Hey Scorch fans! *claps hands together* …I~M CRU~EL… for not updating or never even mentioning what's happened to Scorch. But you know what I love about you guys, is that you're STILL talking about it after all these years.
As some of you may know, back in 2004, when I started going to college, I began drawing early concepts for Scorch. Halloween of 2007 those fun little ideas first materialized as an experimental webcomic that I put on SmackJeeves and DrunkDuck. What started as a fun project, to my surprise and joy, ended up growing a pretty diehard audience and some loyal fans. As Scorch was really starting to take off, I thought it might be time to take it seriously and submit it to a publishing company.
Unfortunately, personal life tragedy struck before anything came of this. After getting my heart broken a few times all production stopped and I kind of went on an existential trip down the rabbit hole. It was a several years long 'tragic' adventure, which somehow… I managed to survive. …like, despite the horribleness, I was meant to do something great.
At the end of my rope, I was pulled to the surface again when my talents were discovered by Yen Press in 2011. I'd earned myself a contract to do a graphic novel adaptation of Interview with the Vampire: Claudia's Story. Thus began my transformation from living as a transient to a proper, self-sufficient citizen, and now a professional comic artist!
After much rehabilitation of my artwork and desire to do comics again, I've entered a new phase in my life. Working like a dog to keep a roof over my head! This allows me very little time to work on personal projects that I once loved and adored. I hesitated for a long time (years) to make any claims about Scorch because there was just no telling what might happen with it. Once you break out into an industry like this things move very quickly. To say anything prematurely may be shooting myself in the foot. But I can say this…
As of last year I managed to finish a 37 issue (18 volumes) long outline of Scorch. That's a lot of Scorch! Now it's all a matter of sitting down and drawing each page out. So I've made a goal for myself to gain enough financial stability that will eventually allow myself the time to pick it up again.
Alternatively, I would have liked to have gotten paid to do Scorch, and I had been offered other publishing deals for it before. But as my Uncle Ben once told me, "with mass production comes great commercialism." or something like that. I was beginning to get the idea that it would be wrong to try to tell Scorch in this sort of format. Scorch was something I started for fun and that is how it should continue to be. I hope to return to doing it as a webcomic very soon.
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