Surprise! I have a brand new 7" single out today called “Murder Man” w/ my dear friend & constant collaborator @mophono! If you need one we will have limited stock tonight @lowendtheory! They are also available right now online (google that shit) #GaslampKiller #Mophono #MurderMan"

After roughly 3 years and 3 months, I’ve finally finished my first long running series, The Mystery of the Murderman.

It had it’s ups and downs, and I ended on the saddest note possible (Ken is all alone now) but I’m damn proud of all of it. It turned out exactly as I imagined and maybe more. Even though I cringe when I see… even just chapter 6, it’s just amazing to me how much I changed as a storyteller and an artist going all the way for this long. I was just through second year of college when I started and now I’m 2 years graduated and I’m at the top of my game!….Currently! I feel I have yet to peak.

Aw, there’s so many things running through my head I want to write… About everything. The experience of writing a long form story. The fans and their theories. The people I never expected. Meeting up with my writing assistant to pump out each chapter. Big props to her by the way, Laura Cleary. (My secret note scribbling love affair. Without you I really don’t think I would’ve finished this.) And much more I forgot because Twitter is quite distracting right now.

I never felt I accomplished anything big with this though. Never broke out past a few people who really loved the story. Which I’m bitter about, yes, but I really just wanted people to read, get caught up in the intrigue, spend those 3 years racking their brains on who the blasted Murderman was! I just think it’s unfortunate I couldn’t reach that many people.

This post wasn’t as long as I wanted it to be, But I got what I wanted to say off my chest, but not what I need to say. So here’s that…

EDIT: I REMEMBER NOW. This comic… in its entirety… Is about me. Yes, I’m the main character, but me as a personality! Its about me and how flawed a person I am. All of my problems led to a bigger problem and eventually I just dealt with it myself and beat it. You could analyze my entire personality through it and understand me better as a person too, y'know. It’s all there. How I really feel. I guess it’s about how others see themselves too, because in reality everyones the exact fuckin’ same.

Clockwork Pandas is not over. Stay tuned Wednesday for an update on the future of the comic itself(which I have even bigger plans for), and something else that will make a brief return. 

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If you read it, thanks. If you didn’t, hey! You don’t have to wait 3 years to see it all now! Why not get started? 

On the evening of June 1946, a young man was captured here in the backyard at 1320 W. Farwell, while trying to burglarize an apartment. An off-duty policeman knocked him out by hitting on the head with a flower pot. He was identified as William Heirens, 17. Heirens later confessed to the murder of little six-year-old Suzanne Degnan on January 7, 1946.

#williamheirens #murderman #lipstickkiller #serialkiller #murder #captured #suzannedegnan #uptown #chicago

After uploading this to Twitter today, I made a startling discovery. I’m about to confess some stuff I find embarrassing to admit, but it happened.

I think I’ve reached that point as an artist where I don’t have to do half as much editing on my lines in post-production. Exhibit A This here, is what “clean” was to me way back when (3 years ago) I used to consider that one of my best comics. Artistically and comedically. I still think it’s pretty funny, if poorly constructed to fit all the jokes in (There’s more jokes than panels!) but THAT was CLEAN to me! Until, that is, I discovered Abode Illustrators Live Trace feature. Exhibit B This was literally the next week. It’s a huge difference and composition is still pretty crap. So I kept running like this for a LONG time. I only stopped recently. Like, Chapter 5 of the Murderman recently. Like, page 19 of Chapter 5 recently! I used it some more after that, but I’ve pretty much gotten out of the habit completely now, and the image on top is proof of why.

I’m really quite ashamed that my inking was so messy that I needed this aid the entire time. The main reason I’ve managed to improve only recently, is because of all the work I did in 2011. I got so out of hand! To the point where I even started a whole new webcomic! Again, pictured above.

It really all started back in 2010 when I did Project December, which I wont link to, but if you’re really interested, it’s at the very bottom of my Tumblr archive. That was a learning experience and afterwards, I started my incredibly rough journal comics, which have become rather refined in recent times too, being inked and everything.

Roll on to June, when I took part in the 30 days project, and committed myself to the outrageous idea of writing a whole comic every day for the month. Initially foolish, but the tempering from all the journal comics and Project December, I got each done pretty easily. I tried to be different for every single comic. I revisited ideas but explored a lot of different ways of composing each comic, and even painted a few. Some were complete crap, and some I believe to be some of my best work. I definitely improved as an artist during THAT time, and certainly more than I did during December. During that time I started actively using my brush pen too, which is a staple in the inking process of Dead Beats. Though I only did one comic with it during that time. Again, if you want to see all the comics, go to June 2011 in the Archive.

July was a break, but during August I went to town on that brush pen! Journal comics CONSTANTLY and shortly after, in October, Dead Beats spawned as I pushed myself artistically and went into shading with both that and The Video Girl . It was a nightmare. Shading did NOT work for me and it also DID… In the sense that I couldn’t bare to be particular about it, with all the different shades in The Video Girl. I struggled to get a comic out each week and all comic production slowed down drastically during this time. BUT the rough style of Dead Beats was PERFECT for it. 2 shades at the most! And now it updates 3 times a week. Go figure!

The final noticeable change in my art was after I went to the Thought Bubble Comic Convention. I won’t talk about that experience, as it’s away from the point, but I got so many books that weekend that highly influenced me, none more so than Craig Thompson’s Blankets. This image is the perfect example of what I learned from those books. It may not make sense, but these were my trees previously. Yes, it seems like my only improvement was in the flora section, but I brought some of these skills into Kencules as well. It’s the line shading!(Also the Speech bubbles) It works so much better for me! This was actually something I experimented with earlier in my work, but it disagreed with Live Trace completely, so I abandoned it.

And now that I’m over Live Trace, it seems I’ve come full circle and returned to earlier influence. It’s kind of strange now I think about it.