What an ominous title, huh?
I hope everyone is having a good holiday season so far.
I think I’m going to place last in my fantasy football league this year so things can only get better, right?!
Actually things are pretty good around here. We have a new foster daughter who has been with us since June and it looks like that’s headed toward adoption. So that’s always a great thing when you can give someone a solid permanent home!
In other good news I have also taken a part time teaching position at the local community college. I’m teaching Introduction to Graphic Design.
It will be nice to have some steady income when I’m not doing conventions or running a kickstarter.
Unfortunately there is always a flip side to every coin. I’ve learned a lot over the past 5 years doing the 19XX series. I’ve just released my third book and I finished almost a full year of conventions with it and I have a pretty good idea now of how well future books will sell on Kickstarter and at conventions. What it comes down to is the break neck pace I was on should slow down. Unfortunately I can’t say how slow. But I can say that I produced over 600 pages of material in the last 5 years. Which is a lot. So now I’m working on Book 4. I’m about 20 pages in and Im not worrying too much about the publication date. This whole thing has been one big experiment so slowing down a little will be an experiment also. If it doesn’t work out I can always speed up! But I have a feeling I’m going to find a pace that works for me and still allows me to have a normal life! (That means not at the drawing table 18 hours a day. ) Of course there is always the fear that I will slow down so much that I won’t really care about finishing the series. There’s not a lot I can do about that now though. I experimented this year with some different kickstarters hoping for a breakout success but that didn’t happen. I am very appreciative for all the fans I have in the comic book and illustration world but it’s hard to put in the amount of work required to keep making comics when the graphic design world always seems to be tugging at my sleeve with paying gigs. In the comic book world I’m barely noticed. I’m definitely at the bottom of the food chain. In the graphic design world I’m even lower on the food chain! But the pay is much much better at the bottom of that food chain!
Keep an eye on the site, probably after the holidays I’ll update it to the new Book Four look. No sense in doing it before then as most people are busy with other things!