Ladies and Gentlemen – thank you for visiting the website relaunch of El Cuervo, the graphic novel series. This first book, which is a collection of the webcomic pages that came out between December of 2010 to July 2012 is entitled ‘As the Crow Flies’.
The second book, which starts with the Salvation storyline will be called ‘To Stone the Crow.’ and will take place right after the pages from the first book are released.
So why am I re-releasing the content?
- The answer isn’t as simple as I’d hoped. For those of you who have been with me from the start, hopped onboard along the way, or listened to me on the Webcomic Alliance podcasts, you would have known that El Cuervo was initially going to be a novel series. I translated it to a graphic novel, and due to the high costs of printing, decided on releasing it as a webcomic.
I had a lot of problems with delivering that content in a manner that would work best for reading online. I experimented with horizontal pages, grids, endless scrolls, page swipes, etc.
In the end, I opted to go with something more traditional and fulfilling to me, the artist creating this stuff. I’ve spent a lot of time trying to research the best delivery method possible, trying to appear innovative, and that ended up making me lose the desire to do what I loved to do – write, draw and produce comics.
When I decided to format the pages into a print ready format, I started to regain some of that creative interest again, and I realized that this basic form and initial vision of the graphic novel is how I should have presented it in the first place. So, I apologize for all of the tinkering and experimenting to try and make things interesting and cool – I should have just let the story and art do that.
If you’ve stuck it out with me for this long, I greatly appreciate the support. You folks are the best.
So, I present to you – the director’s cut. This is how Eddie’s story should have been told from the beginning. I’m so glad to be back and I hope you’ll hang with me again.
Thanks for reading.