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Creative Cessation
Updated at 2010-12-15

As you may have noticed, I've fucked you over for a week now, and this update does not improve the situation. The short explanation is that I've not so much stumbled into, as launched my face, headlong into a brick-wall of creative cessation. It might be related to the fact that I appear disconnected to the world as we know it, but I wouldn't read too much into my psychosis.. it's not like I was all well when I started making this strip.

But the brutal fact remains, I am utterly unable to produce right now, and will not waste your time with some shit filler content. I will retreat during the rest of December and contemplate upon my options regarding VS and everything surrounding it. So no more updates during 2010. I don't like it, but it must be done..

I love you all. Forever.

If I take this cigarette and put it out on you - would you love me?

Torpor 2011-05-12

Let the dead rest until they are needed again. It is no use to deny it any longer. I have to put Vampires Suck on indefinite hold for now. There's a number of reasons why, and I'll try to sum them up fairly quickly.

One thing is the internet as a medium in itself. You've seen me contemplate in earlier commentaries how the need for proper updates and a fair amount of content each update makes longer storylines challenging. After my first creative breakdown, I started the Chronicles of coffee and cigarettes, adjusting focus from the setting to those who (ab)use it. These were short gags presented as strips. But I don't want to make strips. Or gags for that matter. At least not now.

VS evolved into something I find much more interesting creating — a story. Some of you, who play any edition of WoD, realise this as well. It's not about how shitty or badass your character is in a game mechanic balance perspective. It is the drama that inevitably will surface because everything you touch will turn to shit. Life's still a fucking joke, but everyone doesn't get it, and others don't find it particularly funny.

Continuing on what has been done is troublesome. I could start making proper 'zines altogether out of VS, but there's simply too much backstory only available online. And then there's my conscious decision to direct VS to those already familiar with the Masquerade-setting. A proper shift in medium would require a full re-boot, and probably to drop the universe by White Wolf altogether.

But I assure you that the vampires have not returned into the shadows forever. They are always present, and the great resource material for classical Victorian horror can be applied within a multitude of settings. But VS as it is and has been, will not be for quite a while. I am deeply indebted to you all for giving me these 4 years.

Thank you so much,
I love you.


Unknown2010-12-15 10:18:56

Tack för varningen. Ta god tid på dig. Jag kikar in igen någon gång under 2011.

Reg2010-12-15 12:56:44

Jag tar och läser om arkiven så länge, I do not mind a little hiatus. Och blir den lång gör det ingenting ändå, jag fortsätter hoppas på nytt någon gång när herrn orkar!

The Voices2010-12-15 13:17:59

Best update ever, best comic ever! Do you think he heard us? No, not really, you didn't say anything. Yes I did! Calm down you wrote it, so he did hear you but he may have read your comment. Oh, that's okay then.

SirCrash2010-12-15 14:47:43

Take it easy and bring more story when you recharge. Later!

one in the network2010-12-15 18:17:27

Oi Mate! Du ska veta att din comic ÄR BÄST! och känn ingen stress.. låt tiden gå som behövs, kreativitet vandrar upp och ner.. bort och går och fiskar.. sen kommer den tillbaks.. just chillout mate.. see ye later when ye come back :) lots of glamoure from beyond the Hedge. /Faie

Pernilla2010-12-15 20:09:28

Har följt VS ett tag nu och ibland tar kreativiteten en semester. Men har blivit helt kär i serien så den är väl värd väntan! Ta hand om dig!

Adam2010-12-16 00:13:49

Underbar serie, hoppas att du får rättsida på alla otrevligheter som suger kreativiteten ur dig. Det brukar ju vara en skön lättnad att få skapa något i alla fall.

Ravnos in disguise2010-12-16 08:52:39

Framför allt: Ta det lugnt! Älskar din serie, den för mig tillbaka tio år i tiden och jag älskar det. Men din hälsa och/eller kreativitet är mycket viktigare än en viss serie. Så ta det lugnt, slappna av och ha en God Jul så får vi se hur det går. Kanske återvänder VS, kanske får du satsa på något annat. Iaf. ett tag. Dina fans följer dig vart du än går (vänta, det där lät fel). Most importantly: Take it easy! I love your comic, it takes me ten years back in my life and I lvoe it. But your health and/or creativity is way more important than an individual comic. So take it easy, relax and have a Merry Christmas and we'll see how it works out. Maybe VS returns, maybe you'll have to go for something else. At least for a while. You're fans will follow you wherever you go (wait, that came out wrong).

Automaton2010-12-16 09:01:27

Good stuff thus far. It's only natural to have moments where you can't or don't want to keep creating something. Take a breather (and bite down on it) and see how things feel afterwards. If you're refreshed, good. If not, try something else. =)

Kiwi2010-12-16 18:26:11

I know the feeling... Hope you feel creative again soon- but don't rush :) Merry christmas and happy new year!

dennis honderd2010-12-16 19:26:09

hope you feel better after Christmas and new years. But for now it was great work, story and art. maybe do something that has nothing to do with this website, walk outside or something. and new idea`s could follow. for now get a good sleep and rested.btw nice 404 msg

Linus2010-12-17 11:52:11

Thank you for your support! I do love you!

English 1012010-12-18 07:53:30

The 're-suffix is short for "are". "You are IP has been banned" makes no sense. "Your IP has been banned" means that an IP that you in some way possess (by owning the site, or holding it in your browser's address bar) has been banned.

Linus2010-12-18 11:10:13

One update without a proof-reading, and whaddaya know.. =)

English 1012010-12-19 09:57:31

No, no, no! You're supposed to blame the autocorrect: http://damnyouautocorrect.com/

Devilcandy2010-12-21 10:13:13

Take as much time as you need. Heck, I've seen comics with year-long hiatuses(sp?) and I still come back to them. We likes you, yes we do!

Taurian2010-12-25 19:08:06

Then take a break get some rest enjoy Christmas if that's your thing we can wait until you feel better and recharge your batteries.

Mr Medium2010-12-28 09:51:49

Galet bra serie med löjligt roliga tolkningar av världen och disciplinerna. Softa och kom tillbaka när du fått ordning på tillvaron. We'll be here waiting.

LadyLuca872010-12-31 04:07:22

I'll not make any guarantees, but I'm certainly considering a fanart drawing of Lucius.

palelurker2010-12-31 17:33:20

Thanks for telling us about the cessation. I really like that comic you made. Has always been great fun to read. Your declaration of cessation will help me to avoid looking for an update again and again for no avail. I still do that with the webpage of my favourite fanfiction I read. With is on cessation for over two years now without telling us readers though, and I still click on it probably once a day, on average. Yeah, being an addict to online content sucks if the drug is not available, hah! Thanks again for the great time you gave me while I was enjoying your comic!

Tomppa2011-01-03 18:12:21

Oh god oh god oh god... These are one of the best comics I've read in a while! I really really really really hope you're going to continue drawing it sooner or later. Strength and happy new year for you!

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