#7, Pg. 7 | Quite Frankly, My Deer

#7, Pg. 7 | Quite Frankly, My Deer

February 8, 2019 in Issue 7
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Caley Tibbittz Collopy 8th Feb 2019, 5:18 PM
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No, it's not dead. Yes, the name's changed slightly for a third and final time: welcome (back) to SwordCat Knights. Yes, I'm so bloody happy to be back. I actually smiled like a big silly idiot as I uploaded the page file. There were a few times in the last two(!!!) years when it seemed like I'd never make it back to a moment like this, SOME PEOPLE WAIT A LIFETIME, FOR... okay, sorry -- I've been listening to a lot of Kelly Clarkson as I've been working on this page.

I spent WAAAAAAAY too long coloring this page myself. For the time being, future updates will be in black and white. I'm going to look into either re-hiring my old colorist or finding a new colorist. The most urgent coloring which needs to get done is for the four-ish pages of issue #1 which need color, because I'm planning to print issue #1 this year.

James Barrington's magazine needed ads on it, so I asked for permission to use images from other ComicFury creators. The creators of these comics were kind enough to let me use their work to add some depth to that little detail:

MK's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Sunstrike and Bluemist: An Origin Story

Of course, you're probably wondering WHERE THE BLOODY HELL I'VE BEEN, so I'd like to address a few important things about the last two years:

1. My wife of seven years divorced me in 2017. It was as amicable as those things can be, and we're still friends-ish-I-guess. I miss her being a daily part of my life, but her emotional instability (due to Borderline Markers) made working on this comic increasingly difficult. I strained hard to hold onto her, but, in the end, this enterprise likely would have died a slow and withering death if she'd not moved on.

2. I hit my head really, REALLY hard -- like, HARD -- while I was moving myself out of our old apartment. I misjudged the height of the moving van, stood up with full force, and I utterly SLAMMED my head into the back of its roof. I spent the next 20 minutes in a sickeningly dizzy daze, unable to speak. I buckled to the floor of the van, and then strained to stand back up. I couldn't. I crawled out onto the parking lot and flopped down, then continued trying and failing to stand. I tried to call for help, but still couldn't speak. My ninth attempt to stand was successful, and, somehow, I finished loading the van.

...but, since then, I've had to deal with continuing symptoms of post-concussion syndrome, including dizziness, memory issues, and depression. Those symptoms have all faded for the most part; I'm at about 97% recovered, by my own estimation.

3. My beloved cat, Meleika, developed an oral tumor in 2017. I spent the next five months and 12 days doing everything in my power to kill her tumor and keep her alive. Some people might think me silly, but I loved Meleika as deeply as if she were my own human daughter, as much as I've ever loved anyone who I've considered family. She'd been abused before I'd adopted her, and she spent most of the years we lived together loving me, but fearing me almost as much. A couple months before she was diagnosed with the tumor, I noticed she was not reacting to the housework I was doing -- moving furniture, vacuuming -- with fear. She was calm. She was FINALLY not afraid of me. At all. And it was so beautiful... and then she was dying, and then she was gone.

The early loss of this precious, irreplaceable creature was nearly unbearable, and greatly added to whatever depression I'd have faced from the brain injury alone.

4. Rather than strain to keep my old apartment paid for, and hoping to focus on my work, I moved in with family. It was kind of them to take me in, and I was lucky to have time to recover from my brain injury without worrying about rent and bills... but it's definitely an emotionally toxic atmosphere. I hide in my room about 90% of the time. I need to get out of this living situation as soon as I can, and I'm hoping to earn my way out by producing timely fan-supported updates of this comic, and by doing commissions.

Now I'd like to talk about the future:

I know it would be ridiculous to reappear after two years MIA and talk too much about Patreon. But, as I've said before, I want this comic to be my day job. I tried other day jobs in the last year, including a stint as a DoorDash driver which burned out my car's brakes and transmission, and had me stress-eating and chugging sodas to stay awake for shifts which I had to lengthen as the per-delivery average pay dropped and dropped. I don't want to do that again, or do anything similar to that again. And you probably don't want me to either, not when I could be drawing new story pages of SwordCat Knights instead.

So, when I get another new page up in a couple weeks, and then another after that, and then get up to a new page at least weekly, when I've proven myself again, when I've shown you that I didn't mean to or want to be gone so long, and when I've shown you that I really care about this comic after all the shit I've been through in the last two years, please consider becoming a Patreon patron.

(Patreon supporters will be getting early access to story pages after this update, along with a bevy of other cool rewards.)

COMMISSIONS ARE OPEN, send me a PM/DM on ComicFury, Facebook, Twitter, or via the email button, and I will be happy to try to make a lovely piece of art to suit your tastes and budget.

If you're a returning visitor, you'll notice that the website has been completely redesigned to be more mobile-friendly, and to just plain look more badass.

...since Project Wonderful has died, I've put the other comics I'm (slowly) working on in the sidebar.

I have been working on a series of prequel novels, featuring Kathryn in her youth in Ireland. The first novel is about 80% finished, and *should* be self-published via Amazon later this year, let's say around early December to give me plenty of time to edit the beast. I know a novel is a bit of a zig away from comics storytelling, but I think you're going to love these books. The first volume is titled SwordCat Princess and the Doorway to Avalon.

I'm about 99% certain I'll be promoting the first printed issue of SwordCat Knights at a comics convention this year. I'll give specifics after I lock them all down.

(...whew. Okay. That's probably enough bloody words for one post, Calers.)

To any returning readers, I want to say thank you. Thank you for sticking with this comic through my life's intermittent ups and moronic downs. I enjoy my own work (as one would hope), my own characters, and my own world... but there'd be no need to produce it like this if you weren't here to experience it. I've loved storytelling since long before I had any skill for it, and it's so gratifying to be able to produce this nutball tale and have someone other than me give half a hoot.

To any new readers, there are six whole issues behind this page, and years of stories to come after... enjoy.:)

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Shan 8th Feb 2019, 6:15 PM
Well, can't say much more to all that than "Welcome back and good luck going forward!" now, can I? Well, that plus an email ...
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 8th Feb 2019, 6:17 PM
Caley Tibbittz Collopy
Yes, it's email time, I'll see you over there in a little bit. I've had to treat the work bubble I've been in as if it were holy.

Thanks for the well-wishes.
Eli Cosmanis 8th Feb 2019, 11:12 PM
Eli Cosmanis
thats quite a string of events there. in the authors comments and the page.
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 8th Feb 2019, 11:32 PM
Caley Tibbittz Collopy

I left out the part where I almost drowned back in October. It was upsetting to say the least, but I'll just fold it into the novels.
Eli Cosmanis 8th Feb 2019, 11:57 PM
Eli Cosmanis
dam. maybe stay indoors for a bit while the worlds intent to murder you passes.
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 9th Feb 2019, 12:10 AM
Caley Tibbittz Collopy
Hahaha, yes, definitely solid advice at this point.
Joe Fonebone 12th Apr 2019, 10:41 AM
Holy Shit! If you really want to prove yourself again, POST A PAGE! It's been 2 months. I offer my profound condolences as to the problems you have had. At the same time, perhaps the best therapy you could provide yourself is work. I kept watching your old site for over a year, and I only found this new one by accident, when I was checking out the VDSD. You never even mentioned moving to a new site, on the old one. How much longer are we going to wait for something to happen?
warriorneedsfood 2nd May 2019, 5:13 PM
Welcome back! 2017 really kicked you in the balls.
Zero Hour 3rd May 2019, 4:52 AM
Zero Hour
Wow, 2017 was a really bad year for you