As should hopefully be apparent the intention was always to make something self contained first and foremost, avoiding a frustrating ‘to be continued’ with an unwieldy drawn out narrative. Put simply I wanted to make something I could potentially abandon after issue 1 without feeling like I let down any readership.
That said, I DO want to continue Apothecary Supreme with other episodic stories so there is a touch of open-endedness here that I’m hoping to exploit.
I really need some space from this before I can properly assess how well everything went, but on the face of it I’m fairly pleased with the end result. Much turned out as I hoped while the things that changed from the script were likely better for doing so.
One of the largest changes was that of Burkhard’s character. Originally he was meant to be one shot haughty interloper, but I found myself becoming weirdly attached to him near the end… Probability of him returning? Likely I think.
The BIG problems? Speed – work life interfered A LOT – upload rate and some frankly inconsistent character designs. All things I’m looking to remedy a bit in any follow up I do.
What’s next? Some kind of proper cover for the issue for starters and then some kind of print run might be fun.
What now? A fairly lengthy hiatus I reckon while I gear up for more and try to take things in an even more weird, mucky and monstrous direction…
Thanks for reading y’all!