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A quick note to those who expected a comic on Monday, and didn’t see one:
I’ll have some interesting news to share in the coming days, and events related to this kept me all tied up the last few evenings, leading to an incomplete comic for Monday. I’ve soundly lashed myself for the failing, and will get a new comic up tonight that I hope is worth the wait. I also promise to demystify these cryptic lines by the end of the week. For now, just imagine I’ve been participating in a secret society working to prevent the coming Mayan apocalypse. Or making cheese. You know, whatever secret societies do.

Thank you to everyone who has shared their good wishes for our big move to Massachusetts! As I feared, this move has consumed every waking moment the past several days. We’re at our new home in Mass. now, as of just a couple days ago–although the rest of our stuff won’t arrive for another couple days. Then I can get my studio back together, my computer reconnected to the Internet, and my life back to normal enough to start posting comics again! In the meantime, thanks for your patience and good thoughts. So far, all is going as much to plan as total chaos can. :)

Here’s something new…

I’ve taken a stab at recording a podcast. They’re short, between about 5 and 15 minutes, so really, it’s more of a mini-cast. Hence the name. (See how clever I am?)

Please have a listen to this first episode, tell your friends, tell your family, but most importantly, tell me what you think! (Unless you just want to comment on the ratty audio quality. I empathize, I do, but I have to MacGyver these together with my phone’s voice recorder, my car ride from work, two lengths of twine and a roll of duct tape.)

Now, the “meh” news: I’m going on a trip back to the old homestead for a week with my family. That means comic updates will take a powder while I’m on the road. In the meantime, however, I’ve queued up several of these minicasts to post while I’m away, so if you can’t read Odori Park, at least you can listen to me yammer on about it! Come back Friday for more!

Click! :: Odori Park Minicast Episode 1

(I’ll get a proper audio player inserted here after my trip, but for now, please download the MP3 and play as you please.)

Order of business the first:
Huge thanks to everyone who came out and stopped by to see me at MICE 2012 this past weekend! I met some new folks, shared some books and sketches, and generally had a good time. Props to Jynksie of Madbury, who table-sat for me so I could get out and see the show myself! Thanks!

Order of business the second:
Getting ready for MICE nearly completely consumed the latter part of my week last week, so Friday’s strip was… delayed. Given that the comic in question has posted on Sunday, I’ll be holding off on a comic for Monday the first of October, and uploading something double-sized (and spooky, in the Halloween tradition) for Wednesday!

There’s an idea often stated in creative circles that you can only be really successful creatively–whatever that means for you–if you’re creating something you love. It’s expressed a million different ways. Follow your passion. Make the thing you want to read. Ryan Estrada put it into the context of his own creative productivity by saying something like: “I only work on what I’m excited about.” (From episode 59 of Comics Are Great, if memory serves.)

Tackling a long-term creative project means riding a roller-coaster of enthusiasm for the work. Sometimes you’re up, sometimes you’re down. If you’ve read Odori Park for very long, you know I’ve infused new energy at times by exploring new stories, characters, styles, tools and techniques. Still, there’s even more I’d like to explore: I want to put together another Odori Park book collection. I want to create an Odori Park graphic novel telling the tale of how Arisa and Colin first met. I want to finally get prints up for sale (for really real), and t-shirts, too. And I have other story itches I want to scratch, like a kid-friendly fantasy-adventure graphic novel I’d like to put together before my own kids are too old to appreciate it.

But putting together three strips a week for Odori Park: the Website means I never have the time to walk down those roads. (Heck, these days sometimes I can’t even seem to make all three updates in a week.) So here’s what I’m going to do:

  • Odori Park will be updated with a new comic at least once a week.
  • If I can make other updates–be they comics, sketches, preview pages, podcasts, or what have you–then I’ll do that, too. (Just no guarantees.)
  • Throughout the effort, I’ll keep the site updated with news about progress on these non-Web projects.

I realize this is quite a change for a comic that has generally followed the standard web-strip model. Back in my first life in webcomics, doing the BorderWalker anthology, I learned the hard way that lack of focus can kill productivity, let alone enthusiasm. This time around, I’ve been hyper-focused–one comic, one schedule, one business model–and I’ve started to experience the negatives on the flip side of the coin. So, I’m going to mix things up a bit again, and I hope you’ll join me for the ride.

Let’s go exploring, and by the end of the year, maybe we’ll have some very interesting somethings to enjoy.

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