I'm sure some of you have noticed a lack of updates over the past week. I cut myself a little slack after I drove from D.C. to Maine and took a few days off, what with the holidays and all, but the more I thought about it the more I came to the conclusion that it might be time to move on from Digital Adhesive, at least for awhile.
See, I started DA back when I had no idea what I was doing as either a comic writer or comic artist. Now I have an inkling. DA has served as a learning tool from the ground up, and you can see changes in the way it's been drawn and structured from strip to strip - some for the better (gradual improvement in anatomy, better use of colors and inks), and some for the worse (canned black and white backgrounds). Fortunately I've ditched what didn't work and tried to stick with what did. I think the graph curves nicely overall.
The artist friends I've made on Something Awful, and especially through the #Dancecommander SynIRC channel have been instrumental in pretty much any progress I've made, and I'm eternally grateful to them all.
But this is also a good news post! The main reason I'm hanging up DA is I think I'm ready for something a little more challenging. I've spent the past week working on some concept art for a new strip I'm working on which will be a challenge in many respects. First off, I'm going to take a crack at the black and white medium. I used to think that B&W was easier than color. It's not. There's a whole new skill set to learn!
Secondly, the strip is going to be a medieval fantasy story. I've never drawn castles, armor, horses, or knights swinging swords at each other, so this will be a total lean-as-you-go experience. I have some plot ideas that I'm happy with, and I'm looking forward to the freedom that such a story will allow me. Unlike DA, I won't be constrained by "reality" as a setting.
I hope you've enjoyed the misadventures of Monet, Tegan, Richter, et al., and someday they may return. To be frank, Digital Adhesive was a pretty lousy strip all things considered, but I'll always love it because it was how I learned; how I got to where I am now. And that said, I'm only just beginning - I'm still a pretty mediocre artist at best, but the difference is now I *KNOW* that I can make a comic strip, whereas before I had my doubts.
I hope you're all enjoying the holiday season as much as I am, and I hope you enjoy my new strip when it releases, most likely in the middle of January.