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The road to glory is paved with personal demise. There may be NSFW pages, so be warned!


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December newsletter

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.

posted by InfectedBloodComics @ December 12th, 2018, 5:42 pm  -  0 comments

November newsletter

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.

posted by InfectedBloodComics @ November 12th, 2018, 5:23 pm  -  0 comments

Avoid social media

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.

posted by InfectedBloodComics @ October 27th, 2018, 5:46 pm  -  2 comments

October newsletter

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.

posted by InfectedBloodComics @ October 12th, 2018, 5:18 pm  -  0 comments

A broken hand is no fun.

Howdy! I have a shitty announcement: on 19th September I broke my hand in a stupid accident, and had surgery yesterday. The page you will read on Monday is all the buffer I have left, but I'm doing my best to continue releasing my comic regularly. Unfortunately, at the moment the pain is rather awful - not even Oxycodone is helping much. So please, bear with me and check back on the following Monday anyway. Hopefully I'll have a new page up!

posted by InfectedBloodComics @ September 29th, 2018, 8:05 am  -  0 comments

September Newsletter

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 has resumed! As Alex starts navigating her prison life with rather awful consequences, Gordon seems to come to his sense about he mistreated her when she was arrested. Will "father" and daughter patch up their relationship?

Upcoming comics/projects
Remember my humorous comic? It's currently been published exclusively on a rationalist website. I will start posting it here toward the end of the year.

I am also excited to say that I am working on a collaboration with a cool artist. The project is still at its infancy, and it will take shape in the coming months. Keep an eye out for it!

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

posted by InfectedBloodComics @ September 13th, 2018, 5:23 pm  -  0 comments

Random thoughts - Alexa and AI



Someone got me an Echo device, a gadget from Amazon equipped with the digital assistant known as Alexa. It's a cute thing, as you can see. I work in AI and I love technology, so the gift was definitely spot-on. I turned it on, set it up (it was a breeze, which is a plus), and started using it. I asked Alexa about the weather, moved on to playing music and had some fun asking for word definitions or basic calculations. My wife surprised me by setting up romantic reminders, so that I would hear Alexa telling me "I'm reminding you: I love you" out of the blue. I figured out how to listen to the news and even found out that if you wish Alexa goodnight, it will sweetly reply "Sweet dreams!" It was charming while it lasted.

I made the "mistake" of looking at it for longer than a minute or two. While most of the time you can see a clock on the device, the image shifts to suggestions about what you can ask Alexa and that's when I could smell the roses, or rather, the stench of mainstream "culture". It was like looking at a tabloid relentlessly vomiting stories about untalented, useless people like the queen of England or the Kardashians. So, I unplugged the device and deleted the app. My wife convinced me to turn it back on, on the condition that it would face the wall, so I wouldn't see that crap anymore. Should I ask questions about things I care about? Would that help the device learn more about me and provide personalized content? Maybe so, maybe not. I still don't give a rat's ass about it and I've ignored it for days. Even my wife has stopped using it, at least as far as I know, since it's no longer sending reminders or playing music she selects.

I have a minor spoiler for you: Alex/Sekhmet will deal with a digital assistant, which will be similar to Alexa minus the mainstream bullshit. She will also have a hard time with it, but she won't be able to fully ignore it, poor her. I know the day we won't be able to trash these things (when proved annoying and/or useless) is very close, and that is a real concern. My only hope is that we'll wake up sooner than later and at least make sure that personalization of these things is very fast and doesn't assume everyone should hear about the latest fashionable pop mass stupidity. Technology should help us with actual tasks and not rule our lives or plunge us into idiocy. Which reminds me of social media, but that's a topic for another day.

posted by InfectedBloodComics @ August 17th, 2018, 2:20 pm  -  0 comments

July newsletter

From July's heat comes this 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.

Upcoming hiatus
My regular, summer hiatus is coming up in two weeks! I will be back in September both with my comic and my newsletter. Thank you for your patience.

Current comics
As a reminder, my comics are intended for adult audiences (18+ only).
Chapter 2 of Infected Blood marches on, and by now you will have seen what Alex is capable of: she can either heal herself or cause herself extreme physical harm. What kind of skill is that, you may think? Well, it's something very peculiar that likely only she can "control" to that extent. Answers will come, I promise!

This chapter is a bit of a challenge, because it focuses on Alex's personality and lies the foundations of a large part of the comic to come, while the story itself will move slightly slower than I would like it to. Still, it's full of surprises, some of which rather astonishing (you just saw one!), and it will end with a real bang, so it's going to be an exciting, emotional roller coaster that I am looking forward to sharing with everyone. Just something I do need to get off my chest: I took NO inspiration from Orange is the New Black to write either this chapter or the entire comic, and I'm pretty sure you will notice that (should you try to come up with comparisons). I really hope you'll enjoy it!

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

posted by InfectedBloodComics @ July 12th, 2018, 4:46 pm  -  0 comments

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