Brian and I have an odd situation and a lot to answer for when it comes to the EOTW fanbase and the lack of comics and transparency these days. I’ve personally been on the sidelines waiting for a new comic on other webcomics in the past so I understand how frustrating this can be. Ultimately at the end of the day we decided that the best course of action would be to explain the situation with a look at the behind the scenes of EOTW as a whole over the past couple of years and how all of the changes led to the current situation.
Since the only real way I personally can tell the story of how we got to this situation is telling my part in it, you’ll have to bear with me as I tell you a story of me and the end of the world.
I came into the EOTW comic scene as a happy accident. I had completely failed to make a name for myself critiquing video games on the now rebranded and moved Bitmob.com, and in the midst of a lot of turmoil in my personal life I was desperate to find some other creative purpose. This led to me talking on my twitter about wanting to get into webcomics.
The result of this was a thunderous nothing for me (even now my twitter @Meyeselph is hilariously unpopular and I barely bother tweeting) except for one odd side effect. @Cactrot911 (known to you all as that guy who does all that comicry stuffs round here) had followed me for seemingly no reason. I checked out EOTW from the link on his twitter and then read the first arc of EOTW. I honestly wasn’t that impressed and moved on with my life.
Sometime in the next week I got restless to try and actually talk to someone about how to actually get started with webcomics, and since I didn’t know anyone else personally who worked on them I just decided to private message Brian on twitter.
Once we started talking we got along famously. I told him about my ambitions for storytelling and he provided some interesting wisdom on what it’s like to actually produce content and collaborate on a story. During this conversation I asked him on a lark why he had followed me on twitter. He revealed to me that he had a twitter bot that just automatically followed me because I mentioned webcomics. That to me was a pretty interesting and intimidating look into how aggressive you need to be to try and build a fanbase. At least that’s what I thought once I got past how hilarious it was that I just made one of the best friends I’ve ever had because of a twitter bot.
After I had told Brian of one of my more ambitious ideas for a comic he saw fit to offer me the writer’s chair for a guest arc for EOTW. I was flattered and definitely excited to have an opportunity to get my writing seen but there was a problem. I wasn’t a fan of the comic and hadn’t read much of it. I told him I wanted to but to give me a couple of days to read the full backlog and see if I could come up with an idea that would work for it.
As I read through the entirety of EOTW from back to front I became entranced by it. The characters and art were so expressive and fun that you could really tell how much fun Brian and Brandt had making it. The comic had obviously suffered, however, due to the turmoil of the real lives of the creators. Many of the arcs had false endings, characters (including one of the main characters) would disappear without warning after being teased to have prominent roles, and many of the most strange concepts of the comics were left unexplained. Still as I read through it I became enough of a fan of it that my mind just naturally started trying to fill in the blanks. Where did the female FBI agent go? Why did the comic melt into white at random? Were all these anti climaxes building to a secret climax? As my brain was working overtime thinking about fun reasons for all of these inconsistencies I realized something. I was already writing my guest arc.
Phoebe as a character sums up the entire idea behind the story I felt needed to be told with EOTW. The comic was engaging and fun enough to where I felt it deserved to continue, but it had flaws that demanded to be addressed. Phoebe as a character was created because EOTW had to be deconstructed to be fixed. The story and characters simply needed someone to come along and call out “What the fuck is going on?” so that the universe could look at itself and parse out all it’s errors. The guest arc I had come up with was Phoebe’s rampage against the comic and the begining of what is now known as the Detritus arc.
Now as much fun as I had thinking up the idea, even I balked a bit at pitching a guest arc where a new character came along and told the universe how full of shit it was, so when I talked to Brian about the guest arc my tone was a bit strange. “I had a really interesting idea while reading through the comic but it’s a bit much for a guest arc so I’m stuck.”
After telling him the idea, however, he loved it. There was a problem though. Brandt and him already had plans for an uber arc that was playing out in “Demon Rising” that was fixing to end EOTW entirely and took the comic in a direction that my ideas could not possibly work within. So we went to Brandt and I had to pitch him on the idea of taking EOTW on a hard left turn in a completely new direction in mid arc.
