Chapter 6 Cover
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The first update of The Meek went live exactly 10 years ago today…

When I started posting, the recession had just kicked into high gear. I’d just been un-accepted from gradschool due to funding issues, I was living at home and caring for a family member who at the time was on the brink of death, and worked as much as I could on the comic as a way for me to focus on something that wasn’t fear and uncertainty about the future. A decade later and I’m doing marginally better. I got my first art jobs thanks to this comic… did a stint in the game industry, did art for some forgotten games, met my future spouse and bounced. Nearly lost the comic but eventually got everything back a few years later, much to the surprise of many readers. I self-published the first volume of this book. I created another comic, going to print soon. Successfully ran my first anthology, which is physically at the printers right now. And honestly…

I feel just as much fear and uncertainty as before. The world is arguably in worse shape than when I started the comic, and a lot of the anxieties I poured onto these pages are slowly becoming realities. The base premise of the comic: who exactly deserves to inherit the earth, is as vexing a question to me now as it was 10 years ago. Maybe humans have already had their chance, and it’s just a matter of time before something wipes the slate clean and starts over. Or maybe there is still a way to grow something beautiful out of the ugliness we’ve created…

You’ve probably noticed by now that the comic stops and starts in phases, with the stops and starts of my own life. Not ideal, but I’m a fallible singleton with no additional help doing a bunch of different jobs, and usually it’s not possible for me to be the perfectly organized, physically healthy, 100% energetic and productive content creator a lot of people think I should be. But that’s okay for most of you I think, and anyways, the “off” days are usually the most vital in terms of planning and pre-production. I’ve been doing a lot of that lately. We’re nearing another start phase soon with Chapter 6, which will begin in earnest probably in February. I’ve had this cover sitting around a while but thought it would be nice to post it on my anniversary even though the regular updates won’t begin for a few more weeks.

It’s been a busy year, busy 10 years, busy life, but while I’m alive at least I’ll continue picking away at the comic and at the question of The Meek, and as always I thank you very much for following along with me.