Coming back to post after some serious time off i had to take. There was a series of people quitting at my workplace which left us with short staff for the newspaper publishing. Until we got new people hired i had to pull a double shift to cover some of the workload and i think i slept less than 3 hours per day for more than a month. That seriously took a toll on me, my biological clock and i ended up sleeping a lot in my off time to recover from that. I got seriously messed up and that is something i really REALLY don’t want to repeat any time soon.
I also learned a rather painful lesson. I was driving from my visiting my parents in their hometown back to the city to work. It was less than an hour and my car currently doesn’t have air conditioner so i drove all the way with the window down. I didn’t realize that day or the following ones. But i actually ended up having a very painful series of second degree burns by sun exposure on my drawing arm (i am left handed). So i spent about two weeks with my arm full of red skin and blisters. Was very painful to move it and i believe i ended up with permanent scarring. I honestly never believed that such a little time of exposure would be enough for something like that to happen. I guess that is what i get for being the palest in my family.
Anyways, i finally was able to work on comics, commissions and artwork that wasn’t just pencil doodling. And chapter 1 of Tina of the South is finally complete and over. As you know, this comic started as some donation help regarding a rather dire situation i had and became a donation based update deal. When i finally landed a secure job (the one i am currently at by the way) i gave the last 10 pages of chapter 1 for free as a way to thank you all for the support. But some people kept donating even if i removed the page donation banner during that time. So this only can mean one thing.
Chapter 2 is starting on the second half of September (after the 16th since we got mexican holidays in the way, independence day an all that jazz). And with the residue of donations it means that the first 5 pages of chapter two are already paid for so you can expect 5 pages to be delivered before i start asking for donations for the rest of the chapter.
I just want to thank you all that support and for bearing me with my schedule slips (i am very grateful to actually have a job… even if it is a bit too demanding of my time). The staff at the newspaper is stable again and my burns are healed now so that is a great start for now.
See you on chapter two!