The days are actually passing really quickly, and it’s become quite the effort to manage my own time. I have actually had to take it – my time I mean – a lot more seriously. In the last two weeks I have been hired for two jobs. I resigned from one because I just was not getting enough time to do the things I actually wanted to do (mainly my cartoons). I therefore thought it necessary to divide my time and dedicate different “slots” (I’m so professional), to different projects. So in regards to this site, I have many plans in store, and I feel like it’s probably necessary to itemise them for you guys in a little list, if only for the sake of organisation (or so you can skip the bits you don’t care about).
The Editing Suite
Right, so first thing’s first: where the hell did this comic go? I don’t know if you guys have asked yourselves this question but I certainly have. And the short answer is, nowhere, it’s still here, it’s just delayed. However, I have come up with a few little projects that I want to carry out BEFORE I continue with The Editing Suite. There are several reasons for this but the main ones are:
1) I want to be better at drawing and digitally manipulating my drawings than I currently am. This probably requires me to have better equipment than just an iPad and a malfunctioning laptop, and that requires me to have some money. And money is time (or something).
2) I want to have more cartoon strips in my repertoire (see below).
3) I want to see if I can give The Editing Suite it’s own site… eventually, at least. That again requires me to have some money and a lot more time.
Notwithstanding, it IS coming back, which I’ve said on a couple of occasions already. If all goes to plan then it will hopefully be by Summer of 2014. If all goes to hell then perhaps at some point in 2015. I am also hoping that by the time I do bring it back, I’ll have a slightly larger following to appreciate what I want to be a larger scale project than Graduate Writer.
As I mentioned above, I want to make more cartoons. I suppose it goes without saying that I mean that in reference to having more Graduate Writer strips. But I also mean it in that I want to create a few new ones. Now, at first I thought that this might be too much work for me to handle, and the truth is that that may in fact be the case. If I were to simultaneously attempt all the things I am planning, I’d be trying to draw and maintain about 4 different comics at the same time, which needless to say, is a bit over ambitious. But that’s why, as I said above, I am delaying The Editing Suite. I want there to be a progression of improvement in the work that I do, and I want to start with the comic ideas which I don’t mind looking a little crude.
So, without further spiel as to the whys of these other cartoons, I am going to move onto the whats.
1) Pokemon Nuzlocke Run
Those that know me quite well know I’m quite a big fan of Pokemon (particularly the games). So probably the first thing I am going to do, aside from continue with Graduate Writer, is this. If anyone doesn’t know what a Nuzlocke Run is, it’s a comic in which you play any (main series) game of Pokemon and draw your progress up as a comic. However, there are rules you must follow whilst playing, primarily: if one of your pokemon faints, it’s dead and you cannot use it again; and you can only catch the first pokemon you encounter in each area. What makes these comics interesting is that by having unpredictable character arcs, you can get really fun, hilarious and often quite emotional stories. That in itself excites me along with the fact there is a very large online community of people who enjoy them, one which I am already a part of as an avid reader, and hopefully soon as an artist as well.
This comic won’t be going up on this site, though, but on my DeviantArt page instead. I will be linking my comic on here every time I update on there, though.
2) Music Comic
I feel like I’ve done one or two comics in the vein of this topic with Graduate/Student Writer before, but haven’t developed it in the way which I’d like, simply because it isn’t to do with writing. But let me not get ahead of myself. This idea is one which I have had not for very long (maybe about a month or so), but one which I feel would be quite fun to do. It would be similar to Graduate Writer in it’s “gag-a-day” style, but would instead be focused on music (playing it, listening to it etc.) – and if I can help it – won’t have a main character. The art will also be slightly different, though I haven’t decided on anything concrete yet.
I have very recently been asked to be a content writer for a small blog site, and I was thinking of having this comic go up on there semi-regularly. I will of course keep you all informed of any new projects which I take on, this included, but if I do decide to do that, then it won’t be going up on here either!
3) Animated Poetry
I write quite a lot of poetry. Mainly humourous, beat style (slash) spoken word poetry. However, I am far too reserved and reclusive to find the confidence to read my poems out loud to people other than my close friends. I have on several occasions done public recitals which have gone down amazingly, but not as often as I would like. So something I have really wanted to do – as perhaps a way of remedying that – is to do my performance poetry in the form of a video, but with the reciting poet being a cartoon character (one of my own of course). I may well use Horhay for this, in fact. The one key thing that has stopped me from carrying this out though, is that I know very little about creating animations, and am currently just trying to find the time to teach myself to do this. If I decide to carry out this project with some degree of seriousness, then it will probably be around 2015, after I have acquired the skills to do basic animations, however crude they may turn out.
So I realise that I have a comic strip on here which is about being a writer. But I sometimes feel like it is being presented in a very “non-writer” environment. What I mean is I don’t think I spend enough time actually showing that I actually write, either through my blog updates or through showcasing little bits of my work. So I am thinking I may make a regular thing of just writing small blog posts about what I am writing at any given time, or showing some of my shorter poems, or putting up a short paragraph of some prosaic fiction that I’ve written. Just small things here and there essentially, because at the moment, THERE IS NOTHING. Or at least nothing to show that I actually write regularly. Which I do. And even if many of you care little, I think it’s only good practice to show you that I do write before I can justifiably run a comic about the act of writing.
I haven’t decided on what days I’ll do this on, but hopefully somewhere along the lines of twice a week with regards to regularity.
ANYWAY, THAT’S ALL I HAVE TO SAY! I hope you are looking forward to at least a few of the things I have planned, and I will see you tomorrow for another Graduate Writer update!