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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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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! 


More art, getting ready to crank up engines


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


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. 


Hello again!


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!


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.

Update, long overdue!


Dear patient backers, 

I came to post an update and realized how long it has been and wow. My apologies. The separate "more frequent updates" have been minimal too. Time has been passing faster than I'd care for it to. But, work critical to getting things ship-shape has been happening in the meantime.

I've been focusing on trying to get the freelancing ball rolling past the point where I can actually have a surplus to start saving, (This has been making the rounds lately if you want a peek into the life of a somewhat average comic artist. It's pretty bleak. Working in comics isn't always like that, but often can be. Live the dream, everybody! :D * ) and that took way longer than expected due to a project that I was working on that I thought was a Sure Thing, but then wasn't. (Note to anyone pitching comics: Never count on one thing, no matter how sure things might seem. Also be prepared to wait FOREVER.) Throw in various therapeutic things I needed to do to undo burnout/unbreak my brain, and that equaled a filled schedule. But, now I have a long term (for comics) gig at Image (to be announced at Image Expo) and finally have my ducks in a row to get things back to where they need to be for the book to complete, print, and ship. 

When I last checked in on shipping rates (shortly before when Things Fell Apart) the shipping quote I had from DHL was way higher (by 15-20USD each) than I was given when I started the campaign. Not exactly sure why that happened. DHL can be...byzantine. There was a general DHL rate increase, but not that much. So I need to earn money to pay for that, plus to pay some people to delegate various tasks to so I can streamline the fulfillment process, and pay down credit cards a bit so I can have some financial padding built in.

So long story short, I've been rebuilding my mental and fiscal foundation so I can do things right, and am finally properly entering the "make money money" stage, after which I'll take a break to finish book art (we are about 90% finished) and get it formatted for the printer, printed and shipped. (and copy edited, for those who are painfully aware of my poor grammar/syntax) Due to the timeline for the comic gig, and how back-end money is paid out (I'm getting a page rate too, but it won't be enough alone to cover everything) we are looking at next spring for a ship date. I'll release the Ebook as soon as it is formatted, so people won't have to wait for print if they don't want to. 

Still lots of work ahead, but I'm excited to see this project finished and get out in the wild. Any reports of the death of my enthusiasm for this project are greatly exaggerated. (apologies to Mark Twain, there.)  I'm just sorry a bunch of personal stuff got in the way of that happening sooner than later. 

I'm going to start doing Symbiosis work as part of my warmup, so there will be more art to look at soon, as well. 

Again, thank you all for your patience and support, full speed ahead, damn the torpedoes, etc., etc. Feel free to message me or email me (my name ran together at with any questions or comments. 

All the best, 


*Regarding the whole "it's hard to make decent money in comics" thing, you just learn to deal with it or find other revenue. That write up was presented more as a source of an insider's viewpoint vs a cork-popping for a pity-party.