STORY


May 16, 2008 -
In the span of a single day, Amal calls off his arranged marriage, comes out to his conservative parents, promptly gets disowned, goes on a bender... and wakes up the next morning to find TJ, a lanky, dreadlocked vagrant, frying eggs and singing Paul Simon in his kitchen.

TJ claims that the two have made a drunken pact to drive all the way from Berkeley to Providence. As it happens, Amal promised his sister he'd be there for her graduation from Brown University. And TJ, well... TJ has his own reasons.

The agreement is simple: Amal does the driving; TJ pays the way - but a 3500 mile journey leaves plenty of time for things to get complicated.



Is TJ and Amal available in print? When is the book coming out?

Yes; this story was intended for print. It is currently available in three volumes in the TJ & Amal Store.
Volume 1 contains Chapters 1-13, Volume 2 contains Chapters 14-29, and Volume 3 contains Chapters 30-44.
There are plans for an omnibus edition; more info to come in early 2015.


How long have you been working on TJ and Amal? How long will it run?

I started planning the story in October 2007.
Comic pages started going up on the web December 16, 2009; the story ended on May 13, 2014.


Will you be at [convention]?

CONVENTION & SIGNING SCHEDULE FOR 2014-2015:
Webcomic Rampage 6 - December 5-7, 2014, Austin, TX
Ahn-Con 3 - January 9-11, 2015, Kansas City, KS
Anime North - May 2015, Toronto, ON, Canada
If you'd like to see TJ & Amal at a convention near you, please ask the con organizers!


Is an RSS feed available?

Yes; it's available here and on on Feedburner. If you use Tumblr, you can follow Tjandamal-Updates.
Even though the story has finished, I will still use RSS occasionally for special announcements.


Can I hire you to do an illustration/draw a comic for me?

Yes; I am currently taking on some illustration & short comic jobs, depending on time and availability. Please contact me for rates and other info.


I'd like to sell the TJ and Amal graphic novels in my bookstore/comic shop. Do you offer wholesale?

Yes, I have special discounts for brick-and-mortar retailers. Please contact me at stuff@tjandamal.com for details.


Will you make T-shirts?

It's a small possibility in the future. Right now I do not have the time/resources to handle printing and shipping T-shirts.


I want to buy the book/other stuff, but don't have a Paypal account. Help?

I can still take checks and money orders. Shoot me an e-mail and I'll pass you the PO Box info.


Why can't I leave comments on the comic pages?

Since TJ and Amal is a long-form story with lots of plot-important details, I prefer not to have extra material that will distract the reader from the comic pages.


Will you link to my website/comic?

Sorry, probably not. I link to comics I come across on my own, not on request.


Hey, on [page], is that a reference to [book/film/TV show]?

Quite possibly. I've compiled several pages of notes and credits; check them out if you like.


About translations...

If you want to try translating TJ and Amal, please feel free! If you would like to send me translated pages, I can put them up, or (preferably) link to the translation on its own site.
All translations are done by fans on their own time, for fun. Since I am fluent only in English, I am unable to make corrections or check for accuracy, and am not responsible for translated content.
An official French translation of Volume 1 is available for purchase through MXM Bookmark.
A German translation will hopefully also be available soon!


Is this a "yaoi"?

Would a Civil War setting make it a "jidaigeki"?


Who's "top" and who's "bottom"? Who's "the woman" and who's "the man"?

Please don't ask this; it's terribly rude.


How do you make the comic?

First, I hand-write a script for each section - Dialogue still changes as the page comes together. Then I do a bunch of thumbnail sketches to decide on the layout of each page. After thumbnailing, I draw each panel to scale on a separate sheet of bright white paper.
I draw the first rough pass in Col-Erase Pink, the second pass in Col-Erase Carmine Red, the third and fourth passes in mechanical pencil and ink, then shade with 2B and 3B soft pencil lead.
I then scan the artwork and import it to Photoshop, where I extract the Red channel so that only the black and gray lines are visible.
After that, I piece all the panels together into a single page, do retouching and corrections, and add panel borders, balloons and lettering on new layers. Then it sits in the buffer for weeks and then I come back and obsessively fix the old art right before the page goes up
Original pages are 4125 x 6300 px. I drop the web-version pages to 700 px wide before posting.
A single page takes anywhere from 10 to 25 hours, start to finish.


What font do you use for the dialogue?

Cloudsplitter BB, from Blambot.


Can I make icons/wallpapers/sig images from your art?

Sure, have at! Just please use your own webspace (or a service like Imgur) for hosting them, and please give credit or a link back to tjandamal.com.
I'm generally fine with folks using my drawings for non-commercial stuff as long as they're not being sold or plagiarized.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR/ARTIST
some dork


E.K. Weaver
was born during disco and grew up in a town full of rockets. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband Brett, a big old dopey dog, a big young hyperactive dog, a cat who hates everything, and a cat who will not get off the drawing table stop chewing on my panel sheets no don't knock over that pencil jar awww crap

E.K. is a Libra of the cedar scrublands and has a +3 heat shield. Her weak points are used CD shops, font collections, and seeds.

TJ and Amal is her first comic.