Arthur Rimbaud… Visionary poet and patron saint of all twinks.
I know that many times over the years I’ve announced this posting schedule or that posting schedule on my website 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!
It occurred to me that most people have read some Calvin and Hobbes, but maybe some people don’t know the stories behind it with Bill Watterson fighting against merchandising and so on that are important to the rabbit’s interest in it, so in the second issue I decided to do a section with the rabbit telling his version of the Watterson story.
I did it in the style of a silent movie since I was hearkening back to those quaint olde forgotten days when a newspaper comic could have a major cultural influence. This panel is where the evil executives from the syndicate come with plans to merchandise Calvin and Hobbes.
The things in my comics I’m most proud of and that I probably spend the most time on are little touches that I don’t know if anybody actually notices… In this panel, for example, I was most proud of my little cheap shot at Brett Ratner, because pretty much any cheap shot at Brett Ratner you have a chance to take should be taken.