“Together’s the only way we get through this.”
Good morning! Got some coffee, listening to the Middleways playlist (for what my computer tells me is the 673rd time, heh) – let’s go.
Story. Chapter ten is nearing its end, and I’m pretty stoked ’cause things get pretty interesting in the next chapter. I feel like I may have said that before, but whatever.
Art. Page one is redrawn, working on page two. I feel like I’m getting better at it – I’ve gone from cringing when I look at a finished comic to frowning and thinking I could have done better if I’d had more time. Don’t get me wrong – I know in my doggy soul I have a long way to go, but I’m not quite as embarrassed to show strangers my work. Heh.
Questions. I jumped in and answered a few questions in the comments over the past week or so, and of course I questioned whether I should have after. I’m like “Well, what’s more fun, discussing an interesting question or having someone walk up and give the answer? Maybe you’re hosing it up for them.” The things a webcomic creator can come up with to be self conscious about truly boggles the mind.
Disqus. Really strongly considering converting my comments sections to Disqus. If anybody’s got a compelling reason why I shouldn’t, drop me a line and let me know, ’cause it’s one of those things that are a lot easier to do than undo.
Webcomic lists/aggregators/etc. Thanks so much for the votes and subscriptions, no matter what site you use or come from. I think everyone who does a webcomic would agree that every pair of eyes is precious, and a vote or a subscription means someone else has a better chance of reading.
New Readers. If you’re here because you clicked an ad recently, welcome! Hope you like the story! Please to forgive the early artwork! We work for you! yes, D – I stole that line from you.
Current Readers. Awesome as always, and there have been multiple occasions where my wife and I have grinned as we read the comments – you folks don’t just read this stuff, you’re devouring it, and it makes my day to hear what you have to say. I hope you have an awesome week, and you enjoy what we’ve got cooking for you.
Wow, turn around and a month’s gone by. Glass of Coppola to the right, Glass Animals on the speakers – let’s do the do.
Promises. Oh holy CRAP I finally redrew page one. It ain’t perfect, but it looks a lot better than the original, so hopefully new readers won’t take one look at it and run screaming. I also left a link to the old page in the page one blog post for those of you who want to make your eyes bleed. My goal is to redraw (or at least clean up) a page every week or so, through about page thirty. After that, I’m just going to start looking for things that bug me, and clean those up. All this is to work toward the day when I can print the thing – I think pages 1-200 are going to make a decent Volume 1.
Story. You people are good. More than once, I’ve had to convince myself not to change (or at least rearrange) the story because someone managed to predict the next page flawlessly. Hopefully, the flow being (somewhat) logical isn’t making the story boring. We’ve entered the wider world of Middleways this chapter, and the next chapters are going to broaden the horizon even further.
Art. Coming along. I know I need to work on my backgrounds and do a better job of not rushing panels when it’s nine o’clock on an update night, but I’m at least 60% happy with most of the comics I put out lately, even after looking at them the next morning. 🙂
Comic Cons. I’m strongly considering getting some prints and maybe a stuffed eyedog puppy or two and setting up a table at an artist’s alley somewhere in Florida (probably Orlando – it’s close, and near and dear to my heart). I mostly want to do it ’cause I always wondered what it was like to experience a con from the other side of the table, and it would be neat to get to meet some folks. Of course I’ll post as things get more concrete.
Readers (new). I put ads on WebComicsList and TopWebComics, so if you’re one of the new people who’ve gone through the archives in the past couple weeks – welcome! Vote, post comments, tell your friends, make yourself at home. Lots more story coming, and I’d love to have you along for the ride.
Readers (awesome). Thanks. You know who you are.
Busy day today, so this’ll be short:
I had so much fun with yesterday’s comic I decided to put it up on Saturday morning instead of tonight, where it belongs; it’s neat to switch up and focus more on the words than the pictures every so often, and it gave me an opportunity to tell one of the half-million or so side stories I’ve come up with while working out the main narrative of Middleways. I’ll probably do it again with some other subject in the future, hence the “1” after the title.
The death and destruction already in progress will resume with Wednesday’s update.
As always, thanks for reading, and have an awesome week!
Good morning! Skipped a week with the chapter break, but it’s coffee time again whether I have a lot to say or not:
Story. Seems I’m saying this every other week, but I’m pretty stoked about this next chapter. To this point, the focus has been almost entirely on Cassandra and her defenders, but the time has come to pull the camera back a little bit and show some more of the world they exist in. Should be an interesting trip.
Art. I think I’m out of excuses, now – I still have a long way to go, but I’ve gotten consistent enough that I think you could tell the characters apart even if there were no colors, and the anatomy is decent enough that none of them look like they’ve taken a direct hit with a Picasso ray. I really, really need to go back and clean up the work on the early pages. Gonna have to make time for that, which mostly means I’ve got to stop being a lazy ass and spending my evenings staring slack jawed at the latest Person of Interest episode.
Music. When I started, I said I’d let you know when we come to a part of the story that was inspired by a piece of music, and what the music was – from the early days of writing Middleways, chapter 10 has formed and re-formed to the sound of Black Betty, as performed by Spiderbait. It’s catchy as hell, and has a sound like a bar fight in progress.
Other. Vote if you’re so inclined, be good to folks and have a great week!
Got a cup of coffee that tastes good mostly ’cause my wife made it and Pandora’s feeding me Radiohead, so it must be time for a blog post.
Personal stuff. Thanks again for the supportive words and comments about Chance. It’s been an interesting couple of weeks (in the way of the Chinese curse), but it’s feeling a little less like putting my hand on a hot stove to think about her, so there’s that. The rather nasty coincidence of Middleways’ story line isn’t lost on me, of course, but the scripts for the pages that have been going up for the last couple months were written more than two years ago, when the idea that Chance would be gone one day wasn’t a daily consideration. That said, some of Leela’s habits might bear a strong resemblance to Chance’s. They’re both Good Girls.
Story stuff. We’re on a week’s break between chapters – chapter ten’s cover page will be up on Wednesday, and page 201 will go up the following Sunday evening. In spite of the fact that I declared an arbitrary end to Volume 1 back at the end of chapter four, the end of chapter nine is actually a more logical “Volume” break, both in the number of pages and in the main arc of Middleways. I’m excited about this next chapter, but I’m always excited about this stuff. I hope you folks enjoy it, too.
Art stuff. It gets a little better and a little faster every page, though I’m a little disappointed the difference between page 200 and 100 isn’t nearly as pronounced as the difference between page 1 and 100. It’s all about practice, of course, and the further you go, the longer it takes to make progress, but oh DAMN am I an impatient cuss.
Promotion stuff. TopWebComics is more or less maintaining, but I dropped from 105 to 178 inside of a week at WebComicsList. I’m not sure what drives the ranking at WebComicsList, but I’m guessing clicking the link to them can’t hurt.
Merchandise stuff. I’m guessing everybody who does a webcomic for more than, say, three days starts thinking about what kind of merchandise they’d like to sell. I’m no exception, of course, but I’m also a realist – Middleways doesn’t have enough regular readers yet for it to be a break-even proposition, and while my wife is very, very supportive of my webcomic ambitions, she would be all “mine TEETH, bear” if I ended up with a pile of unsold prints, t-shirts and stuffed Leelas all over the house. It’s that patience crap again, ya know? Ugh.
Thank you stuff. Yeah, that. You reading makes me writing worth it. Have yourself a good week.