Monday, April 28, 2014

Have some Pony fanart!

I saw a humanized version of Button Mash by Rexman on a pony-themed Facebook page I'm fond of. The admin suggested that he wanted to see Sweetie Belle in the same style. One thing led to another, and this happened.

I've never drawn humanized ponies before, so far I've focused my efforts on ponifying humans. It was good fun and I thought you'd enjoy it while we wait for the next actual comic.

~Riley

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Official reboot tomorrow.

Hey everyone.

As you can see, the website looks a little different. The new banner is in place now, we're running Project Wonderful ads, and a lot of other things have been cleaned up.

I haven't yet finished the promotional materials I had hoped to be able to produce, and I have no buffer saved up but I didn't want to push this off another week.

I am still getting it done, but I expect to have a new comic up on the site tomorrow, and every Friday after that for (approximately) the next six months.

Here's a peek of tomorrow's.


I hope to have this a little more streamlined by tomorrow.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

So, what's going to happen?

First let me tell you, with unambiguous clarity, one thing that is not going to happen.

EV is not going to stop where it currently is. I'm planning on about another six months, with a regular weekly update schedule.

When does that begin?

Well, I'm not sure. See, drawing comics takes a while. I'm not particularly busy at the moment, but I hope to have something of a buffer saved up before I begin posting anything -- have a few comics in reserve so I'm not scrambling right before deadlines (This is something most webcartoonists do, and something I've never been able to accomplish myself. I'm a big boy now, though, I think I can handle it). And, even though I've written out the scripts for several comics, I haven't so much as sketched one out yet.

That would be because I'm trying to draw a new banner for the website.

Yeah, I'm going to do some rebranding, some promotion, and a little tidying up around here before I begin posting again -- because after I start posting, I'm sure to have no time to do that other maintenance work.

ETA? Possibly next week. Possibly.

This might be a poor time to gauge how long it will take to accomplish this stuff because I'll be at Salt Lake Comic Con tomorrow (if you happen to be there, I'll be dressed as Edward Elric, will be attending a number of the writing panels, and would love to meet you). I was supposed to make some preparations today, but I've been procrastinating and now I feel like I can't manage my time at all. :(

Self-pity aside, here's what needs to happen short term before EV will be up and running:

  • I need to finish drawing, inking, coloring, and editing a new banner for this website.
  • I need to design, draw, ink, color, and implement some new ads promoting EV to the internet.
  • I need to draw and ink at least the next four installments of EV.
(EDIT: I also want to create a new favicon, profile picture for the Facebook page, and less-elaborate banner for the Facebook page, as well as rearrange a few things on the site to make it less cluttered.)

And that sounds like about a week (or two).

I will have a once-a-week upload schedule. I'm not using anything automated (still) but right now, I think I will post new comics on Friday mornings around 8 AM Mountain Time.

I hope you're not too terribly annoyed that I'm putting this much time into the new website banner. These next few months will be something of a new era for EV and will definitely mark the ending of the story. (Even if I find I have more time after that for comics, I will be starting something new -- don't get too excited, though, I really don't know what's going to happen in six months' time). This will probably be the last chance I have to make a new banner for EV, and I think it deserves one.

Besides, I resized the website since making the last banner, so it looks weird. Plus, I've edited it a few times, and honestly my art style has changed a little.

Why am I defending myself here? I'm the artist here. Banner. Then comics.