Over the past few months, I’ve noticed a decline in readership and interest in the comic. E-mails have been less frequent and traffic has slowed down.
I’ve decided to end Keystone at the end of the week. It was a difficult decision to make, but I think that my time will be better spent on something new.
I am grateful for the people who have shared the comic and written in this past year.
Please check back in a few weeks for an announcement about a different comic. It will be a character-based comic, as opposed to the idea/concept-based comic I tested out a few weeks ago. A comic with a cast of characters is a world I think I’m most comfortable in.
I know it’s hard to get into a new comic. I remember people disliking Keystone when I first started it. I hope you’ll give this new comic a chance.
Today’s comic will launch a story about a field trip at Keystone, which was referenced a few weeks ago.
This is the first comic, in case you need to refresh your memory.
Due to the lack of feedback last week on the two Little Branch comics, I decided to end the experiment early and return to Keystone.
Thanks for reading.
Keystone will be on vacation for two weeks. Rather than leave Thursday’s strip on the homepage for that time, I’ve decided to test out a new comic here. My working title is Little Branch, though that may change. Little Branch will focus on ideas and concepts rather than characters and stories. Each page will be a self-contained premise. I’ve decided to spend more time on each page by going back to hand-lettering. I think it makes the strip look a little bit more personal. Anyway, I hoped you liked this strip. Please let me know what you think of it and if you think Little Branch is something worth pursuing. And check back on Thursday for a new strip!
In other news, KEYSTONE SWALLOWS ITS PRIDE, the second Keystone collection, is available on Amazon. It’s printed in full-color throughout. If I had to pick a favorite comic in the book, it would be this one:
So that’s my update. Please return to the site on Thursday for a new Little Branch, and consider buying the latest Keystone book.
I really enjoy short-stories. You can read them in one sitting, say “Ahhh… that was a good story. Yes, indeed.” and then move on with your day. Sometimes I have ideas for stories that don’t fit in a comic about middle-aged guys who work at an architecture firm. A recent example would be Mishap, my new picture book.
I’m decided to create a new comic called Frameworks. It will update twice a week, on Tuesday and Friday, and serialize stories that are 15-20 pages long. Each story will operate under a new cast and a new setting; a whole new… Framework.
Keystone will start updating on Monday-Thursday. I hope you don’t view this as a sign that I’ve lost interest in the comic. Far from it! Some big changes are headed its way…
Read Frameworks every Tuesday and Friday.
Buy my new picture book.