Sunday, 8 February 2015

"Kid, Comics Will Break Your Heart"

I'm taking a break from comics.

I haven't been able to write in months, and life is beginning to make other plans for me.

To be an indie comic creator one needs to have many skills to succeed - not just a creator, but a salesperson, a social networker, a tech savy person, a pre-press specialist...

There are only so many hours in the day, and I'm only one person - something has to give.

I've been incredibly fortunate to collaborate with fantastic people, but I just feel I'm not bringing enough to the table.

Time is a factor - it seems to be taking me longer and longer to get issues finished. I feel like even if I do come up with an interesting idea, the lag soon makes it seem old, stale. The various artists I've been working with are either finding themselves too busy to fit in the MPS work, or life is getting in their way too.

Finances also play a part.

It costs a lot to make comics, and they make very little - it seems even the successful indie ones.

Also, the climate in the comic industry often leaves me feeling sad and angry.

So where does that leave the current projects I have in states of unfinished?

Hero Code - all art work is finished on issues 3 and 4. Three will hopefully be colored this month. Five will finish the arc.

Hero Code Theatre of War - art on issues 1 and 2 are complete. Issue 3 is about half way done. All issues need to be colored.

Department O - issue 3's script is ready to go.

I will try to get work done as and when I can afford it and the team's can fit it in.

I will finish them off, it's just a matter of time.

It's time for me to focus my energies elsewhere - time has always been an issue for me - I have work and family commitments that take priority.

Making comics was a great hobby, but my day job is really what I want to do, and it's time to make more of an effort in that area - ultimately, it's what I'm good at.

1 comment:

Javier Hernandez said...

Jamie,

Well... I'm a bit sorry to read this. Of course, the important thing is that you're making the decision and you're prioritizing, so no one can blame you for that.

I definitely hope you can level things off in the future where you can manage the comics work, too.

And hopefully we still see you around the social networks!

Javier