Weekly update for June. 24, 2019. A break, what’s next and a roadmap.

Procreate sketchins’

Hello readers,

Astray3 chapter 3 is in the can and trundling it’s way to a print version. If some of you think it ended a bit prematurely, you would be correct. Originally, the combined chapters three and four were supposed to be the end of the first planned big book of Astray3. However, around 30 pages seem to be the best fit for the individual print version. So, I cut the big chapter in half. Chapter four will be the final for the collected big book and include an epilogue.

Speaking of chapter four, where is it? As the last several months have proven, updates have gotten erratic due to all the extracurricular work I’ve taken on. ( Like prepping for books and shows. ) Also, it’s time to update the website and build an online store to sell the aforementioned books. Thus, chapter four’s release will be delayed for a few months. This will give me time to improve the website and rebuild the buffer. As mentioned in the title, here is a roadmap…if recent video games have taught me anything, people LOVE roadmaps.

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Tasks in order:

• Finish up and prep chapter three for it’s print debut.

• Renovate the website to make it much easier to navigate and read.

• Create a web store. ( And maybe start offering commission work. Don’t hold your breath though. )

• Build a one to two-month comic buffer. This will merely forestall inconsistent updates given the increased production time. But hey, at least we can have regular updates for a few months.

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In the meantime, I’ll be dropping sneak previews of upcoming pages here and on the Patreon page as work progresses. Plus, if you live in the Northwest and Central Arkansas area I will be doing multiple comic conventions. ( Death Ray Expo, Arkansas Comic Con, and Spa-Con respectively. ) Depending on the success of these shows, I’ll look into expanding to neighboring states.

That’s it for now. Stay tuned for more updates as we head into the BIGGEST chapter of Astray3 yet!

All the best,

-Eldon

Weekly update for June. 17, 2019. Page 38 will update on Thursday.

Some Procreate practice

Hello readers,

Just a quick update to say the next and last update for the current chapter will land on Thursday. Inks are done, but it’s a big one with a lot of coloring. In the meantime, Enjoy some Procreate sketchums.

See ya Thursday,

-Eldon

Weekly update for June. 10, 2019. Page 38 coming later this week.

Procreate sketchins!
More Procreate sketchins!

Hello readers,

A quick update for your perusal. You probably just now noticed that Astray3 page 37 has arrived. Page 38, the final page of the current chapter, will post sometime this coming weekend. With the last page in the can, chapter three will be off to the printer in the coming months. This will require some time to organize and create the cover. And, this lapse will also mark the beginning of a larger break period for Astray3.

Chapter three marks the end of what I consider the prologue period of the new Astray3. Chapter four will see Astray3 moving into more “familiar” territory. It is shaping up to be a big one. So, to get the book back to a semi-regular update schedule, I need to rebuild the buffer. I currently predict that the comic will start posting again in August or the beginning of September. Also, during this break, I will be addressing the website’s abysmal layout and building a new web-store. Yeah, it’s annoying, but since I’m working solo it can’t be helped. I’ll keep posting new stuff and teasers in the meantime to wet yall’s whistle.

That is all for now. Be back soon with page 38!

All the best,

-Eldon

Weekly update for June. 3, 2019. Page 37 will post “some time” later this week.

A stunningly crappy short video showcasing the new Astray3 and Interstitial books.

Hello readers,

Another week, another delayed update. I sincerely apologize for the utterly inconsistent pace of comic updates. Putting together the books and setting up for upcoming convention appearances have really thrown a wrench in my comic production schedule. However, I’m hopeful we can get back to semi-regular updates soon. I’ll post page 37 when it’s complete. Most likely that will be either Thursday or Friday night.

And now, time for some random photos of book piles and prints. Enjoy!

-Eldon

P.S. I’ll have a more formal post about where to buy the books in the near future. ( Probably when I get the online store ready to roll. )

And…LINKS!

Death Ray Expo Tickets and info: https://gocattywampus.com/

And my much forgotten and forlorn Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/astray3

What could be in these boxes?
All laid out! Ummm….my copy of Illusion of Life is not for sale.
Two of the prints that will be available for sale this June 29th.
Big poster prints for the booth!

A Memorial Day update! ( 5/27/2019 )

Hello Astray3 readers,

No comic today. Astray3 chapter 3 page 37 will post next Monday. ( Probably jinxed it now. ) However…I have some VERY good news this update.

The final push to prepare for my first convention show is virtually finished. YES, prints and books have been ordered. ( They should be arriving in the next few weeks. ) The booth set up is ready. And my last art obligation for the event is wrapping up today. At last, this proverbial creative kidney stone is going to pass. Hallelujah!

