News, new year's resolutions...

So! I guess I've failed in my attempt to blog more this year. But! I've been working on a few new projects! First of all, Shadow Play is finally complete and uploaded in its entirety here. It was a great joy to experiment and play with this strange little comic novella, though posting a single page a day was far too slow a pace for a story like this. In any case, it was a fun side project that opened up new artistic avenues for me, which is as much as I can expect from anything.

I've spent the last few months trying something new in my creative pursuits--I've been switching my focus back and forth between two very different projects, keeping things interesting and not letting myself getting stuck on either one for too long.

First, I've begun work on yet another imaginative graphic novel for kids--it's called The Cardboard Kingdom, and I'm working on a second draft of the first chapters to send out to publishers. I'm excited by it and by the new skills I've learned in working on it, though I've been dreading the prospect of actually trying to sell it, as that's such an uncertain, nerve-wracking process.

So, to alleviate the high-stakes intensity of pitching to mainstream publishers, my secondary project of the last few months has been an irreverent, bawdy new webcomic called Manta-Man! I've resurrected the snarky, raunchy sense of humor that dominated my comics throughout my college years and let it run rampant. It's been a nice change of pace, since all my recent work has been so consistently earnest and such. I've already completed a number of strips, though will hold off on launching the new comic until early in January of 2011--I'm still refining the first few storylines and polishing the new website for it.

Needless to say, it's been a busy year. But I'm excited to finally get both these new projects out into the world soon, even if I'll have to wait until 2011 to do so!