Poor Gwen, in over her head. A tool of her grandmother’s scheming. Do you think Gwen will be able to figure it all out?
Lex-Cat was so wonderful to remind me that it has been far too long without any news or status report.
Before I get into that business, I just want to say a great thank you to everyone who has been voting for Velharthis on Top Web Comics. You guys can’t see it, but I get several visits a day through that site and it’s a very helpful and free way to promote the comic. But it doesn’t work without the votes, and I just am honoured that people think enough of Velharthis to regularly vote for it to help its visibility on that list. So thank you, whomever you are.
And also thank you to people who click on the ads. I hope they are not too obtrusive. Ads help cover the hosting, and clicking on Project Wonderful ads help me build revenue to reinvest in advertising Velharthis (though I have a rule about not running ad campaigns for Velharthis when the webcomic is not updating).
When you click on ads, when you vote on Top Web Comics, you are helping create Velharthis. Thank you!
Back to the update status of Velharthis: my allergies have been winding down, so I can work more, but I try to take it easy and not work too hard on the comic all of the time. This prevents me from getting burnout. So sometimes you’ll see me posting other art I work on. Keeping a rotation of things to move around on just really helps me, so I hope you’ll forgive me if you see that and trust me.
Chapter ten of Velharthis is actually progressing well. I’ve only got two more pages to finish sketching (and they are almost fully sketched anyway) and everything else is at the inking stage. Three whole pages are actually fully inked and ready for scanning and toning. I still don’t want to commit to a hard restart date yet, but it will be coming soon, as the harder parts (writing and sketching) are complete.
One more thing: Erstwhile Tales, a Grimm fairy tale anthology that I worked on with Gina Biggs and Elle Skinner, is running it’s final Kickstarter for our third and final volume. You all have done so much to help me and Velharthis, so I’m hoping that, if you can, back us and support this work with any amount you have. You can also support us by telling your network about our Kickstarter and spreading the good word. Also, please know that this Kickstarter has in no way taken away from my time to work on Velharthis.
Before I go (for now), here’s a photo of Velharthis chapter ten in-progress (plus cat, attracted by the sight of paper on the ground):
I thought I was doing these status reports every week, but it’s turning into every two weeks.
Anyhoo, I’ve got most of chapter 10 sketched. I should be able to start inking next week, which is great. Once I start inking, I’ll be able to have a date in mind of when chapter 10 will be start posting. Right now, I’m guessing mid-September but I don’t want to put anything in stone yet and get people’s hopes up.
It’s been about two weeks since I posted anything. The update is that I haven’t been able to accomplish much in that time because I’ve been ill (allergies and other issues). Therefore, I’ve had to stop work on comics to deal with that crap. These aren’t so much excuses as explanations. The summer months are usually my slowest times in terms of comic production, anyway, but it’s still been a bummer.
In the meantime, here’s a snapshot of my sketches and planning stuff:
I have roughed out chapter ten and am now on the sketching phase, which of course is not where I wanted to be today (I wanted to have the chapter completed by now). But I thought I’d update everyone on how things are going and to let you know I’m still alive.
The thing that slowed me down the most this week was allergies. They got really bad suddenly for the first time a long time and I wasn’t sure what the cause was. Today I think I MAY have figured it out (dirty air filter), and I really hope I have because my allergies are just awful when I get them and even the non-drowsy medication makes me sleepy.
I realized today that signup for TCAF (Toronto Comic Arts Festival) 2017 opened up. I would very much like to complete Book One of Velharthis by the end of 2016 and get it printed up all nice in 2017 and TCAF would be a great place to launch that in some way. So I’ll try. I did get a table in 2015 and had a super time, but didn’t have any Velharthis stuff that year (and also came down with norovirus right before the show lol). I’m not sure what other shows I will do in 2017. I did miss doing something this year (2016 was the first year I did no conventions since 2007).
Today’s page marks the completion of chapter nine. There will be no new page on Friday this week, nor any new pages next week. The plan was to have new pages starting August 1st, but looking at my schedule I’m not entirely sure I’ll have anything ready by then. However, I’ll keep the website updated with the latest news on that front.
And just a kindly reminder that complaining about the lack of updates won’t actually get you pages any sooner. While a schedule is great, and missing update days is disappointing, this comic is free to read. I also must put my mental and physical health before any other concerns, which is what I’ve been trying to do lately. I mean, if I went and died, you’d never know what happened in the comic, would you?
That being said, I do recognize and appreciate that the vast majority of my readers (I’m not sure how many readers I do have but I know there are a few of you) understand all of this already.