Yesterday, we got a really angry comment on Johnny Wander. I mean, it's nothing new -- rude comments, mean comments, sexually inappropriate or graphic comments, these things happen sometimes. We get off better than most people, honestly-- the people who don't like us aren't as vocal, which I appreciate.
But anyway, this guy left an angry comment. Like, a jilted lover-angry. He went off for a bit saying that the journal comics we do are insipid, stupid trash, but then went on to say that we're more talented than that and should go back to doing fiction shorts. The comment's somewhere on this post, if you'd like to read it. Don't go out of your way to reply or try to start something, that's not why I'm writing this. Let me explain why I am.
The guy did a poor job of expressing his feelings about the autobio-versus-fiction, but this is not the first time I've heard this complaint. I know there are probably many other people out there who are wondering why we waste our time on quick and dirty autobio when we've shown that we can do much nicer/more interesting fiction. I'm not upset, and I'm even less surprised that people feel this way; even though we usually make two autobio comics a week, we don't really talk about ourselves or what we do or what our schedules look like. Most people who read J*W regularly probably don't know the first thing about us, which is something that I really appreciate about the way Ananth frames the comics. But, I realize that since we put so much material about ourselves, people might come to believe that they do know a lot about us. So, I'll to try to clarify a few things about us and our feelings.
The fiction stuff is our candy. Ananth likes writing fiction. I like experimenting in styles and drawing monsters and cute girls in period dresses. We both like coming up with dumb story ideas. I want to do fiction comics and nothing but fiction comics for forever and ever. However, autobio is fast and simple for the both of us. And we're both professional freelancers. And we're both busy as hell, poor as hell, and neither of us are making a career out of Johnny Wander.
Right now, I'm working on two books-- one is a 100-page contract comic, and one is a 200-page original GN. If you count the Johnny Wander book we're putting together, that makes three books I'm doing simultaneously. On top of that, we're putting out new material twice a week. Generally, I don't take weekends. Generally, I don't leave my drafting table. I don't socialize, I don't see movies, I don't watch television. I go grocery shopping and go to the post office and cook for my roommates.
And as for fiction shorts, we like to take them all in one shot -- if it's going to be six pages long, I need to make sure I'll be able to finish two full-color pages a week for three weeks consecutively. Otherwise, it's a no-go. A page of autobio, for example, takes me about 5-6 hours to do. A single page of fiction takes easily three times that. Maybe more, since I'm slow as balls.
Right now, I'm sitting on three short story scripts from Ananth. I'm dying to start on any of them, but they'll have to wait until after I hit this next deadline. Maybe the deadline after that.
tl;dr version: Ananth works, I work. Johnny Wander is a secondary project to other things. When given the choice between updating with an insipid autobio comic and nothing, we're going to make something. And honestly, the autobio isn't that terrible, is it?
 aaa w-what I didn't post this to fish for compliments w-why are you guys being so nice no no stop (seriously you guys are so nice)