I know that many times over the years I’ve announced this posting schedule or that posting schedule on this site and never stuck to any of them, but I have a plan for posting things for the foreseeable future and we’ll see how it goes. For a while, maybe at least the next couple of years until I finish these books I’m working on, I’d like to try posting daily.
How, when you can’t stick to posting three times a week, do you think that posting daily will be a solution, you ask? Good question, and I don’t have any kind of real answer to it.
But the fact is that I’ve been producing more than enough art recently to do it, and I have a new series coming out bi-monthly (Which you can ask them to order at your local comic shop or order through the Northwest Press website!) and whereas before I was posting things right after I drew them and running into problems because I drew sporadically or liked to work on my stories out of order, I am now sitting on enough material for easily over 100 posts.
The book that’s coming out is the thing and if you like my comics and want to find out what’s happening with the characters, you should buy those. They aren’t expensive, they have around 30 pages of content each issue, plus front and back covers and extra notes and things all done by me, and you can get a digital version through the Northwest Press website even cheaper than the print ones! But I realize that it’s hard for people to know if they want that when they don’t even know what I’m doing right now. I know it’s also hard for people to follow this website and get excited about my work when I’m posting sporadically and nine times out of ten when you come here there’s nothing new.
The comics are written as long form stories of which each issue is a chapter, though, and I didn’t know how much sense they would make posted in installments. But, I’ve decided to stop worrying about that and just post one piece at a time and assume people can understand that it’s part of something longer.
Since when all these books are done I want them to form a nice whole and look pretty together on people’s bookshelves, these pages are keeping the same landscape format as before, which is basically the size of two comic strips stacked on each other. So, most of the pages consist of two tiers of panels, and I’ve decided to just post one tier each day as an update. It won’t hurt it in most cases to break the pages like that, because in most cases the page breaks aren’t all that important anyway, each page is meant to lead into the next of the 30 page chapter. Often individual posts will end in the middle of a scene or a conversation, but people will get that they can come back tomorrow for the next part if I actually keep to the daily schedule I’m planning.
That means that each chapter will make about sixty updates for the website, and I’ve already finished the first two issues, so the updates on the website will end up running a few months behind what is actually already available in print.
The idea is that this will keep the website interesting and freshly updated, but it won’t cannibalize the sales of the issues. If you’re into what I’m doing, it only costs you $3 to $5 to buy the next issue and get two months more story all at once ahead of what’s on the website, and I think what I’m doing is exciting and people will want to do that. If not, of course, I still hope you enjoy the website and come back often. Comments are welcome about how these new posts are unfolding for you and if my new posting schedule makes sense. Starting tomorrow, I’m gonna post a few odds and ends attached to the first issue. See you then!
So, big news about my comics from APE this weekend- new books will be coming out! People who have read my blog and whatnot will know that I’ve been working on the next A Waste of Time collection, but as I write it the format has been evolving. The more I wrote, the more I realized I was writing a lot, probably more than would be in one book. I also realized eventually that I was writing two distinct storylines, and that it might be better to split them into separate books, so what I was trying to figure out was what I should do next. The storylines are distinct and you don’t have to read one to understand the other, but they also go together thematically and they’re both follow-ups to my first book, so I started to think, wouldn’t it be nice to just do both and release two books? Which is exactly what I just talked myself into this weekend. Talking to Zan Christensen of Northwest Press about what he’d like best as an A Waste of Time follow-up collection, he had enthusiasm for both of the ideas I wanted to do and, to my surprise, was open to publishing two books simultaneously. So, early 2015, there will be two new A Waste of Time books, each longer than the last one! We’re also talking about a collected edition for people who’d like both, possibly a nice slip cover of the two volumes together with bonus materials added. In the meantime, we’re also planning to do ebooks with bonus content of individual chapters from the stories as we go. So, tons of stuff coming up for anybody who’s interested in what I’m doing next! I just have to draw about 300 pages in the next year is all…