And apologies to Scott for posting even though my tenure is at an end… but the recent death of Robin Williams managed to uncork a thought dump of my own today, and for those who might have been (or still are) curious as to what goes on in my twisted little skull, the gremlins sneak out for a short time here: http://www.tkocreations.com/2014/08/12/on-dark-places/
The payout issue remains, but with the many wonderful donations we received I was able to make ends meet today. Thank you all so very very much.
You may notice that the donation buttons have been taken down. With the emergency passed I would prefer we go back to Patreon. If you missed out and were waiting to buy a cameo they’ll be up again in the future, don’t worry!
As I’ve said before, many many thanks to everyone who has donated! For those of you who donated at a Cameo Level I sent out contact emails. If you DID NOT get an email outreach from me for any reason please email scott(at)exiern.com so I can get your photos for the cameo!
Thanks so very much to everyone,
Well, the first page of my arc starts tomorrow. I just want to say once more how thankful I am for the rich characters, story, and world that I have inherited from Drowemos and Chemiclord.
I wanted to put forward a little information about myself so everyone can better understand what might be coming down the pipe from me.
Regarding my past, I’ve dabbled in many types of stories, but comedy is my core. In college (La Salle University) I was a member of Improv 101 and co-created/wrote/starred in the comedy program THIS IS IT on La Salle 56. I am a founding (and former) member of the Philadelphia-based sketch comedy group Animosity Pierre. Since then I’ve worked on a variety of projects, some of which I may link to when the time is right.
Regarding Exiern, I’ve been a reader for a long time (although not from the very beginning) and really love the comic – so much so that I knew I wasn’t the best author for it when Drowemos retired and turned operations over to me. I helped select Chemiclord as the new author and really enjoyed his story arc. Now I feel I am at a place where I can correctly carry on the characters of Exiern.
So, you can expect that I won’t be retconning out anything we’ve learned of so far – but some items will be further addressed, and I promise it won’t be at the expense of character development. Tiffany and Peonie have come a long way, and while I do expect to increase the funny in each page it won’t roll back the progress made so far.
While I do read every comment on every post, I don’t expect to be very vocal – unless something I’ve posted is horrifically misunderstood. I’m a much bigger fan of letting readers discuss and theorize and then reveal things through the course of the story. So, if I’m not active in the comments, it doesn’t mean I’m not paying attention – I just think it’s more fun if I’m not swooping in and affirming Right/Wrong opinions pages before the reveal in the story.
Alright, I’ve already had to pull this entry back from the edge of rambly more than once, so I’m gonna stop here. If people have questions please feel free to post them and I’ll answer what I can – unless I feel it reveals too much about what is to come.
Thanks for reading,
Scott T. Hicken (STH)
And with this, my last page as the writer for Exiern has been published, and Scott takes over starting this Tuesday.
Unlike Osir, I never hated my role, but we both find ourselves missing it now that the road has finally reached its conclusion. But two and a half years is a good run. I’ve learned a lot of what works, and what doesn’t, in the world of comics, and the differences you need to take in approaching it as opposed to the prose I was used to.
But it was a good learning experience, I think. I believe I’m a better storyteller and writer for this experience, and hopefully those lessons will show themselves as my future projects come into being.
Now I become another reader again, and I’m looking forward to what Scott has planned for us. He’s kept fairly mum on his ideas, so I will no doubt be just as surprised as all of you. But I’ll still be around, back to my previous role of barely saying anything (yes, believe it or not, I’m not particularly chatty by nature).
But don’t let that keep you away. This duck doesn’t particularly mind being touched.
See ya all Tuesday.