctic-brony asked: It's pretty quite on the western front, you doing ok?
But since university started, I’ve had no time at all to work on updates. And the way things are going there’s probably no chance I can pump out updates like I used to.
I still have a lot of stories left to tell, though. There’s a possibility I can still do updates if the art style is significantly compromised (no colour, less polished lines). That’s something I’m debating at the moment.
Let’s Talk About: Printing
Thanks for the feedback! To address some comments:
Isn’t it too soon? Yes, I mentioned it’s not going to be for a while. I’m pretty much going to finish the series by the time this comes around, but I still have to make a decision now because it affects how I draw future pages.
Couldn’t you fill the margins with things? A lot of people mention doodles or sketches, and I can say right now that won’t happen. I might add some paper texture (ripped at the edges, etc.) or maybe commentary like the Adventure Time comics, but not drawings.
Shouldn’t you do future pages in higher resolution? Yes, but since I plan on putting all the stories together they still need a consistent size. So I either keep the size or redo the first 27 pages, which I don’t look forward to.
Can you enlarge the pages? Enlarging programs have algorithms that generally work for photos, given they are already large enough. With images of this quality and size I’m almost certain it wouldn’t work.
How expensive will it be? I don’t know, I haven’t looked into printing at all, and shipping will still depend on where you are (keep in mind I would be shipping from Canada). But I don’t intend to make any significant profits. The prices would be not much greater than the expense.
Let’s Talk About: Printing
This comic was drawn solely with the intention of online distribution. However, over the course of the year, it’s clear that there’s a lot of interest in printed copies of the book.
The main reason printing is an issue is because the comic is not drawn at a high resolution. At 300 dpi (standard colour printing), Tales from Ponyville pages come to 4.4” x 6.8”. If you took a piece of letter sized paper, and printed one page on each half of the paper, it would look like this:
The margins are less than preferable, but bearable.
A printed copy would also come with a front and back page cover, a complete set of all chapters (I’m thinking at least 6), full-page illustration inserts, chapter commentary, and some pages with little tweaks where I feel they’re needed. Considering all that, and a reasonable price to cover printing and shipping, would this interest you?
If I go ahead with this, I will continue to draw pages in the sizes you’ve seen. It’s not very large, so I want to know if that’s okay with people, if they’re interested in the first place. It will also take a while to finish that many chapters. Please leave your thoughts below!
The Hiatus Returns
As you may have realized, page production has halted once more! I have been spending my time preparing for Bronycon, building a new computer and doing summer things.
The convention takes place at the beginning of August, so the delay should not be too long. I will be a helper there, seated at table 209 in the Vendor Hall (the comic is not being sold, but you can find my other artwork). Will I be seeing any of you there?