I’m going to go on a bit of a tangent here.

This year so far, has had it’s ups and down. Most recently, a pretty significant up. I have a new job, and when I say job, I mean a “grown up” job. I have to wear khaki pants and dress shirts. That grown up! I’m only two weeks in and I can tell I’m going to enjoy it there. I think everyone is please with me so far.
Which brings me to my point. It’s time I got serious about my comics.

I’ve been attempting to do professional comics since 2002. I’ve gone through various cycles of productivity and creativity and cycles of utter doubt, self loathing and remorse. I’ve suffered from clinical depression and high anxiety for years, and my art and comics have suffered greatly for this. Man, back in 2009 or so, I was SO pumped to do comics. I was doing Thelbert, and trying to do Kapu Cove and all kinds of stuff. But as usual, I am my own worst enemy, and my comics and art suffered for it.

So let’s look at 2014. Mage hasn’t been updating nearly as often as I like, and it’s honestly mostly due to real life events that have been out of my control. I moved, I had some family issues, I started a new job. That’s basically been my year!

Now I have this awesome job, and I’ve been listening to the Webcomics Weekly podcasts again, an I came to a realization today. This job, not only will allow me to support myself, but support my comic. I turned 30 last year and damn it, it’s now or never on this comic thing, ya know? If i need to work for a good long 7 or 10 years until I get popular…wow, I better start NOW. Ugh. Since I feel like I’ve lost so much precious time, It’s imperative that I jump start myself now. I work from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is NO reason why I can’t work on my comics for a few hours every day, and have a completed, quality strip up every Friday. It’s going to happen.

I have goals this year. Goals that seem far fetched but I’m going to try them. I am going to save and buy a new laptop. This one is about 10 years old, and I really need a faster machine. I want to put a book out. Look, I know I have no readership, but this is a project I want to do for myself, through Print on Demand. I want to take all the comics I’ve done for the past 9 years or so and combine them into a collection. First part of Mage too.

I want to start posting a comic daily on Thelbert.com. I know I’ve tried to do two comics at once, and my biggest problem is trying to do too much, but here’s the thing about that… I HAVE to draw every day. I’ve been drawing things in my sketchbook lately (something I just got back into doing) that look like how I wish I could draw 5 years ago. Mage is my long term comic. Thelbert is going to let me have fun, be silly and hone some skills that I can apply to Mage.

I need to shoehorn myself into webcomic communities. I need to get a readership. The best way to do that, is to produce good comics that people like. That’s what I’m going to do. I’m not getting any younger and It’s time to really put all I have into these comics. I’m sorry for the last few months of nothingness, but that’s all going to change.

I no longer has the luxury of not wanting to do a comic one week. This is something I HAVE to do. Something I WANT to do.

As always, I thank you, few kind souls who read this comic, and continue to motivate me and inspire me to make cool stuff.

-Ethan