Opening my heart and mind to the past and future readers:
Hello dear Miner. As you probably know it’s MineCon 2015 time!! Hoping those that could attend are enjoying their time there!! It’s really a magic place to meet your best new friends and even get married!
So a few days ago I found myself thinking. It was very late in the night, playing one of those online games that are an immense huge machines of wasting time. I think it was around 3 am.
I was thinking about MineCraft, the game, about my great time in the first Con, about my relative success doing the webcomic. Then the things get complicated and I started thinking how I get to the point where I am now.
To make the story short, I had working for 7 years for the second best publishers of comics in France, Delcourt. In those 7 years I just found myself getting into a tunnel that was getting tighter and tighter. It was like I focused my time there and there were never incomes after the first advancements. Economically speaking I was a sinking ship. Even I am doing (right now too) my dream job, and even with the struggles I think it really worth it. Even if that doesn’t pay off at the end.
In one of those times while I was waiting for the scriptwriter to send me more material to work I discovered Minecraft, and then I started WonderCraft. 5 years ago! I had the time and the money it was not a problem. Until I get a point that it was. I opened the Avatar Shop and soon I found that I need that to go through the month and the time it required to do an avatar was taking a lot of time. I just could spent a little time doing a thing other than my french comic, and that thing it needed to be profitable in some way…. So as a candle without wax the light of the webcomic went off little by little.
SO! I had a story I want to tell. I had characters, I had my own style and I enjoyed the freedom of it. I’m about to finish a third graphic novel for my french publisher and I was looking for a new project. I spent a lot of time thinking on what will be do. I wanted to grow, I looked back at WonderCraft with some resent with some mixed feelings. Wanted to do something. I failed. As soon as I started something new, the fun was replaced suddenly with “agony of perfectionist” so I keep repeating designs, script ideas, characters designs. Finally I found that it was not fun for me to draw. There was no joy or feeling of accomplishment, they looked pretty (maybe) but it was just that.
You can imagine that kind of throughs at 3 am could do damage to your brain. An idea pop it on my mind… WHAT IF…. What if I could start over WonderCraft comic? Without pressure, just for fun. Starting as little as 1 page per week? Would be FUN for me DOING that? The answer was YES!
So I finished the draft of this first page at 4 am. The next day I put some colours and I thought about the story. It made sense in my head.
Please don’t have any big expectations on this humble attempt, I feel like I already failed you once. I want to make it just for fun, and see if with time and care it can grow in something that you can look and say: That story needed to be told, Sam! Well done! ^____^
Without further explanations. Here it is the first page on (hopefully) the long road ahead.