TBC

Hey there, Reapers! Go back one for this week’s updates!
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.

Where else can we find you?

At the moment, we have a few places you can follow us for updates:

  • our Twitter accounts: Ajahli / Devillo
  • The Lunar Blaze Facebook Page (we will update this when we have the Patreon set up!)
  • our Main websites: Ajahli / Devillo (both are kinda under contruction)
  • Deviant Art: Ajahli / Devillo
  • We are also on tumblr, but we are working on setting up an LB tumblr blog~
  • And if you’re a member or active in the furry fandom, we have websites on FA and such. Just ask!

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!

~love, Ajah ♥


Update Day Change

Hey guys! Just letting you all know I am changing my update day to Sunday. This is because I have Sundays off and it’s really hard to coordinate during the week especially when my work schedule requires me to work a majority of the day and a majority of the week. So, in order to update on time and to give myself enough time to work on pages, updates will moved from Tuesday to Sunday. Not that I was really strict on my Tuesdays anyway, but the first part of the week is usually guaranteed that I am going to be at work most of the time.

Thanks for reading! See you all on Sunday!

This week’s update

alrriiiiight let’s try news updatey posts!!

UHH. Update this week will be on Friday. I had initially wanted it to be today but I got caught up in enjoying the holidays with the family so I didn’t get the page finished in time.  Ah well. Updates will come no matter what! Just… not always on the same day OTL

It’s getting a bit harder for me to produce pages, and I don’t mean in a sense of time management or whatever, although that is kind of part of it. I usually take a hiatus at Christmas time because work gets so busy, so that I can build up a buffer, but I was already on hiatus for so long I tried to keep it going. Guess I’m not doing so great at it.  Either way, it’s just kind of taxing, I guess just because I don’t have the energy. I’m hoping now that the new year is upon us, work will slow down a bit, I will be less tired and stressed, and I will feel like putting a lot of work into things.

Also the one who voted “DONT CARE” on my poll, shame shame!! Although, I can’t blame you seeming as how it is taking me forever to actually get to it. HEH. But when I do, it will be GLORIOUS~ Or lame. IDK!

Anyway, see you guys Friday.

Free Comic Book Day and some updates~

Hi everyone!  Well, since a page didn’t go up this week I figured a news post was in order. I should probably get better at doing that but I’m never sure who sees what. I guess I will implement a new “harass everyone to read my blog” policy? Who knows…

I got back from Free Comic Book Day not too long ago. I sat with my fellow MSCA buddies and we promoted the group and our stuff.  I have to say I really do appreciate having a support system, artists who want to promote themselves as well as each other, and make it somehow in this big scary world of comics! (Okay maybe not so scary).  Thanks to anyone who came out to the Comic Cellar to talk to us and meet us, thanks to anyone who dropped by to say hi and who might be reading GRS after they picked up a postcard from my end of the table.  If you like to draw comics and you live in the area (or visit often), we meet on the first Thursday of every month (the 31st of May this month too actually)  and our awesome President, Chris Jowers, has a lot of big plans for the group for this year!  We have a broad range of comic people, from creators, to writers, to those who just love comics, and anyone is welcome to come out and talk to us!

Now for news~

I am working hard to have Issue #4 and Volume #1 for Anime Blues Con this June. (I am also doing a couple panels! Y-yay!).  I apologize for pushing back the release date so much but eh. That’s really a personal story not for the internet. However!  I am working on making my books available to readers who may not be local.  I have a few things to figure out in terms of shipping costs and etc. and the easiest way to make it possible for people to buy them, but I am working on it!  I am also going to set up a little donation button on the sidebar here pretty soon, so if you like the comic and want to support it in other ways, you can always drop in some spare change. I’ll have some kind of reward available (a high res wallpaper perhaps??) and anything I collect from the tip jar will go towards funding the website or printing. (anything that needs doing, basically). I may do a commission drive later this summer, because I need a new computer, but stay tuned for that.  I need to make sure I have the time.

Lastly, I have a forum!  We have a few cool active members and we would like more to talk to! So if you want to talk about the comic, or anime, or post your art, or whatever, please drop by and see us!

That’s all for now folks!  The new page will be up next week~

This week’s update!

I’m back from MTAC! Oh man it was so much fun!

