29 September 2011
Maaaan, I've missed doing this strip! I'm so sorry about the impromptu hiatus - life got busy and I was forced to drop Chaff City out of the equation for the sake of my sanity.
You see, I've been developing a problem. The problem is that the longer I do Chaff, the greater and greater pride I take in getting the art of each strip to look as good as I can make it, and my rampant perfectionism is now making each strip take so long to do that I cannot physically find time to do it twice a week. Today's strip took at least nine straight hours to concieve, draw and assemble, and unfortunately that's in no way atypical of my process these days. Of course, working full time five (or frequently six) days a week at my day job, finding the time to get a comic up twice a week becomes difficult, if not actually impossible. In order to do it, I end up basically spending every
free moment planning, writing, drawing, shading or thinking about my next comic, which is unsustainable in the long term (and leads to me finally cracking up and vanishing unexpectedly for three weeks).
Now, don't worry about the future of Chaff City. The show will
go on - I love it too much to stop, and I am more proud of it than anything I've ever done. It's possible that if I gave it up now, I would never forgive myself. But it's clear that I've got to do something to get things back on track. I am loath to cut the schedule to one strip per week, because I love how fast my archive has grown and developed since adopting the bi-weekly timetable, and it's forced me to come out with work of which I honestly didn't know I was capable; therefore my only real option is to somehow cut the production time of each strip. I don't really have any
idea how I'm going to do that, if I'm honest. But rest assured I'm working on it.
For the immediate future, say the next week or two, I'm going to produce comics simply as close to the normal timetable as I can and try out some ideas and things. Please don't be angry if comics are late or whatever during this transitional period, but I would certainly welcome ideas and feedback whilst I try to figure out how to make this work.
Thank you for your patience and understanding. Those of you who have been kind enough to email me over the past couple of weeks and enquire as to the whereabouts of Dr Dirty and Dwaine's antics are the best people in the universe, and you do genuinely make it all worthwhile. I owe you hi-fives and hugs whenever our paths cross!