Anastasia thinks you dun good, Bohdan.
Also, I have an important announcement -- I got a wildest ... well, not a wildest dream -- I don't dream so wildly -- dropped into my lap the other day.
So, ok, I've been wanting to make a biographical comic about Jan Van Hulst (one of the most brilliant, badass, and ethical con artists ever to live -- specifically, one who made the Holocaust a little smaller in the Netherlands) for several years, but always put the start date vaguely after the end of this comic.
However, I recently got in touch with his daughter to ask about buying her book about her memories of WWII and her father (she was also amazing, but that's a whole 'nother digression). We got to emailing, and I told her about my idea of making a comic about Van Hulst. She not only endorsed it, but offered to help. (Aaaaaaaaa!!)
That being said, I want to get started on this project IMMEDIATELY. It's going to take a lot of research and interviewing of people who were there (especially since I didn't do a whole lot of formal studying of modern European history, WWII, or genocide studies except where they overlapped with polsci).
That being said, this comic may slow down slightly. I'm not stopping it, I'm not going on hiatus, and thanks again. You guys are great and this comic (and the variety of good things that have happened to me as a result) very likely simply wouldn't exist without your reading, commenting, and even buying apps. Thanks. Hope this was coherent -- it's insanely late in my timezone. Doodler over and out.
That is some fantastic news! During every genocide there are brave individuals who risk their lives to save others and I firmly believe that every one of these stories deserves to be told. I'm looking forward to learning more about Mr. Van Hulst's story with great anticipation and I'm absolutely 100% certain that the comic is going to be a great success.
For research: in case you already haven't read Anthony Beevor's 'The Second World War', please do; it's an absolutely brilliant book if you want to expand your knowledge on WWII. And of course, BBC's classic 'The World at War' series is worth a watch; particularly the interviews of the people who were there.
By the way - is that some particular martial art they are practicing (I'm thinking Krav Maga) or just general hand-to-hand combat?
You said it, man, and thanks. And actually my (historian) older brother is encouraging me to try to get it actually published rather than making it a webcomic. (He's the one who talked me into putting SCW online in the first place.) I think I'll try that -- I have mixed feelings, though -- I want to be able to show you guys as I go along, but that would mean I couldn't ever sell it. I could put up sneak previews as I go along, though.
What they're doing is a takeoff on what some (absurdly skilled) martial artists friends of mine do. Their style(s) are a huge indistinguishable mix, but do contain some Krav Maga.
Your new project sounds brilliant and I for one am all for it. You only get chances like this every once in a while so you should definitely jump on in. As for the matter of getting this project published, there shouldn't be any conflict. Some people would prefer a book version for the increased personal interaction and the convenience of having the whole thing in your hands. I am looking forward to reading this biography.