A while back, some fellow webcomic
artists were discussing the most tiresome cliches of the
medium. Near the top of the list was lengthy newsposts
begging forgiveness for delays. I've broken this rule
more times than I care to recall, so I'll do my best to
keep this short.
These outages happen with me from time to time. They've
happened on various occasions before, and it's likely
they'll happen again at some point. They're unscheduled,
obviously. They also don't have a definite end point. My
shoutbox posts promising that I'm trying to get a comic
up soon aren't intended as stalling and false promises,
although I can understand how they might be seen as
such. At any particular point during these hiatuses, I'm
still hoping I can get a comic up by the end of the
week. This is also why I'll sometimes seem to
disappear... because if I don't have anything new to
promise, I won't feel like showing my face... and, of
course, I'll always have an update planned for "very
soon", so hopefully in a few days it won't matter...
This all doubtless seems a bit weird without me having
offered an actual explanation for these
outages. Unfortunately, there is a limit to what aspects
of my personal life I'm comfortable sharing on a public
website. It's also true that once I'm in a hiatus, I
sometimes need a kick up the arse to get going again,
but that's a bit of a separate issue.
So anyway, this comic isn't great by any means (my first
ones following a delay seldom are), but I'm glad just to
have got it out of my system. The original plan was for
Ess to be chasing Gatamache through a crowded street...
It was hideously complicated and was certainly not the
most inviting comic to make. The simplified version here
is a bit less satisfying, but at least I managed to
reference one of my favourite childhood books in the
title. Also... yes, that is the same man being attacked
that we saw in an earlier comic. That part, at least,
isn't just down to laziness.
Next time: a reasonably astonishing sight.