Pokes head from under the dirt….

Hey folks, guess what? I just finished a whole graphic novel! Crazy! I always wondered why people I know seemed to get buried away for months when they have to draw a whole book, and now I know. Now I’ve emerged shaken, burned out, significantly less in shape, with a sore back and hands. And it was a very fun, challenging, and rewarding experience. 😀

Over the holidays I thought a lot about On The Edge, and one of the things I realized was that it was time to move on. I’ve been doing this comic, on and off, since 2003! That’s a loooong time to be doing something that isn’t really successful. Yes, it started out just for fun, and I tried hard to keep it that way for a long time, but as my readership grew I think my expectations became bigger and it was just a little too much for me. I have other ideas and things I would like to do, and frankly, webcomics have changed so much! And I’ve grown so much! I’m 8 years older than when I started (oh now I just feel old :P).

I had a plan late last year that I would try to finish Wonderland and at least have another book to put out… but I started it so long ago, that now I just feel like I’m trying to finish something that I’m not fully satisfied with. If I could start over now I’d probably change so much, and that’s not really a good way to work. I also had an end story in mind for OTE, which I may do someday… who knows? But I’d like to be in the right frame of mind for it and now just isn’t the time. Other short tales may turn up somewhere, most likely over at Bento Comics!

So with all that, I hope you had fun with me and thanks so much to the hard core fans for supporting me and continuing to come back!

I will be in Toronto at TCAF this year, as part of Bento Comics, and I will perhaps do a post on Pixies and whatever else I’m working on this year!

For now here’s a picture of some messy, messy thumbnails I did while working on Pixies, for Arcana and HarperCollins. They’re oh so tiny and messy… but I guess that’s ok… as long as I know what it means right???