I've been having...a bad week when it comes to fulfilling promises. Needless to say, my grand plan for TOGM hasn't worked out very well at all. I've pretty much failed at doing everything I set out to do, and I'm ashamed of myself, but some good has come of it. I've already gotten many links to explore, and will probably be doing many more archive binges thanks to TOGM in the near-future.
Speaking of which, mushroomisland made an Exchange Link thread. Most of the comics there were comics I was planning to read/subscribe to/link to eventually and helped me find another which I would otherwise likely not have seen. As such, it helped inspire me to work on expanding my Links Page a lot. It's not even close to finished, because each time I add a link, I like to give it a personalized touch. A semi-critique if you will, to give a semi-subjective, semi-objective review and why I recommend reading it. Which requires me to have actually read it. :P As such, it requires a lot of time to do, and is the reason things which I REALLY want to put up there (GSICD and Mitadake Saga, among others) haven't gone there. They're both some of the first comics I started reading (up there with Wake the Sleepers and TOGM in importance), but unlike TOGM and WtS, I've not put aside the time to archive binge and catch up. :/
Those are just some of the examples, but of course, there are many more comics I want to add yet haven't gotten around to. Ah, well. My site's a work in progress. I should be happy I've gotten as much done as I have. Such as a new banner I'm quite fond of. (A variant on it might make its way into my site layout, even.)
Not perfect, but still looks good, no? Invokes imagery which I feel perfectly reflects the comic.
Alright, so there won't be any update to the comic this week. It's entirely my fault. Was working on the site for the first few days, and then after that when I realized I should be working on my comic, I got a bad case of artists' block. I finally finished the script, and it looked like I'd get going, but I got addicted to the webcomic Emergency Exit, and I wanted to try and help flesh out the (shockingly short, considering the length of the comic) TVTropes page of it. Yes, I'm fully aware it's not the best reason, but I thought it to be worth my attention, because EE has to be one of the best webcomics I've ever read. The humor (even post-became-darker) was spot-on and made me laugh harder than I have for months. Add in the constantly-evolving art (and, wow! It's incredible, when you get far enough!), the spot-on pacing, the excellently detailed setting with a rich backstory and plot, featuring likeable characters and incredibly heartwarming/awesome moments throughout the comic.
That aside, though, I won't have an update next week either. Why? For an even more noble cause. It might not sound that way to you, and I realize this will further delay the release of The Descended, and I realize I JUST came back from hiatus so going on another one sucks, yet...I have a good reason, and if you've been on ComicFury these last three years, chances are you'd agree with me as to why it is every bit as important as I say it is.
Magravan just informed me today that--come Monday, which is tomorrow--The Other Grey Meat will have its last comic. I've known for a while that it was coming to an end, yet I've been waiting ever since I heard the bad news to embark on this quest, so I hope you'll be patient with me and bear along for my good cause.
Why is it important? Well, let me fill you in if you're somehow unaware of TOGM but somehow aware of me. :P To put it simply, TOGM is THE ComicFury webcomic. It's not just any ol' webcomic on ComicFury. It's not just one of the most popular CF comics of all time. It's. THE. CF. Comic. And it pretty much has always had this status since it started. I'm not exaggerating. To say that TOGM is legendary would be a massive understatement--to give just one instance of why, whenever Magravan links to another comic in TOGM, said webcomic's views double. That's just the tip of the iceberg on how much influence he and Skrael hold thanks to their comic.
More people have come to CF because of TOGM than pretty much any other comic. Beyond that, TOGM has attracted most of ComicFury's users. Magravan and Skrael are inspiration to us all. He didn't know it until I told him recently, but he helped me get my comic up and going by the simple act of me having been one of his fans and a large follower--I never woulda set an update time and date if it weren't for TOGM's strict schedule inspiring me. (I fail miserably, but hey, it's the thought which counts. :P)
Simply put, by seeing what Magravan had done, what he had accomplished, I (and likely hundreds or even thousands of others) was inspired. I said to myself that "THIS is what I should strive for", when thinking of The Other Grey Meat. And it still holds true. It's a beacon of the community in almost every single way possible. The comic's awesome, and the people making it are even more awesome, and we're all really sad that it's ending, even if it's been a few good years. Everyone looks up to them, Magravan, Skrael, and their comic. If you ask anyone who's read their comic, they'll say as much, that TOGM and its creators are inspirational. Though I'm just one guy, I imagine my experience is likely FAR from unique and that others have taken things from their shining example, learned from it, be awe-struck of it, and ultimately wish to have as much as a tenth of the skill that the duo Mag and Skrael possess. It means that much to people, and it means that and so much more to me.
TOGM was one of the first ComicFury comics that I ever read. Out of all of them, it was the one I least expected to end within my time here, and so I was caught quite off-guard by the initial announcement. It felt too short, like there should be more, but I understand Magravan's decision and respect it, so all I have left to do is to pay my respects in a way fitting to me.
Starting tomorrow, I'm going to have a "TOGMarathon Week". I'll be devoting all of my time in the remaining week, as my final tribute to him, to say how much of a fan I have been. I may not have been there from the beginning, but I was fairly close. I watched it grow, watched it evolve, so I owe it at least this much. The first day (Monday, September 24th) will consist of me reading The Other Grey Meat all the way through, from beginning up to the almost-end (two updates away), commenting along the way. (Which necessitates reading all the comments as well.) If I have the time, I'd then also look at everything TOGM's ever linked to, and do my best to support everything TOGM has ever supported. And more stuff like that.
