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      CommentAuthorSalgood Sam
    • CommentTimeMar 24th 2010 edited
    So im a few weeks now into this, wanted to start a thread to let this crowd know what i was up to, get some feedback and post updates, but was not sure if it's cool to post something here? Right section? I assume keeping it contained to a thread is the rule.

    So for a long time I've been working on this story, it's taken a while to get going to say the least, only had to overcome a dyslexics phobia of writing and lean how to. But I've got a pretty significant lead on myself and it's live now. Posting twice a week till TCAF, hope to have a print edition of the first chapter in B&W there to offer, at this point going to be a by the seat of my pants deal but i think I've got everything in place, just need to do a few more pages and scrounge together the funds. But in any case you'll be able to read it online today, least what's been posted so far. The back cover reads...

    Dream Life is the story of five friends, Charlie, Lionel, Lucy, PJ, and Dan.
    Each coming to terms with lives unplanned; in danger of going off the rails, or peter paned.

    A biker named Garry Greenberg, a big blue tarpaulin wrapped box,
    a dog and a red head with no hair will force them each to choose a new path.

    Part coming of age, part pulp crime novel, part odd to Charles Schultz.

    Page #14 went live this morning, the story is still in what is a very long opening dream sequence, short on text but lots to 'read' now. Also been blogging along side the posts if you want more words with you're pictures. I liked coloring this one, very pleased with this bit.

    So that's it, hope you all enjoy, tell the kids, all that. Would appreciate feedback of course too!

    Edit: So along the line Dream Life joined the TXcomics collective, and is posted there now - in the mean time i have kept the site i started going and re-branded it after my old printed anthology project, RevolveR, as a home for other projects,
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    Sam, I always love your work. Your compositions are gorgeous.

    Glad to see Dream Life in a more accessible format than your Livejournal, and I hope other people here will check it out.
    • CommentTimeMar 31st 2010
    Sam, I've been in love with this project since you posted the early inks on P&P. Beautiful work.
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    Thanks guys!

    it was partly you're feed back that motivated me to get on that Brandon, so thank you!

    Also was great to crack open WordPress finally, led to me rebuilding Sequential with it, and my home site is next! loving it.
      CommentAuthorJeff Owens
    • CommentTimeMar 31st 2010
    This is incredible work! I wish someone would print it in full color for you, because you shouldn't have to pay a dime out of pocket to have this published. Great stuff. :)
      CommentAuthorSalgood Sam
    • CommentTimeMar 31st 2010 edited
    Thanks Jeff. This is my hope as well, think if i can get the first chapter all done and up online finally it will help sell itself that way. But that's not going to happen for TCAF and having something of this in print for that was a personal goal this year, so by hook or by crook.
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    Happy easter all, enjoy you're feast, if you're having one that is.

      CommentAuthorJeff Owens
    • CommentTimeApr 4th 2010
    @Salgood Sam - Happy to see a new page! How many pages will be in the first chapter? I couldn't find an answer anywhere.
    • CommentAuthorkperkins
    • CommentTimeApr 4th 2010
    This is now in my Feed reader. Great stuff. I'd forgotten that you'd done the artwork for Jim Munroe's Therefore, Repent, good stuff.
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    That second picture you posted is amazing. Wow.
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    @Jeff Owens: about 60 pages in act 1. There's some shuffling as i go, one of the liberties of being the only man on deck and publishing myself, but for now that's the number, and each subsequent act is about the same as well, there are 9 acts in all.

    Thanks @sacredchao & @kperkins :)
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    Dream Life hits 21, throws party

    Feels like celebrating but the hangover is killing him.

    After all being Canadian he's been drinking for a while.

    rim shot.

    Posted the last page in the big dream sequence Saturday, next page Charlie wakes up. Also added suggested listening to this first scene, links on the cover page blog post {bellow the art} now. There are another 10 pages loaded in the magazine too, bigger lead on a publication date than I've had in years :)

    Read that all here.

    And here's what i'm inking right now, pages 40 to 45

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    Hey! so more pages online now, we're up to 29, seen here. Also last min i had a story brain storm, made some changes to later parts of the script and went' with a different cover for the book i brought to TCAF, like it a lot more. :) Here's my blog post about the time i had at the show, it was amazing.

    pg 29
    cover art for book 1
    • CommentTimeMay 16th 2010
    Amazing work!!! congrats : )
    • CommentAuthorThanatosser
    • CommentTimeMay 16th 2010 edited
    Amma just read this and type.

    Okay, this opening is a brilliant juxaposition and I doubt I'll see something like it for a long time. Top marks.
    Now on to some guy sleeping!

    Classic zoom into face dream scene change is a bit weak after such a nice opening, nevermind.

    What do burning trees generally signify, I'm sure I've seen that myself. Hmph. I don't like the dialog about not "noticing her before" mainly because whenever I dream no one I see (person or near-person) comes as a shock, be it out of nowhere sex or coming across a gaggle of zombies. Maybe that's just me?

    I do not trust liquid mercury hover-scooters.

    Ah, now this is very dream like. Without words it is convayed perfectly that he has suddenly noticed how bullshit a hovering scooter given by a mountain monster is. Que gravity. I'm not fond of that arm flapping panel, I just don't think that particular motion trick should be used any more. Just me that.

    Monocrome colouring after the dream ends gives a very "we are back in Kansas now" vibe, anti-Oz. The next few pages are all very basic and well, I don't know what you could loose or gain, if anything. I've also just realised this whole comic could be silent up until page 28 and wouldn't loose anything.

    I have no idea where we are going but I will be riding this thought-bus from now on. Cheers.
      CommentAuthorSalgood Sam
    • CommentTimeMay 16th 2010 edited
    Yeah, liquid mercury hover-scooters from mountain monster should never be trusted, not at all better than a nice spruce branch :)

    Nice to know you're thinking about it all, won't be explaining any here but sometimes i mumble in the black out text about what's going on a little [blacked out so you don't have to read it, but you can if you like.] page 22 has some notes about the color/B&W stuff.
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    Ok, been a while eh? been busy doing the work as we say. Thought i'd up date the thread here, lot of pages have been posted on the site since 29, ten in fact! so here's the run down...don't forget to look for the stories and blah blah in the blog! Latest post i tell a tale of hitchhiking!

    30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36-37, a detail of 37, 38, & 39!
    Ha ha ha ha ha [thunder....]

    Also, big news, we've not had time for our big roll out but we soft launched a new site for Dream Life. The old site is staying up, as you can see it's been re-branded with the identity of my personal anthology project, Dream Life is Joining the TX-comics gang! Book mark the new url -

    With act 2 Dream Life will stop being posted on RevolveR, and i'll use that to put up short stories i'm working on, and some old stuff from the original RevolveR. Same twice weekly schedule as Dream Life.
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    Hi ho, posting we will go....
    just a reminder, i'm still at it.
    pg 48
    • CommentTimeJul 28th 2010
    Wow. I'm glad you bumped this 'cos I'd manage to miss the awesome until now..

    Just added the feed to my RSS reader
    • CommentTimeJul 29th 2010
    What sneak046 said.

    Only just seen this. Excellent work, mate.