It was a complicated process and one that I personally felt a bit shitty about putting the two creators through it on my account but Brandt agreed to help us work out a new direction for EOTW so that me and Brian could try this crazy ass idea in my head. Since Brandt had a lot of things going on in his real life and his own writing style and mine are two very different beast he let me take over the comic on a trial basis after we collaberated on a rewrite of the end of Demon Rising. Eventually he would make me the official head writer of the comic when he decided that he didn’t have enough time to work seriously on it. So me and Brian began the arc From Ashes as a sort of tone shift of the comic to focus more on my very character focused writing style and set the stage for Detritus.
In the begining Phoebe was going to back down from shooting Brian in the end of the Detritus arc, but Brian actually really thought the story would be stronger if we didn’t take the easy way out and Brian actually got the hard goodbye. This combined with Brandt’s intrest in a potential universe reboot and an idea I had for parodying the DC new 52 reboot and 90s comic book writing led to the detritus arc being expanded into the two part Detritus/Reboot that we are currently in the midst of.
Putting together these ideas led to a wonderful flurry of creativity as me and Brian got used to working with each other. Despite the occasional glitch (try and guess which comics were added into the Detritus arc to cover up a misunderstanding!) we were very proud of what was coming out. There was a problem however. Readership spiked every so often but wasn’t growing in any real way, and the quality of art the comics required combined with the heavy 3 a week release schedual was kicking Brian’s ass.
It’s a really hard thing to admit but a commitment to quality is not a guarantee of success, so Brian and I had to take a good hard look at EOTW and admit that it wasn’t our route to finally making it out of obscurity and poverty with our creative works. I took this particularly hard as I felt that my attempts to retool EOTW and find it the audience it deserves were selling a false bill of goods to Brian and Brandt. Maybe EOTW should have ended like it originally would have without my meddling.
All that said, what did come out of it was a fun set of stories and some great ideas, as well as Brian and I feeling pretty excited to continue to work together. So we decided that the best thing for us was to break away from webcomics a bit to use the extra time to make a graphic novel.
We feel that in order to find a wider audience for our talents we need a self contained and focused work we can sell people on with no caveats. No need to read the back catalog, no need to wrap your head around the twists that the comic had to take during tight webcomic production, no worry about release scheduals. This means however that aside from slowly trickling out the ending to the reboot arc when Brian has the time and intrest to work on it and potentially something down the road if we ever get comfortable enough to go back to it EOTW as a regularly released webcomic is over.
A crappy situation I know, but one that probably would have been easier on the tattered remnants of our fanbase if we hadn’t left that ‘updated mon wed and fri’ nonsense on the site and barely talked to anyone about this as we went on hiatus and figured this stuff out. Pardon us for the inconvenience there. Both of us are disorganized nerds with other jobs and attention span problems.
At the end of the day the end of the world is the hardest I’ve worked on anything I’ve yet written, and I am very proud of it and very grateful to the fans of it that we managed to keep. It’s just a harsh truth of things that finding visability for creative works in this crowded market is a nightmare.
Most of the webcomics that find serious traction are ones that got a boost from outside sources like other already popular webcomics or other large sites and we at EOTW simply have too complicated a history/backlog and too few topical comic by comic yuks to be passed around the internet as any sort of attention grabbing fad. So to survive we must adapt.
In the future Brian will be doing something with setting up a new site focused on his art and trying to get some more commission work going to try and fuel our ambitions and I in the meantime am working with him on the story details and bibles for two concepts. One being the graphic novel we are working on, and one being an unrelated single issue story to proceed it that we will use to prototype the art style and prove to those around us what readers of EOTW already know, that we tell good stories and are awesome!
Until future notice this site will be pretty dead, if we ever post a new page Brian and i will definately talk it up on our twitter (@Meyeselph for me and @Cactrot911 for hims) and we will always keep an eye on the forums and comments if you wish to ask us anything or let us know how you feel.
Once again we do apologize for the circumstances. What fans we do have are appreciated and we don’t want to slight you but if we are going to become professionals we simply can’t cater only to our own whims and a few die hard boosters. End of the World as a comic has to suffer a bit so that EOTW as a creative team can grow.
