10th Feb 2016, 5:02 AM
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10th Feb 2016, 5:02 AM
Hi readers and watchers and whatnot, I have an announcement or two that I’d like to address finally. I’ve been sitting on this journal for like a few months to give myself a chance to change my mind, or move forward, and I think I’ve finally come to a conclusion!
So Archibald has been a work in progress since my Freshman/Sophomore year of high school—that’s roughly 4 or 5 years of work, 3 years roughly of comicwork. It was my first large, consistent project that made the most progress I’d ever made in a comic-story before. I learned a lot of things through trial and error, and what I learned is valuable and will stick with me forever.
If it isn’t already obvious, Archibald updates have been extremely wonky and inconsistent lately. After finishing chapter two I had that long summer hiatus, and then even now chapter three’s updates have been becoming more sparse. Most of this lack of motivation has to do with the fact that I really just hate how the story has been going so far. There are already a thousand things I want to change, and I feel like what I do have to go off of is extremely restricting the scope of what I wanted Archibald to be. This as well has been an ongoing struggle forever, and it just never goes away.
There’s this never ending gut feeling that makes me want to restart, but I’ve honed the advice from people saying restarting is your doom. However, a nice comic artist I met that visited my school reminded me this project started when I was about 15 years old. Looking back now, thinking a 15 year old could pull off what I did is…encouraging. 15 year old me didn’t know jack doody about proper storytelling and comic formatting and whatnot, the process was rough and this story was EXTREMELY ambitious, it was definitely all a learning process.
I don’t regret, nor will I ever regret, attempting Archibald as a long-term project. But lately I am just so incredibly unhappy working on this story, thinking about it, and it becomes more forced labor than actual enjoyment in the hobby I love doing. So that’s why I’m going to be putting Archibald down where it stands right now and cease to work on it.
I wouldn’t say I want to quit, exactly, more so I’m ready to just MOVE ON to bigger and better projects where this weird obligating guilt doesn’t hold me back. The lingering obligation to working on Archibald just doesn’t make me happy anymore, and instead it stresses me out. And as much as I tried to keep my spirits high, I was just stressing myself out more and ultimately my motivation flopped.
What does this mean for Archibald, then? One good thing is I at least have a rough idea of how the rest of the story will pan out from start to end. There are a few things I may consider stepping forward;
One is to write the entire story in novel format and upload it for people to read. The downside to this is, I know dA, I know myself, very few sit down to read a long page of text on a website we signed up for to look at art. Another option is to post a synopsis or outline of what would have happened, but to me that sort of puts a knife in all my hard work up to this point. I still have cool plot points I want to reveal and make it worthwhile, you know? Another option I’ve pondered with is to do a series of PMVs (picture moving videos), essentially a music video to songs I correlate a lot with certain characters, and through those the story unfolds. This is a pretty ambitious option, but so was the comic.
The final option is I restart the comic and story in its entirety in a more simplified format, one that I can scribble out and if I like its progress I can go back to and finalize it when it’s closer to completion. This is what I’d really like to do, juggling that smaller project with the new comic in the works, Scape. I would really like to focus more on world-building if I do revamp the story, there was a lot of untapped potential that I left to the dust cause I was so focused on what I already had written and there was little room for fun development.
I really never thought I’d write this journal. I’m a pretty ambitious person, and I really hate to let people down with big promises like an on-going webcomic. I’ve taken a lot of time to think about this, though, and I feel like what I got out of Archibald will make future projects that much better. This was a big decision for me, but doing this really lifts a huge weight off my shoulders.
I still love Archibald and its characters to death, and you haven't seen the last of them, I only wish I could do more justice for them someday in the future when it’s more…ready. Doing this comic will only make the revised story that much better, and I really hope those who followed me through this journey stick with me into the future with whatever endeavors it holds.
Again; This won't be the last you see of Archibald. With this weight lifted off my shoulders, I will feel more free to re-imagine the story and give it the story it deserves. I'm not quitting, I'm just ready to restart. Scape is now going to be my priority, but Archibald will remain, just a lot more slowly. If that makes sense.
TL;DR: My lack of motivation has brought me to the conclusion to cease Archibald where it stands to move on to bigger, and better projects.
Thank you guys, readers, friends and watchers, you’re all what keep me going in progressing and improving in the thing I love to do. Your support means the world to me, even if it’s just a few consistent commenters. I really suck at replying to comments, but just take my word that I love every interaction and expression of interest in this silly story.
As well, the domain archibaldcomic.com will be expired as I'm not going to renew it until it's ready to reboot, and if you would like to read it still on the site you can find it at www.archibald.thecomicseries.c…!
Hopefully I’ve covered everything, thanks again!
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21st Feb 2016, 8:21 AM
Daamn! I was hoping that eventually this comic will live on again. Sad to hear that this is the end :(
1st Mar 2016, 8:20 PM
I don't like to think of this as the end quite yet, I really hope within due time I can build this story back up even better than before.
I'm sorry yo, I hate to disappoint people ;0; it really was a tough decision.
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