In case you’re wondering why I’m not posting much, my father died of a heart attack recently and things are not going well. I don’t really feel like going into it further than that.
My shoulder still hurts. It’s been almost two years now and I’ve lost hope things will ever improve. I’m also dealing with an opportunistic infection right now, due to a weakened immune system, apparently from being depressed / stressed out.
One stress factor actually being my Patreon… More and more I feel like keeping it going is unethical in a way, because I know I won’t be able to ever finish this comic with the way my health is going.
Patreon is probably always going to be my main thing, but the issue with the fee structure changes, which they didn’t go through with mind, may have soured some people on it. And then of course there’s people who want to make one-off donations every now and then. Plus it’s always a good idea to not put all your eggs in one basket.
So for the one-off donations there’s now my Ko-Fi.
And for a Patreon alternative there’s now my Liberapay.
Liberapay is interesting because it’s a nonprofit so they don’t charge additional fees. It’s different from Patreon in that you have a wallet there that you charge and then slowly use up, that is how they reduce transaction fees. Also, no rewards or anything there, which is fine by me since I don’t do rewards right now. If I ever offer real rewards on Patreon, I would keep them behind the paywall only for a limited time anyway.
At the pace I’m currently producing comics I will literally be dead before I finish AHS, not to mention other comics I want to make. That’s why I really have to find ways to draw more efficiently. I planned to hire someone to help me with inking / coloring, but the Patreon revenue would have to be a lot more for something like that to be feasible and that is not happening with my slow update schedule.
I look at a lot of webcomics to get ideas and I noticed that my eyes kinda slide off of some sketchy comics or comics that are purely lineart. So I’ll be experimenting a bit with the art in the next few pages to avoid this issue while still being faster. There’s still some hope my health situation improves with physical therapy etc. but I’m not betting on it at this point.
Anyway, just wanted to let everyone know what’s happening.
It’s been around five months since I injured my shoulder. At first I stubbornly kept drawing through the pain, but soon decided to put the comic on hold in order to rest and let the injury heal. However, after all this time it still hasn’t gotten better. I guess it’s safe to assume this will not go away on it’s own, and might even require surgery. Sadly, x-rays didn’t show anything, so the next step will probably be an MRI the coming weeks.
Anyway, I can’t just not draw. Doing nothing has wrecked me even more mentally and physically. I gained a few pounds, my place is a mess and I’m crying a lot. If rest is not helping me recover, I might as well draw.
I think the dream of doing the comic in color is well and truly dead now. Even the newest b/w page made my shoulder feel like a sea of fire. I’m not sure how far I can scale back the detail without readers hating it. But maybe I can find a more efficient way of doing things that won’t look half bad. I’ll still do some colored pieces every now and then, like the one at the bottom of this post.
That’s it for now. I will update the comic when I can, just don’t expect too much of me.