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January 12, 2013


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I'm leaning on the side of axing it entirely. I know that I pretty much owe my online "fame" to the popularity of SYAC, and that despite a small core group of naysayers the vast majority of my watchers love the series... but I personally have always had problems with it. It was never meant to be more than a few strips long, and my attempts to turn it into a full blown series have been awkward and clumsy at best.

Using myself as the main character for SYAC was a huge mistake, one which I realized early on and one which you can see me struggle with throughout the rest of the series. Even after completely retooling it to be a new story with Emily and Jade, I didn't get very far into it before complications forced me to stop.  I don't really want to do anything with SYAC right now, but at the same time I understand there are a lot of fans of the series I need to consider. So here are a couple of ideas I had on what I could do with it, but feel free to jump down into the comments section and add your own.

Upload Sketches?
When I retooled the new series I wrote about 30-40 strips before I started coloring and uploading them so that I wouldn't have to worry about coming up with strips every week. I still have those uninked strips... Maybe I should upload them still in their pencil stage so you can all see what might've been had I continued them? It would at the very least be a way for people to enjoy the last bits of the series without me having to ink and color them...

Unreleased Storyline?
There was also a 15 page short story that I wrote but never inked almost 2 years ago now along the same line as the "Persistence of Vision" idea. Again, still in rough pencil phase, never inked, and has a lot of story beat problems and very loose artwork... It's the underbelly 1st draft of a story but... maybe people would like to read it anyway?

Hire Artists?
Another idea I had was to use SYAC as a brand name and hire artists to tell their own jokes about being a cartoonist. That way there would be a wide variety of opinions and ideas and art styles, but all collected under a single unified subject. I'm sure a lot of artists here would love to get their jokes or stories about being an artist out to a wider audience, and this would be a great way to do that.

Your thoughts?
Those are my thoughts right now... I'm not sure what I should do. If you guys have any suggestions I'd be open to hearing them. I wanna know what you all think I should do with SYAC. Should I continue it with Emily and Jade, should I just upload the sketches and let it die? Should I hire other artists to do strips under the name of SYAC? Should I just end it all completely? What're your thoughts and ideas?
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Mclauritsen Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hirering sounds awesome :D
Tuckerscreator Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Hirings a nice idea. The best about SYAC is how it's relatable, so letting other artists relate works well!
kat-ray Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
hire artists is a great idea. It'll be like a network of cartoonists. I, myself am not a cartoonists, but I would love to read other people's SYAC.
Dyandod Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
About the "Hire Artists" idea... that's pretty interesting, and I know I for one would be up for it. Of course it's a pretty big change, though... I was just thinking, though, that if this was MY strip, I'd probably be pretty... worried, I guess... to let others create it. If you're sure about that then it would be cool but only if you say so!

Anyway, I just wanted to mention I've never really noticed any awkwardness in SYCA. Just my thoughts. Good luck with whatever you decide!
AzureNova2 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
When keeping up part of your art becomes less of a fun expressive project and turns into a chore that you feel obligated to do, then that's probably a good sign to take a break.

That being said, you are right about how many of your watchers love the series and will be sad to see it go. I know that's the reason why I started following you myself. Go back to how you originally planned it, maybe just add a new strip whenever you get a fun burst of inspiration for it every few months. In the meantime, the hiring new artists idea seems really neat. Or maybe have some sort of submission system or something, so you get a wider variety but still keep it under some control.

But in the long run, it's up to you to decide what to do with SYAC, not the internet's. Good luck. :)
dorenestel Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
something i always loved about SYAC was the simple fact that it didn't need an overarching story, sure they popped up once in a while but for the most part they were just fun thoughts about life in cartooning, almost like a newspaper comic printed in the funnies each week. yours was the first webcomic i ever followed, if you feel it necessary to let it die so be it, but it would be really sad for me to see it go, if you want to introduce new characters to poke fun at art i'de love it, even having multiple artists do it under one theme would be fun, but i would love it if you would stay involved, this was the first comic i ever discovered that really gets me, friends see a comic from SYAC and don't always get it, but me loving art and cartooning, i laugh and sympathize with the characters.
Shadi-mei Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist
"Hire Artists" option sounds like swag, I'd love to see the unique jokes various people come up with, and I think the fans would love to be working with an artist they respect so much
Starlit-Sorceress Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
1. I'd like to read the unfinished stories, so if you're not going to finish them, I'd at least like to see the sketches.

2. Why don't you draw it all, but have people submit stories?? That's what I'd do, given your situation.

It's easy for you. People send in comments about their personal cartoonist stories, you pick the best ones, and make them into comics, each with a different star.
rosey-kins115 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know this is late, but when I first found SYAC I really got into it straight away and it's because of your comic that I've started getting into other web comics too. But, if you are truly fed up with SYAC and you don't enjoy making it anymore, then I think you should do what you think is best. I do enjoy SYAC, but if you do stop making it, then I'll always have the ones which are already uploaded. I have already read through them multiple times and do not mind doing it again and again. If you don't enjoy it anymore then put it aside and only upload random little things whenever you feel like it or either stop it altogether.
Or maybe you could turn the site into something for guest artists so they can draw their own versions of SYAC and you could post it on the site, that way you might not have to feel like it's too much of a burden.
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