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Hello my lovely friends. I’ve reached a decision that I assumed would be the hardest thing I’ll ever do, but is in fact feeling oddly clear and simple right now.
I’m ending working on Judecca the webcomic. I started it with Jonathan in september 2009 so the comic is almost 7 years old now. I’m sorry to say it’s nowhere near the end right now, and the timing is a little unfortunate. I hope you’ll understand at the end of this, or at least not feel too angry with me.
This comic has been a struggle for me since the inception of it, but despite that it’s taught me 99% of what I know about comics and myself as an artist. It’s given me incredible readers and opened doors to some unbelievable opportunities. I owe so much to making Judecca. This was my first webcomic and first real comic, and it’ll be accessible online for anybody to read now and hopefully forever.
I’ll try to be as transparent as possible about the reasons. The biggest is the collision of lack of motivation with the technical and thematical problems that have always bothered me about the project. Without meaning to, Judecca became joyless as a comic to create for me, both for its extremely slow burn and the way I approached page making visually. I’ve toiled and ached with Judecca, rarely feeling good about it. I can see the decisions I made at 19 stare back at me with every page, and I fantasise daily about getting to work on a webcomic that didn’t remind me of them so much. There are some key elements to the story itself that I hesitate to stand behind now. It’s probably true that you can’t always be 100% happy with your work, but I’d like to at least want to stand behind it 100% of the time.
If you feel like I’m being too hard on the story, I understand. I probably am. What I need right now is to take some distance and have some peaceful time to really reflect on what I want to do in the big pool that is webcomics.
There is about 6 years’ worth of material left to do of Judecca, and I don’t know for sure what we’ll do about it. Maybe one day I’ll want to return to finishing Judecca, or we’ll release the rest of the story in the form of a novel. I don’t know yet, time will tell.
If you have some additional questions, please don’t hesitate to PM me.
Thank you so much for all these years. You’ve all been the best we could ever hope for. <3
x Noora Heikkilä / claystorks