The Utopian: Foundation – a webcomic by Pj Perez http://www.theutopiancomic.com A webcomic serial about life after death. Thu, 17 Aug 2017 02:21:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 33530184 Still On Break, But… http://www.theutopiancomic.com/2017/08/16/still-on-break-but/ http://www.theutopiancomic.com/2017/08/16/still-on-break-but/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 02:21:36 +0000 http://www.theutopiancomic.com/?p=1469 ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]> I know we’re still within the six weeks I estimated for this current hiatus, but wanted to drop by with an update. The big reason for the break is that I recently finished moving from Las Vegas to Huntington Beach, Calif., and man, let me tell you, moving 300 miles across the desert is way more demanding than moving 3 miles across town. But we made it, yay.

However, I’m not going to be “settled” for a while. My current home office is, well, just a collection of boxes. I have no desk, no chair, nowhere to plug in all the digital stuff necessary to produce new Utopian strips. I’ve been working on a laptop in my living room, the only room with any sort of seating. Plus, we have a LOT of boxes to get through (not that I can do much with them until new furniture arrives) and just general chaos to deal with (one of our dogs is currently wearing a cone). So… it seems like this hiatus MIGHT last a little longer than expected.

On the flip side, I found out I was accepted for a spot in Artist Alley at next year’s Emerald City Comicon! To be honest, I totally forgot that I even applied. This is the first time doing ECCC since it became as ReedPOP show (I’ve done ECCC as both an exhibitor and an artist several times before), and the first time I’ve been accepted to any ReedPOP show’s curated Artist Alley, so it’s pretty exciting. It also means by March I have a lot to get done.

But first, I have to get ready for Long Beach Comic Con, which is only two weeks away (!!), and it’s highly possible some of the things I need for the show are in a storage unit in Las Vegas, so … we’ll see how that goes. Stay tuned.

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Return to the LBC…C http://www.theutopiancomic.com/2017/07/28/return-to-the-lbc-c/ http://www.theutopiancomic.com/2017/07/28/return-to-the-lbc-c/#respond Sat, 29 Jul 2017 02:13:16 +0000 http://www.theutopiancomic.com/?p=1466 ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]> The comic is still on break, sorry, but I’ll make it up to you if you find yourself at this year’s Long Beach Comic Con, which returns to the Long Beach Convention Center on Sept. 2 and 3. It’s the first convention appearance I’ve made in all of 2017, and I’ll actually be bringing prints, original art and sketches with me. In recent years, I’ve focused mostly on my role as head honcho at Pop! Goes the Icon, but I’m moving toward focusing more on, well, me over the next year or so.

I’ll have more details as the event gets closer, including exactly where in Artist Alley to find me, and what I’ll be bringing. Any requests? (Other than for me to get back to work on new Utopian Foundation comics.)

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Mid-Season Break http://www.theutopiancomic.com/2017/07/10/mid-season-break/ Tue, 11 Jul 2017 04:31:11 +0000 http://www.theutopiancomic.com/?p=1463 ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]> Hey, remember that great cliffhanger I left you with last week? Well, savor it, because we’re going on a little summer hiatus. There’s a few reasons. One of which is needing to just plain ol’ get caught up on this here series. But another is because things in my personal life are about to become very hectic (for good reasons, promise!), so I’m just not going to put the added pressure of getting this comic out, nor do I want to set up any false expectations.

So how long will the hiatus be? Probably a month, six weeks at the most. In that time, I’m also going to be working on preparing digital and print collections of these comics to make them available to folks in different places and on different platforms, and making plans to get back to the comic convention circuit. Because as much as I sometimes loathe spending three days in a convention center, I also really miss the great connections made with real live people. So stay tuned for that, too.

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(No) Warning http://www.theutopiancomic.com/comic/no-warning/ http://www.theutopiancomic.com/comic/no-warning/#respond Tue, 04 Jul 2017 00:15:35 +0000 http://www.theutopiancomic.com/?post_type=comic&p=1461 utopian foundation 158 - (no) warning

I’m traveling (again), so I didn’t think this comic was going to post today, but I made it happen, and … well, aren’t you glad I did? Remind me to tell you later how this sequence of events isn’t what[…]↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>
utopian foundation 158 - (no) warning

I’m traveling (again), so I didn’t think this comic was going to post today, but I made it happen, and … well, aren’t you glad I did?

Remind me to tell you later how this sequence of events isn’t what I originally had scripted but changed for, I think, important reasons.

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Shots Fired http://www.theutopiancomic.com/comic/shots-fired/ http://www.theutopiancomic.com/comic/shots-fired/#respond Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:38:01 +0000 http://www.theutopiancomic.com/?post_type=comic&p=1455 utopian foundation 157 - shots fired

I spent way too long researching school & community police radio protocols before finally deciding to just write what felt right. On the flip side, I spent half a second deciding on the title of today’s comic.]]>
utopian foundation 157 - shots fired

I spent way too long researching school & community police radio protocols before finally deciding to just write what felt right. On the flip side, I spent half a second deciding on the title of today’s comic.

