Five years and 100 episodes later marks the end of FRIK, and today is the last episode. It’s hard to believe I’ve been working on this for five years. It feels like yesterday when the idea solidified in my noggin and just a few months later it was online. I can’t say it was a whirlwind, but more like a steady race to the finish line throughout its run.
I am proud of this comic for multiple reasons. For one, FRIK is the first comic I created since I was a teenager. It’s also something that I could truly call my own. Anything I made as a teen was a crappy knockoff of some 1980s cartoon. FRIK is also better than anything I could come up with artistically back then.
In a few weeks my FRIK site will be going away as the comic is coming to an end. In the meantime I’ve been moving content over from there to here so I don’t lose it. You may find that this site evolves a little bit over the course of the next couple of weeks. Also the Theme change caused a couple of things to break, so I’ll be fixing those as well.
I am extremely picky when it comes to what WordPress theme I use. Being an artist and a designer can do that to you, and for the past week I’ve been trying to find a new theme. The problem is I hate everything I see out there. I picked this current theme because it didn’t look like all the other themes and stood out. There’s a very cookie cutter approach to a lot of the themes on the net, even ones you pay for. Heck, I probably spent a few days looking before I stumbled upon this one.
The problem is, I didn’t realize this theme is not search engine friendly. None of my posts get seen by search engines. Sadly, I didn’t know this till after using the theme for two years. As my Frik comic comes to an end, I am merging that site into this one in June. This means all my “how to” articles will transfer over here, and I don’t want them to get thrown into the abyss that is “unsearchable posts” land.
So expect a theme change in the next week or so. Most likely what I’ll end up doing is using the theme my comics use, with a few modifications. It’s simple and clean and does everything I need. It’s no where near as fancy as this current one, but I have no choice but to change it.
EDIT: The latest WP update that came out today actually killed my theme somehow. This means instead of the revised look happening in a couple of weeks, it happened today. Things will be a little messy for the next few days as I get this all sorted out, thanks!
Today is a bittersweet day for me. I just completed episode #100 of my comic, Frik, and I’m happy and sad all at the same time. I still have a lot of work prepping everything for print, but as far as the creation part of this goes, it’s all over.
I hope you have been keeping up with the current episodes these last couple of months. There are only FIVE episodes left and that’s it! There will be no more new episodes after this. Hurry to the http://frikinhell.com website to catch up on the latest before the new ones go live. Check back each Monday for the new ones!
I have been giving clues throughout the run of this latest volume that tells you what will happen in the final episode, so I hope you’ve been paying attention!
I’m working on the last handful of episodes for Frik Volume 4 and I am quite pleased with how I will end this comic. People who pay attention to the details will notice hints that lead up to the ending. Can’t wait to hear the responses to it, although given the history from the past 5 years that means barely anyone will respond, much less notice, lol.
I am happy to announce that FRIK’IN HELL Volume 4 will be premiering on FRIK’S SITE in just under 2 weeks on December 1st, 2014! Here’s a promo video I made to get everyone up to speed with what happened in the previous volumes! Hope you like it, spent WAY too much time making it!!
Just an FYI for those paying attention to what I’ve been doing art wise. I’m around the half way point working on Volume 4 of Frik’In Hell. To be honest, of all the volumes, this one has been the hardest for me to find motivation to finish. The previous volumes have only garnered minor (if not non-existent) interest from people, so I’m having a difficult time with this one because I’m currently going through a case of “woe is me” and that no one will care about this one either.
I WILL finish it, because I never quit anything that I start, but it’s just taking longer than initially anticipated.
When I made this site I wasn’t back into traditional artwork, but now that I am I am trying to figure out exactly where to place this stuff. For now, here is my newest painting. I’ll find a permanent home for them on the site soon. This is using the same process as the previous one.
5×5″ watercolor / ink
Untitled as of right now
This was more or less an experiment to see what I could do with watercolors and panel boards. The creatures actually came out of the process as the first two or so layers was me doing abstract work where I would place plastic wrap on top of wet paint to see what shapes would appear.
I then inked those shapes, and started building the paints up around that. This look was not one that I had intended, but I love the final product all the same. Now to see if I can recreate the process.
So what have I been doing art wise lately? Glad you (didn’t) ask, I’ll tell you anyway! I’m still working on my comic, Frik volume 4, but I suffered a little burnout with it so switched gears and started getting back into watercolor painting. I’m still in the experimental stage as it’s been a long time, but I’m attempting to make some abstract pieces and will throw pics up when the time comes.
In other news, Christmas is nearly upon us, so I’m going to attempt to sell some of my artwork for a good cause. I still need to work out the details, but the plan is that everything I sell during the next couple of months, all of the proceeds over my cost will be donated to Living Water International. They help provide clean drinking water to communities across the globe who don’t have access to fresh water. Stay tuned!