Just a quick note to let you folks know that the strip will be posted most likely by tomorrow. We had some unexpected stuff to deal with this past week and I wasn’t able to get very far on the strip. It’ll be worth the wait for some of you, though. Thanks for your patience!
And thus concludes my little 3-day update gift to you folks. I sure picked the wrong week to do it, though. Late nights a-plenty. But I try to make good on my promises. Next week it’ll be back to the Thursday update schedule.
Still some more Christmas fun type strips to get through, and then we’ll be back at school for the second half of the sophomore year. Big things coming up on the horizon. Be prepared.
Just in case there is any confusion about the current storyline, I just wanted to let you all know that it’s not really a storyline, but a bunch of random stuff I wanted to do. The previous one was so serious in nature that I wanted to do a palette-cleanser of fun, light-hearted strips. When the boys return to school, you can have your epic storylines back.
Also, next week be prepared for a three-day update! I have three interlinked strips that make me laugh when I think about them, and I don’t want to take three weeks to show them off. So instead, you’ll get a Monday-Wednesday-Friday update, just like the old OLD days. So make sure you check back on the right days!
Also also, yes, Whiskers is bigger. Kittens grow up.
Nine times out of ten when I make a blog post, it’s usually bad news. This is one of those nine times I’m afraid. The bottom line is that I need to take some time off from Bardsworth. Probably a couple of weeks. I have good reasons, though.
Some of you might know this already, but in the summer I work at local festivals on weekends. It’s pretty draining, and it always takes me about a day to recover. Then I have to jump back into taking care of the household chores I couldn’t get to and spend time with my family and all that good stuff. On top of that, I’ve been trying to keep the comic running. So I’m burning out pretty quickly.
However, I do plan to use some of my time off from doing the strip to do some other things. I need to get my store back up and running so that you folks have access to my fine Bardsworth merchandise once again. I’d also like to sink my teeth into working on the second Bardsworth collection, which I haven’t touched since my disappointing Kickstarter failure.
So keep in mind that “hiatus” does not equal “vacation”. I’ll still be working behind the scenes. But I figured since we have a storyline shift happening, this is as good a time as any to step away from the strip for a bit.
In the words of a famous muscle-bound cyborg, “I’ll be back.”
I wanted to take a moment to talk about a couple of unrelated things, as I don’t take the time to blog as much for you folks as I probably should. Maybe you don’t care. I dunno. I guess I’ll type it all out anyway.
1.) Thanks for bearing with the length of this storyline. I know it’s been a long one, especially with my going back to a once-a-week schedule, but I felt it was important to stress the, uh, stress of a human/elf relationship. And I almost didn’t run the last three strips with Celestei (Mrs. Amethyst) because of how long the story was taking, but I felt that I needed to give her a voice in the matter, even if it was only a brief interaction with Mike. Plus I wanted yet another excuse to fluster and embarrass Mike (I know, I’m cruel). We will be moving forward finally, and although in the comic’s time it’s still winter break, we’ll be taking steps forward again. And maybe have some fun.
2.) Unrelated, but I wanted to point out that there are many ways to contact me via social networking. This is prominent in my mind because a reader left a long (and very nice) comment on my last blog post when they could have just contacted me another way, but it was my fault for making it unclear as to how. So, allow me to point out the social networking buttons to the top right of the comic. I will probably be looking into a sidebar of links as well. And I will list them below. Please never hesitate to friend me, tweet at me, email me, or whatever. I like feedback, I like hearing from people, and I like chatting. Don’t think of me as a reclusive artist, please.
Ways to Contact Me:
- Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Google+ (Note: Still not using this account frequently. With more contacts, I’ll probably update it more.)