Resurfacing ideas

Last night, after having thought a lot about the future of Twice the Triplets, I was reading some scripts I wrote a while back. These were scripts not for regular gags, but for longer stories (15+ pages) that just wouldn’t fit within the regular format of the comic, which means that if I am to actually make these it would be a separate thing from the main 2×3 series, which in turn means that finding the time to do it would be very difficult. So I was reading through them to see if I think, at this point in time, that these stories are worth telling or if I should just scrap the ideas entirely. I still haven’t really made my mind up.

But I stumbled upon a surprise when I was looking through my “Writings” folder: A (partial) script I’d written for an entirely new comic I never went through with actually making. Now, I’ve done a bunch of these over the years, but what made this one special was the fact that I had completely – and I mean completely – forgotten everything about it: The idea itself, the fact that I ever had the idea, the fact that I wrote the script and just about everything that happened in it. Almost a little strange, seeing as it’s been less than two years since I wrote it. It did start to slowly come back to me as I was reading it, but for the most part I was looking at it with fresh eyes just as any reader would. I found the idea to be fun and full of potential, and I would love to go back to it some day and turn it into an actual comic.

One snag is the fact that the script is unfinished. I do remember now that I did have plans for how the story would play out further – I just don’t remember what they were. Which is especially frustrating because the script ends at a point where the characters were about to carry out som well laid plan… Guess I should have written that down back then, eh? Oh well. Maybe it’s buried somewhere in the back of my mind and it will come back to me. Or maybe, if at some point I decide to do this comic, I’ll be able to come up with something new that works just as well.

In any case, add one more to the list of comics I’ve created in my head that I would like to do one day.

Today’s progress

In my introduction blog post, I said that I’m not good at talking about myself. That doesn’t really apply to talking about my comics, I guess. I love to talk about my comics. I’ve been doing it right here all week! In a way, though, I think that was all part of my introduction, getting up to speed in regards to what my webcomics are. Now that that’s out of the way, I can talk about other things. Such as whatever happened today.

Today, I got to have my cast removed. Having my arm free and unrestrained is pretty awesome. I can move it around. I can bend it. I can scratch myself. But it’s still broken. I can’t use it for pushing, pulling or carrying stuff. I can’t bend it too far, or fully extend it. It’ll be interesting to see how well I can draw with it. I already tried to get back into working on my comic before, and I imagine it may be a little easier without the restraint of the cast. But seeing as I should be taking it easy still, I probably won’t be able to do a whole lot of work at a time.

That, and the fact that the holiday season by now is in full swing – during which I was planning a break from the comic anyway – means that the comic will not be returning just yet. But I can work on it, and I can make use of my right arm a bit more than I could yesterday. And, it bears repeating; I can scratch it. This is a good day.

So, I’m blogging…

Well… I’m not good at talking about myself. But when you’re starting a blog, it’s kind of unavoidable to have to write some sort of introduction post, right? To let people know up front who you are and what you’re about?

My name is Berg. Or at least, that’s part of my name. I have a lot of nerdy interests that I may or may not talk about in this blog at some point, but my main hobby is making webcomics. Or just comics. That is, webcomics minus the “web”. Those are comics I make, or begin to make, but that for one reason or another I don’t end up actually publishing on the web.

My main comic these days and for the last four and a half years is a webcomic I call “Twice the Triplets”, or just 2×3 for short. You can check that out on this site, although my guess is if you’re reading this blog then chances are you probably just came from there.

I’ve done other comics besides 2×3 in the past. I also have ideas for other comics I’d like to do in the future. And I have some comics I at some point started to work on, but that for various reasons I’ll probably never get around to complete. Maybe I’ll talk about those someday. That’s one of the things I could talk about in my shiny new blog.

I’ve been thinking about starting this blog for quite some time, actually. I’ve often felt like I wanted to write more in-depth about comics I’m making, such as Twice the Triplets, or about other things I care about, like what comics I read growing up, or which ones I’m still reading. Or maybe even topics not related to comics at all.

A few weeks ago, I broke my arm. While this has forced me to take a break from working on Twice the Triplets, and sadly put a dent in my weekly update schedule, I am slowly (too slowly) getting back into comic’ing. I’ve come to realize that as long as my hand is okay, I can draw with a broken arm – just not as fast, or as comfortably as I would like. Regular updates will resume once I’m confident I can uphold the weekly schedule again, but since this break is happening whether I want it or not – why not take the opportunity given to me by my sudden excess of free time and finally get that blog started?

I don’t know if people will find what I have to say interesting. Maybe those who read my comics will. Maybe not. But at least I have a place now where I can rant as much as I want. Probably mostly about other things besides myself.