The last panel was a lot of fun to draw. One of my favorites so far.
Well, that’s a wrap on the first story arc. I had to take a couple days to reflect on it and go back and reread it. Overall, I’m really happy with the way it came out and I think it’s the best stuff I’ve done. That said there’s always room for improvement and I’ll be taking a more critical look at it soon to help me get better. I’d love to hear what you think so feel free to leave a comment here or anywhere along the way or just drop me an email.
I’m going to be taking some time to finish up some other things and work on some non-comic stuff for a little bit before getting back into it. In the meantime I’ll be doing something here that I think will be a pretty fun experiment, so look for some more info coming soon on what’s next for Sector Four.
Thanks for reading,
Man, it’s been too long since I wrote on here, but things have been really busy. I wanted to give an update as to what’s been going on, though. If you follow my other comic, As the Grass Grows you probably already know that I’ve decided to bring it to an end. It was a tough decision but it was the right decision.
As far as the status of Sector Four, at the time of this writing there are two more pages left in book 1. After that we’ll be going on hiatus while I get caught up on life. There’s a lot of work to be done and decisions to be made about where to go next. I already have an outline for book 2 and some ideas on a shift in format. Here’s what I know… the page a week update schedule doesn’t work. It’s just not a good reading experience and that bears out with the way the traffic to the site has gone. So I have a few ideas to remedy that, I just have to pick a direction and flesh it out a bit more.
Also, I would very much like to offer the first Sector Four story as a book. Reading through it again has convinced me that it’s so much better if you read it straight through and putting together a nice package for it is a high priority of mine. That’s another area that requires some research and decisions to be made so I’ll let you know how that goes as soon as I figure out the best option for it.
Finally, I’ll be spending some time reworking this site and depending on the final outcome of the formatting changes, it could be really interesting. I’m looking forward to having some fun with the redesign.
I’m looking forward to taking a step back and honing in on what should really be the focus of my limited time. Thanks for reading.
On May 4th, I’ll, once again, be at Comix Connection in the West Manchester Mall in York, PA for Free Comic Book Day. The guys at Comix Connection really do a great job with this event so if you’re in the area I strongly urge you to come check it out. They’re also working to support the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and the York Rescue Mission, so they’re giving away an additional free comic for every non-perishable food item you donate. Not to mention the great guests they have for you to come and meet (ahem, yours truly). Check out more details here.
I’ll have copies of Gnonsense on hand for $10 and I’ll be giving out free sketches and postcards. I’d love to see you there.
Because of the lack of new pages lately, I wanted to give an update on the status of things here at Sector Four. As I wrote a while back, my other comic As the Grass Grows is back and going strong (big thanks to everyone who checked it out – if you haven’t yet, now’s a great time). It took me a little more effort than I thought to get that up and running and, as expected, the update schedule of Sector Four has suffered. It was my intention to get back to a (semi)weekly schedule when things calmed down, however that obviously hasn’t happened. I apoligize again for the lack up updates, but as I wrote previously, I’d rather have a sporadic schedule than try to rush the pages just for the sake of posting every week… I just didn’t expect to go this long between posts. Some other things have come up since that have taken big chunks of my time, but I’m working hard to get things back on track and I’m in no way abandoning this comic. I have a blast doing it – it just takes me way longer to do a page of Sector Four than it does an AtGG strip.
So anyway, here’s the plan… I just completed a final rewrite of the rest of chapter 2, which will close out book one. I’ve added two pages to help the pacing so at the time of this writing, there are 9 pages left. When that wraps up, Sector Four will go on hiatus while I finish up some other projects and get a good jump on book two. There will be a collection… I’m still in the early process of figuring out the best approach for that but this is a story that is best read together in one volume so it’s been the plan for a while to collect it into a physical and digital book. It’ll probably be a few months before book two begins being posted online because I’d like to make sure to plan some things out and get a nice jump on production before it gets out there so I don’t get into the situation of letting anyone down that wants to read it page by page online.
I want to, again, thank everyone for the support and patience as I come down the stretch for book one and begin planning out future stories in Sector Four.
As the Grass Grows will actually be returning on Feb 1st (due to some ridiculous germs that have been kicking my butt lately). Hope you’ll check it out.
So it’s been a crazy few months.
I’ve meant to write more blog posts but something always seems to be in the way… not the least of which is working on this story that has been really coming together in my mind. Another thing that has been getting in the way of regular blog posts is my other comic, As the Grass Grows. I’ve been talking since this past summer about the return of AtGG and while characters have been redesigned, scripts have been written, and in general, work has been done to bring it back, I just haven’t been able to give it the focus that it deserves. Which leads me to my ‘big’ announcement…
As the Grass Grows will return on January 16th, 2013!
I can’t tell you how excited I am to bring those characters back. I actually really miss them but I think my renewed enthusiasm is partially because of the new direction I have planned for the strip. New characters, new style, new creation process, and later in the year I have some other plans for the overall setup of my comics online, but that’s for another day. For now I’m just really excited about drawing gnomes and dachshunds again.
So now for the bad news. Well, I guess it’s not necessarily bad news, just… different news. In order to bring back As the Grass Grows, I realize the stress it’s going to put on me to do it the way I want to do it. After taking a step back and examining what I’m doing with Sector Four, I think I lost sight of (or maybe I was never really clear on) the goal here. For this story, there is an end and I’m getting into an area where each individual page will not be able to stand alone. Therefore the ideal way to read it is not necessarily in a serialized form. I’m making a decision not to cram enough ‘story’ into each individual page to make it stand alone when it could be detrimental to the whole. So in that regard, I’m not so much concerned with my update schedule here. I’m admitting up front that the update schedule for Sector Four will be less than weekly, and I’m ok with that. While I’ll give my best attempt to keep it on a weekly schedule, I’m just not willing to compromise the quality of this comic or the potential readership of a more ‘gag’ style strip in As the Grass Grows, so the best way to follow along with Sector Four will be to follow the RSS feed – at least until it’s eventually collected into a book.
I’ll admit, I considered no longer posting new pages after the current chapter is finished, in favor of completing the entire story and releasing it all when it’s done, but ultimately I think that my readership is small enough that those of you who have been following from the beginning would probably rather just keep reading pages as they’re completed, and if not, feel free to read it in chunks later on. After I sat down and read through it again up to this point, I really think it reads better in one sitting so I feel pretty confident in this direction.
As usual, thanks for all the support and I hope you’ll check out As the Grass Grows in January!