Obviously, we want you to do whatever you think is best for you, but I can't help noticing (and rather selfishly dreading) the connection with what used to be (and really still is, despite the lack of new material and my familiarity with the jokes) my favourite webcomic (or any comic really, since I only read webcomics), No Outlet
. For those of you unfamiliar with Grover, Rex and company, the author (Adam Greengard) went on a month long hiatus, came back, and then a few short weeks later gave up the comic. Yes, it really is rather selfish to complain about an author giving up (especially after having enjoyed No Outler once/twice a week for 3 years), but I couldn't help noticing the similarity between Adam Greengard's reasons for quitting, and JimRob's reasons for hiatus (I presume most webcomic authors go through similar things, but still).
No Outlet's epitaph:
"To Whom it May Concern: So as I was thinking about this this week, more than once I thought that it'd just be easier to draw something and put it up and be done with it for another week. Cause really, that'd almost have to be than typing up something here that says "eh, you know, I think I'm done," cause it seems like such an event at this point, even if only to me. So anyways, yeah, I think this is it for the No Outlet. It's been five years, and that's a pretty long time; four of those years are even not so abhorrent as to be fovever hidden from view. Most of those four years.
As for why I'm giving it up, well, it's all a rich tapestry, you know? Unsurprisingly enough, I'd chalk a lot of it up to being "unsatisfied with my work." I'll have what I think is a good idea, but I can't seem to convert it into a comic strip that I think is good.
I took that month off and for a couple weeks after I was on it, but I pretty quickly went back to writing Sunday morning/drawing Sunday afternoon.
I'm probably still gonna draw something, and I'm sure that at some point I'll find myself drawing something with Grover in it. I don't know when or where though. Thanks to all for support, particularly early on."
I don't really know what I'm trying to say, other than "I really hope you don't end the comic, because it's really good".
As far as the whole "seriousness" thing goes, I'd like to say that I really prefer the higher emphasis on words and irony and stuff, rather than the sort of wacky "comic book" antics of most strips. I mean, that can work, but I feel the only really great comics are ones that have characters that you can identify with and are well rounded (something like The Class Menagerie for example...though I know No Outlet's characters weren't exactly deep, but I just found them incredibly easy to identify with), and the only way to have that really is to have a real serious side to things (though not all the time...I mean, twists and depth and character arc and deep dark secrets can stop being attractive start becoming irritating...).
Oh yeah, before I forget, I should probably say "Hi, I'm new" or something. So "Hi, I'm new". New to the message board that is. Been reading the comic for a wee while. So, um, yeah...