Apothecary Supreme Page 32 – Issue END

April 24, 2017

Well there we have it, the final page in this story.

http://apothecarysupreme.thecomicseries.com/comics/33

As should hopefully be apparent the intention was always to make something self contained first and foremost, avoiding a frustrating ‘to be continued’ with an unwieldy drawn out narrative. Put simply I wanted to make something I could potentially abandon after issue 1 without feeling like I let down any readership.

That said, I DO want to continue Apothecary Supreme with other episodic stories so there is a touch of open-endedness here that I’m hoping to exploit.

I really need some space from this before I can properly assess how well everything went, but on the face of it I’m fairly pleased with the end result. Much turned out as I hoped while the things that changed from the script were likely better for doing so.

One of the largest changes was that of Burkhard’s character. Originally he was meant to be one shot haughty interloper, but I found myself becoming weirdly attached to him near the end… Probability of him returning? Likely I think.

The BIG problems? Speed – work life interfered A LOT – upload rate and some frankly inconsistent character designs. All things I’m looking to remedy a bit in any follow up I do.

What’s next? Some kind of proper cover for the issue for starters and then some kind of print run might be fun.

What now? A fairly lengthy hiatus I reckon while I gear up for more and try to take things in an even more weird, mucky and monstrous direction…

Thanks for reading y’all!


Apothecary Supreme Page 31 – Xenous

April 16, 2017

Well, this certainly is a surprisingly on-time update for me!

http://apothecarysupreme.thecomicseries.com/comics/32

A touch of serious-serious between the fun here, but don’t let that drag you down! The final page in the story lands on Sunday next week!


Apothecary Supreme Page 30 – Reward

April 10, 2017

Imagine that, I may actually finish something with a properly satisfying conclusion!

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http://apothecarysupreme.thecomicseries.com/comics/31/

Thanks to holding back on releases a bit and not being massively lazy it looks like I’ll be able to update each Sunday till the end of this issue/story/whatever. It also seems certain – really, really this time – it’ll all be over in two more pages!

Random trivia; this page probably had more dialogue alterations from the script than any other. I was 100% on what I thought they should say till I got there. Drawing it all my bizarrely may have helped put me into their heads…

So, one last major plot point and I’m done! Whatever could it be? ;)


Apothecary Supreme Page 29 – Reunion

February 20, 2017

 

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Did I really say just three more pages last time? Looking like four here, pacing can be a fickle thing…

http://apothecarysupreme.thecomicseries.com/comics/30/

Frustratingly this one has been sat on my hard-drive waiting to be finalised for a while now thanks to other distractions, which is really not helping my already slow release schedule. For once maybe I’ll just shut up and get on with more…

 


Apothecary Supreme Page 28 and where I’m going with all this

January 22, 2017

Slowly getting there…

http://apothecarysupreme.thecomicseries.com/comics/29

All's well that ends well?

All’s well that ends well?

This page essentially wraps up the main dilemma of the story (the ‘dragon’) and leaves me with what is basically a coda for the final three (or so) pages sorting out the loose ends between Burkhard and Greta.

It’s at least reassuring to be so close to the finishing line but I don’t want to launch into a full reflection on the comic/issue’s development just yet since I’m saving that for when it’s done-done. Instead I’d like to briefly ruminate on the future of my work and this comic.

The plan has always been to go back to self publishing and attending expos, however I want to be 100% I have something worth sharing to avoid repeating all the mistakes I made last time around all the way back in 2013. Areas I definitely want to put more consideration into this time are the final printed format, cover and stall. Presentation is an area I previously neglected to my own detriment, something three years in design/marketing day jobs has really hammered home.

More than anything though, tackling a convention stall again is a chance to really test people’s reaction to Apothecary Supreme. I feel that even recouping expenses may be overly optimistic after so long out of the game, but for me getting back into this is both a launch board and experiment to assess what my next course of action will be. I’ve likely mentioned before that this comic was intended as a bit of a test; on the one hand it’s a self contained fantasy/horror story, but could potentially be the basis for other episodic tales of weirdness depending on the response.

If I feel that people want more I will likely continue with other stories in this setting, targeting a faster production cycle and any other weaknesses that could be addressed. On the other hand, should I decide to abandon the story after this at least there is a complete narrative on its own, rather than another unfinished ‘to be continued’. Ultimately it will depend on my feelings once I’ve gotten it out there in printed format.

I did have the London MCM Comic Con in May penciled in as my deadline to wrap everything up and finalise a print run. Unfortunately, it seems I was overly naive in assuming booking a table would be as easy as it was in the past; demand is way up and I’m told all the tables were taken in the first hour of going live, making it about an hour too late in my case…

Aaaaanyhow, rather than be miserable about this I’m taking it as a sign I should adjust my objectives slightly and aim for a smaller expo first. MCM Manchester seems promising and I have a few allies in the area I may be able to summon, so watch this space for updates!

In the meantime, I need to stop wasting my free time in Overwatch and finish this mucky little yarn.