Today, I posted the last comic at Insert Image.
It was a tough decision, but I’m confident it was the right one.
There are many reasons why I chose to end Insert Image, but they all stem from one common denominator:
You see, back in August of 2013, my wife and I welcomed our son, Parker, into the world. Ever since then, my time has become a valuable commodity. I mean, it was valuable before my son, but since he was born it has become ultra-valuable. More valuable than gold… or silver. Whichever metal has more value right now, that’s the comparison I’m trying to make.
So, with that said, here are the reasons (all related to time) why I chose to end Insert Image:
In order for Insert Image to keep growing, I would need to draw more comics. From day one of Insert Image my desire was to create beautifully drawn comic strips, and beautifully drawn comic strips take a long time to produce. Within the last few months I’ve realized that in order to grow my audience I’d need to produce more comics, and I just don’t have the time. Frankly, the idea fills me with anxiety.
I can’t pursue more than one creative endeavor right now. A few years ago I was working on a daily comic strip, developing a graphic novel, drawing commissions, and creating stories for a couple anthologies I was invited to join. Nowadays, I’m scrambling to finish Insert Image comics and commissions in a timely manner. I have lots of other creative projects I want to explore, but I only have enough time to focus my creative energy on one thing.
My family HAS to be my number one priority. I want my wife and my children to love my creative passions, not resent them. So it’s imperative that I make them first and plan my creative endeavors around them. At this point in my life, I think it’s best that I chase a creative dream that doesn’t require a strict weekly deadline.*
So those are the reasons why Insert Image had to end. I’m bummed to see this project come to a close, but I’m REALLY excited about what I’m going to work on next!
For those of you who might be wondering, YES, I am still taking commission requests. You can contact me through the Commissions page.
Also, if you’re wondering about my next creative project, STAY TUNED TO THIS BLOG! I’m literally starting from scratch on this idea, and I want to bring you guys along for the ride! It’s going to be a learning experience, for sure!
Finally, I know that there are people out there like me who get really anxious about quitting one creative endeavor in order to start a new one. If that’s you, I want you to know that it’s OK to quit. It doesn’t mean you’re a flake; it means you have priorities. Good for you!
Do you have any thoughts regarding my reasons for ending Insert Image? Share them in the comments!
*Yes, I realize the deadline for Insert Image was imposed by me, but consistency is key if you want to build an audience for your webcomic.