First off, let me say the Garage
Sale will be restarting tonight about 8:30pm ET. I'll be adding new stuff hopefully
throughout the week. There were a couple of issues I needed to resolve before I
restarted it - I wanted to make sure everyone who'd purchased theirs in Round One had
received them, was about to receive them, or had any issues resolved.
Because I get freaked out REALLY easily about that shit.
Second, I've got two cons coming up. First is Anime
Fest in Dallas from September 1st through 4th. They were great last year and I'm
sure it'll be wonderful this year, too. I'm also going to be at PenguinCon 5.0 April 20 through 22nd, 2007 in Troy,
Michigan. John Kovalic of Munchkin and Dork Tower
fame will ALSO be there. Oh, the concentrated geekery!
In other news, S*P was apparently nominated for a Webcomics Choice Award. I know this
because I received two emails today says that S*P had won "Best Dramatic Comic." ... Go
So - yeah. Stuff. A lot's been going on for the past... year and a half. In the past
year or so my update schedule faltered considerably from the "can I update every day"
thing. Part of this was simple: after I got my year salary, I was a lot more frantic
about feeling like something had to be up every day. There were a lot of strips in that
year I did not like although no one seemed to mind (you're always your own harshest
critic). Part of me felt, after that year was up, I should be more careful and make sure
I was happy with the strips that went up.
And, frankly, there's the fact real life DOES get in the way. The last year or so has
been a weird, weird time for me on every level. A few people have been ushered
out of my life and a handful materialized just as fast. There were family things that
needed to be tended to and, frankly, one of those crisis of self-faith. It's weird to
wake up one morning and realize, "Dear God. I draw comics. I mean, that's what I
do! Should I be doing this? How long can I get away with this?" At the time there
were a lot of unpleasanties - which is why New Gold Dreams amd Midnight
Macabre went on hiatus (although I will say, I slipped about four new MM
comics into the middle of its archive - go look for 'em). MM became very hard to
update because, frankly, it had been a gift for someone who'd been very dear to me -
someone I later felt utterly betrayed me on every possible level. The problem became,
"How do I divorce this comic from said person?" The only thing I could think of was
time, so that's what I took.
And time passes.
Things are evening out finally in my life. I'm a lot more cautious than I used to be -
and considerably more guarded (I don't particularly think that's a good thing, though).
But I'm surrounded by friendly faces these days. I'm trying to push away the old habits
of total avoidance of society. I'm doing theatre again (i.e. I'm getting out of the
house and HAVING to be social). I'm also taking some personal risks that a year ago I
probably couldn't have done - but nothing and no one worth having is without a risk.
I've managed to update S*P with eight comics in four days. And the best part, to me, was
each update came easy - something that hadn't happened to me in a while. And another
nice thing? I've been doing pencils of Gaspar and his friends - and that's coming
easily, too. I've not gotten to a certain coffin maker yet - but one step at a time.
S*P is, and always will be, my priority in regards to work. The other two, while
important, are not the MOST important. So... here's hoping.
I really don't know why I felt the need to post this. I've had a long standing rule
about not putting anything too personal on the site - and to some of you, none of this is
news. I guess I just felt like I had to. So if you'll excuse me, I've got to do some
scans so I can reopen the Garage Sale - do a guest comic - and then do some comics in the
past and the present.
See you all tomorrow. And buy some art, you fucks. Daddy has a habit that needs