Meristem County is going to take a short break til September. This is for several reasons.
Recently I’ve felt that the way I’m presenting the story and characters of Meristem simply feels insufficient. That gnawing feeling has really staggered my confidence in how to proceed with the comic. Rest assured, I’m still committed to proceeding to the end, but the question that I’m struggling with is still “How?” Or rather “How can I do this so that I won’t feel like taking it all apart and starting from scratch again?” A part of that I think rises from one, my fickleness, and two maybe starting down the hill before I’ve got both ski’s strapped in. So I’d like to take a little bit of time to go back to the drawing board, figure out the story and character execution, and the overall style of the comic, before digging myself in deeper. The website of Meristem is also due for an overhaul, so hopefully if all goes to plan, the website redesign will coincide with a better tune-up for the comic in general, and with that readjustment, I hope to be able to follow a more reasonable update schedule as well.
My second major reason for taking this break is that its recently dawned on me that it has been a little over a year since I’ve graduated from college. In that time, I’ve made my fair share of mistakes in life and career, and I’d like to think I’ve learned from it. While I’m in a better place now than I was this time last year, I still feel like I could be doing more for myself. So its time to step into gear. For a long time I haven’t been able to decide upon what I really want to commit myself to in terms of career, something that plagued my collegiate academic directives too, whether I want to seriously do comics, illustration, animation, video games, or teach. And while I still loathe to give up on any of those interests over another, I’ve realized that I should at least find one of those things to set in stone as “THE” day job, so that I’d have to worry less about how to pay next month’s rent and more about which weekend to make time for the other stuff. Therefore, I’d like to take this time to get a portfolio for various disciplines ready, as well as begin studying for my PRAXIS exams and hit as many applications as hard as I can at once. Then we’ll see which opportunities open up for me and I’ll decide on the next step then. It seems a bit like I’m rolling 20-sided dies to determine my next career move in life, and that’s pretty much true, but I’m tired of angsting over what may or may not be my “true passion”, and to just go for them all and see what happens. Whichever situation I get accepted into however, I’ll always come back to my own story to tell and my own characters to play. Thanks for understanding.
However, I will still continue to update my work to this tumblr! So please follow along as we continue our art adventures together :-P.