Well, I may be jumping the gun, but it does not appear the Kickstarter quite made it. On second thought, the monetary goal may have been more than was reasonable, although the original intention was to see how much income the comic could generate and whether turning it into a full time job would be feasible. $16000 is certainly nothing to scoff at and I’m overjoyed and incredibly grateful to all the contributors! And a special shout out to the $600 contributors! To know you’re willing to invest so much in our work is what makes me want to produce the best comic possible.
Worry not! Just because the kickstarter didn’t reach its goal does not mean NN4B is dead! The comic was always going to survive, but we’re reevaluating what our ultimate goals with the Bushido are; is the focus to produce the nicest looking comic we can, or tell the story in a reasonable time frame? What can we do to generate more readership and revenue? What steps can I take to improve artistically? What can Joe do to avoid writing the comic into a plot corner?? These are the kinds of questions Joe and I will be talking and thinking about during the hiatus. When NN4B does return, it may be a radically different comic (although it’ll be continuing the same story).
I want to reiterate that this hiatus is indefinite mostly to regulate my own stress level. I don’t want to give a specific return time and then miss it, and there’s also the possibility that I may feel really good about continuing the comic sooner than I initially expected. The intended length of the comic hiatus is approximately a year. I’d like to make some minicomics, as well as publish a ‘How to Draw’ book, since I have a publishing connection that could get my foot in the door for future work involving published books. I don’t intend to take time off from art, just from the comic that’s consumed the majority of my artistic drive for a decade! As always, feel free to post any thoughts on the comic hiatus. I’ll certainly be glad to hear your opinions.