Variants: Stripes - We'll Be Back!

posted 16th Nov 2017, 3:30 PM

Variants: Stripes - We'll Be Back!
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16th Nov 2017, 3:30 PM

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As mentioned last week on Page 41, we're having to go on an indefinite hiatus. When will we be back? Right now we are unsure. Ultimately it depends on when our lead artist sells her house and manages to get settled in a new home.

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27th Feb 2019, 4:16 PM

Ionic Comics

To Our Fans:

Hello all,

Ionic Comics Founder and Lead Artist, Annie Erskine here. In November of 2017, we posted Page 41 of Variants: Stripes with the message that we would be going on Hiatus and returning in 2018. The reasons for our hiatus were many but mainly focusing on my inability to work on the comic while trying to renovate and sell our house so my wife and I could move across country. While initially we thought that this process would only take a few months and that in mid-2018 I'd be able to pick up page creation again, that simply wasn't the case. The house sale took much longer than anticipated and we didn't manage to even sell the house until the end of November 2018. From there, my wife and I had a little under two weeks to pack the entire house and then a couple more weeks move across country from Kentucky to Oregon. We spent almost two weeks on our best friend's couch before staying the final week at my parent's house until we were finally able to leave. In mid-December, Joy and I packed the dog, some clothes, and other supplies into our tiny Toyota Yaris and drove across the US to our new home. We spent the next two and a half months figuring out our new surroundings. Mind you that we moved there site-unseen so a good chunk of our time was spent figuring out where to get food, which new medical practictioners to go to, where to find a new vet for our dog, and not to mention a whole bunch of other stuff that I don't want to get stressed over by reliving heh...

Anyway! All that said, before we moved, I had a plan for myself where I'd get to Oregon, tell my freelance clients I was taking a couple months off to finish my comic, and then buckle down and finish the last 90 pages. I'm kind of an all-or-nothing personality y'know? But life being what it is, that plan didn't happen. Pretty much within a week of moving, I had a ton of freelance work offered to me and because I enjoy my freelance work, I accepted the gigs. So the comic got delayed. Time passed, more work came my way, the comic kept getting delayed. I've struggled with a ton of guilt over this because I know I made a promise that the comic would be back in 2018 and, well, here's 2019 and the comic is still not here. But at the end of the day, I don't regret how things went down. There's not much I could have changed in the past year. I made choices that I felt were in the best interest of myself and my family. Pausing the comic for a longer amount of time was one of those hard choices.

So what does all of this mean? Well, this isn't meant to be an announcement saying that the comic is ending for good because it's not. But it isn't a "we're returning next week!" announcement either. It's more-so just and update of what's going on and why it's been so long. I love this story. I love these characters. I will see it not only finished but continued into the next book as well. When will this happen? I have...no clue. Soonish? Probably not. Eventually? Definitely.

The support, love, and validation I've received from friends, fans, and family during all of this has been so uplifting to me. I appreciate y'all's patience so much, you have no idea. I know one day I'll be in that place where I can finally look at things and say "I can do this." and take that time to finish the book. In the meantime, I can only ask for your continued patience and encourage you to continue to support other LGBTQ+ comic creators out there while you're waiting for ours.

Thank you again for your continued patience, support, and understanding.

Annie Erskine
Ionic Comics Founder and Lead Artist

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4th Feb 2019, 11:35 AM

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