So, I guess if you haven’t figured by now, I have an important message regarding GRS’s future. I was originally going to make a video but I say things a lot better in type than I do with my own voice a lot of the time, so I hope this is enough and I hope people will read it.
I am going to put Grim Reaper School to rest for a while. (no pun intended. Or maybe it was. Or not. Okay yeah it was)
I know in a way this is kind of like webcomics-suicide because putting a comic on indefinite hiatus is basically saying goodbye to all the hard work and the followers and stuff. And I have worked really, really, hard on this comic for years. Nearly ten years, in fact! Which is why I feel it’s time to close the book and say goodbye for a while. This wasn’t an easy decision for me, probably one of the hardest I’ve had to make, but I feel like it will be worth it in the long run. Grim Reaper School has changed a LOT since I first started it, and I always vowed that I would never go back and redo it because for one thing I never had the time, and for another comics that go back and update their previous chapters take a long time to finish, and I just don’t want to dedicate the next ten years of my life to redoing a comic that I started out of curiosity, to see if I could do it, when I have so many other projects I’ve been waiting those ten years to start. Don’t get me wrong. I love Grim Reaper School. I put a lot of effort into getting it noticed, into building an audience, and selling books and trying to put myself on the map of webcomic creators worth reading. And I still feel like I didn’t do the best I could do. I appreciate all of the support I have gained from a wonderful audience. You guys have really made this comic worth it, in the end. I’m so grateful that you all have followed me on this journey, or decided to keep reading when you stumbled across it, or if you bought a book and told your friends and kept coming back despite my awkward update schedule and mini hiatuses. I am so happy and I love you guys so much!
Making webcomics is hard work. I’m not gonna pretend that it’s easy peasy.But it takes a lot of time that I just don’t have anymore. GRS has caused me a ton of stress and I have literally spent an entire week just trying to get a page done, because the whole time I was working on it, I wanted to work on other things, and when I did it would set me back an update and screw up the entire schedule. If I couldn’t update, I would guilt trip myself so hard because I didn’t want to let anyone down and I didn’t want to give up. I don’t want to go into my personal matters too much, but a lot of it had to do with anxiety and depression related issues, and having to worry about meeting a weekly deadline was contributing to it. I think when something you used to enjoy becomes a major point of stress in your life, that’s when you know you should walk away for a bit. So, rather than put it on a long hiatus where I’ll have to build things up all over again, I’ve decided to just cut the cord, put it away, and leave it alone. To be honest I don’t know if I will ever do webcomics again, but I haven’t completely ruled them out as a possibility either. Someday, when art and writing becomes my full time job, if I ever become so blessed, it may be a format I go back to. But right now, I just don’t have the time and the patience.
But this isn’t the end of GRS as a whole! Oh no! I actually want to rewrite GRS. I don’t know if it will come back as a comic, or a novel, and the story may or may not be the same. I haven’t really decided. I also have other stories I would like to tell from the GRS world, about other Reapers, about the future of the characters in this particular comic. Another reason why I’ve decided to put it away is because I’ve been slowly re-writing bits of it and it has got to the point that the story I started with is almost completely different from what I would like to do instead. With GRS sleeping for a while I have other, bigger projects I want to put work into, and I think it will also give me the opportunity to make GRS better so that someday, when it comes back, it will be better than ever!
The other reason is because Dennis and I have decided that we are ready to build our future together. He did a great job inking the comics and he put many hours into them even though our schedules collided a lot and some stuff fell through. We have decided to take it to the next level and make art together and collaborate on new projects and I feel that is more important at the moment. We both want to be illustrators, creators, whatever, full time instead of having to work retail jobs, and it’s hard to do that when we are struggling to do a weekly webcomic. We will, however, be opening for commissions and we will be opening up our Patreon soon! So, if you like my work, if you wish to follow our endeavors even though GRS is over with, there are links at the bottom of this entry where you can continue to follow us.
Also, I will be closing the forum for a while too. I don’t have the time to moderate it and it wasn’t that busy anyway. This site in particular will remain for another month or two and then I will be archiving it onto my main site.
So, what does this mean for you guys? Well the first question you may have is:
“What about Volume 1? What about the Contest Prizes from like two years ago?”
There won’t be a Volume 1, but I will be sending the Contest winners Issues #1-4 of the comics I have now. I will also be sending stickers with them, and a full drawn, inked, colored art of the character they submitted since I won’t get to cameo the other characters. I still intend to cameo those characters in the future GRS story somehow, and I feel bad I didn’t get to throw them in, but that’s because the ranks and occupations didn’t match up with the storyline so I had to write it to match xD So the order got kinda mixed up, sorry! lol But anyway, Contest winners will be rewarded with comics, stickers and art as a thank you and an apology and I hope they will accept it. (I love you guys!) I unfortunately won’t have anything done and ready to send until January because of the busy holiday hours and shipping, so if you can hold out for a bit longer, your prizes will come to you!
What about selling the comics at cons?
I won’t be selling them at cons again anytime soon. The comics I have left over I will be putting in a shop I intend to set up in the next few weeks. I don’t have a lot left, and I’m short on Issue 1 which I will only reprint if there is high enough demand for them (if you want one, please let me know!). Otherwise what’s there is what I have left and I’ll be selling them until they are gone.
Anyway, gunna call it there guys. I love you all and I appreciate all of the support you have given me and Grim Reaper School these past ten years. I appreciate all of the work Dennis has done for me to help me get the comic updated on time. If you like our work, please stay tuned to the Patreon where we will be taking donations big and small to share development work on other projects (or even GRS related stuff!) and help us build a future together. We both hope to set up active blogs soon where you can follow our progress and stay in touch if you want to ask us questions, commission us, or see what we are up to! We will also update those pages when we have tables at cons and stuff!
Thank you thank you thank you so very much for reading! Be safe, take care, and Happy Holidays! It’s been swell!