Re: The End?

Alright, so anyone keeping track knows that we have one more week to finish up our first year, so we’re not completely done. Today DOES mark the official end of the first story, and next week’s a spoiler for the next story to wrap up year one. That said, I’ve been debating whether I should call it quits once we get there. I have another week or so to figure that out.

Amu’s World is currently occupying that part of me that wants to be making comics. I’m doing that, on my own, and it’s great. I continue to have a blast but feel I’m underperforming. I could be doing better with my writing, and with pushing myself to make more people aware of this thing I put a bunch of time into. I’m working, sure, but I’m not working nearly hard enough and I don’t know why.

I’m worried people will find the comic and not like it. I’m worried I won’t have time for other projects if I step up my game on this one. I’m quite worried about a good bunch of things I probably shouldn’t be, but those thoughts float on the surface, gunking up and confusing all the ideas I try to come up with to do this a little better. Should I even be thinking of this after only a year? Should I wait until I hit two? Three? It can easily be said I have a tendency to overthink things. Most people who know me are nodding right now I’m sure.

So we’ll see. In a couple weeks Amu and I will be at Nekocon, where she’ll have a table selling a few amigurumi and some handmade doll clothes (silkscreened T-Shirts and handknit sweaters). I’ll be behind the table with her possibly with some postcards for the comic. If you’re at the con and read the comic, look out for us in the Artist’s Alley (we’ll be in the Fiber Arts section). I’d love to hear from you.

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  1. Ashley

    Ahhh! Don’t stop amu’s world oAo It’s only been a year, man! I’ve enjoyed every second of the story. Sure, improvements can be made, but nothings perfect, right? ^.^ Besides, there are a few characters you’ve yet to introduce! If anything, don’t leave them hanging! xo

  2. brian

    Very true about the characters. We’ve had more planned and I definitely have more stories to tell. Also, thanks for commenting on this. That you’re still reading is pretty humbling, and it goes a long way towards helping me figure this little problem out.

    Thanks.

  3. Vanessa

    Don’t make this decision for your fans, make it for yourself. The advantage of doing a webcomic is that you don’t have to answer to editors or printers or other people. You’ve stuck with this comic long enough for it to have a useable end, if you so choose. This puts you decades ahead of a lot of other people who have tried to make a webcomic. I can likely, off the top of my head, name at least five webcomics I have loved that were just abandoned in the middle, for whatever reason.
    So I would like to thank you for sticking with the comic this long, whether or not you ultimately like it (though it seems you do). That said, don’t make this decision for your fans, make it for you. When you are doing something creative you are the creator. So do what you want. Do the thing that you most want to do. If you have another project you would prefer to pursue, do that. You’re in a position to do it! And you can always return to this later, if you so choose. It’ll still be here. If you would rather stay with this, do that. As a fan, I will follow your work either way.

    Regards,
    VCN

  4. brian

    Vanessa: Took a bit to respond to this. Sorry about that. Thanks so much for continuing to read. It means a whole lot. What it boils down to is that I really enjoy doing this. I absolutely have other things I could be doing with my time, but this makes me feel good when I put it together. Sometimes I’m done early, and sometimes I’m up until 4am making sure I don’t miss my deadlines. To know that the work I DO put into this is appreciated at all, by anybody, is kind of overwhelming really.

    So in the end I don’t think Amu’s World is going anywhere. If anything I will likely see a severe re-prioritizing of my time to try and fit in my other projects. Heck, if I can make a webcomic for a year I can get other stuff done too, right? 🙂

    Thanks so much again for your words and your support. All of you guys are awesome.

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