Read Sithrah on Webtoons here—> http://www.webtoons.com/en/fantasy/sithrah/list?title_no=524
I haven’t posted anything here for a long time now since Sithrah has been on Webtoons.com. If you were not aware of that then you can read Sithrah here—> http://www.webtoons.com/en/fantasy/sithrah/list?title_no=524
It’s been about 2.5 years since I have moved to Idaho and changed EVERYTHING in my life and it’s been an amazing change. I have had amazing support from my Patreons and Webtoons.com to help me make a living off of Sithrah and it is still surreal to come to work every day to work on my own comics and books. My wife just started working a few weeks ago and I just negotiated the last 2 books of Sithrah on Webtoons last week. Basically, I will be finishing up all the art for Sithrah by December of this year and it will be complete online by the end of February of 2018. It’s coming way faster than I thought but I am excited for a new change.
I’m probably going to launch a Kickstarter early next year for Sithrah 4 (the book) as well as my NEXT project. I have three things I’m developing that might end up being my next big thing but at this point in my life I am wondering just how to take these next steps. Part of me wants to just pitch my next project on Kickstarter to try to get the full funding for the production and book printing. Part of me wants to pitch a project to Webtoons to see if they will fund the production of my next series like they did with Sithrah. Another part of me is wondering if I should try to finally find an agent or a publisher this time. Maybe Image comics? Who knows. What I do know is that my main source of income will end in February and so you are bound to see some new big changes again in my business plan.
If you have a chance, I’d love your prayers for my next direction in life. Life is very good now (even with all it’s ups and downs) and I can’t imagine God forcing me to go back to finding freelance work after bringing me this far. But I am willing to go there if it becomes clear that I need to.
I’d love your thoughts too. (If anyone is still reading this blog) Who knows, maybe I need to start writing blog posts again. I kinda miss this. 🙂
Please head on over to Webtoons to read Sithrah because they pretty much base all their decisions on how much people like my comic.
Thanks again for all your support and prayers over the years as I took this crazy leap of faith to make Sithrah. Looks like it’s about time for me to take a new leap of faith. 😉
For those of you on the Coffee Table Comics mailing list, last Monday we sent out rules to a contest to win super cool CTC prizes! As promised, here are the winners [using Webtoons usernames]:
First Place: Hal Fackler wins the Victuals sculpture and a Signed copy of Sithrah book 1!
Second Place: Young Jin Park wins a signed copy of Sithrah book 1!
Third Place: WorldofCcrow wins a Coffee Table Comics T-shirt!
Thanks to everyone who participated!
If you want to be kept in the loop about future contests, giveaways, and more please join the Coffee Table Comics Mailing list.
I had the honor to be invited on Chris Oatley and Lora Innes’ podcasts and we probably recorded about 5 hours of content between the two of them. Today Chris released the first part on his Art Cast podcast and you can hear it here:
So this is only the first part and so keep an ear out for part two soon on Chris’s website at http://chrisoatley.com/
Then the 3rd part will be released on the Paper Wings Show with Lora Innes. 🙂
I’ll give you an update here when the next parts go live. See you around.
Well, it’s been a crazy last few months for us and Coffee Table Comics. If you haven’t read already, I have moved to Idaho and bought a house there. We are still not fully moved in yet because we are doing some fixing and stuff before we move in all our junk. You probably already knew that I quit my good paying job at Dreamworks in December to make way for this change but there are some new developments that I never expected and I’d love to share them with you finally. 🙂
First of all, I will be starting to work on book 2 of Sithrah, FINALLY, in the second week of August. And surprisingly, I will be working on it FULL-TIME. Yeah, you heard me right. Full-time. I didn’t expect to be able to work on my books full-time for another year or two. In fact I had set up freelance work that I was expecting to work on part time to help pay the bills but an opportunity presented itself and I just couldn’t refuse.
I’m sure some of you will not be happy with my decision but here goes.
Several months back I was approached by a company called Webtoons.com. This is a Korean company that has had major success over the last 10 years with their webcomic platform in South Korea and is now launching an English version of their site and they have been looking for comic artists with good English content. They said they wanted me to be a featured webcomic on their site and they would even pay me (not as much as I need to live but it’s close) to put Sithrah on their site. I didn’t believe them and so I kept emailing them for months. I talked to friends who started posting content on their site and everyone was pleased with them as a company so far. After months of checking up on them and long email conversations I finally was able to meet with them in their LA office and I was finally convinced and completely impressed. They are the real deal and it only seemed right to jump in and try it out. I mean, why not, I was changing everything else in my life so why not this too. ha!
But there were some conditions to the agreement. One of which was that I would have to convert my pages to their scrolling format for iPhones and iPads. The other condition is that they would have worldwide digital rights for a few years. Third, I would have to have several pages of content ready every week.
I had a IP lawyer look over the contracts and he said they looked pretty solid. I would still own all the rights to everything else I was doing with Sithrah like publishing the books, toys, movies and anything else. And they made it clear that they wouldn’t cancel our contract in the middle of my story.
So after much mental debate I decided to give it a shot. The benefits would outweigh the negatives because I would be able to finish all 6 or 7 books of Sithrah in about two years on this schedule. I could still do Kickstarters and Patreon and I would be tapping into a brand new audience.
What does that mean for this website?
SIthrah.com will stay intact and I will leave the first half of Sithrah here so anyone can still see the older version of the first pages. But then I will direct everyone over to Webtoons.com where the rest of the adventure will be updating on a regular weekly (lightening speed) schedule. Yeah, and it will still be free to read online. 🙂
I’m sure many of you will appreciate the larger blocks of content once this starts but I know that some will be unhappy with my move. All I have to say is, if this doesn’t work out after my 2 years of posting Sithrah then I can keep making my next comics on my own sites again. But if it works out well, then I might just keep the partnership going. Only time will tell.
What about Patreon?
Patreon will still be very active. In fact it will be way more active now because I will be updating it weekly with sketches and inks and pages from the book version of Sithrah. I am hoping to post the scripts if we reach new goals and I plan to broadcast my screen as I work there too. Not to mention that my patreons will still have early access to pages probably about 3 months in advance to everyone else.
Do I still need Patreon? Yes, very much so. Webtoons is only paying me enough to cover some of my bills and so I still need patrons to help me keep above water. Luckily it’s just not as much as I needed before and so now some of the patronage can go towards more than just my bills. 🙂
So please consider becoming a patron if you want to see all the behind the scenes stuff, have access to my PSD files, talk on video calls, get into a free art drawing each month and much more.
I’m telling you, this whole life change is scaring me to death but it’s exactly what I have been praying for and so I would probably be even more scared to pass this opportunity.
When does it all Start?
Our contracts are in place to start posting Sithrah on Webtoons.com on the 3rd week of August. The first 3 months I will be posting book 1 there and then after that it will all be brand new Sithrah content. 🙂
I hope this is as exciting to you as it is to me. I will let you know when it all starts and give you links too. I hope you will join me in my new environment and keep your encouraging spirit as you have over the last 6 years of Sithrah and reMIND. 🙂
Love you all!