As you may know, I'm currently working on putting the first QC book together. It will comprise the first 300 comics, in full color, and should be on sale in the first quarter of 2010 if everything goes according to plan. Part of the process of making the book is re-drawing old strips that I'm missing the original, high-resolution artwork for- probably 15 or 20 out of the first 300 comics. The plan is to have the re-drawn comics alongside the original, low-resolution versions, to provide a sort of comparison between what my art looked like then and what it looks like now.
The first five comics are among these, and this morning I finally went back and re-drew the very first Questionable Content comic I ever made. It was a surprisingly emotional experience- revisiting something I did six and a half years ago, reflecting on where I was then and where I am now, and this crazy goddamned career that began as nothing more than a means of blowing off creative steam after long days at MY job as an "office bitch."
Anyway, I thought you might like to see a comparison of the original versus the re-drawn version:
Here's the uStream video of me drawing it.
I'm pretty happy with the new version, and it was a lot of fun to just draw a comic without the stress of having to actually write it first. And for those of you who like seeing the originals and how my art's progressed, don't worry- I won't be replacing anything in the site archives (as much as I wish I could).