Let me start by apologizing for the delay we’ve been experiencing when it comes to updating the comic. I’m also sorry about the lack of keeping you all informed on what we’ve been doing these last few weeks.
A month ago I started a new job and even though I work more consistent hours than before (at the restaurant) and receive a much better compensation this new job does take up larger portions of my time. I posted awhile back explaining in more detail about my new situation, which ultimately has had us alter our publishing schedule. But, some of you may have noticed that we’ve missed publishing two comics during the past month.
I definitely stand by our new schedule and in the weeks to come we hope to become more comfortable with our new publishing timeframe and actually start putting out more content. One situation we’re experiencing is that we have comics in in various stages of productions but that don’t coincide with our timeline. We have one comic getting colors, one comic getting inks and one I’m starting pencils on. The problem stems from the situation that the comic getting colored publishes third; the comic getting inks publishes first and comic publishing second I just started the pencils on. So, our very first task is to get our comic publishing ironed and in order before we start rolling out new comics.
The second situation we’ve run into, that’s holding up Side Quest Comic production, is I’m actually working on a secret project. Not to be vague and I will be able to talk about this very soon but I am pulling double duty on comics right now. And because I’m contracted out on this job it has take precedence over my other comic work.
But, do not fret we’re coming up with ideas everyday on how to streamline our production, finish side projects and develop new material for the site. The one aspect that has actually gotten better is idea generation. I sketched and developed more comic ideas in the past month than I have all year. Sorry, again, for all the delays and we have some good stuff coming soon.
Hey, you guys! So we are finally back from our adventures in the great comic north. Like always, we had a great time catching up with all of our friends up there, while also enjoying meeting all kinds of new people. One thing we always love when going up the C4 con, is that we always come back with so many stories to tell. This year is no different, but I was glad we had the extra time so that I could figure out just how to tell them. So here is what I came up with, we had too many events to try to put them all in one blog. So today I am going to leave you with one, and through out the week I will put more up on Facebook. Hopefully, that way you won’t forget about us as your week goes on.
So we had one night this year that I feel will always last in our memories. While I missed last years con, Jarv and his wife, Dana, went and made some great connections, which really got us locked in to the inner circle of the Con. So this year when we went, we were given the golden ticket – we got access to the hospitality suite. Each day after the con the big names get to go the hospitality suite for food, drinks, and to just hang out. Well when we went in, it was like nothing I had expected. For a group of nerds, comic creators and followers can really party. So much so,that the hotel even asked that they close down the hospitality suite because it was way too loud. But this is when things got crazy. As all real parties do, they had a back up plan to keep the rager going. Everyone left the main hotel and went off to the condos, where more of our friends had their rooms. That is where we entered the condos, where we later names the Death Star, and the night went off the rails. I never expected to see a full on kegger happening after a con. But ladies and gentlemen it was going down right in front of us, and we loved it. So just a few of the highlights from the night were, that there were 3- count them 3- keg runs made. It was nerd paradise, with Cards Against Humanity in one room, “COPS” on tv, drunk people passed out, people getting Sharpie-d, a straight up cake fight went down, finishing the night yelling lyrics to old-school rap songs.
Now, I hope all of you can understand the seedy underbelly of the comic world. You all thought we just came up with dick and fart jokes. I am telling you all right now, we don’t just come up with them, we live them. So lets get you to this weeks installment. Sorry it took longer to get to you guys, but hell we had to recoup. So enjoy and till next week…
As we gear up to post this week’s comic I want to take a minute and explain a new change that will be taking place. At least for the near future the comic will be on a biweekly schedule. We’ve been working hard to keep a weekly production schedule over the past 10 weeks and even with our best efforts we’ve still missed of few Mondays. Once I finally looked at the numbers the doom and gloom of switching to a biweekly comic faded away. This new schedule will actually help the comic be more consistent so, instead of 3-4 weeks of steady comics with a 2-3 week break after. Now, the comic production will be spread out allowing for plenty of time to get our comics finished. Also, with our new One-Shots we should be even more equipped to produce comics on a regular biweekly schedule or even post an extra comic from time to time.
