Last week, he posted another note saying how Chaos Grimm is also now on hold. Given his (very legitimate) reasoning, and the way he laid it out on his site, I asked if I could run the piece here as an example of what nearly every webcomic creator has to go through from a practical point of view...
It really is “all about the money”. I wish it weren’t. I wish I could be the artist I’ve always dreamed of being; an artist unconcerned about money and creating solely for the love of creating. It’s the kind of artist I’ve always wanted to be and it was the kind of artist I’ve always been. Until I couldn’t any longer. Eventually the time came when I couldn’t give money the finger and keep pushing pen across paper. All my artistic integrity and arrogance couldn’t keep the rent paid or food on the table.Be sure to check out Lester's work and, if you're so inclined, buy some print copies of it.
Like it or not the time eventually came for me to lay aside my pencil, work on more immediate things and maybe grow up a little. Let me stress that I’m not “leaving” anything, nor am I stopping work on the projects I’m involved in, but the time has come for me to pause and re-think the WAY I am presenting these projects.
Why now? Why now after so many years? There are several reasons for this seemingly sudden change but the most immediate is that the company I worked for decided some time ago that they didn’t need a graphics department any longer and I was let go without warning or time to prepare. Unfortunately, my savings can only go so far and real life needs to be addressed. Work that produces little or no income must take a backseat to work that does.
I no longer had the luxury of creating for the sake of creating. I have been producing artwork at a furious pace for quite a while now, feeling that this moment would come, and I wanted to be as ready as I could be. The time when I would set artwork and spend my time, and give my attention, to things like keeping a roof over my head has come. I can’t put it off any longer.
Although I will no longer be able to devote my time and energies to creating new artwork as I have been, you will see artwork and projects coming out that will be “new to you”. In the upcoming weeks and months I have more graphic novels that will become available. Most of this work has not been available on-line before. Even the new ALTERED EGO graphic novel will contain stories, artwork and behind the scenes information that will be new to everyone and will only be available through purchasing the books. As much as I love giving away work for free to anyone who would like it, it simply doesn’t pay the bills. Not even well below poverty level bills.
Life changes and this is a good thing. I am positive about the future and excited about what lay ahead even if it’s flipping burgers and sweeping floors. I will be new and it will be different.
Rest assured, I will be back. Heck! I’m not really even going anywhere. I’m still here I’ll just not be posting new work online as often. Still, the dream lives on.
Thanks for the ride. It was a blast.
In the meantime, please consider helping me along by purchasing the books I have for sale, the merchandise and sharing, promoting and loving Chaos and Co. Fan work is totally AWESOME too! Just because I personally, haven’t the time to work on Chaos doesn’t mean Chaos has to disappear entirely. It’s really up to all of us. Lets make this hiatus a positive thing!