Much like me, Hem has trouble telling people to “Fuck off.” It is a little interesting that in this near-future world of Carbon, people still read print books. I do not necessarily think that is very likely to be the case, but I went with it anyway.
When it came to producing comics, I used to think of myself as rather prolific, producing a number of new comics every year and working on multiple projects at the same time. I would hit up five or six cons & shows every year, selling books then having to make more Xeroxed copies for the next show, which always seemed just right around the corner. But it was all very doable, because, quite simply, I had the time to do it and I really enjoyed doing it. I still do enjoy making comics and still work on them every single day. I just don’t have as much time to devote to them. Priorities change. Of course they do. I work on my comics after the kids go to bed, even though I’m exhausted from the day, even though I want nothing more than to crash on the couch and watch some mind-numbing tv. So, I would no longer refer to myself as prolific as far as producing comics goes, and I’m slowly accepting that truth, even if it hurts a little.
Seeing that I don’t have as much time to devote to making comics, I am making damn sure that the comics I do make are the best they can be. I am taking this comics-making more seriously, in a way, because I know producing one book may take five or six years. And I’m okay with that (sort of). I don’t really know what the point of writing this is. Making comics is not easy. It takes a lot of time. A hell of a lot of time. But I cannot think of anything else I’d rather be spending my time doing. And I mean that.
I will be running Carbon here as a webcomic, free to be enjoyed by all. I have already posted a number of pages from Book 1 and will continue to do so until Carbon is finished (or until I realize this is a bad idea, whichever comes first). A couple pages a week for now. Also, I have added a few notes about each page to enhance the whole experience. Ooooh, commentary.
I still do have a good amount of Carbon #1 books for sale, so if you don’t want to wait to read more here, just buy one and read it, okay?
At long last, I have a new book out! The first in a series of five graphic novels, CARBON – Book 1 introduces a cast of citizens living in the city-state of Carbon, which has, for years, been a welcome place for “Seers” (those with psychic abilities) to come and work and raise families and live normal lives. But now that has changed, thanks to a newly-elected governor who seeks to rid Carbon of “Seers” once and for all.
Squarebound – 74 pages – 6.625 X 10.25
Color cover with b & w interiors
$8 plus shipping
I will be attending CAKE once again this year in Chicago. A fine show, by all measures. I will be debuting CARBON – Book 1 there. That is quite exciting. If you are around, do stop by. The details can be found here: http://www.cakechicago.com/
Okay, so, if you’ve been paying attention, you have obviously noticed that I am not running Carbon in those weekly updates anymore. Thank you for noticing. The reason is this: I felt that Carbon, the story that it is and is going to be, does not lend itself very well to the one-page-per-week situation. It is to be read in large chunks, since it is a slow-developing story. And, although it was fun do dabble in doing full-color comics, I have decided to ditch that idea and just go with black & white…at least for now. So, the new plan is to release Carbon as a couple of volumes, both in print and in e-book form. So, I haven’t quit making Carbon. I’m still at it and loving it. I just won’t be running it online. That’s all for now.