[Note 2015-03-04] I THOUGHT COMICPRESS POSTED THIS ON MONDAY AND I WAS WRONG. I’m just now noticing it. So here, here you go. Pretend you saw this on Monday.
So… this happened.
It’s been a pretty cool, and unbelievable, weekend. And you guys got me here – you kept me motivated to keep working on this comic week after week. Three years and 119 pages. A lot’s been said of how I work on this comic alone, but that’s not entirely true. I could never have made it this far on my own.
This comic almost didn’t happen. Many times. Hell, it took me ten years to finally commit to putting a page online. Before 2012, M.F.K. only existed within the pages of my sketchbooks. Virtually no one knew the names Abbie or Jaime, no one knew who they were or where they were from or what they were capable of. They lived in my head, safe from criticism and judgment. I didn’t have to worry about whether they would be accepted or not.
I created Abbie in 2002, as a small-town college student, feeling like my life was in perpetual transition, hoping that big things were in store for me. A decade later, I looked back at Abbie and all the other characters I’d created, and they still felt relevant. I still felt tied to their stories and I thought maybe, if I liked them, maybe a few people out in the world might like them, too.
It’s been a crazy ride, and I’m thankful to all of you for hopping on board with me. Thank you for putting your faith in this weird little story. This is a huge win not just for me, but for webcomics.
I don’t want to wax on, but I wrote up some more thoughts on Tumblr if you’d like to read.