First off I bet you notice something different…. Well I would like to talk about the direction of the Bean, and one of the hardest choices I have ever had to face about my comic.
I got back from 2 Huge comic shows in a 10 day period. I am little tired, but I feel very very blessed with what came out of those shows. There was a bit of stability, a bit knowledge, a few tears, many smiles, lots of a free sketches and some clarity. Clarity on something I have been struggling with for many many days.
You see this is a business for me as well as a passion. I love telling this story. I love it’s potential and love where it is going. I also b/w comics. I have a strong passion for them, yet I love color as well. Over the past 6 months I have had sooooo many stores want the Bean on their shelves. Yet they only want it in color, they will not carry the books in black and white. It’s quite saddening, watching the demise of b/w comics these days. Yet the bar is being raised by webcomic artist all over the grid, and they are telling some incredible stories. I’m being left behind, and part of what makes a creator successful, is their ability to adapt. Something I know how to do.
So for my story to survive I need to move forward and do as girl genius did and go color midstream and also continue coloring the 1st 4 books. I have even noticed my fans are asking for color. I understand the age. So after talking with my dear flatner, we have going forward with it. There will be some bumps, but once I get my scheduled laid out, you will see that is the best thing for this story. I can see it already.
I feel it in my gut- that first impression that this is the right thing. I will need your help and your support. If you want to join my patreon… please do that will help – but I determined to keep this story going- to give it the love it richly deserves – to help it move forward so more people can enjoy it.
I have also decided that to make this work and get a book out each year- that I will make them two chapters long instead of four. They will stay in the same size format. Once I get to that point though I will let you know how we will continue. I am in talks to make this work, but I think I will continue to kickstart the books.
Anyways – this was not an easy choice for me. It will mean more work – which I willing to do, and it will also mean more opportunities for me to support my family and get this story into more people’s hands. Thank you again for all of your support. If this frustrates my fans that after book 4 it will only be in color I am really sorry, I just have to survive.
arphaus » 11 Sep 2015 »
I find the comic a lot easier to look at it in color. In B&W it's so stark as to be almost blaring. It's also hard to differentiate between some elements in panels in B&W. And the Bean is so lush that it really benefits from the color.