Monday, November 29, 2010

...And it feels like an honest goodbye.

I've worked on The Path for a long time. It's had it's ups and downs, and it's really big ups. Lately, though, I've realized that the title has gotten away from me due to any number of things...lack of time being the big one. I've been toying with the idea of rebooting The Path since late 2009, and just never did it for fear of alienating the fine people that stuck with it since it's launch in 2006. Well, luckily (or unluckily, depending on how you look at it), bringing The Path back to a "community" website did that for me. A lot of people who stuck with The Path while it was floating around on it's own took exception to the fact that it was now grouped in with another community of comics. I can understand that, I really can. But I was offered publishing without giving up ownership and I signed on the dotted line. Coming to Wevolt was part of the contract. I know a lot of my readers didn't like Wevolt at first and abandoned ship because of it. Hell, I didn't either, to be honest...and it's still...well...frustrating at times. But it's a great thing that's still finding it's legs. I wouldn't still be here if I didn't honestly believe in what Matt's trying to do. Yeah, I know there are other people running day-to-day stuff with Wevolt, but it's Matt that keeps me coming back. He has a clear vision for what he wants Wevolt to be, and if we can soldier through the beauracratic nonsense I'm sure he has to deal with, we're all going to come out the other end with something really spectacular. I know people are still only reading The Path on it's mirror sites. That's cool, too. Thank you for your continued support.

So, now I find myself with all but the most hardcore of my reader base off in the wind. I find myself with a title I love more than almost anything in the world that has gotten so off-target that only two things can fix it in my eyes: A reboot or walking away. I can't keep The Path going the way it has been the last six months or so. Trying this out, trying that out, caving to pressure to try and make it this or that...that was making me start to hate what's become my baby.

I'm clearly not going to walk away. I never would. I love The Path and all the professional and personal opportunites and friendships it's brought me. But the old girl, she needs some TLC. So, starting Dec 3rd, it's square one. The Path is rebooting. There are things I thought of and wanted to do after the fact with so many aspects of the story that would have made it tighter and better that I'm now going to bring to the table. This is going to be big, and it's going to be great.

There are three stories from The Path that will make the transition over to the reboot almost completely intact: The Cutty Black Sow, The Haunter of the Dark (with a new ending), and Noche De La Lucha Absolutamente. These stories, now in color, will update daily starting Dec 1st and will provide the buffer needed to get everything else rolling smoothly.

If you are one of the fathful few who have stuck with The Path since day one, all I can ask is that you trust me on this. It'll be worth it. If you feel the need to walk away...hey, no harm no foul.

Thank you for your support, and the many of you I've been lucky enough to meet at conventions...thank you for the beer. 2011 is going to be an amazing year for The Path. There are other things in the works with the boys upstairs that I can't quite go into yet, but you'll see some really cool shit coming your way from The Path in the coming year. Stick around.

And that's that.


1 comment:

mattcrap said...

I'll buy that for a dollar...or read it on line for free.

I'm in!