I swear, I blinked and suddenly it's August! I've been chugging along on various projects, not many of which I can really say much about now. I'm working on finishing a novel. I'm aiming to submit it to a publisher before the end of the year. Witches and Thieves is chugging along, updating every Monday here.
It's clearly a serious story, guys.
Thanks for reading! I'll be updating my fiction stuff soon, keep an eye out.
I look good.
Anyway, my webcomic's going to be starting up again soon. I'm probably going to be updating in bunches. We'll see. It'll start June 26th, at this new hosting site (it's smackjeeves, I don't know why I tried to find somewhere else, it's never let me down I'm dumb).
Lookit those nerds. I love them.
So I sort of fell off the face of the planet there. I moved to South Carolina, got a great but exhausting/stressful job, and I have no internet at my house so that's been an experience. I'm pledging to get better about updating/maintaining social media in general. I've also started making art prints so if you go to my etsy store you can check those out. I've got a novel almost finished up, and I may be self-publishing it within the year. I'll put another post up soon with my thoughts on moving and living in a new place and all that good stuff!
Dang, I didn't update for half a year. For starters, I've decided to put Wander on an extended hiatus. I don't want to quit this story yet, but the co-writer and I really need to sit down and decide where this story's going next. In the meantime Witch and Thieves is up. I've finalized the designs for the major characters, even collected reference pics for their cars. Next I'll get the major locations done, and then go over the script one more time. After that I'll get the outlines done, and then actually start on the art. I've bought all the paper for it, deciding I really dislike running out of the right paper when I'm in the middle of a chapter (and blickart.com was having a great sale so I took advantage of that).
Not much else to say. I'll hopefully be quitting my day job in November, and by then hopefully have enough saved up that I can wait a month before looking for another day job. Until next time!
The month's almost over! It's been snowy here the past few weeks, which I'm okay with except when I need to drive to work. I've been writing mostly. I finished the second draft of my next comic project, so I'll be working on finalizing the designs for that one and editing it. Here's the three main characters. A witch and two thieves.
That's it for now.
And so it begins! I have plans, oh so many plans for this year. Among them, a couple more Wander chapters, finishing a novel, finishing the first draft of a comic script, plus nailing down designs. I didn't get the CAKE award, which is a bummer, but I'll keep on trucking.
And I've added new goodies to my Patreon page. As always, I update that almost daily. It's the best place for my most current work.
Been getting into a better rhythm with my work lately. I wanted to wait until I was done with the current Wander chapter to fix my room (my art desk was falling apart after many years of faithful service and moving around, and I was running out of storage room) but I caved and fixed it a few weeks ago. I got a $60 set of utility storage shelves that aren't pretty but they get the job done. They're thirty six inches tall, just barely tall enough to be standing desks. I'm liking standing while I'm drawing a lot, my back doesn't hurt nearly as much as it did before. My room feels neater so I feel calmer.
I also was in my first art show last weekend. It was a small affair but it was still nice to see my stuff on the wall next to other artists. And it was nice to get all dressed up and have fun with my friends for a weekend.
Oh and I applied for the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo's Cupcake grant. Which is $250 for the printing of a new minicomic plus a free table at their expo in May. I really hope I win, I miss doing minicomics as opposed to a long-form story. Wish me luck!
I've gotten behind on my buffer for my webcomic, but I've been writing like crazy too. Unfortunately my day job has been giving me more hours (six days this week, but only a little over forty hours. Nothing like the fifty/sixty hour weeks I pulled for a while) but that's okay cause I do need the money! Speaking of, if anyone's feeling generous don't forget I've got a Patreon set up, which is an easy way to give me a bit of money and get exclusive peeks at whatever I'm working on. ($2 gets you the next page of Wander every time it updates!)
Welp, back to it! <3
I was at Heroes Con this weekend, just as a patron, and it was probably the best time I've had at a con in a long long time. I met Matt Fraction, Kelly Sue Deconnick, Chip Zdarsky, Matt Wilson, Joe Quinones, Kevin Wada, all superb people that I hope to see again.
That's me and Joe Quinones. Fantastic guy. Another thing I unexpectedly took away was, I want to do what they do. I want to work and work and work and then go to cons and see my work and how it affects people. (Like I legit almost cried when I started trying to tell Kelly Sue Deconnick how much her work means to me. I did not, and I've never been prouder of myself.)
Not to mention I found the first issue of The Wicked + The Divine, which I knew was going to knock my socks off anyway, but something that Kieron Gillen said in the back matter just...energized me. During the hour and a half drive home, I wanted to do something but couldn't because of how dark it was. So instead I sang (awfully) to the radio with my friends, came home, thought about putting things away. Instead I got ready for bed and typed out a few lines for my next comic project.
Now, I'm going to find some breakfast, get a shower, tidy up, and then get to work.
I've got so much to do.
I just posted the 100th page of Wander! It sort of came as a late realization as I was posting a bunch of pages to queue, that I'd passed that milestone. It's a good feeling of course, but not overwhelming. Just a kind of, "Oh neat. One hundred pages. And so many to go!" thought. Maybe if this gets to five hundred I'll feel like celebrating.
Also we'll be at Jay and Eddie's Comic Show in Winston Salem, NC July 19th. It'll be at the Quality Inn near the mall. See you there!