Chapter 1 is complete, chapter 2 to be in development soon. (+ Jeryld’s Origin)

Thank God Chapter 1 has come to a close, I’m honestly happy with how this comic is starting. Honestly I didn’t think this would be something I would do, most of the projects I come up with usually don’t go anywhere, but this is probably going to be my greatest personal achievement. Chapter 2 will be in development soon, but for now I will take a small break. In the meantime, I wanna share with you some Behind the Scenes of this comic.

Initially, the characters that you will see in this comic were a part of a small idea I had. Going by the same name, it would have just been a dumb, normal, possibly boring slice of life story that probably would have went nowhere. It still has some slice of life in it as it is part of the story, but it soon developed into a more action focused, story-based series of a hidden American city and the secrets behind a weird arcade.

Jeryld Finster and Lewis Ersatz were the first characters I made for this story, so obviously there are a lot of initial drawings for them. However, I can only recover a few things. For tonight, here is Jeryld’s first design:

Beta Jeryld and his gross ass face

Obviously he wasn’t looking so hot, in fact his head shape was similar to the head shape I give myself… Obviously I didn’t really like that much (I mean look at this man, he’s gross looking), so I redesigned him to be more exaggerated:

Better, but I’m not feeling it…

This time I made him taller and thinner, giving him skinny jeans, a longer face, and messier hair. While I loved this design better than his first, I felt like he was way too restricted. I had to think a bit more about what I wanted from him when it came down to his expressions and mannerisms. Thankfully I finally decided to make him as cartoony as I could, which is how you see him today:

Jeryld is now perfect.

When I made his final design I chose to rework him into something more unique, something that stuck out more than his initial and second design. His hair was also puffed up and made to be as big as his head, mostly because I thought it would be funny. I also gave him real eyes in case I decided to make a scene without his glasses, that way I didn’t have to draw those anime blind people eyes… you know the ones.

I’m honestly very excited to work on the second chapter, but I know I need to take a small break before I burn myself out. In the meantime, I will go over Lewis Ersatz and how he came to be so vulgar next week.

-Rodrick S.

Welcome to AmateurZ

This is a webcomic that I’ve been wanting to make for awhile, and at first I was worried about how to execute it. Me and a friend both realize that in some cases this might be taken down by bigger, well known webcomic distributors, so we made this website in case that were to happen. In any case, I hope you enjoy reading what I will create.

-Rodrick S.