SATURDAY, July 25. 1 pm to 3 pm EST. On my YouTube Channel.
Join us as my buddies Ben WH and C. Beranek and I discuss the future of comicons. All 3 of us have been a part of the comicon scene for years, as vendors and attendees. With everything that’s happening right now, we’ll be discussing our ideas of what the future could look like.
What do you think will be the future of comicons? What would you like to see happen? Let us know in the comments!
Today I want to talk about the future of Johnson & Sir, the comic I made back in 2013 about 2 elf cops in Fantasyville.
I made this comic in a different time, with a different mindset. I primarily made this story as an inside joke between myself and close friends and family to parody cop shows and dynamics. Heck, it originally came about when one of my sisters and I made up satirical dialogue between two cop characters in the Jak and Daxter games – and the cops were corrupt in the original source material.
Is this a justification for why I made Johnson & Sir? Maybe.
What I DO know is that right now, in this point in history of 2020, the police system as a whole needs a complete overhaul. I feel like I don’t have to say why.
To profit off a comic about Fantasyville cops, even a parody of the institution of policing, seems to me in bad taste right now.
Also, over the last few years, Johnson & Sir just hasn’t sold very well at comic conventions or online. Johnson & Sir aren’t in my top 5 bestsellers list anymore, to be truthful.
So with these conditions (and a few others) in mind, I’ve taken down Johnson & Sir’s listing on my online store, as well as the listing for the original art from the production of it.
The website for Johnson & Sir is still live for now, but I have not monetized that site. The website may or may not be taken down. That decision still has yet to be made.
That said, I’m still sitting on 40+ copies of this book. I had ordered so many towards the start of this year because I thought comic conventions would still be a thing. NOT ANYMORE.
For now, these books will sit in storage, until such a point that I decide to list the book again for sale – with a disclaimer on the inside front cover.
If you have issues with this decision, I have a few things to say to you:
First, you’re allowed to be angry. But understand that I don’t have to babysit you while you sit in your anger. You are in charge of your emotions. You are responsible for what you feel. Figure out what to do for yourself.
Second, I’m not changing my mind about this decision.
Well, after that I want to run these streams differently.
For one thing, I’m going to bring the schedule down to doing one new stream a month.
For another thing, I’ll be doing giveaways during these monthly livestreams – I’m still sitting on a LOT of books and art.
Also, I want to do more than just drawing live. With convention season and workshops not being things for the foreseeable future, I would like to do more tutorial livestreams.
Just to spitball some ideas, these are the sorts of workshops, panels, etc I would be participating in during convention season. Let me know which of these topics you’d like me to talk about in next month’s livestream:
How to Make Webcomics
LGBTQ representation in comics
How to Make a Minicomic
Character Design That’s Awesome
In the meantime, I’ll be taking a break from posting online (stream or otherwise) until the week of July 15. But I’ll be in the comments…lurking…
Because of my adventures in moving, I need to let you know early (and maybe often) that there will be a change in the schedule.
Here’s what’s happening:
The Freelance Lifestyle blog post series is going to be paused until June.
Writing for Comics 101 will be on pause until June, as well.
The Legend of Jamie Roberts MIGHT have some scheduling hiccups. (More on this below.)
There will be a livestream on May 23. But…
No livestreams will happen May 30.
I’m moving to my new apartment on June 1. We’ll see how quickly things can get back on track after that.
“But wait!” You might be thinking. “You said there might be scheduling hiccups with The Legend of Jamie Roberts! I HAVE A MIGHTY NEED FOR GENDERQUEER PIRATES!”
First, thank you for being so enthusiastic for my adventure story of a genderqueer pirate and their two best friends treasure-hunting in a land of dragons and spirits.
Despite my best efforts, though, I don’t have much in the way of pages made ahead of schedule as buffer. Plus, Beefy McMuscleton – my devoted HP Officejet 7612 printer and scanner – has been forced to retire. So my workflow in making future pages of Jamie Roberts is going to get an overhaul. A decidely digital overhaul…
A bit sooner than expected, actually. I hoped I could stretch the process I’ve been using to the end of Chapter 3, and THEN go full digital in Chapter 4. But it looks like the full-digital comics-making process transition is happening sooner.
Because of this transition, and the move to the new apartment, updates on The Legend will MAYBE not happen once a week on Wednesdays. I will do my best to hold to this weekly-update promise! But I make no guarantees.