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With FC coming up, I figure I'll get this question a lot, so I'm going to post my thoughts here now to get it out of the way.

Where are the updates? What's going on with the strips? Are they coming back?

Artists are a weird lot; many of us are flaky, more are moody, and all of us are at least a bit unconventional. Even a rock-solid master like Charles Schulz had his issues. So please bear with me. :)

Right now, I'm just not in a productive mode. I could probably force myself to write or draw, but it would be a lot of stress and the end result would probably not be very good work. It's not like I've gotten bored with the strips and I'm putting them out to pasture; the truth of the matter is that right now I'm somewhat burnt out and don't feel like I have anything worth saying. It's not just the comics; if you follow my Fictionlets, you've probably noticed that there haven't been many of them lately either.

I get these phases. Sometimes they last days, sometimes months, very rarely years. I'm confident that the creative fire will come back, it always does. But I don't have it right now and I can't accurately predict what will make it return. At some point, something I wasn't expecting will hit me upside the head and I'll be all excited to produce again; until then, I'm in "consumer mode" instead, trying to add new material to the surreal landscape that is my mindspace.

It's like farming: every few years, you have to let a field lay fallow, or it'll get overworked and crops won't grow there any more. My creative energies are in the same state. They need to recharge.

So, short answer: yes, the strips are coming back. No, I don't know when. Sorry I can't give a more definite answer!

-The Gneech

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dslartoo
Jan. 15th, 2009 04:00 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear it. Can I suggest that when you do decide to return that you plot out several weeks' worth of strips ahead of time so that you don't hit another creative block after only three days? :)

Believe me, I know what it's like to not feel like you've got anything useful to say. Art is a fickle thing. But we Jungloids love reading your stuff, so we will wait patiently till the strip is updating again. Hell, just raid the sketchbook, I love seeing that stuff too.

cheers,
Phil
usdutchkitty
Jan. 15th, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
I know how you feel. Burnt out or just want to do it to your own schedule but either fans or something whips you to do their bidding.
lowen_kind
Jan. 15th, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC)
Most of are here for you and I'll see you next weekend. ;=3
jtigerclaw
Jan. 16th, 2009 01:35 am (UTC)
Ugh... I COMPLETELY understand.... That's exactly what I'm doing. x_x
koakako
Jan. 16th, 2009 01:54 pm (UTC)
No worries. We'll wait until you're ready. Most of us are just glad to hear that it's on your mind, even if you haven't updated recently. It's much better to wait for the creative mood than to hear you just don't want to do it anymore. ;)
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