Escape Artists: Episode 1

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Thus concludes the first episode of Escape Artists. I've been posting the comic twice weekly for nearly a year. It's been hard work but also a lot of fun and it's given me the opportunity to meet a lot of cool people. I thank you for your readership and your consideration. The comic will be on hiatus until I complete the 2nd installment.

If you've enjoyed my work and would like to contribute to my livelihood as an artist, may I direct you to the virtual tin can known as paypal? I work two jobs and draw Escape Artists in my rare free time. Every $7.50 I receive is an hour I can request off work to draw the comic. I'm not going to twist any heart-strings whinging on about "my situation" but just know it would really make a difference...

My paypal address is: skauthen@hotmail.com

Cheers!

Sote
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staypee's avatar
I can't wait for episode 2! (But of course, I must)
Reading your previous comments on the last pages, I'm excited about how David is gonna show and how their interaction would be fun to read!
BidboroughStreet's avatar
Wow!! Thank you so much for reading Escape Artists and putting me on watch. I am so pleased! I love your work (as you must know). But David can't actually show up, can he? There are so many expectations placed upon him, how could he possibly be anything but incredibly disappointing? :D
staypee's avatar
You're welcome!
But if anything else, I look forward to more pages~

I'm not sure if you want to post Escape Artists elsewhere, but I think you'd get much more love and exposure if you publish this one on Tapastic

Don't post it all at once, maybe you could ost 1 page every week so you could stretch it out till you have the first few pages for episode 2.
BidboroughStreet's avatar
I am so very pleased you are following me, now. I had always hoped you would look at my humble drawrings ^_^ Thank you for the link to Tapastic! Ah, but I am old and afraid of new things... but perhaps, perhaps... even though the future is frightening...
staypee's avatar
And I'm glad that I've seen them!
The future is frightening but with fans, it could be less so~ :la:
Don't worry about tapastic! It's easy. I think user-friendly? I'm sure your comic would hit it off! :iconryojidaisyplz:
BidboroughStreet's avatar
You give me hope for the future! I will tether tomorrow to it and perhaps it and I won't drift into the nethersphere ^_^
hummbuzz's avatar
I have enjoyed Escape Artists so much, Sote. Keep it up!
I was interested in your discussion with TuskyHusky about a web series. I work in a bookstore, and you would be surprised how many books are published because they first became an internet blog phenomenon. Escape Artists is a natural!
Best of luck, Sote!! :iconnewhugplz:
BidboroughStreet's avatar
I'm sure, as a fellow artist, you have an idea of just how happy a comment like this makes me. It's like jet fuel for my creative engine ^_^ So, hopefully, Escape Artists: Part Deux will be short in coming and it won't suck - too much. I also work in a bookstore and, yes, doesn't every artist imagine their book up their on the shelf with all those candy-coloured titles? Now I won't draw at all because you and TuskyHusky have filled my head with notions and I'll dream all day! Thank you Glomp Revamp 
hummbuzz's avatar
Someone told me recently:  Dream the dream, then make it real.
So it is fine to dream all day today...but then start drawing again tomorrow.
:iconnewhugplz:
BidboroughStreet's avatar
Yes'm! :salute: Fine advice.
Multiartis's avatar
I will miss the escape artists. Love the style, kinda felt like they were walking through a blue print.
Thank you for all the work you put in to this project. Hug 
 
