Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Christmas in July

Spencer hates Christmas. He became a vampire during that time of year, back in 1955, and was so traumatized that he’s still triggered by anything that reminds him of it. He’s aware of this and will isolate himself more than normal whenever Christmastime approaches, to avoid being set off.

Unfortunately, stores like to shove Christmas in people’s faces as soon as possible anymore. (I sometimes come across whole aisles’ worth of holiday items during the summer.) If Spencer runs into such things when he’s not expecting it…uh…

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Jay's able to help tame Spencer, whenever one of these outbursts happen, at the very least. This is obviously a lot of fun for Jay. (Sorry, Jay.)

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Spencer and Jay are the main characters in a horror comic I'm developing. There will also be a prequel about Spencer's path to vampirism, 'cause that's just how my muse rolls.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Winter Blues

As some of you may remember, Spencer’s one of the main characters in the horror comic I’m developing. He’s also a vampire. He wasn’t always, though…

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This takes place during the winter of 1955. It’s only a matter of time before his humanity is snatched away from him, since he turns during Christmastime of that very same year. (You guys will be able to see all the gory details for yourselves, if I ever manage to release Spencer's prequel!)

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Echo Effect Hiatus

I struggled with this decision for a while, but I’ve decided to put my webcomic Echo Effect on hiatus. It won’t return until Friday, November 18th.

I wish I didn’t have to do this, but I feel like I’ll burn out otherwise. I work on my comics for long hours every day, often sacrificing sleep and skipping meals so I can get more accomplished. Despite this, though, I’m still nowhere near as fast or talented as other artists, and even seem to be losing readers as a result. This has depressed me to the point where I’ve nearly torn down Echo Effect from my site several times, convinced no one would notice or care. I keep trying to resist, especially since the story is already 2/3rds of the way completed, but it’s hard.

I haven’t written myself into a corner, or anything like that. Echo Effect has been fully plotted since 2012, so I know exactly what happens next, all the way to the end. Drawing this webcomic has simply become taxing, and I need to ease up before it causes me to break.

While I still plan to work on Echo Effect during the hiatus, I’m going to do it at a more leisurely pace, so I don’t burn out for real. New strips will be up on Patreon whenever I manage to complete them, before the official return in November. And because only Echo Effect is going on hiatus, I’ll continue to post random art here on this blog, for those of you who are fans of my work in general.

If I feel like Echo Effect can return sooner than planned, I’ll let you guys know. At the moment, though, mid-November seems most feasible, so I hope the wait isn’t too unbearable…

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Son of a Beach

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(That’s right, Jay. Give the homicidal corpse another reason to kill you. That’s smart.)

Spencer and Jay—the main characters in a horror comic I’m developing—don’t live near a beach, so the only way this can be canon is if Jay drags him on a road trip.

Speaking of Jay, he’s a type-1 diabetic, so that’s an insulin pump he’s wearing in the picture. It’s based on the one I own, except mine’s silver, haha. I never made it visible before, since I wasn’t sure if I was going to have him manage his diabetes with that or shots. It’s been over a decade since I last did shots myself, though, so, y’know…write what you know, and all that jazz. We can just pretend his pump was in his pocket or something in past artwork!

And yes, Spencer can go out in sunlight, for those of you who were wondering. My vampires are inspired by folklore more than anything else, so his weaknesses are a bit different from what’s common in pop-culture…