Status update

In my last post, I mentioned putting Dragon Mall Quest on hold due to anticipated financial burdens from coronavirus. Thankfully, things have stabilized, my husband has still been able to work, and our financial situation is ok again. Now that the financial stress of caring for ourselves is out of the way, I need to determine how to move forward with DMQ.

DMQ was taking up more time than I anticipated just to do final editing. I was originally going to hire animators to help me finish out the rest of the episode animation for the year, but with my business not yet bringing in enough revenue, it doesn’t seem right to do that just yet.

And things are ramping up on my main business, PaperDemon.com. So doing the animation myself is not practical. Even doing the post-production is a bit of a stretch these days.

But never fear. I still have a lot of content that is already animated. It just needs post-production work. So I think what I’m going to do is figure out a new schedule that’s perhaps a more realistic pace for me. Once per week was too much, even when all the animation itself is done because the post-production (rendering, editing, sound effects, etc) still takes a couple of days per snip.

So I’m thinking maybe one snip per month? It’s not as much as I would want but it’s better than nothing. I’m expecting the business to be bringing in more income next year and I can afford to hire animators again.

I’m unsure when I’ll restart posting again. June is looking crazy busy for me because of some exciting things going on with PaperDemon! I’m currently aiming for some time in July for the next snip release.

I hope you all are safe and healthy out there. Wash your hands, stay home, stay 6ft apart so we can get through this pandemic faster.

Thank you for your patience! Stay tuned.

DMQ on hold due to COVID-19

I live in the California Bay Area, currently one of the COVID-19 hot spots in the United States. Because of the rapid spread of the corona virus and the 6 million people in this area, our county has been put on a “Shelter in place” order for the next three weeks minimum. The order means we can’t leave our homes except to get groceries, go to the doctor, exercise outdoors. You can only go to work if you work an essential job (such as in health care, utilities service, or food service). If your job is deemed, non essential, you have to work from home or not go to work at all which is resulting in many folks losing their jobs or being furloughed. Given the type of work my husband does, his employment is at risk and we may be facing significant financial burdens.

The uncertainty of the situation and the fact that things were already really risky on the account of me quiting my job and starting my own business, has created a great deal of fear for us. We’re vulnerable right now.

So I’ve decided to put Dragon Mall Quest on hold indefinitely so I can make room to find and do part time work.

I hate to do this. We just launched DMQ like a month ago after 9 years of on and off work. I was so excited to finally share all this funny shit we’ve been working so hard on. And to finally do it with some level of consistency.

But I have to do the right thing, be an adult, and invest time in ways to support my family in the short term.

It may be several months or more before I can get back to posting. If I have extra time here and there, I’ll try to get episodes posted. I do have up to snip 20 animated but snips 9 through 20 still need post production work. Join the mailing list (on the left) to get updates.

Given the costs involved with animating, production work on episodes 21 and beyond have also been halted and it’s unlikely we’ll resume the work until next year.

I know there are others out there that will be severely impacted by this before it’s all over. I feel for you, I wish you all well and hope you’re able to make it through this. Wash your hands, don’t touch your face, and save up an emergency fund if you haven’t already.

Take care