Sometimes a comic will reach a point in which it practically writes itself. Other times, it’s a struggle to figure out what happens next. And still other times, a story gets so far off track from the original vision that it really ceases to be that story altogether. That’s what happened to Callindra. Her story got away from me and I wound up writing something I wasn’t really enjoying writing.
So instead of slogging through a story I don’t like, and an art style that isn’t fun to draw, I’m shelving Fair Weather Monk for a while. I’ll be working on a revised version during the hiatus, and I plan on having new pages by January 2015.
I’ve done this reboot thing before with Threads (lots of times), and I’m aware that it’s all a part of my (weird) process of writing. What I’ve learned only recently is that I don’t have to publish every attempt at a comic series. I can work on stuff privately first. So with that in mind, I’ve made a few new rules for myself to hopefully streamline my creative process so that I’m not constantly rebooting my comics when they start veering too far off course.
As guidelines go, these are pretty “duh” comics 101 morsels of advice that I ignored for years and years and years. Well no more! Time to start heeding these morsels of advice because I’ve learned (finally) that they fucking work.
Like many of my Threads characters, Callindra has been floating around in my head for well over a decade. I want to tell her story, but I want to make sure I tell it the way I envision it. Yeah, there will be some differences between how I see it in my head and how it ultimately appears on the page, but if the script and thumbnails are solid first, those differences should only enhance the story.
I apologize to everyone who was really enjoying Fair Weather Monk, and I do promise that you’ll be seeing these characters again. But only after I have a solid script and thumbnails done first.
My work ethic is still really shitty. I feel like I’ve dropped the ball on so many projects so many times. Unfinished comic pages, one-year wait times on commissions, forgotten donation gifts, etc.
There are only so many times you’re allowed to fuck something up before people stop giving you the opportunity to do so in the future. So try not to fuck up.