So one of the areas (amongst many) that I really slacked out on this last year was finishing the Dr Spooky & Otto voting incentive story The Case of the Missing Corpse. I mean there’s only about, what, 4 or 6 pages to go? So while I’m not announcing there’s a new page just yet I just wanted you to know I hadn’t forgotten about it entirely. I have however just updated the main index so that all 38 pages are now easily available. I expect there’ll be a new page mid-January 2015. Keep an eye open for more news soon!
Hey, a bit late but here is a pic of me with fellow cartoonists Sarah Ellerton (artist for Finding Gossamyr) and Naomi Hatchman (Zeera the Space Pirate)… I was visiting them at their Sydney Supanova table a couple of weeks ago. Check out their work, it’s great!
Hi folks, so here it is… proof I am still alive. Proof that I haven’t abandoned you all and that you may never know the outcome of the current story. Proof that, yes, Magellan will continue!
No excuses for the break in communication – for some reason I found it incredibly difficult to do what I had to do and that was to admit I needed to go on hiatus till I sorted out my personal poop – I should have let you know ASAP and I didn’t and for that I apologise.
The good news is, coming out the other side of the ‘personal poop’ threshold I am now getting my writing and drawing mojo back. My inspiration and desire to dive back into the Magellanverse – sadly absent for months – has now returned. My muse is back from her vacation I guess. Happy dance!
Magellan will resume updates from August 1. Yes, August 1. I know that leaves you hanging a little bit longer but I expect it will be worth the wait. Fingers crossed anyway. Hope you can rejoin with the Magellan gang and we can get this epic little story finished!
Sooooo… the ‘personal poop’. You don’t have to read this if you don’t wanna…
…still here? uh, OK. gulp.
Well, I’ve been going through some “stuff” lately, which I kind of alluded to a while ago. It hasn’t been the core cause for my muse skipping town on me but it no doubt played a part.
Essentially, I’m transgender and over the last few months I have transitioned to my preferred female gender identity – and I am now Grace Crowley. Nope, this isn’t a joke, no my account hasn’t been hacked. But yes, I am now living as a woman. Living, breathing, writing, cartooning and everythinging as Grace. The pronouns I’d ask you to use when referring to my work – past, present and future – are she and/or her. If you would I’d be deeply grateful.
I don’t know what you know about trans people, chances are 99% of that is not all that accurate anyway given the portrayal of trans women in the media isn’t particularly realistic. Stereotypes of trans women are generally demeaning, derogatory and wildly inaccurate. But hey, whatever, right? Stereotypes, gonna stereotype. I’m not about to try and lecture you on what being trans is all about, I’m not going to bring the politics of that into my comics – I’d link to something useful that really simply, clearly, non-condescendingly explains what the issues and processes are, except I’m yet to find that page. Anyway, the only thing you really need to know is that I’m so much more freaking happier now than I’ve ever been in my life. You seriously have no idea (unless you’re trans too, I guess).
If you’re cool about all this, then cool. Yay. If you don’t care what flipping gender I am because all you really want is for me to pull my flipping finger out of my flipping butt and start drawing flipping Magellan again, then, uh, cool! If you’re not cool about it and think nasty things about it and me, then please keep that to yourself, I’m not interested in hearing it.
The only change you should notice about the comic is that underneath, where it currently says my previous male name, it will begin to say “by Grace Crowley” instead. As there are almost 1,000 pages this might take a bit of time for me to accomplish but I’ll get there…
I’m excited about getting back into the comic and hope you can join me for the ride!
BTW, If you’ve just landed here and want to read the comic, the start of the current chapter is here.
Hi folks! I’m going through a rather seismic life event at the moment. I’m OK but it has been keeping me so utterly distracted I haven’t even been able to think straight enough to post another “excuse” or “back soon” message. i think things are about to settle down from next week and I will reveal all from the next Wednesday (no, it isn’t a publishing or movie deal. No, I’m not quitting or going on six months hiatus.). Apologies, it has been a bumpy twelve months, and it has meant the update schedule has suffered – writing and drawing is usually my release, my escape, my meditation but because of what is going on in real life I sometimes can’t even look at the drawing board let alone sit at it. Will tell you more on Saturday 29th, the next update will be ready to roll.
Due to a whole bunch of reasons I really don’t wish to go into I have been effectively off air and off line for most of the last six weeks. I am deeply appreciative of those of you who emailed, FBed or tweeted your concern at my absence and lack of communication about it. My bad, and I am sorry about it. I appreciate that many of you, whether you wrote or not, were genuinely worried…plus you wanted to see the story get started again, of course!!! And so do I. So if you can suffer me just a little bit longer while I get myself and the artwork sorted out I expect to restart updates from Wednesday January 15, 2014.
Funny how life has a tendency to not work out how you expect it to. Anyway, poor Olga, Kaycee and everyone else won’t be kept hanging for much longer.
Thanks for your patience.