Some people have been asking me about the stylistic choices I made for the first two pages of my comic, so I would like to take a few moments to answer the most common questions I getting. I’ll be completely honest with you: I didn’t expect anybody to be reading it this early on – let alone asking questions – so a lot of the art is still evolving as I figure out the best way to do things.Anyway
. Questions. Here goes.Why reuse the Sandy Saturday universe?
This one comes up from time to time. I had the opportunity to start afresh, build a new set of characters, start a new story - but I didn’t take it. I had a perfectly good world and some decent characters already, so I wanted to build upon them and see where I could take them. Additionally, the main characters from the Sandy Saturday universe regularly come up as NPCs in games I play - most of the time without my input. In fact, the IRC bot that oversees the table top games I play with my closest friends is based on one of the main characters from the series.When and where is the comic set?
Present day(ish), winter time, Oxford, United Kingdom.Why have you gone for a realistic look to your comic?
When I was young, I tried drawing comics with an overly simple style, and slowly moved onto comics with a more pronounced fun and whimsical style after that; however neither of these styles really made me feel proud of what I’d done. During University, I had to make some more realistic artworks for a coursework project - an interactive cooking tutor application which taught people how to bake a chocolate cake. It didn’t turn out very fancy, but I realised that if I pushed myself, I could make surprisingly realistic-looking graphics while still enjoying myself. Since then I’ve been working on improving my skills and even got hired into my current job because of my abilities to draw realistic images using vector graphics. I wanted to see how I could use and grow my skills in this comic.How would you describe the story arc?
“Slice of life.”Why is Sandy driving a Fiat 500?
I have a die-cast model Fiat 500 that’s about the same scale as my Figma figures, so I can actually pose the figures with the toy car, take a photo and then use that photo to compose a panel on my comic. It’s fun :3Why that number plate?
It is a combination of the three example letters given on the Wikipedia entry for UK number plates, and something that looks like ‘rage’. ‘SMR’ could be read as “some more”, so the plate could be read as “rage some more” at a stretch. This number plate may actually exist - I have not looked it up - and if it does, it would a Reading-licensed plate purchased between September 2013 and February 2014 (it says on Wikipedia).Red and green petrol pumps haven’t existed in the UK since blah/Sandy is using the wrong side of the petrol pump/random continuity errors here.
Shush. I know.What’s the song used on the page 2 splash?
You’re exempt from the competition if you view this, but the song can be found here: youtu.be/P8matN61jFY
That’s enough audience questions for tonight! Keep them coming if you have any more.