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First off, happy fifth birthday, Sandgate! If my comic was a person it would be in kindergarden now. I'm such a proud papa.
Second off, I've gotta make some errata to the previous announcement, since I imagine people are checking the site and WTFing right now. First off, there should be a comic up some time within the next day; probably tomorrow. From there, Sandgate will be going back to its original weekly schedule, updating Tuesdays. The plan was to shift to MWF updates, I know, but when I said that I was not working two part time jobs and taking 4 studio classes at school. I'm lucky to get 5 hours of sleep a night without Sandgate on my back, so for now, weekly updates. Maybe over winter break that number will increase.
Also, while I plan on making various adjustments to the site over the next few weeks, I should also mention the new "Tales" button on the sidebar. Tales of Santa Aria is the final result of that Beleagued concept I talked about breifly a few months back. At its core, it's a place for me to upload any creepypasta I write, but it will also include background, lore, and various other Sandgate related potpourri. The current theme doesn't have visible tags, which is something I plan on fixing, but once you can see them, anything tagged as Sandgate should be considered canon. Lots of interesting side stories to be told. The plan is to update Tales weekly, ideally. So you get a page and a story each week.
Thanks for your patience. It's good to be back.
363 days. That's how long it's been since the last time I've hit the "Upload new page" button.
Sandgate will return to regular updates on its five year anniversary (holy shit has it been that long?), this Halloween. From there, hopefully, I'll be updating Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Yeah, three pages a week. In the past, I know I've slipped in my schedule... often. All the time. Months without updates. You know, that sort of thing. I had a million and one excuses for it, but the truth is most of those times that pages didn't get done, it was my laziness, not my business. It dawned on me that if I'm going to be cut out for this sort of thing, I'm gonna need to stop dicking around, stop being satisfied with 50 readers (which I'm sure I've lost all of), and stop half-assing this comic. No more bullshit from me. This is gonna be a legit webcomic now, if it kills me.
See you this Halloween.
So guys, I've come up with what I think is a pretty good idea of a way to provide you with regular Sandgate updates without, you know, actually updating.
One of the biggest things that I've wanted to do with Sandgate, as well as one its greatest failings thus far in my opinion, is to flesh out the city itself. Santa Aria is a very big, very old city, and when half of the cast are ghosts history tends to be something that's pretty important. Unfortunately, up until now there really hasn't been a way to implement that backstory in the comic itself. It's not like Marie can just randomly give an info-dump on what the city was like 150 years ago. I had been thinking I would implement a wiki or something, but this new idea is better.
The other thing I've been wanting to do is to get back to prose writing a bit. Some of my short horror fiction has been posted on creepypasta.net in the past and I've been wanting to do more, but I didn't really have a good way of implementing it. I could post them on this blog, but it's more for news and updates than that sort of thing. The thing is, though, that I can accomplish both of these goals at the same time.
The Beleagued (this new proposed spin-off) would be a weekly blog written in-universe by a Santa Arian blogger. B, for short, would be a character outside of the loop, but still observant enough to notice something is up, and chronicle his investigation of just why it is Santa Aria is one of the most haunted cities in the world. Blog entries could be anything from bits of SA history, urban legends, or just a civilian point of view of in-comic events. Basically, it allows me to flesh out the Sandgate canon and write creepypasta, all in one fell swoop.
So, I'm asking you guys, what do you think? Would this be something you'd be interested in reading? Let me know!
What's up, my little creeps? Just checking in, making sure you all know I'm not dead and such. No announcement on a comeback any time soon, sadly. Saving money is hard work!
I do, however, have some links to share with you. First off, fittingly, is our new Recommended Reading page, which is full of comics and blogs that I've deemed to be Tekkactastic. It's a links page. Nothing fancy, just something I've been meaning on getting around to for EVER.
Also worth reading is the featured review of Sandgate on Randall Drew's new Ink-Slinger Spotlight blog. Randall and I met on an Octopus Pie uStream a few years back, and have been CAWMIXMAKIN PALZ ever since. True story! He actually does more Pokemon fanart than I do, amazingly enough. Definitely worth checking out.
This isn’t something I can say without feeling a little bit of angst, so let’s just get it out of the way. Sandgate is going to stop updating for the long-term, indefinite future.
I could say that the circumstances were a long story, but really, it’s pretty simple. I started drawing Sandgate officially in my junior year of high school, after about a year of prep work. After graduating high school, I lived at home for two years while attending community college, which is also now complete. My point is, and here comes Tekk’s shocking and terrible secret: I don’t own my own computer. Never have. For the past four years, I’ve been doing Sandgate from home on the family PC. This weekend I move out, and I just can’t afford my own computer right now.
In other words, starting this weekend I’ll have no reliable access to Photoshop or a scanner for the foreseeable future. While there are computer labs at the university (I am going to art school, after all), drawing comics only during lab hours is both negligent of school responsibilities and awkward, since I don’t want to be “that guy who’s on Photoshop 8 hours a day every day”. So, the basic gist is until I have a couple hundred extra dollars to spend on a tower, no Sandgate.
This isn’t a decision I’m coming to lightly. I knew this was looming all summer, and as it got closer to today it became apparent this was the only real option. I know that Sandgate has gone through some long dry spells when it comes to updates, but this is the first time in four years that I’ve actually said “ok, this is getting shelved”. For the past half-decade, at least sixty percent if not more of all of my creative output has been Sandgate related. Even during the no-update periods I was drafting story ideas, building up buffers, designing characters, polishing the site, and generally thinking of ways to improve my obscure little comic about ghosts. Sandgate has been a huge part of my life for a very long time and it’s not easy for me to step back and do other things when this is a basic part of my routine.
So, thanks to everyone who’s stuck around these past few years. That includes especially big thanks to the guys over at Sam and Fuzzy, for being the ones I can always bounce ideas off, get support from, and who will let me know when I’m really dicking something up. Sandgate wouldn’t even be here if it wasn’t for your support, and I’m overflowing with gratitude for that.
I want to stress that Sandgate is far, FAR from being gone for good. I’ll resume updating better than ever as soon as is feasible. My life goal has been to whittle this story into something worth publishing (and then getting it published) so abandoning it in favor of art school is both ironic and silly. I promise you from the bottom of my wretched boogey-man heart that I will make sure you see this story through, just the way I see it coming together in my head, in my sketchbooks, on post-it notes, and everywhere else. There are questions that have gotta be answered, and I’m not gonna give up until they are. Who’s that guy following Trish around? (Ok, this one I think is really friggin’ easy if you’ve been paying any attention at all.) What was that thing that gave Willit his powers? Why did Fingers want to talk with Tooth in private at the end of Chapter 3? Who beat the crap out of Rosewood? (You’ll learn this one in shortly after I come back, don’t worry.) What in the hell is a Sandgate, anyway? These are things that are answered by the end of Chapter 5… and then the trouble really starts. Zombies, serial killers, trouble with the Cinderhearts, and more ghosts than you can wag a finger at. I’m just getting warmed up… but the engine stalled. Please be patient with me.
See ya around,