I’ve been doing a webcomic for several years now called “The Quadra Cats“, about some Earth Cats that meet up with an Alien Cat and accidentally find themselves as impromptu ambassadors for Planet Earth (which Alien Cat assumes, of course, is run by cats). I’ve printed 3 issues of the story so far, filled with cultural misunderstandings, geeky jokes, and the developing friendship of the four cats.
The continuation of the story takes up when the cats arrive back from an unsuccessful attempt to join the Feline Federation (because they haven’t read the rules). I won’t be printing this current story for a while, because it’s going to be much longer than the previous stories (which are really all continuous anyway). Eventually, I’d like to print them all in one volume, but that’s going to take a while.
I’ve decided to make some changes in the way I’ve been drawing the comic, which is not unprecedented. The first volume was all in pen-and-ink, and pretty roughly (though charmingly, I hope) drawn; the second and third were drawn with ink outlines but shaded digitally in Photoshop, and evolved a bit as I refined my techniques. Lately (as you may have seen from my last two posts) I’ve been playing around with an app called Procreate, and after doing quite a bit of experimentation, I decided to draw and letter the comic entirely digitally, except for the initial rough sketches.
I’ll go into my processes a bit more in future posts, but for now, I’m going to offer up the beginning of the story. You can follow it on on the webcomic site (where you can also read the previous books) and on the Quadra Cats Facebook page, where I’m posting each update in a photo album.
Here begins — ta da dum de dum! — The Kittens of Doom!
That brings us up to date with the story so far — I hope you’ve enjoyed this preview of the story! If you follow on the Quadra Cats website, you also get excerpts from Alien Cat’s journal, MOLLY’s to-do list, and occasional commentary from me.
More soon about how I write, draw, and letter the comic.