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Chapter 9 - Still Alive 2 - Page 8 WIP

September 19, 2011

Thank you guys for your comments on the previous page! I'm relieved to know that some of you are at least giving this chance to get going, and ecstatic to learn some of you think this shift could be awesome. I hope I won't let anyone down!

Speaking of letting people down...sorry about the page today! I was out of town all weekend doing things like holding my superadorablecute nephew, hanging out with family, drinking wine and eating cake. I hope to finish the page tonight, but, urg, I have a waste-of-time project for a waste-of-time-d'uh class due tomorrow. I'll try my best.

Yes, there is dialogue to this page but I didn't get a chance to write it, and I hope you can glean what's happening without it.

My store has been updated will all sorts of new and geeky T-shirts! Indiana Jones fan (y'know, before Lucas ruined it with that fourth installment...)? Thundercats? Star Trek? Zombie apocalypse? Check it out. I make 50 cents a shirt, I know it's still expensive.

Happy Monday, folks.

EDIT: Oh yeah. New videoblog!

Chapter 9 - Still Alive 2 - Page 7

September 12, 2011

Vote for a preview of the title page for the next chapter!

My store has been updated will all sorts of new and geeky T-shirts! Indiana Jones fan (y'know, before Lucas ruined it with that fourth installment...)? Thundercats? Star Trek? Zombie apocalypse? Check it out. I make 50 cents a shirt, I know it's still expensive.

The beginning of this chapter is completely based on my experience of watching young idiots with fast cars their daddy bought them race them where they shouldn't like the total jackasses they are. Were? Whatever.

Based on the total unabundance of comments, visits, pageviews, etc here since the beginning of this chapter, I'm going to assume that the majority of people are not a fan of this story shift. I get that, and I'm not complaining so much as perplexed, but I also admit that I care less than I thought I would. Seven+ years I've spent on this comic, and visits are currently at their lowest in...3 years. Yup. It's a clear sign I think of the eventual doom of this comic. I've made a lot of mistakes here in scheduling, pacing, drawing, characterization, etc. My largest mistake is starting out with such an ambitious project. But I came to a realization tonight while studying the pleura of the lungs (I kid you not), and here it is:

The best way to accomplish the impossible is to set your goals far above your capabilities.

Either you will transcend your previous abilities and reach that impossible goal, or, even if you fail, you will have accomplished SO MUCH that you still can be proud of yourself. I've never been one to care overly much for perfection or flawless victory. It's impossible to achieve. I aim for continual improvement. Every time I look back and compare THEN to NOW, I want to see increased skill. Every project, every page is a stepping stone or a hand-hold in a sheer cliff face. And it's MY cliff. I chose it. I looked up at it and said, "you're mine."

What I'm trying to say here is that even though I see this comic petering off into a silent end no one but myself really cares about, it's still going to keep going, because it's MY DAMN CLIFF.

And because I really can't wait to draw Relan and Fen Aya Zen and Caspian again. It's all about the love. <3 Peace to you all, O readers, and apologies if you find my rant as obnoxious as I do myself.