Episode 412 - Hiatusssss D:

Feb 4, 2019

A huge thank you to the fantastic Amelius, creator of Charby the Vampirate! We mined her great newspost on the topic of the comic hiatus for this Quackcast. When you're reading a comic and it goes on Hiatus it's an awful thing… suddenly all progress stops and you don't know for how long it will be gone for. Some authors are great, they'll reach a point where they can't work anymore for some reason or they'll take a little break, but they will tell you they're going on a hiatus and when their comic will return- and Lo, it comes back exactly when they said it would. Crappy authors will say they're going on a hiatus and never return.

Topics and Show Notes

The sad fact is that all webcomics end eventually and most don't have a proper end, they just peter out. Sometimes they return from the dead, but if a comic hasn't updated for 3 years it's generally finished. It's a good courtesy gesture to your readers to give them closure in some way: don't end with an indefinite hiatus, rather you should tell people flat out that you're not doing anymore work on the comic and maybe post a link to any current projects you have instead.

This week our theme from Gunwallace is Mediocrity Simulator: Life in the big city is a slow, dull crawl… the gears of capitalism grind on inevitably regardless, crushing all that falls between their cold, uncaring mechanical teeth. Grow up, go to school, get a job and become a part of the machine. Days stretch to infinity.

Possible topic for next week: Stories that subvert expectations: Good or bad?

Topics and shownotes

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Links
Amelius's newspost and reader comments - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2019/jan/27/the-dread-hiatus/

Special thanks to:
Gunwallace - http://www.virtuallycomics.com
Banes - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/banes
kawaiidaigakusei - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/kawaiidaigakusei/
Pitface - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/PIT_FACE/
Ozoneocean - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/ozoneocean

Featured music:
Mediocrity Simulator - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Mediocrity_Simulator/, by FunctionCreep, rated A.

comment

anonymous?

ozoneocean at 7:58PM, Feb. 14, 2019

Thanks Function Creep :D

FunctionCreep at 11:43AM, Feb. 10, 2019

"That's such an interesting name for a comic" And how. :D for real tho, that theme music is amazing! Like, totally on point perfection. Ahh the dreaded hiatus. The bane of reader and creator alike, and the death of so many works that show potential. As someone who's got something on hiatus (as well as currently bringing 'Mediocrity Simulator' out of unplanned hiatus) I know it's a tough thing to face and accept. If you manage to bring something back from the brink that like, though, it can teach a lot of valuable lessons in creation and the management of creation.

ozoneocean at 5:20PM, Feb. 5, 2019

Haha! What I liked most about your post was that it was all from a reader perspective.

Amelius at 12:39PM, Feb. 5, 2019

Haw yeah, you are welcome! I'm really delighted to have inspired some QC's! Felt bad that a few people took it very personally, but some comments may have inspired my next article... which I'm writing right now, well, after writing this comment!


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