Today at 2 pm EST, join me on YouTube, Twitch, or Twitter! Feel free to lurk while I work on some pages for my webcomics!
In today’s live stream, I’m drawing pages for The Legend of Jamie Roberts, my genderqueer pirate webcomic. PLUS, I’m drawing some material for my new webcomic, Vanita and the Demon King! It’s about a demon king who crashes on the couch of a trans girl.
Vanita and the Demon King is still on Crowdfundr, by the way. Back it BEFORE JAN 31 at 11:59 pm EST to get some behind-the-scenes rewards, yo!
A thousand years ago, the Demon King and his armies marched across the lands, terrorizing the people who crossed their paths. Only one man stood up to the Demon King, and his name…was Richard.
At least, this is the history Vanita grew up with her whole life.
Her story takes place in the present day. But one morning, on her usual jog in the park, she comes across the legendary Demon King himself – heavily beaten and close to exhaustion in the bushes.
And so begins this domestic story of a trans girl trying to make sense of the fabled Demon King passing out on her couch.
This concept all started with this sketch.
(In the beginning, the Demon was a Golem, but the more I researched it I went, “Nah. Demon.”) So I started with this sketch and the notion of wanting to make a slice-of-life/romance story. But I made it a fantasy with a demon king because…fantasy is my MO.
(To be honest, if I have an idea for a story but it doesn’t click with me for some reason, I’ll transplant it into a fantasy setting. Then the story clicks. It works 98 percent of the time.)
So I started scripting the story as part of the National Novel Writing Month challenge in 2021. I was a rebel that year and drew thumbnails for the script of Vanita and the Demon King.
As I scripted the story, something happened that surprised even me…
I know! I’m surprised, too. It only took…4 or 5 years from The Case of the Wendigo going to print to the beginning of production for Vanita and the Demon King.
The story is 90 percent scripted with an outline in mind for the very end. I only have roughly 20 pages or so left to thumb.
After That…Will There Be a Crowdfunding Campaign?
At first, I thought I would need to pivot because of Journey of the Mystery. But thankfully that project is being handled separately. By doing that, it frees up time to focus on getting Vanita and the Demon King funded before launch.
Well, I’m looking at running a campaign on either KickStarter or Crowdfundr. Both have their pros and cons, which I’ll talk about more tomorrow.
Whichever platform I pick, though, I hope to launch it soon.
The goal is to get certain back-end costs covered. A domain name for a website and website hosting are the two biggest concerns right now. Extra funding after that can help with overhead during production.
I had a chat with the project organizer of the Comic Book Jamboree. And we’re figuring out the next steps to get this book to print together.
It also means that any crowdfunding campaigns for this comic are not happening soon.
I think that’s fine for now. I had another crowdfunding campaign in mind anyway. One for another comic idea, Vanita and the Demon King. I’ll talk about that story in tomorrow’s update.
But I DID ask about one thing I wanted to do with Journey of the Mystery. And thankfully, I can move forward with this idea.
Here’s a Coloring Book download of Journey of the Mystery!
Believe it or not, I wanted this comic to do double duty from the start. I wanted a finished version and a coloring book version of this story, so that it can be told AND exist for you to make your own.
If you want to download this coloring book version, head over to my Ko-Fi shop. It’s there now for $2+, and any extra you give gets you access to behind-the-scenes things through the Digital Club for one month.
I DID IT. I successfully made 24 pages of comics in 24 hours!
Technically I did it in 22 hours and 11 minutes. And BOY am I still exhausted.
Here are some teaser pages of the story I made in the challenge.
And that’s just the first 4 pages!
I also streamed the process of making this comic on YouTube. As I’m writing this, an archived version is not available yet but will be soon.
Well, I made this comic with the folks at Comic Book Jamboree. Right now they’re judging the entries from folks who participated in the challenge. I at least made the top 3! Check out the official page to see the other finalists. Their work is *chef’s kiss*.
No matter what, though, I have plans with this comic. I hope to get it to print soon. And maybe even…make a coloring book out of it. I mean, this coloring page on Ko-Fi was the inspiration for this story.