So... the 96th issue of Shadowjacked actually serves two roles! First, it kind of serves as a conclusion to the previous arch involving my characters official move to college. But it also serves as a transition for the comic.
For those that are aware (albeit probably few). Shadowjacked at one point became an experiment. The point being to tell two different stories in one comic. One following the real world with me interacting with the characters that I created, and one following the events of the comic those character inhabited. I tried to showcase the difference between the two worlds based on how the strip was created and who was in it. If the comic was built like a Sunday strip and featured myself, then we were in the real world. however, if it was build more like a page the world was that of the comic.
Now, in theory this would be great.... except for two small problems. The first is storyline issues. It is very difficult to maintain a story for one side and then jump to the other side. I noticed this almost immediately, when I decided it was time to jump back into the comic world itself (which is coming next comic btw). Most likely, very few people will have remembered what occurred the last time, and as such, would more than likely be confused when it jumps into a new story. Now, I've figured a remedy to this, but it is not something I would want to do each time I jumped back and forth between the two comics.
The other issue that affected this was the update time. Having as eclectic of an update schedule as I've had, the flip flop the confusion would have to be even greater. Considering the last time I jumped into the comic world was actually 2 years ago... it makes for a difficult transition.
So... that gets me back to the second role for Shadowjacked 96. On top of serving as the conclusion to the previous arch, it also serves as the launch of a comic split with this comic ALSO being "Beyond Shadowjacked #1.
From this point forward, the two worlds will stay seperate and there will be two comics. Shadowjacked and Beyond Shadowjacked. BSJ will be more of a weekly effort (hopefully), it which I tell the side of my character trying to make it through life while dealing with his creations that have come to life. That will be presented in black and white. It is a little quicker (as coloring can take a while), and I can focus on different things with it.
Shadowjacked will be presented in an issue by issue capacity. This means I will be creating each issue in its entirety before I post it. When they are released they will be done three days a week. In between each issue, I will post up character concepts, or notes or (if possible) guest art from those willing to contribute to it.
I really have a story to Shadowjacked I want to tell. And up till now it's kinda been all over the place. That is going to change and I hope you all enjoy the ride
Till then enjoy BJS1/SJ96 and have a good week.