A somewhat porny-er cover than usual, perhaps, heralds the end of the mud-wrestling themed dream sequence, and a cameo from Trixie the Ditzy Pixie, all this month at Jaxtraw Studios.com!
…which continues the mud wrestling theme, with no less than two Lucys grappling in a muddy way, to see who is, um, top Lucy.
As always, you can read the full episode, along with all the others that have come before, at my main website Jaxtraw Studios.com
Yes, at long last, the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the most epically important moment in erotic comics history, etc etc…
After much pondering, I’ve decided not to make this “Lucy Lastique Book 2” or “Volume 2” or anything else. It picks up right from where we left off over a year ago, though of course it’s heading off on a new tangent (rather than up its own ass, as it did at the end of 2011). So, it’s just plain old “Issue 87”. The first sixteen pages are now up online in the Jaxtraw Studios members’ area, with another eight to come (to complete the first installment proper) in seven days time, on the 16th of January. Go get ’em! But before you go…
For that first week, initial subscription signups are $17.95. After that, they go up to $24.95, which is higher than it was previously- but also lower than at one point a few years ago when the initial signup was $29.95. Likewise the monthly rebill has risen a bit, to $8.95. There aren’t any longer period subscriptions (3 month or 6 month) as yet, as I think it’s important to establish a steady monthly schedule before I ask for people’s long term commitment. The prices are a matter of straight ecomomics and a business plan I drew up during the hiatus. Emotionally, I’d like to offer a dirt cheap signup for previous readers as a thank-you, but that isn’t really feasible. So, I hope you’ll see signing up again as a bit like, er, “crowd funding” the future continuation of Lucy Lastique. In return, I promise to give you exciting, sexy comics to read on a regular schedule, instead of excuses…
So, can’t think of anything else to say. Lucy is live again! Rush across to Jaxtraw Studios and get yourself some new Lucy! The future starts today! Be there or be square! Kinda thing.
I am now in the process of lettering the first new episode of the new Lucy Lastique story, “Total Reboot”.
An exciting Lucy Lastique announcement will shortly be announced, in an announcement-y kind of a way!
This one’s several things; a final “dress uniform” test, and a promo pic, and also I’ll probably use this shot of Lucy for the final panel of the relaunch episode, since that’s what I actually drew it for.
The dress and boots probably will have the colour toned down, since they probably should be more “black with just a hint of coloured highlights”, rather than as they are here which is quite clearly coloured and shiny (thank you, Photoshop Color Dodge Mode!). Basically the idea is that every uniform colour’s black parts are in the shade of the sleeve.
The background lettering I found on a very, very old early tee-shirt design, for the first cartoony Lucy, but I kinda liked it. One of my better graphic design moments. And then the vaguely psychedelic look seemed to chime with the uniform’s vaguely go-go girl look, for a futuristic Austin Powers vibe, heh.
I have to say, whenever i do one like this, it reminds me how much easier it is colouring people with their clothes on. Even a small amount of clothing breaks up the acres of orangey flesh you get with full nudes and it’s much easier to get something approaching eye candy when there’s material that can be textured, and so on. It’s too easy to paint a page full of nudes and have them all come out looking like sculptures in mud, or candle wax.
Anyway, another step closer to the relaunch.
I’ve been a bit distracted for the past week, working towards this putative Lucy Lastique relaunch, because I need more than comic pages. I mean, by crikey, I need comic pages but also, in particular, the website is a bit old and creaky and “Web 1.0” as the young bugs call it. I mean, okay, it’s not quite in the GeoCities “Sign my Guestbook!” range, but the basic site is 10 years old, which is something like a millennium in web design.
So I’ve been staying up later and later for the past week remembering the old programming addiction of my youth (it’s nearly 5am as I type this, ooer). Well okay, web stuff isn’t real programming. It’s not smoking the bejesus out of a z80 with hand-crafted assembler (we wrote it out by hand with paper and pencil in those days, kids today they wouldn’t believe you, etc) but it’s moved on a long way from a soup of <font> tags and that fucking dancing baby animated gif that was on every website in the nineties. Heh.
Okay, so this one isn’t finished yet. In particular, I want to have another tweak of the face before moving on to colouring. It’s intended to be a promo image for the Lucy relaunch, so I want something I’m as generally pleased with as the “Ancients” cover currently still gracing the front page of Jaxtraw Studios.com. But since this blog’s been a bit silent for a while I thought I’d better post something to remind you all I’m still alive, heh.
So, as said before, I’m heading for a relaunch.
Well, the first official post anyway. I was going to delete those test posts below, but since some nice folks have left comments on them, I guess we’re stuck with them now 🙂
Anyhoo, first up, welcome to Jaxtraw’s Not Safe For Work Blog if you haven’t been here before, and secondly, may I wish you a happy Thanksgiving, if you’re somewhere that is celebrating that today. And indeed, if you’re not.
So. It seems like the proper thing to do on a first post is to do some kind of update on how things are with me, my art, Lucy Lastique, and so forth. The Jaxtraw Studios site- at least, the subscription/paysite type bit- of it is, of course still in mothballs and is going to stay that way for some indeterminate period of time. But I must stress that this is not the end of Lucy Lastique. I have every intention of bringing her back, and am working towards that, so it’s best to see this period as a gap between, um, Lucy 1.0 and Lucy 2.0. Like the gap between Return Of The Jedi and The Phantom Menace, except hopefully considerably shorter, and hopefully less likely to fill the internet with people complaining that their childhood has been ruined by a man whose head is losing an epic power struggle with his neck.
But, I’ll come back to that. Lucy, I mean, not George Lucas’s neck.