PLAN 10 (My first webcomic) (2002)

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* In April 2017, I discovered I'd lost the Plan 10 website and most of the comics. This must have happened during a backing-up accident. Issue 8 of the comic is on my visual art page, but that's all I've got online for now. If you're reading this and have any issues of Plan 10 saved on your hard drive, please contact me by using the link at the bottom of the page. Thanks.

I drew a zillion comic strips by hand during my youth, mostly with a biro and in black/blue on white, and part of me had always pined to write a long-running strip with higher production values. I took a shot at doing so as a young adult in 2002 with Plan 10. I drew most of it by hand, scanned the drawings then coloured them on the Mac using MetaCreations Painter 3D. Each issue took me an age to do and I was also dealing with RSI problems at the time. What I discovered in doing Plan 10 is that redrawing characters over and over in different poses and still being able to make them look consistently recognisable is one of my weak areas. You wouldn't know this from looking at the published issues, but what you can't see in them are the scores of times I erased each character trying to get the proportions of their features right. It was so hard for me that I burned out after 11 issues. That said, I like the comic as far as it got (and in the story, the aliens had barely even landed yet!). I think the only weak issue is number 7, which was a water-treading one I did just for the sake of keeping up with my schedule at the time.

THE MEAT-MUD ARCHIVE

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I was addicted to the gracelessly titled but fantastic-to-play Meat-MUD back in the 1990s. The link below to the archive of Meat-MUD related will be of no interest to anyone who didn't also play there.

The Meat-MUD Archive