Side-projects update

It’s been a while since I wrote anything about the two side-projects I have going on, Chronicles of the Witch Queen and The Lives of X!Gloop. Both projects chug along so smoothly that they don’t attract a lot of my attention.
The Lives of X!Gloop now has nearly all the previously-published material online. The latest comic on the site is from 1990 or 1991 and was published in an amateur zine called Furore shortly before it changed its name to Impuls. There’s two more weekends’ worth of material before I get to the point where I have to decide about scanning in the unfinished, unpublished stories from 1992-1994. I may even have a shot at finishing them! So far, the comic hasn’t attracted more than a few dozen readers, which is more than they got at the time. Doesn’t bother me – it’s not like I’m doing a lot of work on the site now.
Chronicles of the Witch Queen isn’t getting a whole lot of readers either, and that does bother me a bit. The Double, the first story to make its online debut on the site is a week away from being finished; it will be followed by a remastered version of The Eye of the Underworld which has been online for years in a different location. The Double was made by my friends Geir and Daniel, and like the print edition from 1996 it was made ready for publication by me. I did a better job on the web version than on the print version, but both have got a lower readership than they deserve, and I do feel I’ve let my friends down twice in that respect. Compared to five years ago, it’s a lot harder to get a webcomic noticed. Or maybe I’m less willing to play the "join in a dozen scattered online communities and plug" game than I was five years ago. It does look as if, like publishing zines, that sort of thing is something one should only do for a limited period of time in one’s life before moving on to something else.
Anyway, The Double is really good, right? Go read it.

I’m still figuring out how to fill a few weeks in November on the Chronicles of the Witch Queen site. There’s a bit of a gap in the schedule before we get to the Christmas story which we’ve already got on file. That one was originally made in 1996, by Geir and Daniel.
With the low readership and hardly any income coming from the site, it’s very hard for the three of us to make time to create new comics. So the gap is likely to be filled with more archival work and maybe a short break. After that, we have several months’ worth of material planned.
One thing I will put more work into is reworking part of Courtly Manners #2. A lot of that was either rushed out in the very small amounts of time I could make available while working on the Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan story The Rite of Serfdom or made while I was burnt out from the years of work on that story. It shows in the quality. It’s painful for me to talk about this, but… at the time, with the Clickie nomination and the comics culture in the Netherlands finally waking up to the existence of webcomics in the first half of 2005, those bad pages from Courtly Manners #2 were, for many readers in my own country, their first exposure to my work. I have concrete evidence, from people posting in online forums, that this has been damaging to these people’s perception of my work and to my reputation as an artist in general. I can’t allow those pages to stay un-fixed. So I’ll put some work into that, possibly using some outside help.

I’ve got a few updates on Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan but that will have to wait for a separate post.