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To promote the upcoming movie, The Last Exorcist, a creative advertising company fooled a bunch of people, using Chatroulette.com, into thinking they were talking to an attractive woman. As this woman was about to initiate a coy peek show, she instead showed them something completely different. The video is below, it’s an awesome idea, and quickly went viral on the net. Read more

Format’s a Flutter

Due to the recent success of Altsad’s Friend Down There comic post, which received an amazing 700 hits, I’m going to be switching Altsad’s Monday posts to a self-contained 3 panel format.  For a while now people have been telling me that they like Altsad, but they don’t have any idea what is going on. The full page format, that I had before, required someone to have read previous Altsad pages to understand the current story line. These 3 panel self-contained comics don’t suffer from that requirement, and should be more appealing to a much larger audience.

To all of those who enjoyed the ongoing storyline, don’t worry,  I’m not abandoning it. I plan on continuing my work on The House of Kali as I have time, with the goal being to deliver a 16 page comic 2 or 3 times a year. Having 16 pages all at once, instead of 1 every Monday, should help with story coherence and be more entertaining all around. Although I haven’t made up my mind if I plan on starting over from the beginning and re-working the art, or if I should continue where I left off.  Please feel free to let me know which you prefer, and I’ll let everyone know as soon as I make a decision.

I hope you all enjoy the new Altsad format.

– Dave

p.s. Outside of the format did anyone notice anything else different with last Monday’s comic post? It had something I’ve been needing to practice for some time now…

Monday Comic Preview

I feel like it’s time to try something new. I’m going to try to change the page layouts for Altsad to something more dynamic. It means more work for me but I like the look more, it flows better. Below is a preview of Monday’s comic. I did it on a sketch just to see how it would work out, but I like the looks of it. I’m also going to add shadows if I have time.

Friday Silliness

My first sketch of the guys together, drawn about a year and a half ago.

Happy First Birthday, Altsad!

One year ago from last Monday the first Altsad page was posted. Part of me wondered at the time if I’d ever make it this far. It’s been a lot of hard work and there’s even been a few late Sundays spent scrambling to get a comic ready for Monday morning, but it’s all been well worth it.

Everything started about five years ago when I picked up the drawing pencil and set a goal of drawing a new sketch every week. My first drawings were practices sketches of a fusion style comic book art that blended both east and west styles. I even started a blog, (http://altsad.blogspot.com), to post my work so my friends and random Internet peeps could keep tabs on me and make sure I was still working hard at it. Unfortunately I wasn’t very good at it and I realized I needed something easier to build upon. Doing some research into various art styles and potential projects, I eventually settled on creating a cartoon styled webcomic.

A friend of mine designed the Altsad website, and I spent the next three months cutting and coding it up in WordPress. Although anxious to post my first comic, it took me six weeks to create the initial batch of four and I could barely contain my excitement and nervousness as I posted the first one.

Now it’s a year later, and my art has improved, the story is moving along and there is a bunch of new and exciting things coming down the pipeline. Issue 2 is in the works, a new website is being designed by another friend of mine, and soon I’m going to start advertising the site. Everything is set to make year two of Altsad and even better year than the first.

I hope you’ve all enjoyed the webcomic as much as I have had in creating it, and thank you for helping make the first year of Altsad an awesome experience.

-Dave

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