To replace the individual Facebook pages for my webcomics and have a more effective way to keep everyone informed of updates and new projects, I have started a mailing list on Substack. Please subscribe for weekly notifications of updates across all my active webcomics.
I chose Substack because they have a good reputation, some interesting people use it and they currently have no ads or algorithmic filtering. However, I do not want to have a place I don’t own to be the only place my content is posted, so here’s the first post that I made to the mailing list in full:
So this is a thing now
I’ve been meaning to set up a mailing list for almost a year now, and today I finally took the time to get to work on it. My main goal with this is to replace the different Facebook pages for my webcomics, and to eliminate the need for new pages as I create new comics (which I have! More on that later). The main problem with Facebook is that it is no longer possible to reach everyone who follows your pages, which defeats the purpose of having them in the first place. So these pages are getting shut down and hi! Here’s a mailing list to replace them.
But this thing, which I’ve called Rogues and Cultists, should be useful and fun for everyone who follows my comics, no matter which one of them they like the most or where they found them; whether it’s on DeviantArt, Mastodon, Tumblr, or even the main website which I promise will update any decade now. I only had Facebook Pages for Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan, Chronicles of the Witch Queen, and sort of a jokey page for The Lives of X!Gloop, set up to test some Facebook Page features with the expectation that no one would look at it. Nothing for White House in Orbit, nothing for my new webcomic Cultish Manners, nothing for all the little side projects that I do simply because they seem more doable right now than working on Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan, the mothership of my comics empire.
Let’s talk about Cultish Manners
My latest project is Cultish Manners, a webcomic set in the present day featuring Goth music, supernatural phenomena and some superheroics. It started as a NaNoManGo project in late 2018 and through the past year, I’ve been able to get seventeen pages and a whole bunch of supporting art done. The comic is still finding its voice, but I have ambitions for it: I want to finish the first story early in 2020 and then do a series of sequels that will be structured like a modern season of Doctor Who, with recurring villains and an overall arc that connects otherwise standalone episodes. Through this ‘season’, the cast will expand to form kind of a superhero team. I’m having a ball writing and drawing it!
One door has to close
But Cultish Manners isn’t the thing I’m working on now! After NaNoManGo 2020 ended, I went back to drawing Abúi’s Travels, a light and fun spin-off of Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan that I started in order to offload a crossover project from the main Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan storyline. It features the faerie Abúi on her trips through multiple universes, protected by a means of interdimensional transport that only drops her where it’s safe for her to appear, but which is a bit wonky. That was eight years ago, and things got a bit out of hand. To make time for Cultish Manners in 2020, I am now trying to get Abúi’s Travels wrapped up, so updates for that comic will be appearing in December.
Quick Webcomics items
Rich Morris of Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic is looking for work. If you have a commission that would be a good fit, leads to a job in animation, or other tips that could lead him back to a steady income, drop him a line.
Finally, I want to pay tribute to my long-term friend and collaborator on Chronicles of the Witch Queen, Little Cottage in the Woods, and White House in Orbit, Greg Storm*, who passed away from the complications of Parkinson’s Disease in September. He is missed. He was kind, creative and a dab hand at writing himself or others out of a corner. While working on Cultish Manners, I often found myself asking “What would Greg do?” While he could no longer do the day-to-day writing for Chronicles of the Witch Queen due to the effects of his illness, he was involved in the broader plotting almost until the very end. Chronicles of the Witch Queen artist Daniel Østvold plans to keep the series going in the spirit of his work, and likewise, I have been writing new White House in Orbit material off and on, also in the spirit of what Greg would write.
*Greg was a very private person and while he wrote under his own name for most of his life, he decided some time ago to work pseudonymously. We remove the old name from web page text when we see it, but when it’s embedded in the graphics, we don’t have the resources to do that in a consistent manner.
That’s a lot of words! Future updates will be a lot shorter, so if you never want to miss an update on any of my comics again, join Rogues and Cultists and get update notifications and other news items directly in your inbox!