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bomango
Not actually the writer or artist. My duties here are intentionally enigmatic. You are not reading this page which does not exist.
@Fabulous Duet: I require more evidence before rendering a verdict
Well! I overshot the Monday update by a wider margin than anticipated, but here we are!

While Andy is off getting lunch with some curious new local fauna, another Fisher is generously tending to the hunger of some beloved flora. Quite a nurturing bunch, these Fishers...although this one's a little more prickly about being interrupted.
Good Monday to you!

It's often said that the way to a man's heart is food. Seems to follow that it goes a long way to a woman's heart as well. In fact, given food's usefulness in terms of energy and basic survival, it's reasonable to assume that food is just helpful all around. What a strange aphorism. Or...axiom?

Anyway, no one here is angling at ways to hearts just yet, but Food is the Great Catalyst for conversation, and in this case, a means to finding out more about the stranger.

It is also just the decent thing to offer when someone is hungry. I mean, come on.

Let's go get lunch :D

- van
So...let's get to the obvious bit right away:

For the first 65 pages of this comic, I've been going with mostly gray tones and a very limited color palette with occasional highlights and colored details (like characters' eyes, atmospheric details, etc). The primary reason for this simple color scheme was to make less work for myself in ensuring consistent updates; gray tones are simpler, faster, and the little colored highlights added some accented detail that was pretty cool.

But as some of the previous pages wedged in more color detail little by little, it was getting frustrating for me to keep ladling on various shades of gray to characters and scenes that I knew were more colorful than I was making them, and I realized that whatever time I was saving by skipping a few extra steps was negligible at best.

So there's nothing about this particular page that magically activated the Wonderful World of Color...I just decided it was time to get back in the groove.

But what do YOU, the viewers at home, think?

Oh, and WELCOME, all you new viewers and watchers and patrons, to what I believe is the first active post since the Imgur/dA front page wave of hits! You surprised the daylights out of me and startled me with a barrage of messages, but welcome!

And enjoy the return of color! (I hope)



- van
bomango
November 19th, 2017
Gogo puts some ZAZZ on it! :dance:
bomango
November 19th, 2017
Always awkward when a handshake unexpectedly turns into a crushing inward pull. Who even does that? Jeez. :XD:
bomango
November 19th, 2017
I hope I'm not too naïve in believing that, for the most part, everyone is equipped with a moral code of some sort.

I mean, there's definitely a sliding scale as to how comprehensive that code might be, or how aware of it one is, and there's most certainly a LOT of leeway in how closely one abides by it, and how much of it is self-enforced, self-regulated, and what one allows to not bother with.

Apologies are a tough one. Admitting you're wrong, or admitting wrongdoing--especially if there's a chance that not doing so will bring about no consequence--is often a real test of will.

Point is, sometimes your conscience demands satisfaction. Sometimes expressing remorse or regret or gratitude demands a formal rite of declaration.

At least it does for Gogo here. And she's not going to allow herself to be let off the hook without speaking her piece because, dammit, that. Is. WRONG.
bomango
November 19th, 2017
There's a risk of doing TOO much navel-gazing here, but this scene has been a few years in the making, and I suppose by now I've thought of so many ways in which it could go that whichever way it does will feel right and also not quite right...but that's how almost all of my OWN social interactions go, so the hell with it :P

Here, Gogo manages to break the ice by conversationally maneuvering from polite caution to a passive backhand, into a riposte, and parrying into a formal stance, all in the space of a few seconds. You know, like you do. But it's kinda working.
bomango
November 19th, 2017
COOL kids sit on the TOP of the bench. Everyone knows that. Now that we've established that Andy's eyes were barking up the wrong tree of girl, and now that the RIGHT tree has heaved its way into his personal space, we can get down to business. PROPERLY. Strap in, boy. It is time for words.

And thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes! I had a great weekend, and don't feel older at all ^^;
bomango
November 19th, 2017
Monday update activated!

I gotta tell you, it's taken awhile to get to this point. But we've finally arrived at a milestone I've been eager to reach for a long, long time: proper introductions.

So despite there being 59 pages already in the bag, WE CAN FINALLY GET THINGS ROLLING HERE!
bomango
November 19th, 2017
Hello there!

My apologies for the hiccup in the update schedule. A more social than usual Labor Day weekend followed by an unexpectedly busy week at work left me hanging in one of those dreadful "I'm getting nothing done and suck at art" loops that you get caught up in from time to time. (I suspect fellow artists reading this know the feeling).

But hey, it happens. WE RESUME!

Bit of a crowded page, this one. The scenes are starting to get on top of one another as we lurch towards convergence...
As summer weekends go, this one wasn't a particularly "outdoorsy" one; cloudy, rainy skies put the kibosh on my barbecue plans for the season finale of Game of Thrones...but of all the weekends to not complain about a little inclement weather, this one's right up there at the top. The arrival of Hurricane Harvey has brought with it a mountain of hardships, and a reassuring amount of human effort in the face of those hardships. If any of you or your loved ones have been impacted by the disaster, I hope you're safe and well, and I hope you find encouragement in the way so many people have responded. Thoughts and prayers seem pretty cheap amidst all of this, I realize, but...well, I've seen a lot of hope amidst the despair. Be safe, be well, be hopeful.

Right! The comic continues!

