I'm terribly sorry for my long absence during the past few months, I really am.
In April (it was April, wasn't it?) I really believed I could be back and resume doing the comic soon. However it turned out that again Life begged to differ. It always does. (
It's not that anything life-threatening or something happend, only there was too much stuff to be taken care of to get anything done properly.
When I finally got my BA in January - it took a quarter of a year to get my certificate ready due to a computer foul-up at the university - I'd already known it would be way too late to continue my studies to become a fully-fledged teacher without a delay untli this autumn. However, this didn't seem to be too much of a problem, because one of my subjects is English, and therefore it is a requirement for my next and final graduation to have stayed in an English-speaking country for at least three months and to be able to show some reference as a proof (this last part is the only problematic one, as it is). So I was trying to get a teaching assistant job or something, using the internet, and had hoped the certificate would help me.
I think I can now speak from experience when I say: the internet is for comics - don't you ever rely on it for anything else!
It was just as well, really, that couldn't seem to make any headway, as my parents, with whom I stayed, went through some rather stressful times, so I made it my first priority to help them, even if they kept urging me to focus on this job business. I'm afraid I didn't for some time. It was an elaborate way of procrastinating that suited me fine, since it all seemed so futile. As a matter of fact, I still don't think it'd have made much of a difference.
Meanwhile, I had the fortunate chance to work as sort of a freelance artist for a Plattdütsch festival in Bremen, called PLATT-Land-Fluss, that is scheduled to take place on 26 September, 2014. I just had to do it - else I know I'd have regretted it for the rest of my life!
If you happen to be in or near Bremen or Bremerhaven that day, you should really go there, as you'll get a unique opportunity to get a first-rate glimpse of the original language of Gundula un de Stuventiger, known to the anglophone parts of the world as Master the Tiger. While Plattdütsch skills are of course desirable, they are not stricly necessary. There will be live music, there will be shows, there will be prices to win, and it's free for everyone, too.
I'll post some of my contributions to PLATT-Land-Fluss in due time, i.e. when the final version of the placard is put up all over Bremen and Bremerhaven. Others than the one above, that is. I'll keep that in every journal from now on, as they really need every advertising they can get. I already regret I won't be able to be there to enjoy the fruits of my work, but my mother promised me to take photos. I'll probably upload some of those, too.
Motivated by that success, and having earned more than enough for a flight ticket with it, I now started another attempt at regaining control over my life. Seeing that none of the plans I'd made so far had the slightest chance of actually working, I decided to skip all that business and just fly over to the UK as the English-speaking country closest to my place and see what I can do about it here.
Suffice to say that at the time of writing it looks as if I actually found something both to get me the much-needed reference and to sustain me, and it's just in time, too. I can tell you, I'm greatly relieved.
By the way, if any UK readers of Master the Tiger would like to meet me and happen to be near Gloucester: this is your chance!
This, I judged, is also the time when I can finally go on to the long-awaited relaunch of my comic, without having to be afraid that it's stifled by untoward circumstances again. Because that's just what's been happening in the last few months. I've never entirely stopped drawing Gundi and Tiger, only I couldn't do so at anything faster than at extra-lame snail pace in slow motion. Fortunately I managed to put together some coloured material andI hastily scan it before I departed, so I've got a few things to post now. I'd wanted to do so a bit earlier, you see, but I also wanted to do this properly. However I couldn't finish preparing all that stuff for posting until I moved into my current den.
I'm drawing new comics again as well, however I could take only a basic drawing kit with me on the plane, and I haven't got a good working-space yet. I won't buy an entire set of watercolours either, as I'll probably return in mid-October already and there's only so much stuff I'll be able to take back with me. If the move was more permanent, things would be different in many ways.
I've known for a long time that my comic and my life are linked in an almost mystical way; if my comic goes well, so does everything else - and the other way around. Again, I'm getting the distinct feeling that I may be right.
From today on, I'll post one of the new character sheets each day as some kind of countdown so as to warm everyone up for things to come (and get their attention, particularly on DD). It means I'll have to go to the local Shopping Centre every day, where they offer free WiFi, but I think it's well worth the effort. It's just a short walk, after all. You see, I really missed doing this all the time; it felt as if a part of myself had gone missing. It's good to be back - I hope I really am!
P.S.: In case I find I can't manage to post one each day (because the shopping centre closes before I return from work or something) I'll just post the rest all at once, even if it means risking that it'll take much of the thrill out of this resurrection. Being back in comic business is paramount for me right now.