Yep. Still working on a single track – and it’s not DtC. Sorry folks! Stand by; the end is in sight…
Okay, since it’s Tuesday, I decided I should post something… Wait – what? It’s Wednesday?! That’s about how things have been for me the past month. Hence the mini-hiatus the strip has been on.
Good news is, I think after this week, we will be back to mornal! Sorry – normal. The customer coding marathon is pretty much over, we’ve deployed to production, and I’m conducting user orientation and training any day now. w00t! Next week, I should begin posting strips again – provided I can remember where we were in the storyline!
Even better news (for me at least) are these babies:
This Azure cert has been hanging over my head for months like some crazy Sword of Damocles. In fact, it’s been such a cloud over me (pun intended, be sure) that the entirety of the second book in Penny’s journey (coming soon) is completely inspired by it! So glad I finally knocked it out today – Hah! Take that, Azure! You has been pwned!
Okay, yeah. No strip ready for tomorrow, as you might have guessed. This week has been a crazy blur of coding and debugging over a bagpipe-laced Celtic Punk backdrop. 60+ hours, and it’s just Thursday. Who needs Red Bull and cheese puffs when ya got the Real McKenzies and Prednisone?
Hopefully I can finish the current strip over the weekend and get it posted for next Tuesday – if I’m lucky, we’ll only have lost a week. Thanks for your forbearance! 😉
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.