09-22-2014 - UTC DELAYED TO OCTOBER 6TH
The page scheduled for September 29 is being pushed back one week to October 6th. I am moving during the next two weeks. I have been trying to get ahead of schedule so a buffer could run during this time, however despite briefly being a week ahead, progress on the comic has almost completely stalled as I pack my belongings and say goodbye to the many people I have met and been privileged to call friends during my five years in the Hudson Valley.
I am making a proactive change in the way I develop my artistic skills. Over the past few years I have had precious little time to devote to working on my independent projects, including UTC. Starting in October, I am switching to a new career path that will--hopefully--position me for a dramatic increase in my creative output. What does this mean for UTC? It means I will finally have as much time to work on the comic as I need to make sure that it not only runs on schedule for the rest of Phase Two, but the quality improves as well.
At the start of the year I pledged to update UTC on every Monday in 2014. I am sorry to break that pledge next Monday. I will make that up to you with a double-page update before the year is over.
Thanks, as always, for reading. I'll see you on the other side!
07-21-2014 - WOULD YOU BE MY COULD YOU BE MY WON'T YOU BE MY PATRON?
UTC's Patreon campaign officially launches today! For those of you who have been looking for ways to support UTC and directly receive additional content in return, now is the time! Please have a look at the UTC Patreon page, which has an introductory video and a full description of all the current milestone goals and patron rewards. I expect to add more in the coming months. Feel free to contact me if there is anything you'd like to see added to the rewards. Thank you for reading and supporting UTC!
07-13-2014 - PATREON PROPOSAL
The UTC Patreon campaign launches next Monday, July 21 along with the next page of Chapter 9. Over on deviantArt, I've posted a preliminary listing of the milestone goals and patron rewards that I am expecting to offer. Please read the linked deviantArt journal and feel free to comment via deviantArt note or e-mail. If you are interested in supporting UTC financially I want to know what your thoughts are so that we can make this a rewarding campaign for everyone involved.
Patreon is a crowdfunding website that focuses on ongoing artistic projects. Instead of a one-time donation, like a backer would make on Kickstarter, Patreon backers pledge a dollar amount that recurs on a monthly basis. (Some Patreon campaigns pledge on a per-work-completed basis, but UTC's schedule is consistent enough that a monthly pledge is more feasible.)
It is my hope that the campaign will be successful enough that I will no longer have to look for additional sources of income beyond my full-time job. That would mean I can devote more time and energy into UTC and even produce some extra content beyond the 22-page chapters that comprise the main storyline. The Baaad Comics you've been seeing over the last few days are a small taste of what may come.
More information will be posted when the campaign launches. Feel free to join in the discussion, and thank you for considering your support for UTC!
07-09-2014 - I'M A BAAAD BOY
I am sorry I did not have a Monday update set before going on vacation. I am rectifying it by posting three quickie strips that I have now dubbed "The Baaad Comics". These will appear on-line every other day or so. UTC-proper is still set for a July 21st return.
06-30-2014 - COMIC DELAY IN JULY REDUX
Catomix now has a Twitter page that you can follow for up-to-the-minute updates. @CatomixComics
The hiatus has been extended by one week, starting today. My printer has broken down and a few other things have gone awry as well. I need to take a breather and focus. UTC will return on July 21st. Please check out this vlog explaining things. Also covered in the vlog is information about the upcoming UTC Patreon campaign and what I'm reading in the realm of comic books.
06-27-2014 - COMIC DELAY IN JULY
You may have noticed the first page of Chapter 9 of UTC was uploaded very late on Monday evening. I could blame a lot of different factors for this. In fact, I do. But the biggest factor was me. The long and the short of it is, I have taken on too much side work to sustain a healthy lifestyle. Some very close and very wise friends have advised me to throw on the brakes until I can get some backlogged projects finished. That is what I am going to do.
There will be no new pages posted on July 7th and 14th. Now, I promised at the beginning of the year to update the website every Monday, and that will not change. In place of new pages will be some sketchbook entries, which take a substantially shorter amount of time to create. UTC will resume regular updates on July 21st, at which point I expect to be finished with my backlog and once again fully committed to drawing the comic.
