Issue #2’s script is 98% complete. It has been reviewed by an editor and a number of trusted peers, so I am very confident in its quality. I will wait until issue #1 is closer to completion before finalizing that script. Once issue #2 begins art production, I will start writing the future issues (all of which have been roughly outlined). So far, only the first eight pages of the first issue have been inked and there’s still lettering to be done. Hell, I’m also considering hiring a colorist for it, so I do believe we will need to wait closer towards the end of the year to see it’s publication.
Speaking of which, I know I’ve expressed my uncertainty in this comic series’ publishing plan. I can, however, confirm that I have one strategy that I will be applying. My current plan is to release this series, entirely for free, as an online webcomic through various outlets like Reddit, Twitter, Tapas, Webtoons, and even its own homesite, www.vivathehunter.com. The site is still being built, so please give me some time! Once the six-part series is online, I plan to release a “Viva the Hunter: Volume 1” physical print for purchase containing every issue so far, along with extras.
With this change, I also have one more announcement to make.
I’ve just started working with another artist—Bell Mimieux—to create and publish an eight page prologue comic for Viva the Hunter that will be available for reading once the website is complete. This prologue has already been written and will explore a crucial moment that occurs between issues #3 and #4. I’m very excited for people to see it, so stay tuned!
In other news, what else have I been up to? Well, besides job hunting, I have mostly been researching what I want to do next. The story for Viva the Hunter is pretty much already there, is just a matter of funding, fleshing things out, and waiting on art. For the longest time, I’ve always had this vague idea of a grand, alt history science fiction story in graphic novel form. Lately I have been doing small bits of research into it and thinking more about it. I think if I have a large enough following at the end of Viva the Hunter, I will try to crowdfund the production of this story. Otherwise, I’ve considered making shorter, one-off comics for fun.
I don’t know when I’ll be doing film next, if at all. There isn’t a big market for short films, unlike there is for comics. Vimeo and YouTube exist, sure, but people don’t go there for short films. They go there to watch the news, Vine compilations, and tutorials. Film is far more expensive than comics and there’s far less payoff too. For now, I think I’ll stick to scriptwriting, poetry, and small scale videos (like Indiana’s Most Haunted).