Distillum is taking an indefinite hiatus.
I haven’t felt passionate about my webcomic in a long time. When I started, I was brimming with energy to tell this story. I didn’t realize at the time that I had signed myself up for a 10 year project, and right now, that’s working against me. I’m not letting myself work on other things that I am passionate about because of time constraints. I have a day job two to three days a week, I’m a homemaker, and if I’ve have time to draw outside of that, it’s been spent working on a webcomic that I’ve become numb to.
Distillum is, at its heart, a slice of life story. And being such, I’m limited on what I can do with it. Some friends have argued that I could change it, but after 10 chapters, I feel like any major shifts to the world and lore would be cheap and clunky at best. I can’t just start throwing dragons in there for the hell of it.
The biggest issue is that this comic is no longer supporting me creatively. I want to move on and try other things. I want to try something fantasy or sci-fi. I want to take my art, comics, and storytelling to places that Distillum won’t go. It has come to feel like a ball and chain around my ankle, keeping me from growing and exploring what I’m capable of. I also feel like it’s stagnation has potentially affected my career in a negative way – the comic doesn’t support me financially, either. I’ve spent hundreds of dollars making Distillum happen, and I’m lucky if I so much as break even on any of it. I’m in a position where I have to find something that does support me financially, whatever that may be.
Thank you to everyone who’s read the comic so far. Thank you to everyone who has commented, bought my books, and given me feedback. I don’t know if I’ll pick the comic up again, or if I’ll end up fleshing out the other half in the form of prose. I’ve learned a lot doing this comic, and I feel like a good deal of my growth has come from working on comic pages regularly. But I have to move on.