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.
No one needs to be reminded that EXIERN is expensive. It is my sincere hope that a service like PATREON will allow us to not only have a strong idea of what sort of funds to expect each month, but knowing what to expect will give us the ability to bring everyone more stories and pages.
To that end I am slowly transitioning the one-sheets available for sale in the eStore to our Patreon page. The eStore won’t be going away completely, but old material will not be available for purchase there. It is my hope that this will bring more value to using Patreon.
Many thanks to all our readers and supporters, you make this all worth it!