OK folks, it’s time for a big announcement!
Comics will start up again in January!
I’ve done a lot of thinking [and worrying, hand-wringing, moping, anger-ing, and what-not] since the beginning of October when I put both comics on hiatus.
Since June 2012, I have been on Unemployment Insurance, earning my Digital Art Certificate, looking for work, working on my portfolio and websites, and creating comics for all of you out there in internetland. Basically, I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I accomplished all of that with the help of my wonderful and beautiful girlfriend, Dawn. If it wasn’t for her, I would either be working in a soul-sucking cubicle or living in one. [Think: cardboard box]
In any case, here I am: a 40 year old, out-of-work, creative person about to launch his comics again in the hopes that they can possibly help him survive.
“What? How the hell are your FREE comics going to help you survive?”
Hopefully, through my crowd funding campaign.
I have signed up with a site called Patreon.com which works a little different than Kickstarter. Instead of trying to gather a bunch of money to complete a massive project, Patreon helps me sustain my comics with small amounts of support over a long time. Supporters of Writhe and Shine and Overcast With A Chance Of DOOM! can help me achieve my goals by pledging a small amount of money for every comic strip I produce. In exchange, there are several rewards for various levels of support. These include being able to see the comics the day before they are posted to the general public, access to view my previous comic strip Schwartz, getting actual sketches from the strips mailed to your door, access to an exclusive Google Hangout every month where we can all chat or you can just watch me draw, as well as several other neat things.
“WHAT?! You’re charging us to read your comics now?!?! C’mon, dude! They’re not that goo…”
My comics will ALWAYS be free for as long as I keep posting them. Patreon is merely a way for people who want to help me [and can help me] to do so. Patreon will help me find patrons who can support me with as much as they want for as long as they want.
I know that many of you out there are low on funds. I get it. I’m right there with you. Hell, I’m so broke I can’t even pay attention. Yet, there are some among you that would still like to help and that makes me smile [even though the pictures make it seem I haven't done that since High School!] For those people here is a list of ways you can make this project really work:
- Tell your friends about my comics Writhe and Shine and Overcast With A Chance Of DOOM!
- Go to the sites and read the strips and read through the archives
- Reblog, ReTweet, Share, Repost, Like, Comment on, Link to, and Tag your friends in any of the strips or posts
- Keep coming back
- Keep Favoriting, Reposting, Sharing, Liking, and Commenting on the comics and the posts.
Thank you and I hope you enjoy the strips!
I will soon reveal my new crowd funding project!
I’m not sure how many people follow other crowd funding projects. There is most often extra rewards for people meet or surpass a certain level of donation. For my campaign, one of my rewards is a look into my past (which I generally don’t talk much about). So I went digging. At the bottom of the Closet of Darkness is the Chest of Nightmares. Inside that chest are stacks of folders, bags, and notebooks filled with the most intimate details of the past I left behind.
Here, take a look!
The Closet of Darkness (is actually pretty well-lit)
Behold! The Chest of Nightmares!!! (well, at least Mao is somewhat interested)
A stack of notebooks filled with the scribblings of a madman!
And more notebooks and mementos (what strange things could be hidden within?)
A massive folder stuffed with newspaper clippings from the most morbid of newspapers, The Northern Star
And one last folder of the content I was originally seeking, my first comic strip series, Schwartz
Here is just a few of them, getting their darkness all over the counter
Well, I did it.
Now that OCD strip #093 is finished, I finally filled an entire portfolio with original artwork.
I have all 93 strips plus the VNV comic, as well as artwork for flyers and the website. The thing is completely full.
It makes me really happy that I am able to do this.
I wonder if people would be interested in buying some of it!
Eh, maybe I’ll have to hold off on that until the strip gets more popular.
In the meantime, I think I’ll research how to add the “Buy A Print” option to the site for each of the individual strips.
Or should I wait until I have them all colored? Because that’s what I intend to do…
Damn, I have a lot to do…
BUT I LOVE IT!!! YEAH COMICS!