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hey guys >< it’s been a while! i’ve been meaning to make this post for a really long time, but as will be explained, real life happened.
where have you been??
so i graduated with a masters in animation! yaaay! unfortunately i didn’t manage to finish my thesis film on time (i still got a good mark, but bleh) because i bit off way more than i could chew, plus mental health problems put a real wrench in the works.
after hand in, my plan was to take a month off because i was really burnt out, and then to take the summer off to work on hemlock and finishing my thesis film before looking for a job. but, literally the day i was going to get to work, i got an unexpected internship offer doing animation for skype at a fancy studio that i really couldn’t turn down, so i spent about 6 weeks working really long hours and consequently had no time or energy to do any of my own work.
that job ended…and then the same week my mentor at Inkubus London immediately gave me another job offer to work on a christmas advert (if you live in the netherlands you might see it on tv!). being that it was the highest paid job i’ve ever been offered, i couldn’t say no to that either.
so that advert just wrapped! i’m going to be doing some more work at Inkubus soon, but i’ve finally had a week to just breathe. the zombie animation above is literally the first work i’ve done for myself and not for uni or a job since…maybe 2015, which is really sad, now i think about it…
when is hemlock coming back!?
the short answer is, it will be back when it’s back. the long answer is that while i’m working, i’m exhausted. my mental health has been shit this year and holding down these animation jobs has been pretty taxing, and i’ve yet to figure out the work/energy/free time balance required for making hemlock. now that i’ve got a week or two off i’m hoping to squeeze some pages in.
i have not given up on hemlock! but hemlock doesn’t earn me a living, guys, and i have to take freelance work where i can get it, when i can get it. if someone drew up a graph of webcomic artists and their update frequency compared to their age/ when they leave university and enter the workforce, i think the drop off would be pretty alarming to look at. all i can say is that i still want to finish it, and thank you all for your patience.
what happened to your digital PDFs for sale?
here’s some good news at last! now that the VATMOSS stuff seems to have settled, i’ve set up a new digital store over on gumroad! including the digital debut of the mini hemlock story i did last year, and a printable DIY minizine! click here, please go check it out~
anyway i hope that answers some of your questions guys!
feel free to send me a message if that doesn’t clear things up. you can also find me most often on my personal/shitposting twitter now, scelinesceline.
Wow, it's good to see you're alive (sort of). First of all, congratulations to all your achivments. You've been working really hard and you deserve some break.
Take your time e don't give up!!!
You've been busy! A productive-sounding busy, too. That's no mean feat, especially when your mental health isn't at its best.
Thanks for popping in and letting us know how things have been going.
Thanks for the update, and congrats on those big achievements!
Will look forward to new pages when they arrive, till then, look after yourself first!
Edit: and while I'd dearly love more Hemlock, mental health personal stuff is no joke, and I'm so freaking happy you've had such great job opportunities and such.
I came really close to not getting my own master's thesis in on time because (undiagnosed at the time) I had a major depression problem.
Anyway, I know a bit what it's like, but I hope you're enjoying a bit of freedom now? Your life is your own, and you've got money! Nice to be able to buy things when you need them, eh?
Sounds like time well spent, and looks like you're an animation expert now. We always knew you were destined for big things.
Wooooow! Congratulations on all of the things that you have been doing, and all of the recognition of your brilliance that you've clearly inspired! That's so so great. I had mental health issues at university, too, and it absolutely sucks, so hooray for taking it as easy on yourself as possible and taking care of yourself a bit, however you can. Even if you never update again, you've already given us such a wonderful story with such wonderful art, and all as an amazing free present, so we're very grateful, and rooting for you!
OMG. :0 I saw the gravestone in the preview thing and thought you were announcing that the comic was dead. I'm so glad it's not!! Feel better, and upload at your own pace, fam! Love you! <3
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Look at you, landing awesome jobs and doing adult things! Take care of yourself first. We will be here when you're ready! Work/life balance is tricky at best, so I understand completely. Thanks for the update!
I'm so happy for you!!
Don't sweat it! Congrats on all the great stuff you accomplished, and I'm sorry about your mental health stuff, I can sympathize. Take your time and come back when you can. We can wait!
