DON’T BE ALARMED!
Mahou Shounen FIGHT! is not a dead comic! Promise!
We must apologize very deeply for our lack of new content this year. 2014 ended up being a very difficult and stressful one for us two Scuttlebutts. We don’t often talk about our personal life but this year was going to be a big change for us -- At the start of the year, Dusty got a new job (a project done on spec) that lasted for about six months and went pretty disastrously and painfully, ultimately ended and set us very far behind in our finances and on MSF. We were left scrambling to find some conventions to make it through the summer which unfortunately went pretty poorly. We’re still trying to regroup and get ourselves back on our feet while putting as much effort into Mahou Shounen FIGHT! as we can. Thankfully three months of nearly SOLID travel have come to an end and we’re finally getting the chance to get back on track with this project.
A large challenge of getting the book put together has been the extra content we promised with our Kickstarter campaign. This has been a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, the extra 2 comics and illustrated stories we’re putting together are nearing completion and have turned out great so far and we’re super excited about sharing them with you! As an addition to the book, these extras are a good 2 chapters’ worth of content. The problem being that a. we took on a LOT of work with these (the foibles of learning the Kickstarter game) and b. we’re not great at keeping things short/loose/uncomplicated. (Did you know that MSF! started as a black and white comic?)
The tl;dr version of this is that the book is going to be awesome and we can’t wait to share it with you and thank you so much for being so patient.
So let’s talk about what will be on DeviantArt in the upcoming future. We've realy neglected our DeviantArt in the last year and now that we've got the time for doing some housekeeping, you're about to be inundated with a backlog of art, DA users. We've got the 4 epilogue comics for chapter 5 of MSF! and a TON of badge and print art.
As we’re coming to the close of getting The Book together, we’ll start sharing some of the art from that, like cover art and previews of the extra content from the book. As far as our update schedule and when we’ll be back to comic updates with chapter 6, that we are not 100% sure of especially while we’re hunting for day-job work to get by. But we will be in touch as a realistic timeline reveals itself.
But please don’t worry about whether or not MSF will continue! We’ve got this story planned out at 15 chapters so you can’t get rid of us that easily!
Until, then here’s some fun stuff!
We had a Teacup plush prototype get lost in the mail on its way to the manufacturer so that set back the plush project quite a bit. But at least the new prototype to replace it came out even better! Many thanks to our friend at GravityDoll.com for designing the plush! We’ll keep you up to date on how the process with these goes as well. At the moment, you can pre-order the plush and the book on our Storenvy and once the book is out, you’ll be able to purchase a digital copy as well.
Next year we will be cutting WAY back on convention appearances. On our about page you can see our tentative line up of convention dates. For those of you who collect our Scuttlebutt Ink badges and prints, we’ll probably be clearing out a lot of our stock of convention goodies for cheap this winter.
We are thrilled to announce that we’ve been invited back for the Webcomics Rampage at Dragon’s Lair Comics in Austin, Texas! With any luck they’ll be simulcasting the panels again since last year was quite fun. Once we have a finalized date for the event, we'll let you know!
Thank you all as always for reading Shounen FIGHT! and for all your supportive messages and not giving up on us! We’ll see you again soon.