Giving Up

Recently, I was toying with the idea of giving up comics.

When I was making comics in middle school it was all about coming up with the most bad ass costume design (more spikes!). In high school it became about trying to write the most gritty dialogue. Later it was all about pacing or figuring out the beats of a scene.

For the last two years it's been all about guilt and shame.

"Oh, It's the End of the World" the comic I'd been working on had become a horrible chore. I could tell there was still another year of work I had to do on the book before it would be finished, but I'd lost faith in my ability to make the climax engaging. The story went off in to areas I now wish it hadn't, and didn't get to places it needed to in order for the planned ending to fly. I battled this with rewrites, new middle chapters, and lots and lots of guilt about missed update schedules, bloating chapters, and imagining disappointed readers.

I don't think it's a lost cause. With some time away and reworking I think it could be shaped into something I'm really proud of. But I spent a long time convinced that the best way to get out of the hole was to keep digging, and that's crazy.

So about two months ago, quietly, "Oh, It's the End of the World" went on hiatus, and let -me - tell - you, it's such a good thing!

"I'd toyed with the idea of giving up comics."

Even writing that sentence just now seems ridiculous. Giving up comics? What? I've been publishing comics since I was in elementary school! As long as I'm medically able to, chances are I'll do another comic.

Case in point, I'm working on a new project that I plan to publish this year. Oh wow it feels exciting to write that. There's a ghost in it. It's awesome. That's all I'll say about it now.

I'm writing this to acknowledge that this shit can get really hard, to say that I'm still here. I'm once again excited to be here, thank you for still being here as well.

I can't wait for you to see what I've got up my sleeve!

I won't be at BelCAF

Right after I got back from my trip down south I developed pneumonia. It looks like I'm staying in Portland this weekend. Sorry to disappoint anyone in Bellingham. I was looking forward to the show.

I'm told I should be healthy soon but, as of now, not well enough to travel. I hope everyone has a great convention. I'll see all of you soon.

Writing work on my next comc had been going well before I got sick, and all of the Kickstarter materials are finally here and ready to go out. Once I'm well I'll have my work cut out for me and I'm eager to get into it.

The best of my Patreon so far.

Now that I’m in the final phase of my Kickstarter it’s time to start focusing on making new things for this site, as well as sprucing up my Patreon

The first thing I’ve done is make it easier for new backers to get more value out of pitching in a buck or so to Patreon. I put together this list of some of the best stuff that’s been shared so far, so if you’re a backer it’s all easily explorable. 

Just to be clear, I want the vast majority of everything I do to be available free of charge, for everyone, forever. But I’ve been squirreling away interesting things here and there for the folks that have been helping me keep a roof over my head and they’ve begun to accumulate. I don’t want them to be a secret, so I’m sharing some here. 

Rare Comics

The two largest chunks of material that have been reserved for supporters are two new comics about Mary and Nel from The Chairs’ Hiatus

  • How We Met - a four page comic about how Mary and Nel from The Chairs’ Hiatus met.
  • Nel Calhoon - a short comic about the time Nel was in the tour van and some shit went down.

eBooks

If you’re backing at $2 or above you can download any of my ebooks free of charge. This post explains how. 

Tips and tricks

Process posts

I love seeing work in progress versions of pages. I’ve posted tons of them here, many with explanations as to my thinking behind the choices made in them. These are a few of my favorites. 

Other interesting posts.

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