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Sunrise: The Complete Anthology

February 2nd, 2013 | Uncategorized

This is what the book looks like.

Click here to buy your copy, or read on for a lengthy explanation.

I’ve been working overtime to get together a Sunrise anthology edition fit for the gods…or at least for you, my loyal readers. The book, weighing in at a frankly astonishing 384 pages, is now complete, and includes the following:

  1. Issues 1-10, naturally
  2. The existing pages of the canceled issue “The Bargain”
  3. Both April Fool’s Day jokes.
  4. Selected excerpts from original online commentary
  5. Brand new retrospective commentary unique to the book
  6. A complete guide to the comic’s easter eggs

(Please click here if you want to see more pictures.)

The book is available through Lulu for $20 per copy. (Cheap!) Click here to order.

The special offer described below has expired.

So, I suppose you’re thinking, how can one obtain this delightful tome? Well, here’s the thing. It’s going to be printed on demand, so it will be available at any time from Lulu. However, for a limited time, I’m going to offer a special opportunity to all of you:

If you preorder from me directly, I will obtain copies for you, sign them, and mail them to you, free shipping.

However: if you’ll pay the shipping, I’ll draw a sketch in the book, too. Choose a character and a scenario and I’ll do my best. Albee fighting Darth Maul? Ritchie riding a stegosaur? The possibilities are endless.

So take your pick. Act now and get a copy which has been manhandled by the author, or wait for a bit and get it sent to you in pristine condition by a computer. The former option, however, will become unavailable on February 16 (two weeks from today), at which point I will order the copies.

One more thing: This first run of copies will be numbered! If you are the first person to order a copy, it will have “Copy 1 of (x)” written inside. Remember: These could be marginally valuable someday.

No time like the present. Click here to be directed to a surprisingly ugly PayPal order form. If you’re not a big PayPal fan, just send me a quick email at himself at good old johnwallie.com and we’ll work something out.

The book looks nice. I like it and I think you will too.

Quick Update

February 21st, 2012 | Uncategorized

I am not dead, just very busy. Hopefully there will be an update soon.

Bonus: Page Drawing Process

February 2nd, 2012 | Uncategorized

Last Christmas I posted the pencils for Page 20 of Issue 10. (I’ve since taken down that page so it won’t interfere with the archives.) Now let’s take a look at the whole process for this page.
Thumbnail

The first step is a rough “thumbnail” version of the page. This establishes the panels, basic character placement, and first draft of the dialogue.

Moving to the Bristol board on which the comic will be inked, I draw the inking guidelines in pencil. This includes all the artwork and the lettering. At this stage I also make the final decisions about the artwork and finalize the dialogue. I draw the lines for lettering using an Ames Lettering Guide, a tool which I would highly encourage other cartoonists to check out.


In the inking stage, I first go over the panel borders with a simple Sharpie pen. Next the lettering and balloon borders are traced with fine-line art markers (0.3mm for the letters and 0.7mm for the balloons). The artwork is then inked with a Hunt 100 crowquill pen and sumi ink. I also put in some of the spot blacks at this point, using permanent markers.

Now it’s time for the tedious part. The inked artwork is scanned in and edited in Photoshop. At this stage I remove blemishes and mistakes, add spot blacks as needed, and paint in the gray tones. Once it’s finished, it goes up here for you to look at.

I started working this way beginning with Issue 8 (although for that issue I wasn’t using the painted gray tones yet). Prior to that issue the artwork was penciled on paper but inked digitally. I switched to physical inking in part to reduce the amount of computer time required for each page–and then, of course, started doing this digitally-painted graytone thing that takes almost as long. Oh well.

So that’s how it’s done, buoys and gulls.

Sunrise 2012 Calendar

November 22nd, 2011 | Uncategorized

Well, the holiday season is impending, and come Friday those of us in America will all be either 1) going shopping, or 2) staying as far away from stores as possible, depending on our inclinations. But, my friends, there is at least one fine gift which can be acquired without ever setting foot in your local Buy and Large outlet. I speak, of course, of the famed Sunrise 2012 Calendar, which is available now via print-on-demand from Lulu. Click here to check it out.

