A Birthday Memoir: Jack of All Blades Turns One
Submitted by zachwlewis on June 27, 2006 - 13:57
A little more than one year ago today, amazing artist/funny person Art Frederick approached me about a little pet project he had going on in his spare time. I knew little about web programming, and even less about making comics, but I happily agreed. One year and fifty-one comics later, Jack of All Blades is still missing deadlines and dropping punch lines, and I wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have it any other way.
Jack of All Blades started as little more than an experiment in collective comic and web publishing. When first told about the project, I was excited about the prospect of making a CMS (Comic Management System) first and excited about the prospect of making a C (Comic) second. I looked at some of ArtÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s initial sketches, and each of the characters looked solid; although his backgrounds left much to be desired. I tried my hand at the martial art of backgrounds, and soon thereafter, the first Zachground was created. Art stuck his characters on there, I threw some dialogue on top of that, and Jack of All Blades was born.
Throughout the year, we have tried many different things with the comic, like hand-drawn backgrounds, crazy-looking eyes, and even multicolored copyright tags. We stuck with the things that worked, nixed the things that didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t, and were generally pleased with how the comic had finally turned out.
One of my favorite aspects of the comic isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t actually part of the comic at allÃ¢â‚¬â€itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the comments below each comic. Since the birth of the comic, we knew that we wanted our readers to be able to tell us what they didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t (and did) like about each comic we create. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s why we donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t require anyone to join a forum (although we have one) or sign-up for anything: People can just read and comment. This has given us an added layer of connection between us as authors and artists and our fan base as horribly picky critics.
I have had a wonderful year working on Jack of All Blades, and I hope to have many more. If you have any questions or comments regarding my work at Jack of All Blades or on the CMS SomeryC, donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t hesitate to contact me, either on our site or via the comments.