Hello everyone. I owe you massive massive apologies for being so quiet for so long, I'm truly sorry. I see Skull is still getting pretty regular site views which is awesome (is that new visitors? I dunno), so i'm long overdue to explain what's going on.
Skull is still happening. Of course it is. Of COURSE. There's still book two to finish, and then the next four books to complete. There's still so much story to tell, and I'm so excited to tell it.
Time is not being kind right now though. I had actually planned to take a week off over Christmas to start writing more Skull, but it just never happened. And it still hasn't happened yet. Most of my week is taken up with drawing weekly comics for The Beano and The Phoenix, and I'm on deadlines for those so can't mess about. Alongside it I've been trying to launch this new children's comic, to breathe a little more life into the kids comics scene, called Moose Kid. And it's so close to being ready, we have maybe 35 artists involved (and really, genuinely, flipping brilliant ones), just waiting for the last few to send their work in. Then finally we can launch. I need that to happen before I can get back to Skull, especially since the artists have been good enough to contribute their work to it.
Around that I finally completed edits on my first novel, which has taken about 3 years to do all in all. So, like Moose Kid, it's been something I've needed to get done before I can go back to Skull. And I'm sorry to say Skull can't take priority in my workload, it's something I do for fun, not profit or future rewards. I'm interested in finding a publisher for it, but haven't massively pursued that yet. There's just this huge to-do pile, and doing that is just one of many ideas on there.
So, that's where I'm at. Basically saying if you can wait a little longer, I'd really appreciate that. I'd hope we can start Skull issue 8 by summer, I just need to find some time, somewhere, and right now I can't find any.
But thank you again SO much for sticking with Skull, it means a ton to me. And if you want to hear first when I've started on it again, i'll blather about it on twitter @jamiesmart
Hey! Hi! HEYYYYY. So here we are at the end of Corporate Skull issue 7, always feels great to have concluded an issue, and to begin planning out the next one. Thank you to everyone who's been following, reading and sharing Corporate Skull, it is appreciated x1000!
So there's good news and there's bad news. The GOOD news is issue 8 is going to be a skull-kicker of an issue. Though I enjoyed working on issue 7, i felt it was a bit more story than action, so I'm determined to make issue 8 just a balls to the wall UMPH of excitement. The bad news is it may take me a little while to get it done. There are a coupla reasons for this. One is, as usual, work is crazy. I mean crrrrazy. Which is great, but it starts to squeeze things like Skull to the side, because Skull doesn't really have deadlines. There's my regular kids comic work (incidentally, anyone who's followed me from my Bear days, do check out The Phoenix, in digital or print, this Friday as it features a 4-page LOOSHKIN comic!), as well as this book i've been writing and Moose Kid Comics, my attempt to bring a load of amazing artists together to make a brand new kids comic. As often happens, this stuff begins to all pile up towards the end of the year, so it might be a coupla months before i can even think about Skull. I'm hoping to take a week off over Christmas to start writing it, but I guess I'll have to see how that pans out.
Secondly, my motivation has been slightly slowing down. You'd kinda expect that after 175 or so pages, the initial buzz can carry you through so long. And people's responses to the strip so far have been such a boost, they really help when you're drawing webcomics. The thing that keeps me going on Skull is knowing what's going to happen at the end of this book, or at the end of the next book, or what the grand finale to it all is going to be. THAT is what makes me really excited about Skull still, and wanting to keep drawing it, there's a ton of story left to tell. So don't worry, this'll carry on until we reach the end of book six or i've gone mad trying. It's just recently drawing Skull hasn't been the 100% fun it once was, and I've felt like the pages haven't been as great as they could have been.
As I say, all natural feelings I guess, and another good reason for me to take a bit of time out. Then I can come back completely psyched about it all again.
So thanks again all, and follow me on twitter HERE to hear the latest on when Skull will be back!
HELLO. Argh sorry i really try not to do this, but there'll be no Corporate Skull today as i've been a bit ill recently and got really behind on the schedule. I will try and get this week's page done and up either tomorrow or wednesday, then hopefully back to normal schedule next week.
Again, sorry. But thank you for sticking with it!
So here we arrive at the end of issue six with a few answers, injuries and wobbly cock-sticks. Really hope you've enjoyed this issue, I have issue 7 plotted out but not written yet so I'm gonna do that as soon as I get the chance, and then I'll post up the date it will begin as soon as I know it. Follow me on twitter @jamiesmart because I'll more than likely harp on about it there.
Thanks, as ever, for your support, shares, comments and readings, it's all very appreciated and keeps this even more fun than it already is.