It’s been a while but we are finally in a position to share with you our plans regarding Off-White and us creating comics in general.
The last few months were filled for us with exceptional amount of work. This also gave us the opportunity to look at the project objectively. The truth we all realise is that Off-White has not been going well for the last two years. The updates were infrequent and updating the old pages killed the flow of the story, especially for the newcomers.
We started the comic fresh out of high school; didn’t have any experience when it comes to writing stories; and very little background when it comes to digital art. Since then the comic has been going for almost 9 years. It seems like a lifetime of experience and knowledge. We are not the same artist we have been a decade ago. It is very frustrating to work against the incompetence of your past self. With that in mind continuing the story with the lack of proper set up we currently have in Volume One is very hard. Even with very conservative estimates we would have to redo around 100 pages for the story to make sense. It is a daunting task.
On top of that a month ago, we had a failure of our main backup repository of pages. A big chunk of the redone pages has been lost or corrupted. Which sets us back even further.
If we had the same amount of spare time as we did when starting the comic getting it back on track would still be a huge task, but not an impossible one. Unfortunately, this is not the case. We all have successful and highly engaging careers that we wish to pursue.
This brings us to the unavoidable conclusion – it’s time to put Off-White on an indefinite hiatus. We know it comes as a big let down for many of you, especially those who have been with us from the beginning. We have always appreciated your interest and involvement in the comic. It was the single thing that kept us going for this long. Thank you.
We love comics as a medium. We will definitely continue creating but it will take some time to work out a format that works best for us. Thank you once again for all the time you spent with us, all the comments and fan arts. Here are some Q&A you might find relevant.
1. How does the story end? Will you write a summary of the Volume 2?
No. Off-White is on indefinite hiatus – not canceled. One day we might figure out a way to continue the story, and revise it or reboot it in a different form.
2. What will happen with your Patreon?
We are going to close it. It will stay up for the next two weeks to allow the Patreons to download all content.
3.What will happen to the website?
We are planning to keep it up as long as possible. The comment section will be shut down.
4. What will happen to all the related social media?
All the available content will remain. There are just not going to be any updates in the foreseeable future.
5.Can I continue the story for you?
We would kindly ask you not to. As stated before we are keeping our options open in case we want to continue the comic in the future.
6.Will you print the Volume One it the current state?
No, the Volume One is a mess and not a thing we can be proud of so we won’t invest in printing it, sorry.
Thanks and hopefully see you again soon!
Best of wishes on your current paths!
When you are able to find the time to clean it up and tell a better story, as well as find an easier art style that doesn't take up so much time to draw (as much as I enjoy realistic comic art, there's a reason cartoony style tends to be better for frequent updates and content output), I will look forward to the return of Off-White.
I understand how difficult it must be for you three to work on the story while moving on with your careers, and I know it must be hard to continue making the comic not only without a proper format but without the other remade pages you all lost in the process. It sucks when work like that gets corrupted or lost, especially devastating when its something you put your everything into.
If you three need to put Off-White on an indefinite hiatus, if that's what you all feel needs to happen now, that's perfectly acceptable. It’s your story, your work. It’s alright to have a break once in a while. And if you eventually come to the conclusion that Off-White may never return from its hiatus, I will understand. No one should force themselves to work on something they don't wish to continue, just to make people happy. They should do things they want to do. Its their lives.
I'll admit, I was initially confused and lost when I had first tried reading the comic several years ago, long before the redone pages, before even the sixth chapter had come out. But once I read about the Norse Mythology and the legends, I understood what the comic was about. It is because of your story that I heard of such fascinating myths, I heard of the characters Sköll, Hati, Hugin and Munin, the primordial ocean, Ginnungagap, and all those other amazing mythological places, and it is solely because of Off-White that I've wanted to someday adapt my own story into visual, graphic forms.
It is amazing how long Off-White has been going and I would have loved to have read the whole comics once the artistic and story continuities and consistencies were fixed in the remade pages, once it all was available for print and publication. It is sad it has come to this, but I will be looking forward to seeing where the road will go in the future. It was a lot of fun reading Off-White, it was a pleasure seeing the world and the characters grow. And it has been a great pleasure to be one of your patient readers. Even though the comic has been put on hiatus, I will never stop being a fan of your content.
I wish you all luck on your careers and wherever the artistic world takes you, whether it leads you down a different path or back to Off-White in the future.