Goodbye

19th Aug 2014, 5:40 PM in Chapter 3 - Impunity
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Rocktopus 19th Aug 2014, 5:40 PM edit delete
Rocktopus
Hi all.

I know this is a bit of a surprise to some of you. But I’m sure of my decision. The reasons I’m doing this are many, but here they are, starting with the biggest two.

1) For the last 3.5 years, I have been slaving over this comic. Originally, I was able to update it once a week, but as time went on, I became more and more stressed over this deadline as pages became more complicated. I was skipping volunteer work, missing out on time with friends, and having anxiety whenever I was called to be with family rather than work on it. I realize now that this is not something I can keep up with as long as I’m still in college or working full-time.
I was spending an average of 3-6 hours a day working on it. As my art style improved and my technique got better, pages took longer, and eventually I was only able to get 1 page out every 2 weeks. This is just too much work for me. I’ve been neglecting other projects that are far more important to my career because of it, and the stress from this schedule is starting to boil over.
Further, I calculated that, even if I were able to get one page out a week through sheer hand-crippling, mind-numbing, social-life-crumbling hard work, it would still take me at least 10 YEARS to finish this story by myself. I would be a 31-year-old man by the time I'm done.

By the One, the thought of that is insane.

2) This comic did not get the attention I hoped it would. 3.5 years and 101 pages (a grand total of about 2000 collected hours of work) and only 35 subscribers. Virtually no additional attention to my art page, almost no feedback from other users; it’s just not worth the collective 3 MONTHS worth of work I’ve done for it. If I had spent that much time working on pieces for my art page, my view count would have TRIPLED by now.

3) I am not pleased with the results. I did a VERY poor job planning this comic (I hadn’t even decided the ending when I started), and the story has suffered for it. I need to collect myself, organize my notes, and prepare everything BEFORE I start. That said, I am not pleased with the artwork either. The style is inconsistent, even within the same chapters. The fact that almost 10000 people have visited the comic and I only have 35 subscribers makes me think that maybe it didn’t turn out as good as I had planned.
The art is not what I consider something I’m proud of, and I would like to begin anew with a cleaner, more unique style.


So with that, I’m going to put an end to this 3.5 year long project. I will still be updating my DeviantART page, my Newgrounds page and my Pixiv. If you want to follow my work, DeviantART is the best place to do that. I can assure you, when Valter’s Rebellion returns, my DeviantART followers will be the first to know.

Thank you all,

-Brett

http://rocktopus64.deviantart.com/
http://rocktopus64.newgrounds.com/
http://pixiv.me/rocktopus
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ChilPhil 19th Aug 2014, 6:56 PM edit delete reply
ChilPhil
I don't comment a whole lot but I wanted to wish you the all the best for your future. I enjoyed your comic, especially the art. I've changed my mindset for my comic to not let the low fanbase bother me. God willing I will get to the end of my story, which took 7 years to write and went thru many revisions. Take care.
Matt Knab 19th Aug 2014, 7:28 PM edit delete reply
Matt Knab
No worries, man. Real life is #1! Your art should never feel like a sacrifice.
Good luck on your future projects, and I'll be keeping an eye on you over at DA!
Allzephyr 20th Aug 2014, 6:32 AM edit delete reply
Allzephyr
Well, so long as the project is reincarnated someday I think we'll be fine. Your choice was probably the right one to make. There isn't much of a point in creative activities that gradually suck the life out of you. Regardless I'd like to say that it has been a pleasure reading this comic and that it fully deserves a place on the popular page. Good work and good luck.
Dawn 20th Aug 2014, 10:34 AM edit delete reply
Well, I for one came every week to see how the story progressed and I hope one day you will pick it up again and let me know how it turns out. But when something you love becomes a burden, it is time to give it up. You shouldn't do that with people but, with activities and things, you should. It wasn't all a waste though. Your art improved A LOT over the years! You learned some lessons that will help you with future projects. You have an appreciation for the comics that are out there. Make sure you post some of your art on Facebook so I can keep seeing it.
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