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Senior Syndrome

I finally inked the next Suburban Jungle strip last night and posted it for katayamma to color; it should run on Monday. Now that the 16-ton weights have calmed down a little I'm hoping this is the beginning of a good run up to AnthroCon, so the story can finally get somewhere since February.

As I get within view of the finale of the strip-format run, it's getting harder and harder to stick with it. I started my really heavy-duty work on NeverNever in 1997-1998, so it's getting close on to a decade now that comic strips in one form or another have dominated my artistic life ... and as much as I love it, I'm really looking forward to spending some time doing something else for a change.

Thus, every time I put down the blue pencil, it becomes just a little bit harder to pick it up again. I've got Brigid and Greg tickling the back of my brain, I've got an outline for a Michael Macbeth novel that needs writing, I want to expand my comics/illustration repertoire ... and lately I've been itching to study another language (or even just brush up on my Latin) and take up jazz guitar. I can't do all these things all at once, obviously, but I can't seriously work on any of them if I'm spending three or five nights a week exclusively drawing SJ.

On the other hand, I am committed to bringing SJ in for a graceful landing instead of an abrupt stop, which means that I have to keep picking up the pencil for a bit longer, no matter how much I want to goof off instead. So, discipline, Gneech, discipline! If you don't do it right now, it will keep bugging you forever afterwards.

-The Gneech


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Jun. 1st, 2007 04:47 pm (UTC)
I totally hear you, dude.
Jun. 1st, 2007 09:04 pm (UTC)
Look, Gneechy... you can't possibly quit comics completely. You should know by now how frivolous that is. Sooner or later the siren song of the panel and word balloon, the irresistible delight of scribbling the little creatures and cackling "Dance, my helpless puppets, DANCE!!" to yourself, the sweet satisfaction of keeping however many readers you have dangling, dangling.... in anticipation of the deftly turned plot twist you've been savoring for months... You're hooked, Gneechy one, stop fooling yourself. You're not fooling us one bit. ^_^
Jun. 2nd, 2007 01:28 am (UTC)
I never said I'd quit completely! In fact, just the opposite -- NN is going to keep running and I plan to do some work with graveyardgreg and future SJ stuff as well.

But I am going to stop doing the M-W-F comic strip writing+drawing all myself routine. :) That's just murder!

-The Gneech
Jun. 1st, 2007 11:30 pm (UTC)
I understand completely, Gneech. I'm in a similar situation as you, re: comicking, and am having a hard time kick-starting the drawing engine.
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