I just finished putting the inks on the next strip, and I don’t have enough time to color it before I have to return to work, so I thought I’d pop off a quick message.
I do almost all my comic work in coffee shops. Before I used to do this kind of work at home exclusively, but it was always difficult to concentrate at home with so many distractions present. In a coffee shop, it’s difficult to surf the internet, pick up a book, put on the TV, so I find it extremely easy to concentrate.
I’ve been living in Japan for about fifteen years now so I’m pretty used to the cycle of things here, and as the fiscal year closes in March it’s very easy to see April as the first month of new things. Students enter a new school or go into the next grade, companies transfer people internally or hire new recruits, people move their residences to accomodate these changes, and it’s all heralded by a beautiful and calm blizzard of pale pink sakura petals.
Things will change for me as well. I’ve been moved in my new job, and it will be difficult to adjust at first to the new schedule. There may be fewer strips in April as a result, but I’ll do my best to find my footing as soon as possible. To put it mildly, I need to do this comic and I’ll make time to do it.
I’m also thinking about the future of the site as well. I’m not totally happy with the site as it is, and I’ll have to make some chnages. One is to change to a simpler design to help with loading speeds and such. Another thing I’m considering is to remove the ads and try to go for an ad free site. The site makes an average of about $0.40/day through advertising, and while this is better than nothing it does affect the site negatively and I am asking myself if this $0.40 a day is worth it. There are sites where advertising works but more than likley depression comix is not one of them.
Another thing I’d like to create are more opportunities for reader participation. There are a lot of wonderful comments with people sharing their stories and ideas and this is something I want to make it easier for everyone to share even more.
Also another change that will be happening is I’ll be closing the ClayComix.com site for a while. It was supposed to be a portfolio site but with the only thing I’m doing recently being depression comix it’s kind of turned into just a mirror of that. I will reopen it once I figure out what I should do with it.
Anyways, break is over — thanks for reading!