I just came upon a very carefully hidden stash of very old comics and drawings of mine dating back to perhaps when I was in sixth grade. Maybe fifth.
Oh man, do these ever suck. Hee.
Fun fact: For every Blue Neon strip that's online, there are probably two or so failed attempts where I decided I didn't like it halfway through drawing it and just cast it aside. Almost all of those are still in existence... those that I've saved from being destroyed by my family (long story of possible obsessive compulsive nonsense or outright mental illness there that I won't really get into).
First I had this comic called Kendall!, which was actually online. It still suffered from my lack of being able to create comics that made any sense whatsoever at times, and the whole process broke down due to my total lack of time for anything back in high school. (Seriously... I had one night a week in which I could sleep more than four hours.) I discovered a bunch of paper remenants of that which I had previously thought to have been destroyed, which is, I dunno, kinda interesting, since the digitized and online forms are gone.
Back in, oh, 2001-2002 or so(?), I tried to start four different comics aside from Blue Neon, all of which failed miserably due to lack of time. One was called Spackle Kingdom and was to be a sort of autobiographical thing showing my wacky adventures in meatspace. Another, Excess Baggage, I kind of started out with no idea on how to ever sucessfully continue it, but at least in its earlier stages it involved defenestration. A third, Project Luna, was going to be about a girl who discovered quite by accident that the residents of her city were under a bizarre form of electronically enforced mind control and would try to free them, but I never really thought it out well or had time to do the actual artwork. The fourth was called The Quagmire Years, and exactly one issue of that wound up online before about 20 actual strips I'd drawn up were destroyed by my family and I lost the motivation to continue.
The Quagmire Years, see, was not new. It started out so far back in ancient history that the original Intel Pentium was the new thing in the digital world I sought to bring it into.
Unfortunately, at that time I didn't really know how to draw or create comics that make any smegging sense whatsoever.
It was to be the story of a kid who moves to a new suburban wasteland with his family and goes through all the usual weirdness of a new school and such... and THEN some. But again, most of the strips make no sense at all. Anyway, now I have this Hewlett-Packard Scanjet II which was probably still fairly new when I was drawing all this weird crap, and I plan to scan it and stick it in a great Gallery of Old Weird Stuff.
Why do I want to do this? I dunno. For one thing, though, it'll show the amazing amount of progress I've made as an artist over time. For another.... it'll show that I was clearly on crack for my entire childhood, and not the good stuff either.
Oh, and as for Blue Neon, it's not dead. It's about to come quite alive again, as soon as tomorrow, perhaps. I just have to figure out which of about three bits of silliness in my head are suitable for comic purposes.... or perhaps, how to combine all three... plus any additional silliness that should come up. Wheeeeeee~
Meanwhile... for those of you who know who I actually am... I'll be at Otakucon next weekend. Look for the Anything Goes Anime table - I should be there during certain times. Otherwise, I'll probably be elsewhere playing around in super-geek mode.