I’ve just completely retooled my Patreon rewards and goals based on my new projects (namely Sharksplode), and what I’ve learned over the last year or so. I’ve taken stock of the things I said I wanted to do, then didn’t do (because I didn’t actually want to do them), and the things I’ve always wanted to do but never had the proper motivation for doing (like recording and releasing music). Hopefully the experience I’ve gained and the regret I feel for not reaching every goal I set for myself with Patreon originally will keep me motivated and honest.
This might not seem like great news to HijiNKS ENSUE fans. I clearly left out any HE-based rewards in the new Patreon setup, because I honestly don’t know when I’m going to be able to update HE again, or how often. My heart and brain are currently more interested in Sharksplode and I don’t want to force my self to make comics that I’m going to ultimately be disappointed with just because I feel obligated to. I will return to HE and I will finish it the way I want to. That’s the most honest explanation I have for you right now.
There’s a ton of new stuff to be excited about and chances are (if you’re already a Patron) I owe you some goodies, so please read all the rewards (http://patreon.com/hijinksensue) and msg me via Patreon if you would like to claim your custom comic print file, mobile desktop or digital commission.
Every Patron can download a bunch of convention panel recordings here:
If you’ve already pledged $5 or more and haven’t downloaded your ebooks, they are all here:
I’m super excited about doing Patron-Only Sharksplode comics, recording a cover song EP, doing a live 90s Alt Rock Challenge concert, and releasing THE LOST HIJINKS ENSUE PODCAST (featuring Kris Wilson of Cyanide & Happiness).
Hey, guess what? I started a new webcomic called Sharkspode! You might remember the name and URL from the t-shirt site I used to run with my friend Wil. Since all of those shirts were either retired or folded into the HijiNKS ENSUE Store I decided not to let a good, weird URL and a logo featuring an exploding shark go to waste.
I’ve posted 4 comics to get you started and there will be a new comic every day this week. After that it will update Monday through Thursday. Please share the site and the comics with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and however else you see fit. It’s a bit scary feeling like I’m starting over from scratch wit zero readers, so every little push in the right direction helps.
Make sure to bookmark the site or subscribe to the RSS feed.
Enormous thanks to Hiveworks for helping me get the site up and running while I was out of town this weekend and away from my normal tech and reliable internet access.
I’ve worked really hard on the comics and this site, and I hope you enjoy them. I have the benefit of 8 years experience making comics to put into this new endeavor, but it is still incredibly young. I expect it will take me a while to really find a voice for Sharksplode and hone in on what exactly I want to do with it. I had planned to launch with 10 comics on day one, but I actually ended up redrawing the first strip from scratch 5 times trying to get the new art style right. Anyway, I an excited and I hope you are excited.
I’ll be with Rob Denbleyker at the Cyanide & Happiness booth (#14076) from Thursday to Sunday (May 28-31). I’ll have HijiNKS ENSUE and FANEURYSM prints for sale, and Rob and I will be doing C&H sketches all weekend. Hope to see you there!
I get home on Monday June 1, and I’m also launching a new webcomic that day! (Assuming I do not fall prey to the BLOODWOLVES)
Stay tuned for a link and details.
Eight years ago today, I posted the very first HijiNKS ENSUE comic on this website. Roughly (if not exactly) one year from today the comic, as it currently exists, will come to an end.
When I rebooted HE in 2012, I had ideas I wanted to get out and stories I wanted to tell. Once those ideas and stories are out in the world, I am going to put the comic to rest (or at least on an indefinite hiatus). Staring today HijiNKS ENSUE
will update once a week is, on Mondays, and it will end in about a year is on hiatus while I work on how and when to end it properly. I will be launching a new comic that will run 4 days a week on June 1, 2015.
When I started HijiNKS ENSUE in 2007, it was just a pop culture commentary strip. I put myself and my friends into it and tried anchor the gags around this core cast of characters. That turned out to be mostly a mistake for the kind of humor I wanted to do. The writing I did back then wasn’t about characters. It was about jokes and ideas. Trying to shoehorn every joke into coming out of these 3 characters’ mouths turned out to be very limiting on my writing. That’s when I started just doing strips “out of universe.” If the joke was about a movie, I would just draw the characters from the movie. Then, when that strip was done, I’d bring the characters back. Sometimes, I wouldn’t do either of those things and I would just do a geeky pinup/mash-up. This actually wasn’t a HUGE problem until I started experimenting with story lines.
The non sequitur humor and the on-going story lines both using the same characters eventually seemed very schizophrenic to me, and probably to you. I was taking far too many liberties with what exactly HE was, and the audience got confused and shrank accordingly over time. So I decided to give up the gags and tell a story about my life, my family, parenting, etc. I wrote an outline for the basic story lines I wanted to address in the first year of the rebooted comic, finished about three of them, then sort of accidentally went back to writing gags using my characters (only now the characters were myself, my daughter and my wife). The difference is this time the gags weren’t about specific episodes of TV, instead they were about things going on in my actual life. The strip almost accidentally became a hyperbolic auto-bio comic without me noticing.