Three in a row! We’re on a roll
See you guys next week!
When I was 10 and about to go into the 4th grade, I moved across the state to a new school, starting with a “clean slate” so-to-speak. So I tried to invent a new me. That “new me” lasted about one week, before I went back to being the “real me”. It’s not easy to pretend to be someone else.
My favorite part of a long week is when I get to step back and actually evaluate how tired I actually am. It’s always at that very first moment, when things calm down just enough, that I self-evaluate and really take stock of how much energy – both mental and physical – I have left. Quite often I find that when I reach that point I’m running on fumes, and the only thing I have left in me is to get together with friends and unwind.
Here’re two of the most draining periods in my life: Final exams weeks (all 8 times I went through that in college); the first TV production I worked on (3 weeks of 18 hour days, no days off, and I lived on set and never went home. It was like summer camp, but without the outdoors part).
I’m sure there are many more I’m not thinking about. What about you guys? How did you recoup?
About the strip schedule: Yes! Look, it’s a new strip! Also, I have more good news. There are 2 more strips completed and scheduled, so there’s no way they won’t be on time. In addition, I have three more that simply need to be lettered. So we *should* have six weeks of an uninterrupted schedule! I cannot tell you how excited I am to get these up or thank you all enough for continuing to check us out. We love making Hot Mess, and though we can’t do it as quickly as we’d like, we intend on making the comic well into the future.
Again, much thanks, and without a doubt we’ll see you soon!
I sometimes find it pretty crazy what hostesses and wait staff can get away with when their managers aren’t watching. Being a former waiter myself, I know exactly how frustrating the job can be, as well as the impulse to act out. Not that I ever did… much. But some of the people I worked with were downright mean to their customers when they felt they weren’t going to be held accountable.
Any of you waiters out there have funny stories about the “abuse of power” at work? Or any customers want to share your most unbelievable eating out moments?
Welcome to the fourth Hot Mess Pinup! And before you say it, yes we know we’re behind on the strips, and yes, we’re absolutely working to increase our speed. What do you guys think – should we post when we have them, or take a longer hiatus, and stock up a war chest so that we can post on a regular schedule in the future? In any case, thank you all for continuing to read!
This pinup is by the incredible artist Jason Banditt Adams (also here, and here!). Jason’s been a professionsal artists and designer for over 12 years, with his feet firmly planted in the realms of scifi, gaming and fantasy. I’ve been following his comic Rogue’s Gallery since it’s inception, and I think he’s got a great sense of style and spatial design.
So, when I asked him for a Hot Mess Pinup and he accepted, I was ecstatic. I was thinking that his experience with the fantastical would lend itself to a “what if the animals (especially Momur, the dragon) were real” scenario. But as always, the artists I work with always surprise me by going in unexpected directions. In this case, Jason brought Anna’s inner voices into the physical world by way of making them stuffed animals. Very clever, Jason! And it made for a very cute and sweet pinup.
Hope you guys like it!
How to Create a Webcomic Part Zero – Your Primer
Welcome to the Hot Mess series on how to make a webcomic. It’s going to be our goal to cover every aspect of developing, researching, physical production, on-line implementation, and even marketing that you might encounter as you put your vision out on the web.
This series will be as complete as I can make it, and based solely on the things I’ve learned in the year or so we’ve been doing Hot Mess. If I were to launch today, there’d be many, many, many things I’d do differently, and that’s what this series is about. Sharing some of the tips and tricks I’ve learned with the hopes of helping anyone out there who is thinking of sharing their artistic creation with the world.
NOTE: And “yes” to all you awesome (and probably exasperated) readers, keeping the panels on time would be the first thing I’d fix about what we’ve done – but I’ll cover production problems in another section.
Yes, we’re still working up to the once weekly schedule, but we’ll get there! Also on tap is our How to Make a Webcomic series of blog posts. I hope everyone is having a great summer!
Tomorrow, catch fashion designer and Project Runway finalist Suede at 1 pm EST. And then on Wednesday MET-RX editor in chief Frank Sepe at 11am EST stops by to chat. Check Diana’s show out right here!
A new one! (…finally!!!!!!)
Thank you all again for bearing with us. We encountered a bit of difficulty in our production line, but we are absolutely going keep Hot Mess coming! This is a passion project for all of us, and we’re constantly inspired by you, the readers, to keep making more.
Here’s what we intend to do: post one a week until we build up enough that will enable us to go back to our usual schedule of twice a week. Our ultimate goal is to get 3 per week out (Mon/Wed/Fri) as we did earlier this year, but realistically, that may be a ways off.
So, if we’re slow on strips, is there anything else you guys would like me to post? I’ll be your posting monkey.
Very cool guys, very cool.