One small reason why I took such a long hiatus was because I didn’t know how the hell to end this damn arc. Truth be told, I still don’t. I’m doing as the writers do and letting the characters lead the story. Here’s hoping the results are cool. Anyway, note the TEENAGE BOTTLEROCKET reference and my half-assed attempts at background work.
About a week or so ago I fixed up the CSS on this site and realized something rather important: I miss this comic. A lot has happened since moving out to California and one of those things involved putting an end to writing and drawing this saga of three (or four if you count ID) furry bipeds living together and going on adventures. There was also a wedding and a real “grown up” job that factored into my decision to quit. But now that things have started to settle down a bit more in my life, I have found myself thinking about coming back and starting this up again.
Stupid idea, amirite?
I do have a few concerns about starting up this comic, and they are the main reasons why I’m hesitant about returning. The first concern is that my skill has stagnated a bit. When I quit back in 2010, I was having a tough time getting backgrounds quite the way I liked. I could get all the characters framed up nicely, but then it would take me hours to try and figure out how to make the backgrounds make any sense. The result, of course, being random lines and colors in nonsensical patterns. I also could not figure out how to draw women for the life of me. What made this problematic is that I had added two rather interesting female characters that I wanted to flesh out (Apple and Darla). If you go back through the previous strips, you’ll notice that I cut the corners where I could and relied heavily on copy and paste to eek my way through the strips they made an appearance in. If I came back, I’d definitely need to improve on this or figure out what isn’t “clicking” for me. Kind of daunting, if you ask me.
Another concern – fairly obvious if you have heard me complain about anything lately – is the lack of time. The new job eats up almost all of it, and I have this aspiration to become a writer in the creative sphere. But perhaps comics are where my writing time should be spent. After all, Henry could use a bit more fleshing out in the writing department.
Final concern: all the technical stuff. I’m not very happy with the layout of the comic, other than it’s width of 660px by whatever height. I kind of came up with this layout on the fly and it allowed me to come up with six panels worth of content. Unfortunately, that meant that I couldn’t really get dialog heavy and the jokes kept falling in the “one panel to pause before punchline” thing that has become kind of a cop out. If I were to come back, I’d really need to lock this down or figure out more creative ways to do panels on a strip by strip basis. I could just go the QC route and have long panels going downward until the punchline.
I’m probably over-thinking this.
So here we are at another hiatus and I have to ask myself, “What the hell is the going on here anyway?”
Short answer: I’m moving and everything is packed up.
Long’ish answer: I’m moving to Los Angeles in a few weeks and I just shipped off half of my cables and “drawy” things. I have a scanner, but it doesn’t do much without the USB cable attachment or the power chord even. In fact, I forgot where I put the scanner. So there you have it, folks! I’m in the transition phase of moving and decided to continue my comic when I get to the new city and rebuild Henry HQ.
Until then, I give you:
Hey guys, it’s me (as if it would be anyone else, right?). Just coming to you to perhaps give some sort of explanation for the surge in comic releases and then a complete drop off from the face of the earth. Well, the biggest thing that happened was I started my last semester of college. Basically, all of the classes were writing intensive and the teachers were quick to pile on the homework. Add to that my inability to manage time and you have the complete and utter drop off in releases.
There’s really not much more that I can say about that other than I’m going to continue taking some time off from the comic while I get things finished up with school. I’ll let you all know when I start back up again. Thanks for understanding. Woo hoo school. *frown*
Well, I’ve gone ahead and moved completely over to wordpress for my comic, utilizing the comicpress plugin that I’ve seen all the cool kids using these days. It’s been a bit of a pain getting all my comics renamed to match the date system, and it’s been a bigger pain getting all the CSS adjusted to my original theme. But hey, no pain no gain. Everything should be where I want it to be by Monday at the latest.