No Comic Coming This Week, But Maybe a Hard Truth

So I’ve been gathering feedback on VDM, and I’m ready to layout/face some hard truth about the project. First hard truth, honestly, is that I’m mostly writing this newspost to myself, and a scant handful of readers. If you’ve read VDM, I sincerely thank you, but I have the numbers for the site, and not many people have. Void Domain eM has been live for about 14 months now, and it hasn’t really grown. I take full responsibility on many fronts for that. But the lack of growth is a blessing as well as a curse. It means I don’t feel too bad about taking the time to tinker and make the changes I need to get the comic on the right track. So that’s what I’m going to do.

For those interested I’ll go into some detail into what I’ll be tinkering with, but first I’m going get the important thing anyone reading will probably want to know: when’s the comic going to start updating again. I don’t have a “hard date”, but my plan is to take a good month or so to get some of the updates and changes done/off the ground. So likely around the end of June to early July time range. I’m going to try something different when I come back though. I’m ditching weekly comic strips, and going with monthly comic updates instead. Weekly or more works well for comic strips/gag-a-day comics, but VDM is a continuous narrative. Reading larger chunks all at once every month seems like a better way to deliver the story then drip feeding every week. We’ll see. The point is, when VDM comes back I’ll be experimenting with the release format a bit.

Now, what else am I messing with? Well, for the most part, the pages and story that’s already up won’t be changed. I WILL be coloring it though. I’m going to try to get back to coloring the comic. There’s just no getting around how much punchier the pages look in color. And I still draw it like it’s meant to be colored. I just need to sit down and figure out how to keep my pace up with the coloring. But I should be able to do it. And I’m going to try to force myself to.

I’ll also be inserting some scenes into the first two parts of “Into the Void”, which encompasses what’s currently up on the site. There’s a few gaps in the plotting. Some stuff ended up on the cutting room floor to keep the story flow strong, but honestly the comic would benefit from some of these scenes coming back, as well as a couple new scenes to make the plot clearer.

There’s some other minor stuff I’ll be working on here and there, to help the comic be stronger. I’m really optimistic with what I’ve already done, I just need to flesh it out a bit around some of the edges. So I figure might as well do that now rather then when it gets too big and unwieldy.

Not going to let this site go completely dormant though. I’ll find some content to continually toss up while the comic goes through it’s second edit. I guess that’s what this really is. I’m editing and revising the script. I’m just doing it publicly. Which is a bit of a weird feeling. But I guess everything’s public nowadays.

Strip 42 is Up!

Strip 42

I’m back from a fun VA Comicon, and it’s time to get back on track. This week’s strip is up and ready to go!

Also, I know the VDM Tumblr looks sort of abandoned. I admit I haven’t done a good job of keeping up with it. But I’m going to try to turn that around this week and get it back on track, to provide another way for VDM readers to keep up with the comic.

No Comic This Week, Prepping for VA Comicon!

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The title kind of says it all. Instead of rushing a comic out this week I’ve elected to take the time to make sure everything is ready for VA Comicon this weekend! If you’re in the central Virginia area hope you come out to the show, Chris Claremont will be there, and I’ll be there too! And there’ll be a bunch of cool stuff to do and buy.

Comic updates will resume once I get back from the con, on May 12th.