It has been a while. And I get that. I respect that. If you are seeing this then it means you are one of the few that really dig the comic and keep coming around and checking it out.
As I sit here and tediously work out the kinks of Issue # 3 which should be available to purchase by late summer 2012 (August for those paying attention) the lack of comic updates or noise from the site further questions the validity of the future of the comic.
Brad Guigar once noted using real life as an excuse is just an excuse and it isn’t a valid one. And I agree with that 100%. Other people with less time than me still give 100% and more to their comic and still get it done. But that’s all I really have as an excuse is the whole “with my normal 9 to 5 gig, plus the constant lack of time, the comic sort of shifted from focus but never from my eyesight”. And it is true. I could also throw out there the whole I didn’t want to lose energy in the comic itself, which was to admit I was burnt out on the comic and that wasn’t the case. At all. Farthest from that. I just had to sacrifice something doing everything I do, and in the end, the comic Tales of the 8th Grade Nothing is what had to suffer by being sacrificed to the creative lack of time gods.
But again, EGN is never far from my mind.
I am still slowly working on Issue # 3 and slowly trying to work on Issue # 4, and how it will be compiled together. Issue # 4 creates an interesting idea that it may or may not be the last issue of Tales of the 8th Grade Nothing in comic strip format, which is something I’ve wrestled with a great deal. Fact is EGN was something that was done to be done in comic strip format and I wanted to end it in comic strip format but truth-be-told, the story itself from start to finish, does it deserve a full comic book page? Perhaps. Perhaps not.
In my previous entries about a year or two ago, I mentioned that the future of the comic was once that I caught up publishing the strips in comic book form, the comic would be published straight in comic book format with the hint of being done online. And the more I think about that, the idea of leaving the first ‘issue’ online to read and the rest being done as a comic book is all the more exciting to me for some reason but let’s be honest about that reason: as it is less work to deal with. Also it gets into the hands of people who really want it. I’m sure at that point there are not a large amount of you left.
The comic in ‘its prime’ in terms of the actual book was 50 pre-orders and over ten or so more sold since. For a webcomic that has what see less visitors than that per month during that ‘prime’ it sure as heck felt like a win. Issue 2 has had less then 10 orders but it wasn’t hyped up, it wasn’t ‘anything’ really. It wasn’t even a blip on the radar. And that’s fine. I don’t do this for sales, I do this because I have a story to tell and I want to tell it. And if you are wanting to come along for the ride then even better. For those who are starting to feel like this is more like waiting in line for Space Mountain at Walt Disney World then I greatly apologize. I hope as the story continues that you feel that I’ve earned your patience.
The same general plan is still at the ready: Once Issue # 4 is done, the future of EGN as a webcomic will definitely change for better or worse. The website will change a bit too. It might not change slowly or it may, that is to be determined but for those who don’t know, Jason Dobbins is a pseudonym. My ‘studio’ D4K Studios will be more likely taking the EGN website under its’ banner. It’s silly to be paying for all the extra webspace when I could be just paying for the URL to point to spot X instead of paying for the whole chalupa. It is really coming down to basic numbers and common sense: http://d4kstudios.net/ which is just a place holder for now and is a really crappy one at that, is probably where www.8thgradenothing.com will probably point to eventually.
Again the comic will continue more likely in comic book form but how it showcases itself on the web is still to be determined. Until then… perhaps it is best you subscribe to the mailing list. Or follow the facebook page. Or follow D4K Studios owner Nick Arganbright on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/goodbadgeeky as that will have updates on what is going on with EGN. Until then…