The forum is now gone, but the comics I posted there, the entire first year of EV's life, still remain. I've posted them here for your benefit, with context and commentary added as I see fit.
EV started, late in the summer of 2010, as a way to stave off boredom on a long bus ride. I had recently graduated from Junior High, and thought myself skilled enough as an animator and cartoonist that I started entering into animation and video contests.
Well, somewhat to my retrospective disbelief, I actually won one. The prize was a free week enrollment at this kids' animation school in a town a good distance away. I couldn't drive and it was too far to ride a bike (not that I was very good at that). I could get a ride in the morning with my father, since he worked in the same town, but that left the challenge of getting back around noon. So, I took public transit every afternoon that week.
It took three times as long as it would have by car. So, being such a skilled animator/cartoonist, I brought one of those black and white composition books and began doodling in it. James Palmer, a friend of mine had, not long before, shown me a YouTube video called Eevee Party (as well as its sequel Eevee Party 2), and I had become enamored with it. Most of these doodles were of original characters fashioned after the style of the partygoers.
Well, the week got over eventually, and as a result of it, I still claim to know how to use AfterEffects. Still, I had Eevees on the brain. With Jim's help, I discovered that there was a microfandom centered around the series, and their official deviantArt page was having a drawing contest with the theme of "Summertime Fun."
I decided to draw an entry featuring my characters.
I was not as lucky with this contest as I was with the animation one. However, I had so much fun drawing the comic (and my friends liked it so much), that I decided to keep going. I began filling my sketchbook with more Eevee adventures, settling on the name "EV" for the series, because of its identical pronunciation to "Eevee".
I used the sketches as plans for further, final-product strips. I followed a daily comic strip format, giving each "daily" strip three panels, and then a "Sunday" strip had more. I never did get around to drawing all of them, and certainly couldn't manage it every day, but here are my scans of the sketchbook.
Sketches page 1 #2-3
Sketches page 2 #4-6
Sketches page 3 #7-8
Sketches page 4 #9-11
Sketches page 5 #12-14
Sketches page 6 #15-16
Sketches page 7 #17-19
Sketches page 8 #20-21
Sketches page 9 #22-25
Sketches page 10 #26-28
Sketches page 11 #29-32
Sketches page 12 #33-35
Sketches page 13 #36-39
Sketches page 14 #40-42
Sketches page 15 #43-46
Sketches page 16 #47-49
Sketches page 17 #50-51
Sketches page 18 #52
(Though they didn't appear in the original arc, where I had intended them, I later recycled sketch #49 as EV #16, sketch #28 as EV#19, sketch #19 as EV #37, and sketch #35 as EV #49.)
I also immediately began to draw them in ink, and posted them on the aforementioned forum site for my friends to see.
The url listed at the top "tinyurl.com/EVcomics" redirected to my thread on the forum.
|A note: A Si is the original creator of Eevee Party. Invitations to the party are depicted in fan-art as being Eevee-head-shaped, and are addressed from him.|
|Here we encounter the first "Sunday" strip.|
The first run was fun, but tapered out after a couple of months. I had lost my excitement for Eevee Party and probably got busy with school. This marked the first of many hiatuses, and a doozy of one. It wasn't until seven months later that I got involved with the strip again.
What brought me back? Actually, it was Eevee Party again. The official production team released a new video called "Eevee Party 2.5," which was a mix of two incomplete videos, an attempt to create a proper Eevee Party 3, and some kind of unfinished bonus video. The team had reorganized or something, and started on Eevee Party 3 from scratch, prompting them to release the unfinished work to their fans.
This comic was my announcement that I was back in the EV game.
|Rimjanor was the dA name of the friend who got me into Eevee Party. He offered to post my strips on his deviantArt, since I didn't want to maintain one myself. Careful if you go over there, not everything is SFW.|
|Yes, I blamed hunger for my sloppy drawing.|
It was at this point, that I felt the story was falling apart. It seemed like the installments were too far apart for it to maintain continuity, and so, with that, I decided to end the continuing story and instead draw random episodic EV strips.
In order to bring this new arc to something of a conclusion, I uploaded scans of the sketches I'd drawn for the subsequent few strips.
|The one with the asterisk was to be titled "Hello Parking Meter" in reference to ASDF Movie.|
Simultaneous with my decision to depart from the continuing story, I decided that the forum simply wasn't a good place to publish my comic. I did a little shopping and eventually settled on Blogger as a permanent home for EV, then constructed this blog.
That was in July of 2011.
The story has undergone many changes since then -- not to mention my art and writing styles have improved drastically. You can continue this archaeology dig, by reading the blog from the very beginning here.