Sincerest apologies are in order. For the first time ever, there will not be a new strip posted as scheduled. Some unexpected inconveniences are to blame, but hopefully we will be back on track next week. Thanks for your patience and understanding. – Andrew
Two strips a week for two years of your two favorite comic dinosaurs. That’s what today marks. April 8, 2014 means there are more than 200 Moth & Ethan strips available for your reading pleasure. Not too shabby. Happy anniversary to us.
That being said, we have some news to share involving a minor change. Don’t get upset. There are plenty more installments headed your way. However they will only be posted once a week.
For the foreseeable future, Moth & Ethan will be uploaded on Mondays. We’ll keep reminding you, so don’t worry.
The objective is to allow Andrew some time to stay ahead of his work schedule, and be able to focus on some other projects that have been sorely neglected. This webcomic is still a priority, and certainly isn’t going away, but hopefully this means that you’ll be seeing some other exciting announcements arriving soon.
Thanks so much to you, the faithful readers, who make Moth & Ethan a part of your day. This past year has seen a dramatic increase in subscribers, comments, and Facebook and Twitter followers. The word is spreading, and it’s because of you! We hope you’ll stick around and continue to share us with your friends and family.
I thought I would take this time to include a brief blog about the process I use to bring you new Moth & Ethan strips every week. Right or wrong, love it or hate it, every artist has a method and technique that they are comfortable with or are constantly honing to produce their craft. This is one of mine:
I buy this in large packs at Arvey or Xpedx.
I made the template so I wouldn’t have to measure every time.
I don’t usually render the drawings any more than this since the characters are pretty simple and familiar to me.
Older classic Moth & Ethan strips were inked with brush and India ink. Brush markers, while less sophisticated or opaque, are also not as messy.
Some artists avoid this kind of clean-up by inking over a light table on a separate sheet, or just inking digitally.
I am currently running a new generation Mac Mini, to which I’ve connected a 12″ Wacom Cintiq, and new Brother large-format scanner, both of which are tremendous time-savers.
Black & White or Greyscale images scan faster and make it easier to adjust the levels.
This is also the point where I digitally clean up the inks and fix mistakes or make changes – a common occurrence..
Selection tools, Paint Bucket, and Brushes are all used to fill in the colors. I also have a color palette specifically for Moth & Ethan and a few of the other characters.
That’s about it! Hope you weren’t too bored and I hope it doesn’t take away the “magic”. Feel free to ask more detailed questions via e-mail or in the comments section below.
Special 1 year Anniversary guest blog post by Connie Chandler
As an English as a New Language (ENL) teacher, it seems obvious that the story of Noah’s Ark is a prime opportunity to introduce 100 new vocabulary words for animals. What went on the boat? Aardvarks, Bats, Centipedes, Zebras, and everything in the middle. With graphic clip art, photos, stuffed animals, and trips to the zoo, the learning possibilities are endless, and by the time class is over, there will be 15 more international people who can list all the species of the animal kingdom in multiple languages! Well, that plan might be a bit grander than reality, but you get the idea.
But as much fun as it could be to teach a lesson on lions, tigers, and bears, that isn’t really the point of Genesis 6, is it? I am so thankful that God chose to protect all the animals from dying in the flood… but I am even more thankful that he spared a family of humans. See, animals are beautiful and interesting and useful and inspiring, but they were not made to walk and talk with God through a garden in the cool of the day. They weren’t the ones he made in his image, for his purpose, to his glory. We are. And as often as humanity has made a mess of things throughout history, God – in his crazy love and mercy – keeps rescuing us, calling us back, and redeeming us.
In Genesis 6:18, God says he will establish his covenant, not with the animals, but with Noah. If Noah trusted God and obeyed him – if he built the ark according to God’s plans and put his family inside – then they would be saved, protected, preserved… they would live. Sound like something else you might have heard? We don’t need an ark, but we do need Jesus, and the power of his death and resurrection. We need to be covered by him and live by his grace to receive forgiveness, salvation, and true life.
God loves the animals with feathers, fins, and four feet, but he didn’t step down from his throne in heaven to put on scales or fur… he put on human flesh and died as a man to save and redeem and restore relationship with you and me.
Read more from Connie at Life is Sweet.