The webcomic has now reached the end of MSTF Volume 2! I hope you enjoyed the story, or if you haven’t been reading, I hope you go back and check it out! Volume 2 ended up being more involved and epic than the first book, both story and art wise. I consider it my first true graphic novel that I’ve ever completed. I am proud of it and hope you can take the time to read it if you can!
On a personal note, this also marks the end (for now) of a very long and intense personal project that I’ve been creating since 2009. I wrote a few things on my main blog about MSTF and what I’ve learned. You can check it out here if you haven’t yet.
I say this is the end because as of now, I have no plans for the online side of this comic. There are no more pages to update, no additional scripts written, and no concrete dates as to when you will see another MSTF story. That’s not to say there won’t be any more MSTF ever; just that if there is, it probably won’t be for a while.
Rest assured, I am not abandoning MSTF. I will still be selling books and going to shows. And I will continue to write more stories in this world, and perhaps seek a larger publisher for MSTF. But much of this stuff will be behind the scenes where you won’t be able to see it.
However, I will be taking this opportunity to create and share new projects. I thought the end of the book 2 would be a good milestone to reach a sense of completion and start working on new things. I will be continuing to make more comics and more art. MSTF may be on pause, but I am as dedicated and excited as ever to share more stories with you all.
Every single one of you who have followed the comic, commented online, visited me at a show, bought a book, or sent me encouragement – there are no words to express what it means to me. Thanks so much.
I am so so happy to introduce the new MSTF book to you! I will be debuting it at Kids Read Comics this month, and the book will be available to the wider public later this summer.
Here is the cover:
Preorder the book!
I won’t have books to ship until August, but until then I am opening up a preorder. This will help me curb printing costs. The preorder has a special lower price, and free pencil sketches. I’ll be taking the preorders now through July.
If you don’t have Volume 1 yet, I am also offering the two books as a bundle.
And did I mention all the print books come with free PDFs that are immediately downloadable? Cuz they do.
Be the first to read Volume 2!
Are you aching the see the next page update? Well, you don’t have to wait! Preorder the book, and you get the full story as a digital download.
And if you just want to get the PDF by itself without the print book, YOU CAN BUY THE STANDALONE PDF HERE.
And of course, you can keep reading on the website for free. The story will wrap up around mid-July or so. Pages update 3x per week. Tell your friends!
Thanks so much as always for your support. :)
Hi, patient MSTF fans. I have some good news for you! The comic will start updating again starting this coming MONDAY, MARCH 17!
I am going to be posting THREE pages per week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
I’m sorry again for the major delay (four months! geesh!), but I haven’t forgotten about you and have been spending that time drawing the rest of Volume 2 and building a buffer of pages. I really want to finish this current story, and I wanted to be able to give it to you more speedily with more frequent page updates.
Thanks again for your patience, and I hope you enjoy this next installment of the comic!
Hey, just a quick update for all you MSTF readers. Obviously, I’m a little behind on the webcomic and haven’t been able to update in a while. I am super sorry to all of you who have been so loyal, supportive, and enthusiastic about the comic. The holidays and freelance work deadlines got the better of me in the last part of 2013 and into this year.
Never fear, I plan to bring you more MSTF in 2014. I hope you forgive my sporadic updates as I continue to finish several big freelance projects. Just wanted to send you this note to let you know I haven’t forgotten about you or the comic. Thanks for sticking with me!
This past Saturday i09, the spectacular website of “science, science fiction, and the future,” highlighted MSTF in their weekly webcomic feature. I received a surge of traffic over the weekend, so welcome to the new readers, visitors, and Facebook fans that have made their way to my corner of the universe! I am looking forward to sharing the comic with you as it rolls forward. (If you need a quick catch-up of the story so far but don’t want to wade through the website, the first volume and most recently completed chapters are available as PDFs in my store.)
The feature was accompanied by a great, flattering write-up by Lauren Davis. Here’s a snippet:
“Jones is a children’s book illustrator (be sure to check out her adorable illustrations for MONSTERS Vs. KITTENS), and My Sister, the Freak has a definite children’s book quality in its artwork. It’s an excellent match for the warm quality of the comic. As filled as the comic is with tentacle monsters and goofy alien critters, at its heart it’s about two girls who love each other very much, even if they don’t always get along. It’s clear that Allison and Mary will have to work together as a team if they hope to keep their corner of the world safe, even if each one kind of thinks the other is a freak.”
Check out the full article here.