All twelve (12) months of the upcoming orbital cycle are included, each illustrated with beautiful color Sunrise artwork. This includes the covers of issues 2-10 and three exclusive, original illustrations. The covers have been “remastered” to fit into the calendar shape, with new artwork seamlessly filling in the margins. The three extra images are all original to the calendar, and are full-fledged color artwork, not just old concepts from my sketchbook. Here is an enticing preview if you still don’t believe me:

Haeckel becomes airborne

For small, blurry color previews of this and the rest of the calendar, please check out the listing on Lulu. The other new illustrations are a beauty shot of the Akhenaten and Nefertiti, and one with Dr. Norton.

So do take a look. Drop hints about it, buy it for a friend, buy it for an enemy (and turn him into a friend?), buy it for yourself. Look you’re planning to be alive next year, right? You’ll need somewhere to write important notes like “Call Joe” and “Beware impending apocalypse.” So why not buy this one and relive airship adventures all year?

Check it out, captain.

Update Schedule, Fall 2011

September 18th, 2011 | Uncategorized

Hello, faithful readers. As you may have noticed, updates have been somewhat irregular lately. I have been working (that is, “work” working) too much and it’s disrupting my schedule. For the time being, I’m putting Sunrise on an irregular, but hopefully complete, schedule. By this I mean that I still intend to post two pages a week, but they will not necessarily come on Tuesday and Friday. Thanks for your patience, and enjoy Issue 10.

News: Sunrise, Setting

August 30th, 2011 | Uncategorized

Please see the blog for an important announcement pertaining to Sunrise.

Sunrise: The Book

June 7th, 2011 | Uncategorized

I’ve been working on putting together a printed anthology of Sunrise, as I’d eventually like to at least break even here. Since you fine readers would be the ones shelling out the cash for such a thing, I thought I ought to ask you what you’d like to see in it. The book as I have planned it so far would contain issues 1-6 in the first volume, and issues 7-10 in the second, which would, I think, be about equal in terms of the number of pages.

Some of you, however, would probably prefer to wait and pick up a bigger anthology which would contain issues 1-10. (I’m guessing Issue 10 will probably be complete around this time next year.) Which would you prefer to buy? Two smaller editions, with the first one coming out soon, or one large edition which won’t be ready for months?

Additionally, I’m curious to know what kinds of special features you’d like to see. I already have planned to have short essays about each issue, schematics of the ship, and the existing pages of the unpublished Issue 7, “The Bargain.” If there’s anything else you’d like to see in such a book, let me know.

On a final note, I might also consider posters or even shirts if there’s any interest in such things. I want to sell you things, so don’t hesitate in suggesting something that you might like to buy.

If you’d just prefer to keep reading the comic for free, that’s cool too. Thanks for sticking around!

April Fools’ 2011

April 1st, 2011 | Uncategorized

Well, I hope nobody was taken in by yesterday’s silliness, which you can view here if you missed it.

As you’ve probably guessed, The Dreyfus is not concerned with exciting adventures in space. It is, like most issues of Sunrise, concerned with people moping around and getting testy. So stay tuned for that thrilling stuff.

This is the second April Fools’ joke I’ve done for Sunrise, the previous one being the Star Trek parody in 2009. (I beat J.J. Abrams’s parody by two months!)

Since this was such a big hit, I’m considering the possibility of some sort of non-canonical crossover novelty issue sometime in the future… it might be fun!

Oh, and for those of you interested in collecting Zarkdom minutiae, the war with the Gress is actually a canonical detail from an yet-unrealized Zirconius script.

April Fools' 2011

April 1st, 2011 | Uncategorized

Well, I hope nobody was taken in by yesterday’s silliness, which you can view here if you missed it.

As you’ve probably guessed, The Dreyfus is not concerned with exciting adventures in space. It is, like most issues of Sunrise, concerned with people moping around and getting testy. So stay tuned for that thrilling stuff.

This is the second April Fools’ joke I’ve done for Sunrise, the previous one being the Star Trek parody in 2009. (I beat J.J. Abrams’s parody by two months!)

Since this was such a big hit, I’m considering the possibility of some sort of non-canonical crossover novelty issue sometime in the future… it might be fun!

Oh, and for those of you interested in collecting Zarkdom minutiae, the war with the Gress is actually a canonical detail from an yet-unrealized Zirconius script.

Realm Chapter 2 is coming!

March 9th, 2011 | Uncategorized

For those of you who aren’t reading the blog, be aware that the second chapter of Realm is coming soon. Hopefully it will bring with it some riotous adventure and amusing jokes, but you will just haveĀ  to wait and see.

In the meantime, you can see the “trailer” or check out Chapter 1 if you’ve not seen it before.