Super Big-Time Announcement Time

It’s 2010 and my internet connection’s jackassery has been thwarted, so it’s time to make an announcement that I intended to make a while ago. Before the internet connection’s jackassery.

As you’ve noticed already, I haven’t posted a Rent-A-Thug comic in about a month now (I don’t count the Christmas special). After drawing 305 pages/strips, which makes it the longest-running project I’ve ever worked on, I feel like I need a change. Effective immediately, Rent-A-Thug is going on an indefinite hiatus. I feel like I’ll probably go back to it at some point, but for now I need to go in another direction. Starting at some point in the next couple of weeks I’m going to be debuting a new comic, which will be conveniently located right here on this site.

“HEAT: The Space Age of Pro Wrestling” will be starting up soon. I’ve been watching wrestling with varying levels of interest since I was seven years old, and have been kicking around the idea for a wrestling comic for a few years now. I’ve been thinking about starting a new webcomic for a while now, but could never decide what I wanted to do. I came up with a few projects, but none of them really grabbed me and held my attention for more than a few pages. HEAT hooked me hard. I don’t think it hurt that, as far as Google is concerned, there are only about three wrestling webcomics out there (as opposed to tens of billions of “two gamers on a couch” and epic fantasy comics). As of this post, I’ve written the first 48 pages and am nearly finished drawing the first chapter, which works out to be somewhere around six weeks worth of comics, based on the schedule I’ve got in my head.

I’ll be updating you guys on the progress of HEAT’s start-up as things get done. Site-wise it’s not gonna be too much different than this one. I might try some stuff like putting some ad space in and prettying things up a little bit, but in terms of function it’s going to be pretty much the same. I’ve installed WordPress and ComicPress enough times that the basics should be up and running by the end of the week, but the fancy stuff will probably take longer (y’know, cool graphics for those stripey things down the side, a logo for the header, the ad space, that kinda thing). The comic itself will hopefully be up and running in about two weeks’ time.

I sincerely hope that you guys have enjoyed Rent-A-Thug as much as I enjoyed working on it. I also hope that you’ll jump on board with HEAT and make it an even more rewarding experience than Rent-A-Thug has been.

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