After Armageddon

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After Armageddon

Welcome AA readers!

Let me tell you about the way things are at the moment and why AA has sort of… died. XP

Yeah, I know, it’s a sad thing when an online comic dies. It happens sometimes and I hate when it happens. But most of all I miss my comic.
I miss having fun in the forum with the Loyal Hellhounds and I miss Cain and Joel. :(

So what happened? :?:
Real life caught up with me. University is doing its best to suck all life force out of me and sometimes I’m happy I get to sleep at least a few hours a night. (If it’s really bad I don’t get to sleep at all.) :P
Same thing has happened to Val. (Though I sincerely hope she gets more sleep than I do.) XD
She’s busy with her studies and that’s the way life goes, I guess. We all have to grow up some time. :(

When it comes to AA I really don’t want to drop the story because I think it’s a good plot and it could be turned into something really cool and good. However I simply don’t have the time. Maybe after I’ve finished my degree, but that’s in another year and a half so… Not anytime soon.

Secondly the AA site is a real bore to update. It’s all made in raw HTML code and I thought that was fun two years ago. Nowadays, not so much. I’d have to set up a new website with an admin interface before I’d be anywhere near wanting to update the AA site again.
This wouldn’t take much time, but there’s still the same old problem: I have no time!

Besides, I’m not even sure Val will have time to draw the comic anymore. And even if she did I wouldn’t settle for the old maybe-one-page-every-second-or-third-week-or-if-we’re-lucky-once-a-week-setting.
No, when I get back on working on AA – because I intend on doing so sooner or later – I want it to be done properly, efficiently, professionally.
It’s “only” three volumes. It shouldn’t take half a decade to finish.

So before I’ve sorted out how to get that done – maybe by actually paying someone to do the job – I won’t relaunch AA. I’m a well-organized person. I like to get things done and to finish them as soon as possible. I don’t feel like spending another four-five years working on such a small story. (Because AA is rather short when you compare it to other comics or mangas out there.)

So, bottom line here: AA is put on hold, yes. It’s not dead as in “will never be updated again”, but at the moment I have no way of working on it and thus AA will have to wait until I’ve come up with a plan how to finish it once and for all, and maybe even publish it. (Because honestly, that’s been the main goal for the last three years and I don’t see that happening – ever – unless there’s some major changes done to the way the comic is created.) :|

I’ve seen you talk about a mailing list in the tagboard. I can’t offer you one of those just yet, but if you want you can submit to a RSS feed from here that will tell you when something’s happening that has to do with AA.

Of course you’re all welcome to stick around this place and check out some of my efforts to build a portfolio. My blog is mainly in Swedish (because I believe I have mostly Swedish readers) but when there’s exciting things happening I post in both English and Swedish so… If you’re interested I’m always here. Ranting about what’s happening at university or somewhere else.

I hope this provided some answers for you. It became a really long post, I’m sorry, but then again… It’s been a whole year so I had a lot to say. ;)

Hope some of you will stay. Otherwise maybe we’ll see each other again once AA gets back on track.
Take care! <3 - The Evil Mastermind a.k.a. Maria

12 Responses to “After Armageddon”

  1. Cassie Says:

    I think we all understand how it is when real life just sucks away all of your spare time. I hope everything will get better soon, that you can get some sufficient sleep and I’m looking forward to AA returning in the future :)

  2. \m/ Says:

    Thanks Cassie! Good to “see” you again btw. :hug:
    When it comes to sleep I think I’ll have to wait until Christmas. By then I’ll probably fall asleep with my unopened presents as pillows or face down in all the food. :hmm:

  3. jablcko Says:

    i’m really glad you’re back :)

  4. \m/ Says:

    Thank you! Glad to be back as well. :nod:

  5. Valendra Says:

    I could do more pages if I’m payed too XDDD
    I didn’t realize you put this blog entry up before =P I really enjoyed drawing AA and I believe it deserves best treatment from you :) I’ll support you no matter how this crazy journey ends up, artist or not I’m already a fan of yours <3

  6. Kendra Says:

    I’m sorry to hear that university has eaten your life! But I completley and totally understand. I’m glad to at least hear something about AA, for I was growing worried when I would visit the AA site and not see anything at all. (The scary thing about the internet is that people can die on you and you would never know!) I got really scared when I accidently typed “” into the address bar and didn’t realize it, and then thought the website had been taken down. Haha, my bad.
    Anyway, good luck with finishing school! I can’t wait to see AA come back when ever you find the time to.
    -Your loyal reader, Kendra. <3

  7. \m/ Says:

    Haha, I know. People drop dead and the website keeps on going. Scary! XD

    But I’m not truly “dead” just yet. Doing my best to stay alive and kicking. (If only I could kick some school butt I’d be happy.) :P
    Anyway, good to hear from you again, Kendra. Take care! :)

  8. coraphise Says:

    Hi Maria!

    I haven’t had much time to check any of the comics I enjoy, and when I did I saw the link to this post. Thank you for the update! I’m sorry to hear that you’ve gotten so busy with your studies, but I completely understand too.

    I’ll set AA aside in my “on hiatus” folder and check in later. I’ll even subscribe to the RSS Feed (sadly, that will be a first for me lol) so I can see how things are going.

    Good luck with your studies and try to make sure you get enough sleep!

  9. Seraphim Says:

    Just dropping in to say hi…..hi. I hope life and school is kind to you (kind as in: even though everything is rooting against you, the world’s main goal is NOT to directly kill you).

    Btw, did you know that AA has partly affected my life to the better? If you remember some years ago, before you decided to kill “AA 1.0” when Cain and Joel visited Hell’s library, I once wrote in the shoutbox that it made me want to become a librarian. It was kind of a wake-up call for me. I was bored out of my mind with my old school, I had lost all faith and I kept asking myself if I really wanted to spend 3 years of my life (and a lot of cash) graduating in a study I hated. Partly because of AA I decided to quit my old study and try something else. And so here I am, in Oslo, studying to become a librarian (I shit you not)! I’m on the last part of my second year and doing great!

    Greetings and good wishes from me…..and a belated happy new year :P

  10. Lucian Says:

    So… It’s been about two years and I see that nothing has been updated. Care to explain that? I mean, it’s not that I’m counting days or anything, but you said that most likely you would begin updating within a year and a half… So it’s been six plus. Please do explain why nothing has been updated. I will also be posting this on a second blog so I can make sure you see this. It will be your most recent one, as well as the Armageddon one. That’s why you see I included them both. So any responses, please send them to my secondary email, You can also add my YahooMessenger If last resort is needed, I have an aol. So please make sure to contact me. Thank you.

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  12. Sandra Says:

    Your comic has a great plot.I’ve been waiting for a comic like this.I really hope you continue the story. :)

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