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Poor NeverNever has had a rough time of it that past few years ... it's on, then it's off, then it's on again, then it's off and languishing. I keep trying to revive it, because I love it dearly (and because NN fans tend to be more "fanatical" than SJ fans), but at the same time, to "get it right" requires twice as much effort as Suburban Jungle. That's just the writing! Artistically, NN is about on par with SJ, but since the art is the hardest part of SJ, you can see what that adds up to.

NN seems deceptively simple, but it is in fact devilishly difficult to keep what the Websnark referred to as "whimsical cynicism" from collapsing under its own weight. Why do you think Black Adder is such a hit-and-miss series? Too much whimsy and it seems vapid, too much cynicism and it becomes bitter.

I figured that finding another artist would lighten the load enough to make it work, and higginsdragon, to his credit, gave it a good try, but ended up just as blocked on it as I was. Drawing a comic is not something to be taken on lightly if you aren't ready for it ... comics are hungry beasts that will consume your life if you're not careful. But because of my limited amount of time to work on the project, I couldn't really do "artist wrangling." (If I could do that, I could just wrangle myself into doing the art myself.)

I don't want NeverNever to be like the archetypal TV series that lasted two seasons too long, so I've decided to officially retire it. There were too many "ifs" and "maybes" and "what abouts" involved to try to keep it going. As good an artist as Higgins is, I don't think he was prepared for the project ... and the chances of finding an artist with the right look and feel, who could jump in and hit the ground running, and isn't already way too busy doing something else, are just too small.

When I get the time to work on it, I plan to pull down all of the strips beyond the end of Childproof the Unicorns. As much as I love the faeries and the pookas and everything else, I'd rather they had a shorter, stronger showing than to keep kinda-sorta-going forever.

I am grateful to everyone who has read and loved NeverNever, to David at Plan 9 Publishing for his enthusiasm in wanting to publish Childproof the Unicorns, and to Higgins for helping me give it one more chance.

-The Gneech


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Jan. 23rd, 2005 06:55 pm (UTC)
Maybe Mopsy can protect Yin and Tiffany's place; they could send Colonel Thunder and Co. to go bother Woody ;) Not like the characters of the comics can really mesh though, I suppose. What about the archive SJ comics that tell others to read NN?

It was a great strip; I read the archives a couple times already. Eh, you can only do so much and SJ always did have more fans and such...

*shuts up before he starts randomly babbling*


Lizard Rat out.
Random in New Haven CT
Jan. 23rd, 2005 07:01 pm (UTC)
Alas, poor NN, you had your day in the sun. *basks in the memories of the strip* -Frisk
Jan. 23rd, 2005 07:41 pm (UTC)
I actually discovered SJ via NN. I've always hoped you'd be able to get a revival really rolling, but if it's not working, then it's Not Working. Though I do regret your removal of the later strips, I think you've made the right decision in ending it at a strong point.

I do hope you'll consider other possibilities. Maybe the concept is better-suited to another format -- a comic book or a grahpic novel might allow you to tell the story in a more natural rhythm, without having to keep the gag-a-day pace going.
Jan. 23rd, 2005 08:35 pm (UTC)
Indeed, I first saw Never Never before I found SJ, I've always enjoyed it greatly, but I know just how much a kick in the pants life can give you at all the wrong times. I've seen many a good webcomic come and go in the last decade, but everyone can only do so much, afterall. I do hope someday for a possible glorious return, but if not, it will live in our hearts and memories. I've found so many good comics over the years, it's impossible to keep up with them all, even if I might try, but that's why I organize bookmarks for. If I get behind, I can move them to a folder with a certain date to catch-up from, while persuing my other interests and priorities. I do have my select list which I've been reading from the start, or near start though, and Gneech's stuff has been on that list.
Jan. 23rd, 2005 11:09 pm (UTC)
Can't say I'm not sad to see it go. But I understand your reasoning. It's never a good thing to try and keep something going after it's time has come and gone.

It really was fun while it lasted
Jan. 24th, 2005 12:25 am (UTC)
All good things must come to an end. In the case on Never Never, it was just it's time.

Tiger Claw
Jan. 24th, 2005 02:38 am (UTC)
Well I hope it will return again some day. In the mean time I also hope there is a way to preserve what has been done. In my own mind it was just starting to get interesting again.
Jan. 24th, 2005 09:28 am (UTC)
you're 2 very class acts.. ^v^

*wingpatpat fluff fluff*
Jan. 24th, 2005 09:42 am (UTC)
So, is there going to be a proper "ending" tacked on, or will we do the "hiatus" thing that most webcomics end up doing?
Jan. 24th, 2005 06:15 pm (UTC)
Basically, there will be a "the end" image of some kind. I haven't worked it all out.

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