The one with the freshmen

There’s not much to say about the opening pages of the new chapter of The Utopian, “Special Interests,” that can’t be said in this one panel:

We <3 Rose McGowan


So things are going pretty well with the strip. I’ve been getting some great feedback from so many readers and traffic to the site has been growing weekly, so I can’t complain. Next up is the plan of attack for San Diego Comic-Con. As I won’t have a table for Pop! Goes the Icon at this convention, it’ll just be me running around the San Diego Convention Center with a bag full of Utopian sampler issues and some free swag. I’m doing a very limited run of the 16-page “issue zero” edition, maybe 50 copies, so if you’re interested in getting one, you’ll have to track me down in San Diego, because there won’t be any left otherwise.

I have a few great artists potentially lined up to do covers for both issue zero and the official first print collection of The Utopian that will be dropping in the fall, but I am definitely still looking for more artists interested in working on covers or pin-ups — if that’s you, hit me up on the ol’ e-mail.

Otherwise, I am somewhat considering moving from posting two pages once a week to one page twice a week. That way, there’s a more even spread across the week for traffic and people aren’t waiting so long for new material. It also reduces my stress levels. On the flip side, well, you still only get two pages a week. Any thoughts?


  1. Robert F. Ludwick June 4, 2009 1:05 pm 

    I like the one page twice a week approach… Not sure what days you’d want to put them on because I think Wednesdays are great… Maybe Mon/Wed?

  2. Pj Perez June 4, 2009 1:42 pm 

    I was thinking Mon/Weds, though I agree, I like the Wednesday thing because it falls in line with traditional “new comics day” at comic shops as well. We’ll see. Thanks for the input!

  3. Roninspoon June 8, 2009 1:04 pm 

    I was doing a half page, three times a week before things got sidelined. Seemed like a good pace, and there appears to be considerable precedent for the MWF pace in the webcomics world.

    I’ve got a booth at SDCC this year, maybe there’s some way we can help each other?

  4. Pj Perez June 8, 2009 2:11 pm 

    Roninspoon – I’m sure there is. What do ya have in mind? Hit me via e-mail or whatever.