So a few years ago (YEARS!?!) I was able to get Straw Man 10 finished. I felt like I was limping to the finish line but I pushed through and with the help of my friends was able to publish something that I’m very proud of. One of the kickstarter rewards was the opportunity to have a cameo appearance of Straw Man 11. Although issue 11 has not materialized I have not forgotten my debt and I plan to fulfill that promise. It has been an uphill battle for me to finish. I’ve had big plans for the issue. The work I’m putting into it feels like getting a Master’s Degree. But time to do it right has eluded me and my enthusiasm has dwindled.
Realizing that progress has slowed to a crawl I’ve decided to keep working on Straw Man to keep my head in the game. I started a patreon account to help with funding issue but nobody has donated as of yet (totally my fault for not putting it out there more often). I wanted to continue the Pepe/Straw Man strips storyline and even penciled about 5 rough pages. I realized that I was only delaying the inevitable and that I needed to focus on making forward momentum… not to just tread water. My self-imposed rule was that I would work on the issues in order so that my style would evolve with my work. But that rule now seems arbitrary and has kept me from moving forward.
Another self-imposed rule is that I couldn’t share the actual Straw Man story on the web. That’s why I started doing the Straw Man strips. However, I recently realized that the people who are supporting me or have supported me in the past might just want to see ME finish what I started –because they want to support ME as a person and not necessarily Straw Man. Maybe Straw Man is funny, maybe it’s ground breaking, maybe it’s not… but I know people do know me and like me through my work.
Why Skip 11?
Well I won’t really be skipping it. I’m just not going to share what’s going on with it. And I won’t be sharing everything from #12. I’ll be obscuring text, covering some jokes. Jeff Smith said that he drew the last page of Bone years before it was published. JK Rowling had the last chapter of Harry Potter sitting in a drawer for years. While 12 definitely has a last page, it doesn’t have that definitive shot. It remains slightly nebulous despite the fact that I know how it all ends. I wanted a concrete goal to work towards. I wanted to be able to say to myself… Just 20 more pages. Just 10 more pages.. etc.. until it was all done. So by getting 12 squared away, I’ll know where I am at all times in the process.
Nope. I wanted to share stuff today, and here we are: