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JillyFoo
23rd Dec 2020, 3:54 AM

I guess I have some explaining to do.


I have been cheating on DE. I have been drawing a new comic for the past four weeks. So far 35 plus pages penciled.

2020 has been one wild ride more than anything I have ever experienced. Projects that I felt intense passion for burnt out due to the changed environment. The Red story was inspired by a friendship I have, but I haven't been able to see this friend since before the pandemic so I feel it will rekindle after this is all over.

I have been wanting to do a all ages/PG story for a long time due to the environment I work in and small town I am currently residing in. I feel like have to keep it a secret from everyone that I draw comics because my stuff is weird. I want to draw something I can show to students and my family.

It's just that I couldn't come up with one until a few weeks ago when it hit me like lightning. I felt like my brain was on fire for a week as I rapidly drew pages. It feels so great to just draw a story and not post it. Like I post now a days and my motivation dies because the feedback was not as huge as it was years ago(sometimes even the opposite I get a lot of attention and my motivation dies). It's my own headgame. Those that are reading this are in the choir(preach to the choir). You are still reading and I thank you. I think it would be great to pencil an entire short story, complete it, THEN post it online. I won't be able to change it from feedback but at least I am learning to beat my own motivation headgame. I can also post it modern webtoon style.

DE is great as a cult hit. Believe me I love it and have been obsessed with it immensely, but boy it is hard to find those readers in our culture that has changed a lot since ten years ago. It's not the wild west anymore where you can post anything and people will come at it with an open mind. Also there was much less competition. And that's OK. Adult stuff should not be seen by everyone.

I also consider that my formatting is not with the times. People want that nice scroll down webtoon format. I read a lot of comics in that format. It's too late for DE but…

Anyway my point: I am not going to say the dreaded H-word. It's going to just be slower for a bit.

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DocMesa
23rd Dec 2020, 7:24 AM

I apologise for not posting as often as I should. I have been a keen follower of DE for years - I still have my hard copies and sketches you drew.

I understand what it's like to burn out though, especially if it seems like no-one is listening. I'm also curious about your new project too!

I guess what I'm saying is, I would be okay if DE took a hiatus for a while but of you ever decide to call time on it, please post a little summary of the conclusion. I'd deeply regret never knowing what happens to Saturno and the gang.

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lain
23rd Dec 2020, 9:19 PM

Take your time. This has been a very interesting story, and I'm sure I'm not alone in wanting to know where it goes, but burnout is a real thing. Sometimes you just need to take a break and do something new to reinvigorate passion for an earlier project. Take your time, ok? Your fans will be waiting!

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JillyFoo
23rd Dec 2020, 11:19 PM

Thank you. As I said before you are doing nothing wrong. There are a few webcomics I read that I don't post a comment every update. I just feel as an artist I got to earn that and make it exciting enough for it. I can't always do that.

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Aybrix
27th Dec 2020, 1:26 AM

That's a challenging headspace to be in. I don't comment much either myself, but for what it's worth I've been checking in and out on this story since 2010 as far as I can remember. I love it and I recommend it whenever I can. Recently I even had a friend ask about it so they could read it again and push it to another friend. The cult shall spread.

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Dranorter
27th Dec 2020, 8:49 AM

I’m still reading, and DE is one of the few webcomics I actually mention to people! Also I read very few of those web toon style comics despite reading like 500 webcomics

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KnotNova
27th Dec 2020, 11:56 AM

I'm glad you got hit with such inspiration! It must have felt good to crank out so much with that fire. DE is awesome, but it can wait while you take the time to enjoy creating something new. I'm really interested to see your style telling a new story. You may find that working on something you're excited about reignites the excitement for other projects as well.

Be well and stay safe, friend!

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TheGreyPotter
28th Dec 2020, 1:22 PM

Ouch, that blog post hits me right in the heart. x.x I was also a creator from the “Wild West” days, where you could post anything and *someone* would find it. You’re not alone in yearning for those bigger reactions and instant audiences.

I think it’s really great you got a big creative burst of energy, even if it wasn’t for DE ^_^ I hope we get to see it too!

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Do as you will!

enistoja
2nd Jan 2021, 4:36 AM

Your output is your own, and you decide what shape it takes. I would love to see other stories made by you!

Things have changed over the years, and even if your comic doesn't do the numbers it used to, it is still amazing, and I personally I'm along for the ride, for as long as you want to keep doing it!

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I really enjoy this comic

Nichole N
11th Jan 2021, 1:29 AM

I've been reading this comic since I was in high school (10+ years). Many other comics I have been reading since then have changed to the point I couldn't read them anymore or they ended. A few have gone on infinite hiatus (Please don't do that. I've been waiting so long to see where this story will end!)
I really appreciate that you have stuck to it and every update gives me joy. If you feel inspired to draw a different comic or write another story, please do. I'd love to read it!!

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I love your comic

Stuart P
16th Jan 2021, 3:50 PM

Hi there,

I've read your comic for a long time now, it truely is wonderful and exceptionally creative, remember that and that that is in you.

Times are tough right now, and burn out can happen to anyone, sometimes your passion for something can come back in time and sometimes it can take frustratingly long, do whatever comes to you and don't feel guilty about that. If you need to take a break then do it, and if you need to work on something else for a while then do that. If you post a new comic, I would read it for sure.

Best wishes.

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do what you think would be best for you!

wyrm
21st Jan 2021, 1:30 PM

i binged this comic in one night last month, and i still remember it well! its very distinct, and i found it from the comic feast for a king. if you decide to go with a different comic for a while, i'd love to see it! your work is really cool.

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