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Get your bingo card http://www.theutopiancomic.com/2017/06/19/get-your-bingo-card/ Mon, 19 Jun 2017 19:50:26 +0000 http://www.theutopiancomic.com/?p=1451 ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]> So, the bad news: No new comic to post today. Yes, the cupboard is officially empty. But I have the next two strips in various states of finished, so we should be back on track and I should be a little bit ahead again next Monday. Sorry for the delay in the middle of such a crucial storyline.

The good news? Um, here’s a Utopian Foundation bingo card. Stamp a space every time one of these things occurs in the comic! Or play it like a drinking game as you read the comic. Either way works.

The Utopian Foundation Bingo

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Gunslinger http://www.theutopiancomic.com/comic/gunslinger/ http://www.theutopiancomic.com/comic/gunslinger/#respond Mon, 12 Jun 2017 19:31:01 +0000 http://www.theutopiancomic.com/?post_type=comic&p=1447 utopian foundation 156 - gunslinger

Well, well, well… Wanted to take a minute to thank all the folks who’ve been coming here from The Webcomic List. Ever since we fixed our listing there, I’ve seen an influx of visitors from the site, and this comic’s[…]↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>
utopian foundation 156 - gunslinger

Well, well, well…

Wanted to take a minute to thank all the folks who’ve been coming here from The Webcomic List. Ever since we fixed our listing there, I’ve seen an influx of visitors from the site, and this comic’s “ranking” has gone up from like 900 or something to about 238, which doesn’t sound impressive, but it’s much appreciated. You can vote there for this comic, too, if you feel like it:

The Webcomic List

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Da Bomb http://www.theutopiancomic.com/comic/da-bomb/ http://www.theutopiancomic.com/comic/da-bomb/#respond Mon, 05 Jun 2017 19:41:47 +0000 http://www.theutopiancomic.com/?post_type=comic&p=1444 utopian foundation 155 - da bomb

When you post a strip weekly that is in the middle of a fairly decompressed storyline, it’s hard to come up with an appropriate and/or clever title each time. So…sorry.]]>
utopian foundation 155 - da bomb

When you post a strip weekly that is in the middle of a fairly decompressed storyline, it’s hard to come up with an appropriate and/or clever title each time. So…sorry.

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Aftermath, Part 2 http://www.theutopiancomic.com/comic/aftermath-part-2/ http://www.theutopiancomic.com/comic/aftermath-part-2/#respond Mon, 29 May 2017 17:07:02 +0000 http://www.theutopiancomic.com/?post_type=comic&p=1440 utopian foundation 154 - aftermath part 2

It’s Memorial Day. For those of you who don’t know the difference between this and Veterans Day, the New York Daily News has a helpful article about it, but basically, it’s a day dedicated to the memories of those who[…]↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>
utopian foundation 154 - aftermath part 2

It’s Memorial Day. For those of you who don’t know the difference between this and Veterans Day, the New York Daily News has a helpful article about it, but basically, it’s a day dedicated to the memories of those who died in service to the country (versus Veterans Day, which celebrates ALL those who serve/served).

I never served. Sometimes I feel bad about that. I do sometimes wonder if mandatory conscription such as is done in Israel is a good practice, if it provokes a more engaged citizenry. There’s probably a lot of research on this. I should probably look into it.

In the meantime, though, I’ll just honor those who did serve and whose lives were given so that people like me can have the freedom to make dumb webcomics like this.

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Aftermath, Part 1 http://www.theutopiancomic.com/comic/aftermath-part-1/ http://www.theutopiancomic.com/comic/aftermath-part-1/#respond Mon, 22 May 2017 19:25:44 +0000 http://www.theutopiancomic.com/?post_type=comic&p=1437 utopian foundation 153 - Aftermath, Part 1

In the course of drawing this and the next few strips, I’ve had to do a lot of image reference research of bombings and collapses. I would not recommend doing the same, ever. Egads. Unrelated: I thought I was finally[…]↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>
utopian foundation 153 - Aftermath, Part 1

In the course of drawing this and the next few strips, I’ve had to do a lot of image reference research of bombings and collapses. I would not recommend doing the same, ever. Egads.

Unrelated: I thought I was finally getting ahead enough again that we could go back to twice-weekly updates, but naaah, I’m just ahead enough to stay on schedule, so we’re on Mondays for the time being. If I’d stop going on vacation, that might be helpful.

Also unrelated: I’m trying to parallel-path the layout and prep for collected editions of this comic. For people who might want such things, in print (or digital) format. I’ve also been trying to work on a “remastered” edition of The Utopian Vol. 1, but that’s been slooowwwww going so far.

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