I haven't posted here on DA in a while, so this might be new to a lot of you, but if you've been following some of the stuff happening over on tumblr it won't be unexpected. For the past several weeks I've been getting steadily worse both mentally and physically. I've been depressed before, but I've never been as bad as I've been recently. I've lashed out at people, been getting angrier and grumpier, been finding it harder and harder to listen to people giving me positive feedback, and have even started rapidly losing a lot of weight.
My enjoyment for drawing has been dropping, and many of you have probably noticed that I've been taking more and more time off lately. For every few comics I post, I tend to spend another week recuperating. But within the past 2 weeks it's spiked so bad that I seriously have to consider what's more important: my health or drawing.
So for the time being I am shutting down. I'll still be working on brentalfloss and updating those here, and the most current story on my Alex Ze Pirate website will continue to play out (because it's 2 years old and already finished), but other than that I'm just stopping entirely. I have to. I don't know how long this will last, or if I'll ever come back completely. The stress from over 6 years of near constant harassment has, I think, finally caught up with me. I'm honestly amazed that I survived this long.
If I ever do post anything new that's not brentalfloss related, I'm probably going to just disable comments. But don't wait up. It's not going to be for a long time, if at all. I'm really sorry to have to do this, and unfortunately this will probably give a lot of my so-called haters months of glee, but I just can't keep dealing with this shit around me.
Special thanks for all the well wishing my fans have been sending my way in light of all this crap... I wish I could appreciate your support better. Maybe in a few years...