April 22, 2018

Savage Dragon Wiki gets a new home

Posted by Stefan Kalscheid in News | Website2 comments

Hey guys!

Savage Dragon Wiki LogoSome of you have already heard the news that Wikispaces is shutting down its service. This means that the current Savage Dragon Wiki will be shut down and gone by the end of July. I just wanted to give you a quick update about the future of the Wiki…

Exporting the Savage Dragon Wiki

In the last couple of weeks, we have been trying to find a solution to save all the current data onto some new wiki platform. Unfortunately, it’s not easy. There are a lot of different wiki “languages” – all using their own kind of formatting. And while it’s easy to export and import data within one system it get’s really unpleasant if you try to take data from (in this case) Wikispaces to – for example – MediaWiki. Unpleasant meaning it simply doesn’t work. Unless you know what you are doing and fiddle with the exported code on 1300+ files…
example of wiki source code

The solution for now

In order to at least save everything before it’s gone I made a complete standalone copy of the whole shebang and put it in its new place: wiki.savagedragon.com. So once Wikispaces is gone the Savage Dragon Wiki will be part of the Official Savage Dragon website which I think makes a lot of sense.

The problem

Right now our backup of the Savage Dragon Wiki is classic static HTML which means it’s harder to maintain and edit. It’s not impossible, but definitely not as easy as before.

The goal

Eventually, the Wiki will get a new editing system that’ll allow easy access for all who wish to participate. Whether it’s a real wiki software or simply a huge WordPress page has to be determined.

In short

The Wiki is safe and secure and has a new home but it might take some time before it’s a real Wiki again.

I’ll keep you up to date
Stay tuned

Stef

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April 10, 2018

In review: Savage Dragon #231

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I’m very late with this so I’ll make it quick. Savage Dragon was the first issue with Ferran Delgado as the new letterer so let’s all give him a warm welcome.

I think he did an amazing job on the book, I love the sound effects and I thought it was nice that he left his first mark right there on the cover.

The cover was originally solicited without the typo on it but I think it’s a nice change and it looks super cool. I’m sure Erik and Ferran will need some time to adjust their workflow, but the end result looks great already and I’m sure it will become even better once the two of them get into a groove.

Reviews of Savage Dragon #231

Here are the usual suspects with their reviews and whatnot. Make sure you listen to the podcast – it features Erratic Erik himself!

Enjoy
Stef

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Savage Dragon #236 Cover

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Cover Savage Dragon Vol.2 #236

Erik posted the cover for Savage Dragon #236 on Facebook today. It’s the first cover that puts the kids on the center stage so it’s gonna be interesting what or whom they are up against. Judging from the latest issue, it might well be on of their own siblings.

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March 19, 2018

Sinnot Inking Challenge Spotlight Auction

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As most of you guys know, Erik received an Inkwell Award last year. Part of the 2017 Inkwell Award was the “Sinnott Inking Challenge Spotlight on Erik Larsen”. 30 professionals were invited to ink a pencilled page by Erik himself. I posted about this before.

Now the first wave of those artboards are auctioned off on ebay featuring contributions from Alex Saviuk, Richard Clark, Andy Owens, Andy Smith, Mark McKenna, Rudy Nebres, Criss Madd, Dee Fish, Geof Isherwood, Idan Knafo Kerbis, John Floyd, Joe Prado and Rodney Ramos! Check out these amazing pieces and get your hands on some great Savage Dragon art!

Here’s the link to the ebay auctions

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January 23, 2018

Savage Dragon #233, #234 & Archive Vol.9

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Erik just released the amazing cover for Savage Dragon #234. Guess who’s back?

Also, tomorrow, 24th of January, is the release date for the 9th Archives collection!

SAVAGE DRAGON COLLECTED IN STUNNING BLACK AND WHITE! The notorious threesome! Mr. Glum’s story! Into Dimension-X! Malcolm graduates high school! The showdown with Dart! Malcolm and Maxine tie the knot! Ant! Spawn! Malcolm joins the Chicago Police Dept.! Malcolm and Maxine become proud parents! The Merging of Multiple Earths! Death! Birth! Everything you loved and more in the generation-spanning saga from Inkwell Award-winning creator ERIK LARSEN! Featuring the awe-inspiring epic 225th issue! All collected in one massive volume! Collects SAVAGE DRAGON #201-225

Aaand we have the official solicitation text for Savage Dragon #233

“CHASING THE DRAGONS”
The reality show starring Malcolm Dragon’s ever-growing family debuts, and impending doom is just around the corner! Another outstanding achievement from award-winning writer/artist ERIK LARSEN.

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January 22, 2018

In review: Savage Dragon #230

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Sooo, December gave us two issues of Savage Dragon which is great for us fans. But — it’s hard to keep up with Erik’s schedule so this review is a bit later than usual. Let’s dive right in…

Size matters

If you are keeping up with Erik’s work you might know that he likes to experiment. He likes to challenge himself and he’s always looking for ways to improve his art and to keep it fresh — for himself and the readers.

For a while now Erik had been working on twice-up art boards that are considerably larger than the industries standard. Last issue though, he used some artboards that were barely half the size of the standard paper. It helped draw the book quicker — Erik wanted to get it out in time for christmas – and it also made the drawings a bit more cartoony. With Savage Dragon #230 he tries something new…

“With #229 I drew an entire issue quite small. With #230, I’m going freestyle, drawing pages at a random size. Trying to take advantage of the strengths of each option.”

Here’s a look at all the art boards for Savage Dragon #230. Erik has blurred and retouched the image to avoid spoilers — but you get the idea…

Erik went into detail on the different sizes: “Depicted here, the smallest Image art boards are 7.75 x 11.75. The interior box is 6 11/16 x 10. The other is a twice up page (full bleed is 14.5 x 22, the interior box is 12.5 x 18.75). I also used standard art boards (10.25 x 15 3/8, interior box 8 7/8 x 13.5) and in between 11 3/8 x 17 3/8 interior box 9 13/16 x 15 1/8. Added to that is a double page spread at 22 3/4 x 17 7/16 and a single non-bleed page (10.25 x 15 3/8) which I added a bleed to in Photoshop.”

So — most pages are standard-sized or bigger but there are a few of the small boards in the mix. The small boards seem ideal for full page closeups or figures or simple action with limited backgrounds.”

Eventually all pages were scanned and re-sized in photoshop so that Chris Eliopoulos didn’t have to deal with different font-sizes during lettering. The panels were also given a consistent border thickness.

Goodbye to Chris Eliopoulos

As we have reported before, Savage Dragon #230 is Cris Eliopoulos’ last work on the book as letterer. Chris is concentrating on his own writing and cartooning and we wish him all the best in his future endeavours. New letterer will be Ferran Delgado who already had a couple of stints on backstories in the book.

Live Savage Fincast

Logo of the Live Savage FincastThe guys from the Savage Fincast tried something new this month and held a live Podcast on Youtube. The edited recording hasn’t been posted yet but you can listen to the live recorded version on their Youtube channel. They have also started to implement games into their show, which actually is pretty funny. So check it out and let them know their hard work is appreciated!

Reviews of Savage Dragon #230

Enjoy
Stef

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