Just wanted to let anyone who is keeping up with this comic....or whatever....that I am working on it as we speak. I have about 12pgs roughed out already and that's just the beginning part of it. I'm thinking it will roughly end up being.....oooo...about.... 60ish or more....probably more.
What I wanted to do first or along with getting the roughs done was get the turn around's of the final versions of Jim and Jo. You've probably seen the most likely final version of Jim ([link]
. This is what he will look like in the comic. I'm working on Jo's final version right now. I've made her a bit more curvy than I had her before...other than that...she's pretty much the same (obviously will have a few other costume/shirts/whatever here and there in the story). There will also be a few new characters I have (some of Jo's friends) and her employer, Dorthea Doppler (Dilbert's cousin) that I am almost finished designing.I'd like the comic to be as good quality as that Jim pic is or even somewhat level to TP1.
When I am not at work at my two jobs, I am trying to put all of my effort/time in to this comic. I really really want to get this coming up. I've had the story in my head for the longest time and now that the final version of it is ready, I really want to share it with all of you. I had been working on it this past year while I was in my Animation Portfolio Workshop, splitting my time between that and writing and couldn't start making it till my portfolio was handed in (it was my 3rd time trying to get in....so it was pretty important). I'm really proud of it and hope you will all like it when I can get it up. I have pulled bits of my life and my family into it so its become a bit personal. I've shared parts of the story with others and so far, they like it
. TP1 has become a very important movie to me (one of my personal "BIG 4"....aka movies that affected my life in a big way).
Ever since leaving high school and ESPECIALLY this past year... I really felt like Jim did. Alone...wanted to feel like I belonged somewhere...alienated...etc. Like the end of the movie, it really changed for me with that acceptance to Sheridan. I never remember feeling so scared before that... I didn't know what to do with my life, I wanted to fit in somewhere..... and there's no one in my life I can talk to and confide in. John Rzeznik's "I'm Still Here" was my theme song I listened to all the time I felt bad/depressed (especially on the long train rides back home from the workshop) and was constantly watching or listening to Silver'speech to Jim when I doubted my skills, etc. I wish I had someone like him to tell me that
Even though there is a bit of romantic stuff in the story... I want to stress that ...that's not what its all about. There's more to it than that! More important things... like realizing you're not alone nor do you have to be alone this universe, believe in yourself, give others a second chance, being a good friend, be there to listen to someone (you never know how much that may mean to them), you can do anything if you set your mind to it, sharing, be confident in yourself, don't let others tear you down, etc. Stuff like that is the heart of the story....romance, while nice, is just extra.
If anything....what I think could probably be a contender for the tagline or basis of the story...would be one of my Oma's favourite quotes.... "Tough times never last....but tough people do" by Robert Schuller. After having escaped from communist Germany in the mid 40's, raising six kids, and surviving breast and colon cancer...she says this is quote describes her and my opa's life struggles perfectly. For Jim and Jo's story, I believe it describes them to.
Just wanted to let whoever cares to know
If you do.....thank you. I hope you will like it.