Unfortunately I'm putting the Psychodessey on a brief updating hiatus for personal reasons. Don't worry, it will be brief although I can't particularly say at this point when I will continue the updates. I will still be working on it even though there won't be updates. I know we are kind of at a bad spot to stop and I'm sorry.
It's not how it sounds I swear!
My band is going on tour soon (starting the 26th of July). We are starting in northern California, heading through Oregon and Washington, then swinging down through Idaho, Utah, and Nevada. Well at least most likely those last three, depending on how it all goes. It'll take about three weeks, and I won't have access to a computer, so I've had some decisions to make based on the update schedules. I'd like to upload the rest of chapter 4 of the Psychodessey, and complete the first chapter of Pokémon Ged Version before I go. So there won't be any updates while I'm gone, but maybe a mass of updates will ease the pain of my absence. While I'm away I plan to start writing the script of the second book of the psychodessey, and upon returning, finish the remaining chapters of the first book. That's the plan at least, and it's happening whether ya'll like it or not.
If anyone lives in the states I mentioned, and either A: like bluegrass music or B:wants to hang out with their imaginary internet friend irl, send me a message or email and I can give you some more info as to where my band will be traveling.
ok... hmmmm. ok. ok. Lemme think here for a sec.
So my goal for this comic as of recent days of yore (like a year ago) was to finish this comic by the time I turn 25. I'm afraid I'll have too much to do by then as a person to be working on a silly stick figure comic, and I tend to be more motivated by deadlines. I made that goal when I was 22 and I kept telling myself that my pace was fine and that I had 3 years still. My other goal was to finish the first book by 2016, and, well... we're on page 20-something. I'm estimating the first book will be just under 300 pages. so if there is going to be 5 books that's like 1500 pages ballpark. If I were to complete 2 pages a day for the next two years, that is pretty close to covering those estimates. Part of the problem is that I spent all summer working on preparing the comic I had for scanning, which postponed writing the script for chapter 5 till September, and I'm about half way through drawing chapter 5. I have finally kind of dialed in the steps of uploading and scanning, etc. So things will go faster in the future. But I also need to try to stay motivated and not get distracted, cause it's absolutely crunch time. My plan was also originally to start updating at twice the speed once I started working on the second book, because right now the comic updates every 5 days and 23 hours. So in other words I have like 90 pages of buffer that could theoretically take around 90 weeks to release. I don't want you guys to have to wait that long for updates. I could start updating every 3 days to help make me feel more pressure, and therefore, more motivation. But then if I failed and went on a hiatus I would feel really bad, which is why I gave myself such a massive buffer in the first place.
So in other words, if you guys have any tips, tricks or advice for staying motivated and working on a long project, I'm all ears, and I would appreciate the help.
The Psychodyssey was written in a style that contains heavy elements of parody, homage, and allusion. To achieve a fuller understanding and experience of the story, the afore mentioned elements must be taken into account. The majority of these elements are used from dizzyingly obscure movies, books, and TV shows. Although I could simply explain them all myself, I thought it could be a more enriching experience for my readers if they worked together to discover the parodies, homages and allusions within the story. So feel free to call out anything you see that could possibly be some kind of reference to something else (in the comments).
As you do, I will offer incentives for correct connections. Certain references will "unlock" character sheets, extras, and other pages that could be helpful to understanding the plot and characters of this story. Every correct connection made will also warrant a double update. So in theory you could make the comic update faster if you correctly determine the origin of the references. I will also keep track of how well everyone does on an individual basis, and will offer a prize for "he or she who gets the most stuff right." I thought this would be an alternative to patreon-esque rewards that are only available to people who pay money. I would rather see people enjoy these things for free.
Other tips: don't be afraid to ask me for clues
don't be afraid to ask a friend you know for pop culture knowledge
Thanks for reading my comic.