Our hope is that the results will find EOTW the audience it deserves one day as people look back on this humble little comic series and see the root of all the awesome crap we are going to do.
I apologize I have been absent for far to long. I have been working 3 jobs more or less for the past two months or so. Not to mention the Misses and I adopted a new puppy into our home. I named her Zelda much to my wife’s dismay. I hope everyone has been enjoying the comic recently. I know I have. Despite being the former writer here and Jeff sending me early copies of his work I decided to just be a fan for awhile to see how it feels and I tell you it feels great. The comic is better now than it has ever been before. I love seeing my creations in such capable hands. Brian and Jeff together have rejuvenated EOTW and so much more for the better. Their passion really shines through.
While I no longer actively work on the comic anymore, I have in my spare time been working on a property related to EOTW. Although a much different spin on the characters you know and love. While I do not have a time table for when this work will be done. I hope to get to the actual writing of it before the end of the year. So something for all of you to look out for.
I know that many of you also know that I am huge fan of Castlevania and while I was not sold on the Lords of Shadow game, I have to say Lords of Shadow 2 looks incredibly epic. I hope this one can live up to its legendary name Check out the trailer below.
Or Happy Valentines Day. Whichever you prefer. I’ve spent many years under both banners. This is my second Valentines Day with my Wife and this year instead of getting each other the typical flowers, cards, candy nonsense. We elected to just get each other things we wanted. Emily was out of her favorite perfume so I managed to get her some of it, at a nice discount I might add (no I’m not cheap, but why spend more than you need too), and Emily gave me the go ahead to buy a new video card for my aging PC.
I had been hell bent on putting together a new system all together, but with a RAM upgrade (4gb) and now a new video card, a Diamond AMD Radeon 6670 with 2GB of of gddr3 video memory, I managed to have a fairly decent machine again (I only have a AMD X2 4400+ for the processor). My windows gaming score jumped from a 4.4 to a 6.6. I also scored two free games with the card purchase which were Dirt 3 and Sonic Generations. I’m really excited about Sonic, but I’ve never played a Dirt game before.
I’ve never been much a PC gamer before, sticking mostly to consoles. However recently as my Wii, 360, and PS3 are aging I’ve taken an interest in it, mostly for two reasons which are Skyrim and Batman: Arkham City. Sure both are available on 360 and PS3, but looking at the difference between console and PC versions there, at least in my mind, was no contest. The PC version was clearly superior. Now I also realize that those games were running on ultra settings on rigs designed for gaming. Aside from the graphical improvements were of course the mods people were developing for the games. Macho Man Randy Savage in Skyrim. Hilarious. Play as Robin during the regular campaign in Arkham City. Count me in.
Yes I can feel a shift coming that in the year or two to come I will begin to move away from console gaming and focus on the PC side. Sure I will probably still continue to support consoles, but I no longer have any desire to have three hooked to my television set. Less is starting to be more in my opinion.
So if anyone has recommendations for a PC game let me know. I’ll also love to hear about your gaming builds and suggestions for my own build. In closing I want to wish everyone a fine day, single or not, go out and enjoy yourself.
Last night I was awaiting a friend that I was to have dinner with inside a Wings and Rings at the local mall. I was waiting outside in the food court just casually observing the people passing by. However one particular person caught my attention; the young man who was cleaning the food court. He was probably around 20 years old with an unkempt beard and was casually sweeping up the area next to me. It was about this time a women came up to him and asked him who she should contact about a machine taking her money and she pointed over toward this VR roller-coaster simulator. To which her replied to her that the Food Court was his jurisdiction and that he has no means of helping her and that she should just suck it up and deal with the $5 loss. The lady was unphased by his rude remark and pressed on about perhaps a maintenance person, someone in the mall office, or perhaps even if their was contact information about the manufacture of the machine. Once again the young man rebuked her telling her that no one was available from the mall office, that maintenance wasn't responsible for the machine, and that most likely the manufacture of the machine didn't give a shit about her problems. I was just in shock at how rude this deputy of the food court was, but at the same time I was struck about how honest he was being. Working in malls myself I can attest that mall maintenance does not service these machines, the mall office is most likely not concerned about it especially if its after mall office hours, and getting a hold of the machines service department is not likely to yield any results. I couldnt' help but chuckle at his straight forward manner.
