State of Sivoa

If you are new to this page or just haven’t happened to pick up Chapter 8, I have some um… awkward news for you (It’s not bad! I promise!):

First I better explain that in 2010 I gave birth to an awesome 8lb, 9oz baby girl, who – at the time of this post – is now 3 years old. I seriously don’t know where all that time went! She has kept me and my husband busy in the best of ways, but this led to some serious procrastination in continuing the comic.

The shift in the way that I can work, however, has allowed me to damn near finish the novel that this comic is actually based on (go me, doing things backwards again). Because of this dramatic advancement on that project, Chapter 8 might very-well be the last of the Sivoa comics…

While I understand that this can be upsetting news for you, dear readers, I can promise that this isn’t a bad thing. Much of the comic has glossed over story and character details in favor of the medium itself. An example of this would be Dragonira’s eyes, which are supposed to glow faintly and freak people out. Take this scene from the second issue for example:

SivoaIssue2Example

It highlighted something that I eventually came to realize could never be told in a b/w comic and I removed it from the graphic novel.

There’s a business standpoint to this line of thought as well.

It seems that there has been a dramatic shift in the overall perception of artists at conventions. It used to be that, in order to be of any worth to the show, one had to have a comic, artbook, or other publication to present to it’s attendees. To be accepted now, we just need to have vaguely relevant prints or hand-made merchandise for sale.

From the creator’s standpoint this makes selling comic books hard. Since I’ve returned to the convention scene, I’ve almost had to fight people (figuratively) in order to sell a single issue for $3.50, whereas I have difficulty keeping stock of individual prints that sell for $15. I don’t exactly know why this is, but it’s a fact that makes doing all that work on serial publications difficult to justify.

Of course you guys are absolutely an exception to this. I cannot even begin to express my gratitude for all of your support over these many years. In terms of purely independent publications, I really have nothing to complain about. Unfortunately this outlet can no longer support itself like it used to and It would be a better financial investment to stop doing comics that only pay retroactively and in spurts.

Timeliness is another thing. Sivoa as a comic was initially released in 2002… which means that it’s going on over 12 years old. I’m only just now releasing issue 8 after all of this time and i feel terrible about that.

The sad truth is that I physically cannot do more than a single issue a year… whereas I can crank out that many chapters in a single night. The novel format will allow me to finally get the full story to you all.

<– This is an actual illustration for the novel. There will be quite a few of these since they help me with writing sometimes.

At my current comic production pace, I’d be in my 80s before you guys could read what’s going on in this scene. O_o

I plan on rewarding your patience with me somehow – probably ebooks once they’re available. Information on this will be updated here as it becomes available.

Thank you again,

Heather Scott

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Heather Gorlitz Scott

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