In which, on the second anniversary of the strip, pHil seeks to address some issues, and so does Penelope.
Well, for the time being, until I get the new site up, Drop the Cow has reverted to a blog site about the new work. So, what have I been up to?
Writing, mostly. As it stands now, the new project (I’m not disclosing the title yet) will be – if published in paper as a floppy comic – two volumes, each comprised of four 32-page issues. 32 x 4 = 128, 128 x 2 = 256. Seemed appropriate, since in this story, Penny reprises her role as a nerd/hacker, at least initially. Who or what she is beyond that, she will have to learn as the story progresses.
Also been doing some character (re)design work, and a few sketches – thought I’d post one. It’s just rough pencils, as I need to set up for inking again (wonder if my wife got me a Cintiq for Father’s Day? :)), but I’m not displeased with it.
By the way, the tagline isn’t just a lament; it’s the core theme of the new story.
Too Weak Notice
A Bittersweet Announcement
As we close in on the second anniversary of the strip, I’ve been doing some personal evaluation, and have come to the decision that it’s time for Drop the Cow(!) to go on hiatus, at least for the near future.
Hasn’t been an easy decision, for several reasons. One, I’m still having fun creating the strip. Two, I feel that it’s a good product, and I still enjoy reading the strip myself (which for me, is surprising). Three, I’ve still got a backlog of strips written and larger story arcs planned out – including Penny getting her own reality TV show, and later seeking enlightenment in Nepal, where she hangs out with the Dalai Lama and Leonard Cohen. You might guess how well that enlightenment thing pans out…
For those reasons, I consider this a hiatus, not a cancellation. I’ve got strips in the buffer that will conclude on the second anniversary (June 7), and DtC will go out with a bang – at least an implied one.
Okay, then, What’s Next?
Fear not! Penny and Johnny will be back…
The stage lights are warming up in the Short Attention Span Theatre. In the true spirit of dropping the cow (what it’s all about, after all), I’m jumping immediately into my next project. I’ve had a concept for a long-form comic that I’ve never successfully executed on (despite at least three attempts), and I’ve decided to give it another go. Those hand-drawn strips I did late last year were a bit of a test-run for something like this, and the idea for this departure has been percolating for at least that long.
Since returning from the UK a couple weeks ago, I finally had the “eureka” idea for the story, and am reworking the entire thing around a new core premise that pulls it all together. I’ve been writing feverishly all week – wish I’d had that idea 25 years ago, but there ya go.
The book will almost certainly be published as a webcomic, and I will be posting updates here as well as at the new site (to be announced…) as the start date approaches. I don’t want to disclose much more right now, but I will say that Penny and Johnny remain the core characters.
For now, thanks for reading Drop the Cow! And watch this space for character & concept sketches, news and timing updates, and general blogginess. I plan to post about the new work at least once weekly, if for no other reason than to make sure I keep working at it.
Long and many were the hours I spent listening to the tales me mum would tell of the Scottish Highlands, and the places from which her family roots sprung. And lo, these decades later, I’ve finally made my way over here to the Isles!!! Sitting in the B&B room in Inverness tonight, after a fine dinner of haggis and a walk in the rain, and the only downside is that we couldn’t bring our kids this trip, late second honeymoon or no. Next time we come, the whole crew has to come along! Inverness is lovely, and I expect it to be as great a time as London was the past couple of days.
Wha–? Can they DO that?
Today’s “Plot Twist” episode of Strip Search
Maybe it’s because I’m unfamiliar with the “reality show lock-up” genre, but today’s Strip Search totally caught me by surprise! Not only did I not see that coming, I am positively chuffed about what they did. My respect for Gabe, Tycho & Khoo grew a couple levels after their little stunt today.
On a side note, I’m still thinking of posting my “Strip Search Elimination” strips somewhere on the site. Maybe next week, after I get my buffer caught back up…