This is my WIP schedule for Troutcave Comics. Take note of two things: first, I have no idea what the secondary webcomics are for each block after the first five. Second, it doesn’t take long for the comic book schedule to outpace the webcomics. You can’t see it, but by August 23rd, 2016, the comic books will be an entire year ahead of the webcomic updates, and that gap that will only increase further with time.
This assumes I still manage to produce one 22 Page + Cover book every 28 days, which isn’t as unreasonable as it sounds. My pace with Carol (9 Pages every 6 Days) was actually far superior to that. I’ve intentionally made the schedule easier on myself so I don’t break, but I’ll probably still try for 1.5 pages a day anyway, because I’m pretty stupid that way.
An Announcement: Troutcave Comics is becoming a digital comic book publisher.
Though I’ve spent over fourteen years just putting webcomics online every day, it’s never quite fit me like a glove: creating the same series forever, day in and day out, can grow monotonous, and I’ve often felt like having to force individual strips or pages to stand on their own worked against the stories I wanted to tell.
As such, beginning in May, Troutcave Comics is reborn as a comic book publisher. I will release comic book issues online - likely via Gumroad, hopefully via Comixology - on a regular basis, for a nominal fee. The subjects of these comics will vary wildly, with little regularity.
In addition to these comic book releases, issues will be - slowly - posted online for free as webcomics, because - of course - I’d never turn my back on the medium I love so very, very much. Two pages from two issues will be posted every week. Each issue will thus take eleven weeks to be completed online. The currently running webcomics will have already been published as comic books, and thus can be purchased well before the webcomic wraps up its eleven week run.
Thus, to clarify, I will always have two different webcomics updating simultaneously, each twice a week (one series will be Mon / Wed, the other will be Tues / Thurs). Until it’s completed with it’s eighth issue, the Mon / Wed series will ALWAYS be The Gospel of Carol, due to Kickstarter obligations. The second series will rotate as I’ve intended.
My overall business plan has the schedule divided up into seasons, with five blocks per season, with each block being eleven weeks. Season One will be entirely the work of me alone. Starting with Season Two, I hope to bring in other artists to draw some additional scripts from me, but that will be depend on either a successful Kickstarter campaign, or an ongoing Patreon account. I’m undecided on that front at the moment. Either way, I won’t bring on artists unless I can pay them a fair rate. Still, if this happened, the number of issues produced per season would rise from the worst-case-scenario of 12 to at least 18.
For those of you undoubtedly concerned about Mary Elizabeth’s Sock, worry not. It’s on the schedule. You just won’t get to read it quite as often. At least two issues of MESS are slated for each season. Contentwise, this means that you won’t be losing much its current webcomic schedule (44 pages vs. 52 pages a year).
I’ll admit, some of this is pretty pie in the sky, but my recent experiences of complete almost two pages of Carol every day has left me not burnt out, but invigorated. This is something I think can be great, and I hope you’ll both enjoy the ride and support me in the process.
The madness begins in May. I’ll have more details for you as I iron things out. For the time being, you can still read the Troutcave’s current webcomics at troutcave.net.
Disclaimer: This is something of a pre-announcement. Details are still being ironed out and I’ll be working on this throughout the next two months.
Magnolia won’t be able to be at ECCC this year, unfortunately, but Booth 310 will have Kory Bing (me!), Kel McDonald, Evan Dahm, Tyler Crook, and Meredith McClaren! If you stopped by to see me last year, I am in basically the exact same spot! COOL.
Duly noted! I’ll be fixing and revising the map when the hi-res version of the original shows up next week.
Here’s my webcomic map for emeraldcitycomicon. This is a WIP and will be updated as I remember all the people I forgot. Sorry for the size. That’s how ECCC posted the map and I didn’t resize it at all.
Note that TopatoCo includes a whole pile of webcomic people that I couldn’t list individually. They were all recently announced as guests by ECCC themselves, though, so you can read their blog on that for the info.
As for me specifically, I’m in 811 with several friends. It will be crowded.
It’s @dantheshive’s birthday! Because he’s one of my bestest friends, I drew him fanart, of what is objectively his best character. Objectively. If you are for some reason not aware of his comic, this is his comic.