Very mean of me, I’m sorry. This wasn’t always the plan, if that makes it any better. In more ways than one. I came up with that last bit while working on the previous post. The end was to be more or less the same, but no glow. But what would the fun be in that? So I threw a curve ball.
On a higher level, it wasn’t supposed to be like this at all. I planned to have the question of the light things percolate in the background for awhile while I did other stuff. It was always going to culminate in a riot at the festival, I just planned to take a lot longer to get there. Send the kids on another adventure, maybe. Do some more personal stuff. But as I started prepping Chapter 4, I decided I was getting tired. I just wanted to live without the spectre of a comic hanging over my head for awhile. So I rewrote a lot, bumped up the timetable, and here we are. The irony of the fact that I decided to stop doing this with Chapter 4 and it’s been more than 3 years since I started publishing that one is not lost on me. Things kinda slowed down, as you well know. I wish it wasn’t like that, but it was.
My change of plans becomes perhaps a bit obvious if you re-read Chapter 4. Especially the bit where the Band Street Girls come bother Court & Wei. What did they want if the machine was already built? But I have rationalized that by thinking Esther was worried it wouldn’t work and wanted Court to come improve it. That works for me.
At any rate, the riot almost killed me, but I did what I set out to do. I definitely have plans for more, and hope to revisit CG in the future, but right now, I just want to take it easy. I have only become more worried that my drawing habits are physically hurting me. I need to sort that out. And I want to just draw other stuff without feeling guilty for neglecting this for awhile. I expect I’ll be back, though. I wouldn’t end it like this without a future in mind.
If you’ve been waiting around on me to finish this the whole time and you’re still here, I thank you. Thanks to everyone who’s been along for the ride for the last 5 years (!) on this. It’s pretty crazy how much my art grew and changed from the first page to now. It’s been really fun to do. For now, though, I’m out.