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So I came to a hard decision and realisation just before xmas. I've been holding back from releasing this because I know people enjoy this time of year, but it's time to come clean.

I have decided to stop making Shackles.

This is something I have been struggling with for years. I've been drawing it to keep up my art skills, writing and other things that go into a comic. It got to the point over 2015 that I was literally forcing myself to draw pages. I didn't enjoy it anymore. It was stressing me out, and upsetting me when I began to realise this. And I finally was able to admit to myself.

I have outgrown this story.

8 years have passed since I wrote the first book. I am turning 30 this year, and my tastes have changed. I have different things I want to write and draw now. I have a different story I want to tell. And more importantly, I need to take care of myself. I am suffering badly from severe depression, and forcing myself to do something I'm not passionate about is not healthy. These last few weeks I haven't drawn anything for Shackles and it's almost a relief.

I will be posting 2 pages a week (Tuesday and Saturdays) until I run out of buffer (which is about 15 pages). Once the buffer has run out, there will be an 8 page synopsis outlining what would have happened had the story continued. And then I will be moving on to a different project.

This is the second comic that I have had to make this decision for, but I know in my heart it's the right one. I know I can make a better story now that I'm older and (debatably) wiser. I can draw a better story. So from the ashes of Shackles arises a new tale. I have a fantasy story I've been trying to mold that I want to figure out, which I already really like. I think it'll be a fun adventure, once I get the script sorted. Hopefully I will be able to get that released sometime later this year.

But back on topic. This does make me sad, but it's passed time to move on. I want to thank everyone who ever faved or commented on my story. That is what kept me going this long. Thank you for your support. And I hate the thought of disappointing you. SO I will encourage you all, do what you love. Keep drawing, keep writing, keep trying. But don't be afraid to start fresh if you need to. Your next project will be better because of the work you put into the first. I hope my next project is enough to keep you hanging around waiting :) I will be posting concept art and stuff throughout the year until the story is right, and then hopefully, a new beginning: Soul Bound

Thank you all again. 

Krystina

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Current Residence: hobbit hole in perth, West Australia
Favourite genre of music: anime & movie soundtracks
Operating System: Windows 7
Shell of choice: spiky
Favourite cartoon character: ralph wiggum, kuzco, any nick characters, KAMINA!
Personal Quote: The doctor said i wouldnt get so many nosebleeds if i just kept my finger out of there
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Demon Ireth's Rage by Kryspix
Demon Ireth's Rage
Got to reprise my beloved corrupted elf as Demon Ireth, in all her manipulative horned glory, in the ‘final’ game of Tiasolen LARP (final before possible future reboot). Made 4 blood pacts, which killed 2 PCs and got the other 2 to make a really dumb deal with orcs to get out of it, and the PCs killed her boss/master and we all know what that means - PROMOTION

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Demon Ireth Blood Pact by Kryspix
Demon Ireth Blood Pact
Got to reprise my beloved corrupted elf as Demon Ireth, in all her manipulative horned glory, in the ‘final’ game of Tiasolen LARP (final before possible future reboot). Made 4 blood pacts, which killed 2 PCs and got the other 2 to make a really dumb deal with orcs to get out of it, and the PCs killed her boss/master and we all know what that means - PROMOTION

I used my magics to force the elf to kneel. Yes he is making an improper finger gesture XD

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Demon Ireth Long Shot by Kryspix
Demon Ireth Long Shot
Got to reprise my beloved corrupted elf as Demon Ireth, in all her manipulative horned glory, in the ‘final’ game of Tiasolen LARP (final before possible future reboot). Made 4 blood pacts, which killed 2 PCs and got the other 2 to make a really dumb deal with orcs to get out of it, and the PCs killed her boss/master and we all know what that means - PROMOTION

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Demon Ireth Torso Shot by Kryspix
Demon Ireth Torso Shot
Got to reprise my beloved corrupted elf as Demon Ireth, in all her manipulative horned glory, in the ‘final’ game of Tiasolen LARP (final before possible future reboot). Made 4 blood pacts, which killed 2 PCs and got the other 2 to make a really dumb deal with orcs to get out of it, and the PCs killed her boss/master and we all know what that means - PROMOTION

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birthdays Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2016
:woohoo: :party: :iconcakelickplz: !!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!! :iconcakelickplz: :party: :woohoo:

On behalf of the birthdays team, I sincerely apologize that your greeting has arrived late this year.

We hope you had an awesome day with lots of birthday fun, gifts, happiness and most definitely, lots of cake! Here's to another year!

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uncle-bilbo Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2016
So, what? This really is your birthday? I got this wrong once before! Have a happy, birthday or not!
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Kryspix Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
considering time zones, you are both correct and incorrect :D my birthday was yesterday here in australia, but it is today in america. thank you i appreciate it!
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jmnm Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday!
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Kryspix Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you
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jmnm Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :)
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Joy144SK Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2016
Happy Birthday Friend :) ^^
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Kryspix Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!
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Jasperinity Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2016
Happy birthday! :D
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Kryspix Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!
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