A few months ago I talked about how I was in a mental hospital for a while and that right after I got out there was a fire in the House I lived in.
Now, I’m still dealing with the insurance to be able to replace my stuff, but some nice readers stepped up and donated money. Thanks to this, I was able to get the essentials already, like a new bed and some clothes. Otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to afford anything, because right before all this happened, I spent all of my savings to purchase a Dell Canvas pen display. I didn’t even get to really use it yet with all that’s been going on. Luckily it did survive the fire, because it has no vents for cooling or anything, so none of that corrosive smoke was able to get into it. Good thing I didn’t get that Wacom with it’s vents and cooling fan eh?
A lot of you sent me nice messages, donations, and someone sent me some of his old computer parts to get me back up and running. Some people also offered to help with the comic in a collaborative manner.
I haven’t responded to almost any of you and I’m sorry.
I guess you guys can tell by now that I got some mental problems. Dealing with other people in any way is difficult for me. For example: I spent more than two months drafting up just the one letter to the insurance company, most of that time I was sitting there panicking about nothing. Ideally I’d just live in the woods all by myself somewhere, because I’m really starting to realize that I’m not made for living in a society… but that’s not very realistic. So, when I don’t respond to your messages, this is why. It’s not that I haven’t read them, it’s that communicating with people is just super stressful for me.
Anyway, I’ll probably be able to move into my apartment again in a few weeks, there’s still some gaping holes there from the removal of burnt pipes and insulation that need to be filled in, but other than that it’s just about moving stuff back in and refurnishing.
After that I’ll be able to tell you what I have in mind for continuing AHS.
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.