Are Ethan and Lucas and the gang returning to the comic?
Yes, that is absolutely still the plan. They will be coming back.
When will that happen?
I had intended for the new stories to begin in the spring, but obviously this didn't happen. I currently do not have a solid ETA. As soon as I do, I will announce it.
What are the reasons for the delay?
When I ended the Ethan storyline last fall, I had a plan for bringing them back. I expected to take a few months to focus on one-shots and begin writing the scripts for the new stories. However as they say, no plan survives contact, and 2013 did not end up going how I thought it would.
There is no one specific cause for the delay, but rather a collection of different things have put me behind schedule. In January, as many of you may have read via the front page, we almost lost our dog Simon due to a collapsing trachea. And then a few months later, on my birthday no less, he did in fact pass away. It leveled my wife and I. We knew we were going to lose him at some point due to his disease, but nothing was ever going to prepare us for it to actually happen.
After the surgery in January, I was spending a lot of my time looking after him and, really, just making the most of my time with him. I knew after the close call that we were on borrowed time. Unfortunately I was right. After he passed away, there were a few weeks where it was all I could do just to sit down and write the weekly comics, never mind work on anything else.
And then, almost immediately after losing Simon, my wife and I found out that we were expecting our first child. We were at both ends of the emotional spectrum for a while, incredibly excited about starting our family, but still devastated over having lost our friend.
So then, with my wife in her first trimester and everything that goes with it (fatigue, nausea, weird appetite, etc), my attention was focused on trying to help her out in any way I could. The bottom line is, some of the time I would have used to write, I used to focus on family stuff instead. So I didn't get as far along with the scripts as I expected to be by certain dates.
However, that's not to say that personal matters are the only reason for the delays, or that no progress has been made on the reboot in the interim. Quite the opposite, in fact. I have the first script finished, and an outline for the second and third "issue".
In the process though, some questions on the matter of format and sustainability arose that I needed an answer to. And so it seemed prudent to do a "trial run" to test out some of the answers I came up with. I wanted to get feedback on the format I was planning before I made any sort of commitments to it with the Ethan and Lucas reboot.
So I put the reboot on pause and set about writing a story featuring the Players, from an in-character perspective as their tabletop RPG counterparts. A fantasy story. I decided that this would not only let readers get to the know the Players on a more personal level, but it would allow me to test the waters with this storytelling format I'm hoping to use for the Ethan and Lucas reboot. Get feedback on it, and tweak and improve it before committing to it.
And that's where I currently stand. I'm putting the finishing touches on a Players story arc which I hope to launch in early August. After I see how that does, I will resume work on the reboot. My goal to finish and release two issues of the new Ethan and Lucas stories between now and the end of the year.
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