When I started planning the real Welcome to Pixelton book, it hit me that I was about to drop about 20k of my own money into a sink hole and never see it again. That is pretty much what publishing is like – you’d be better off selling blood then selling books. And that is just the sales point of view. From a time point of view it is soul-crushing to know my nights will never see anything more than a few shelves.
But when faced with this proposition, somehow, I decided to commit to it anyway. This was when I realized I was truly insane. But all joking aside, I knew this had to be one of the most daring comics I’ve seen. I was paying for it, I might as well really go all out.
In the end I’m really lucky to have a chance to make these diversions. And if I have to eat ramen noodles and work hard to find a way to make it happen I will. It is a blessing to be able to create and share that with others.
Please hit the jump for a full look at the big shiny book that will destroy me.
The artwork below is taken from a mish-mash of scenes throughout the story. In contrast to the web comic, the book is focused on three things: Atmosphere, Choice, and Action. I really enjoy the web strips but these are things I don’t have the ability to do as well. No one wants to have me spend a few weeks drifting through the scenery where in the book I can take my time. Right now the whole thing is moving to black and white inks and then in a few months I’ll begin the coloring round. I’m very excited to hit the coloring round (as I’m closer to done)!
One thing to keep in mind is this thing is huge. I’m planning on making it 16:9 aspect ratio and close to 14 inches across. It will be full color, 200+ pages, and filled with love. Oh, and then there is always the unique things with which I tease and can’t reveal yet (sigh). While the art below doesn’t look that swell, I think the tiny nature of my site doesn’t help. These pages are simply beasts and overflowing with content. Almost everything below is a a single panel taken out of context.
The big monster we see lumbering around is Gorgon the Adjective, an octopus gone mad and now bent on a massive crime spree o’ destruction. And he is 200 feet tall (and growing) with a magic thesaurus strapped to his head. No joke.
Oh, and I guess I should share the name! The first book will be called: Welcome to Pixelton: The Helmet of Infinite Win.
Thanks for reading!