And here we are at the end of the story.

I started writing this specific story back in 2009 when in my last semester of college, but most, if not all  of the characters were created way back in my high school years. It feels good to finally be able to give the characters a home.

Originally, I had a lot of ideas for where I wanted to take the story, but I’ve since decided that it would probably be best to let this be the ending for now. A lot of this was to show my father (who is in panel four) and now that he’s gone, I don’t feel as compelled to continue with the story. Maybe one day when I feel I can do the characters justice. For now, I think I’ll close the book on this story.

This book was my introduction to a lot of the challenges behind making a comic book and I can understand why some people get frustrated, but I think it only made me want to do it more. I’ve written Clusterf@#k and a few short stories with a few more coming down the line. Knowing what I know now, I can see why people think a six-issue comic is a massive undertaking (because it is). It costs time and a LOT of money, but I have no regrets.

If you read the book and liked it, please do me a favor and spread the word about it or perhaps even pick up a few copies from my online store. I’ll ship the books practically anywhere. If there was demand, I’ll collect the story into a trade paperback but I think that might not be anytime soon.

But I really want to thank everyone who helped me make the book.

 

Steven for helping me turn my half baked ideas into fully formed scripts. I learned a lot about writing from him and hopefully improved over time (though I still make some of the same mistakes). He’s still teaching and helping people over at the Proving Grounds. Check it out.

Marco for creating my first comic with me. The first issue is one will always be my first comic book ever.

Dexter for coming through and blowing me away with your work ethic. Without your help, I probably would not have finished the book. I look forward to working with you in the future.

Thank goodness for Kote, who actually approached me after I placed an ad looking for an artist and offered his skills as a colorist. I hadn’t needed one when he asked, he was willing to jump right in when the opportunity presents itself. And now he’s worked on both of my series. The guy is a consummate professional.

Kel Nuttall is a masterful letterer who stuck with it the entire ride. Tsunamis and all. If there was a delay or I couldn’t send him the money, he was always understanding. Knocked out the pages like crazy on top of making the awesome logo. The guy does great work and hopefully I’ll get a chance to work with him again.

Thank you to everyone who bought it and thanks to all of you for reading it.

But don’t be discouraged or think that that is all. No. Secrets and Shadows is finished, but there is a bonus short story done by the Secrets and Shadows team (Dexter, Kote, Kel, and myself) and it starts next week.