Status Update

- by Ragnar on August 18. 2013

I’ve moved some relevant blog posts from my old site, ragtag.net to here. They contain some early sketches for The Raft that I thought you might enjoy.

You may also have noticed that this site hasn’t been updated for almost two years. I’ve been a bit busy with life and other projects, including some open-source software development. One of the tools I’ve developed is GIMP Book. It’s a tool for managing multiple pages, such as comic books, when using GIMP.

For those of you that don’t know GIMP, it’s an open-source graphics and image manipulation program, that works on Linux, Windows and Mac. It works in much the same way as Photoshop, except that you can get it for free from gimp.org

I’ve also been trying to bring an old artistic 3D renderer back to life, called Jot, by writing Blender exporter for it. Jot let’s you render your 3D animations with a hand drawn look and feel. I’ve rendered out the status of David (modeled by gabrielmda) in Jot, to give you an impression of what it can do.

As for more comics, there just may be some in the near future. I’m currently, albeit extremely slowly, working on a short 8-9 page comics using Gimp Book. In addition I’ve got several projects on the backburner that may, or may not come to fruition.

These include a couple of longer stories, that I may turn into either comics or novels with some illustrations (as drawing long format comics is just too much work, and I’m lazy). In addition I’ve wanted to bring Now and Then back to life, either as an animated film, as originally intended, or as a painted comics. Either way, I’m not making any promises, and it may be another year or two until queertales.com sees another update.

by Ragnar B. - August 18. 2013 -
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What People Have Been Saying About the Raft and Other Stories cover image

What People Have Been Saying About the Raft and Other Stories

I’ve been cleaning up this site lately, and getting rid of short articles that were just links to events or press related to my work. . . .

Making Comics Using Google Forms to Track Your Progress cover image

Making Comics Using Google Forms to Track Your Progress

I’m currently working on a 100+ page comic book, which is honestly a lot of work, and I wanted a tool that would help me keep track of all the time spent on it so I could get an accurate estimate of how I was doing and better plan future comics. . . .

Turning Queertales into a Static Site

I guess the title of this post can be interpreted ironically, as queertales.com has been quite static for a few years, with rare updates from me, but that’s not really what this post is about. . . .

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Rudolph the Red Nosed Rentboy

Have a Gay Christmas, with Santa and Rudolph. 🙂 . . .

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New Projects on the Distant Horizon

I’ve began working on a couple of new comics projects, a rompy sci-fi story and a dark historical fiction. Both are in very early stages of development, so I have no idea when (or if) they’ll be out, but I’ll try to keep you up to date on my progress here. . . .

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Stranger Danger

A boy spots his brother gettign in a car with a stranger and takes matters into his own hands. . . .

I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas! cover image

I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas!

It’s well into the 24th, and I should have gone to sleep hours ago, but instead I sat up and drew this. . . .

Status Update cover image

Status Update

I’ve moved some relevant blog posts from my old site, ragtag.net to here. They contain some early sketches for The Raft that I thought you might enjoy. . . .

Christmas is a Little Different This Year cover image

Christmas is a Little Different This Year

Here is a little Christmas card for you, that I hope you enjoy. As you might have guessed from the card, I’m spending Christmas in Thailand this year. . . .

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The Raft

Nathan is in love with his best friend Devon, he just hasn’t told him yet. Together they’ve built a raft, on which they plan to sail to a nearby island. . . .

David is a Funeral Director, Who Just Happens to be Gay cover image

David is a Funeral Director, Who Just Happens to be Gay

Phrases like that are commonly heard when discussing gay characters in fiction, but what do they really mean? On the surface they simply mean that the characters gayness is not important to the story, but if you dig a little deeper it has a more subtle and darker undertone. . . .