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State of the Commune [Sep. 17th, 2009|04:09 pm]
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(Image from Jungle Adventure, a graphic novel I illustrated for Rubicon Publishing)


Those of you who have been following me for a few years, may have recognized today, September 17th, as the day I traditionally made as many guest strips as humanly possible and posted them on webcomics sites far and wide so that pretty much anywhere you went on the web, my comics would be there.

Since I originally did this without saying a word about it myself, it became known as "Ryan Estrada Day", or "Estradarama" to those trying to figure out what happened.

Well, I'm very pleased to say there is no Ryan Estrada Day today. There was a lot of criticism of last years' offerings, and all of it absolutely correct! It was fun as a stunt, but taking 2 months off work to prepare for one day, then being so swamped catching up with my paid work that I can't draw any other personal stuff for the rest of the year is silly.

Between the guest days, and my work at the Cartoon Commune, I slowly but surely got more into the business of making products, rather than telling stories. In meeting deadlines rather than meeting quality standards. And the reason you haven't seen a lot of new work from me of late, is because that is no longer the case.

From now on, I am in the business of making quality work, and trying to make a living off of that work, rather than trying to squeeze it in between commissions. I have a list of projects that I'll be doing over the next year, and when they're ready, you'll get the chance to see them!

Here's what's in the works:

-Villain
(a new daily webcomic)
A few years back, I posted a comic called "Real Heroes" about a supervillain who is terrible at his job. What you may not know is that after this, I drew three more issues of this comic, but for complicated reasons, was unable to release them. Those 96 pages have been sitting on my hard drive for years, unseen, and they're some of my favorite comics I've ever made! So starting October 1st, Villain is coming back as a daily webcomic, with those issues acting as a 96 page buffer! So with no hope of missing updates, I'm proud to begin my first daily webcomic.

-Aki Alliance
(The completed graphic novel)
Another comic I've been working on for years, and that I'm always talking about finishing, but other things get in the way! But that time is now! The first half is already online, but the rest of the book will be bundled up as a graphic novel, and submitted to publishers, hopefully to appear in bookstores, as I always planned!

-The Kind You Don't Bring Home to Mother
(The animated feature)
That's right, the comic that lost Zuda by one vote is gonna be a movie. No, I haven't been approached by a Hollywood studio or signed a multi-million dollar deal. But what I did do was spend the summer working on independent films, and learn to get things done. It's gonna be a rough road, but I intend to get it done.

I have lots more projects down the pipeline, but these are the three I'm juggling now. I've been running this site for 6 years now, and trying to make a living at comics for 23. I'm really happy with what I've done so far, but now it's time to kick some butt.
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[User Picture]From: tedprior
2009-09-17 11:11 am (UTC)

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That all sounds great, Ryan! Good for you!
From: lifeinthecircus
2009-09-17 11:28 am (UTC)

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Hey, wait a tic, isn't Ryan Estrada day... your birthday? Or am I just imagining things? (If it is, well, happy birthday!)

Anyway, it's good to hear everything's going really well, and I'm looking forward to seeing the completed Aki Alliance! And the animated feature of The Kind You Don't Bring Home to Mother! (Which I thought was a great concept, by the way!)
[User Picture]From: ryanestrada
2009-09-17 12:26 pm (UTC)

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No, no. My birthday isn't until November. It's just the day I happened to do all the guest strips, and roughly around the anniversary of my site.
From: lifeinthecircus
2009-09-17 09:40 pm (UTC)

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Oh well, I feel mildly foolish for jumping to that conclusion!

Err... happy birthday for November!
[User Picture]From: pandaposse
2009-09-17 02:14 pm (UTC)

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I look forward to buying the Aki Alliance graphic novel!!
[User Picture]From: jammyness
2009-09-17 03:15 pm (UTC)

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That's a really tough choice to make, the guaranteed pay of commissioned work versus working on your own things and really working hard to improve at them.

If I were wearing a hat today, Ryan, it would be off to you. I look forward to your offerings! :) :)
[User Picture]From: ryanestrada
2009-09-17 04:00 pm (UTC)

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Yeah, but life is pretty good when my biggest concern is that my business is doing TOO WELL that it forces me to draw dumb comics for money!
[User Picture]From: rue_avalon
2009-09-17 04:54 pm (UTC)

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Rock on, sir. Rock on. =D
[User Picture]From: bezman
2009-09-17 05:04 pm (UTC)

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Your words seem deceptive when your 3 favourite comics (the villain ones) were done in 3 days.

I claim that this is because you are evil! And so deception is probably your middle name. Or at least one of them.
[User Picture]From: ryanestrada
2009-09-17 05:07 pm (UTC)

(just because you were upset I'm not playing along with the faux nemesis thing anymore)

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YOU'RE PEACHY KEEN!
[User Picture]From: bezman
2009-09-17 05:19 pm (UTC)

Re: (just because you were upset I'm not playing along with the faux nemesis thing anymore)

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I'm not actually sure what that means but I assume it's a US colloquialism, maybe suggesting unspeakable untruths about my mother?

You realise, of course, that this means war?!
[User Picture]From: pierreispierre
2009-09-17 06:10 pm (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: jdalton
2009-09-17 09:36 pm (UTC)

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Well, maybe for Ryan Estrada Day 2010, everyone on the internet ought to draw a comic for YOU?
[User Picture]From: starprincess035
2009-09-17 11:43 pm (UTC)

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Really nice work.