Pencils this Week!

Let’s call this a behind the inks week, shall we? Something surprising: Percocet and productivity do NOT go hand in hand. I figured, honestly, that I’d have plenty of time to draw and write while I was recovering from the gall bladder removal (which went well, overall) I even bought this lap tray table whose top sets up at an angle to work on while reclining. Um, yeah. No brain power. But rather than totally cop out this week I wanted to definitely update–I guess that’s one benefit of doing very complete pencils!

A Little Update

On me and the things I’m working on in relation to the comic.

First of all, if comments on Thursday’s or Friday’s comics aren’t approved lickety split it’s because I’m sans access for most of that time. The very short version of the story is that I’m having my gall bladder out on Thursday and won’t be home from the hospital ’til sometime Friday. But I plan on setting up the laptop desk next to the bed so I can check in between naps and so forth once I’m home.

Which brings me to: Next week’s comics. They are in progress and I’m not really forseeing getting them done on time, depending on that whole sitting up thing that might be a smidgen uncomfortable for the next week or so. With that said, if anyone is just itching to do a guest strip I’d be ever so happy to share it with the rest of the readers, here :) Submissions can be sent to randomactscomics[at]gmail[dot]com

Thankfully I should be pretty much healed in time to head to Dragon*Con on the 29th where, among other things, talks may be had about the Year 1 book (which is still slowly plodding along). My new goal is to have it printed by the end of the year with the end of November being even better. Gotta work on the action plan for that, no?

And, finally, looking forward to September! Next month is going to follow a single theme (which I’m going to wait to announce, of course, just know it’s something cool) for the comic itself and I’m hoping there will be a cool new feature starting early in the month. Also in September there will be some fun blog content of a more regular fashion (weekly, I’m thinking, something to brighten up Tuesdays).

And that’s where we are. As always, feedback is always welcome, commenting is encouraged, let me know you’re out there and not just numbers on my Google Analytics stats :)

Random Acts… on the Beacon Searchlight

So a few episodes back the Webcomic Beacon podcast announced that it was taking submissions/suggestions for webcomics to be “Impressioned” (not a review, just an impression) as part of a new feature of the ‘cast: the Beacon Searchlight. One day, feeling brave, I sent them my link to find out what they thought.

Webcomic Beacon Episode 35 is now live and around 56:55 you’ll hear Fes and Aaron give their (11ish minute) impression of Random Acts… It’s not completely complimentary but that’s okay because it wasn’t mean or juvenile, it was their opinions of the strip as totally uninvolved parties and that’s always good to know.

What I’m not going to do is a) obsess over it or b) do some line-item rebuttal of what they pointed out. I’m not going to be that trope, thank you very much, and it’s really not necessary. They made some observations that will be helpful in the future and others that are either assumptions that are incorrect or places where their opinion as a reader differs from mine as the creator. I was a tad disappointed that Tanya being at SDCC prevented her from being part of the Searchlight session since she also writes a female p.o.v. autobio comic. But them’s the breaks.

The one thing I did find very amusing was the idea that it’s almost as if the viewer is seeing the strip through the lens of a security camera. I’ve often thought more in terms of a “fly on the wall” aspect but the concept is the same. Autobio (whether in the guise of reality t.v., memoir or webcomics) really just boils down to voyeurism and makes us, as creators, exhibitionists to some extent. I may never be willing to set up webcams in my home and broadcast a la EdTV but I do enjoy offering up select portions of my life experiences for public viewing.

Anyway, have a listen if you’re curious and by all means feel free to let me know what you agree or disagree with, if anything. One thing to remember, though, is that I did ask for this non-review and I knew going in that they never said they wouldn’t be brutally honest. So please, friends and readers, no one go righteously indignant on my behalf and flame them or anything like that ;-)