I dreamed a dream the other night…
So I’ve come to a crossroads and I do not know which path to take. The most recent page could be considered the end of the “first chapter” in a much longer narrative and now that I’ve reached this point, I’m at a bit of a loss. Robot Pirates is a story that I truly love, however I’m coming to the realization that it’s going to take me years to complete it. I believe that Robot Pirates is my Magnum Opus and I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve produced so far and I intend to see this trough to it’s completion, but I’ve got to accept the fact that I’ve got a long road ahead of me.
You see, I work two jobs. I have a full-time 40+ hour a week job as well as a teaching gig that is very time consuming as well. On top of that, I am a full-time single father with a wonderful but very demanding 6-year-old. I am also dating again, which is great, but again, it’s very time consuming. (don’t let my girlfriend know I said that…)
All of this leaves me with very little personal time, and on most nights, I just don’t feel like trying to rush through a comic page to get it posted on time. I don’t want Robot Pirates suffer from being rushed and I suspect that you do not want that as well.
So I will be slowing down significantly on producing pages for Robot Pirates. (you’ve probably noticed much of that slow down already) I’m not going to use that dreaded H-Word “hiatus” because I don’t want to stop working on the comic. I just want to give myself some breathing room. Some space and time to consider each page and ensure that the work I’m producing is the best it can possibly be.
For those of you who have supported me through Patreon I want to thank you so much for your support. It has meant so much to me that you are willing to throw a couple of bucks my direction each month just because you like what you see. As a thank you, I’ve lowered the cost to my Patreon stream to a penny per month. (I think that’s the lowest I can make it) I still plan on adding content to my stream as I create new pages, but I don’t feel that it’s right to charge you a buck for maybe one or two updates a month.
I’ll finish by saying thank you to everyone who has stopped by to check out Robot Pirates over the last few months. It is truly wonderful to get the opportunity to tell this story and to put it out there for everyone to see. We’ve got much more to come, so don’t delete me from your RSS feed just yet!
No new Comic this week folks. (My “day job(s)” have kept me pretty busy this week.) However to tide you over, National Geographic has a fun little article about “Pirate Speak” and how it seems to have been a complete fabrication created by Disney.
“Many of the phrases that most people think of as pirate speech today can actually be traced back to the 1950s Disney movie Treasure Island, starring Robert Newton as fictional pirate Long John Silver”
It’s something that I’ve had to carefully consider as I construct the dialogue for my own unique take on the classic “Caribbean Pirate.”
Today’s comic page Might not do much to push the story forward, but I really like it. Infact, this page came from one of the very first strips I did for Robot Pirates last year when I had the idea that it would be more of a gag-a-day style comic strip. That idea never went very far, but I did love that drawing of that whale that I did back then. (And the joke was pretty good too…)
While you’re waiting for the next installment of Robot Pirates, check out the latest episode of Geeks of Steel where Adam and I Geek out over The Last of Us Remastered, Thor 2, Star Wars Episode 7, and finally, we tease our review of Guardians of the Galaxy!
Welcome brave adventurers to Robot Pirates of the Endless Sea! This webcomic is the result of years of reflection, months of development, and several false starts. My first Strip, Robot Beach, represented the strip that I had always wanted to create since the time of my youth.
It was sweet, simple, family-friendly and the story was a big allegory for my life during my 20s. Well, I’m 34 now and I have seen some SHIT.
Robot Beach was a comic strip I created for my daughter. Robot Pirates however, is just for me. Which is to say this comic is darker, bleaker, and far more strange. For many years now I’ve found my literary interests split between the future (robots, space, post apocalyptic societies, etc.) and the past (Pirates, 16th and 17th century exploration and 18th century naval warfare.) So when it came time for me to develop a new project for myself, it seemed only natural to merge these two interests in the hopes that the world I present feels fresh, unique and interesting to readers.
Currently the update schedule is set for every
Monday Wednesday, However I plan on releasing additional Robot Pirates content including concept art, random thoughts and doodles, livestreams of the drawing process, and more through my Patreon feed.
I look forward to developing Robot Pirates further and hope you will join me on my new adventure!