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March Newsletter
March 15th, 2019, 10:34 am
Welcome back to my newsletter!

Voting
Please, remember to vote for my comic when you have time (once a week would be awesome, if at all possible)! Here's the voting link.

Current comics
As a reminder, my comics are intended for adult audiences (18+ only).
Infected Blood brought new characters and dreadlocks into Alex's life, and everything seems to be looking up for her. The only thing it's missing is her father - will he visit soon?

Make sure to have a look at the Q/A with my characters, you will learn quite a bit!

Website revamp
I deleted some header stuff - getting cleaner and cleaner, but still not there, yet.

Upcoming comics/projects
Unfortunately my only upcoming project is moving out of my apartment, with all the headaches and heartaches that it entails! I am fast running out of pages to release, so I may end up taking a couple of weeks off in April, while I'm deep into moving out. I will keep you posted.

That's all for this month. As always, you may contact me by email at infectedbloodcomics@gmail.com.
February Newsletter
February 16th, 2019, 8:45 am
It's that time of the month again! I'm not talking about my period - it's newsletter time :)

Voting
Please, remember to vote for my comic when you have time (once a week would be awesome, if at all possible)! Here's the voting link.

Colors are back
You will see them again from page 25 on, just as promised :)

Current comics
As a reminder, my comics are intended for adult audiences (18+ only).
Infected Blood brings exciting plot twists and news! Alex works out an apparently lucrative deal with her new cellmates and ends up making a choice that will surprise Infected Blood's readers, but not those who read The Green-Eyed Sniper. Let's just say that we are at a point where we will collectively recognize the character much more :)

We also had a cool contest to decide on extra content. The winner was Character Preview, which you can admire here, but the runner-up was so close that I will just bring it to you now. See the upcoming comics/projects section for more details.

Website revamp
Well, I added more red and tweaked it here and there, but I'm not completely happy, yet. I will just continue working on it whenever I have time.

Upcoming comics/projects
Ask your questions to my characters! Go to the home page and use the box at the top to enter your questions (no limits) to any character/s (no limit). You have until 2 March. Answers will be provided shortly thereafter.

That's all for this month. As always, you may contact me by email at infectedbloodcomics@gmail.com.
January Newsletter
January 12th, 2019, 4:54 pm
Happy New Year! Here's our first newsletter for your reading pleasure.

Voting
Please, remember to vote for my comic when you have time (once a week would be awesome, if at all possible)! Here's the voting link.

Recovering
My hand is (relatively) well, so starting around page 23 or 24, colors will appear again. Yay for colors! In the meantime, I tried to make my black-and-white pages a bit more appealing, as you will see very soon. Let me know what you think!

Current comics
As a reminder, my comics are intended for adult audiences (18+ only).
Infected Blood is coming back on 14 January - just two days away! Alex will have new cellmates and things will continue looking up for some time. Our AIMS can't have it so hard for too long, can she? Even complete darkness and desperation gets boring, if it drags on too long.

Website revamp
I got very tired of my previous template, because the main font and the black background made everything hard to read. So I've changed template! I am not fully satisfied with this one either, but at least it's much more readable. I will work on it in the coming weeks until I'm happy enough with what I get.

Upcoming comics/projects
I'd like to create some extra content for you, so I created a poll to hear what you remetch (approximate transliteration of rmT, which means "people" in Middle Egyptian) are more interested in seeing. The poll is up here, right below the banner, and it will run until 3 February. The possible content you can vote for is:
  • A hieroglyph contest (guess what Alex says in Kemetian for a prize!)
  • A preview of upcoming characters (Chapter 3 is full of them!)
  • Ask a question to any character

Go vote, time isn't much!

That's all for this month. As always, you may contact me by email at infectedbloodcomics@gmail.com.
Updates and hiatuses
January 5th, 2019, 9:33 am
If you didn't notice, yet, I am far from your typical webcomic author: I have a real schedule, I communicate it clearly to my readers, and I seriously stick to it. Even more: I don't drop comics into the void and I don't vanish into thin air. So, your worst readers' nightmare won't materialize with me. This is why I am announcing a revised schedule in light of a recent promotion I had at work, which will demand more of my time.

