I just wanted to check in and say that I am still alive, and about 70% of the way done scripting. I’ve been hitting the beta draft of my novel pretty hard, since I want to have it done and out to readers by the end of the month. (Incidentally, if you’re interested in beta reading, send me a message with this site’s contact form or leave a comment.)
As a result, I haven’t had as much time to work on Against Stupidity as I would like. Once I’ve got the novel out the door though, I’ll be able to work on the comic again without risking artistic burnout. I anticipate that this will start by April.
Apologies again for the delay. (Screenshot is from a wonderful writing platform I made called Pathfork. Feel free to sign up for it, if you’re interested. It is and always will…
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New comic is up on Against Stupidity!
The uncanny can take a lot of different forms. Like when you move to a new town, and the stores are a little off, and the latitude is just different enough that the light hits things at a different angle. Or a creepy robot that tries hard to look human but doesn’t really make it. Maybe it’s a name that’s strangely familiar but you can’t quite place. Or a book you randomly find in the library, that you’re sure you’ve never seen before, but with each page you read you get more and more convinced you’ve already read it. Or a shapeshifter that isn’t quite done transforming.
But enough about irrelevant German philosophy.
Jesse has a lot on his plate right now, and a day or two that’s bound to be chock-full of chores. He’s got bureaucracies to navigate, at the utility companies and the university and who knows what…
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(Chapter 1 can be read beginninghere.)
There were a lot of things about the world of Against Stupidity that I didn’t really know when I started, like the exact layout of the house. I was getting tired of keeping it all in my head so I drew a map.
This has rendered some of the drawings from chapter one inaccurate, but that’s just the way it goes. Specifically, the scenes at the staircase would be in the Northeast there, and that’s a little off. Then the hallway scenes above that on the second floor have an inaccurate placement of the balcony. But otherwise it’s good.
And this is just something that I knew was going to happen, since I started posting these before everything was fully formed, and I’m fine with that.
By the time I had drawn the cover, I was really itching to start publicizing this…
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This is the last strip in chapter one, Over The River and Through The Woods. I’ll have some thoughts on it to share for next week’s update, and then chapter two will start. It will be part one of a three-part arc.
The arc is named Unheimlichkeit. It’s about getting settled into a new town and learning stuff like what the regional stores are called, and all the other things that can be just slightly off about a new place. Jesse will also have to deal with a new way of looking at the world, since that’s what happens when you get settled in to a big university for the first time, or find out you’ve inherited centuries of magical tradition, duties, and incipient powers.
Because things can be just a little off sometimes in life, and part of growing up is learning how to integrate that into a healthy routine.
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