Never Mind the Comeback
Before Fred Peterson, The Mighty Warlord, there was a small webcomic called Never Mind (back then eventually shortened to NVD).
Never Mind was the first webcomic that started running at internet forums in Puerto Rico, PR Comix and later Paquines.com. This webcomic means a lot to mean, it's the most personal comic I've ever done, being an autobio webstrip. So it was at the time one of the first PR webcomics.
I was inspired by the works of Tom Beland's True Stories Swear to God zines. Many times friends have told me that so many outrageous thing have happened to me, that I should make a comic some time. So I did, HA!
But there was a bit more to it. At the time I had already published an extremely small batch of printed copies of Warlord, and I was contemplating uploading it as a webcomic. I started doing my homework on this new way of publishing comics, and I thought "well, I want to keep working on Warlord, but what if it doesn't find an audience online? What if I mess it up?"
So, while I was trying to just get my mind off things, I started binge reading True Stories Swear to God (and the full comic True Story Swear to God). And that's when it hit me. "I'll test the waters with an autobio strip". I was also listening to Nirvana, hence the title Never Mind.
I started uploading the strip on the PR Comix internet forum. The plan was to do 12 strips, and later on collect them into a zine. I was actually discouraged by a few people. "Webcomic!? You mean you're giving away the comic for FREE!?" "Huh, interesting, but this looks VERY indie, it's not going to do well. Stick to doing heroes and sell them, don't do this for free." "Webcomics is amateur hour, kid, no one will ever take online seriously."
I uploaded anyway. It caught on very fast. The post views and comments got big, so slowly others felt encouraged to upload webcomics to the point the forum decided to do a subsection dedicated solely to webcomics. I eventually did do a small print run zine style and took it to the first convention I ever attended as a creator. The zine sold out.
Through the years I would do four more "seasons" of Never Mind. I was planning on doing zines as well, but a string of bad luck happened.
The CD where I saved the files for the first 2 seasons shattered inside the disc drive in my PC. Then a storm hit PR that caused floods, and it damaged the original artwork. So I gave up on publishing it and decided to just post it online. But by the time I was doing season five, I was burning out, and the bad luck bug hit again.
I had moved to NYC and the PC I was using to work on the strips broke down. Then the apartment flooded twice in the span of a week and it destroyed the original artwork I had done and the laptop I was using got it's hard drive fried, so I went on a extended hiatus with Never Mind season five just starting out.
After a few months and getting my footing again updating Warlord, I started feeling nostalgic for Never Mind. So I resumed updating season five every moment I could spare the time and one year later I finally finished season five. It's been nearly six years now since I've worked on Never Mind.
I was catching up on other webcomics that eventually I finished due to participating on the 100 Days of Making Comics challenge, and I got the bug again.
During the challenge, I actually did a sixth season of Never Mind. I did the artwork of all twelve strips for it, but I kind of didn't like the art side of it. And it made me think back to the first season.
That's when I started thinking about redoing it from the start. I had already started the first steps in remaking early Warlord comics, so I thought "why not?" There would be no Warlord today if there was no Never Mind.
So here we are, I am remaking Never Mind into the Truthful Comics Edition. Reworked art and editing the dialogue. I am uploading it once again as a webcomic and will print it in zines as well again.
I am excited to be working on a comic that means so much to me personally, especially now that the art and story is a lot closer to how I originally envisioned it and never did due to lack of time and in a way the discouragement I had initially received. And hopefully you all will enjoy it as well, wether you read the original ones or for the first time, thank you all SO much, I will keep doing my best to keep improving and growing.
-Alvaro "Lance Danger" Cortes Jr