Ahoy there, That-Comic-Thingers!
Welcome to the new website! This has been in the works for some months now and I'm happy to release it. It should function better with mobile devices, and give me more control over my publishing process. I had some work-arounds with the old website that added more steps that needed to be. So this will make publishing comics better for me.
I hope your holidays have been great. I hope you were safe, and received everything you wanted from the mythical red suited trespasser! I've been doing great. The holidays are always enjoyable and it allows me to be grateful of the people (including you) that are in my life or have interacted with.
I sent out holiday cards to people who gave me their physical address and I must say, it was probably my favorite "comic" I did in recent weeks.
If you didn't get a card, Then you're just going to have to wait until next year. I intend to make these limited edition cards every year. So follow That Comic Thing on Facebook so that you can be ready in 11 months or so to receive another special holiday card. (It's free too! Please note that I don't send unsolicited mail).
Oh and I nearly forgot! I got engaged over the holidays! That's right, I'm engaged to a wonderful woman. I only mention it because I want gift. So.... you know what to do! (Just kidding). I'm really only mentioning it because it is something that I'm very happy about, and I thought maybe you'd like to know. If you don't care, that's fine. Just know that the comic will get better, but will be the same ol' craziness that you've come to expect in That Comic Thing.
What's in store for That Comic Thing in 2014?
Well, I'm glad you asked! I'm not sure exactly what will unfold in 2014, but I am starting to find my style. All the comic people say you don't really find out what kind of comic you have until strip 100. And that seems to be true. I am approaching #100 and that will be a neat milestone. It doesn't mean too much, but it is a big deal for me. I can't tell you how many times I thought I should quit, because of some irrational fear of not being good enough. The truth is, if you're creating art, and it's productive for the most part, then you are "good enough". Some people try to belittle others in an attempt to get them to quit so that they can feel superior. They are what I call, assholes. Don't let the assholes win. In my case, I was the asshole who tried to sabotage myself. I haven't stopped and right now, I'm not going to. The more you do, the better you get, the better you feel, the more you do, and so on. Moral of the story is, Don't Quit. If you enjoy it, stick with it, and you'll be rewarded with the sense of accomplishment.
This year may be the year I start to sell some prints and things. I'm not sure if anyone would want a print of a comic, or a specific "poster", but it could be something people might want. Do you want a print of some kind? Let me know in the comments. I'm curious to the amount of interest out there.
A book might come to fruition, who knows. Although I love to collect physical books from creators, I'm realizing it's kinda pricey. Perhaps I'll start with digital copies. Again, if you have an opinion, let me know.
Have a wonderful start to the new year!