Sorry Guys, I have some bad news for everyone. A big giant thing that I’ve been trying to avoid in my real life essentially exploded. And in order to not be fined out of house and home I now have to devote the next month or more in cleaning the situation up. That means no more updates for the next month barring today’s. This even includes my regular Friday updates. I really hate having to do this to all my fans because I know how faithfully you read my stuff, and how supportive you guys have been these past few months. But it can’t be helped. I won’t even be coming online that much because I need to devote all my time and energy into getting this situation fixed. I hope all of you guys understand. The series will be back to regular updates as soon as I can manage it. In the meantime there’s a nice big archive for you guys to read and I hope you can bide the time until then.
Hey, hey! Another week, another two pages of Sorcerer’s Apprentice. And this week we’ll finally get to see more of Bethany and Patrice. Writing is always a balancing act because you love your characters so gosh darn much but you always have to remember who the main characters are, and in the case of Sorcerer’s Apprentice, this is Victoria’s story. So that means no matter how much I want to have more page time with one character or another, if it doesn’t eventually add up to something that Victoria has to go through, I can’t really add it.
Also another thing I’d like to talk about is why sometimes pages are so late. This partially has to do with how the Sorcerer’s Apprentice pages get made. Unlike Midnight Menagerie, which is digital, and Queen of Games, which is done with technical pens, Sorcerer’s Apprentice pages are inked with a dip pen and well ink. This means that pages have to dry considerably between when they are finished and when they are scanned. Rush the step and erase pencil marks or try to scan pages before the ink is dry and the pages smudge and get ruined. If my schedule gets thrown off because of illness or some other interruption, and the pages aren’t dry at least a day before my updates (Tuesday and Friday) that means I have to wait until the next update day to add the new pages. I try to get more pages done than updates in a week, but sometimes I still fall behind and there are gaps. Theoretically, I could do Sorcerer’s Apprentice a different way, but then it would look much different and become a different comic for it. Another change is me getting back my internet service. But that is up to Century Link or Xfinity to come up with a reasonable deal for reasonable service. Until then, it’s only two trips a week to a hot spot.
Not much new to report this week in terms of new news. The pages will be on time, there will be two of them, and at home I’m working on new pages for next week and beyond. Cooper and Renard irritating each other is always fun, and thus I have plenty of it for funsies.
The big issue that’s been eating up a bunch of my time has past (at least for the moment, round 2 takes place in February) but otherwise I’m back to my normal work schedule, and by extension, regular update schedule. I know things have been really inconsistent the past month or so, but that’s how life gets sometimes. My early in the year updates are always a little iffy anyway, when the weather gets really bad my health is on the line, but as things warm up and it gets closer to summer, there will be more work done.
This year I’m not doing Denver Comic Con. While it’s always a blast to do the Artist Alley there, my profit margins were pretty bad, so I can’t really afford to go back. So that means my only foreseeable con this year will most likely be Nan Desu Kan, assuming I win the table drawing. The bad news means that I’ll only be going to one con as a guest, but the good news is I’ll have more time in general to work, which means I will be getting volume 3 done. As I’ve said before, getting volume 3 actually available for sale has as much to do with you guys as with me because it’s a lot of work to put a book together, and if the sales aren’t there, I don’t have much incentive. I know it seems a bit mean to put things in terms of strictly money, but I do have to make sure I can afford to live. I really really want to make sure all 7 volumes of the series get done, but y’all have to help me get there.
Happy New Year everyone! I know the updates are late again but this time it’s not my fault. Many of you might not know, but I currently don’t have internet service at home (this is mostly due to me and a disagreement with the local internet companies) so I have to go to the local library to do my updates. The weather has been really snowy these past few days and the problem is that almost no one around where I live shovels their walkways. And since I walk with a cane you can understand why I get stuck in the house for weeks at a time.
Other than that chapter 14 marches on and I have a few pages already set up that will be posted these next few weeks. Also, I need to give everyone a big FYI for updates next week. There will be no updates this Tuesday because I have something extremely hugely important to take care of, and depending on how that goes that will affect Friday’s updates as well. All I ask if that all y’all wish me luck.