At long last.
Actually, it was done at about 1 AM last night, but my brain still hasn’t wrapped around it.
I speak, of course, of the “Monsters Under The Bed” story arc of my comic “Irrational Fears” which spanned approximately six months of my life–waaaay longer than I had planned to devote to any one story. I dunno. I feel sort’ve drained now–working on this thing has been part of my life for so long that I can’t comprehend the fact it’s done, and I can move on to other fears and other comics. It was a hard story to keep up with, mostly because I think I knew what was going to happen for too long, and so the enthusiasm got blunted. But in the end, I’m proud of it. I still don’t know where the balance should be struck between knowing what should happen (and thus being able to plan ahead–given the nature of webcomics, I have to keep leaving myself loose ends. If a gun’s gonna get fired on page thirty, I need to plant it in the desk on page two, after all–once a page has flown into the public view, there isn’t really a mechanism for saying “Whoops! I needed to do something else!”) and not knowing what happens so that I’m still excited to find out. This story went on so long, and I knew by the end of the first month what would happen, so I lost some of that hectic enthusiasm, which I think was detrimental to the speed of getting them out, if not the overall quality.
On t’other hand, I’m just one lowly piranha trying to skeletonize a cow all by myself, so given my workload, it’s not like I could turn them out that much faster and still have time for personal art.
Annnnnyway. Now that this story’s done, I had planned to get some Gothbats done and figure out what Bob and Squeak do with their severed dinosaur brain–so of course, as I was trying to sleep last night, half of a story best titled “Chupacabra In Wonderland” started oozing through my brain, probably because I saw this 80’s live-action version of Alice in Wonderland when I was ten and it scared the snot outta me. Chu vs. the Jabberwock might be kinda fun…but no! I have vowed to at least get that brain in a jar before I start on more Irrational Fears! And anyway, I wanted to do some chupacabra merchandise–people keep asking me for posters and for that “I Heart Goats” shirt, although I still maintain that people are gonna look at you seriously weird if you’re wandering around wearing that. Maybe with a little Chu logo…
So many ideas…so little time.