Hope you’re all doing well. I’ve got a few updates to share with you.
Firstly, my book is done at last. It took a lot longer than I was expecting, but it’s done. I enjoyed it, I’ve learnt a lot from it and I’m pretty excited to get to work on part 2.
I had fun coming up with the character designs for the book. I’ll need to bring a few of these guys back for the sequel.
I decided to keep the name as Simulation James, even though James isn’t even in the first book (sorry, spoiler).
The book should be available in a few weeks. I’ll put an update here when it’s ready.
In other news, last year and the year before my main focus was single panel cartooning. This year it will be stories. I’ll start posting cartoons and webcomics again, but for this year most of my free time will be put towards longer stories.
The plan for this year will be to finish the 5 Dark Fairy Tales and then I want to make a collection of short story comics. Over the years my webcomics have brought so much traffic to the site, but I’ve never really had anything up on the site for visitors to buy. So this year will be the year I work on books that people who like my comics can buy and support my toons.
I’ll also be drawing more cartoons traditionally so that I’ll be able to sell the originals. I’ve had a lot of people ask for the originals but because I’ve always drawn on an iPad, there was no original to sell.
I’ll be posting on social media again, but mainly to bring people back to the site to see the other stories I make. I am thinking of trying SubStack again. I tried it out last year and it seemed like a nice way to keep people updated on what I’m up to.
I’m also planning on making more posts on cartooning. I know I have a few peeps who are interested in cartooning following me, so I thought I’d post more about how I started and maybe answer questions and give advice about cartooning. Let me know if you’d be interested in that.
I’ll end this post with a cartoon that was recently in AirMail. I honestly don’t like these kinds of cartoons, but they sell. I’ve always said that publications like to buy the ones I don’t like, so I often submit ones I don’t find funny. The worst thing about cartooning for publications is that they’re so scared to offend anyone that they’ll hardly ever take any cartoon that could potentially upset anybody. So, if you want to get into cartooning for publications, be prepared to heavily censor your cartoons.