Issue 8 is on its way! I should debut it at Anime Expo
; a fitting place to wrap up SSnPP since that's where it began (8 whole years ago
) It's been a long journey, but I'm glad I went on it with these crazy characters. ♫
Issue 8 marks the end of the "Ballad" section of the story (the main arc of SSnPP). I might someday return to this particular steampunk world, but it'll be in the form of shorter one-off adventures. I learned a lot of invaluable lessons about webcomics and one of them is 'don't drag the story on so long people stop caring'.
;; Or rather: if you're going to tell an extended ongoing story you need to give your audience a sense of resolution at the right times- story arcs have to come to an end- so they don't feel like they're being strung along indefinitely.
As far as the production side of things go, I've opted to go for a more "assembly line" process on the last set of pages + the cover. So for the next week or so things will feel a little slow, but then as I start to get all the pages done, I'll be able to post two to three pages a week (or more?? Depends on what's on each page) Also no more hand-inking.
It'll all be digital to save as much time as possible (I personally like having original inked pages just as mementos, but I'll concede it'll slow me down too much.)WonderCon
is coming up soon as well(!) I'll be in the Small Press section, SP-20.
to see if I can get Issue 8 ready by then (just need to be done by March 24th~)