Personally I really like the last WIP image, haha! Oh, Gregg~
I post these previews/WIPs over at my twitter while I work on the comic. :)
So, as promised, here's a blog post about Gregg's part of the old Chapter 1. As mentioned in the update on Monday, I posted the rest of it in the extra section to compensate with the slightly empty update-page this week.
I posted the first half of it last year in September. Here's my post about that, in case you want to read up. I wrote about the old format of the comic when I first started to draw it, how I printed it and why I decided to redraw Chapter 1 based on how the old one looked.
So, the second part of the old Chapter 1 is actually the old Chapter 2 as well. Why, you might ask? To make you even more confused?
You see, what was earlier told in two chapters, have been crammed together into one - Chapter 1. The reasons for that are written in the info section and in the previous blog post I just mentioned. In short: it was to give the reader a bit faster dive into the main characters and the story, and less of the side stuff that wouldn't matter in a few chapters.
I tell you a bit about the big changes!
Two characters were completely removed, since they only appear once in the comic: Emelie and Matilda.
Emelie was someone Sigsten is dating only in this chapter, which is really boring and not a very interesting female character. I can't justify that in a good way.
Matilda is a younger girl curious about flying, but Gregg thinks she's just in the way. I really like the idea of Gregg being so into his flying-dreams that he's a bit annoying towards those who don't catch on to what he's talking about. But here, I think he was just mean and not very likable. Since Matilda wasn't even invited to the kite flying, she felt soul less, so I removed her from the initial crew.
Both of these characters were based on old friends of mine that meant a lot to me, so it's really sad I had to remove them. Luckily, Elsa is still a very important character - and she is also based on a childhood friend.
Big change number two: John and the misshapens' first appearance!
John's first appearance was changed. In the old Chapter, he's on lunch meeting with Frank. We also had the first encounter with the misshapen here. I liked this scenario, but I didn't like how the shop keeper seemed just as homicidal as John. Also, all the adults around seem like ignorant bastards. Sure, Frank is ignorant in his way of being silent in the new Chapter 1, but he clearly shows his side in body language. But here, in the old one, he openly agrees John is right. In public! Sure, he could have his reasons for that but... no. Not OK, Frank.
What I do regret removing from the new Chapter 1 is some of the more joyful and funny moments I had in the old one. Such as Gregg making a kite out of Sigsten's underwear and Elsa giving Gregg a smooch on the cheek. Sure, it's all a bit childish, but they are kids, right?
I was so focused on keeping what was important to the plot that I left out a lot of much needed comic relief in the new Chapter 1. I think Delta-v even pointed this out at one point in the comments. Reading the old pages made me realize how emotionally heavy the story is in the beginning right now. Hopefully Lorentz' part will balance it out a bit!
That's some of the biggest changes I made! Of course most of it is changed and look completely different now, but it basically ends with the same thing: Gregg being pissed about John & then airplanes re-enter the skies.
(If you already read what I posted in September, you need to scroll down half the page!)
Thanks for reading. Feel free to leave a comment here or on Tumblr if you have any questions. :)