I like jumping into things feet first. It's not always the easiest or most sensible thing to do but it's how I learn.
However, sometimes you find yourself waist-deep and you realize that you don't quite know where you're going. The initial plunge was exactly what it needed to be, but now it might be worth hauling yourself back out onto the bank and assessing things from a higher vantage point.
This is what I'm in the midst of doing with The Satanic Mechanic.
I'm proud of the work I've done so far, and I think I'm right to be so. I like the characters I've come up with and the world they live in. I never quite knew their story, though. I knew more or less what I wanted it to be, but the intention is never quite what things become. The further I get down the path that I've determined, the more it feels that it wants and needs to go somewhere else.
So I think I'm going to start over. Maybe it will be the same sort of story, and maybe it won't. I seem to have a world that's well defined enough in my mind, and characters that have enough breath, to simply pick a starting point and turn them loose. As nice as it feels to make up clever plots, they can become traps, and to some degree I think I've caught myself in one.
I don't know what the timeline is for this, but I do know that it will be in the same place online and function more as a weekly comic strip, with small particles and larger stories. It will become (I hope) an aimless walk through city and country, beset sometimes by monsters both inside and out, but always with the promise of finding friends and lovers and a frosty beverage at the end. I don't think it will be a world in which everything is beautiful and nothing hurts, but it will be one in which people do their best to be good to each other, even if they don't always succeed. I hope you will want to spend time in this world, and I hope you'll stay tuned as things unfold.
Thank you to everybody who has ever encouranged me and helped me in the making of these comics. It means an awful lot to me to find a place where I can spend time on them, and it could never have happened without the support of my friends and family and fellow artists. Y'all are the best.