I am discontinuing A New Friend for the time being.
What does that mean? It’s going to be forever before you start seeing pages of this comic again. I DO plan on completing this project someday but I honestly hate how I’ve been doing it thus far. I never truly prepared the plot and even now that I know how it’s going to end a bunch of major plot points I’d like to cover, I don’t have a clue how to fill in the space in between.
And then there’s the art. It’s all over the place in these short 3 chapters and you guys know it drives me nuts. Part of the problem is that updates are so far apart that I’ve grown as an artist in between or made new stylistic choices that don’t fit in with the old.
What I’m going to do is take a long, long break from this. And then when I have time, proper time that’s not shared by constant homework or family stuff, I’m going to sit down and make a schedule. First to plan and write out the comic in its entirety while practicing the styles and such I want to use. Really practice them. And hopefully I’ll be done or mostly done with college and will have picked up a number of skills needed to really give the comic the art and professionalism I think it deserves. Things I hardly know how to do now: perspective, backgrounds, composition, etc.
And when I’m done with that then I’ll start working on pages again, keeping them consistent and everything. And I’m going to spend time on them, making them each a piece of art in its own right instead of something I whipped up in a couple of hours to (maybe) meet a deadline.
But I won’t post a thing until I’m done and satisfied. I need to work at my own pace and trying to do constant updates just isn’t working. And who knows, maybe when I’m done I’ll want to publish instead. Or maybe I’ll want to start over again.
The point is I don’t think it’s fair to the comic, myself, or you guys to continue on as I have. The comic suffers because it’s not given proper attention or development. I suffer because I stress myself out over something I really shouldn’t by trying to hold myself to deadlines while trying to juggle school and life. And you guys suffer cause you never know when I’m going to update and I always come back saying I’ll have something soon only to disappear for months. I hate to make you guys wait, but I’d rather make you wait for something that’s worth it and a sure thing.
When I do decide to start posting again or whatever I decide to do with the end product, I’ll let you guys know and post on here on smackjeeves and we’ll go from there. I’ll keep updates on my deviantART and/or Tumblr so if you ever want to know about it you can check there or send me a PM. I really do want to see this comic through to the end, but I want to see it done well. Hopefully I’ll get there and get to share it with all of you someday, but now is not the time for it. I probably won’t be on smackjeeves much anymore, not that I really have been. When I bring the comic back I may not continue with smackjeeves at all. But we’ll see and whatever happens I’ll let you guys know, okay?
Thank you all for your continued support as I’ve struggled with this project. It means the world to me that I was able to intrigue you with my story. I ask that you respect my decision as it was very difficult for me to make. I think it’s for the best. Thank you all. And goodbye, for now.
TL;DR: I'm putting A New Friend on hold for a loooooong time so I can do it properly when I have more time.
I'm fine with this. While it is sad to see it on a long hiatus, it is YOUR creation, and I always consider the most important thing in something to be if it's creator is happy with it.
@Kurona: Thank you :)
Awww, I'm gonna miss this comic, and I'm gonna miss you too mdg
@Hero of Comedy: I'll miss you too.
Well.. I know it's late and everything, but what really counts is your own health and welfare mdg245. Because as long as you feel good and happy it's what matters to me the most. And I understand that when you're stressed, you don't have the motivation and it happens to me too.
When I'm stressed about something, I just end up feeling sad and I just don't have it in me to continue for a while until I feel better.