All things considered, I had several options: one was to stop coloring altogether, since that takes a whole lot of time and effort. However, I just can't get myself to do that, colors are just too nice to me. Another option was to update once every two weeks with almost no breaks: but come on, that sucks. I wouldn't go back to a comic updating once every two weeks, especially if it's just one page at a time. I settled for what I think it's the best option: plan for two clear, long hiatuses a year. After all, my dear readers are already used to my twice-a-year breaks. I just have to make them a bit longer breaks.

So, I will still be updating once a week, on Mondays, in color (as soon as my hand allows for adding colors, which is going to be relatively soon), and will be taking the following two yearly breaks:

  • Summer hiatus: July and August
  • Winter hiatus: from December to mid-January


See you :)
December newsletter
December 12th, 2018, 5:42 pm
Ladies and gentlemen, Here comes the last newsletter for the year!

Voting
Please, remember to vote for my comic when you have time (once a week would be awesome, if at all possible)! Here's the voting link.

Recovering
My hand is healing really well, hooray! Colors will return to my comic, I promise, but not for a while longer. Thanks for your patience!

Current comics
As a reminder, my comics are intended for adult audiences (18+ only).
Infected Blood is currently on its regular end-of-the-year hiatus. I decided to take a break on a high note - a nice smile on Alex's face after so many horrible pages. Motivation drives her: getting close to her father is everything she's hoping for! Infected Blood will start again on 14 January.

Did you check out Saint Suspicious? Make sure to have a look at the lives of Catholic saints as you've never seen them before! Updates three times a week, M - W - F!

Upcoming comics/projects
My artist friend and I have had a bit of a setback, due to personal reasons (health scares and too much work for both), but I am 99% sure we will be able to share with you our collaboration around 1 January, so make sure to come back then!

That's all for this month. Happy Holidays, and, as always, you may contact me by email at infectedbloodcomics@gmail.com.
November newsletter
November 12th, 2018, 5:23 pm
November is blowing leaves all over the place, while bringing you my latest newsletter!

Voting
Please, remember to vote for my comic when you have time (once a week would be awesome, if at all possible)! Here's the voting link.

Recovering
My hand is now pin free and it's getting much better, but it's not strong enough to get me through coloring. I'll keep you posted on that, but the recovery is going really well, so colors will be back for sure :)

Current comics
As a reminder, my comics are intended for adult audiences (18+ only).
Infected Blood's pace accelerates dramatically, as Alex tries to cope with her emotional and physical pain. Why is her body rebelling? And what is that voice in her head? Is she really crazy? Although I do have answers for the first two questions, the last one is open to interpretation!

On a much lighter note, Saint Suspicious started today! This will be a lot of fun for all my atheist friends out there. Updates three times a week, M - W - F!

Upcoming comics/projects
Still working on the collaboration with another artist. News to be released in next month's newsletter!

That's all for this month. As always, you may contact me by email at infectedbloodcomics@gmail.com.
Avoid social media
October 27th, 2018, 5:46 pm
I always hated social media, because they are a complete waste of time. I don't give a damn about reconnecting with people I lost track of and I want to stay anonymous anyway. I was dragged into Facebook a couple of times, only to leave out of total boredom: I don't want to see my cousin's millionth elevator picture and I couldn't care less about your "impressive" thoughts on the meaning of life. It's all bullshit to me.

