2017 is gone. I started it out preparing the next phase of my book. But as Con season got closer, I started realizing before I moved on, I needed to do more in getting the characters out there. So I allowed the future to take a back seat to selling what I had. Which meant more cons and a hard look at how I sell my books.
I made an effort to improve my art before embarking on a new series. I used 2017 to try new things. I worked on my style as well as how I produce the artwork. In that respect, I made some headway and success with that as I used my time to work on storytelling and clarity. As I unofficially put the book on break, I think it will be very obvious how the new books will reflect my year of improvement.
On the tail end of 2017, I tried collaboration with another creator. While I’m having fun working from someone else’s scripts, Man in the Mask is still my main focus. If anything, watching how someone else form their stories can only help me make a better work of my own stuff.
This brings me to 2018. You’ll finally see the graphic novel on digital stores and a print on demand service. To celebrate, it will have a new cover and new material. I’ll go into that later.
And the series. Wow. It still surprises me I’m talking about a series. My time away has made me look at what comes next a different way. Thanks if you’ve been waiting on it. I promise you I’ve been working to make it be the best it can be.
Finally, I am going to post new work more often both here and the website. I often let this page or my website be the last on my list. I’m gonna work my best to change that.
Here’s the mantra of 2018.
A lifelong comics fan, Mike W. Belcher is the writer/artist of MAN IN THE MASK. A story he's had with him for over 20 years.