Monday Off

Okay, so, I’ve got three weeks buffer. The comic seems a little minimalist. I should be using text in each panel to explain things, probably. Showing and not telling doesn’t always apply to exposition in comics I think.

Anyway, time to crack some pecans, and maybe think about the direction the comic is going. Mordred and Bob need some antagonists, and if I totally solve their financial problems, I’m losing an important source of tension.

Oh, and thankfulness. I think I had 11 things? I was supposed to do 30 days, so I should probably post a bit there.

I’m thankful for my health, my vision, my teeth, my pecan trees, the animals in the yard going about their lives. I’m trying not to repeat things.  I’m thankful for the basics, God, Jesus, food, water, clothing, shelter, but I think I said that already.

I’m grateful that we can grow food from the dirt. Maybe that sounds silly, but if we had to, we might be able to farm to supplement or replace our food supply. I’m thankful for the farmers who make it their job to feed all of us.

I’m thankful for the retail workers and gas station attendants that make it possible to get what I need. I don’t like their low wages, though. Everyone should be able to work and thus get everything they need paid for. I understand Mom and Pop businesses not being able to afford higher wages, although that still irks me. I don’t understand bigger companies cheating their employees out of a living wage because they want to reward the stockholders (who just toss around money rather than actually working for reward) or give bonuses to the higher ups. I think only our store manager has a living wage. Even the assistant manager suffers from low wages.

James 5:4-7 4Behold, the pay of the laborers who mowed your fields, and which has been withheld by you, cries out against you; and the outcry of those who did the harvesting has reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. 5You have lived luxuriously on the earth and led a life of wanton pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter.6You have condemned and put to death the righteous man; he does not resist you.

I feel like I’m rich, even though I’m just barely making ends meet. Then again, I have support from my family. Does this apply to fair trade, too?

If we pay people in other countries for bananas and sugar and coffee, and they can’t survive on their wages, are responsible for that, too? I guess that would count. Hmm, more to this application than I thought.

Coming Soon

I’ve been hosting this comic on smackjeeves.com . I’m not really getting the attention I want from it. At least this way I don’t have to compete for attention with hundreds if not thousands of other comics. It might be a bit soon to get my own site, but I think this is a better solution than premium on a free website.

Makai Mart originated as a comic about a convenience store run by sentient demons in a post-apocalyptic world. Through the story, the world got restored and had its resources again.  I’ve debated on posting the old comics or just starting fresh. Right now I have 3 comics ready, and I’m going to try to get a month’s buffer and then publish it.

So it should be here by next Tuesday. I’m an amateur creator, but I hope that by doing this comic, my skills will improve in time. I’ve certainly improved in the year that I’ve made the comics. If you want to see more of the Makai Mart that give the comic its namesake, check out http://troubleinothello.smackjeeves.com

I’ll probably put the focus back on the store soon, but I’m trying to transmorgify some source characters. Can’t have that in my comic.

Well, please enjoy, and we’ll be updating soon, and hopefully, pretty regularly.