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Comic 160 - Real life break.

5th Oct 2015, 12:01 AM
Real life break.
Average Rating: 5 (5 votes)
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Draginbeard 5th Oct 2015, 12:01 AM edit delete
Hello all.

So yeah... I need to go on an unplanned hiatus for a little bit. I honestly dont know exactly how long but I will continue working the comic regardless.

Just so as not to further dissapoint anyone, but when I say 'break', I mean I wont do any filler or anything. Things are kind of a mess for me right now.

I had been planning on a short break during the holidays to build up my buffer, but then my desktop died tonight. Its not all bad as I have everything backed up, and I still have my laptop but it runs kind of slow (well its faster than my desktop now, right?).

Anyway, Ive been stressing over getting pages done on time, and the page quality has started slipping. Basically Im not happy with how things look, but Im struggling to keep up and thats taking the fun out of doing the comic. And for me, doing the comic was mostly for fun, and when it stops being fun, its hard to keep doing it.

And lastly on top everything else, we are shorthanded at work, so starting this week Im doing extra shifts, which is good for cash flow, but even worse for time I get to do the comic.

So yeah, for the sake of my own state of mind, Im going to stop and take a break, and just work on the comic at an easier pace.

I will start posting again, I just cant make any promises as to when.

Thank you all for your patience.

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chris-tar 5th Oct 2015, 12:52 AM edit delete reply
I'm the one guy who truly understands where you are coming from.
Take your time, your readers are not going anywhere.
If you really need to post something, maybe you can find some old sketches or something for us to enjoy, but definitely do not stress out, and do not work too hard either. In fact, you may have to put your foot down and tell your job that you cannot accept all the extra shifts they are throwing at you because your health is #1.
In my experience, most big business and corporations don't give a crap about their employee's mental and physical well being, only profits, so don't let yourself get used.
So see you when you are ready to return my friend.
Also, you can become a career commentator like me!
It's really fun and easy to comment on other people's comics! lol
Much easier than making your own!
Draginbeard 5th Oct 2015, 11:04 PM edit delete reply
Thanks =)

And yeah, I can do more reading and commenting on comics I read.

As for work, I cant complain too much, and the overtime always comes in handy, especially will extra bills I have right now.

I am doing some script and rough sketches all this week, so Im still at it.
DizzasterJuice 5th Oct 2015, 6:01 AM edit delete reply
Well at least you had everything backed up. Hope things start looking up for you soon. We'll be here when you get back.
Draginbeard 5th Oct 2015, 11:10 PM edit delete reply
Oh yeah, I have back ups for my back ups even. Learned to do that when I first started working digital and my old computer would just shut down for no apparent reason. I once lost 3 hours of good work from that.

Funny how fast time goes when you are deep into your art. All I lost was the color work I had been doing, and I laid out some choice swears over that. I think losing entire pages would make me cry.
Centcomm 5th Oct 2015, 7:03 AM edit delete reply
aww im sorry to hear that. :( HUGS wish I could do something to help . Ill be here whern you decid4e to start back up again and Like dizz said .. at least you have everything backed up HUGS!
Draginbeard 5th Oct 2015, 11:16 PM edit delete reply
Thanks Cennt,

Its all good, I just need to remind myself that Im in it for the joy of cartooning and stop stressing myself out so much.

Yeah, at one point I considered trying to make a little money from it, but now I think that only adds to the stress of it. I have an ok job where I can sneak in a little time to do some comic work, and thats more than a lot of others folks get.

I will be back at it soon enough.
shinka 5th Oct 2015, 7:30 AM edit delete reply
we understand.
take your time. We'll wait :)
Draginbeard 5th Oct 2015, 11:17 PM edit delete reply
I'll be back soon, and with an actual buffer this time =P
Dodom 5th Oct 2015, 10:25 AM edit delete reply
Good wishes for you, and about this page, now I'm imagining Jolly returning the script slightly edited so when the dragons attack in the past, they're chihuahua sized and end up captured, tamed and used as novelty pets for the rest of their very long life.
Draginbeard 5th Oct 2015, 11:20 PM edit delete reply

If Jolly had his way, the comic would be about him on the beach managing a fantasy bikini team for his dwarven ale brewery!

Actually, thats not such a bad idea...naw.
Lopriest 6th Oct 2015, 1:30 AM edit delete reply
Hope things get better soon ;)
Draginbeard 6th Oct 2015, 7:13 PM edit delete reply
Thanks, things seem to go in cycles. This will turn around soon enough. =)
Joel Sawyer 11th Oct 2015, 9:31 PM edit delete reply
Joel Sawyer
I feel ya, buddy. That was me earlier this year. Do what you need to and we'll be here when you get back!
Draginbeard 11th Oct 2015, 11:03 PM edit delete reply
Well the good news is that I have my desktop up and running again. Looks like there is more overtime coming at my job though...
Crystal 3rd May 2016, 10:35 PM edit delete reply
Found and binge-read your comic tonight. Any chance your life has allowed you to make more Draginbeard?
Draginbeard 12th Jun 2016, 6:41 AM edit delete reply
Sorry about the late reply, Ive had a busy last few months.

First off, thanks for reading! Next, I am currently enrolled in school and working full time, so I simply do not have the time to work on the comic.

Once I finish school (end of the year) I will be doing some job hunting. After that I will set aside time to get back to Jolly and continuing his adventures.

I miss doing my little comic, and I will return to it as soon as I am able.
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