Mixten Genetics is a webcomic I started writing in Fall 2022 after a spark of inspiration... or insanity. I somehow got the idea to start drawing characters loosely based around mythological half-human creatures. Given my science background, I decided a modern sci-fi story with a mythological twist could be fun.
The story mostly follows Olivia Greene and her experiences after making the poor decision to sign up for a clinical trial without reading the release form. I initially planned on making a couple one shot type comics with very little over-arching story, but that quickly changed as I just really enjoyed the characters I was coming up with. I used to draw a lot as a kid, and would even come up with little comic stories, but adulting got in the way. I'm finally trying to get back into doing regular art and making a webcomic is always something I've had in the back of my mind. I finally figured, if I'm going to do it, I might as well go ahead and do it.
Ok, but who the heck are you?
Oh right, I'm Matt Gibson (aka FossilJockMatt), a relatively unsuccessful Twitch streamer but actually decently successful museum curator specializing in paleontology. I've been trying to find a hobby besides just fossil related stuff and playing pokémon. That's what led to me to start streaming. I figured I could get myself to play some different games by doing that.
I was wrong, for the most part. I mostly streamed pokémon, although I did really get into streaming Animal Crossing: New Horizons there for a bit. However, streaming led directly to digital art since I started drawing assets to use with my stream. That eventually turned into me drawing things for Instagram, which then turned into this.
I do still stream on occasion, but a lot of my free hobby time as shifted to making this webcomic successful. I've wanted to do something like this for over a decade and I think I've finally got an idea that really works in this format. Plus, damn I am enjoying writing stories for these characters. I've already written over 40 chapters and I'm still going. If this thing takes off, I'm gonna be stoked!
How often do you update?
Good question. I really don't know yet, but I'm currently shooting for Sunday evening/Monday morning. I'm going to try to add new content weekly, but since I do have a full time job that isn't this, we'll see. It also depends on reception. If people really like what I'm putting out there, I'm sure the motivation will make me want to keep up a regular schedule.
As it stands make sure you keep a weather eye for regular updates on social media to see when a new page drops. I don't want to lock myself into particular days (sorry) because I know something will come up and make me miss a deadline. The way my head works once I miss one, it'll make me feel ok about missing more.
Make sure you follow me on my various social media for updates! Plus, there's always the Discord where you can directly ask me "Dude?! When's the next page gonna be done!?"