What is this? Who are you? Where am I?
Starseeking is a webcomic and labor of love I draw and write in my spare time. The original script was written in 2000, when I was about seventeen. I dug it up again and began re-writing it in summer-winter of 2016. (Fun fact! Writing a futuristic dystopic sci-fi epic while watching the world burn around you is h o r r i f y i n g. It nearly broke me.) The entire story was plotted out like a movie, and will update weekly until its completion, most likely 2022-ish. I spent my last hiatus (summer 2017) banking a slew of pages, so I've currently got weekly updates planned well into 2019.
How do you approach comics-making?
I have never worked professionally in comics, so my process is a mess. The script for Starseeking was written like a regular movie script. Once I finished a draft I was happy with, I thumbnailed it out, dividing it up into 20-page chunks. From there, I rough, clean, color, and render each "chunk" in Photoshop, working page by page. I continue to re-write as I thumb, sometimes (but not always) going back and changing dialogue I'm not happy with, or adjusting the way the story flows down the line. Doing the thing in 20-page chunks helps with that; it means if I decide something's not working I don't have to toss a bunch of finished drawings, only thumbs. Once I finish an act, I'll look through it with a critical eye, making notes of things I want to fix, or that bug me. Then I go back and address the notes. Sometimes I cry a little. Mostly I drink and curse my own name.
Are you planning to publish a physical book?
Yes! As my readership grows, my goal is to create enough interest to kickstart a pdf and/or a physical book when Starseeking wraps.
Do you make money from this comic?
I do not. Once time I made three thiny pennies but threw them into a fountain in a fit of whimsy!
How do you pay your mortgage, then?
I have a day job making cartoons, which is a lot like making comics, but faster, louder, and involving more people. I directed on seasons 4 and 5 of Bojack Horseman, and I'm currently directing on season 2 of Final Space.
How do you find time to make a comic between working and existing. Do you sleep?
SOMETIMES! Ha. I try to carve out small chunks of time every day to get a little bit done. Even if it's just inking a couple of panels, at least I'm moving forward! I also try to devote larger chunks of time over weekends, holidays, and hiatuses to get bigger stuff finished. It's hard to stay motivated occasionally but having a small, daily goal helps greatly. Plus I've got an excellent husband who supports me in my crazy endeavors and feeds me when I forget to eat.