No - I’m sorry. I’m in a state of utter burnout right now coming from the professional side of my existence. I’ve got just about nothing to give to comics, let alone comic conventions…and even if I did, I’d have nothing new to bring to the table.
I’m seeking some changes so that maybe this won’t be quite the same case for future convention seasons, but I don’t know if anything will pan out.
Managed to get an Inktober drawin’ out today! I’ve had this concept sitting around in sketch form for nearly a year, waiting for me to have time to do anything with it. I’m just entertained by the idea that Rocky would be just as theatrical in the middle of a zombie apocaplyse. Hope my mediocre inks didn’t ruin it too badly, heheh.
I found another oldie and goodie today that I really want to turn into something finished, but it probably won’t be for Inktober (want to do it digitally, for various reasons)
Purple prose is remarkably effective at deterring the living, but -10 against undead.
Well, that leaves you in roughly the same boat as Mordecai.
There’s some Cajun French and Creole French mixed into their dialogue. (Cajun French derived from Acadian French immigrants to the region, “true” Cajun French coming from the original French settlers to the region, and Creole French coming from colonial Africa and the Caribbean - the distinction between them has been somewhat obscured by the diverse nature of Louisiana, where they’ve overlapped, integrated parts of Native American languages like Choctaw, and even adopted some Spanish. Southern Louisiana was really rather a hot mess of French patois gumbo. Nowadays, the distinctions are even subtler as populations are more diffuse, public school is much more prevalent and language education conforms to standards like Continental French).
Really, though, it’s not necessary to understand every detail of what Serafine is talking about as long as the gist of her story comes across. If I’ve failed to write something that accomplishes that, I do apologize.
For the sake of clarity:
voodooienne - a woman who practices Voodoo
loa - spirits of the Voodoo religion (an intermingling of ancient African deities, Haitian revolutionaries, Creole folk heroes, Catholic saints, even deceased family members)
Maitre Carrefour - One of the loa, literally ‘Master Crossroads’, also known as Kalfu. His veve, the symbol which would be used to beckon him to the ceremony, is marked on the floor.
La Société de Notre-Dame de Bienfaisance - The Society of Our Lady of Beneficence. Contextually, it’s hopefully clear she’s talking about some sort of charity/children’s home.
Pirogue - a little boat.
Maman Eulalie - A name (‘maman’ is akin to ‘mama’).
Laveau and Lafitte - Names of some infamous figures in New Orleans history - Marie Laveau, the influential Voodoo mambo (as well as her daughter, by the same name), and the pirates, Jean and Pierre Lafitte.
Petition for Josephine Baker to play Mitzi what do u mean impossible what do u mean we’d need a time machine who let u in here get out of my office
(psst the smoke is transparent)
This is lovely.
Though, really, Josephine Baker herself is more interesting than most any fictional character. Looks like there’s a biopic with a budget in the works now, actually. Long overdue.
Any plans for getting one started? I’m sure your fans would pledge some strong support were you to do so (to include myself).
Also, superb work on the two new pages. Voodooienne is certainly the most beautiful art I’ve seen from you so far, in my humble opinion. A damn shame that Lackadaisy isn’t your full-time pursuit (assuming, of course, you would want it to be).
You’re both a great artist and writer Ms. Butler, and your work has brought me much happiness. So you know.
Wishing you the best in all things,
Thank you for the kind feedback!
I’ve got five or six inquiries about Patreon in my ask box, so I figure I’ll just go ahead and try to explain myself.
Patreon is pretty fantastic as far as providing online creators some extra liberty to do their thing, and I’m really very honored and grateful that there are some people out there who’ve expressed an interest in becoming patrons of my comic. While it might result in a nice little dash of supplemental income for me, however, it wouldn’t amount to a job-replacer. The job is an all or nothing situation. As such, Patreon wouldn’t actually buy me more time to work on the comic like it could if I was earning a living doing freelance gigs or something. I know you only receive funds when you deliver, but I’d feel pretty crappy if people were laying money down in hopes of more routine updates, exclusive pieces of art, sketchy tokens of appreciation and such, only to be disappointed that comics still only come along once in a blue moon. (And watching the number of patrons tick down slowly as months go by without a new comic would just feed the neurotic and unpleasant sense of failure I have about the whole thing).
I have so little of myself to give to the comic right now, it’s just not the right time for a Patreon. Thank you very much for your interest, though.
I posted a couple of new comic pages on the web site this weekend.
It’s not much, and I’m sorry about that. To those who’ve been asking if the comic is dead - no, surely not. Life has been mostly work and sleep for the past while, though, with depressingly little space for comics.