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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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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

June newsletter

Ready for this month's newsletter? Here it comes.

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.

General news
Thank you for your patience during my forced hiatus. Although we are no longer panicking, the health situation we are facing is still a matter of concern. Still, I will be able to continue Infected Blood for a few weeks, before taking a summer break (which was always in the plans: if you don't know me, I take two hiatuses throughout the year: the month of August and a month between December and January). Hanging in there!

Website revamp
My bonus content is complete, for the moment. Check out the AIMS page, the Kemet-Ra page, and the characters' page, with nine featured characters! The latter will be updated at the end of each chapter, so make sure to be all-caught up with the comic, before taking a look, as it will contains spoilers.

Current comics
As a reminder, my comics are intended for adult audiences (18+ only).
Chapter 2 of Infected Blood started a couple of weeks ago! Alex is taken to the Forge, a floating prison with two terrifying towers. Her arrival was predictably sad, but reasonably smooth. However, things are about to get very heated, starting next week... If you want to know more about the Forge, check out the section dedicated to Kemet-Ra.

Dynamic Spores, my horror anthology, ended! If you didn't read it yet, make sure to check it out. At the moment, I don't have a new story to add to the anthology, although I see a couple of ideas floating in my mind...

Finally, Tales of the Wandering Stranger, the anthology I worked on with The Stitched Hand also concluded recently. Check it out!

Upcoming comics
I recently started Saint Suspicious, a new, humorous comic that atheists (especially ex-Catholics ) are certainly going to enjoy. At the moment, I am releasing one strip per week on Idiot-Free Zone, a collaborative blog full of smart, thought-provoking contributions from a variety of authors. I will make a separate website for the comic once the first story has been fully published on IFZ. For the moment, why not checking my comic there? Here's a link to the very first strip. Updates Wednesdays.

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

posted by InfectedBloodComics @ June 12th, 2018, 4:50 pm  -  0 comments

May Newsletter

Here's May's newsletter, read on!

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.

Slightly longer hiatus
As previously announced, my hiatus is finishing on 4 June. My family's health emergency is far from over, but we are coping with it - slowly, but surely.

Website revamp
My bonus content is growing! Besides the page about AIMS, I recently released one about Kemet-Ra, the most controversial country in Infected Blood's fictional world. And now, I added my characters' page, which at the moment is all about Alexandra Armstrong, her father Gordon and her "girlfriend" Stephanie Rogers. More characters will come soon!

Current comics
As a reminder, my comics are intended for adult audiences (18+ only).
Infected Blood is on hiatus until 4 June. I am finally drawing the cover of Chapter 2 and from here on it should be relatively smooth sailing, at least for the first few pages. I must confess I need to iron out a couple of parts of this chapter, but I am confident everything will turn out pretty cool. Something I would like you to know is that I don't want to go for an Orange is the New Black feel - that story has zero to do with mine, and I have to say... I used to like it a lot, but I no longer do. So, if you see anything in Infected Blood that vaguely resembles OITNB, that's definitely not what I wanted to convey, and it's likely all in your mind :)

Dynamic Spores, my horror anthology, is still ongoing and updating regularly on Wednesdays until completion of Ngiamwise!

Finally, Tales of the Wandering Stranger, the anthology I worked on with The Stitched Hand is currently updating with my comic An Alien's Departure, to conclude the Wandering Stranger's saga. Check it out!

Upcoming comics
I took a little time to draw my humorous comics, which is now pretty much ready to go! It will start in June, updating twice a week. 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 @ May 11th, 2018, 5:31 pm  -  0 comments

Sad updates

Dear readers,

It is with much sadness that I must announce a longer hiatus. Unfortunately we are having a very serious health issue in the family, and that takes precedence over everything else. To avoid confusing you about the end of my hiatus, I modified my newsletter to point to the correct date, and I will repeat it here again: 4 June.

In the meantime, I will release a bonus page on my characters, as promised, likely in a couple of weeks or so.

Please, understand that I am trying my best to keep the comic going and this health problem was completely unforeseen and, well... devastating. I need to recuperate psychologically, too, and this will be a journey that will not end in a day or two, but it will take months. The good news is that the doctors are foreseeing a favorable outcome, because we caught this issue at a very early stage. Keeping a positive attitude and taking one thing at a time is our best bet.

Thank you for your patience, I will be back!

posted by InfectedBloodComics @ April 21st, 2018, 8:14 am  -  0 comments

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