Announcement of Hiatus

Hey everyone,

Well, as sad as it is for me to say this, REDemption is going on hiatus. The balance of work, life, and comic books is a tough one to maintain for any length of time, so Johnny and I have decided to take a break from it.

He will still be generating a PDF copy of issue #1, so this thing won’t be completely lifeless. Plus he has also volunteered to draw sketch art. This would be cool because then, instead of waiting years for us to get to some of the cool events that happen in the future, you can get a preview of it NOW.

In the meantime, I will continue to post the comics that have been sent to me as guest submissions. Thank you to all who took the time to contribute. Also, I will resume posting the “Origins of REDemption” series of blogs soon…most likely next week. I just couldn’t bring myself to write it today because this hiatus decision was reached this morning, and it kind of took the wind out of my sales. Just because it’s the choice that HAS to be made doesn’t mean it’s the one that will make you HAPPY, as I’m sure some of you know.

I will do what I can to keep REDemption in people’s minds so it doesn’t completely evaporate from memory. After all, someday I would like to find an artist to take up the mantle, as there’s still 99% of the story left to tell.

However, don’t feel you have to wait for me to post a call for artists. If you are a penciler/inker/letterer reading this, and you would like to pick up where the story left off, feel free to email me samples of your work:

redemptioncomic2016@gmail.com

While I may not make a firm offer of partnership to anyone right now, I want you to be confident in the fact that I will look at ALL submissions, and I will tell you if you have a chance of consideration in the future when I decide to pursue this endeavor again.

I’m proud of this story. It is still my magnum opus, and I don’t just mean in length. Even if the story had 10% of the page count it does, it would still be epic. I am also proud to say that, out of all the comments Johnny and I got, not one of them was negative.

Lastly, I am proud of the work Johnny did on this story. This issue #1 is 150% closer to the vision I had than the previous rendition. Thanks for your hard work and sacrifice, brother!

The ride isn’t over just yet, folks. I still have several weeks’ worth of guest comic submissions to post. Plus there is the “Origins of REDemption” and whatever sketch art Johnny sends. So don’t be too sad because this isn’t good bye just yet.

~~~~~Steve

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A Brief Pause in History Due to Other Projects

I don’t want to write a long post about history today. There is too much else going on, both personally and with other projects. Today I just don’t have the energy for it.

What else is going on? Well, I am not going to discuss the personal things. I may be a fan of social media, but I don’t believe in using it to air my dirty laundry. Some people do that to get pity or the gratification of someone “liking” their post, but it makes them look pathetic and desperate. Let’s just say what’s happening with me now would be enough to drain ANYONE’S battery.

As for writing projects, I am more than happy to talk about them. I browsed through a whopping 25 poetry collections, finding lines that were visual in nature so I could share them with a gentleman who is helping me create artwork and format each collection.

Then there is my novella “Maybe the Dream Knows What is Real.” Starting next week, that will be posted in serial format on the website Writer to Writers. This week they posted my “warning label” about the upcoming work. I’m terrified, but excited.

Last but not least there is my novel THE SIZE CURSE. This is also going to be serialized on the same website/ I have been going through and editing it, dreading the section that has always felt like filler to me. Well, I reached that section yesterday. Rather than struggle with what to write, I simply cut the offending passage from the main text and pasted it into its own file, just to see what I’m working with here. Turns out if I excise this section, I am losing a whopping 8,000 words.

Do I look forward to having to do this? No, but I have to. Plus I came up with plenty of other ideas that could easily replace this section.

My plan is to continue editing up until the end of the novel. Then I will circle back to the offending passage. I have time. After all, the last section of the novella won’t be posted until October 30th. Before I post any of SIZE, I plan on writing a little “note from the author” post. That means I won’t need to have the novel ready to post until mid-November. Even then, that’s only the beginning of the novel; the part that has to be rewritten is more than halfway through it.

In other words, I am way ahead of schedule on this. I can relax. 🙂

 

~~~~~Steve

REDemption: 08/22/2017

Aha! Thought there would be a comic here, didn’t you? Well, due to changes in schedules and life responsibilities, Johnny and I have decided to shuffle around how we do things. Watch the video for a preview of what is to come.