This page was interesting to work on, and not just because it features a bicycle (which, if I've ever drawn one before, it sure has been a long time, because jeepers, that turned out to be a bigger challenge than expected for some reason). It's also a page where I leaned into a more conscious effort to incorporate lessons I've learned in moving the eye around the page, and how panels (and words) work in concert with each other and the visuals.

How successful that effort was, in technical terms, is for readers to judge, and in the end, it's really just an artist footnote :P

Off to an exciting new week of work! (he said, rolling his eyes)
bomango
November 19th, 2017
Back to the hams. Hands, I mean. The Wall of Hams. HANDS!

There's a great deal of significance that's often attached to ancient works of art and artifice. The actual purpose or intent of such things is variable. They might be made in concert with religious or spiritual ritual, or storytelling, or even decorative purpose. (Personally, I'm of the mind that ancient people were still just people, and that a lot of the art we puzzle over or assign great meaning to may we'll have just been idle cool shit to do because they could).

Whatever the purpose behind their creation, there's a common takeaway from art and monuments that endure the ages: someone was here, and they did this. Whether it's in the ruins beneath places we still inhabit, or in lonely isolation far away, the footprint (or handprint) of artifice is something to give you pause; life happened here. Someone left this. It's still here to see, even if they're gone and not even a memory beyond this bit of a legacy.

Makes you think, dunnit?

Also makes me giggle at how much raunchy fertility stuff endures the rigors of time. But hey, humans gonna human.

Hams.
bomango
November 19th, 2017
Happy Blackening-of-the-heavens Day to you, folks! It's overcast here in my neck of the woods, so the much-hyped solar eclipse didn't amount to a whole lot more than the cloud cover being slightly darker. Perhaps more importantly, this phenomenon doesn't appear to have triggered the anticipated Advent of Yzzrghthöth, Thousand-Mawed Serpent of Perpetual Darkness, so the comic posts will continue.
As you probably noticed, I've been departing ever so slightly from the primarily gray toned, limited color palette as the pages go on. While I'm not certain about the practicality of going full color (it's pretty, and I like it, but per-page production is long enough as it is), I do like introducing a little bit more if it works.

I'm also trying to be a little looser at each stage of the page process, or at least a little faster and less fussy. It's harder than I thought, telling myself to pull back on shading detail or calling it "done" instead of killing an hour tweaking details that aren't terribly important.

As always, it's a learning process. And just as with previous comics, I'll keep learning and trying stuff as I go. Total visual cohesion would probably be boring anyway.

Til next time, enjoy!

-van
bomango
November 19th, 2017
Top o' the Friday to you, good folks!

Something I've noticed, when being faced with writing these comments to go along with posts, is that I'm often at a loss with what to say--particularly when the post is of a single page.

Back when it was much more common for me to post short story comics or joke strips, it was considerably easier to plop down a paragraph or two about the goings-on with the piece in question. Whether my rambling was interesting or not, it was a simpler matter to do so. But with individual pages like these, where each page doesn't narratively stand alone, it's harder to give commentary.

But hey, that's just an observation, not a complaint :)

This was a pretty fun page to do, even if it ended up taking me longer than usual in spite of not a lot actively going on in it.

Like a lot of comic artists who are primarily invested in drawing characters, backgrounds aren't something that come naturally to me as a priority. Sometimes that's okay, because you don't always need them, or need to render them in excruciating detail. But sometimes they let you pull back and feel like there's a world around your characters that's bigger than them.

...sometimes so big, that being a little critter hiking up a huge flight of stone stairs makes you rethink your stubborn refusal to be carried.

Anyway, THE WALL OF HANDS! Why are we here? A reasonable question. Stay tuned!

-van
bomango
November 19th, 2017
"Therefore, ye must climb the thousand and one steps hewn into the living rock, atop which ye will find...THE NEXT PAGE!"

:D
I suppose "tropical paradise" is a relative thing.
Double post today! I'll be off to the great northwoods of Wisconsin for the next couple of days (hopefully, anyways...) and will resume updates when I return, smelling of fish, lakewater, and bug juice, if all goes well.

Thanks again for all your support! So happy to be in the comics groove again :D

enjoy, and have a great weekend!
Even in contemplating the previous night's run-in with a peculiar stranger, Andy still finds room for sarcasm. What a trooper!
bomango
November 19th, 2017
NO FISH FOR PAPA, THEN!

HMPH!

:D
bomango
November 19th, 2017
FINALLY, the comic resumes!
Just in time, too. My guilt and anxiety over not having continued this for MUCH longer than I had intended was reaching a critical mass.

One of my biggest fears when I began this venture was that I'd falter or fail with updates. For the most part, that wasn't happening organically, so I unintentionally made it so by taking a "brief" hiatus to tend to some other stuff. Brilliant, right? That break gave me time to second-guess some planned scripting and layouts--which was fine--and then triple-guess, and then begin questioning my intentions, and before long, I was weeks into sabotaging my own efforts here.

WELL. Whatever time it took and whatever I had to do to get my head right, we are BACK to where we were, so let's get at it!

For all intents and purposes, this is, I suppose, the official beginning of the unofficial "Chapter Two" of Bomango. Please accept my humblest thanks and apologies for the patience of all my readers and supporters, please enjoy, and please stay tuned for more as the story continues!

-van