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SPIKEY SAYS:

SPIKE
And that's it for this chapter! This is only my second time doing animation so please go easy. Hell I wasn't even sure I'd be able to do it. I'm glad I could, though, it was a lot of fun to work on.

To you guys: I'm humbled every week by the sincerity of the comments you leave. This chapter was heavy and I'd say we're still pretty early in the comic. So stay tuned...As always I'd love to hear your thoughts on the chapter as a whole.

This is for all the guys in my life who've talked to me about times they've felt like killing themselves. There's a certain path that's sold to us and when we wander in the woods as our beautiful and curious human tendencies go, it's hard not to feel like a failure. That wakeup-work-sleep-die thing is never gonna be enough for us. I hope all of you are doing okay.

I'm gonna be taking a breeeeeeeak (sort of) cuz I need to do some art studies and loosen up a little. I'll be making art and experimenting and stuff. If you wanna see all that I got my instagram linked at the top. I might post stuff here too if I draw a weird comic. I'd say how long the break is but I don't know. Probably gonna feel longer for you than me...Count on sporadic updates if everything goes right.

Thanks again for reading. I hope you'll stick around for what comes next.

COMMENTS:

You rock, and I continue to enjoy reading this!

Thanks for addressing these heavy topics in a really interesting way.
SPIKE
thank you! I try my best to do them justice
bwooom
this page is incredible!! and take as long of a break as you need!
SPIKE
thanks! it was a real challenge but I think, the best way to represent this chapter
Kevin_Redcrow
Excellent flash creation!

This is coming from a guy who gets annoyed with the flash avatars over on the Random Selection tab.

I patiently look forward to the evolution of your art.
SPIKE
thank you! though I will say I did each frame by hand haha, no flash involved except the seizure-inducing background
mariexlupin
I have related to so much in this arc. Not to every detail, but to having childhood trauma impact so many aspects of your adult life. To being torn between the anger and the guilt that results from that anger. To that inner voice that tells you you're a worthless piece of shit. To editing the words you speak in real time because you can't bring yourself to be vulnerable and honest about how much it still impacts you. And how afraid you are that if you did speak those edited words you would be rejected.

Incredible job on the art in this arc. It's been such an awesome ride to see how you bring these emotions to life on the canvas. I went back and did a reread of the arc in its entirety, and it legit brought a tear to my eye. Enjoy your well-deserved break.
SPIKE
(is it messed up to be glad I made someone cry?) a lot of emotion went into this part for sure. it's a challenge to make the narrative itself honest when the characters are trying not to be. if someone has gone through something similar and feels that this chapter understands them, I can't imagine anything better.