I wanted to take a moment to explain what’s been going on behind the scenes with EMW. We honestly felt like we only needed a few weeks to get the epilogue organized and recharge our batteries, but you know what they say about the best laid plans. Another project that we had on the back burner started to gain some traction and we felt like we had no choice but to roll with that momentum. It’s something we’ve been talking about doing for a long time and it was sort of a now-or-never situation. We weren’t sure exactly what all of that was going to mean for EMW, but it become apparent pretty quickly that our hiatus might stretch out a little longer than planned.
Even when EMW was on schedule, Kristen and I have never had much in the way of free time. Believe me, if we had a few extra hours each week to work on this we would. We’re just neck deep in other obligations at the moment. And honestly, I think there was some concern that maybe there wasn’t even an audience for this anymore. Was there anyone out there that was even going to notice we had stopped publishing new content?
And then the emails started coming in. Not an onslaught or anything, but more than a few readers reached out to find out what was going on. And in every response I mentioned that we were committed to finishing this. Even if no one was reading the comic anymore, it would be something we had to do for own peace of mind. We don’t want to leave this hanging. The story needs a definitive end.
The script for those final 20 pages or so has been written (though I wouldn’t mind taking one more pass at it before we start working on the page layouts) and we’ve done a lot of the preliminary design work. We’re just waiting until we have a little bit more breathing room to get started on the pen and ink stuff. And we also want to build up a little bit of a queue because the other thing we don’t want to have happen is to publish a few pages, get busy again, and have long stretches where we’re not updating. Once the first page of the epilogue goes up, we want to stay on schedule until it’s done.
I wish I had more exciting news or an exact date for when you could expect us to be back. I know how many web comics go dark without any explanation and how frustrating that can be. I promise it’s not over.
We’re coming back.
Well, that’s the end of this arc and the main run of Ed Mann Walking. We’re going to take a small break and come back with an epilogue for the entire series that will probably be around 10-15 pages, so I’ll hold off on trying to sum up this experience until that’s all wrapped up.
For now I’ll just say there were a lot of “lasts” these past few weeks. Especially when it came to stuff like the last time we’d draw or write dialogue for a certain character. As you might imagine, this is very bittersweet. There’s certainly a sense of accomplishment in being able to bring everything to a close, but it’s always a little sad to confront the finality of it as well. Especially when it’s something that’s been a part of your life for as long as Ed and the gang have been a part of ours.
But again, it’s not over just yet. We’ve still got some loose ends to tie up and proper send-offs to give. So we’ll see you back here in a couple of weeks as we set off on the final leg of our journey.
One of the reasons Kristen and I decided it might be time to build towards the conclusion of the comic is that we knew it was going to start getting a lot more difficult to hit our deadlines. Case in point: a new page will be up next Monday, but we had to give ourselves a grace period this week. It was the combination of other obligations and tricky travel schedules that did us in this time.
Even though it’s become more challenging, we’re not turning our backs on this. We’re committed to giving this a proper ending one way or another. At the moment it looks like what that means for us is wrapping up the current arc and then doing some sort of epilogue.
Two things I want to mention though. The first is that when you consider the weekly release schedule, this is still a ways off. We’re not going anywhere any time soon… we’re just making sure we’re on track to stick the landing when the time comes. The second thing is that we’re not going to be done with webcomics altogether. The other factor in this decision was our desire to work on other stuff. It’s obviously too early to give any details, but we’ll definitely keep you updated on what our post-EMW plans are.
So that’s that. We apologize for the delay and really appreciate your patience. We’ve been pretty damn good about sticking to our schedule over the years and when we have to postpone something, it’s never a decision we make lightly.
See you soon!