Issue #4 Bonus 9
Wednesday, the 6th of June, 2012Sorry, is the first word that comes to my mind. It's not that I plan these disappearances aheads, but I can't help myself.
This time however It's also a time to reflect to what's been happening with myself and if it's even possible for me to keep a steady peace in my RL while still doing what I love, which is drawing.
In this context Alpha Luna it's been a huge project for me for the past few years and specially during the end of 2010 when it was its debut in paperback format for my local audience.
I gained a lot of attention but much of that fades quickly away and to be honest, while I got a lot of positive feedback and fans, in the long run I didn't get much of anything else.
RL calls and while it does I have less time and priorities take place and at the end of the day the lack of energies have a huge point on dis-continuing AL in a steady way (Im not that young anymore).
So, my mind have drifted to other subjects to ease the load while shutting down connection to the site and people. Is a responsable way of doing so? Of course not. But I'm a flawed person that prefers to shut down bonds than making a fuzz about personal dilemas, which is exactly what I'm doing here. And I wonder, if it's still worth it and I quickly answer, yes.
Meaning that I want to keep doing AL as long as I can... but I don't think I can dream as high as once anymore. I doubt it I will ever be picked by an important publisher in north america, and so I have to be realistic about it. I dont live by it, neither by doing comics or illustrations.
For about 7 years Al it's been going on for free online because I've loved getting feedback as I've progressed through it.
But recently and since my last absence I've felt a lot of pressure from people who claim certain debt from my part when people should remember this page is a free showcase, a window for a story that'd I love to bring more often but that also consume a part of my life.
And since my last absence I just got 2 o 3 emails asking about my status out of hundred if not thousand of visits I got each day. Which is a huge letdown for me. I get more job offers for other kind of art, furry art, tf art which are stuff that -actually- in the end keep this site alive, and NOT AL itself. While AL doesn't contribute to anything else than my pride.
I know I'm sounding a bit too materialist but it's the hard truth. People come, watch a page , smiles and walk away in a few seconds after I worked several hours into it. And that's how things are for most artist or any. But the difference here is that I'm not being paid for it and yet people demand more and I just can shrug.
Don't get me wrong, I love drawing, I love sharing what I do but I don't like being pointed out about how I irresponsable I am (when, probably I am) when from your part is only two clicks away.
So, all things considered I've decided to implement a new method. Is not revolutionary, but it will be sort of an incentive to help me out in this quest.
AL will resume, but first next page will be only available for 1 week in advance for donators only which will also include an extra bonus pic. After that week passes, the page will be available for everybody and the following will be immediately available for donators only for next week and so on.
This method will work automatically through e-junkie & paypal at my personal store and links will be available here at the right moment. So in the end everybody will still be able to view the comic freely while donators will be able to help me more directly while receiving something a page in advance. It's an incentive that will also help me out to see how many are really interested into see AL being continued and how many can really support it.
I hope you don't take this in the wrong way and you may understand from where I' coming from. Again, sorry for constant disappearing and I'll do my best to keep around while people care about Luna . Thanks to the people who has been supporting me all along.
PS: As for the pic above, it' just an image I had of a scene that may or may not happen at all in AL but I think it was cool enough to draw, kinda also inspired by the end of Game of Thrones season 1.