 

Writing News: Another Short Story (“Murder on a Bus”) and My Own Amazon Author Page

Anyone involved in zombie stories got quite a shock yesterday when the news came through that George Romero had died. I didn’t even know he had cancer. Then, all of a sudden, he’s gone. We will have a tribute to him here soon, but for now I want to celebrate two more of our accomplishments.

First up is yet another short story, published on Writer to Writers. It’s called “Murder on a Bus,” and it is filed under “horror/mystery.” Check it out:

“Murder on a Bus” (short story)

And just as big of an announcement, if not more so, is that I have launched my own Author Page on Amazon. At the moment it features only one poetry collection and a book about martial arts, but soon that will change. Not only will it feature more poetry, but it will also have several short stories.

Steve Grogan’s Amazon Author Page

As the Webcomic Turns (and Various Updates)

For the first half of this week’s blog, I feel like singing the praises of a man some of you might not know. In fact, I am amazed that I even know who he is!

Any soap opera fans here? No? Well, then you might not catch the fact that this week’s blog title is a riff on the soap AS THE WORLD TURNS. I was/am not a soap opera fan either, but my grandmother and mom were. My childhood is filled by memories of summer afternoons being watched by my grandmother while mom worked. I would sit on one side of the living room, playing with GI Joe or He-man or the Secret Wars line of Marvel comic book superheroes, while grandma watched various soaps: AS THE WORLD TURNS, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, and THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS.

Out of all of these, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS sticks out to me the most, mainly because of the character Victor Newman, portrayed by actor Eric Braeden. Victor was brought on to the show in 1980, and originally they planned to kill him off after 8-12 weeks. However, after watching Braeden’s performance, they decided to get him a contract. He turned into the show’s leading male character, and he has been on it for thirty-seven years.

Now THAT’S what’s up. I don’t think you see a lot of actors like Eric Braeden anymore. He has been playing the same gig for nearly four decades, but do you hear him whine about it? Does he complain that he is typecast? Has he ever come close to leaving the show over salary disputes? Did he flake out on the show and say it’s trash? Was there ever a time when he thought he wanted to pursue a film career, and then left the show to make a bunch of movies that bombed? Not that I am aware of.

The man is a rare breed. I admire that. To be honest, I wasn’t even aware of how rare he was. I had to do some last-minute research on him because I thought of the blog title…thought of how I wanted to explain the reference…and then had to do some Google searching.

At any rate, on to the second half of the blog!

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The week since the launch has been pretty good. On day 1 we had 71 hits. Not bad, considering there was no advertising!

Ever since then, we have averaged about 20 hits per day. There was a lull over the weekend, but that all changed around when I listed the comic on the Belfry Webcomics Index. I have also added it to other webcomic list sites like the Webcomic List and Webcomics Hub. I have also tried adding it to Top Webcomics and Comic Rocket, but I am running into some snafus there. They are being worked on.

As some of you may know, I was reading through old issues of Fangoria, specifically the “Elegy” section in the front, to get ideas as to what I should write here on a weekly basis. Unfortunately, what I discovered is that a lot of these articles fell into two categories: (1) Tony wrote up a “year in review” of horror films that had come out the previous year, or (2) he wrote about movies that were going to come out in the upcoming months.

I don’t have the time these days to keep up on all the upcoming horror novels/movies/comic books/video games, so I can’t do “upcoming releases” blogs. However, it did give me inspiration for other subject matter.

Visting the webcomic list sites has also inspired me. I need to start delving into the comics they list, finding ones that are similar in visuals and theme to ours, reach out, make friends…NETWORK. That’s the name of the game.

I look forward to building this comic, watching its audience grow, building friendships with other creative teams, connecting with people across the globe.

That’s what makes the internet such a wonderful thing! 🙂

 

~~~~~Steve G.