However, when I started making comics a little over three years ago, the entire community sent this message: you must network, and the most effective way to do so is through social media. So I joined Twitter and Facebook, again, somehow managing to remain anonymous, and started posting my updates there. Although I spent no more than 15 seconds on Facebook per day (which soon became zero, since I figured out how to automatically upload my new pages there), I stuck around Twitter a bit more, reading up about other people's comics, first, and then magically getting more and more into a raging topic: transgenderism. That was a huge mistake: soon enough, I ended up spending a disproportionate amount of time mostly reading up other people fighting over hormones and homophobia, but also getting into brief discussions myself (I always left after no more than two or three exchanges. Rarely did I go past ten tweets on the same thread). Months later, I realized that I, too, had fallen for this ludicrous shit: the fascination of wasting time while believing I was doing something quite important had enveloped me like millions and millions of other users, and my wife and my dog were looking at me with a sad look of neglect in their eyes.

How did I get out of that? Plain and simple: I realized I was helping foster stupidity and completely stopped caring. It was actually much easier than you think: I started filling my time with other things to do. You know, both important stuff and silly stuff: spending quality time with my wife and my dog or playing a game that would require no more than three minutes at the time per day (there are such games, just look them up. Simon's Cat - Crunch Time is one, for example); mentally disconnecting from my phone while at work, picking it up just to reply to my wife or my friends' messages; reading up actual stuff on the web, like how things work from reputable sources; getting back into studying Middle Egyptian; and drawing, drawing and drawing even more. Something that also helped was physically hiding the Twitter icon on my phone to a place I had to reach after swiping quite a bit.

Lo and behold, two weeks later I was astonished at the incredible amount of time I had gotten back and at how amazingly stupid I had been. Unfortunately, I couldn't leave Twitter, because I used that account to start uploading my comics on Webtoon, but I am no longer using it. As for Facebook, after that privacy debacle, I despised it even more than before, so I quit it.

How do I network, then, you may ask? How do I thrive in this cruel world of webcomics, this sea of crappy desperation full of mediocre works and creators? Well, I buy ads. Every cent I spend on ads, it's a cent spent on my mental health and a true gift to my work, because it lets me focus on important and fulfilling things. I also got back to being my old placid self, becoming enraged only when the situation actually requires that. So, keep your fake news and your social media philosophy to yourselves, dear social media addicts and conspiracy theorists. I have a life to live. A real one.
October newsletter
October 12th, 2018, 5:18 pm
It's that time of the month again!

Voting
Please, remember to vote for my comic when you have time (once a week would be awesome, if at all possible)! Here's the voting link.

Broken hand
As you may have seen from my comments, last month I broke my hand. Badly. My fracture required surgery, which consisted in sticking two pins inside my hand, and plenty of Oxycodone + Tylenol. I was in a lot of pain, especially the first three days after surgery, but now I'm feeling much better. At the follow-up visit this week, the doctor said my hand is healing well, and he'll see me again in a couple of weeks to get the pins out and explain how to do rehab. Really looking forward to all of that, except they'll get those pins out without anesthesia!...

Anyway, I've been drawing with one hand, of course, and although I can manage penciling and inking, coloring is just too much. So, I will have to release my next pages in black and white only, until my hand heals properly. More on this later.

Current comics
As a reminder, my comics are intended for adult audiences (18+ only).
Infected Blood continues! Alex's life in prison has turned into a complete nightmare, as she finds out how cruelly inmates are treated there, while at the same time dealing with her own emotional (maybe mental) issues.
As previously pointed out, my pages will be colorless until my hand heals in full. Right before my accident, I meant to experiment a bit more with my drawings. As we are at a very delicate and dramatic point of the story, I wanted each panel to be emotionally charged, so I focused on body language, facial expressions and backgrounds (to show the squalor of the Forge). Right after that, I had no colors to support the general tone of my panels, so I decided to work harder on the inks, creating strong contrasts and shadows. I have to say that this is my favorite art, so far. I hope you enjoy it, too!

Upcoming comics/projects
Remember my humorous comic? It's almost ready to go! It's called Saint Suspicious and can be found at this link. Come back again on 12 November, when the fun begins!

And... the collaboration with the cool artist I mentioned last month is still on! Keep checking my newsletters for more info!

That's all for this month. As always, you may contact me by email at infectedbloodcomics@gmail.com.