Potential Downtime

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MistakeNPotatoes
20th Apr 2018, 10:30 AM

Okay.

So, I want to be as transparent as possible because I owe you guys. I had something close to a meltdown yesterday, I won't unload all the reasons why, here, but basically my current course in life is not great.

My diet is off, my sleep is off, I have a stressful job, I currently don't see a path to a better living situation. It's all lead to a supreme burnout where I honestly don't feel like working on the comic at all anymore. This is a problem because, not working on the comic might lead me to some more free time to correct things in my life, but not working on the comic will also damage me because it's so essential to my person and existence at this point. Put simply I have no idea what to do.

I'm going to see if I can get some things worked out, I'm just letting you guys know it's possible that I might have to take an extended hiatus, even though it absolutely kills me to even consider it. I'm so sorry. You all deserve better :/

I promise I'm doing my best to get better.

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joeyballast
20th Apr 2018, 10:49 AM

Well that all sounds like it genuinely sucks.

I just wrote many bits of quasi-advice but none of it was helpful, so I wish I could simply send hugs somehow.

We'll be here if you decide to keep going with this and/or when you come back from a break.

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killersteak
20th Apr 2018, 11:02 AM

Your art and story are beautiful. You are beautiful. Do what you need to do.

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Oni-neko
20th Apr 2018, 11:30 AM

It sucks that life is currently messing with you and doesn't seem to want to let up.

Do what you need to, whether it be adjusting your update schedule down to once or twice a month, to taking a longer hiatus. We love your stuff and will wait for you.

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MadJak91
20th Apr 2018, 1:01 PM

Ay! Always take a break if needed!
Gotta have better mood to work on stuff and that comes from getting life in order. Easy equation!

So good luck :>

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thing 1
20th Apr 2018, 1:58 PM

i'm sorry to hear this. you produce one of the coolest and entertaining comics on the web. perhaps i haven't said that often enough. whatever's going on, take care of yourself.
if you don't have your health, you don't have anything. but you have us. don't feel you are letting us down. you're not. a lot of us are artists too, we know how it is.

be well friend.

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Fabian W.
20th Apr 2018, 3:59 PM

I'd say your health trumps everything else in importance, and if you need a hiatus to put things in order, so be it.
You could see this as some kind of long term investment: Spend your time by bringing yourself back in shape first, and as a result you can later go back to doing the comic again in full force!
I wish you the best!

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sigpig
20th Apr 2018, 6:08 PM

I say take a break; as in, take a break from posting anything. Try to produce one page a week in order to use art as your outlet. This way, you can build up a buffer for the times you aren't doing well.

Like you said, you cannot completely stop as that will be worse than burning yourself out. Take the time for YOU, but keep working on your passion.

Feel free to PM me if you need to talk.

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Bob Mozark
20th Apr 2018, 8:32 PM

Take all the time you need. Hopefully, in the fullness of time, you will emerge on the other side with a better understanding of what has led you to this roadblock. Please keep us updated. On a personal note, I do enjoy seeing art from your sketchbook.

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Dromicosuchus
20th Apr 2018, 9:03 PM

I’ve started supporting you on Patreon; hopefully that helps in the long run. In the meantime, do what you need to do to keep healthy and sane; that’s what matters most.

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MAN! TAKE A HOLIDAY!

...(RockB)
21st Apr 2018, 12:31 PM

(Sorry for being late.)
I have my own selfish reason for wishing this comic to continue. The worst that could happen to me would be seeing the beloved artist & creator having a burnout and dropping it, against his own wishes as much as he expressed them in the past.

I'm aware that taking a (longer) holiday from the comic is a bit of a risk, but I think you have crave to get this on. I trust that giving yourself some time to sort other things out and not at last taking a good amount of pressure (about making comic pages) off of you will rather increase said crave. It's like a kind of "reverse psychology" lived out. In case of emergency, why not.

Also, you could tune down the update schedule a bit if that helps, later on. But for now, a holiday from making comic pages is strongly advised by doctor RockB (who is not a doctor at all in any way, but advises this anyway :p).

How about fan art?

I can't draw or anything but some others can. Last time worked quite well, methinks, even though there were fewer comments on the fan art pages than there are usually on the comic pages.

(And jobs can be stressful, I had a few days of that during the last few days, but a job brings money.)

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> ... but not working on the comic will also damage me because it's so essential to my person and existence at this point.

Well then, at least work slower, for some time. Feel free to post sketches, inked pages and whatever stages there are until the final finished stage of a page - I'd be curious to see the progress of a page in some detail at least once.

Best of luck! In any case!

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