Thank you for your patience. I'm very proud of the work that has come out so far and I'm excited to show you what's in store for Cass, Flint and Noah in the second half of the year. Also, look for a Patreon campaign to go live for UTC once Chapter 9 is well under way!
06-16-2014 - YET ANOTHER SHADOWY MENACE
The Chapter 7 commentary is still being edited. I have lots of long awkward pauses in my speech that take forever to cut out. I also devoted more time to today's cover than expected. Wanted to give it some nice shading, which makes it 100% nicer in my opinion. Look for the commentary tomorrow!
06-09-2014 - "NEW TRICKS" IS NOW OLD NEWS
Today sees the final page of Chapter 8. I want to thank Jeff Walter for the fantastic job he did taking over the writing chores and giving us a wonderful and unique UTC story.
Next Monday will be an interim update as I continue to prep pages for Chapter 9. You'll see the cover for Chapter 9, as well as the long-awaited release of the Creator's Commentary of Chapter 7. The first page of Chapter 9 will go live two weeks from now on Monday, June 23, 2014.
Can't wait for the next story to start? Check out my Tumblr for little tidbits and sketches to be appearing over the next couple weeks.
The printed edition of Chapter 8 will be available through the IndyPlanet store in July.
05-05-2014 - TODAY'S PAGE TONIGHT
Sorry for the delay on today's page. I had to focus on a few other things this weekend and couldn't get the coloring finished on time. I will have today's page finished up soon after I get back from work tonight. Expect it no later than 8pm EDT.
04-14-2014 - EVERY DAY I'M TUMBLING
The links in the navigation bar have finally been updated! You can access all of the UTC comics listed at IndyPlanet by clicking on "STORE". Chapters 1-7 are available to buy either as printed comics or as PDFs. (Chapters 1-4 can of course be found collected in Volume 1.) Issues 5 and 6 are on sale as free PDFs, because they feature no additional content from what you see on this site. Chapter 7 has three pages of behind-the-scenes content exclusive to the IndyPlanet version that you will get if you order either the printed book or the PDF.
I also have a Tumblr now!
04-02-2014 - APRIL FOOLS
This week's pages are not canon. They were both an April Fools joke I put together. My thanks to Jeff for being cool with interrupring his storyline for a week and allowing me to indulge in a silly crossover with my Unfamiliar Reflection characters.
What ISN'T an April Fool is that I will be at MoCCA Arts Fest this weekend with Zebra Girl creator Joe England! If you're in the NYC area, stop by the 69th Regiment Armory at 25th St. and Lexington Avenue. We'll be selling our comics and drawing stuff and signing stuff and stuff.
03-24-2014 - CHAPTER 8, PAGE 12
I'm still working out the colors for today's page, which will have to wait until I get home from work. Sorry for the small delay. Expect the page up this evening. ("Evening" in the USA, that is.)
01-05-2014 - "NEW TRICKS" FOR A NEW YEAR
Happy New Year! Tomorrow begins a year-long stint of consistent Monday updates. My objective for 2014 is to devote as much time as possible to completing Phase Two. It's taken two years to reach the halfway point. I'm hoping to do much better this go-around. Chapters 8 and 9 will fully release this year, along with at least the beginning of Chapter 10.
This chapter is guest written by Jeff Walter. I asked him to pitch a story for Phase Two when I realized that I wouldn't have enough time to write a script to make a January deadline for Chapter 8. His assistance freed me up to finish the art chores on Chapter 7 by Halloween.
When he pitched his idea for a Keris-centric story, my first reaction was befuddled surprise, but he quickly won me over, and upon reading the full script, I became quite excited to draw the pages he had written. This chapter is a little different, in a good way, as I hope you will discover as the pages unfold.
So, thank you to my friend Jeff, and thank you, readers, for your patience as we bring another months-long hiatus to a close. Please enjoy Chapter 8 of UTC!
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