Slightly Damned is back! Well, not that it really went anywhere in the first place. It was a pretty productive month! I got more Soprano of Time strips done, I designed some charms and t-shirts, and I did manage to squeeze in some time to just relax. I wish I could have gotten more done, but I think that’s a feeling I’ll always have no matter what. Anyway, thanks for your patience!
Even though I could have, I did not stop updating Slightly Damned throughout my whole two years of making comics at the Center for Cartoon Studies. Now I that I’ve graduated and am back at home, I am very tired! May was a particularly busy month. After mulling it over, I’ve decided that it’d be a good idea for me to take a break from making Slightly Damned pages for a month.
So… with The Junk Hyenas Diner is on hiatus until late September, and Slightly Damned on hiatus for June, does that mean I’m gonna sit on my butt this whole time doing nothing? Of course not!
First of all, the Patreon rewards will continue as normal. I’m still going to upload sketches, continue Art Wednesdays, work on more “Ask Slightly Damned” strips, and do bonus wallpapers. As of writing this I’m a little behind because of how hectic May was, and because I’m giving my hand a break after all those fun commissions I did during Phoenix Comic Con last weekend. I depend on my drawing hand for so much, and I don’t want to end up wrecking it before I’m even 30!
Second, there a number of projects I’ve had to put off because I was working so hard trying to maintain Slightly Damned and Junk Hyenas at the same time. But now…:
– I’m going to make a serious effort to finish The Legend of Buwaro: Soprano of Time and put it into a book with other Slightly Damned-related gag comics and illustrations that were used as vote incentives and never seen again.
– The Junk Hyenas Diner: Volume One already exists as a book for my thesis project, but before this fall, I’m going to make it into a book that is available for purchase!
– I will resume my 151 Pokemon challenge. I don’t know when I’ll finally finish it, but I should try to make progress.
– My store has looked barren for quite a while, so I will work on fixing that with a bunch of new products soon!
Originally I was going to do a book pitch this month as well, but I’ve decided I’ve got enough on my plate as it is. I’m going to push that idea back for now, to give myself more time for my current projects, and also so I can stew on its story and characters for a bit longer.
So yeah, I’ve got my work cut out for me. I’m kind of on break this month, except not really! Even so, here are some cool things that I think you guys should check out in the main comic’s absence:
+ Machaeus is making a tabletop RPG inspired by the world of Medius/Slightly Damned, and needs playtesters to help
— Machaeus has been working on this RPG of his for quite some time now, and has even commissioned me on multiple occassions to draw art for it. However, he’s hit a bit of a snag because he needs more volunteers to him him playtest the game. If you feel you’ve got the know-how, please contact him via e-mail at rpgcraftsman [at] gmail [dot] com for more information.
+ Irinore is needs acoustic musicians (and maybe singers?) for the song on this comic page
— Irinore decided to compose music for the Angelic song that Buwaro and Kieri sang together. Here is the draft on their SoundCloud. If you think you can help them complete the acoustic version, please contact them!
+ Check out these awesome Kieri and Kazai cosplayers
— oh my goodness gracious!!!
+ And this Buwaro cosplayer
— He’s one of my favorite people to see at Phoenix Comic Con!
+ My friends and I are still doing Blank Party!
— We, as a group, do occasional Twitch streams, new Let’s Play episodes twice a week (all videos are manually subtitled, so all deaf/Hard of Hearing viewers are welcome to enjoy), and are putting together our first comic anthology.