This is a feature I’ve been interested in for a couple of years. As we inch closer and closer to the time UTC takes place, I want to find opportunities to reference the time period and examine how the comic world sets itself up based upon our actual reality. (The proliferation of CRISPR has been fortuitous!)
For example, Flint has a poster for Avengers: Infinity War Part II on his bedroom wall. I drew that shortly after the movie was announced for 2019…but Marvel recently announced the movie will be retitled, so that actually ended up being a bad call on my part.
Anyway, I’ve been consciously avoiding directly addressing the year in the comic itself, and have been holding off on making it official in case I ever decided to change the year, but at this point the hints I’ve placed in the comic have set the fact in stone. UTC takes place in the year 2020.
So where are we right now? With the 2017 school year beginning, I realized that this is the year Cass and her classmates would begin their four-year stint at Attic High! So here we have a little news clipping about the school. It’s supposed to be a fresh, modern building with the latest technology, but it has to be at least old enough for Cass and co to actually use it, so here we are. Today is officially the students’ first day!
I was hoping to get this drawn up for last Tuesday, the official start of the school year here in my town, but of course stuff happened. I’ll attribute the delay in the comic universe to the construction needing a few extra days to get completed and get official approval for opening.
And if you’re wondering whether we will eventually catch up to the comic’s timeline, I am strongly hoping I can finish off Phase Three before we hit October 2020. UTC is supposed to take place in the “not-too-distant future,” and I have every intention of keeping it that way.
Well, it’s been a while! I wish I could say I have a lot to update you on, but this summer was a creative drag. Work on the Vol. 2 TPB is continuing slowly, but things are beginning to look up this month. When I know when I can continue regular updates, I’ll post a restart date for Chapter 11.
As I write this, former hurricane Irma is passing through Florida on its way north. I wish all of you in Florida, Georgia and Alabama the best, and a swift recovery. Stay safe!
Due to the continuing slowdown of work on new UTC pages, I’ve decided to suspend my Patreon until such time as I can update it on a schedule closer to the weekly updates I was providing a couple of years ago. There aren’t going to be any new pages for May, so Patrons will not be charged for this or future months until things are rolling steadily again.
The donation links on this site have also been taken down.
You’ll see the occasional new page here when there is one to show, however I’m going to spend the bulk of my efforts finishing the extra content for the Vol. 2 trade paperback. (It’s nearly two years late on delivery.)
We’re currently at the midpoint of Chapter 11. So far, I’ve released 12 pages over the course of 13 months. I know that hasn’t been an acceptable rate to a lot of you readers, but the unfortunate truth is that it’s the best rate I’ve been able to muster. I tried to get a twice-monthly schedule going to build momentum. With spring in full bloom, I’m going to try that again, but as before I am not going to guarantee that will stick.
Some have asked me why I don’t simply wait until all the pages are finished before releasing the whole chapter. I think that would be counter-intuitive to my work process, which is extremely slow but steady. Getting feedback from you after posting individual pages has helped me in many ways, not the least of which is knowing I still have your support.
That is especially important for this particular chapter, which has been undeniably the most difficult of them all to write and draw. Juggling over a dozen characters in an action scene is a crazy exercise in storytelling. The Marvel and DC guys have that down to a science, but I do not. To be honest, I know you are all itching to see how this story ends, but nobody–nobody–wants this chapter to reach its conclusion more than I do.
As always, thank you for your continued support, all of you wonderful readers, and of course those of you who have given support through Patreon and donations.
This is going to take however long it takes, but it will get done. That I can guarantee.
It figures that when I start announcing update dates ahead of time, things immediately go off-schedule. I will not be making these sorts of announcements a regular thing after all.
The next page will be up before the end of the month, but it will definitely not be Sunday as originally planned. Sorry for getting everyone’s hopes up. The comic will continue on a twice-per-month schedule but it could be any two days during the month, not necessarily evenly paced. I’m dead-set on finishing “Class Warfare.”
Page 225 of UTC will be posted this Sunday. I’m not sure if Sundays are going to become the default days for updates. I’m just trying to post pages as they’re getting done and right now the best time to work on them is the later half of the week.
See you then!