Chip & Walter/Time Trouble Status: *Scripts are all done including breakdowns and dialogue. I’ve enough backlog on both series to last forever *Inked: 80 strips total *Colors: Already begun.
So, since a lot of people have asked about my status on this lately,
here’s a little backstory to catch you up. This is a long, rambly post
so I’ll understand if you skip it. smile emoticon
In 2001 when I attended SCAD we got an assignment to do a webcomic.
This was a year long assignment and I, being a wide-eyed insane
overachiever who clearly doesnt know my own limits at all, decided to do
two. These were “Chip and Walter” and “Time Trouble”. My babies.
“CNW” came from my love of Disney cartoons and comics. But, rather than
carbon copy them, my take on the 5, then 4 and now 5 again (hahaha
indecisiveness) kids – Chip, Walter, Wendy, Ellie and Artie Duckbill –
who lost their father and must rebuild their lives thanks to a greedy
corporation, was decidedly darker and a slightly more mature take.
Mature being pretty darn loose to be honest. smile emoticon
Meanwhile, “TT” came from my love of fantasy stories like “Oz” and
“Narnia” growing up. It always bothered me that all of those stories
were of happy British and or country white kids with nothing better to
do than wreck some local witches shit. Black ppl didn’t exist in classic
kid fantasies so I based my cast on real life pastiches/amalgams of
friends/ppl I’ve encountered over the years. Some I love, one in
particular based on all that I intensely hated. White, Black, Asian,
Latino, mixed, etc – there were lots of characters but the primary
focus was always on the core 7: Kirk, Lu, Kat, Lucky, Lienne, Sterling
and Sarah. Each with, what I thought, were their own variety of faults.
“CNW” was fairly straightforward, while “TT” was told through the eyes of several generations of characters all intertwined.
I hit about 300 strips total, 150 strips each, and there was a point
where I was updating both strips every day. I had a lot of fun doing
these comics, but – admittedly I was very inexperienced and, in
hindsight, find them quite terrible. Seriously, this is a thing all
artists have when they revisit old stuff. smile emoticon
But, I guess people must have liked them because I consistently get
questions on “putting the old ones back up” or “when is it coming back”
Before I finished undergrad in 2003, I got my first
professional gig doing “Sonic the Hedgehog” and eventually dialoguing
Disney work for Gladstone/Gemstone. As those gigs grew in scope I spent
more time working on those aspects of my career until, I let my personal
comics lapse altogether.
I realize now that decision was a mistake — and it also, sort of wasn’t.
Eventually, I took both comics down (and no I wont put the old ones
back up I still think they’re terrible lol) because I wanted better
stuff out there to represent what I could do. Still, I’ve missed tending
to them terribly. So, I decided to bring them back. Every time I get
free time, its dedicated to drawing a strip, or spending an entire year
writing a master story list, or inking or learning how to color, or this
And that’s what I’ve been doing on for the past two
years. I wanted to build a buffer, and now I have– about 80 strips
between both. I wanted to do them utilizing the tools and techniques
I’ve learned over the past few years– I’ve hit a point where I’m
pleased with my progress. Now I’ve slowly investigating Squarespace to
build myself a proper webpage to host them.
Only my closest
friends nearest me have seen my progress and the stacks of bristol board
I carry around in my decidedly ratty looking portfolio. It’s almost
become a running gag whenever I pull my pages out, how long I’ve been
sitting and working/reworking on them. smile emoticon
I’ve tweeted assorted panels – snippets here and there – but now that
I’ve begun a reasonable coloring process, I’m comfortable posting a
page or four of my progress. That’s what these pages are:
“Time Trouble” pages – featuring Almond and Nougat. Characters from
what WAS the last unfinished TT story-arc, plus some new characters to
showcase. *Two “Chip and Walter” pages – featuring the strips heroes and villains. Some you may recognize if you remember the old strips
Both strips will be entirely rebooted. Continuing from where they were
created reintroduces immense story problems I’d rather not revisit.
“Chip and Walter” will follow the old story with some very heavy
revisions. “Time Trouble” will do a little of the same, but more or less
be a complete reboot to get it where I want it to be.
thinking that once I get everything set up, I’ll post a weeks worth of
prologue strips all at once, then stagger my updates working at my own
pace to compensate for paid work, and maybe…maybe set up a patreon for
myself and finally take commissions.
I’m very serious about
giving this a go at trying to make a living off my own stuff and,
eventually, if all goes well, weaning myself away from a desk job when
the time comes.
I won’t provide context for these strips as I
don’t want to post spoilers but, I hope that this will be enough to
satisfy those who have eagerly been asking me for an update. Some time
tonight I think I’ll also look at setting up an ask.fm
page, but for now – ask me anything you want about these comics. My
comics, new stuff, old stuff, Sonic stuff, Disney stuff, whatever.
I’ll be more than happy to answer whatever questions you have.
Nobody misses working on these characters or reading this story more
than me. In my head I have all these characters and all these stories I
want to tell and all this character development and gags and EVERYTHING I
want to flesh out. I’m incredibly serious about doing this, but this
time – I want to do it right. And I hope you like it as much as I’ve
liked working on it.
I wont provide an update again until I have something more substantial ready but, at least now you know whats going on.
Crossposting this to facebook & twitter In the meantime, take care and see y'all soon.