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If you can read this, you've accidentally clicked a link to the DO WE HAVE A CONTRACT? blog.

To make time in the schedule for me to whip up some cool extras for the CONTRACT? site, I'll begin posting the thrilling Volume 2 conclusion next week, on January 21. I'll also begin keeping a more regular schedule, posting updates on Saturdays around 10 am. Like now!

This new stuff will be:
—Bio page! With pictures!
—More comic-strip headers with our lovely demonic throuple explaining what the hell you're actually seeing.
—Various style improvements!

This will all roll out gradually.

Now please enjoy this spoiler-free look to two issues from now while I take this time to read comics instead of make them:

Next update will be after Christmas, so I can run around frantically trying to get everything right at home.

My brain's in a holiday fog!

I need quite a bit of sleep.
Expressionist films obviously play a big part in Do We Have a Contract?, but futurism and period advertisement play a big part as well.

Here's a huge selection of Italian ads from the 1930s and 1940s that influenced the look of Do We Have a Contract?

Some of these examples are more obvious than others, but some key elements that link this style of art to DWHAC's art are angular distortion of figures, stark black and white usage, creative use of solid spaces, implied line, and the knockout effect where a black shape becomes white once it transitions to a dark background (and vice versa). This last effect is important to use sparingly, because if it's not used correctly it can come off as "cheating" and evidence of bad layouts. I try to make it clear that when this effect happens it's for an intended effect and not done just because I didn't plan out the dark/light parts of the page correctly.

Angular distortion/stylization and the knockout black/white effect

Minimalism and implied line:

Bold black/white effect...combination of geometric forms (person, hand) and more organic, chaotic shapes (background)

These elements applied to photo advertisement:

Great knock-out effects and bold shapes

Updates will now just be Sundays, around 7 pages an update give or take a couple for pacing.

Issues 1-4 were the setup, so I wanted them to get out there fast.

New art by FirionMien of Belial (a daddy demon that won't appear for months) is up in the Arcade!

Today's secret word is HEAVY

I need to go back to sleep goodnight!
Issue 3's pages 12 and 18-19 weren't meant to be censored! I'd made those versions for Tapas and didn't realize that those are the files I grabbed.

The uncensored pages serve the themes and mood since Cicero is quite repressed and there's a definite Freudian element to his journey. I could do a longer write up on it and I probably will, eventually. Barbatos's big entrance is now bigger, and the King Mother is no longer a Barbie doll.

Pages 10-11 have also been fixed because the black was actually gray, somehow.

No secret word today because I'm getting ready for work!
Trying out something new and dropping a few pages each day for issue 3. So Issue 3 will be split up into 4 chunks. It's mostly to see if I can bag new readers by staying ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE GAME. I am completely transparent in my schemes, which is why I'd make a shit spy.

Issue 3 is where pantless demons start in case you're here for that and not the historical drama.

First chunk (Back to Italy!): September 4.
Second Chunk (Trauma time!): September 5
Third Chunk: (Barbatos is here and you'll love him): September 6
Fourth Chunk: (A new deal? Finale!): September 7

Still only a few pages to adjust this go around. I think by Issue 4 I've hammered out any major wonkiness, so no edits. Yay!

I'm posting this on lunch.

Secret word of the day is PANTS
Come one, come all! The grand opening of the Do We Have a Contract? site has come!

Issue 1 is up, and there will be weekly updates as we catch up to issue 8. After that, the spinoff series of shorts, Wet Ink will commence.

Now I'll have time to do stuff like read comics, make a bitchin ad, and draw some killer miscellenia before diving into Wet Ink.

Today's secret word is BALLBATOS.
Issue 1 to come AUGUST 21!

Issues 1–8 have previously been on Global Comix, but have a few problem areas to smooth out.

I usually stick to deadlines, so maybe posting this will force me to work out all the kinks.

For issue 1, the line art has been cleaned up a bit but everything's mostly the same. Issues 1–2 had a pretty different style than the rest just by virtue of my having not nailed down everything and I decided to leave that as-is, only fixing major wonkiness.

It may also just be "pretty different" to me, but those issues had a lot more minimalist art moments and character designs were a bit rougher.

I'm pleased to say you can probably notice a jump in art quality every issue. The biggest ones are probably 2 to 3 and 4 to 5. I'm quite proud of the art in volume 2 (issues 5-8) because it's the most polished-looking art I've made yet, and I hope to only improve!

Today's secret word is LASTUNICORN.

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