I struggled with this decision for a while, but I’ve decided to put my webcomic Echo Effect on hiatus. It won’t return until Friday, November 18th.
I wish I didn’t have to do this, but I feel like I’ll burn out otherwise. I work on my comics for long hours every day, often sacrificing sleep and skipping meals so I can get more accomplished. Despite this, though, I’m still nowhere near as fast or talented as other artists, and even seem to be losing readers as a result. This has depressed me to the point where I’ve nearly torn down Echo Effect from my site several times, convinced no one would notice or care. I keep trying to resist, especially since the story is already 2/3rds of the way completed, but it’s hard.
I haven’t written myself into a corner, or anything like that. Echo Effect has been fully plotted since 2012, so I know exactly what happens next, all the way to the end. Drawing this webcomic has simply become taxing, and I need to ease up before it causes me to break.
While I still plan to work on Echo Effect during the hiatus, I’m going to do it at a more leisurely pace, so I don’t burn out for real. New strips will be up on Patreon whenever I manage to complete them, before the official return in November. And because only Echo Effect is going on hiatus, I’ll continue to post random art here on this blog, for those of you who are fans of my work in general.
If I feel like Echo Effect can return sooner than planned, I’ll let you guys know. At the moment, though, mid-November seems most feasible, so I hope the wait isn’t too unbearable…