Jan 10, 2012
Fragments draws to a close
Well, the 13th Chapter of Fragments went up just yesterday.
I made the decision a few months ago to not return for the further 26 Chapters if we were to win and be asked back. Well, we did win the competition, and Fragments will return in February, but not with me at the artistic helm.
There are several reasons why I decided not to return...
Firstly, the next stage of the webcomic lasts for 26 weeks. That's half a year. Considering how much time was required to put out a page of the webcomic each week (usually about 40-50 hours), this would be a massive undertaking on my part. Not that I have a fear of taking on big projects, far from it. But working on Fragments would continue to be an unpaid job, and that is a lot of work and an extensive amount of time for no pay.
I feel I'm at a point in my career where I can start bringing in a little bit of money for my artwork. Be it in the form of commissions, a comic or two, whatever, I think it is time I start making a living, albeit a mere scratching out of a living, through art.
So I felt that I simply couldn't commit a whole 26 weeks to something that wouldn't bring in any money, when I could be looking for paying jobs in the meantime.
Secondly, prior to accepting the Fragments gig, I had a few story ideas that were looking very promising, but obviously had to be put on hold. I've been yearning to get back to those stories and to see where they go. My buddy Gordon and I have promised each other that we would do a comic together, and that is something I definitely intend to do this year.
I also have a few novel ideas I need to get moving on. I have a children's chapter book in the works, which I want to start shopping around to publishers by the end of the year. This book would be illustrated by me, of course.
So it is with a heavy heart that I leave Fragments, but with an excited turn to what the future holds.
I really think 2012 will be a big year...