Welcome to the re-launch of the official Tomes of Atlantis website. Since I began working on bringing this saga back from oblivion several months ago I’ve had to confront some hard truths about the market for this story and which medium would be the best fit for it. So after untold hours of intense brainstorming and many sleep-deprived nights (not to mention some serious bouts of clinical depression), Tomes of Atlantis the webcomic is no more. In its place is a fresh new attempt at telling this story the way it originally started: as a series of novels and short stories.
Those first two self-published attempts (The Star Hunters and The Paladin and the Dragon) were, to put it kindly, simply not ready for prime-time on so many levels; I genuinely shudder when I look back over them now and remember how I had the conceit to think they were actually ready for submission to publishing agencies, let alone to be taken seriously even as self-published books. I’ve read other writers’ rough drafts that had far more polish than either. And yet it was a learning experience for me and one which brought some necessary humility and tempered expectations regarding the realities of being a professional writer. Hundreds or even thousands of hours of work isn’t enough as long as the product isn’t ready.
And so it was as well with the webcomic iteration. The idea seemed great at the time because the Lord had given me a passion to illustrate (albeit lacking in formal training and still somewhat unrefined) and I felt it could be a means to use pictures and writing in concert to tell the story. I learned a lot of hard lessons here as well including a bunch of great advice and constructive criticism from fellow creators in the Webcomics.com community. They helped me immensely not just in striving to up my game with my artwork and showing me where I needed to improve, but the writing angle as well.
But in the end I realized that, between the time it would take me to tell my stories when it was often a struggle to get even three completed pages (taking a total of anywhere from 35 to 50-plus hours) posted each week and the fact I needed a completed storyline in order to have a book to sell, such an approach was both unrealistic as well as simply not financially viable. So for roughly two years I walked away from all of it. I felt adrift and rudderless, unable to figure out how to best tell my stories and how to properly market my work on a Disability income in a way that would ever help me regain financial independence.
Fast forward to the present. Tomes of Atlantis is making a comeback, this time as a hybrid of the two mediums I gained so much experience and learned so much from: as illustrated novels. I realize that I’m a total unknown and still have so much to learn and improve, but this is the next step in Tomes of Atlantis’…and my own…personal journey as a storyteller, and I hope the end result will culminate in a product that many readers will appreciate and enjoy.
Given the change in direction for Tomes of Atlantis, this website’s function has changed as well. It is no longer a webcomic but now an Information Page for the series which I hope to add features for as I get the opportunity. While I have kept the old webcomic posted front and center in order to give readers some idea of what to expect from the story itself, please note that there are significant differences between the comic and prose novel versions of The Warstar Gambit. While the novels will have fewer pictures than a comic, I am striving to improve on their artwork as well as the writing itself to make both as polished as possible. Some of the old panels from the comic are being used and, wherever necessary, given visual upgrades in the prose version. Below are some samples of both the revised artwork as well as some that’s all-new.
At this writing I’m nearing halfway through The Warstar Gambit, the first novel in the Tomes of Atlantis saga, and my intention is to have it ready for publication by the middle of 2016. At that point I will see if any traditional publishers would be interested in carrying it, and if not then I’ll likely go with the self-publishing route with a combination of physical books as well as digitally distributed e-books.
To everyone who’s waited patiently for more new information, I sincerely thank you for your support. Please keep coming here or check out Tomes of Atlantis’ Facebook fan page or Twitter page to stay up to date as the first novel nears completion.