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Hey Scorch fans! *claps hands together* …I~M CRU~EL… for not updating or never even mentioning what's happened to Scorch. But you know what I love about you guys, is that you're STILL talking about it after all these years.

As some of you may know, back in 2004, when I started going to college, I began drawing early concepts for Scorch. Halloween of 2007 those fun little ideas first materialized as an experimental webcomic that I put on SmackJeeves and DrunkDuck. What started as a fun project, to my surprise and joy, ended up growing a pretty diehard audience and some loyal fans. As Scorch was really starting to take off, I thought it might be time to take it seriously and submit it to a publishing company.

Unfortunately, personal life tragedy struck before anything came of this. After getting my heart broken a few times all production stopped and I kind of went on an existential trip down the rabbit hole. It was a several years long 'tragic' adventure, which somehow… I managed to survive. …like, despite the horribleness, I was meant to do something great. :)

At the end of my rope, I was pulled to the surface again when my talents were discovered by Yen Press in 2011. I'd earned myself a contract to do a graphic novel adaptation of Interview with the Vampire: Claudia's Story. Thus began my transformation from living as a transient to a proper, self-sufficient citizen, and now a professional comic artist!

After much rehabilitation of my artwork and desire to do comics again, I've entered a new phase in my life. Working like a dog to keep a roof over my head! This allows me very little time to work on personal projects that I once loved and adored. I hesitated for a long time (years) to make any claims about Scorch because there was just no telling what might happen with it. Once you break out into an industry like this things move very quickly. To say anything prematurely may be shooting myself in the foot. But I can say this…

As of last year I managed to finish a 37 issue (18 volumes) long outline of Scorch. That's a lot of Scorch! Now it's all a matter of sitting down and drawing each page out. So I've made a goal for myself to gain enough financial stability that will eventually allow myself the time to pick it up again.

Alternatively, I would have liked to have gotten paid to do Scorch, and I had been offered other publishing deals for it before. But as my Uncle Ben once told me, "with mass production comes great commercialism." or something like that. I was beginning to get the idea that it would be wrong to try to tell Scorch in this sort of format. Scorch was something I started for fun and that is how it should continue to be. I hope to return to doing it as a webcomic very soon. :)


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The-Diceman Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Shit dude, that sounds like you wrote/planned a lot! Missed Scorch a lot, but I guess 18 volumes might fill the gap.
Sucks about the hassle :/
If I got the money I'd definitely help commission you for more Scorch, but not in that "mass production" sense. It doesn't need it and nor do you. I'm not sure if I'm using 'commission' right since I basically mean I want to pay you so I can read more Scorch without anyone starving.

Wish I could help fund Bloodthirsty before 4 days is up, because your work is wonderfully detailed. Lack of work stops most plans.
Angilram Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yay for personal projects and motivation, boo for personal tragedy and money trouble. ^^
I still think KickStarter is a viable option, but it's all about timing such a campaign, because it's more work than it looks like (sadly... When is anything ever easy, seriously? The universe is all wrong, I'm telling you!)
I'm a huge fan of your work and I hope you manage to balance pro projects with personal projects, it's vital but so, so difficult. Just don't give up!
Remember you are awesome! ^^
AllHailMattWilson Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
Oh shit, just noticed you are listening to a-ha like me! "Take me on" has a badass clip too

Ok, ill go and see myself out now... and maybe take a chill pill too...
AllHailMattWilson Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
Oh, forgot to add: if you ever get Scorch published, i will buy several copies straight away. One for my self, one for my sibling, and several more as gifts to friends :3
AllHailMattWilson Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
:iconmybodyisreadyplz: My body is ready

You have no idea how happy you just made me (and many more people i know in life, once i give them the news).

I have several ideas for you in terms of actually publishing Scorch.

-Look into companies that publish very unorthodox works such as Barry Trotter series (parody of harry potter. i own one of the books, and it has 300 fucking pages of text. shit eh?). They may possibly be willing to publish Scorch in its unaltered form.

-Have you ever considered publishers from countries like Russia? You may think im crazy, but i know that Scorch is quite popular amongst Russians (all of my Russian friends love it, including me), and Russian publishers are quite notorious for their unorthodox choices of works. Take this extremely popular children's book as an example (i kid you not, its like Little Red Riding Hood for Russians. Everybody read it):

Its called "Harmful Suggestions", its in the style of a comic with very controversial poems and illustrations. Its short, so you can read it in its original form here (im sure you will love the illustrations): [link]

Oh, and if you ever want someone to translate Scorch to Russian, i will gladly do it for you (free of charge of course)

Anyways, im glad you are doing better in life, and i look forward to Scorch being updated :iconletmehugyouplz:

WittA Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
haha (nice snape reference)

You're EXACTLY right! There's a million other ways to go about getting Scorch in print. And I can worry about that after I have a finished series. Thankyou, thankyou for all the info I'll check it out. I had a lot of concerns before about legal issues but I realized these were just holding me back and I stopped caring! Time to focus on the love. :)
AllHailMattWilson Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
Im glad you agree with me. Doing something you love the way you want it is important, but being able to make some money from it is also important too, i think. As for legality, i dont think there will be a problem if you include quotes from movies and such in your work (such as "ENGLISH NETHER BOOGER, YOU SPEAK IT?!") and other things like that. I mean just look at all the unlicenced parodies of books like Harry Potter that are actually commercially produced and sold for profit without getting into legal trouble.

