Big Changes For Goblins
As some of you may have noticed from my tweets, there’s been bunches of craziness happening with Goblins lately. Here’s a breakdown…
I’d really rather not get into all the icky details, but there was a “legal hiccup” involving the Kickstarter that forced us to delay it for a bit. Before you start throwing blame around, it’s all been worked out and no one needs to be shaking their fists at anyone (well, you can shake your fists at me if you like. I do it to myself in the mirror. It’s… it’s surprisingly fun). The Kickstarter is now set to launch on Monday, June 3rd! Wait until you see the sweet, sweet stuff that Evertide Games has set up for this! Well here, check out some of it for yourself.
Goblins Is No Longer With Blind Ferret
Let me start by saying this… Blind Ferret is a great company run by some brilliant people. They create and host comics that set the bar for other comics. If you haven’t checked them out, go do so now. That being said, we did disagree on some key issues that led to our separation. The last couple weeks have been really stressful for everyone involved and I want to take this opportunity to publicly apologise for my part in that stress. I also want to thank Randy Waxman (Blind Ferret CEO) for his intelligence, amazing communication and level headedness throughout this whole thing. Okay, so by now you’ve obviously put two and two together and figured out that Blind Ferret had something to do with the Kickstarter delay. I suppose there’s no way to keep that part private, since the delay and the separation happened at the same time. But let me say that Blind Ferret didn’t do anything wrong. It was simply a disagreement about our contract that took some time to resolve. I honestly stand by my opinion that they’re a great company. Goblins just needed to go in a different direction.
As I’m writing this, Blind Ferret is having a slight technical issue redirecting traffic from the closed down www.goblinscomic.org site over to our temporary mirror site www.goblinscomic.org . Since you’re reading this now, either you knew to go directly to our mirror site or Blind Ferret has fixed the issue they’re having redirecting the traffic. Once control of my site is fully transferred back to me (I’m told the process takes about a week), we’ll have full access to www.goblinscomic.org again and there will be much rejoicing.
But for now, we’re temporarily using www.goblinscomic.org. I will of course, keep you posted concerning this.
Blind Ferret has asked that I remove all traces of the site design (which is only fair, since they were nice enough to pay for it). So for now, we’ve got bland blackness. But fear not! A new, awesometacular site design is in the works!
A New Update Schedule
Let’s be honest. Goblins is never on time. I mean, sometimes it happens, but not often. I’ve been asked many times “why don’t you slow down the schedule?”. Well, without going into too much detail, I couldn’t before, but now I can. Here’s the deal…
For the next two or three weeks, I’m going to update the comic once/week. Updates will happen on Mondays at noon PDT (GMT -7). This’ll give me a chance to clean up the mess (regaining control of the site, etc), work on the site redesign, make sure everything is running smoothly with the Kickstarter, finish some more Search For Tempts bonus comics and get the new schedule clock working. What’s a schedule clock? This…
…is a schedule clock. Once it’s set up, it’ll be prominently displayed at the top of the site, where it will count down to the next update. This will remove my need to adhere to a weekly schedule where twice/week is too much and once/week is too slow. With this baby, I can update every 4 or 5 days and with a quick glace at the clock, you’ll know exactly how long you have to wait. No more late updates and I can have a day off every now and then! Please note that my plan is to see if I can manage a timely update every 4 days. If not, I will do an update every 5 days. I don’t plan to continually switch back and forth between 4 and 5 days. I want to create a steady schedule that you guys can count on for a change. You guys deserve so much better than all of these late updates.
The Goblins Colourist
Our colourist, Forest Rhodes, has left us today. He’s going to finish up a few more pages in the archives, but then he’s off. I know, I know… he rocks and we’ll all be sad to see him go. But the truth is that in order to keep up with the schedule, he was working himself ragged. I was dumping way too much work on the poor guy and he was pulling all nighters in attempts to keep up. So Forest… thank you SO much for everything you’ve done for Goblins and creating some breathtaking artwork for all of us! Whatever projects you’re working on in the future, please let me know so I can point the Goblins readers at it. I know they’ll want to see what you’re doing! If you want to follow Forest on Twitter, he’s right here. I will return to handling all the colouring of the comic. Don’t look at me like that. I KNOW HIS SHADING IS BETTER THAN MINE!
During the last couple weeks, I’ve been deliberately avoiding live drawing, since I didn’t want to have to face questions about current events. But now that things are all worked out, I’ll be hopping on cam more often whilst I draw. Although I won’t be talking about the situation of the last couple weeks at all, I will be my usual, chatty self and rambling on about crap you honestly don’t care about. It’s how I roll, yo.
Thank you SO much for all of your patience and I hope you’ll enjoy the Kickstarter (Monday, June 3) and a new era for Goblins! And of course, thanks for reading!