Next weekend I will be at Brickworld 2014 in Chicago. The show is open to the public June 14 & 15 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center, 1551 North Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg, Illinois. I won't have any Lethargic stuff (unless you ask me to bring some!), but I will be doing LEGO Minifigure sketches and selling original prints.
Otherwise, the LETHARGiC LAD 2013 book is still available to order. I'll have better ordering information up soon, but basically PayPal $25 to firstname.lastname@example.org. All copies are signed and numbered, and remember to let me know what characyer you want a drawing of on your cover!
Welcome to the ALL-NEW Lethargic Lad and LethargicLad.com.
Yes, this is a reboot.
Yes, I have done exactly what I mock Marvel or DC for doing--I have "rebooted" my comic and am starting it all over again. All former continuity is no more.
For a long time I've been thinking that I needed a major site redesign, but sometime in March I was talking to a friend, who knows both about comics and marketing, and he suggested I consider restarting Lethargic Lad. He said that while he really liked Lethargic Lad and thought the comics were funny, he found my 20+ year history and backstory to be off-putting and sometimes confusing, and that this might be what's making it hard to reach new readers and bring them to the strip. Exactly the problems that both Marvel and DC claim they have!
At first I thought "No way! I'm proud of the history and the relationships my characters have!" But then the more I thought of it, the more I thought he had a good idea.
"What's the deal with Hay Man?"
Well, I explained that in a 1993 issue.
"Why does Chad wear a bucket on his head?"
Uh, all part of a joke I did in 1996.
Yeah, I guess it's been a while. And even I forget some of my reasons for doing things.
You may also have noticed that I haven't updated for a while and that 2013 had the most weeks that I just skipped posting a comic. Part of the reason for that was that I had far too much outside storyboard and illustration work to do, but another part of the reason was I was just burned out. I found the idea of restarting the comic revitalizing. There were a few things that I had always wished I has done better-- here's my chance!
I have also come up with a new format that I think will help me stay on schedule. I will either start or end every month with a large sized comic (like the one above), and then every other weekly comic will be done in a 3-5 panel smaller "newspaper strip" type comic. This should help me get the comic out on a regular basis, and if all goes well, might get me to increase the amount of new comics I do a month.
Also, I've redesined the ll.com website. I wanted a new design that was much simpler than what I had, and one that works with things like Facebook much better. However, what you see right now is not the final design. I wanted to get the new comics out by the first of May, but I didn't have time to do the design I wanted, so what you see now is a temporary design for the site. Something else is on the way!
So, yes, the original continuity that lasted from 1991-2014 is done, and I hope the long-time fans aren't upset. However, what I plan to do isn't a complete "reinventing" or "reimagining" of Lethargic Lad, like a lame "New 52" scenario. It's not a "Year One" kind of story, although things are starting at the beginnign again. We are starting. I want this to explain things and be appealing to new fans, but I also want long time fans to like it and recognise that it is still the characters that they've loved (or at least tolerated) over the years. And hopefully I can build a larger audience so that one day I can make Lethargic Lad a daily comic!
See you next week! Same Lad time! Same Lad website!