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.
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...
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?
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.
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?
Listening to: Escapist Podcast
Watching: King of the Hill
Playing: Harvest Moon 3D: A New Beginning