Today starts a new chapter in the lives of the PvP cast of characters and I wanted to talk to you about why this is happening.
During these screwed-up times, many of us are turning to the arts for comfort and escape: books, movies, comics, games, and television are helping us cope. I want PvP to be a part of that. But I have been struggling to create it for you. PvP has always been a product of its time. For me, when it comes to writing PvP, input is output. And I don't feel like writing comics about pandemics, quarantines, and people fighting over whether masks are a threat to their personal liberties. I've tried writing PvP as if there was no pandemic but it feels disingenuous. Drawing the characters together feels like I'm lying. They're not together right now. They're isolated, scared, uncertain of the future. That's just where they live in my head, I don't know how else to explain it.
I'm hopeful for the future. I believe we'll not only get through this, but we'll be better for having survived. And I know that I'll be excited about writing PvP again. I just don't want to wait. So I thought, screw it. I won't wait. I'll just jump ahead. Let's just skip this bad part and pick up with everyone after we've all gotten through it. When I put myself in that head-space, the ideas really started to flow and I got very excited about writing and drawing PvP again. Which was exhilarating and scary at the same time. Because it's a big change. People might hate this, but I really want to do it.
So I'm going for it. It's scary, yes. But not as scary as facing that blank strip. Not as depressing as missing updates and feeling like I'm letting myself and everyone else down. I'm going to do what I've always done with PvP. Trust my gut, wing it, and have faith that my readers will get me through the hard times.
Wish me luck.