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Happiness is...

...having a folder full of comics pages you made from scratch.

I just realized tonight that I've broken the 100 strip mark on the latest season of the RAN ONLINE weekly newspaper strip I've been working on forever. This, combined with past seasons, means that I'm only a few months away from breaking 200 strips.

I know it's just numbers, but this represents years of hard labor, lessons learned, sweat and blood, close calls and fond memories for me. The weekly grind of making this strip, on top of other comics, writing and illustration projects, plus the rigors of daily life, have taught me so much about what it means to make comics for a living.

I started working on this project as a teenager--young and arrogant enough to think that I could just get by on talent. The job taught me otherwise. Talent counts for maybe 1% of it. The rest is hard work, discipline, dedication, sacrifice and a willingness to adapt to new situations. There's no way around it. I looks back at older strips and still cringe at little things that I could've done better if I'd had more time, but overall I'm really proud to have gotten this far.


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Feb. 16th, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
hey andrew! Really admire you for going for your dreams and churning out excellent work! Buti na lang you got to time to break off frm your sked and blog a bit. See you soon!
Feb. 17th, 2010 08:00 am (UTC)
Re: wow
yeah, elyss! i had to recover from the hectic sched of Xmas, and i've been spending the time taking crash courses in coloring and stuff. the break was good for me, but it's nice to be back. :)
Feb. 17th, 2010 03:54 am (UTC)
wah I still haven't found time to make comics again -_-
Feb. 17th, 2010 08:01 am (UTC)
you can do it, jac! i believe in you! :)
Aug. 25th, 2010 07:04 am (UTC)
andrew, so proud of you! this is ms. v. where can i publish -"Moo-Moo The Ghost Cow". your first comics ever? Remember? so happy for you, really!!
Sep. 24th, 2010 02:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks for bring this up, man. As a Ran Online player (and right now I miss the damn game) I read each of them from the Star, and sometimes saved the strips for posterity, wondering if I could stick them up to the Ran loading screen (one of those ideas I'd like to pitch to the GMs).

Judging from your accomplishment, I'd say I'll raise a toast to this accomplishment of yours, and thank you. :D

-- (FMS/lvl 157/dex-pow-vit archer)
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