End of Chapter 8
Notes from the Creator:
It’s been almost 6 years (Jan 1, 2014) since I began Macchina in college. I’ve learned so much about comics just by drawing one (mostly) consistently for so long.. as you can probably tell from the different between my first chapters and my more recent ones!
For those who keep up with me on twitter and tumblr know, I finished my most recent project, Kindling, in July and debuted the book 1 graphic novel for the first time at Small Press Expo in Bethesda, MD September 14-15! I’ve been having a hard time balancing my real life (9-5 day job, got married, got a house) and my comics life. Kindling was an amazing project that I really enjoyed, but pumping out 2 full size pages a week on top of my other obligations was incredibly difficult, which is why I had such a hard time putting out consistent Macchina updates.
Macchina has changed significantly since I first scripted it in 2007. I’ve spent the past year or so rewriting the entirety of the remainder of the story, to make it more consistent with my current vision on the long term goals of Macchina. As a result, I’ve grown increasingly dissatisfied with the work I had done previously. I’ve been thinking a lot about how I want to go about continuing Macchina (which I 100% fully intend to do!!), and the future of the story.
I’ve come to two thoughts the continuation of Macchina:
1. Pitch the story using the rewrite as a base, with the intentions of redrawing it from the beginning. It would consist of a universe building prologue, chapters 1-5 would be condensed and re-envisioned into one introductory chapter for the Calanthians, chapters 6 would go more into Kana’s background and become Chapter 2 (introduction into the Feuerlanders), 7 and 8 would be 3 and 4, and what would be chapter 9 (Housewarming) would be 5 and the story would continue on as I have written it in the updated script; or
2. Should the story remain unclaimed, I would STILL be drawing a universe building prologue, and then continuing on where I left off with Chapter 9. I would release the story in large chunks (chapters or half-chapters) as a pay download before scheduling the pages to upload as a web comic a couple weeks later (for those who want to read for free!). I’ve gotten a lot of feedback that many people prefer to read in large chunks anyways, and I find that I am no longer able to keep up with a standard, regular-release format. This would allow me to work at my own pace based upon my schedule instead of going crazy on the weekends and living like a hermit (because.. that is what happened with Kindling XD).
Regardless of which path I take, I am going to be taking time off to work on the pitch, character/universe sketches, finishing up the script, and thumbnailing out the new prologue and chapter 9 (or the redraw, whatever the circumstance). I’ll be posting sketches and the like onto my Tumblr in the meantime. I know, I know – I’ve already been mostly on and off with the story for some time, but I would like to take this moment to gently remind any possible disgruntled fans that I draw this primarily for myself, and for free (aside from modest volume 1 book sales).
Speaking of books, I intend to put together Volume 2 of Macchina (chapters 6 through 8) for release Spring/Summer 2014, should I continue captaining this comics boat. More news on that when I get there! I have a lot of work to do to prepare the book for print, a lot of pages to fix.. and ink.
I have also already talked to a very talented friend of mine who would be interested in coloring upcoming issues of Macchina. We’ve already discussed a per page rate, so that’s rolling around in the brainpan.
Anyways, thanks everyone! <3 For now, how about reread the story from the beginning? There are 296 (!!!) glorious pages of Macchina online right now for your viewing pleasure! If you’ve already done that, how about give Kindling a go (116 pages)? I’m still wrapping up distribution post-SPX, but physical copies of both Volume 1 of Macchina and Book 1 of Kindling, as well as Corgi Zine, will be posted to the online store in a week or so. I’ll also be at Nekocon in Hampton Roads, Virginia Nov 1-3!