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37. Suicidal Quest Targets - Wednesday, October 12th, 2005
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I'm quite upset with the comic I'm trying to put up. As I mentioned before I tried to do some things like put armor on the characters -- which was a big mistake since I'm trying to get it done faster, and that makes it even harder. But rather than just completely redo the comic I decided that I would finish what I had, which was more than half done, and go with that.

Well, it turns out I had the lines so bad my new inking technique didn't work on it. And inking it on the computer would take entirely too long. So I'm planning on doing a sloppy ink job (which I just can't stay up any later to do) and put it up as that, and then get on with the story.

While I don't want to give up on this comic, I'm having a hard enough time finding a few hours a day to update Trivium. I have no idea how I'm going to get this comic done, too. I haven't even found time to do the math that I wanted to do and see how many hours a week it would take me to finish this comic.

The good news is that while I was in Utah (you remember that trip? I don't even remember what month that was in) I got some basic sketches of the next few comics done. So I can update the next few comics easier. I just need to find time to do so.

In other words, I may mark this comic as "incomplete", even though I don't want to, but I won't do it at least for another ... um... three comic posts, as those won't be very hard.

In other news, is Ian McConville himself visiting this comic, or is some nut just spamming me with referrals from http://machall.com/mog/? The IPs don't vary much, and the lack of www is telltale. Letsee... they're using my old link to the comic (stickman.mach5.org) so they've been watching it for a while, they read Trivium a couple times a week, and they need to upgrade their Firefox. And I need to get to bed.

Those who pay attention to both my comics know that I put the Paypal buttons up a while ago and I'm planning on putting up some minor donation incentives for the Trivium comic. I don't plan on doing the same for this comic because I know I would never be able to complete any promises I made based on donations. The only way I could is if I made so much money I could quit my job and have eight hours a day to draw poor quality art. Because it takes eight or more hours for me to get a fully drawn, inked, and colored Morrowind Comic created. I get ~2000 unique visitors a month on both my comics. If all of them donated one dollar a month, I could quit my job and comic full time. But that won't happen, because ... well, it won't. It's a statistics thing. ~10,000 readers isn't even enough to live off a webcomic. Especially not one that's based off copyrighted works.

Enough ramble. Right now, things aren't looking happy for my comics. I just don't want to admit it. So I'll live on in denial and hope things get better.

Stickman - Saturday, December 10th, 2005 - 04:04am

Extended Reprieve

Let me just first say I plan to continue updating this comic when I can.

But to be perfectly honest, I don't believe I have the time and ability to finish this comic before Oblivion comes out, even with the extended release date.

To be painfully honest, this comic is downright embarassing to me. I used it as a way of learning how to make comics, and I made a large number of mistakes in the planning, design, execution, art, story, and everything else.

Even so, I don't want to just abandon it. It doesn't feel right to just drop it on the floor, and a number of you are apparently rather fond of it. (For those of you that aren't, I can understand where you're coming from. ;)

I can't promise I'll update more often, nor that I'll finish the comic before Oblivion comes out, or that I'll even finish it at all, but I do plan on continuing to whatever end comes.

As for the short term, I screwed up on the next comic. I thought, "Wouldn't it be nice to draw everyone in armor and stuff?" Well, yeah, it would, but it would be a daunting task, and I need quick and simple. If I am going to use armor, I need to simplify it. Which I didn't.

I expect the next comic will be messy or sketchy or icky or some such as I try and salvage what's left of it and fail at the new inking technique I wanted to use. And since I'm working two jobs now, and trying to update Trivium daily, I dunno when I'll have time.

Stickman - Monday, November 7th, 2005 - 11:19pm


I've concluded that this method of inking takes entirely too long. I'm going to experiment with some other methods that are probably a bit messier, but will let me create a comic in less than half a dozen plus hours.

In other news, I'm going out of state to pick up a car this weekend. It's a two door Nissan. It has the left two doors. Ha ha, I kill myself!

Stickman - Wednesday, October 12th, 2005 - 05:45pm

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