Posted on December 24, 2021 at 12:01 pm by Zedrin
Hey all. Sorry this isn’t an update, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to change soon, and I wish I could offer something more than just this pic.
Truth be told, ever since starting the webcomic, especially since the hiatus, I’ve always felt some level of guilt whenever I’ve drawn Pivot or Socket, as I felt like it should’ve been energy I saved for the webcomic. Hence, I rarely drew them outside of this comic, which I don’t think is a healthy way to handle your own creations.
This experience, while educational, has also really hammered into me how much webcomics are a blindspot for me. Managing them, from backgrounds, layout, dialog, to scriptwriting, is arduous and just stopped being enjoyable long before the hiatus started. The website layout and theme has also sucked since day one, which doesn’t make the process of reading or uploading very enjoyable. Maybe it would have been better to play to my strengths and just do an occasional animation involving the cast here and there to tell the stories I wanted. Maybe I should’ve asked for help, but the process of scouting reliable assistance can be just as much if not more work than just doing it myself.
And what’s more, that wouldn’t solve how frustrating my old writing has been to work around, and my pain points with comic design. I’ve written myself into a corner, and some plot points that I made when first starting out keep being brought up or prevent me from advancing the plot in a reasonable way. There’s a mess of holes and a tangle of threads. I’ve thought about, once again, scrapping the whole comic and starting over, and doing it cleaner, and in a way that doesn’t make me cringe as much. At this point that seems like a more reasonable way forward, but that’d also be so much work that I don’t want to bank on being worthwhile, nor does any part of me want to start.
Comics just aren’t usually fun for me to make. They’re not a media I typically like working in. I don’t know if I’m going to come out of this hiatus, to be honest.
I wish I had something a bit more encouraging to say for this holiday season. I appreciate all the readership you guys have given me; I managed to get fairly far, all things considered, at 152 updates. That I feel is something to be proud of, even if it stopped going in a direction I wanted. I hope that getting all this off my chest well help me feel a bit better about drawing these two again.
Thank you all for sticking with me. If you’re looking for the discord link, it’s on the previous update still.