Figured I should bring everyone up to speed on everything that's been going on. I know the site looks placid and easygoing on the outside, but behind the scenes things are a frenzied mass of activity.
So here's an update on all the content:
Drupal 6 to 7 Conversion
This has been postponed once again. I did figure out what I needed to do to cross the last mile, and I've managed to reconfigure the live site to make that easier going forward... but there's too much other stuff going on right now.
I've started updating again, and I managed an entire week this time! It's strange: although Help Desk doesn't really take a lot of time to put together1 I'm also notoriously inconsistent with updating it. Usually it's because if I find myself working too hard to come up with a punchline I'll just walk away from it and try it the next day. Ten or twelve years ago it was pretty easy to come up with an off the cuff "damn you evil technology" gag but now when I do that I wind up searching through my archives, afraid I've already used it. When I have topical storylines it's pretty to come up with fresh mockery since every travesty committed by the computer industry, despite feeling hauntingly familiar, is unique in its own special way.2
I actually have a complete storyline planned for Kernel Panic. Seriously. I think it's kind of funny, too. So far I haven't been able to muster the will to take the idea and give it form, but I'm working up to it.
Old Skool Webcomic
I only update this when I think of something suitably weird. I haven't thought of anything suitably weird lately. Still in standby mode.
PCtown is the most frustrating project ever because I have an entire storyline realized, I have actual scripts for the next five or six comics, but I haven't yet mustered the will to draw them. I'm not an artist, and to get what you see in the comics I've done so far what I had to do was search for images that I could use as references and painstakingly use bits and pieces of them to create a composite vector drawing.3 I find it brain-breaking work. But I still do intend to continue it. I know it's been... years... but I am officially not abandoning this.
The Points Between
Chapter 22 marked the end of Part 1 of this story. I immediately took a few weeks off, though now that I think of it I didn't actually tell anyone that.4 For those of you wondering if I'm going to continue the story, yes I am, and soon. But apparently I really needed some time away. The last few chapters were excruciatingly painful to write, a little distance will do me good.
Super Special Secret Project
In the last few months I came up with an idea for something I thought was unique and I wanted to see what would happen if I tried it. I'm not quite ready to talk about it yet because I'm still tying up some loose ends but it should be ready to go in the next week or two. I'll tell you more about it then.
As with most of my ideas it's ill-advised, nothing good can come from it, and it'll probably all end in tears.5
- 1. it's freaking clipart! You arrange the pictures, add the words, and boom! Comic.
- 2. A snowflake of failure and shame.
- 3. I didn't trace them, I just had them up on screen sort of the way real artists might use a live model in a studio.
- 4. Oops.
- 5. So it's terribly exciting and I can't wait to show you all.