Well, there you have it! I hope you enjoyed our prologue to the big story, illustrated by DR’s officially-designated multi-purpose thing-doer, Chris. Now he can finally get some sleep. ‘night, Chris!
Anyway, it’s time for some real talk: I’m sure at least two of you are looking forward to the start of the story proper, but I’m afraid that won’t be happening next week; while everyone on the team’s been working tirelessly these last couple months, we haven’t quite reached the stage where we can put out two pages a week consistently. Not to say that we can’t; of course not. But the reality is that we still need a bit more time for everyone to get up to speed. This is especially true since my partner and friend, Yam, has had a very difficult year as far as her disability is concerned. But it’s not my place to tell you about that; I’m sure she’ll get around to discussing it sooner or later.
So yes, with the prologue done, we’ll be taking a break from updating to properly grease the proverbial production pipeline. I wish I could tell you how long it’ll be exactly, but we’re looking at about a month or so. In any case, as soon as we figure out exactly when we can really get this thing started, I’ll let you know.
I’m very deeply sorry to keep you all waiting like this. You can check our Facebook page and Twitter for updates, or you can just watch this space. In the meantime, we’re gonna hunker down until we’re good and damn ready.
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Good after-hello, Internet person(s), and welcome to the weird and wonderful world of Dingus Rancher, the story of monsters and the weirdos who raise them! It’s been a long time coming, but our first big story is finally underway. For those of you who are new to this thing, Dingus Rancher is an online comic chronicling the lives of a group of farmers with fighting monsters for livestock. Sound familiar? It probably is! But don’t worry about it; just read on and everything will make sense. (As much as things can make sense in this strange place, anyway).
I’m GM, the words person. I’ll be doing most of the talking, so God help you. My partner, the amazing Yam, handles the art. If you’re reading this today, her pretty pictures will be turning up a bit later; this prologue’s done by our lettering person, Chris. Apparently, he doesn’t sleep, so we put him to work on a few odds and ends whenever possible. It’s only fair, I think.
We put a heck of a lot of effort into sorting out this exciting story, and we hope you’ll stick around to see how things get on. Thanks for reading, and take it easy!
P.S. Whoops! Forgot to mention a thingus: this prologue will update weekly on Thursdays. Once that’s over, we’ll be permanently settling into our Thursday + Sunday schedule. End transmission.
Here It Comes!
Hide your meats! Shelve your children! Dingus Rancher Adventures is about to begin!
GM here. Sorry about the whole pushing-the-story-back-another-two-weeks thing, but the wait, she is almost over! How almost, you ask? Keep your disks on, son, I was getting to that: Dingus Rancher Adventures #1: Dingus, Meet Wingus begins this Thursday! Much excitement!
Now, if any of you have read our About DR page, you may recall how I mentioned you don’t really need to know anything about Monster Rancher to enjoy the strips. Well, quite frankly I could’ve done better. While I still strongly feel they’re all quite wonderful art-wise, a fair few of them were, in hindsight, rather more obtuse than I would’ve liked; they were saved by the Yam, as it were. But hey, you gotta start somewhere. DRA, on the other hand, is a different story (so to speak); my partner and I went to great lengths to make sure you can understand and enjoy the whole thing from start to finish, even if you haven’t read the strips. To put it another way, this story is our proper introduction to the world of Dingus Rancher, and the ideal starting point for new readers. So! Look forward to that.
We’ll be kicking things off with a prologue by our letterer and flatting person, Chris, which will be updated weekly on Thursday. Once that’s over, we’ll finally be back in Yamland and assume our twice-weekly update schedule: new pages every Thursday and Sunday. Once again, much excitement!
This is it, everybody. It’s finally happening. Thank you all ever so much for being so patient while we’ve been fumbling about behind the metaphorical curtains these past few months; we poured all our proverbial gravy into this, and we sincerely hope the wait will have been worth its weight in steak, as I may or may not have mentioned some months ago.
This is one steak that deserves to be well done.
Take it easy!
