I’ve been dreading to do this for this entire week, but then again it’s something I’ve been thinking about after completing book 4.
Anyway, I’m putting Wyliman on hiatus. I’ve done this a couple of times before but it never really amounted to anything past two weeks or less because I felt guilty and I jumped back in. But for these past 3 chapters I haven’t been feeling it. I’ve been so out of myself writing and drawing the comic that if I kept pushing it, I’d only be delivering sub par work (there’s a couple of pages in chapter 43 I just hate to look at of how awful they came out). Not that I’m quitting Wyliman ever. Heck, even being bothered by my own work as of lately, I think this last story was one of the most organic ones, and I loved how the involvement of you, the readers, with it shaped it as it went alog.
But, if posting late and barely for the past two-three weeks was a sign of anyhting, is that I wasn’t enjoying it and I was at the verge of losing it.
And, if you remember the last blog I posted, things on personalandia aren’t so hot either. Life took a sharp turn and basically crapped all over the place. So I need time and lots of patience and endurance to get things rolling out smoothly around here. And since I’m going to entirely miss next year’s convention season, I have no pressure to finish book 5 to get it to shows.
I won’t leave you with empty hands, tho. Clink (my other webcomic, in case you haven’t seen it yet) will keep updating regularly. So you can get your fix there for the time being.
I’m building myself up almost from scratch with Wyliman by the time you’re reading this. I’ve been feeling my style has been floating comfortably in place for a bit, so it’s time to shake it from it’s core and go back to the panic and excitement of experimenting. So be sure about something, when we come back, it’s gonna be way better (and if you follow Clink, you’ll get to see the development of this “trainning” little by little since it’s gonna affect it too).
I hope this won’t last long. I have at least up to chapter 50 already planned, so I really want to get this stories out to you. But I won’t if I’m not having fun with them. And I’ll be showing of concepts, and sketches and little previews of things whenever they come around.
Thanks for your time and understanding.
PS: Feel free to send guest strips whenever you want, by the way. For what it’s worth until I bring the comic back, you can have fun with the characters and I’ll show case them here.
As I’ve teased for the past few weeks, there’s something not so good going on with my life as of lately. Skipping to the meat and potatoes of the issue: I’m almost broke.
Now, this isn’t a petty post to ask for help while I do nothing in return, but to give context of what’s going to happen. Last year, my ventures of touring around the US to comic book shows proved to be hard, and it seriouslly kicked my ass financially. Some shows were awesome and totally worth the trip, but others weren’t so much. Added to that, readership for at least Wyliman (haven’t really properlly installed a visitors tracker to the Clink website) dropped to incredibly low numbers. In all honesty, I don’t know what happened or how to pin it to something (the site looks way better now in my opinion and I haven’t done anything different to promote every new page in all my social media outlets), so money is not coming in from the Project Wonderful ads.
So basically I need to get a day job again. Something to keep a constant flow of cash coming my way so I can still keep myself and my work afloat, and to keep hitting awesome shows and meet with awesome fans and fellow cartoonists.
Which means: Both webcomics will have now an undefined schedule for updates, since I won’t have the amount of time I have now to produce one page a day. Of course, it’s not ideal for any end of the process of me delivering content to you guys, but this has to happen or there would be no content at all.
I don’t want to commit to say when the comics will update because there might be times I won’t be able to meet that deadline, all I can say is that as soon I finish drawing a page, I’ll put it up and let you all know (be sure to follow me on Twitter, Tumblr or the Facebook fanpages for both Wyliman and Clink so you know when I do that).
And, as I feel is convenient enough to remind everybody that you can help me out a bit: if you have a couple of bucks every now or then just laying around, you can kick them to me by hitting the donate button in either one of the webcomic sites (said button is located right next to the comic page on each website). As well, I’m always open for commision work. Or, just the simple one that helps a lot: spread the word about my work. Tell your friends, share it online, whatever is the easiest for you. It drives more traffic to my websites.
Thank you guys for understanding and I hope this whole situation gets better soon enough so I can dedicate myself soley to draw fun stories for you once again.
As many of you might know, SPX is my favorite show of the year and I’ll be exhibiting there again next week!
I’ll be a table K11 with the awesome guys Jeremy Whitley and Dave Foland. And right next to my very good friends Erin and Christine Humiston. If the powers that be don’t screw me over, I’ll have volumes 1 to 4 of Wyliman and a small collection of Clink strips for you there (plus, some nifty extras).
And speaking of Wyliman and Clink, I’m taking next week off from the comics. I really don’t want to, but life has been beating me a bit lately and I’ll take the few days I’ll be at home before the show to fix some of that. But still, I think I won’t be having any better news coming back. We’ll see.
But, in the eman time, I hope to see some of you guys there! This year it’ll be bigger and better and as always, an amazing fun time!
Copy/pasted from SuperMarioGonzalez.com because I’m kinda in a rush here.
Just a quick note to let you know I’ll be at the San Diego Comic Con this week. Mostly the lateness of me posting this (as I’m like 3 hours away from heading to the airport, at the moment of writting) is because I’ll just be wandering around the show floor most of the time. I don’t have a table to exhibit/sell there.
So, if you wanna meet up, just let me know! Or, if you find me wandering around, feel free to approach me to say hi.
The only set back of this whole thing is that for the updates for Wyliman (Friday’s and possibly Monday’s [I get back home late that day]) and Clink (Thursday’s) will be missing. I really tried to catch up with work and get a bit ahead so I wouldn’t miss them, but things around here haven’t been easy lately (but that’s a story for some other time). So, I’m sorry about that. Updates will resume to normal next week.
So, anyway, I hope to see some of you guys there. It’s always a fun time!
Next week I’ll be attending the 2nd anual Denver Comic Con. And I’m excited as a box full of puppies who have no idea where they’re going. Last year the show was amazing, record breaking and an overall great experience. And this year promises it’ll be bigger and better.
I’ll be in the Artist Alley section on table C21. I’m attaching a floor map to this, but you’ll recognize me even easier as the guys who’s sitting right next to Matt Kindt.
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I’ll bring with myself a good selection of prints (now that I have them), original art to sale, original pages to show off, and the meat and potatoes, Wyliman’s 4th TBB and a Clink exclusive collection comic (both with a regular cover and a DCC exclusive sketch cover so I can draw you whatever on them).
If you are able to attend the show, seriously give it a chance, it’s one of the best shows out there. And, you know, while you’re there, stop by and visit my table, I’ll be glad to say hi to you! Seriously! I’m more lovable in real life. I think.
Hope to see you there!