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SYMBIOSIS: An art book exploring a world where all technology is powered by biological engines that are deeply linked to humans
SYMBIOSIS: An art book exploring a world where all technology is powered by biological engines that are deeply linked to humans
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Symbiosis Chapbook!

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Gentles, 

I'm sure a number of you are wondering where the updates are, and the answer is they just got flooded by life and hustling for money. As I pulled the update page up to write this, I found this draft in it.

"Hey everyone!  I finished the arc of the comic I've been working on, but between my AC completely dying (The unit was from the 80s, had a good run, but it literally caught on fire.) and needing a full replacement, and various other things that pulled money from the comic gig, I'm going to have to get to work on paying work ASAP since all that pretty seriously chewed into my "work on Symbiosis" money.  I'm uncertain about how soon I'll"

So something apparently interupted that, or it might have been the "perfection is the enemy of done" thing that I've been learning to not get stuck in.

That's kind of been my summer, and it pulled me down mental health wise as well.  I have been drawing Symbiosis material during my free time, though, things are moving in an upward direction again, (man, exercise is so important it's scary)  and I'm working with an intern on getting Symbiosis out there in some form (sort of a "beta version") until I can finish things properly. 
I'll have another update as soon as can get the aforementioned "beta version" squared away. 

Thanks again for your support and patience, and I hope everyone is doing well! 

Steven

More art, getting ready to crank up engines

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Hello everyone!  I've been super focused on finishing this comic project since January and time really flew by. I would be done with comics work and back on finishing Symbiosis by now. But, there was an extra issue I hadn't accounted for, and this comic project process is very different from how I normally approach monthlies, plus it took me a while to learn how to keep Adderall from hindering as well as helping my comics work. (The focus of adderall is "unfocused" and it's easy to spend way too long on panels/pages/details that aren't really necessary.)  But I have it down tight now, and will be wrapping up in June, and then back on to more Symbiosis and I am very excited to get going!

I opened up the project document last night, and looked at some material I hadn't seen in a while, and I'm going to include some of it down below, (I don't think I've shown these) along with some other watercolored Symbiosis work I've been doing in my spare time. My fingers are really itching to get back into this world!

Had hoped to have a preview for the comic I've been working on, for anyone interested, but the only thing out at the moment is in the hands of comic shop workers. I think. If you're into comics, ask your local comic retailer about "Throwaways" from Image Comics, written by Caitlin Kittredge.

So, yeah! As always, thanks for your patience and support. Whenever the hyper-critical voice in my head pops up, I remember the support and kindness everyone has shown, and that really helps. So thanks again.

I'm still cranking away on the project, one step at a time. Enjoy the art, and I'll be back in touch in June with a more detailed update when I'm properly back in the saddle! 

New Year's Update

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Hi everyone! 

A short update to say I hope everyone had a happy New Year/holidays/whatever you were doing since the last update. I'm still grinding away on the comic work. It's taking longer than I had originally thought, for complicated reasons I won't bore you with, but I'm still doing Symbiosis sketches in my free time, and am excited to hit the point in the comic work where I can focus on finishing the Symbiosis art. 

So, yeah! New year, progress slower than I'd like but steady. Itching to get back to more of this

and get some art in everyone's hands! 

As always, thanks for your patience and support, it's really meant a lot to me and has been a big help during a rough year. I'll be doing my utmost to make the book worth the wait. 

Steven

Hello again!

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Hey everyone! Haven't updated in awhile due to not much new to report, still grinding away on the Image book, saving money to get fiscals back in shape to finish art, go to press, ship, etc etc, and learning to work without burning myself out again. Seems like 60-72 hrs a week is my max, and that's pretty shaky, so I'm focusing on dialing in efficiency. Having to color the Image book as well as line art has it taking up all my art time, but I'm going to see about squeezing in some sketches at the very least. Itching to work on this project again!

For my own sanity, I've been focusing on one step at a time, (money, art, print, ship) so any quiet over here just means I'm grinding away. I've been pretty quiet on social media for same reasons. But always feel free to send me a message or an email ("stevensanders" at the gmails.) if you have questions. 

Again, I really appreciate everyone's patience and support. Having my life kind of go "kaboom" and then get to build it back up from scratch (hopefully building it better, faster, stronger) wasn't exactly what I was anticipating when I started this project, but you all have been great, and everything is slowly but surely getting better and better, and I'm still gung-ho for Symbiosis, even if it's being gung-ho on other work for a while so I can finish it.

Thanks and take care, everybody!

Steven

TL;DR: Haven't said much because I've been focused on getting ducks back in a row to get working on this again and get it finished and shipped. It's hard work and slower than I had hoped, but the ball is rolling and I'm excited. You are awesome.