The new books and prints will debut at the upcoming Death Ray Expo. Afterward, I will set up an online store for everybody else to purchase copies. ( How I’m going to do that…I have no idea. Comixology versions are still in the works too. If that is more your jam. )

Death Ray will be the first of a series of local comic/illustration events I plan to attend this year. Depending on their success/failure, I’ll start branching out to further events. ( Today Hot Springs, AR. Tomorrow, THE WORLD! Speaking of which, I’ll be at Spa-Con in September! )

Naturally, with all this extracurricular work wrapping up, the focus will be returning to the comic. The current priority is to wrap up chapter three ASAP. Then I will spend some time prepping it for a print version. With chapter three in the can, work will then begin on chapter four. ( Working title for next chapter is “Enigma.” A clue for any WW2 history buffs. Easily google-able too. ) I’m still considering how to approach the preliminary work. I’ll make a formal announcement once I’ve worked it out.

That is it for now. See you next week!

All the best, -Eldon

Brief update: Astray3 page 36 will late…

Hello folks,

Yup, Astray3 chapter 3 page 36 will be delayed for a bit more. It’s taking longer to work through than I initially estimated. My revised update estimate will be some time on Saturday. I’ll publish as soon as it is complete. The translation will post at the same time.

I suspect updates will be a bit random in the rush to finish the chapter by the end of the month. This is primarily due to wedging in more show work between comic work time.

I’m currently considering the schedule for when Astray3 chapter four starts. Current thoughts are that Astray3 might go on break in June to prep for the new chapter, organize a print for chapter three, and wrap up work for the show. Chapter four will be a doozy that requires some prep time. ( I might as well build a buffer at the same time. So, we can get back to some semblance of consistency. )

That’s all for now.

Be back soon,

-Eldon

Weekly update for May. 13, 2019. Page 36 will arrive on Thursday.

Cover for the upcoming Astray3 chapter 1 & 2 print.

Hello Astray3 readers,

This week’s update will be pushed to Thursday.

If you don’t follow any of my social media accounts, then you might not know that I’ve been working on some print projects; two to be exact. One will be a limited print run of the first two Astray3 chapters. The second will be an art booklet containing some of the miscellaneous stuff I create between A3 updates. ( Check out the cover for that below. )

The planned premier for these books will be at the June 29th Death Ray Expo show. https://www.stubs.net/event/2481/death-ray-illustration-print-expo

After the show, the remaining books will be available for purchase online. Depending on demand, there might be additional print runs. ( However, they’ll eventually be discontinued when the final book one collection is ready for print. ) There will also be Comixology versions created for your digital perusal.

That’s all I got for now.

All the best,

-Eldon

Art booklet cover.

Weekly update for April. 28, 2019. A light at the end of the tunnel.

The cover for The Interstitial vol. 1

Hello readers,

As mentioned previously, there will be no comic update this week. But, it ain’t all grim news. The above illustration represents another big project knocked off my schedule. Only a few more to go and my focus will be back on the comic full time. So, return next monday for Astray3 chapter 3 page 35. After that, it’ll be about two more updates till the end of chapter 3.

About the above illustration, it will be the cover for an art booklet I’m creating for the upcoming Death Ray Expo. ( https://gocattywampus.com/ ) The event will be the debut of the book. However, if you can’t attend the show, the booklets will be sold online shortly afterward. And there will also be some other big surprises for sale around the same time. ( Shhh…it’s a secret. ) I’ll keep you posted here.

That is all for now.

All the best,

Eldon

Weekly update for April. 22, 2019. A brief update delay.

Hello Astray3 readers,

Sorry to say there will be a brief delay for Astray3 chapter 3 page 34. Instead of waiting for Thursday, I’ll be posting the comic when it’s finished. Should be Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest.

In further news, there will not be a comic update next week. I need to finish up work on an art book(let) that has to be sent to the printers by the end of next week. Yes, an art book(let). It’ll be a mish-mash of miscellaneous artwork I’ve created over the previous year. There will be some Astray3 artwork in there too. Initially, these will only be available at the June, 29th Deathray Expo. Afterward, there will be a temporary e-shop for you internet folks to obtain a copy. The artbooks will be a limited run. So, once they’re gone they’re gone. Also, expect some fancy art prints to trade for your money papers.

That’s it for now. New update soon.

-Eldon

Weekly update for April. 15 (16), 2019. Good news and bad. ( No comic this week. )

Hello readers,

A quick update for this week. First the good news, I’m finally wrapping up some of my side projects. This will allow me to again focus on comic production. Bad news, there won’t be a comic update this week. With all the extra work I haven’t made any progress on page 34. I hope to have the next update ready by Monday.

And with some luck, there will be extra goodies to show too.

That is all for now. See you next week.

-Eldon