ALS Ice Bucket Challenge:
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge took social media by storm… That’s for sure. Holly and I were not able to escape it so why should tank Monkey? Holly and I had fun with it though…
I wanted to do a weeping Angels style video where the Ice Buckets kept following me. And Holly wanted to do one where she didn’t know how the challenge worked and just splashed other people so as you can see… we mashed em up.
Tank-Monkey is Returning (Even if it’s One Panel at a Time):
I’m about to break the first rule of blogging. Don’t whine or apologize on your blog. Okay I’m not actually going to whine…. but I will apologize and hopefully inform.
Bloggers are not supposed to spend all their time blogging on how they are sorry they can’t make their deadlines… it looks bad. But you know what looks worse? When I leave the same comic up for weeks. I’m sorry about that. This post is partly to apologize for that the other part is to tell you that I’m not just planning to leave the site or the comic.
Life is overwhelming me right now, my schedule is a monster of my own creation and I have no one to blame for it but myself. I won’t bore you with the details but I’ll just give you a list of the hats I’m currently wearing…
- Full Time Elementary Art Teacher
- Part Time Martial Arts Instructor
- Adjunct Night Class Professor
- Grawlix Podcast Co-Host
- Local Art Gallery Board of Directors Member (currently updating their facebook page and updating their existing webpage each month)
- Part Time Instructor for Children’s Art Classes (at said Art Gallery)
- Mentor to new Elementary Art Teacher in my district
- Web Comic Creator: (attending conventions and the like)
- Homeowner (with a ridiculous lawn and an over active Pear Tree… I don’t understand pruning apparently)
- Friend (to at least a few, however taciturn an introvert I may be…)
- Husband (I saved the best for last)
All these hats have their own challenges… not all of them happen simultaneously but they do all happen chronically.
I outlined my plan for Tank-Monkey recently… that plan didn’t change but my schedule did. So I have to slightly alter the plan…
The Fall of Tank-Monkey story-line is my priority but they take so long that I think I’m going to have to start doing them one panel at a time so I start making some progress.
It’s easy for me to sit down and bang out a panel… I banged this Ice Bucket panel out over lunch… but a whole page becomes really daunting for me right now… I hesitate to say it’s downright paralyzing me… like a panic attack… I’m frustrated with my inaction to the point where I’m frozen over the fact that I’m not progressing… It’s not healthy…
So I have to approach the strip in a way that I can still make progress happen in spite of my overwhelming scheduled demands on my time. This is an experiment, hopefully it works and you start seeing more regular updates to the story line.
Just For Kicks:
In the meantime I still have some old Just For Kicks Strips to syndicate over from my ole hard drive to it’s place online. I’m going to start updating those syndicated strips again so I can get myself slowly back into the habit of promotion/marketing/production.
So folks again, you can expect progress from me. I so appreciate every person that comes to the site and helps to promote this comic. I hate using this space to do anything other than entertain… but I needed to stop by to let you know that yes I’m okay, and no Tank-Monkey hasn’t left us.