Next year, it will be twenty years since I started work on the first Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan page. I started some time in May, 1991, self-publishing the first collection in 1992. That means that the period between May 2011 and May 2012 is the comic's twentieth anniversary year. My priorities for that year are:
1. Keeping the remasters going on a daily basis, or as close as I can manage without going nuts, through The Rite of Serfdom (350-ish pages plus 20 pages of 'nitpicks', comics in which I answered questions from readers and papered over inconsistencies) and into Feral (well over 100 pages and counting). In addition, making sure that some of those remasters finally show up on the main site - the remasters are actually in their fifth year already. I started doing the first ones early in 2006, and only the redrawn items have made it to the main site.
2. Creating a new story especially commemorating the 20th Anniversary. This will be a series of vignettes taking the fictional world up to the year 1012. That's about all I'm willing to say about it, except that the frequency and launch date are yet to be determined. All I have right now is notes.
3. Finish Feral in time it to get caught up with the remasters. This will probably include redrawing some of it, as I'm already looking at work from 2008 and thinking "I can do better now" - in spite of my infrequent drawing since then.
4. Launch some other comics in addition to ROCR. These may be related, or they may not.
5. Prepare Invasion for remastering. This will probably include redrawing some of it, and adding pages so the crossover aspect can be downplayed.
This is ambitious, but after three years, I'm finally coming to a point in my life where I have more art time again. And I'm itching to work on the comics again, in any way that I can.
Not on the list of priorities for the 20th anniversary year, because I am already working it, is ridding the website of its connections to the Modern Tales/Comicspace family of websites. This is not out of any ill will towards said group of websites, but just to simplify my online presence a bit and have fewer sites to work on. The archives on Modern Tales are now in noticeably worse shape than on either the main website or the Drunk Duck mirror where the remasters are currently running. meanwhile Comicspace has moved from being a marginally useful site for me to sell my original art on to a marginally bothersome annoyance. It is now run on a platform (WordPress) that is not, in my opinion, suited to the site's purpose, and as a result it has become a way for me to get spammed through channels that weren't available to spammers when it was on its original platform. It is not going to get any better either: while I am not privy to inside information at Comicspace, and no longer even keep up with what, if anything, it publically announced, it's clear from reading Comicspace co-founder Joey Manley's writing online that his focus is now elsewhere: specifically, with helping webcomics that already have a large readership but no business model to become financially succesful. This is in contrast with the original conception of Comicspace, which was to be a high-quality social network/site hosting toolkit for all webcomics. This is a wise decision, one that Aggie and I think is the best someone in Joey's position can make; but as I do not have a high readership, I'm not in his target group - so, time for me to move on. The links to Modern Tales and Comicspace on the main page have already gone; soon, ROCR on Modern Tales will be shut down and the advertising slots hosted through Comicspace's advertising branch reclaimed for something else.
This leaves me with Chronicles of the Witch Queen. I haven't discussed this with my COTW partners Geir and Daniel, but I expect that I will remove most of the updates from the past year (essentially: an unmaintained mirror of the remasters of the Corby Tribe storyline, plus a spin-off comic that has also stalled), create a front page for the site that clearly indicates the site's archived status, and hand over the keys to Geir and Daniel. They are working on a new story, but when that is ready to go, my schedule will be so full that for me to offer to do publishing work for them won't actually be doing them any favours. Better that that be clear from the get-go so they can take care of their own interests more effectively. They're both on my Christmas list, but as far as comics are concerned, it is time for me to move on. There may be cameos in the 20th anniversary storyline but that will be that.