UPDATE!! :O :O :O
You sure that story shouldn't include tasting a sip of Sindri's soup? ;)
Wow!!! That's so cool that you got so many job opportunities! Thanks for giving your readers an update on what's going on! :>
Your health is always most important and having enough money to take care of yourself is also very important!! I love Hemlock a lot so I don't mind the wait <3
P.S. The little zombie gif you animated is super cute! I love it!
WHOAA IS SO GOOD TO HEAR FROM YOU!!!
Thanks for taking the time to say hi here! and for making clear you are still with hemlock <3
Dont worry, we will wait for you :3!, just take care!! <3
Omigosh I'm so happy to hear you're alright and that Hemlock is not gone forever!!!
Thanks for giving all us readers an update on what the situation is, I really appreciate you taking the time out of your day to let us all know what's going on. I love Hemlock and I look forward to seeing it again when it returns!
Best of luck to you, and thank you again for the update!
Omg, that's amazing with all the jobs!(crazy hard, but amazing) and OF COURSE it's more important than Hemlock. I mean, you have to eat right? You shouldn't feel any obligations. Take it for what it is: a hobby, a playground for your creative juices and things you wanna try out, and for the same reasons you started it. You should be having fun, not stressing about it. Have a nice day :)
I've been waiting to see this page change since the dawn of day. The truth is, I love your art too much to give up on Hemlock. So glad to see you're alive and kickin'.
Congratulations on all your achievements. No matter if things are going less than how you would like them exactly, you should still feel proud of all the things you've done and will continue doing.
And don't feel pressured, after all, this is a personal project and until it can pay your bills, we can't really expect you to drop everything and concentrate on Hemlock just only.
Hemlock is a delightful treat for me when it happens--you've clearly been working very hard to make it happen at all. I can't wait to see how beautiful your art is the next time you are able to do some work on it! This is one of my favorite online projects. The life of the artist always takes precedence!! Good luck with your job and with your health!
So glad to hear from you! Of course you had to take on those works, and I'm glad to hear that you're finding good stuff. I'm also glad that you aren't giving up on Hemlock either. I'll definitely still be hanging around. Take care of yourself as well though, give yourself what you need to regain your health!
Love the zombie worms-in-the-brain graphic as an update for this situation! Hemlock is beautiful, interesting, and a lot more compelling story than most college cartoon efforts. I'm not surprised to hear you've "gone pro," and I hope Hemlock will be even better for waiting a bit as you build your career and experience. Baba Yaga has her own ways of testing her supplicants, after all! I will keep checking back every few months.
Best wishes for your mental, physical, and financial health. Seems like it can be harder to figure out how to be a happy, healthy, brilliant and different person, versus a 'normal' person. But your work is a gift to everyone. I hope you are able to enjoy the commercial work and keep Hemlock simmering in that dream-space at the back of your mind for a glorious creative binge at some future time.
That is all amazing news, well except the burnt out part, take care of yourself, but otherwise, yaaaaaay!
Do what you gotta do lady, I just enjoy coming back and rereading from time to time. The artwork is truely truely the loveliest I've ever seen.
I don't know about age/college graduation, but as a longtime webcomic reader I do know that the best work always gets delayed, because they artist/writer gets paid work! So don't feel bad, this is a sign that you are *good*
hmmm currently doing my masters and I know the burn out feeling well. I'm just chuffed that there was an update! Wasn't ever upset, but looking forward to stuff whenever it happens and wishing you all the best! also happy you got some ace opportunities but yeah sounds good to take some time off to recalibrate. That's what I'm going to do once I graduate... in 7... more... months... ><
Awesome, glad to see you're back. Also very nice that you had some great gigs.
don't stress yourself out too much ;;;; the webcomic can definitely always wait, your mental health and income is 100% top priority. i'm sure most of us are just happy to know you're doing ok. :^)
I love the little gif its so cute! Also congrats on graduating!!
So glad to hear you're still alive (well, mostly) and congrats on graduating! Sorry things have been so stressful, sounds like you've been really busy.
Take it easy and do what you have to do - we all need money to survive, alas. Besides, I'm sure we're all willing to wait for a webcomic as awesome as this! I really love the story so far ^u^
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