The Witch and the Demon has been sitting in the sketchbook, the short story file, and my brain parts for the better part of two years now.
The above sketch came first…I think.
Then I wrote the short story. And…ok, to be blunt, it’s pornographic.
There’s a part of me that would love to adapt this into a wordless comic one-shot. But there’s also the logical part of me that says that 99% of printers out there would not print porn comics.
The paradox of America: American comic printers will happily run a comic with a dude getting his dick ripped off by possessed animals, but they WON’T run a comic with someone getting head.
There are oversea printers – even one or two in Canada that could do this – but I want to be positive before I move forward with it.
The other issue with doing an x-rated comic is: there are a LOT – and I mean A LOT – of readers who think my work is all kid-friendly because of the art style I draw in.
On the one hand, I get it. It’s cutesy.
On the other hand, the subject matter is not child-friendly most of the time.
Case in point: Thoughtful Dinosaur.
Anytime this book is spotted on my table at shows, parents think it’s a book aimed at kids.
It’s not – it’s the story of a college student learning how to adult. While there’s no sex or cursing in it, it does tackle ideas that kids won’t understand, like existential dread and the meaning of life.
And I have to explain this more often than you’d think.
So because of all of those factors, The Witch and the Demon have been sitting in the rafters. And odds are high they will continue to sit there indefinitely.
We’ll see what the future holds for these two though. Auxaton as a story concept sat on the sidelines and was briefly abandoned… until I revived it for NaNoWriMo two years ago.
Who knows what will happen for the witch and her demon?
Thank you for reading.
You. Are. Awesome.