Hello dear readers.
To say the quiet part out loud: this has been a properly terrible year, season, time? I had Covid twice, despite my best efforts and vaccinations. Then was being worked into the ground with the return of classes. And, to no one’s surprise, I then got pretty seriously injured and haven’t been able to sit up in a chair let alone draw for a quite a while. Suffice it to say I’ve had a number of mental health issues on top of everything else. Who wouldn’t?
This comic is a victory in as far as I was able to make it at all. I no longer respond to any messages asking where the comics are or where I’ve gone because I haven’t gone anywhere. I’ve been unable to make anything for quite some time. And not making these comics has been much, much worse for me than for anyone else.
I wanted to announce here my plan for the next steps of Q2Q Comics.
I’ll be compiling an omnibus of all of my Q2Q Comics as a single volume. This means starting from the beginning an undertaking a major redrawing project. Look, some of the early comics don’t hold up for their content and need to be expanded to feature the current cast of characters and some need to be scrapped entirely. Either way, they all need to be redrawn and standardized for print size and resolution. I’ll be making a concerted effort to retain the charm of the first batch of comics, while only modernizing the techniques. You’ll be able to see everything I’m working on here.
That said, some comics are unsalvageable. I have my opinions, but if you have comics from the first 200 that are your absolute favorite strips, let me know and I’ll put them in the keep pile. Also let me know if you strongly want a volume 3 in addition to the omnibus. I really just want everything all in one place in a proper collection of the work.
Additionally, I can’t restock the shop at this time. It’ll just be books for a while, or forever. Shirts are heavy and difficult to manage for me, so it’s really a nonstarter. But I’ll draw Sad Wuggles on all your books forever.
We had an excellent time at USITT in Louisville.
I signed all of the copies of Volume 2 and drew tons of doodles (propcat was especially popular this year). And you nerds brought it tons of weird crap for me to sign. The list of unusual items I’ve signed now includes: a water bottle, a rescue inhaler, a rubber duckie, TWO resumes (please someone hire both of them), a kid’s fan art of Wuggles, a light plot, a Nerds plushie, and a knee brace.
And, as is now tradition, our own little gremlin La Ropasucia got up to no good on the Stage Expo floor.
If you want to see the mischief in real time, and for some videos (and pictures of my cats), you should follow Q2Q on instagram, too.
Saturday I even co-presented a session on Body Mic techniques with Chris of DPA Microphones. So I got to flex some of my audio muscles and share drop some knowledge on likeminded folks. It was a lot of fun and not something that I get to do very often.
We’re glad to be home, but things are in flux here as Liz and I prepare to move away from Ohio, and on to Boston (and then I immediately turn around and head for St Louis) so things are very hectic around here. But I’m glad we got to see so many of our friends at the conference and that we got to meet so many of you at the signing!
We’ll see you next year in Houston!
OH OH OH OH! AND VOLUME 2 AND THE VOLUME 1 REPRINT ARE UP IN THE SHOP RIGHT NOW! GET YOUR BOOKS!
Hiya, Folks! It’s that time of year again. USITT is right around the corner. This year it’s in Louisville, KY! And, once again, I will be at the conference doing a book signing in conjunction with the USITT bookstore!
Friday March 22nd from 4pm to 530pm on the Scene Design Stage on the Stage Expo floor!
Copies of Q2Q Comics Volume 2 will be available in the USITT Bookstore. But I’ll sign just about anything you put in front of me. I will be doing character sketches and there will be stickers and other goodies to be had at the signing table, so stop on by!
Liz, several La Ropasucias, Blorp and I will also be out wandering the Conference and Stage Expo from Wednesday through Saturday, so if you see us upstanding citizens and the little Gremlins around, feel free to say hi! We’re friendly.
The books are here! And now the second great Kickstarter fulfillment adventure begins!
If you backed the Kickstarter, I’ll start shipping rewards next week! If you missed the Kickstarter, but you still want to get your hands on this fine piece of literature: Volume 2 is still available for pre-order in the Q2Q Shop!
Just, ya know, a few boxes of books. (Cat included for scale.)
Reserve your copy here!
Q2Q Comics Volume 2 is finally available for pre-order in the Q2Q Shop!
Volume 2 includes comics #221 through #440, commentary by that Steve guy, all of the holiday bonus comics from the first 4 years of the comic, a “How to Draw Wuggles” tutorial, and other assorted goodies.
Pre-orders be the first group to ship after the Kickstarter rewards are fulfilled. Pre-orders are expected to begin shipping in Feb 2019.