The Calm Before the Other Thing that Isn’t the Calm
Hey again. GM here. With our guest-centric duckbombventure having long since concluded, the agonizing wait for the very first of our Dingus Rancher Adventures is almost over. That is if you count three weeks as agonizing, which isn’t the case if you’re, say, a rock. Time moves like a mile a minute for those things. They’ve got the right idea, lemme tell ya.
Okay, that’s enough rock envy for now. I’ve got some good news and some bad news for you. The good news is that the big story’s looking great in non-thumbnail form. The bad news? While we definitely have enough to get going by June 30th (heck, we’ve buffered a bit already!), we don’t have much of a safety net in case of emergencies in the middle of the story. (Illness, arm trouble, triscuits shortage, etc.). So, in order to guarantee the story proceeds twice weekly uninterrupted, we’re pushing the story back another two weeks. I deeply apologize to everyone who’s been looking forward to DRA starting this Sunday, but this delay will help ensure that you get a good year and a half of twice-weekly comics without any interruptions. Of course, fate is a fickle sausage, and we can’t exactly proceed if me or Yam suddenly turns into a rock for a few weeks, but barring anything bizarre like that we should get on just fine.
Thanks again for your patience. Going forward, I’ll be sure to double-up on the extra stuff to make sure a thing-less period like this, however brief, never happens again.
We good? Good. Take it easy, and see you in a couple weeks!
Internet person(s)? GM. With the big story right around the corner-ish, Yammo and I have a heck of a lot to do, so I’ll get right to the point: our fifth and final guest artist has stepped up to the metaphorical plate of sequential art times to send our first series of bonus thinguses off with a bang. Now, that’s a tall order given how the last twelve guest strips ended, but I assure you this artist has more than enough awesome in his beard to make it happen; ladies, gentlemen and everyone in-between, please welcome The Adventures of Dr. McNinja’s very own Christopher Hastings!
Right! Things. The doing of them. Must make with the doing of the things.
Take it easy!
The Stage It Is Set
Hey, Internet person(s)! Is GM. I hope you’ve enjoyed the film-centric comic adventures of the past few weeks, courtesy of our fourth guest artist, Axe Cop and Bearmageddon daddy Ethan Nicolle, the pop culture hurricane. For the record, that’s TWO “L’s” in the surname there; don’t make the same mistake I’ve been doing for the past several months. You know how dangerous hurricanes can be when you get their names wrong. Thank you, Ethan!
Speaking of adventures, I have some good news! My partner Yamzo has successfully finished the thumbnails for the entire big story! So now she, letter man Chris and color person Josh can finally get cracking on those pages proper! Terribly sorry it’s taken so long, but thumbing everything out in advance like this helps prevent nasty surprises from popping up due to weird script-ish bits not working like they should (ALWAYS my fault, by the way). Consequently, our first Dingus Rancher Adventure will begin a little later than expected.
But on the bright side, we have a solid date now! Dingus Rancher Adventures #1: “Dingus, Meet Wingus” will begin Sunday, June 30th!
Yes, I know, that’s not exactly in the spring. Luckily, we kind of went overboard with the bonus material, so we still have one final guest artist waiting to get his strip on, so to speak. And believe me, we’ve saved the most explosive for last. I’m hope you like!
So yes, a few weeks after that, DRA will begin! Yam and I are crazy excited for this thingus. We hate to leave you all hanging like this, but we promise we’ll do our best to make sure the wait is worth its weight in steak.
You know what? Steak sound pretty good. I think I’ll go get some.
Take it easy!
P.S. Keep your eyes peeled for Ethan Nicolle’s wonderful Axe Cop animated TV series, also happening this summer! Also also, don’t forget to spread the word about DRA, and follow me and Yam on Twitter! My thingus is @dingusrancher, and Yam’s is @SnifitKing. Please throw words at us!
Ten Apples, Comics and Dinosaurs
Hey, it’s that guy again. Now, if any of you guys and girls were around in the 90′s, our third guest artist probably needs no introduction. For our younger readers and Victorian time travelers who decided skip the 90′s due to a staggering aversion to backwards baseball caps and Howie Mandel, the man responsible for our latest trio of duck-centric sequential picture things was the mastermind behind big-time 90′s games The Neverhood and Earthworm Jim, the Meat Lover’s Fruit Cup Award-winning short film series Sockbaby, and of course, more graphic novels than you can shake a sardine at. Everyone, say hello to Doug TenNapel. Doug, this is everyone. They like exploding ducks, apparently. I’m sure you’ll get along fine.
