The pages have been going up every week, but it’s been a loooong time since I’ve checked in here. This seemed like an appropriate point in our story to do that. It’s always difficult to kill off a character you’re attached to… and I was really, really attached to Bill. I’m not even sure the original plan was to keep him around for this long. I know that somewhere along the way I decided I liked the idea of him making it his mission to protect Ed to atone for the fact that he hadn’t been able to see his own son. I’ve also known for quite awhile how this would all end for Bill. We’ve been seeding his deteriorating health since before they got to the dam, but the other important aspect was having Bill realize that Ed didn’t really need protecting anymore. If anything, Ed had been the one looking out for him lately.
I knew it was time for him to go. I knew we’d reached that point in this arc’s story outline. I still didn’t want to write it. This page took a lot longer to finish than it should have. I had to sort of detach from the whole thing. Especially when I was coloring it. I listened to a couple of comedy podcasts as a distraction and I also noticed I was zooming in on small sections and focusing on the details rather than an entire panel all at once. A sleeve. A gate. Ed’s armor. I just didn’t want to look at the entire thing anymore than I had to.
I know, I know… it sounds silly and dramatic. It was just strange to finish it, give it one last look, and realize this was it. It was going to get uploaded and that would be that. Bill was dead. So long, old friend.
A huge part of this was understanding that Ed had become pretty reliant on Bill and Alyssa. I think on some level you all must have assumed that there would always be someone there to save his ass when things went south. There was a status quo it was time to shake up. So we did.
Obligatory tease: this is just the beginning.
We’ve had a lot going on lately so there’s going to be a slight delay with the latest page. It will be up at some point this week and then we’ll be back on schedule with another new page next Monday.
We’re really sorry… we’ve been trying to stay ahead of all the craziness, but it finally caught up to us. We had to admit to ourselves that there was just no way we were going to have it up today.
Alright. So, I just have it in my head that a lot of you are immediately going to hate this latest development. I wish I could say more about it, but since we just met these three I obviously can’t do that. I’m afraid I’ll have to pull the ‘ol “wait and see” card with this one.
It’s not random, though. When I started mapping out this storyline and figuring out what was going to happen to Ed & Bill and Alyssa & Beth once they parted ways, this was a big part of the plan. I guess all I’m saying is give it a few weeks before you start sending me angry emails telling me how stupid these kids are. =-)
I know it can be frustrating trying to take in a serialized story like this over a long period of time, but I swear this is all going to connect.