I have a question: how long do you think it would take you to actually complete drawing Scorch if you calculate it based on the time you currently have available for this project? And when will be the next update (doesnt matter how small, even if its like 5 pages or something its still awesome)?
WittA Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Good question. My experience so far is that it takes about a year to do a full 200-300 page graphic novel from start to finish. With Scorch I plan on doing 130 paged volumes (18 of them). Let's say it takes me 3 months to do one volume of Scorch. That's 4 volumes a year, and 4.5 years till completion. Man, just saying that makes it all seem possible. :)

As for when it updates next, in the next 2-3 months my workflow is going to change. I should probably mention that I work 15 hour days, so by the end of the day the last thing on my mind is comics. In another 3 months after that I'll be looking for more work. I'm thinking, either I wait those six months between projects or I find a way to wedge Scorch into my work schedule now.

This is all hypothetical of course. Still figuring things out.
AllHailMattWilson Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
Btw, just remembered that i had an art request done for me a while back by this guy on DA. It depicts me patting Scorch on the head: [link]

Originally what i had in mind was something like the top left panel of page 11 "Eats Alive" ( [link] ) but... meh, still good :shrug:

Only thing is that i dont look like myself in the drawing at all... lol
AllHailMattWilson Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
Yeah, i figured it was somewhere around the 4 year estimate for completion (based on how fast most mangas i read are updated). Not too bad, especially for something as awesome as Scorch. I usually just drop a work if its updating too slowly, but with Scorch ive been checking for updates on smackjeeves every week for the past several years that it has been on hiatus (and i have no plans to stop either. its calming for the nerves, ya know? lol). But damn, eighteen 130 page volumes? My body is tingling just thinking about it :iconcute-plz:

15 hour work day? Thats insane... You definitely need to wait until your workload decreases dramatically before you even consider working on a side project, otherwise i will have to buy a black suit, flowers, a handkerchief and incense for an altar (and trust me when i say this is the last thing anybody wants for their favorite artist...), if you know what i mean.
Snevitts Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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gabbyevans Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm not trying to sound nosy or snobby but, have you tried asking Yen Press to publish "Scorch"? You did such a wonderful job with "Interview with a Vampire".
WittA Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well, I feel that with most publications the material needs to meet a certain criteria. In order to meet that criteria a story undergoes lots of changes, edits, and rewriting. I don't want to restrain my creativity with something like Scorch as it's very wacky and "anything goes" kind of story. The professional world would try to conform all that to a standard format. Some projects are meant for publishing and others are meant to be DIY, I think. :)
WaltzQueen Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yay!Thanks for letting us know This is delightful news.
neilak20 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's great to hear you want to continue Scorch!
I remember when I heard you were picked up by Yen Press and thought "OMG I read her webcomics! WOW". I'm sorry to hear you had such tragedy but it's great that you're back on top! :D

Do Scorch out of love, for sure! Projects like that get stiff and dead (and not dead in the cool Scorch way) when not done out of love. :hug:
TMcLeod Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Yay I'm so happy. I used to read it on Drunk Duck all those years ago. Can't wait. If you need any help be sure to let your fans know.
Sireinita Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
oh my goodness! i was just rereading scorch and recommending it to a friend... congrats a bunch on this new phase in your life & your renewed desire to work on this project. it's one of my favorite comics and i very much look forward to what you have planned! :)
Dasnymth Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg yes please, bring it back!!! ;o;
I loved reading that when I first found it and I keep going back to reread it!!!!
desude Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
blast from the past :0
and hey.....
we all have that existential crisis, and you rose like a phoenix from the sound of it!
excited!!!! :9
AtomicWarpin Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow I had almost forgotten. Back when I was starting college (seems like forever ago) your comic and work was my all time favorite art styles. I had never really seen anything like it and next to Gorillaz artist Hewlett's work it was one of my inspirations to try and go professional and the whole reason I ended up picking up a digital pen instead of quitting back then when times got hard and I didn't know what to do with my life and now Ive made it all the way to university to study concept art and Ive never lost that artists obsessive drive to improve. So just saying thank you for that.

I know it may not sound like much from some random university student from the UK but its not everyday somebody gets to thank one of their favorite artist/inspirations now is it haha.
Pronce Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, congratulations on all of your achievements, and making it through hard times. :]

I'm actually surprised scorch is as long as you have it planned! I expected it to be maybe a one volume length, short-story sort of thing. But I suppose it never did get far enough to make such assumptions!

I'll be happy to see your art again. You made a help comic, I remember, that has always been something I think back on over the years. Don't exhaust yourself with your new chapter in life, and I do hope you will be very happy from now on!
BlackBirdInk Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
YES!!!!! oh yes please XD loved it when i first read it and still do!
LindsayKisa Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
I couldn't be more happy with this news, as a long time fan and admirer, than I am now-It's great to hear that you're not only doing so well professionally, but that you'll also be indulging in a returning to an old, personal favorite. Thanks so much for updating us, and good luck!
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