Chapter 5 » Page 130

This is extremely strange. I’ve been working on Subterfuge for over three and a half years now. I started it because a more traditional, much more polished, comic book I was working on was taking me far too long to get done (I think I would’ve released it in like 2050 or something). I was also just starting to put my foot into the freelance illustration pool, and I felt a quick sketch comic I posted to my website would be a great way to practice visual storytelling…and actually finish something. I’ve started and stalled more projects than I care to mention, so it’s a very different thing to complete a story.

I certainly didn’t expect a huge “ah-hah” moment when finishing things up. I do wonder if this was as good of an ending to this story as I thought it was when I finished writing it last summer. That’s up to you to decide. I had no idea where I was going when I started Subterfuge. I had a basic idea and jumped right in. Over time it became all about Dean and his growth, if we can call it that. Lots of things were left out over time because it felt like it wouldn’t have helped the story. One example is a scene that cut away from Dean. I thought it would’ve been jarring to cut away and have a scene that didn’t involve him at all, and then go back to following him the rest of the story without regularly cutting away again.

Anyway, it’s been a growing, learning, experience. I’ve had times where it’s great to work on and other times where I wasn’t sure why, but it is nice to say “I’ve done it”. And now it’s time to move to the next story (which I’m planning out much more thoroughly). I’m not sure if I will publish it as a webcomic, or pitch it to a publisher and go the more traditional route. There’s still a decent amount of planning, concepting, and writing to do until I make that decision.

I’d like to thank those of you who have become the handful of, dare I say, fans. I remember the first time I had a comment in the shout box. It was extremely exciting and strange at the same time. I thought “someone not only read this thing, but took the time to say something”. I’ve been amazed and humbled. I’ve always appreciated when you have taken the time to go above and beyond just reading Subterfuge, and make a comment; even if it is to point out a typo or other strangeness. Those times where a misspelling was pointed out excited me just as much as the compliments I’ve received. So to all those who have stuck around I say from the bottom of my heart THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!

If you haven’t, and are interested of course, please subscribe to my RSS feed or fan/like my Facebook page. I’ll be posting on my blog, and linking to on my FB page, concepts, ideas, thoughts, and other things about my next project (which I really need to set some deadlines for now that I think of it).

And one final thing: I’m not planning at present to print Subterfuge into a trade, but if anyone is interested at all, say so in the shout box or contact me via the contact page and if there are enough people I’ll start a Kickstarter drive and we’ll get some done. Again I want to thank you for not only reading Subterfuge, but for reading this extremely long post.