Thursday, May 28, 2015

Punkster Character Development - Blog Entry # 19

I've been doing this Comic Strip thing for about four months now. It's hard to believe, really, because I am actually pretty far ahead in the number of strips I have completed, as opposed to the number I have officially released. I have also already released an e-book that is a compilation of the first 50 strips.

I have introduced a number of characters already but I also have some new ones that will be introduced as well. As I create a new character, I like to think about things such as how I am going to develop the character and what kind of situations I am going to put that character in. I really enjoy the creative process. 

With a number of the characters I have already created and developed, I have basically written down ideas for future strips. I have created some long term plans and have mapped some things out. Then I try to come up with some comic strips that go along with the overall direction I am moving in regarding each of those characters.

I have a few different story lines involving different characters that I am working on simultaneously. So I might do a couple of strips in a row that feature a couple of the characters and then move on to strips that involve different characters. I try to make my rounds with all of them.

I probably have enough ideas written down to put me at about 20 comic strips ahead of what has already been developed. So it's probably fair to say that I have enough ideas at this time to really last me a while. It takes a lot of pressure off of me because there is always that fear that writer's block may one day strike. So if I have a dry spell of new ideas, I will at least have a number of old ideas still written down that have not been used yet. It's nice to have something to fall back on,

Whenever I develop a new character, I immediately try to think of the types of scenarios I will put that character in. I try to come up with as many ideas as I can at the time I am developing the character. this helps me to come up with some long term plans for the character.

I also try to make sure that each character is unique. Otherwise, what would be the point of adding that character into the mix? I try to think about the new character's interaction with the old ones as well.

I am very happy with some of the ideas I have come up with and I have plans on expanding the website to include a few more features. Right now, the website is fairly large. It's already over 100 pages. As I develop more characters and do more with them, I will be able to use some of those ideas to come up with more content for the website. I really look forward to seeing how far I can take this all and, with any luck, I will be able to keep coming up with new ideas. Wish me luck.

Bob Craypoe, also known as R. L. Crepeau

Friday, May 22, 2015

Meet Rob Farley - Blog Entry # 18

This week, in the comic Strip, we introduced a new character named Rob Farley. Rob Farley is a Jamaican immigrant who likes to smoke de ganja, mon. He is Bing's Co-worker and closest friend on the job. Actually, he may very well be Bing's only friend on the job. Since becoming Bing's friend on the job, he has also been introduced to the rest of the band and has become friends with them as well.

Even though his musical preferences are more along the lines of Reggae, he still likes to regularly attend the band's shows. Rob has a very laid back and relaxed style. He never sweats the small stuff.

I have a lot of things in mind for this guy. More specifically, I have a lot of things involving him and Bing together. I won't get into too many of the details now but let's just say, it will be interesting, to say the least. Not your typical comic strip stuff. Anyway, I have included the latest strip with this post. Click on the image to view it at its full size.

Bob Craypoe, also known as R. L. Crepeau
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Monday, May 18, 2015

Meet John Jerkinson - Blog Entry # 17

Meet John Jerkinson:
John Jerkinson is a bit of a jerk. Actually, he is more than just a bit of a jerk, he is a total jerk. He is the next door neighbor of the Punksters bass player, Boom. He is the neighbor from hell. He also frequents the restaurant that Bang, the band's guitarist, works at and can be quite the tough customer.

Jerkinson will soon become Bing's co-worker too. On the job, he will be one hell of a backstabber. It will be the one thing on the job that he will really excel at. John Jerkinson will definitely be the one guy from this comic strip series that everyone will love to hate. He is almost guaranteed to rub just about everyone the wrong way.

In the coming comic strips, I plan on doing quite a bit with this character. I can't really give too much away but let's just say that he might get what's coming to him, and then some. But just when you think you've gotten rid of this particular nuisance, you better think again.

John was first introduced in Strip # 16, which I have included with this blog entry. He made his second appearance in Strip # 18.

Bob Craypoe, also known as R. L. Crepeau

Monday, May 11, 2015

The Latest Punksters Happenings - Blog Entry # 16

Just last week, the comic Strip began being released twice a week. they are now released on Sundays and Wednesdays. In august they will be going to three times a week.

I also released the first compilation e-book of the comic strip that features the first fifty strips. As of now, though, I have only officially released 18 of the strips. Strip # 18 is featured with this post.

The rather menacing  neighbor featured in this strip was originally introduced in strip # 16. you can view that one here on this blog site. In fact you can view strips 1-20 at this time from this blog. for the first ten, CLICK HERE and for strips 11-20 CLICK HERE.

