As most of you know, upside down grin is a one man band called me. I draw and color the art; I write the captions; I print, package, and ship the prints. I’m even coding and designing the new website - something I’ve been telling everyone and my mother would launch October 31, 2013.
Well, that ain’t happening. And yes, my mom was just as shocked as you are.
For those who don’t want to do much more reading, the new launch date I’m aiming for is Monday, December 2, 2013. For those who have the time/desire to read WHY the date is changing, read on:
Hello, person with the time/desire to read on. Thanks for hearing me out.
This is something I never wanted to do. I used to hate it when I was growing up and a movie or video game I was really looking forward to would shift its release date to something like eight months later than originally stated. I remember muttering not-so-nice things under my breath about the people working on it. A muttering I’m pretty sure I can hear while you’re reading this. I get it. But here’s what I’ve learned from being on the other side of that equation.
One: everything goes according to plan until it doesn’t.
Sometimes it’s about (lack of) foresight. For example, it hadn’t occurred to me that selling every piece of art ever posted on the site meant having to go back and reformat/print test every piece of art ever posted on the site - that’s a lot of work in and of itself, and doesn’t even involve a single line of code.
Other times it’s about being open to the opportunities I couldn’t have expected. Heading to NY Comic Con was a last-minute decision - one I’m glad I did because, hi, we probably saw each other there, but also one that I never factored into my timeline for the original date of the site launch.
Two: there really is only one of me.
Contrary to my daily effort to prove otherwise, I’m only human. Being a solo act allows for a lot of decisions to be made quickly, but it also means nothing is getting done unless I’m the one doing it. It’s basically me versus the Mt. Everest of to-do lists. Even my metaphorical sherpa was like, “Yea, I’ll pass.”
Three: if I’m going to do something, I’m doing it right.
This is my passion and integrity. I want to give you something great, and rushing to meet some deadline which is clearly no longer realistic isn’t the way to do that.
So I’ve made the right, but hard decision to give myself more time. December 2, 2013 is the new date I’m aiming for now. I think it’s totally achievable based on all I can predict as of this writing. Wish me luck, or better yet, you and your friends visit http://upsidedowngrin.com/ to sign up for the mailing list if you haven’t already - I promise you’re going to want to be there once it goes live.
-Dylan, creator of upside down grin