The main reason for this change is because I have recently started a new job. And even though this major change in my life is for the better my schedule looks a lot deferent now. My time to solely work on the comic has been cut down and I’m spending my time trying to figure new ways and times to work on comics while adapting to this new life style.
Another big reason for this biweekly change is that after this year’s Cherry Capital Comic Con (C4) Paulie and I left the show inspired and driven to put together, finally, a collection of our work. And in order to put the extra time into compiling, updating and creating a book something’s have to slow down a bit. Any additional time created by this new biweekly schedule we’ll put into creating our very first collection of comics.
I hope everyone understands a little bit more about this decision and understands that it wasn’t made lightly. I stated in the beginning of this post that this change is only for the near future and as I get use to my new job and projects come to a close you’ll be the first to know when we get back to our weekly schedule.
Hey, you guys! As you all heard, I was in Oregon recently, and let me tell you, it is not as easy of a trip as I remember. First of all, never go out there if you are a wealthy family, every one comes down with typhoid. I also had problems with my gun and missed half of the deer I was hunting and My family almost starved to death. Then finally the toll bridge was closed so I had to raft the river, and it gets much harder the older you get. But, all joking aside it was a good trip and I was really happy to see family I have not seen for way too long.
Talking about family we haven’t seen in a while brings me to the fact that it is Convention time again. That’s right! We will be up in Traverse City this weekend for C4 (Cherry Capital Comic Con). This was the first convention we ever did, so we always look forward to getting back to it. We love to meet all of the fans up there, but also we get to meet back up with a lot of the other creators. We see each other throughout the year at other cons sometimes, but C4 is always are favorite con to see all of our creative friends.
We need to get you to this week’s comic because we have made you wait way too long for it. Plus, we need to get to packing, you would not believe how hard it is to put 10 cases of beer, our Nintendo 64 collection, and all of our comic stuff into a Ford Fiesta. But, if you find yourself with some free time this weekend come out and see us. If not, until next week…
As you can see, Paulie is out of town still, so I’ll be helming the blog once again. He’s out in Oregon and he gave me his word that he won’t die of dysentery. Don’t worry, he’ll be back soon. Last week we launched another comic line that gives us a new way to produce comics and all of the readers a great alternate way to read Side Quest Comic. I was a little worried that subject matter would be a little stale because Bravely Default has been out for a while now. I figured all the buzz was worn off and not that many people would be into the comic. But, the comic wasn’t actually about Bravely Default or Street Passes, those were just the vehicle to comment and how people act on the internet. Even still, I was a bit worried that there would be no anchor to ground people to what we were trying to say. Then, the racist owner of the Los Angeles Clippers opened his mouth and a flood of 1st Amendment experts (sarcastic) came flooding to the internet. Huzzah! Our anchor.
If you haven’t read last weeks comic here it is. To paraphrase Jarv’s last lines he say, “I want to bitch and no logic will work…You’ve been on the internet.” And that’s exactly what happened during the week where people would ask “Where has Freedom of Speech gone?” Well, it hasn’t gone anywhere. People just don’t know what they’re talking about. For most of you, you don’t need to read the next few sentences but if you do, here you go. The 1st Amendment protects you from the Government restricting your free speech. For example: the Government can’t infringe on what Paulie and I do on our site and in our comic. The 1st Amendment does not protect you from public opinion or your private employer from taking actions agains what you’ve said. For example: If we make fun of something in the comic that you may disagree with, you can let us know. Or, if we really cross a line, our day job employers could terminate us.
I am still really surprised by the real world example of what we wrote in a comic weeks ago came to life in real time. So, other than that, I don’t know really how to end this blog, that’s why Paulie is the blog guy. This week we’re posting another One-Shot, I’m sure this one won’t have any social implication, I hope, just good old fashion Side Quest Comic fun.
Sorry about the civics lesson.