I want to talk to you today about the immediate future of Punch-Up. But, to talk about the future, first you need to know a bit about its past.
Y’see, Punch-Up was never really meant to be a webcomic. The plan was always to produce the story as a graphic novel and release it through some comics publishing house or another.
The Amazing David Brame and I had roughly fifty pages of work completed and — even though most publishers’ websites’ claim that they only need to see five to ten finished comic pages in a pitch — we collected the first thirty-seven pages, the complete first act or chapter or whatever you want to call it, and sent that out along with our pitch. We also printed up extra copies to sell at cons and in local comic shops, to self-promote and generally try and boost some reader interest in our little tale.
However, the best laid plans of mice and men and all that. Yeah, turns out, trying to get a book published is actually pretty tough. Who knew? Amirite?
So, rather than wallow in self-pity and drink ourselves into oblivion — I mean, we did that, too, but… — the Amazing David Brame and I decided to throw the entire thing up onto the web for free and, hopefully, get it collected later. Better the story be read for free than never read at all, right?
‘Course, complainers always complain, even when they’re getting shit for free.
“But I already read all of this in your stupid book!”
“Why can’t you just start the webcomic where the book leaves off?”
“How long is it going to take for the webcomic to catch up with the end of the book?”
“Three months?! That’ll take for-ev-er! GAWD!”
And then a couple of people who weren’t the Amazing David Brame voiced some concerns, as well.
Which brings us back to the present.
Today, I’ve posted Page 35. Next Wednesday will be Page 37, the last page of the collected preview book. Which means that, next Friday, May 13, 2011, one week from this very moment, the first brand new never-before-seen Punch-Up page — the mythical and elusive Page 38 — will be posted.
So all of you people who have been dodging the webcomic because you’ve already read the story in the collected preview book, all you people who have been asking when the new pages will be up, all you people — you know who you are and, more importantly… So. Do. I. — I expect to see each and every one of you at Punch-Up.net, bright and early, next Friday morning.