The Middle Age
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THE MIDDLE AGE by STEVE CONLEY:
New episodes every Monday
January 30, 2017

My heart is pure, my love is true, and my quest is noble.

This wraps up the first chapter of The Middle Age. It was originally going to end at episode 24-ish but, like our hero, I follow my heart and am sort-of making this up as I go.

A friend of mine asked about the story and what plans I have for it. The “is this going somewhere?” question. After swearing my friend to secrecy via blood-oath, I explained the long-term story (summed up in Sir Quimp’s to-do list and hinted at with some of the non-sequential spot illustrations I’ve done) but I emphasized that my primary goal is to make the funniest, best-drawn comic I can every Monday. Having a long-term plan is great but each new episode is every bit as important if not a little bit more important.

When I was working on Bloop, I treated the project as a full graphic novel which I’d share a page a week. This meant that on some weeks not much happened because – while that particular page served a purpose in the story – it didn’t have a satisfying punchline or drama. Those were disappointing. Having learned from that, with The Middle Age, I’m trying to tell a continuing story at a gag-a-day (or gag-a-week) pace. The hope is that each episode feels complete unto itself but connects with larger story and hopefully doesn’t feel staccato or monotonous when binge-read.

This is episode 27 of The Middle Age. You can read the story from the beginning here.

Thanks for reading and sharing!

— Steve @theSteveConley

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