Well I survived another holiday season. –but just barely. Each year seems to be worse than the last. But looking towards next year, I can’t say it will get much better. To be honest, Bohemian Nights is in jeopardy and next year may decide whether it continues or fades into the ever growing collection of canceled web comics. This year was very hard and a lot of it had to do with my ever increasing depression of late. (Yes, I’m another struggling artist with depression issues. I think only masochist’s make this kind of life choice. ) I have tried so hard for so long and yet it’s just not taken off the way I hoped. But I get it. The artwork in the comic is inconsistent. Sometimes good, sometimes very poor and I seem to have a blind spot when it comes to evaluating it at the time. I look back at finished comics and sometimes I just cringe. I may just have to realize that despite my best efforts, my best just may not be good enough.It’s a very sobering thought to realize that the one thing I thought I was good at was just an illusion. I suppose I’ll have to decide the comic’s fate next year. I really would have liked to continue with the comic for many years to come but it’s beginning to seem like an impossible dream now and I suppose it’s time to wake up. I’ll try to keep it going for as long as I can but the finished product always seems to fall short of what I hoped it to be. But if it does fade away, I’ll at least try to wrap up any loose ends. I’m not saying it’s absolutely ending right now…but I’m having a hard time figuring out how to keep it going. I’ll keep you posted. Thank you, my valued and wonderful readers. I wish I could be better.
3 thoughts on “Christmas Crunch”
Eric, I read your comment today. I’m not sure what to say except you have exceptional talent, dedication and drive. So few people can take their dreams as far as you have. You are a true and, like you said, struggling artist.
I asked a friend for advice and he sent me this little snippet. A graphic designer, his dream of playing cards and Kickstarter. What I like about this is it’s a focused, directed effort with a start and end date. ‘Let me explain to you what I have set out to accomplish in a limited amount of time. If you like what you see please support my effort.’ Here’s the site: https://misc-goods-co.myshopify.com/
You can draw, you can write and you can tell a story; envious, wonderful skills that take years to hone. Perhaps you could create a project for a new game, or re-imagine Drinker’s Hell. Storyboard, script and film a pitch video. Put it out there and see what happens.
Despite knowing it’s updated at the end and the beginning of the week, I check the comic page almost daily. My favorite feature is the random button. There’s so much history. I’m always surprised by the depth and breadth of the stories.
I want it to continue – there’s much to explore. But every so often it’s good to shift focus, even for a short bit. I hope to be reading Bohemian Nights in the years ahead.
For what it’s worth, I’ve enjoyed hanging out with Emrys, Beth, Mateo and the others (even though I’ve been pretty lax with commenting), and I hope to continue to do so for many years to come – the cast are characters I enjoy hearing about.
That said, depression is a terrible thing, and if this comic is contributing to that then you owe it to yourself to do what you need to get through. Your obligation is to yourself, not to us.
Sorry to hear that you’re a bit down, but remember that this is the time of the year for that. You’re comic is well written, well illustrated, and has interesting story lines that offer a lot of directions you can go. I really hope that you keep it up as it is one of the better comics I’ve found. You’ve put a lot into it so far and I know you really enjoy creating it, even if it hasn’t taken off as of yet. No matter what decision you come to, never think of this comic as having failed. It hasn’t. Over 400 strips cannot ever be considered a failure.
You’re one of the most talented, creative people I know. Take a break if you need it. Do another project, then come on back. I really enjoy the comic and I know that others doo also.
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