So, as it turns out, I totally didn't quite get enough stuff in order for the end of A1 as I had liked. So December will be a short break for me to get stuff back in order, work with some guest artists for the end of A1, catch up on donator comics and take care of some other stuff that I've had piled onto my plate on account of being in high-demand for being so effortlessly cool and talented.
I was always going to take some month at the end of the year off, either December or January, but I was hoping to have more of the comic out. But drawing is hard, writing is hard, animation is hard, website development is hard, and game development is hard! And I'm doing all of those. And also, FINAL FANTASY 14: ENDWALKER is coming out soon.
So for the rest of the year:
- 11/30: ACT 1, PART 14: "have you heard of... bones"
- Two random days in December: Donator comics.
- Random day in January: EOA1 tech demo.
- The Tuesday after that: ACT 1, PART 15: Redpop
And then it's back to every Tuesday!
These days are not actually random. It's "when they are done".
Anyway, some real talk: you're probably going to be horrified when you hear this, but I've been redrawing all the comic pages the week they go up! It's a miracle I get anything done.
I have a policy of not really touching panels once they get published, but early on, the art in the comic is rough enough that it kind of needed more than just a retouch before going up. This is a well that every webcomic artist falls into, I think. We all know it exists! We all look at the poor saps who fall down the well, and we all laugh and think "I've watched them fall into the well, surely I will not make the same mistake!". And then I leap directly into the well.
Thankfully, I'm almost at the point where I'm out of the well.
This rate of redraws averages out to about ~100 panels a month, ~3.3 panels a day, and ~1200 panels a year, not counting animations and games. I'm sure nobody would be upset if I decided to go from weekly to "when it's ready", but it's a pace that I'm comfortable with, that I enjoy, the week-to-week, the routine, etc. etc.
But it's mostly being spent on redrawing panels week to week, and that's just terrible for getting new things done. And that's what I'm doing with this break! Instead of spending my time redrawing, I'm gonna just work on the things that need working on.
And to go with it, I started a Trello board, and made it public, so you can see what I'm working on at any given moment, if you care about that kind of thing.
In the meantime, I'd highly suggest you check out KITTYQUEST, a comic I have loved since it launched. It's launching an animation on the 5th, and it's consistently pretty great.