Monday, May 21, 2012
Superhero Girl Status
Hey guys, wanted to make a post about Superhero Girl's status, as we're approaching June and people have been wondering when the comic will return. Some things have changed during the comic's hiatus, the biggest being I've decided to quit having the comic published by The Coast. Having Superhero Girl published in a weekly newspaper was what initially got the comic going, and forced me to deal with the deadlines necessary to keep it running consistently, but my highly pressurized schedule means I can't commit to that schedule any more.
I've also grown to realize that having a comic like Superhero Girl in a weekly newspaper is probably not the best way to read it. I've had people complain that they can't follow the storylines in the newspaper because they're reading weekly (as opposed to daily), and of course the Superhero Girl comic archive is not available to them in the newspaper. I like doing stand alone SHG comics, but I also like doing storylines and developing a cast of characters, and it's likely the latter will be more common as the comic goes along, because I like writing character based jokes and Kevin is too much fun to not make a reoccurring character. I've decided to take the comic online only, which is where I feel its real home is anyway. I've always received much more feedback and apparent enjoyment from online readers than I have from those who read SHG in the newspaper and I think the internet is where it belongs.
So Superhero Girl will return, in an online incarnation ... eventually. Unfortunately, it will not be June. I'm currently drawing a graphic novel for my publisher First Second, and the deadline for that comic is June 15. I have a MASSIVE amount of work to get done on that comic, and no time to spare for online comics, sadly. Provided I meet my deadline (god I hope I do) I'm attending two conventions at the end of June, the American Library Association Annual in California (eep, jetlag!) and Animaritime in Moncton, New Brunswick. So no SHG in June, sorry! I'm aiming for July for her return, and I hoping to have a proper website for her too, with a proper archive and everything. I'll announce any further news to this website, so keep an eye open here.
Anyway, thanks so much to everyone who's enjoyed the comic, I hope to have you back in July when my schedule is a little less insane, and thanks to The Coast for providing a home for Superhero Girl these past two years. It's been swell.
See you in July!
Posted by Faith Erin Hicks at 1:57 PM