The Pictures of You Half-Time Show
So here's what happened.
Pictures of You is a long story, and being such a long story, it gets told in many parts, not all of which could be written completely at the beginning of the project. We're talking a couple thousand pages of comic script. I can only imagine my descent into madness had I tried to get all of that out before I started drawing. I plotted the entire story, though loosely in some places, and that plot adapted here and there as the details for the first books became more defined. The overall story stayed the same, but sometimes how we got from one major point to another had to change.
That left me with a lot of notes scribbled (well, typed) from the barest of point form to lengthy pieces of story or varied lengths of unformed dialogue. They got put into the files for their respective books and updated as often as I could remember to do it. As I would get to a certain point in any of the volumes, I would crack out the notes and files for the next book and start cobbling a script from them.
I'll get this in long before those horrible people out there start screeching about making backups and blah blah blah, let me say it. I make backups. I make backups. I make them. By me, they get made. So, really, don't say it. I make copies in a variety of places (external memory, other computers, discs) and I usually make print copies of at least one version along the way.
Well, I lost them.
All of the files, backups, and physical copies of every note, file, bit of script, dialogue excerpt, and character description I'd done for the 2014 year has vanished. Wait, not every, there was 10 pages of script that was originally meant for Book 5 that got moved to Book 6, we still have that. And there's still the original notes and other material from the original plotting done in let's say 2006. Otherwise, yes, we lost everything for Books 6-8.
Don't know how it happened. Overzealous and ignorant cleaning of files to make space? Evil sprites? Jesus deciding the story shouldn't go on? Don't know. Losing the physical copies as well seems supernaturally shitty, I don't mind saying. In the end, the how isn't as important.
After a good and well-earned cry, not to mention several weeks of exhaustive searching, I sat down to recreate the books as best as my memory would allow, and to fill in the blanks of my youthfully-abused brain clam. As you might guess, it's a slow and Sisyphean process, and it's going to take some time. As you might also figure out, we can't draw comics without a script to draw.
So, it's not good news.
Since finishing the art for Book 5, aside from lettering a page of Our Time in Eden here and there and getting Book 3 ready for printing, crafting the script for Book 6 is all I've been doing. Well, plotting Books 6-8 is all I've been doing, and now the scripting of Book 6 is underway. I'm doing my best not to rush it while trying to get it done quickly.
Maybe I'm dragging this out. The result is that we're going to be taking a longer break than normal. Not crazy-longer, but longer. I'll do my best to put up something, anything, at least once a week while we're gone, but the comic itself won't resume until sometime in late March. I don't have an exact date, but as soon as I do, I'll let everyone know. We'd like to have more Snapshots for you too, but nothing firm.
How much do I want to apologize for this? More than I could. We'll lose readers, sure. We'll keep readers, sure, I know many/most will continue sticking with and supporting us, and you're meow meow meow. Either way, though, this is a disappointing turn, and a stumble. It's insufficient, but I'm sorry.
You'll see something from us each Monday, at least. Gags, pictures, something. We're also going to do our best to point out some other worthwhile comics to check out, and some art from our readers in the interim. We'll also take a minute to celebrate our EIGHTH anniversary in Feb, because why not?
You can continue to see angry babblings from me on Tweety at https://twitter.com/GibsonTwist and more updates and information on FacePage at https://www.facebook.com/PicturesofYouComic . Sorry, kids, we don't Tumbl.
posted by Gibson Twist @ 04 Jan 2015 03:40 pm -
Seven years ago, I decided to post online some pages of a comic I'd been working on, mostly just to get some reaction and some feedback. I didn't take it all that seriously to start, and I was curious then how long I would last at this silly little webcomic idea. More than a thousand pages, more than four volumes, dozens of chapters, two schedule changes, a calamitous crowdfund saga that cost more money than it raised, one or two depressed breakdowns on top of a perpetual motion confidence crisis, many miles worth of pencils and miles more of ink, a shift into colour, a giant leap of skill, a marriage to one of my readers, and a respectable number of touched and changed lives later, here we are, almost halfway through the series.
I can't say enough thank yous to our readers, both the ones who've left us and the ones who keep dragging themselves back. To those of you who've thrown your money at us, whether in our crises, or for our wares, or simply to say thank you for pumping out the pages. To the supporters who do their best to spread the word and bring this work to new eyes. To the critiques who helped me improve and to the complainers who kept me focused on what I was doing right. To those who took the time to send emails, and so much to those who shared their own very personal stories, your faith in me has touched me so much.
I am sorry for the things I have done wrong, and the things I have yet to do wrong, though I may not always realize that I have done them. I hope you will all forgive me for taking a moment to be proud of these accomplishments, self-serving as they may be, before I plunge into the next seven years and try to drive this bus home.
Gibson Twist, Feb 2014
PS, To celebrate our seventh year online, we're offering 40% off Pictures of You books in our store. Shipping not included. Go to http://livenudecomics.storenvy.com and use the code ANNIVERSARY to take advantage of the discount.
posted by Gibson Twist @ 03 Feb 2014 02:40 pm -
Comments are closed.
It wasn't an easy decision, and in total honesty one I'd rather not make, but comments on the comic have been disabled. A lot of you aren't going to like this. I don't like it either, the comments have been a source of inspiration and purpose for me more times than I could remember. It is, however, necessary.
This isn't the result of the comments during Book Four alone, but the comments during Book Four are indicative of the reasons that this change is needed. In fact, the decision to disable comments at the outset of Book Five was made almost three years ago. Why? Well, a long list of things led to this, but the original reason is still the biggest.
I'll try here not to spoil, but to explain. Much of the subject matter in the coming books of Pictures of You will be highly touchy, controversial, and deeply polarizing, far more than has been seen in the pages so far. It's become clearer over time, especially over the last year, that it will be impossible to stop some people from espousing hateful and hyperbolic opinions, in varying degrees, in the comments section, even from those with whom I agree in principle. In short, the internet has come to Pictures of You.
While, yes, it is unfair to penalize the majority of reasonable readers, it's also more than I can handle, for time-management and mental stability, to police the comments for such things. I can't explain the drag on my will it was to dread each comment for months, fearing what it would be. They were not all bad, and the encouragement and praise was there in abundance, and I don't mean to diminish that. Still, the praise for me is not worth the ugliness that was and will be expressed against and about others.
I should also mention that the impressions expressed in the comments about the story, malignant and benign, have coloured the impressions for other readers, and have indeed created some confusion about those events playing out on the pages. I saw some comments inventing plot points that didn't exist, others erasing points that did exist, and a handful of folks believing those errors. It's a long roll-out for these stories, details get forgotten over weeks and months, and I get that. I would rather, however, that those gaps not be filled by the false recollections of others. That will only connect the wrong dots. This may be a minor reason, but it's there.
Of course, there has been the suggestion of starting a forum. While I'm not against a fan-run forum, I don't have the time (or, really, the brain-space) to run a forum myself, which would almost certainly require even more effort and policing than the on-site comments.
While I'd rather not have to take this step, I don't believe the ability to comment on the pages is necessary to enjoy or appreciate the story of Pictures of You, as it does not affect the experience of reading a printed comic. I know some feel differently, and they should feel free to have the comment option on their sites.
There are still many ways to send your thoughts to me, via email, Facecult, and the Tweety, links to which are found easily on the site (as long as you turn off your adblocker, which you should do anyway because I make money that way.) I love getting emails, even the ones telling me how crap my work is. More often than not, I'll even write you back, but try to keep the dick pics to a minimum.
posted by Gibson Twist @ 08 Aug 2013 11:51 pm -