Friday, October 11, 2013

That Was Quick

When I came up with Solomon's mother, I had my own mom in mind.  Of course that was years ago.  Many years later, after my older sister has become a grandmother, I find that Mother Jacob might take on more of the characteristics of my her.  Overbearing.  Noisy.  Loving to a fault.  Of course, I really haven't dealt with the grandmother yet, just the expecting grandmother.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Momma's Boy

I'm not sure when, during the evolution of the comic, I made Solomon into the ultimate momma's boy.  I think it just sort of happened during the natural progression of the comic.  Well, however it happened, I love that I did it.  As the pregnancy develops and after the "baby" is born, Morgan (and the readers) will get to see just how profoundly his parent's overprotective guardianship played into Solomon's development into a man.  Don't get me wrong; I wrote Solomon to be strong, smart, man; with a good job, hard work ethic and good heart.  However, there will be some little idiocracies that will come to light, that should be interesting to see.  Anyway, there should be nothing wrong with a boy loving his mother; as long as he doesn't put that love above the love of his wife.


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

A Constant Presence

Morgan's kid sister, Kerri, plays a big part in the relationship between her and her husband, Solomon.    It's kind of one of those, you can choose your friends, but you can't choose your family, lies.  Meaning that when Solomon made the decision to marry Morgan, he made the decision to have Kerri as a sister-in-law.  Of course I'm sure he didn't think she would end up being such a fixture in their lives.  That was my choice.  This comic kind of gives the reader a little foreshadowing into the relationship.  At least that was the plan.   

Monday, October 7, 2013

We're Going to be Moms!

Okay, this one is out of order, because when I was drawing new panel comics on the Wacom Tablet, I don't remember where I saved them.  Now, would Morgan tell her baby sister about her pregnancy BEFORE she told her husband (or in this case, right after)?  Probably.  Still, there are more panels that deal with the relationship between Morgan and Solomon, prior to this one.  I just need to find them.
Morgan and Kerri are hella tight (meaning close).  The funny thing about Kerri is that when I first came up with her, she was originally going to be Solomon's kid sister.  I'm not sure when I made the change and decided to make her Morgan's kid sister, but the dynamic worked out far better.  The interaction between biological is way more fun to play with than that of sister/brother.  Plus, Solomon being an only child worked out very, very well.  

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Breaking the News

So, I'm doing all my cartoons on my Wacom Tablet, which I am still attempting to learn how to use.  The reason that I like the Wacom Tablet is because it allows me to make changes to the image without all the erasing madness.  The hard part is knowing how to save it is such a way that I can get it to down
load correct.  For instance; the caption for this particular panel should read, "I'm just trying to decide how to tell you that I'm pregnant", but as you can see, the text didn't produce.
Okay, so I've never been an expectant father, or mother for that matter.  Still, I can only imagine that breaking the news can be difficult for both the giver in the receiver.  In the case of my comic, Solomon is more shocked than anything by the news that his beloved wife kinds of drops on him while they are enjoying a romantic moment.

Something important to consider, if you follow this blog, is that @Home was first developed as a panel comic for the Daily News, which was the student paper for Southern Methodist University, called TRIPLETS.  However, even that  idea came well before I started going to SMU.

You will also noticed that earlier post depict Morgan well into her pregnancy.  It wasn't until last week that I decided to go back to the very beginning; when Mr. and Mrs. Jacob first learn the news.  I thought there might be some good, undeveloped material there that I didn't want to miss out on.

My hope is to someday post these panels into individual comic books.  The first one being titled, "@Home, the first 9 months".
Of course, first I need to learn how to manipulate this @&%*ing Wacom Tablet, so that the picture and text freaking post.

At any rate, if I never publish a book, I'm hoping that a few people can at least enjoy this blog.