A lot of you are probably wondering what the story is with the long Hiatus. Well, truth be told, I think it's finally time to stop calling it a Hiatus and call it what it is.
The MPM Webcomic has officially ended it's production.
There's quite a few things that have gone wrong to prompt this curtain call. Firstly there's just the fact that I've gotten a full time job lately and I simply don't have the time I used to to work on the comic.
Before, not only was I fully drawing up the comics, I'm writing up the initial scripts, Working on promotion work, Uploading to the Site and DA 3 times a week, all of the management and behind the scenes work, ect. At some point during my vast unemployment I had turned MPM into a full time job. And now it felt like I had two full time jobs on my shoulders, and one of them was simply taking more than it was giving.
One of the things I took pride in in my management of MPM was my 2 week advance on the current week. I had a strict scheme - Monday, Drawing. Tuesday, Digital Outlines. Wednesday, Colouring. Thursday, Background. Friday, Shading and final elements. Saturday/Sunday, Overtime if I ever needed it. It never really got to the point that I used up all my overtime. If you were reading page 300 on a Friday, I was finished pages 301 to 306 and had just started on page 307.
However, while I was working at my current job I was slipping more and more behind. I wasn't able to finish comics until Saturdays, which eventually slipped back as far as Sundays. When the comics started to slip as far behind as WEDNESDAY, and I had to spend my entire day off just to finish up the last weeks comics AND catch up on this weeks. I working on my computer for 10 hours straight, and I still wasn't fully caught up to schedule.
I'm not proud to admit there was a slight sense of panic that day, too, and had completely burned myself out that night.
It came to the point where I simply had to give up either my job, or MPM.
And MPM wasn't paying the bills.
Another problem I've had creeping in the back of my mind as of late is the format of the comic. As you can tell it's gone through a lot of changes over the last 2 years, and that's simply because I'm just not happy about it. Some time recently I was looking through the MPM pages when I realised that this isn't what I imagined for MPM. I loved MPM when it was an RP Forum, and I've always wanted to make a webcomic. So I thought it should be natural to bring them both together. I realize now that probably wasn't the best idea. MPM was a text based adventure back then. What I really always thought of MPM being was more of a novel format, other than a webcomic. When I read some of my favorite Series - The Kingkiller Chronicles, The Innocent Mage, The secrets of the immortal nicholas flammel, The Black Magician Trilogy - They remind me of MPM more than reading other webcomics. As much as it pains me to say it, I think I birthed MPM into the wrong format.
Hopefully some day in the near or distant future, when myself and the editor can stand to be in the same room as each other, we'll see to possibly correcting this. For now, The Webcomic has officially ceased it's work.
I'd like to take this last section of this massive blog post to give a very heart filled thanks to anyone who has read and has been reading the comic for any period of time. If there's one thing that's really kept me going through the last few months of severe stress it's been reading the comments and talking with you guys, and even seeing the occasional fan work.
And of course a thanks to the actual people of MPM for letting me use their awesome characters in the comic.
So with all said and done, I hope to see you guys buzzing around the comment section of any other projects we may come up with in the near future. And I'll leave you with my all time favorite line in the webcomic to this date, and rather fitting, too.
"Wouldn't it be nice to put a neat little bow on all of life's little Fairy Tales?"
-MPM page 64, Neat little bow.