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  1. Korymerritt commented on Lost Side of Suburbia about 1 year ago

    End of chapter 2.
    I’m going to pull another George RR Martin and put this on hold for a while. I was hoping to have more of the story uploaded before that happened, as most of what I’ve posted this spring was actually drawn last summer and this winter, but it’s been a busy year for me. I’ve got the story written, but the drawing is the time-consuming part.
    Although I’m off on summer break and don’t start teaching again until September, I’ve got something else to keep me busy. About a year ago I was contacted by “Wimpy Kid” creator Jeff Kinney (awesome person!), who was interested in having me illustrate for his other big franchise, Poptropica. This past year I illustrated a Poptropica comic strip, which has started running in several different places, and now I’ve got a larger Poptropica project that’s going to require my full attention this summer.
    I’d love to do LSS full-time and post stories uninterrupted, but LSS just doesn’t make the money to do that, and I certainly couldn’t pass up a chance to illustrate projects for a franchise like Poptropica. I’ll work on “Cork” here and there and hopefully start posting new chapters again at some point in the fall.

    So maybe most of you will be back in the fall for more of the story. I’m having fun with this one.

  2. Korymerritt commented on Lost Side of Suburbia over 1 year ago

    And they lived happily ever after and had lots of hecksuckers and goatbenders. Or maybe not.
    Originally the ending was going to be darker, particularly with Biff’s fate. Maybe it would have been less Hollywood, but that ending just felt too incomplete. So this is it.
    I’d love to keep going, as I’ve got lots of new stories I’d like to do, but it’s become a matter of time and money. I’m an art teacher by day, and starting last year I picked up some freelance projects that offer some exciting possibilities. But that leaves no time for LSS (LSS makes very little money, and my freelance projects pay very well).
    I’m still not convinced this site is a good format for me, since I’m not doing a comic strip here, and I do have a few other options, but I’ll probably be back on GoComics at some point with one or two more stories, one of which I started drawing last summer. I’m thinking maybe I’ll start posting this coming June or July when school lets out. I hope most of you won’t forget me in the meantime.
    So thanks so much for following along with me. Maybe one day LSS will be profitable enough that I can focus on the stories more regularly, or maybe make the jump to print, but for now I’ll be mainly working on other stuff. One of the projects – an upcoming syndicated newspaper comic strip, created by a best-selling author and written by a popular cartoonist – is about to debut on another site. And I may post a very short story here on GoComics in a month or so. And I’ll try to update my website:

    Thanks again!

  3. Korymerritt commented on Lost Side of Suburbia over 1 year ago


  4. Korymerritt commented on Lost Side of Suburbia over 1 year ago

    A LSS character has an unauthorized cameo in an animated music video. Check it out:

    Can you spot it? Don’t blink! It’s quick.
    USA Today has a full list of characters in the song:

    Even with this list I only recognize a third of them. I live under a rock.

  5. Korymerritt commented on Lost Side of Suburbia over 1 year ago

    Hi! I’m going to recommend that some of you wait until Monday to read Sunday’s page. Might save a little frustration.

  6. Korymerritt commented on Lost Side of Suburbia over 1 year ago

    For those very-dear-to-me readers who’ve actually read all 500 plus pages of this story, I hope the ending doesn’t disappoint (and if you’ve liked it so far, I don’t think it will completely). But you’ll have to tolerate a few pages of Periwether, several more pages of gloominess, and a fake out before it gets to what’s coming.

  7. Korymerritt commented on Lost Side of Suburbia over 1 year ago

    Hi! Thanks for the welcome back. I’ve missed this comments section! I’ve had the story’s ending drawn for a month now, but I’ve been busy with my other projects and still haven’t finished the color. But I’ve got a three week lead, there will be updates this weekend, and hopefully I’ll get the coloring done soon.

  8. Korymerritt commented on Lost Side of Suburbia almost 2 years ago

    I read through today’s comments, and I must say I’m really touched. I know LSOS is just an internet cartoon/book, and I don’t want to make too big a deal out of it or anything, but thanks so much for the support. You folks give me way more credit than I deserve.

    Two more days until the end of the chapter, and then I’ll try to be back very soon.

  9. Korymerritt commented on Lost Side of Suburbia almost 2 years ago

    Now that I’m awake, I’ll give a bit more detail. This commitment I mentioned: I’m pretty pumped about it! It involves a new franchise, and I get to work with one of the biggest names in children’s entertainment, someone who has had a string of hit books, movies, and is just an all-around awesome person. I really want this to work out, and I hope to make an impression, so I’m setting LSoS aside until I finish a few of the projects with this franchise.
    One of the projects is a syndicated newspaper comic strip that stars characters created by this mystery author. I’m slated as the illustrator, and the writer is already a successful syndicated cartoonist. If you’re a comic strip fan, you’ve probably heard of him.
    Another related project is a graphic novel with the same characters.
    And finally, unrelated to the franchise, Andrews McMeel has approached me about writing and illustrating a non-fiction book. Details are sketchy, nothing is definite, but it’s another potential delay for Lost Side Suburbia.
    So I’m really sorry for those of you who’ve been so loyal and awesome to me. Honestly, I was never crazy about the GoComics format for Lost Side, since it’s really not a comic and the one page a day makes it slow where it should be fast, but aside from a few whiny brats who can’t seem to figure this out, my experience with Uclick and FunBrain has been really positive, so I’d like to finish The Bogey and do at least one more story for GoComics.
    For those of you who will wait (and I don’t blame you if you bail – sorry to drag you along and then leave just before the end) I’ll try to update my website (link to the right) when I have a better idea of when I’ll post the final Bogey chapter and start the next story. Right now I’m thinking January, as I’ve got some deadlines to hit before Christmas. And feel free to email me if I’m slow to update the site, or if you want to know if Goatsucker is really dead.
    Thanks again for the support! Now off to school!

  10. Korymerritt commented on Lost Side of Suburbia almost 2 years ago

    Just wanted to thank those of you who’ve been following this thing. I really appreciate the support. It amazes me to think I have followers interested in this sort of format (on a comic strip site no less), let alone sharp, attentive readers who not only read my stuff but also make me smile and build my confidence.
    But I’m really sorry to say that this is probably going to be the last week of LSOS for a while. As most of you probably know, this isn’t my real job. I’ve been able to balance teaching and Lost Side, but now I’ve got some new projects on the horizon that are going to eat up most of my non-teaching time. The main one has been brewing since last spring, and is why I missed a week in June, and now things are happening fast.
    So I’m going to disappear at the end of this chapter. There’s only one chapter left in The Bogey after this (Hallelujah!) and I’ve already started drawing the next story, but I’m going to wait until my schedule clears before I start posting. The weekend updates were to squeeze the rest of this chapter in before I started my new non-Lost Side work, as I think the end of this chapter is a good leave-off point.