I'm 38 today! Thank you for all the birthday wishes!
This past year was a big year of change as many things I had been hoping to have come to fruition actual did. I had set many goals that i wanted to achieve and I nailed them all without exception. Thank God.
Some of my major accomplishments were:
Renovation: I renovated my condo all by myself. I did two washrooms and the kitchen floor as well. I installed toilets, sinks, a dishwasher, tile floor, lighting, baseboards, sanded, painted, and polished. The biggest hassle was once I finished the shower floor I had realized there was a problem with it, necessitating pulling the whole floor out! All my hard work destroyed, but I didn't lose heart! I redid it much better than it was and learned a bunch on top of it. I was always scared of tile work, but I conquered my fear!
5th Capsule: Years and years in the making. This was quite possibly the biggest risk I had ever taken in my life. I had saved a bunch of money from my work on Wonder Momo which allowed me to coast for a few months. In those months I was able to get a huge volume of work done on 5C. Once the money started to run out, I had to make a decision as to what to do next. There wasn't any UDON work at the time, and i can't just go and start teaching at Seneca whenever I feel like it, so I had to make it work. So I put 5C on Patreon and lived off of that for a little while longer. I think i remember saying that I wanted to have 100 pages finished by the end of this year, but I got to page 100 in September!
Moved into a house: Over the past 13 years I have lived in my condo. About 10 years ago my wife moved in, and we were fine. Then one child, and then another. I had to move my office out of the home which caused a lot of stress for me as I have never been far away from my work. But it was also getting very cramped, we didn't have people over since it was too small and were throwing money out by renting an office for me to work to the tune of 600$/ m for a room with no windows. I don't want to get into a huge mortgage, we live off my income only. We found a nice home and have moved in! We're renting it, but I will sell the condo after many years of good service and figure out what to do next, whether it be to buy or rent some more. But for now my little daughters and wife have a home they can enjoy, and I have a place to work. Now they can see their father is not always tired and stressed! I have a garden I can mess with, I have a garage for my man cave, and I have an office with windows that's above ground!
This year coming up I have these goals:
Another 100 pages 5th Capsule, even if it's mostly BW. The colouring wiped me out totally, but I am not defeated. I will do colour pages for ever intro or splash page.
A kid's book, I have plans to make books of some of the stories I tell my daughters, but again I need money to do all these projects as they take time and effort.
Do more conventions, last year i took off to work on 5C, but I plan on going to more conventions as I will have a lot of covers to sign and new stuff I've worked on.
The biggest gift you can give me is to read 5C, it's free, all 105 pages! Just go here and you can read it and hopefully enjoy it!
Thanks again for all the birthday wishes!
Asalaamu Alaikum = Peace be upon you!