This week’s update will be on its 2nd update day: Thursday!  So stay tuned and come on back!

See you soon!

Oh it’s 2012!

I was actually on my way to write a blog post when I noticed people are raging excited for GRS to get going again xD  So okay, you ninnies here’s the low down!

Next week I will be posting the contest winners. The week after that I will (hopefully) start updating again.   At the start of February I will send Volume #1 into its printing process. And send the awards to the winners!

*checks list* yeah I think that is everything.

As to the reason why getting started again has lagged behind… I forgot about inventory at work.  Which means, we spend a week counting everything in the dang store, then spend the following Sunday counting the rest when the store is devoid of customers.  That is next week (oh god help me).  There has also been some RL drama whiiiich I am not inclined to talk about the internet. But I promise you I have been gearing up for this. I have stories, I have new characters, I have cameos and contest winners… AND CONVENTIONS.  Well.. one convention but I’m hoping for a second!!

I should also mention that in case it isn’t obvious, I have problems keeping multiple places updated BUT! If you would like to keep even MORE in touch, there is the GRS DeviantArt club where I have been posting micro blogs and pestering people, and there is also my public twitter and facebook (oh and a GRS one)where I wander around and act stupid update when I have things on the roll. And also where I spend most of my time because, hey, outside of work I have little to no social life. YAY.

Also I should mention if anyone wants to contribute fan art to the first Volume, you have until the beginning of February to send them in!  If not, there is always Volume #2!

OKAY. That’s all for now. Just hang in tight there, folks! And keep those torches and pitchforks held high! I’m gunna need the motivation!!! <3

~Ajah

P.S. How did I not hear about this mob meeting?? I bet you guys ordered out too. JERKS.

ISSUE #3!!!

HEY GUYS ISSUE #3 IS OUT!!

OOH~ AHH~ AMAZING!!

SO LIKE… you guys should totally get one! Especially if you see me at cons, because then you get to see me in person and watch my eyes tear up with gratitude. It’s totally embarassing.

I should also mention that this Issue features guest art by my very good friend Hoska~

SO IF ANYONE IS INTERESTEEEEED~

Issue #3 is $6

if you would like one, please contact me: modernreaper@gmail.com I accept payments through paypal! And I will send you a nice crisp signed copy!

Also note that the colors may be a bit different from the images. I had a local printer do them up for me and my camera is horrendous so the color on the cover may be a bit darker than the digital image.

STILL. IT’S PRETTY FREAKIN COOL.

I also have plenty of Issues #1 and #2 so … if anyone would like some… *taunt taunt*

Grim Reaper School 5th Anniversary Event!

Hi GRS readers!!  This fall marks Grim Reaper School’s 5th Anniversary of existence!  So you know what that means? An event to win free books!  I am currently in the process of assembling Volume #1 (aiming for a release of late October). So what better way to celebrate it than an art contest??

HTTP://GRIMREAPERSCHOOLCLUB.DEVIANTART.COM

Also, in other news, you can now ask the GRS characters anything at any time! I gave them a formspring, which is probably a bad idea, but maybe you can make it worth their while?

Thirdly, I am in the process of getting a new printer.  There have been some issues regarding my bank account so I’m really in a rush to get my Issue #3 books printed.  So if you are here in the Memphis area, I will be at MCFC next week selling books and hopefully Issue #3! Come on over and see me! And if you dress up as a GRS character at any con I’m visiting, you get a big hug…and a book! (provided there are any left LOL)

Lastly, after Chapter 5 stops posting on the site, I will be taking a break from GRS. I know this means a lot in terms of webcomics but work will be getting very busy soon for seasonal time and I won’t be able to draw or write or post or do much of anything. So I will be taking a month long break. Plus the contest prizes include cameos, so I can’t very well have the next chapters without those, now can I? xD

That’s all! Hope to see you guys in the contest! Thanks for reading!

Let’s try this again…

Blog keep attempt: #2!! IDK, I feel weird keeping more than one blog in one place… because then I feel like I am subconsciously annoying the internet.

Anyway, this space will become more useful later on. This is mostly just a placeholder. DERP!

As always, things may be crossposted on my main site and whatever, but hopefully I will use this to keep everyone updated on GRS happenings, cons, books, contests…and anything else really.

So yeah. See you guys on le~ Tuesday