Aedre’s Firefly Graphic Novel updates every Wednesday
New Readers: click here to start closer to the beginning of the story… You also might like this well-written precis of the story by Todd McElmurry at the WebComic Alliance’s pick-of-the-week: Aedre’s Firefly.
Only three more updates to the end of this Chapter. Right now I’m leaning heavily toward taking a break and finishing Chapt. VII before resuming updates. But I will still post something here, previews, process, etc. So no worries that I’m going to disappear.
#LFWC this week
is Valkyrie Squadron, by Jules Rivera, which updates like clockwork every Tuesday and Thursday. This is a wonderful sci-fi tale about the very serious business of keeping evil robots from taking over. As the story begins, the war is already in progress. There’s spaceships, planets, cool technology; did I mention evil robots? The story has everything you could ask for: action, humour, drama, romance, evil robots. (ok. I’ll stop. They might only be misguided robots… It’s a mystery!) :`)
The Story follows a group of four dynamic female high tech high flyers known as the Valkyrie Squadron, starting with their rescue of a slightly weird civilian, the only survivor, from a planet whose population, both military and civilian has been devastated by the robots. It’s when they return to base that things get weird.
Jules has two books for sale among other goodies, in her online store, you can purchase them separately, but she even has a combo pack, which saves you on shipping. Her customer service is generous and impeccable. Her approach to every part of creating comics is thoroughly professional. If you check her about page, you’ll see she’s involved with other comics and also a couple of anthologies, as well as taking part in a few podcasts.
Jules comic is like the real old-time sci-fi comics I used to read. Her talented use of perspective, colour, and panel placement all help to carefully pace the unfolding of the story. It’s a well crafted piece and worth your time to read it and relish the art and story in Valkyrie Squadron. Then visit her store. You’ll want to hold these books in your hand, and give them to your sons and daughters to read. (Especially to your daughters.)
This weekend I spent some time refreshing my spirit after a long bout of writing for Aedre’s Firefly, by painting (digitally) a fantasy landscape in Ps CS6. I’ve been playing with creating custom brushes in Photoshop, and decided to try them out, and I must say I’m really pleased with the result. As often happens with a new painting, I discovered some fascinating things that kind of clicked into place for me during the process. This time it was about warm and cool shading, and how to keep the tones balanced. I wanted this landscape to evoke a story, which I think has been something missing from my previous landscapes. I think I succeeded. I’ll let you be the judge(s) of that. I’ll be posting this one on my Deviant Art site for sale as a print, as soon as I figure out how to accomplish that on a site where that kind of information seems fairly inexplicably invisible. I’ll let you know when it’s ready to view there.
Bo Lumpkin is starting a new theme comic over at Gatorhead called Geezerhood (iirc). I’ve made a couple of characters for him to use, but I haven’t been able to get them to him for approval yet, so I hope he emails me with his address soon.
Also, if you haven’t yet started reading @LithicBee’s “The Only City Left”, a serialized novel online, you’re missing a rare treat. And while you’re there, I worked up a Logo for the story from one of his rough pencil sketches. When I get a chance I’ll see if I can turn that into a book cover illustration. I hear he’s writing well ahead of his updates now. Good thing, too! I’m hooked. :`D
Well, that’s it for now. Thanks for reading Aedre’s Firefly, and if you can spare the time to comment or join in the discussion, I really appreciate it. <3