So a couple of things…or a lot of things. A wall of text, a long read…
I come back about a week+ (after two years!)…I'm not surprised that some people unfav'd this comic, but I'm more-so surprised that over 90% of my fans remained (and some particular people unfav'd)! But, uh, when I came back, part of me felt a little empty seeing how some of my favourite webcomics [read: ALL] have...well, not updated. And really it's not because of months off; it's more so an emptiness from empathizing with the authors of those webcomics.
Save for one or two, all have stumbled into a bit of a powerful writer's block. But maybe it is incorrect to term it as such; it just seems like there have been things going on in their lives, and such things have drained them of their initial spark to create what they've created and continue/finish what they've started. To me, that's depressing because (as a fan) I don't enjoy reading/imagining/knowing/other-present-participle-words how/that the authors have stumbled into a bit of a bind—to put it lightly.
Higher education, no doubt about it, puts a strain on one's brain. After all, this is your career we're talking about! And webcomic-making is a hobby, yes? And I've messaged at least two people the obvious condolences that I felt I should type anyways: if a hobby becomes a chore, it is no longer fun. A break is the best thing.
One author in particular—I won't say any names, but you can guess who I'm talking about, and I will confirm if you are correct—typed that he has his active comic in his bookmark, and he clicks it daily. But he just sorta stares. (As I finish this paragraph, I think I'm getting a lot of dust in my eyes, here. Hush, that's heartbreaking. Crap, I got wate-I mean, dust on some of my keys on my keyboard. Okay, all better.)
I've read a comment saying that this is "last stand for sprite comics"…Have they been declining? These two years I've been gone…for real?
I don't know how many spelling and/or grammar errors I have, but I'm not going to proofread. (Okay, I misspelled "paragraph" in the fourth paragraph and corrected that, but ONLY TO ADD TO THE FIRST PARAGRAPH. Shush. Okay, I also corrected "felt"—it was originally "feels." :P)
The first two paragraphs ultimately gave me the incentive…no, spirits(? maybe.) to return and start comic-making again. The fourth and fifth made me want to not leave months again. I'm not sure how I'm going to balance my time once my academic year in college starts again, but I'm thinking that I should 'devote' only thirty minutes (maybe twenty or fifteen), uninterrupted, a day (or every-other day) to just sit down, and add to the document that will ultimately be finalized as a webcomic (hopefully in .png format).
I wonder if I should put this in a thread in "Forum Talk"…actually, anybody can copy-paste this entire spiel into a thread if you like—I ask that you link it directly to this page, though, if you so choose to copy-paste this wall of text)…
I type 'devote' in air-(single)quotes because using that word almost makes it seem like this is a chore, but no. I don't want you to think that; for me, it just means that I want to finish what I started because I still have a bevy of ideas that I've saved in a word-document (and many I haven't or haven't even thought of yet). [Aside: I guess the same could be said about something I started on my Youtube™ account, but I'm getting there as well.]
So to those who read through all of this—this took forty minutes apparently, holy crap—, thank you for your time. And please don't stress yourself more than you should.
Okay, now on to thoughts about my comic.
Making this comic was a great homecoming (though it took HOURS, but that's mainly because I was rusty on my speed), especially because I broke away from my standard four or six equal-sized panels that I thought of settling in. It was hard because trying to exhibit action in a non-animated way…was a little challenging at first. I did it with the previous comics, but this was (actually, is) the first true battle of the comic, and I haven't touched this in two years. It was a little difficult on where to start. But I think I've found the rhythm I had (or a good percentage of it).