But wait it gets better.
Shortly after the women stormed away this man and what I can only assume to be his wife and little daughter walk up our food court deputy and the man screams, "HOW DO I HAVE A SECURITY GUARD ARRESTED. THIS IS HARASSMENT!" Now this man I can only describe as wearing clothes that were two sizes to small for him and with a hard earned beer gut. Our deputy picks up broom and looks at the man with a puzzled look. The man continues to explain that this security guard demanded that he leave the property and that he could not wear this
A few nights ago Emily was gracious enough to get me a Kindle Fire. I have been looking around for tablets for awhile and honestly the Kindle Fire was not might first choice. I was really interested in the Sony tablets as they play original psx games. However, the other night while at Best Buy pricing out some sound bars and looking at new desktops (My desktop has had a faithful 6 years of service, but recently sounds like death.) I came upon the Kindle Fire again. I was standing there enjoying Superman: Earth One when my Wife approached me and asked me I was enjoying it and honestly I was. The device was the perfect size, the screen was amazing with crisp vibrant images. So we struck up a conversation about what I would use it for and honestly I could feel my inner nerd starting to flow out, but the answers I gave surprised even me. I really just wanted something to play little games on such as Angry Birds, enjoy movies and television via Netlfix/Hulu/AmazonPrime, and read books/magazines/comics on. That was it. It dawned on me then that I did not need to spend $400+ on a device when this at $200 did everything I wanted to and more really. So Emily got it for me and what I mean by this is while “we” paid for it she graciously spent her visa gift cards that she received from her work as an extra appreciation toward it. Very generous of her.
I was excited to get home and unbox it and I have to see the packaging was very charming and lent itself to being opened without being destroyed. It also had a 75% charge to it when I turned it on, but I quickly plugged it in and began to tinker find the device easy to use and rather responsive. However, something was nagging me. I did not care for the Fire Launcher. Not a problem. I was able to easily install Go Launcher and basically for all intents and purposes turn the Fire into a $200 Android 2.3 tablet. I could even take it a step further and root it so I could install the Android market on it as well, but at this current time I feel no reason to do so. Best part is I can easily switch back and forth between Fire Mode or Tablet Mode as I have named them.
I was easily able to load my own applications, books, movies, and digital comics onto the device and have them all work without a hitch. Netlfix and Hulu worked like a dream and I even got a month free of Amazon Prime which allows me into there video library, but more importantly lets me borrow books! So I set to work on reading a guide to investigations. I was also able to download many classic books such as Bram Stoker’s Dracula for free.
I can say that I am very happy with it. Although there are somethings that I felt hold the Fire back just a bit and I assume that these were cut out of the product to keep its price down, but the Fire could really have benefited from an SD card slot for expandable memory, 1gb of RAM as opposed to just 512mb, and last a built in microphone. These are certainly not deal breakers, but I feel they could have really elevated the device to another level.
So if you are in the market fora tablet and just want something simple. I highly recommend giving the Kindle Fire a look. It is not without its flaws, but what it offers for the price is incredible.
Does anyone remember that awesome old Disney movie with Christopher Lloyd and Danny Glover called Angels in the Outfield? The premise is basically a little boy asks God to have the Angels win the pennant so he could be reunited with his estranged father. Suddenly a band of heavenly helpers are dispatched to help the Angels along their way until they made into the playoffs. Championships had to be won on their own according to head Angel Christopher Lloyd. The movie was funny, warm, and family friendly. I was only 12 when I saw that movie. I liked it and even if I thought that its premise was ridiculous. I had had a few years of sports under my belt at this point in life and at no time did I feel the divine’s hand in any sporting event.
