Still Alive!


I just wanted to check in and say that I am still alive, and about 70% of the way done scripting. I’ve been hitting the beta draft of my novel pretty hard, since I want to have it done and out to readers by the end of the month. (Incidentally, if you’re interested in beta reading, send me a message with this site’s contact form or leave a comment.)

As a result, I haven’t had as much time to work on Against Stupidity as I would like. Once I’ve got the novel out the door though, I’ll be able to work on the comic again without risking artistic burnout. I anticipate that this will start by April.

Apologies again for the delay. (Screenshot is from a wonderful writing platform I made called Pathfork. Feel free to sign up for it, if you’re interested. It is and always will be free.)


Reflections on Over The River and Through The Woods

(Chapter 1 can be read beginning here.)

There were a lot of things about the world of Against Stupidity that I didn’t really know when I started, like the exact layout of the house. I was getting tired of keeping it all in my head so I drew a map.

Grunwald haus map-3

[Map updated to reflect Roger Moore’s comments, thanks!  -ed.]

This has rendered some of the drawings from chapter one inaccurate, but that’s just the way it goes. Specifically, the scenes at the staircase would be in the Northeast there, and that’s a little off. Then the hallway scenes above that on the second floor have an inaccurate placement of the balcony. But otherwise it’s good.

And this is just something that I knew was going to happen, since I started posting these before everything was fully formed, and I’m fine with that.

By the time I had drawn the cover, I was really itching to start publicizing this comic and telling this story. Part of me wanted to wait until I was totally finished preparing the art, and the story, and the characters, and scripts in advance for the whole arc. But I knew that if I waited for that I’d never get started. So I just got started. I didn’t always know where I was going with things, but, doing one a week, had time to figure it out. Now that I’m firmly rooted in the universe the next arc is going to go much more smoothly.

Hopefully I can get the updates to 1.5 times a week. They go a lot faster when they aren’t big set-pieces. I think, around the house at least, I’ve set the scene for a lot of the rooms, so those will be lighter on the art. So for those of you who’ve whined about the schedule, take heart!

Speaking of which–reception has been very positive, so thanks! Although some jackasses keep giving me one-star ratings on Webtoons, which is mean. (If you have an account there and want to help counteract that, or even feel like signing up to give me a rating (you just click through with google/facebook/etc.), much obliged!)

And now, some background. Continue reading