My apologies for celebrating twice, but like I said, September 1st is special.
September 1, 2007 was the day I released a comic called What if the Combine Administrator was a Feminist (and yes, my tendency to have mouthful titles goes way back), my first ever release, as well as the first time I actually made a proper Garry’s Mod comic (although I’d done some experiments beforehand). That was back in the PHWOnline boards, and it was actually pretty well received for a comic made by an unknown – it had over one thousand pageviews in a week and dozens of replies, although quite a few of the latter were mine thanking people for taking the time to read it.
Had you told me back then I would still be making comics seven years later, I would’ve asked you how much they’re paying me. As if!
That said, I don’t think I could consider myself a very successful comic maker until 2012, when, the day after I launched a new site/blog called Metrocop, I released the first chapter of my first attempt at making an actual series, which I’d been planning and working on since 2011: The Adventures of Hercule Cubbage.
On one hand, I can hardly call myself productive – so far, the average is 2 chapters (20 pages) a year, with some lengthy periods of waiting between chapters. It’s difficult to claim the series has any impact or importance when you only see a bit of it twice a year.
On the other hand, considering that Garry’s Mod comics stopped being commonplace back in 2009, a series that has been going on for two whole years is something, I’d say. It’s not like I forget the comic during the hiatuses between chapters; rather, I’m either too busy to invest enough time on it, or my friend Erik, the brilliant mapper without whose work the series couldn’t possibly go on, is tolling away at some ridiculous request for a map and I can’t do anything but wait. But the comic is still on my mind, almost obsessively, which means that, sooner or later, something new comes out. So, at least it’s more of a sure thing than Half-Life 3 at this point.
It’s just my own ongoing comic set in Half-Life 2, a fan-fiction at best, but I’m quite proud of it nonetheless. I love the character and the story, which thankfully has a very definite end set in stone (meaning I’m never making it up as I go along), and every time someone says something nice about it, it makes my day. Heck, it makes my whole week. So, thank you so much for reading it, and I hope, as always, that you enjoy it and can put up with my laziness.
And speaking of, I also mentioned yesterday that I wanted to have Chapter Five, “No Place Like Home“, finished today, but it seems fairly impossible right now. Therefore, I decided to at least post a small preview, as a little tease for what’s coming. It’s the cover and the first three pages of the comic, so it’s light on spoilers – it’s also nothing special, but I’d rather keep the good stuff for the actual release. Believe me on this, it’ll be worth the wait.
It’s a simple start, but I hope you enjoyed it — and things get a lot more hectic later on! Anyway, I will have a lot more to say about The Adventures of Hercule Cubbage once the fifth chapter is out, but until then, please be patient!
Oh, and I’d be remiss not to include at least a sentence saying happy birthday to my lovely girlfriend, who somehow puts up with a nerd who makes comics using a videogame. She’s the best, and the true reason why this day is special.
Anyway, you’ll definitely be hearing from me soon! Don’t forget, besides the comic, there’s also a major update coming to the site that will add a lot more comics to read, all of them nostalgic goodies. Still no E.T.A. on that, but I’m sure you won’t have to wait until Metrocop’s third anniversary, haha! Stay tuned!