Which brings me to Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos. I admit I enjoyed their story lines this season. I have to admit that I admire Tim Tebow for being firm in what he believes and I think he’s caught a little to much flack for it. My good friend and confident Adam and I had a conversation last week about the possibility if God really did help the Broncos defeat the Steelers. He seemed to think so while I was a little more skeptical. Adam’s reasoning is that our talents are from God (I would agree on this point) so yes in some way God played a part in that football game. To add onto to the fire the fact the Tebow threw for 316 yards of offense and John told him to pull the trigger on that last play of the game. It was a heck of an ending to a great game of football. I mean here we had Tim Tebow, the golden boy, going against Ben Roethlisberger, the touted bad boy. A battle between good and evil. Classic stuff. The only conclusions you could surely draw at the end of the game was that clearly God is a miracle worker and good will always defeat evil. Sure enough that is how the internet blew up the following day. With people screaming we should “believe” and “316 surely this is a not a coincidence!”
Get. A. Grip.
I’m all for miracles, the unexplained, and the supernatural. I like a good mystery, but their is no mystery here. Anyone can be beaten on any given day. Come on didn’t anyone see Little Giants (Rick Moranis and Ed O Neill anyone?). I’ll go ahead and let the cat out of the bag for those of you who do not know me I’m a Christian. I believe that Jesus was the Son of God and died for humanities sins. Surely if I could believe this, I could make the connection to Tebow and his stats. Yet I have to say I was disgusted by it. I like to think that God has better things to do in the world then consider the outcome of a football game. Does that mean I think God wasn’t there. No. But if he was I would hope he had more important things to do like watch out for the safety of the players and fans. Now am I denying that it could be within the scope of his power to have Broncos win either. No. Simply rather I don’t think He is into that sort of thing. I think the world has bigger issues at hand. But in any case now what? Many people made a big deal out of these “events” and now Tom Brady and the Patriots are up next.
My fears realized.
Denver was crushed and embarrassed. Totally and utterly destroyed by the New England Patriots. So what now? Did God abandon Tim Tebow? Perhaps we can just say God works in mysterious ways? Does God love Tom Brady more than Tim Tebow? Or even worse are Tom Brady and the New England Patriots more powerful than the Almighty? I think not. Rather this is what happens when we choose to assign such meaningless nonsense to God. We diminish his power and his glory. Not to mention I think we make ourselves look like fools. I know the good people over at r/atheism are having a blast with this whole thing. Why shouldn’t they? I’m Christian and I find the whole thing just silly and in some ways plain insulting to the God who can raise the dead, split the sea, and visit plagues up the Egyptians, etc etc.
Where do we go from here?
We put it behind us. Each of us will come to a different conclusion on the matter. Yet I would say from here on out lets not be so quick to assign mediocre happenings to God All Mighty. Maybe we wait until another plane lands in the water with zero causalities? Something along the those lines perhaps? Also maybe from here on out if we do ask God in on our sporting events we ask him to look after everyone, thank him for our good fortune, and ask him he might pay it forward to those less fortunate than us?
Only 5 more days until Christmas and I have to say I have had some trouble hitting my Christmas stride this year. The mood just hasn't struck me. If it wasn't for Emily I'm not sure their would be any semblance of the holiday at our house. But thanks to her all the decorations are up and the tree is up and beautiful. Although we did have a mishap with the lights on the tree and had to throw a strand of lights on it despite the fact the tree is pre-lit. I think Zoey might of had something to do with that as she wasn't sure what to make of the Christmas Tree and at times would try to knock it over.
I got out over the weekend and saw the new Sherlock Holmes movie. I really liked it, but I admit part of my reason for wanting to go see it was for the new Dark Knight Rises trailer that was suppose to be with it. Instead I saw the teaser trailer again. Thank you internet and daring cell phone camera men for uploading it to the internet so I could see it even if it was released in HD a day later. I'm really excited for the final installment in Nolan's Batman franchise. I think it might be the best Batman movie yet. Although I'm still not sure how I feel about Bane's voice in the movie. To much mad scientist? We'll just have to wait and see.
In comic related news I really want to thank Jeff for coming on and doing any excellent job. His work has breathed new life into EOTW and Brian has also been working overtime on making the comic look fantastic. However I want everyone to know that I have a few stories left in me to be told.