Research trips & updates!

Hello friends! Apologies for the radio silence, dayjobs got the better of us for a while…and then we took a lil’ trip to Tokyo where we succumbed to the siren song of all the doujinshi*. In case you need hard evidence…
* mostly Haikyuu!!, though we’ve got some Free! reppin’
doujin3Thanks to the lovely people at PacSet Tours for putting together the fujoshi dream trip (along with all the awesome new people we met!)–as you can tell, we managed to do quite a bit of “research” that should serve us well for upcoming chapters ;) ;) ;)

In the meanwhile. we’ve been working on mission 6–unfortunately we were a little bit optimistic in our original airdate, so we’ll just post it when it’s ready. That should be sooner than later (read: this summer), but since we’re just now recovering from our jetlag, we don’t have a hard date. But you can always see new sketches and such over at Ocicatsy’s tumblr, since it’s updated fairly regularly with actual content (the Wensleydale tumblr is uh, mostly just my reblogs ^^;;;).

Thanks for your patience, guys! We’re always happy to know that people are enjoying the comic! STAY TUNED!

— Wensleydale

Futurejinx!

So our break continues, but working on Spacejinx sure doesn’t! Currently, Kat has completed all the roughs (for now), and Wensleydale has begun with the rough lettering, and pages 1 and 2 are in penciling stages. W*O*W!

Because these are very much in progress right now, have some “10 years-in-the-future (or so)” timeskip art! Not that this would happen, because SPOILERS, but we were having fun with possible endgame scenarios, like Benedict getting a sleeve tattoo and white streaks (because older), and Florian just changing his hair BECAUSE HE CAN. ((and Edmund becomes a techmaster? who knows!))

 

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— Wensleydale

Spacejinx’s humble beginnings…

We’ve been working on Spacejinx since 2010 (!!!), though the characters of Benedict and Florian have been around a bit longer (2007). They didn’t actually start off in space–and weren’t always human (or robot, in Florian’s case).

first sketches of Benedict and Florian by Kat

Benedict started off as a villain in a story Ocicatsy worked on for a 12-hour comic jam session–and he was a ~*vampire*~. ((Surprise!))
Florian, on the other hand, was your typical runaway human prince. We just made him up to serve as a snack for Benedict and as an excuse to draw slashy art.

Woodsy Kingdom Capers

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They basically run into each other in the middle of ye olde fantasy setting and end up traveling together and having a series of misadventures (hence our website name).
Oh, and Edmund?
early Edmund
He definitely has gone through the biggest change, and a lot of that is a story for a different update ^^;;; But he also started off as a ~*vampire*~ and served as Benedict’s rival and the antagonist in this setting. He ran a successful perfume business, owned an entire city, and was also the boss of Wendy and Selene (also ~*vampires*~…there *might* be a theme going on here).

Wendy and Selene

Somehow when we finally decided to sit down and make a webcomic though, we threw (most of) that out the window and set it in space, and downgraded Edmund from ‘villain’ status to ‘obnoxious roommate’. Also, no vampires. So yeah! A time-traveling post to the beginning of Benedict, Florian, & Friends.
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— Wensleydale

Mission 6 Pre-Production

Hello! We are in the thick of it now with Mission 6 pre-production. I don’t want to spoil the fun of seeing the story unfold in the comic, but I think I can post a few things that we’re working on.

The majority of Mission 6 is thumbnailed on one page of my sketchbook. After this I switch to an entirely digital workflow, but for these little stick figures I’ve found that nothing beats a real pencil!
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The little numbers in circles correspond to numbers in a doc with dialogue and notes for each panel, and the rectangles with numbers correspond to page layouts. After drawing at thumbnail size to sort out which story beats fit on each page, I redraw very roughly at full size in Photoshop. Right now it looks like the next chapter will be around 38 pages. The first round of layouts is done and now we’re editing!

At the same time I’m also working on designs for props, locations, and other new things for the chapter. I always love an excuse for new outfits, so I’ve been playing around clothing design. These aren’t final yet though!
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Mission 6 Status Update
Story: Complete
Layouts: Drafted
Current Mode: Editing

— Ocicatsy

Mission 5 Extra

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Florian, that bed was not even made to hold two people.

— Ocicatsy