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Much ado about nothing...

PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2007 6:52 am
by Jameslong
i've reached a bit of a problem. Well... it's not a bad problem, just a challenge for the forsaken. my canadian immigration visa is ready to go, so that means I can start working soon. I plan to continue on with my drawing/comicking/etc, but with all the time I put into the forsaken I would have to turn it into a full time job to keep it going (and there's no way it can pay like a full time job).

I started the forsaken with a few things in mind... first and foremost was to create an online portfolio for myself and second was to improve my abilities. I've never been proud of my own work, but I'm starting to realize how far I've come since I began doodling that old pirate ship on page one. Also, I really wanted to brush up on my HTML and learn CSS. I guess what I'm saying is I've accomplished the goals I set out to accomplish with the Forsaken. What I will most likely do from here is:

1. get a job
2. go to school
3. finish the final draft of my novel in my free time
4. write a graphic novel once i've finished my written novel (I read ghostworld yesterday and was very inspired by it)

unfortunately, the forsaken is not on that list anywhere :(
Since beginning this webcomic, there has always been one small fear that burned in the back of my mind. So much of this stuff I've given you guys is what makes up the backbone of my novel. The terminology, the technology, the ideas and universe... I've put over three years into forging this intellectual property. I actually realized in November of last year just how hard it was to be a novelist. It was a depressing epiphony: every job out there that's worth working will at some point demand everything you've got. Even the 'funnest' job isn't fun all of the time.

The Forsaken is the result of three years' worth of blood, sweat, and tears. I enjoy telling this story. no, correction: I love telling this story. The problem is, every page I publish on the web is another secret revealed. Most publishers won't touch a novel if any of it is published elsewhere, so I think I need to pull back a bit if I'm really going to try pushing my book.

I am going to finish chapter 2, but that will likely only make people upset because it's a bit of a cliff hanger. Right now what I'm working on is rewriting my novel while I have time to focus on it, so the forsaken is going to take back seat. I will probably do the rest of the pages in black/white (like 99.9 percent of the other free webcomics out there) and maybe even shorten my pages to 3-6 panels (like 99.9 percent of the other free webcomics out there). I apologize, but the book was my first project and therefore it needs to be prioritized.

words cannot express how flattered I am to have had you guys read my work. letting go of this comic is more of a heartbreak for me than you'll ever know. I once read a forum post by a CG regular that was participating in a 'favorite type of comic' poll. He basically stated that 'epic comics don't work because creators give up after 2 chapters.' I really wanted to contend that with him, but I'm glad I didn't, now. HOWEVER, in my own defense, I've achieved what I set out to do with the Forsaken. Also, it's not out of laziness that I'm letting go of the project, but out of necessity. These creative juices will continue to flow, and I hope someday to bring everyone who loves speculative fiction into my world to see all the characters that dance around in my head when I can't sleep at night.

Thank you all for reading. Because of you, this tired, old fart started drawing again.

PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2007 3:56 pm
by Koto
It would be sad to see it go but you have to do what you have to do.

It's not like your the Foglio's with a history of work that you can afford to continue the comic and publish privately, although feasible it may not net you a profit, or allow you to break even. Sure there are ones like Somthing Positive, MegaTokyo, or LegoStar Galactica but those do tend to be the exceptions and bot the rule.

It really is about weighing the choices and finding the best solution for you.

Best of luck.

PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2007 10:34 pm
by Arcnaver
My reasons for living Mondays have diminished.


hehe, tis a good story and you dont want to give away to much. Them evil publishers will get yah.

Good luck on the rewrite. I am still in the preplanning stages of mine. Doing a revised map, and then will revise that one and so on and so forth until I come up with what Im looking for. Then Character backgrounds, writing first, last then middle of the muse.

Good luck brother!

PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2007 5:41 am
by Cojoinedcows
If cows could cry, the cojoined cows surely would do exactly that right now. They love reading The Forsaken and so do I. It's sad, but as long as you channel your creative energy somewhere else, I won't be angry at you. :P
Let me know when the novel comes out so I can order it, please. And keep on creating your universe!

PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2007 10:55 am
by Jameslong

I'm nearly 15,000 words into my rewrite!
The old one was about 95,000 words when all was said and done.

PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2007 3:42 pm
by Arcnaver
jameslong wrote::)

I'm nearly 15,000 words into my rewrite!
The old one was about 95,000 words when all was said and done.

Congrats Bro!! Thats great!
I am nearly near a nearly good plot line, nearly.
The house is almost done, we actually moved some stuff into it, not much though. Shouldnt be long until I have a place were I can gather my thoughts a little better and organize. Thus far I have been just researching writing styles, just started Two Towers, after Im done with the King, Im going to migrate on to Harry Potter and check that style out and research some Magic and Lore from it.

Good Luck

PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 8:51 am
by Jameslong
awesome news, adam!

we're moving at the end of August into a 2 bedroom apartment. It will be much nicer than our current situation and only like another 65 bucks a month is all.

i should have more room there to draw. I'm just so tired of drawing with my computer in my lap... :P

PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2007 1:09 pm
by Hendrix
Hi, I hope you're planning on emailing people on this forum as and when your book is published - even if it takes a year or two to get published, or you have to do the self-publishing thing on, I'd want to read it.