Back in the Comics Saddle

You have been checking up on Cocktail Hour and Where the Geeks Are, right?

At Cocktail Hour we’ve picked back up the story of Todd and I moving in together and this month we’ll see some of the unexpected challenges that came with that first house together (ooh, foreshadowing!). While over at Geeks we’ve wrapped up the Meredith and Archer thread for now and are concentrating on Sophie’s Geekathon experiences for the next couple of months.

You’ll be pleased to know that even with our first convention in ages keeping us away from home for 4 days, kept me so busy I barely had time to measure out the panels, much less draw anything, and the flurry of activity before and after, we’ve yet to miss an update over the last month since we brought both comics back current. Based on that, I think it’s safe to say we’re good to go for the foreseeable future.

Things that I’d like to work on, comics-wise, over the next month or two:

  • Building up a 1 week (then 2 week, then up to a month’s) buffer on each comic to lessen the deadline pressure and make the upcoming convention weekends less hectic.
  • Increase the traffic to both sites (always a struggle–time to start networking again)
  • Revamp the look of each site both for form and function.

Meanwhile, over in Raiding Party news, I finally have confirmation that the new shopping cart plugin (Ecwid) is working as it should–we’ve had our first online order since the switch. We’re also seeing folks start to make use of the community site which thrills me to no end! Two folks who bought books at Ancient City Con have registered and one’s even posted her first recipe picture. Love giving out that XP!

And, elsewhere, I’ve got a couple of pieces in August’s SP! Magazine (Self Publisher) and am working on another article for September. It’s awesome that Ian and the gang are getting things moving with the Self Publisher Association and I’m happy to be in a place where I can contribute!

That’s the update for now, now it’s off to make more comics!

Looking Ahead

So! Now that September is over it’s time to switch gears a bit. I did enjoy having an on-going story for an entire month, a unifying theme and so forth, so will continue to “theme” the months more or less as long as I’m able to pull enough random stories together that all fit.

October, however, is going to be a bit different. The theme will be Peeves, Irritations and Observations and will be a mix of single and multi-panel updates. In part, I’ve got lists of these incidences that haven’t seemed to fit with the usual Random narrative I’ve got going on and this seems an opportune time to use them. The other part is that many will be quicker to draw than the usual updates, freeing me up a bit to get work done on the Year 1 book (always a method to my madness, of course), which I really want completed ASAP so I’ll have it for Cons in 2009.

And then, just today in the shower, I came up with a totally brilliant idea! October 18th is 24-hour Comic Book Day and I plan to participate in the challenge that is creating an entire 24-page comic story in 24 consecutive hours. Here’s where the brilliant plan comes in: 24 pages is exactly 2 months worth of updates, so even if I don’t quite get all 24 done on the 18th, I will finish them up and you will get to see them over November and December, “freeing” me up for those two months to work on the Graphic Novel script that has been languishing, untouched, since April. And since I’ll be sharing the story here, we’ll be taking a trip via the way-back machine to tell a story of my past, one that wouldn’t normally have been seen on these pages but I’ve been itching to put down in some form or another with the usual humor and self-deprecation you’ve come to know and enjoy.

So that’s what we have to look forward to for the rest of the calendar year. I hope you’re as intrigued as I am (no, really, it’s always a surprise when the finished page sits before me and how it differs from what I may have imagined) and will continue to check back for the regular updates. As always, feedback is both welcome and encouraged.