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.