Also, remember the one other secret thing I mentioned last week? Well, it’s ready! Have you ever thought to yourself “Pffft, you call this funny? I could out-funny this jerk so hard it’s not even funny! Only it IS!” Well, now you can! With our brand-spankin’-new Dingus Rancher Comic Creator! Not only can you add your own dialogue to ANY of our strips, you can save them to your computator to share with your friends! If you wanna give it a try, just click on the shiny new Comic Creator link right above this word pile, or simply click these words right here. Have fun!
Also also, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for Doug’s new game, Armikrog, which he’s metaphorically busting his bottom on right now, and the colorized re-release of one of his classic graphic novels, Tommysaurus Rex. And speaking of tyrannosaurs, yet another big thank you to our web mage, Muir Freeland, for making the comic creator happen! Incidentally, he’s working on an awesome thingus of his own; an excitement-ing iOS game called Blowfish meets Meteor. People like it, evidently. As well they should, for it is the good times. Give it a go when it happens!
Right, that my afternoon gone. I need a steak break. While I do that, how about you internet person(s) email me some of your weird comic creations? I got nothing else going on this weekend. Apart from steak.
I’d better get on that.
Take it easy!
Happy Egg, everybody! GM here. I hope you’re all enjoying the guest strips so far. The most recent trio of goodies comes courtesy of the talented Ellis Goodson. This guy’s been around the block whole bunches of times, having done enough storyboard and concept work to turn a swan inside-out. Heard of The Neverhood? He was totally on that ship. And other ships, too! Riding ships ’round the block all the time, that’s Ellis for you. If you’d like your own inverse swan, check out his portfolio site a-right-a-right here. Thank you, Ellis!
Be sure to check back next week for our third guest artist, and possibly another neat surprise. Whom will the next artist be? I’ll give you a hint: He has arms.
All the arms,
Hey, everyone. GM again. I know what you’re thinking; “hey, that isn’t Yam’s art! Did she misplace her hands or something?” Rest assured, Yam’s hands are right where they should be (that is to say, still on her person). Thing is, she’s still metaphorically ripping through spring’s big story, and seeing as spring isn’t quite here yet, it’ll still be a little while before we can get this show on the metaphorical (again) road.
So! To keep the DR engine running in the meantime, we’ve arranged for some wonderful guest artists to help us out. Over the next few months, we’ll be treating you to some delightfully silly B&W strips starring Baxter’s bursting buddy, Duckbomb! This ducksplosion comes courtesy of some very talented picture makers. Some of these art persons you may have even heard of. Either way, I hope you enjoy these goodies while me and Yamzo press on with the big story business.
Our first artist is colorful toonmaker Andrew Dickman. If any of you are familiar with the video game series Mega Man or one of those oddball YouTube critic thinguses, you may have come across some of his goodies. This guy’s artistic breadth and fanciful character designs are something else. Check out his gallery thingus here!
And now to chain myself back to my work desk. Take it easy, everyone!
Yam here. I’m the goober who draws the Dingus Rancher comic. Sometimes I help with the writing, but usually I’m just handling the art. We just posted a special look at the strip creation process here: Check it out!
If you’re curious, here’s some of what’s involved when it comes to making the strips:
I start by sketching out a rough drawing, usually in ballpoint pen on notebook paper. It may go through several changes before I move on to the next phase.
I follow that up with a more refined pencil drawing that’s based on the rough. Once that’s approved, I move on to the inks. Then I add color using prismacolor markers and color pencils. The last step is to re-ink the entire drawing, in order to enhance the black lines that get washed out by the markers.
Sometimes I’ll draw backgrounds in pure color, other times I’ll rough them out with the rest of the strip.
It’s a time consuming process, but I enjoy the results. I hope you get a kick of them, too. Since I’m drawing these by hand, you can also note the many mistakes and errors I make as I work.