Friday, 11 September 2020

Combat Colin still in limbo

I thought I owed you all an update on the situation regarding my Combat Colin collections. Sorry to say the comic is still on hold at the moment and I have no immediate plans to publish issue No.5 yet.

I had hoped to publish Combat Colin No.5 in October, and there's even a podcast interview coming out soon (recorded weeks ago) where I announced that, but on reflection I'm holding fire for now. 

This pandemic situation has affected me more than I realised. Health wise I'm ok, so far... physically anyway. The restrictions have affected my mental health more than I expected though, not socialising with anyone for six months, and worrying about what the future holds for us all. I met up with a few local friends last week and that helped a lot though. I miss my comics pals and comic shows a lot

Obviously everyone living alone is in the same boat so I'm not trying to make out it's all about me! It's far worse for people with families that have been separated by the situation. 

It has taken its toll more than I realised though, and I need to get back on track into a more productive schedule. I do have more work coming in now, and I also need to catch up with existing projects, so for the time being Combat Colin and all other self-published ventures are on hiatus while I focus on my mainstream comics work. 

As things stand now, there won't be another Combat Colin comic until next year. I may do another digital compilation like Barmy Comix No.1 but that's at the back of my mind at the moment. 

Anyway, I thought I'd be open with you all about the situation so that's how things are right now. I'm sure we all know how hard it is to be optimistic at the moment and I appreciate that delaying a comic is of no importance in the bigger picture. 

Meanwhile, this blog will continue to report on all my mainstream comics work that's coming up, and I'll dip into the archives at times too to show you some pages from the past, so I hope you'll continue to check in regularly.

Stay safe, wear a mask, avoid the idiots, and best wishes. 



Leo H said...

Sorry to hear you've been struggling Lew, this is such a rubbish, stressful time, thinking of you.

Looking forward to putting an order in for Combat Colin when he does appear again :)

Lew Stringer said...

Thanks Leo. I feel bad about mentioning it really because there are so many in far worse situations, especially those who have lost loved ones due to the virus. I just need to get my mojo back.

Tony Howson said...

No need to feel bad about mentioning your struggles, Lew. We all have to get through this as best we can , so if the occasional venting on your blog helps, feel free.

I suspect most of us are just hanging on by focusing on routine and creating our own semblance of normality. Never thought I’d be grateful of my job but it’s made all the difference these last few months.

As Leo said, we’ll all be ready to snap up Colin when he’s published again. Look after yourself in the meantime.

Lew Stringer said...

Thanks Tony. Much appreciated. All the best to you too.