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Dragging My Feet

I think I'm going to just have to admit that on some level, I'm stalling.

Ya see, the end of Suburban Jungle in its current form is getting close. Very close. As in, we are in the last story arc, and pretty far into it at that.

And, as much as I need it to be finished, it's been a huge part of my life for the past ten years and it's tough to let go.

Now, it's not all stalling — this has been a crazygonuts year for laurie_robey and myself, and shows no signs of slowing down. My dad's health problems are a fact. Our jobs trying to take over our lives and needing to be beaten into submission is a fact. Getting myself out from under dependency to Cymbalta is a fact.

But there have also been plenty of times that I could have been drawing but suddenly had an overwhelming compulsion to have Maedhroc grind out 10,000 orcs for his Drudgery deed in LotRO for instance. Usually when that happens it's because I'm tired and know that if I try to draw I'll make a hash of it, but if I'm going to be honest, I need to face the fact that sometimes I've just been stalling.

It's weird how coming to a stop with SJ is much harder than starting it was. But both it and I are stagnating and need to grow. Scary step it may be, but it's a necessary one.

-The Gneech


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Aug. 25th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
For what it's worth, i first ran across SJ while goofing off at my first post-college job sometime in the '99-2001 era. Still following it. n_n

I also know how easy it is to derive a sense of virtual accomplishment from toiling away at a mmorpg rather than sit down and bang out artwork. (far FAR too easy, done it too often myself)

Let me know if you want to make a semi-regular art night to sit down away from distractions and hammer away at stuff, redline anatomy that doesn't look right, etc.
Aug. 25th, 2009 05:11 pm (UTC)
Strange as it may sound, a semi-regular art night is more likely to happen once the strip is done, than when it's going. Because then I can shuffle the rest of my week around it.

Aug. 25th, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC)
will you guys allow wayward California crocheters?
Aug. 25th, 2009 05:36 pm (UTC)
Re: will you guys allow wayward California crocheters?
Only if they promise to scritch Buddha!

Aug. 25th, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
I thought you shut that down a year ago. :(
Aug. 25th, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
Nope, not done yet. But soon.

Aug. 25th, 2009 06:39 pm (UTC)
Not the end, but a new beginning...
Aug. 25th, 2009 06:55 pm (UTC)
You've kept us waiting for so long only to tell us that it's right near the end?

To be honest in recent times I thought you'd abandoned SJ, or at least wanted to... I guess I wasnt so far from the truth :(

There just seems so much more possibility still, there's so much with the characters which feels yet to be explored :/

I dunno, Im probably just ranting. Sorry.
Aug. 25th, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
Maybe this is your subconscious' way of telling you that you don't really want to end the strip... :D
Aug. 26th, 2009 12:08 am (UTC)
As a fellow lazy webcomic artist, I say take all the time you need! :)

Also, there's a typo in Leona's name in the first panel of this strip, in case no other annoying anal people have pointed that out yet. :)
Aug. 26th, 2009 12:51 am (UTC)
awwww man seriously ? NOOOOOO thats a skocker!!!! im gonna miss it :( ive only been a DIE hard fan for like a year awwww...and no wally .......:(
Aug. 26th, 2009 12:53 am (UTC)
wally never came back !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! he was my FAVORITE !!!! :( :( :(
Aug. 26th, 2009 01:00 am (UTC)
Ah, but the key phrase is "in its current form". We have reason to believe that it will return, eventually, bigger and better - no?

In the mean time I can just satisfy myself re-re-reading the archives and admiring my signed print. [thanks again, btw]
Aug. 28th, 2009 12:25 pm (UTC)
ya but how long will That take !
Aug. 28th, 2009 02:30 pm (UTC)
If you go look around the SJ LJ archives, you can probably find the answer to your question. There has been talk about this for about a year now - iirc.
Aug. 27th, 2009 02:33 am (UTC)
Slightly off subject, I paraphrased one of the best lines in SJ today on another comic. n_n
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