Saturday, September 22, 2018

The Devil Made Me Do It (A 10-Year Anniversary)

Exactly ten years ago today, I premiered my first webcomic, Reaper Fan Comics. (Originally, it had simply been called Reaper Comics, but midway through this webcomic's run, some company with the same name threatened to sue me if I didn't change it. Fun times.) It lasted for 88 strips, between 2008-2012, and was based on the television show Reaper, which focused on a slacker forced to capture escaped souls from hell, thanks to his parents having sold his soul to the devil before he was even born.

Reaper is what convinced me to un-quit art, back in the day, so not only is this the 10-year anniversary of Reaper Fan Comics, but the 10-year anniversary of me becoming an artist again, as well.

Yep, I had once quit art, despite the fact that I'd grown up wanting to do nothing but comics from a very young age. (High school had killed my love of drawing, and I found myself focusing on other aspirations. Stopped working on art entirely once I was in college.) When Reaper premiered, I adored it instantly; the humor just clicked with me. Eventually felt compelled to make a silly comic to explain away a plot hole. Figured it would be a one-and-done thing, and that I would go back to not drawing as soon as it was out of my system. But I had so much fun with it that I decided to make more, and I ended up creating a full-blown webcomic instead.

Because today is so monumental for me, I thought I'd celebrate by re-drawing the comic that had caused me to un-quit in 2008. Would be a fun way for you all to see how much my art has evolved! But, of course, my laptop decided to die, making it impossible for me to color it. I still hope to sometime, though, and will make another post for that when I can.

But yeah, Reaper will always have a special place in my heart, needless to say. Probably wouldn't be drawing right now, otherwise.

16 comments:

  1. Congratulations on ten years of artistic inspiration! Hope we get to see that comic soon.

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    1. Thank you! I doubt I'll be able to share that comic anytime soon, since I have others in need of attention right now, but hopefully I can post it before 2018 is over.

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  2. Congratulations! I'm glad Reaper inspired you to draw again.

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    1. Thank you! The most random things spark my muse sometimes, LOL.

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  3. If it hadn't been "Reaper," it would've been something else. It's impossible to abandon something that's so much a part of who you are. Creating is almost as important to you as breathing. And just as natural. Congratulations for finding your way back to what you love.

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    1. Thank you. However, I do know myself well enough to know that if Reaper hadn't come around, I very likely wouldn't be drawing right now. And there actually are days where I'm still tempted to quit, due to my depression. The main reason I haven't is because I force myself to work on something art-related every day. If I took a break for even just one day, I'd find myself tumbling downhill again.

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  4. Cool! Congrats on all you've accomplished and your continuing journey:)

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  5. Congrats on your ten year anniversary. You do great work.
    I hope you are talking about your old laptop that died and not your new one.

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    1. Thanks! And haha, yeah, I'm talking about my old laptop. (That's the post I linked to in the "decided to die" phrase.) If my new one had died, I would've found a way to bring it up here already.

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  6. It's so interesting how life leads us! Congrats on your ten year anniversary Heather! Here's to 10 more years! Big Hugs!

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  7. By the way, I love your cross stitch!

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    1. Haha, thank you! Those photos on Twitter are pretty old. Been a while since I last worked on a cross stitch project. (Really want to, though!)

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  8. Ah, I miss that show. It was hilarious. Congrats on your anniversary! Here's to many, many years more!

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    1. I miss it, too. Was fun seeing a couple of the characters make a cameo in Kevin (Probably) Saves the World, though!

      And thank you! ^_^

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