…Of the Jedi?
No! Us! Silly!
Until a newer post replaces this on the home page, to the right of your current point of visual focus is our new comic.
Go on, take a look. I’m stopping writing this post now.
Okay, so, my last post on this blog was met with a bit of controversy.
As the year(s) have rolled on, I have felt more and more detached from the creativity I could express back at University and drawing the comic. While I cannot realistically go back and revive one, I can do the other. So, after talking with Terry a bit, and dipping my toe in the water somewhat, I think, as long as we still have time for it, and we are not having to rush to meet deadlines, that there is no reason to put a lid on this thing forever.
Every day, I still encounter conversations or thoughts that I think “That’d be good in a comic”, which, as I’m sure Terry will back me up on, is what spurred this on in the first place. So there is no set release dates. There are no limitations for my work, or Terry’s. We are just going to move on with this, as it evolves naturally, and not force it. If it takes 3 weeks to get a comic out, then so be it. If we decide to make 5 comics over the space of a week, then lucky you (and poor me!). We can put them all on this website, so people looking in the future (if indeed this ‘Internet’ thing becomes popular), can see the collected thoughts and inane scribbles of 2 slightly baffling ex-students.
And because we started in 2007, and are now calling the last 18 months ‘a hiatus’; we have been going for 5 years. So we can officially say we have a rich, bountiful, comic-making heritage.
Expect more from us soon.
So this is it, the post I really did not want to make. dotGif is officially no more.
Following Johns departure in May and his final decision not to return in July I attempted to keep the comic going by myself. In some cases this worked well and in some cases not so much and it became clear I lacked the skills required to do it on my own. To those of you who kindly offered to take up the mantle of artist in residence, thank you, but I have decided not to take up any of those offers and instead to end dotGif. The website and comics will remain up for as long as I am able to maintain it (the dotgif-comic.com domain will be up until at least February 2011, I don’t know about the dotgif.co.uk address).
So with that over with onto the thanks.
Firstly the big one, to Mr John Baylis, a man who can configure a extended ACL including wildcard masks with one hand while completing the library, on legendary, with the other. A man with a Hunter so epic it doesn’t just shoot witches, it shoots lions and wardrobes too. One of only 3 people in the world who can decipher something I’ve written without the aid of a spellchecker, and he’s so awesome he’s the other 2 aswell. dotGif has come along way from from it’s origins as a penis joke told in the first floor corridor of the AS building and it would not have been possible without you.
To the readers where ever you are, in the 3 years since it’s beginning the comic has now been viewed just under 2,000,000 (yes 2 million) times and some strips translated into at least (to the best of our knowledge) 4 other languages, and this is all down to you. We never made any money from this site, we did it as a hobby and for our enjoyment and this was enhanced by knowing other people were enjoying it to. So thanks
To Owen Good and the guys over at Kotaku and anyone else that ever posted the strip anywhere for other people to see thanks you helped us achieved almost 2 years of month to month increases in readership.
To all the guest artists and writers that ever submitted a guest strip thanks, in no particual order to Anxiety Decending, Chris Heaton, Tom Jaques, Robin Hayes and the guys at Propellor and Ratchet Games, Richard Moir, Chris Maddison and anyone else who contributed along the way who I may have forgotten.
Thanks to the guys at wordpress and especially comicpress and Phil(Frumph) for his support and help fixing bugs with the site.
I think that’s just about everyone and if I have forgotten anyone that’s simply because your not important, or I have the memory span of a something with a very short memory span, i forget what it is, anway it’s probably the latter as anyone who’s ever met me will attest.
Finally to answer the main questions I have been getting asked recently yes I will at some point give some indication where dotgif storyline would have gone in the future, but if you have any specific questions let me know so I can answer them. And the most common one, there has been no falling out between John and myself, I understand and fully support the reasons he gave for his leaving as he continues the transition to the new stage of his life and upon the release of Cataclysm he can look forward to my return to school him on the finer points of WoW (also hi M!)
I will be making probably one last post on Friday 13th after which the site will enter archive mode.
Until then lets not say goodbye, lets just say.. brb.
Terry / Kreedle.
P.S: This post is probably rife with spelling/grammar errors which I will one day fix, I promise.
And thusly we continue in the manner expected of a comic.