Okaaayyy little Hot Chocolate update on the comic’s status, as I know some of you have noticed I have put it on semi-hiatus/have complained about losing inspiration.
Here’s the thing. The first run I had planned out wasn’t...exciting to me. While the jokes and comics and everything were cute and funny, I felt it was a bit slow at times, and at the rate it was going it would take me faaaarrr too long to reach the real meat of the comic, the second arc which introduces Xavier, a major character and game-changer in terms of turning the comic into a more fantasy one.
Hence why I sort of lost interest, despite the fact I’ve gained almost 500 followers on tumblr and 350 on taptastic (dangdangdang). The story didn’t motivate me, and I yearned for something that would push me out of my comfort zone and actually be somewhat action-y and adventurous.
Here’s the good part though-I’ve reworked the story into a single arc, short story, with plenty of room for specials and continuing arcs once the comic’s run is finished. Its short, packs a punch, and is extremely sweet and touching, something that I would be very happy to work on.
But there’s, sadly, a problem to this-while I was able to somewhat keep up with Hot Chocolate’s updates before, this new version of it is told in more of a graphic-comic format, with lots of backgrounds, beautiful art and bright colors.
That means a loooottt of work. Probably putting all my effort, creativity and soul into that comic.
And, I hate to say it, but I would not be able to do it on my own. My attention jumps a lot, and while I do feel I am capable of doing this the only way I would possibly be able to do it is if I had a company paying me, a book deal or some sort of funding of money. So that basically means until I can actually get a contract of some sort, with my current time and motivation I can’t draw out the vision I have. Which sucks, ‘cause I mean “live for your art” and all that, but I’m a human being. And I can only do so much.
And I don’t really want to continue with the comics I have now, as my heart more of lies in its alternative story, rather than what I have now.
So Hot Chocolate is just kinda in limbo now I guess. I like to think the comics I have now have just been more experimental things, to get a feel for the characters and everything. I would let it go on hiatus, however there is still the slim chance a comic company may be interested in it, so I’m still keeping it active.
But I haven’t deserted the comic nor the idea. Someday, hopefully in the near future, if a kind and benevolent company comes forth with a contract and a salary, then oh yes I will throw myself into it. I'm even considering, if my comic isn't picked up by this company, is to pitch it to a publishing company or something, with concept art and example pages. That is how serious I am about this.
However, for now just take solace in the fact that I will make this a thing someday. And it will be awesome.