I'm often accused of being too sardonic when speaking to people, or at least I would be if those people knew what sardonic meant. Apparently, people also don't pick up on my dry sarcasm, or so I've been told. I mention this only to highlight the fact that I'm not unfamiliar with people misinterpreting my true feelings on a subject, nor have I ever really cared because I'm just punk rock like that. (not really, perhaps I am just a big jerk in denial)
Discerning ones intent or emotional state can be difficult enough when having a face to face conversation with a person, much less reading a completely detached collection of writings published on the internet.
I don't do a lot of writing on the internet, but it's something I'm working to improve. I find most social media to be a bore and a waste of my time, which is not to say that I don't understand or appreciate the improvements in communication that new technology brings. I just don't have a lot of communicating to do, and whatever I have to say I prefer to say it in my comics.
I know some people are disappointed that my comics production has slowed, but that is not strictly true. Although, I have stopped doing Zero's Heroes as a weekly comic, I've been keeping myself busy with multiple projects (including more Zero's Heroes and two Zero's Heroes spin offs, not to mention the stuff unrelated to Zero's Heroes).
The fact of the matter is, I'm actually not that big of a fan of webcomics. That's not a quality judgement, there are many great webcomics out there. I really just don't like reading comics on a webpage. I also think that the comics I make read better in one sitting, as opposed to stretched out over 3 or 4 months. I find it difficult to maintain a certain level of enthusiasm for a story that takes so long to distribute after I've finished it and moved on to next story.
I'm really impressed with what Brian K. Vaughn and Marcos Martin have done over at panelsyndicate.com, and I will probably be moving my comics distribution to a model similar to theirs.
I am also planning on doing more traveling for conventions this year, though it's not really cost effective for me, yet. I do not sell enough comics to cover the convention and travelling costs, but I enjoy getting out there and meeting new people and (hopefully) making new fans. This means I have less time and (more importantly) less money to spend on comics production. This is why I'm transitioning into a crowd funding production cycle.
I had previously used Kickstarter to fund the printing of the first two Zero's Heroes trade paperbacks that collected the pages we ran as a webcomic. While ultimately successful in covering the costs of the printing of the book, the books themselves cost quite a bit. I don't like to make a big deal out of this, but every artist that I've worked with has been paid a page rate for their work, and that is a cost that I am happy to front in order to get my books made. I like working the artists that I work with and I want them to keep working with me, it's simple economics, really. However, my meager day job income forces us to work on a pretty slow schedule.
It is my hope that by taking better advantage of crowd funding to cover more of the production costs, I can actually get more comics made than if I just funded them myself. So, this year, I will be running some new Kickstarters and am also looking into setting up a Patreon (perhaps).
In the meantime, Chris McJunkin, Sara Rude, Joie Simmons, and I have all been working hard to get new issues of Science Hero and Zero's Heroes Annual ready for Planet Comicon this March.
So, I hope you enjoy my new website. I will be making more announcements about new projects as they develop.