I am writing this in February, and at the moment I am putting the finishing touches on stuff for September. So yes, I think by the time you read these words, I will be seriously about ready to start doubling up on the speed. I think once I have and maintain a year lead I’ll start putting them out faster.
I just do not know how much time I am going to have to do this when my kid is born, which could be any day now. By the time you read this the kid will already be four months old and probably embarked on her first road trip with her parents. Right now in February I’m just trying to imagine the unimaginable.
One of the interesting things about this experiment has been how difficult I have found it to write anything that will be posted in the future. My sense of writing is so immediate and temporal, I can’t even imagine what will be important in June. I bet we’ll still be talking about gun control.
EDIT: as it happened, I doubled the comic a month ago. Then my computer broke and I stopped working on the online part of it at all, isn’t that the way it always goes. But I already had it at double-time up to September again, so it doesn’t seem like it’s a big deal. Right now I’m working on this story more intensely in my sketchbook since I can’t work on it as intensely on the computer. I can’t help noticing how the stories I do reflect the technology and the circumstances. Cloudhopper began as a story that I did in coffee shops in twelve-hour stints on a tablet PC, interspersed with line art from sketchbooks. Feef is something very different. The first sequence began as a project to work on when I didn’t have a computer last year. I have a computer this year, but it isn’t working right for art right now so I’m drawing this new sequence in pen and ink and writing a lot.
Anyway, I have about 40 more panels to lay out and the entire first book (which will be about 300 panels) will be designed. No telling how long it’ll take me to finish it but wouldn’t it be neat if I had it ready for Wizard World in November? Wouldn’t that be nifty?
The funny part would be if I was done with the first three hundred panels by November, at which point the web version is going to be up to about #88. I’m probably going to have to increase the speed of these updates again.
It’s super cool that I’ve found a working method that actually goes quickly. I can fly through stories in this style. Who knew that limiting my panel size was the key to getting me to work quickly. I guess the manageable file size of my brain is exactly one panel.
I should eat more gingko biloba or something.