Part 2 has got to be made.
The last pages made my mind wonder. The grin in the poster the page with the David shrine...
BidboroughStreet's avatar
Thank you so very much! Time to build those old callouses up again and get to work ^_^ I must make part 2 so Jake can have his revenge on David Deville or he will haunt me forever. Your support and comments have meant SO MUCH Hug Thank you, again.
AprilSundae's avatar
I glanced through the comments and saw the wonderful support people have been giving you. Makes me happy because I know you deserve every bit of it. Good luck with the making of season 2, if I could donate, I would, but I'm too studential to spare even two cents.
BidboroughStreet's avatar
I felt like kind of a jerk even soliciting donations because I know most of the people who read this comic must be in the same financial situation as me, maybe even worse. But I thought about it a while and - you don't know what will come through the door unless you open it. Your readership and comments like the above mean more to me than hundreds of dollars - so thank you so much! ^_^ Because payola or no I will be drawing until they drag the pencil stub from my shriveled dead hand - and knowing that I'm sending these drawings out to an audience and not into the void means more to me than anything. I feel very fortunate, today, thank you.
AprilSundae's avatar
Yeah exactly! It only occassionally hurts to try, but not often. And I hope that shriveled dead hand is a ways off.
The-Cipher-Dog's avatar
I've been loving the series. Keep up the good work into the 2nd episode, and I'm guessing that we will get a nice story arc in it as well. Well in short, I can't wait for the next episode! :iconjamesplz:
Maybe, once you have finished the entire series, you could get someone to publish it. Or make it into a Web-series on YouTube!Husky Emote Is Happy
BidboroughStreet's avatar
Oh, thank you so much! Your words and readership energize & inspire me.  Well, I was hoping to get the next episode out around January but if you're hoping for a plot, you might be waiting forever! ^_^ I wonder if it ever will be published one day... that would be really neat! But if publishers require plots, I might only have luck selling my comics to the people who print jokes for xmas crackers...

What is this web-series on youtube phenomena you speak of? I am from the past. Can you share some examples? Interesting!
The-Cipher-Dog's avatar
Probably the best web series I watch {Or use to watch} was Red Vs. Blue by Rooster Teeth Productions. I don't know if the videos are still on YouTube though.
But the general idea is instead of getting a large company to animate {Or make it live action}, you animate it {Or get other people to help you, as it's a big project} and do all the "finishing touches" before uploading it to YouTube.
Personally, if you get the right people, Escape Artists would probably be a big hit! :D

And on the publishing side, I've seen books published with just picture and captions {Kind of like a bootleg Lolcats}, so Escape Artists would probably has a good chance at been published! IF you contact the right people. {I know from experience!}Husky Emote Is Happy
BidboroughStreet's avatar
Oh, yes, I remember Red vs. Blue! That was quite clever... Perhaps I will take to animating a few minutes of EA in the future, I think that would be rather cool. But I can't imagine anyone else wanting to do that for my comic - but, wow, that would be a dream if it ever did happen. You think it would be a big hit?? I will hold that close to my heart as a fantasy while I draw the next chapter ^_^ I would love to see EA in print but only if the comic would remain free online and the books weren't prohibitively expensive - and both those things seem to be a problem when artists negotiate with publishers. Look at me planning it out like anyone is ever gonna dial me up and be like: "AHEM, is this the amazing Sote? Author of amazing Escape Artists? We'd like to give you a million billion dollars!"
Thank you, again, so much, for your support! You've really made my day! Caramel dansen emote 
saperlipop's avatar
I've been thoroughly enjoying Escape Artists and will be missing my twice-weekly fix. Thanks for all the work you've put into it, resulting in a very entertaining comic and providing me with many chuckles. Looking forward to the 2nd installment! :heart:
BidboroughStreet's avatar
Thank you very much for your very kind and thoughtful words. I'm so glad you enjoy the series. Words like yours are food and drink to me and help to maintain the energy and self-confidence required to continue on with what is, quite frankly, a fun and rewarding but rather labour intensive task :D So thank you, again! Very much.
saperlipop's avatar
The state of my piggy-bank would allow me to make a small contribution to assist in your taking an hour off to create. However, I was unable to access your paypal account at the link your provided. Is there any other way I could make my contribution? I have a magic wand that usually takes care of such matters, but unfortunately it's broken down at the moment, with no magic wand techs available to help... :giggle:

BidboroughStreet's avatar
Really, that's an exceedingly handsome gesture! Thank you!

Probably the best thing would be for you to log into paypal and send a donation directly to skauthen@hotmail.com I tried pasting the paypal button code into my journal entry but it came out as nonsense, even in HTML mode. And I tried a few other tutorials and, when I could get the button to work, the link would pop up as invalid. SO, I've just thrown my hands in the air on this one :(

Thank you, again :D
saperlipop's avatar
I just sent it to your paypal account - here's hoping you'll receive it at your end.

You're very welcome :hug:
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