Then, on the remaining six days, I'd spend all my time drawing the characters, likely in their chronological order of appearance, in the style of my comic, The Descended. (You know, what you're reading right now? :P) Magravan asked for people to give fanart in a thread, yet I felt that a single piece of art just wouldn't do him justice, hence why I came up with the idea of doing them all...and then some. (For instance, potentially drawing some Ones.)
All leading up to my grand finale to be done on the last day he updates as a last-day-going-away-present, where I'll give him a last piece of art which features ALL the characters (major and minor). That's just for the start; I have many other things planned in said finale, which will hopefully live up to the awesomeness the comic has. That kind of gift is incredibly ambitious, and I'm praying (legitimately praying!) that I can do everything I'm saying I will do, because this final present to Magravan, Skrael, and the comic TOGM will represent everything they've ever done for me, whether they knew they'd done it or not.
So that's why I'm skipping next week. Out of respect, honor, duty, and out-right obligation to pay my dues to the greatest of all. If you're reading this within time, I'd highly recommend you join me on my noble crusade. And if you're reading this after TOGM has ended, don't worry. I'd still say to visit it and read it and all that, because it's such a good comic that it deserves all that attention. You'll agree once you have seen it.
...Into the fuuuutuuure...... :P
Anyway, I'm a bit late this week, but I've got an update, the long-awaited comic five! It's without a doubt the best work I've ever done. (As sad as that statement may be. :P) The reason I'm late is because I slightly underestimated the amount of time it'd take to do the remaining work. (If it weren't for the demons, I woulda finished on time.) Overconfident in my abilities, I spent a couple hours yesterday revising the site a little, editing the extra pages and such. It's a lot cleaner, now, and I like what I'm doing, though those extra two hours then woulda put this release well within time. :P
Oh, well. I'm only 45 minutes late; it could be a lot worse, and given how much better my site's beginning to look, and given the quality of the comic I just produced, I think it's alright to have been a little bit late. (Besides...aren't those update codes more of a...guideline...than actual rule? :P)
Yeah, no update this week, either. Hopefully, I won't miss next week's update, but I've got no guarantees. My dog's mostly better, you'll be glad to know. He was having some vomiting issues, but after a minor change in dietary habits, I think he's getting better. Anyway, I have been distracted by several side-projects, but whenever I've been remembering and have not been distracted, I've done the work on my comic. Since it's already been delayed by two weeks, I'm going to try and not miss a third. (My original schedule was to have new material ready by November. At the rate I'm going, I'd be lucky to make Christmas. :P)
We'll have to see how well that goes. I've been feeling awfully tired as of late for some reason, and drowsiness does not mix well with comic'ing. Still, though,I'll be working as fast as I can.
Side-note, one of the things which I've been thinking about is that pretty much all successful webcomics have uneven panels. All of my comics are planned with even panels, even though in the original script, they had differences. (Horizontally, at least.) It's something I'll be thinking about if I encounter pacing issues. I still have a lot to learn, after all. But hey, that's why people make webcomics: to learn. :D
You might assume it's because today was a holiday, or that I was lazy, or that I simply got in over my head. All of which are probably slightly true as to why the comic is skipping this week, but most of which are simply a byproduct of a far more serious problem--I learned this Friday that my dog has pneumonia. Now he's an old fella, older than the average life expectancy of a lab (he's over 14), but it's for that very reason that I'm fighting hard to keep him from dieing, as, well...fourteen years. He's my companion. A trusted friend, who I've known longer than anyone other than my family. Because he IS family, when you think about it. And I need to take care of him.
Taking care of a sick old dog who has a plethora of health problems aside from the pneumonia is...rather tedious, to say the least. It's all worth it, just to see him getting better, just to see that he's alive and slowly getting better. But it's also incredibly time-consuming. And because I've been taking care of my dog, I haven't had much time to work on my comic at all. (One of the problems is that I do my comic on my laptop, which I use in my bed--he can't get into my room due to my house's layout anymore, so that means whenever I'm working on my comic, he's alone by himself, something which constantly worries me.) It's for that reason that I'm missing this update...and quite frankly, I might miss next week as well.
I've already lost a pet this year, and I've got the determination not to lose another. I'm not sure I could, really.
I know, it sucks. It really, really sucks to have slipped up on my schedule JUST when I was getting back on track, ESPECIALLY when I was just starting to get truly passionate about my art again, but...real life comes first. Beyond that...family is first. I can make plenty of sacrifices in real life to work on my comic. (I already have, so what's one more? :P) Sacrificing the life of another is NOT among the things I could EVER do. (I can ruin my life all I want, but harm another? Ultimate taboo. :P) I care far too much about my dog to be that heartless. He comes first. He'll never be truly well. (He's an old overweight dog, with a ton of health issues due to his age, breed, and gender; the list of problems he has I could give would drag on and on.) But I can't focus on my webcomic until he's as good as he's going to get, which he currently is not.
I hope you understand. If you've had anything living (be it pet or person) that you've ever had to care for, you've been there and you know what it feels like. So I'm praying that you can forgive me for neglecting my webcomic to not neglect the things which are even more important to me than my webcomic is.