Okay so it’s been awhile, so here we go….
So sitting here with my planner, laptop, and moleskine and auditing the hell out of time I don’t even have in hand yet. Yes, the futility of humanity is in all the planning. Unbelievable.
But you gotta do it. Well at least i have to.
So a major life change happened recently that just irked the flow of it all: I lost my job. Well, I was laid off, so to speak. It sucks, no matter how you want to look at it, but at the same time, it couldn’t have happened at a better time. Things are changing, getting tedious, yadda, yadda, yadda, and ultimately I was getting bored. Plain and simple. So when the hammer fell, I was kind of relieved. Hell, even happy! I mean between that and the severance, I thought “Well shit” and shake hands and got the fuck out.
So now I have something I thought I would never have. TIME. I thought it was a commodity I could never have again. Now? I have record store brain right now.
Explanation: Record Store Brain is what I USED to call when I USED to go to the Record Store that USED to be around. Remember that? And so many times, almost every time, every time I came into a place, I would suddenly BLANK OUT, I couldn’t remember what the hell I wanted, or even to a degree, WHAT I LIKED. I just walked around like an ass, flipping through things until I see something I could listen to.
Suddenly I have some time, 3-4 months to sort of explore shit before I have to head back into the work force, and now I have to figure WHAT THAT IS. I mean obviously it’s comics, it has to be, I love comics, I love making comics, and I KNOW comics. I’m no master, but I am int this fucker, elbow deep, that’s for sure. So I want to pursue it, but then is it only about making it? Even now, I mean, I sell comics, my comics, it’s out there, but I feel like if you don’t carpet bomb the internet with ads and articles and interviews and reviews and yadda yadda yadda, you are just not going to make a living. I don’t think so. I’m trying to figure it in way in my head, and just the numbers need to hit a level that’s pretty insane. But not impossible.
So I have some plans, some projects to move forward on:
COMICS: Of course, now I have a full schedule that I’m working out, mostly the idea of finishing different series I wanted to finish. TOMMY issue 3 is currently in the works, penciling and inking pages and then finishing the book for the end of this month. After that, I’m returning to ZOMBIE YEARS with issue 10, ending the longer story arc of the last four issues, while opening the next arc for issue 11. Then after that, I will finally dive into FUGLY, a long-standing comic I’ve wanted to do for a while now. That will be a departure from other comics I have done, so I’m pretty excited. I’m also planning to finish my 24 Hour Comic “NEENJAZ” I was working on back in October and possibly digitally distribute it for FCBD in May. I also have covers to do for CREATURE ENTERTAINMENT for books like RAVENOUS, THE GUN, and maybe another comics project we’re adopting.
WRITING: Then I have to finish the script for issue 2 of REZ, and the rest of the arc. I have several project coming to fruition with the possibility of funding to get them done. Also a small novel I’ve been working could be ready to come out and several possible movie projects I want to do.
PRODUCTION: Creature is garnering some good hype, and so we’re looking at picking up several properties and artist for the company. I’m overseeing a lot of these and I think it’s a fund sandbox to play in to collaborate on something creative like this. Nothing has been concrete yet, and that’s the dance you have to do in all this, but at the very least the energy involved and the relationship being made, seem real.
DESIGN: I have various T-shirt design and concepts I want to get going, and luckily have partnered with some interesting folks on them. Hope to have the going soon.
THE BLOG: I need to put new artwork up for the blog. I have plenty but so much of it needs to be scanned. That is slow going so I might get it going again in March or so. The one thing I’m working on as a new start is a PODCAST. Yeah, I did one a while back, so now I’m thinking of coming back to it, but now I’m just wondering what format I could make it. That one I’m kind of aaargh about, just because I want to figure HOW I can make it work but let me see.
So yeah, as you can see, Time as a real estate will be everything. I’m excited, but also scared out of my mind. The phrase “DON’T FUCK THIS UP!” keeps going through my head.
It doesn’t get better than this.