Getting the obvious what out of the way, the comic is in an extended hiatus. It should be back on March 2016.
The what is easy. The why is a bit harder to explain.
This is not intended to be a pity party or a bout of calling for attention. It’s just a statement of where things are and where I hope they can go, and hopefully convey a little bit of why the comic isn’t coming out for the time being.
In a nutshell, life has gotten in the way in a major fashion. I’ve been battling all sorts of issues in the day job, making me question how to better handle my professional future & career. For a while there, things looked a lot dicier and had me pondering if I was even gonna have a job to start with – things aren’t as bad at this point, but all the same I am now at kind of a professional crossroads, having to decide what I wanna do “when I grow up”. Of course, I’m plenty grown up anyways so it’s a pretty interesting line of thought. At the same time, it has had an impact on my life and some of my key relationships, which is never fun to endure and go through – taking its toll on my whole self, in more than one way.
This is not conducive to comic-making. I grappled with this for a while, trying to power through with the comic regardless of whatever else was going on. I’ve done it in the past, with some mixed results – but it just couldn’t happen this time around. Yeah, I know that true artists get through whatever and if Van Gogh could paint with a chopped ear I should man up — but that’s just not how it works, at least for me. Atomic Laundromat is supposed to be an act of love (I have no illusions of riches and fame from my skill level) but it had become a chore when combined with everything else going on. The chore-ness of it was becoming destructive. It is something that wasn’t fair to my family time (enough time is invested for me not to be satisfied with the whole activity), to myself, to you as readers and even to the story/characters itself. I completely lost the drive to pick up the pencil (or digital pen, to be exact) – there’s no usual creative self-doubt, only white noise.
That’s why I need to step away for a little while, get other things in order before I can retake this second life. I want to be excited about comics and Atomic Laundromat again, and banging my head against the desk trying to get something out isn’t gonna be the way that it happens. I’ll continue to be somewhat active on social media, so stay posted there or the RSS feed to know when the comic is coming back.
Thanks for your understanding and see you back again here in the future.