I will be introducing new characters soon. Strips numbers 21 and 26 are just around the corner and they will be introducing new regular characters. I look forward to working in the various scenarios that will involve them.

If you have not yet visited the website, I would sure appreciate it if you do. Hey, it's at least worth a look. On the characters page, you can learn about each of the main characters. i have a little bit of information on each one so that you can learn something about them and hopefully be more likely to get the humor contained in the strips. so give it a look if you get the chance and I'll appreciate each and every visit. so until next time, take care.

Bob Craypoe, also known as R. L. Crepeau

Saturday, May 2, 2015

The Comic Strip Collection Volume 1 E-Book Has Just Been Released - Blog Entry # 15 and proudly presents The Comic Strip Collection Volume 1 e-book. It features the first 50 Comic Strips and is available for download in pdf file format. CLICK HERE for more information. It is an absolute must-own for any true fan of the comic strips and the characters that appear in them.

To learn more about it, you can read the Foreword of the book as written by the cretor, Bob Craypoe, also known as R. L. Crepeau:

Thank you for buying this book. This book celebrates the completion of the first fifty comic strips. The first strip was officially released on January 25th, 2015. It initially started out as being just a weekly comic strip but has since gone on to have three strips released per week.

The first fifty comic strips feature over 20 characters. That can be confusing for some, I know, but I do have a characters page on the website that describes each character in detail and I also have a free e-book available that does the same.

I wanted to do what I could to introduce all of the characters and the various scenarios in the first fifty strips because I felt it was important to create the basic foundation upon which it all would be built.

This is actually my first attempt at a comic strip. It is something that I had been considering for a number of years but had not actually gotten around to it until recently. At first I wasn’t sure if I would be able to keep coming up with new ideas for strips. Luckily enough, though, I managed to at least come up with the fifty that make up this book and I have a number of ideas written down for future comic strips.

I tried to incorporate a number of different elements into the strip. I am a musician, so I have my experiences there to work with. I have worked in a corporate environment, so I have that element as well. I have also worked a number of other different types of jobs and met a lot of different people along the way that provide memories for me to draw from. Please don’t go thinking that I am just making fun of certain types of people because, to a great extent, I am really poking fun at myself, my experiences and how I used to be.

I would not recommend the humor contained in my comic strips for young readers. It is primarily adult humor. I would prefer that the reader be at least 16 or 17 years old. Some people have referred to the humor as being somewhat dark or cynical. Others don’t try to describe it at all other than to say that they think they are funny. Being the creator of the comic strips, I am glad that someone thinks they are funny. I just hope that you all get a kick out of it too."

Bob Craypoe, also known as R. L. Crepeau

To find out more about the e-book, CLICK HERE.

Friday, May 1, 2015

The Comic Strip Will Be Released Twice a Week Now - Blog Entry # 14

There is good news for those who like the Comic Strip. The strip will now be released twice a week. A new comic strip will be released every Sunday and Wednesday. Of course, this will be considered bad news for those who don't like the strip. Oh well.

In today's comic strip, we introduce a new character, Mr. H.C. Harvey, Bing's boss. Even more new characters are on the way. Without giving too much away, I can say that the character count will exceed 20 characters by the end of the first 50 strips.

A couple of e-books for the Kindle are currently in development and I hope to be able to release them within a month or so from this date. One e-book will be free. That one will be the Official Character Guide. It will be designed to introduce all of the characters and give a good, detailed description of them so that it will make it easier for people to follow the comic strip. The other book will be a compilation of the first 50 comic strips. That won't be free but it will be reasonably priced, even though I have not yet settled on the price.

I am happy to report that this blog is attracting some readers. For that I am very grateful. I kind of slacked off there for a bit and didn't release a new blog entry every week. I will make more of an effort to do so. After all, they say one of the things that help a blog to grow is that it is released at regular intervals.

So the new schedule will be one new comic strip released every Sunday and every Wednesday and a new blog entry will be released every Friday. Eventually, there will be 3 comic strips released each week. But that won't be for at least a few more months. I already have a number of them made in advance. I am a few months ahead, so take my word for it, I will definitely be releasing 3 strips a week at some point. I know with absolute certainty that I can handle that schedule. At that point, there will be 3 strips a week and one blog entry a week.

So once again I would like to thank everyone who has visited the website, viewed the comic strips and read the blog. I don't take anything for granted, believe me. I just hope to be able to continue to keep your interest. Only time will tell if I will be able to do that. We shall see.