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Post by gestaltScribbler on Mon May 20, 2013 9:19 pm

So, I'm sure everybody at this point has noticed that ECN updates have slowed to a crawl. I wanted to post here and let everybody know why. After graduating college and being thrust into real life, things have gotten really stressful and pretty difficult. I'm not exactly in an area where graphic designers are known to thrive (or be paid very well, really). I still haven't been able to find full-time employment, even outside of my field. It's a rough economy, people. I took it upon myself to learn a bit of html and css, and am now working on a portfolio site for myself, and as simple as the site is, my total lack of knowledge and need to learn everything from the ground up has been an arduous task, and has taken up a lot of my attention. Also, with the wedding coming up, there's been a lot of stress and a lot of planning going on. Long story short? There are many things competing for my attention right now, and poor, poor ECN doesn't always claim the top spot.

Unfortunately, this means that updates may come a little slowly for a while. As much as I'd love to give ECN the time it deserves, I just can't at the moment. I'll do my best to get updates out as frequently as possible, but I have to give my attention to more pressing matters when life calls for it. You guys are incredibly supportive, and I know this won't phase you, but I just want you to rest assured that it won't be this way forever. It's just a hectic time that calls for a little less fun time and a little more serious business. Love all of you guys. Thanks for being such awesome readers.
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Re: Real Life is Hard

Post by CrimsonMage on Mon May 20, 2013 10:23 pm

It's perfectly fine. As awesome as it is, ECN is just a webcomic on a computer screen. I will never expect it to take priority over real life.

Thanks for creating such an awesome comic and update as little as you need in order to deal with real life.
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Post by Todd Ingram on Mon May 20, 2013 10:27 pm

Happens to everyone. I'm glad you've got your priorities.
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Post by Zylo on Mon May 20, 2013 11:38 pm

Just means more fan series will be created to fill up the void, and then community will grow. Then ECN will update and all will cry out in joyous harmony.
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Post by Unclever title on Mon May 20, 2013 11:42 pm

No problem whatsoever, turn that focus where it needs to be!
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Re: Real Life is Hard

Post by Dreamscythes231 on Tue May 21, 2013 12:57 am

CARRY ON CREATOR!!!!
WE WILL BE ROOTING FOR YOU!!!!!
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Post by LoganAura on Tue May 21, 2013 10:09 am

GS, Life comes first. We'll be here for you through and past your stressfull times Smile
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Re: Real Life is Hard

Post by gestaltScribbler on Tue May 21, 2013 3:51 pm

Update: I now have a website. www.davidburner.com
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Re: Real Life is Hard

Post by sonic3535 on Tue May 21, 2013 4:44 pm

I love the site! Two (hopefully helpful) notes: There's a typo near the bottom of your About page: "her" should be "hear". Also, the Work page is a 404, but that may simply be because of the "under construction" status of the site.

Keep doing great things, and we can't wait to see what's next!
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Post by gestaltScribbler on Tue May 21, 2013 5:03 pm

Fixed the typo, not sure why the work page would be down. It's up for me, though it has misloaded once or twice during the day. It may be my host.
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Post by Shailsnic on Tue May 21, 2013 5:57 pm

Zylo wrote:Just means more fan series will be created to fill up the void, and then community will grow. Then ECN will update and all will cry out in joyous harmony.

Yeah, this is pretty much exactly what will happen.

In any case, goodluck on finding a job dude.

gestaltScribbler wrote:Fixed the typo, not sure why the work page would be down. It's up for me, though it has misloaded once or twice during the day. It may be my host.

Well it 404'd for me at first, then I clicked it again and it worked just fine really.
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Re: Real Life is Hard

Post by Eversor on Fri May 24, 2013 5:39 pm

I spent a year out of college unemployed after graduating in Graphic Design, living from friends house to friends house, doing small commissions and odd jobs under the table to make it through the months.

Its been 3 years since then, things have stabilized a bit, but I now rarely get time to do work that is something entirely my own. I know exactly the spot you are in, and even though I live where designers supposedly do well, getting your foot in the door is like winning a lottery. You almost get to the point were pleading others to let you do work for them seems like a advantageous position. You are taught to create but not enough teaching about how to sell yourself...you'll have a rough road ahead of you.

But you got a really supportive community here and you should give them a some steady content, you have something great here, and letting it fall to the wayside for even a bit would be a shame, keep you nose to the grindstone if possible. Even while juggling all the things life has to throw at you these people will wait but only for so long. Heck these people who probably buy merch from you if you had it, but anyways, you got some big hurdles ahead of you. Push on bud!
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Re: Real Life is Hard

Post by Dreamscythes231 on Sat May 25, 2013 9:25 am

THE SITE ROCKS!!!!



NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG

I am still not used to how awesome your art is..

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Post by sonic3535 on Mon May 27, 2013 7:34 pm

Eversor wrote:Heck these people who probably buy merch from you if you had it, but anyways, you got some big hurdles ahead of you. Push on bud!

YES. I mean, if you weren't sure, I'll definitely buy things, if you put stuff up somewhere.
...And once I get money (which is soon!).
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Re: Real Life is Hard

Post by Zylo on Mon May 27, 2013 9:59 pm

I would probably be a part of the merch train as well. though I would hold off on the merch for now as ECN isn't big enough yet to make that a viable thing.
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Re: Real Life is Hard

Post by Harvest Ty on Tue May 28, 2013 8:09 pm

Oh gS it is cool! :')
Real life always takes priority!
I will wait happily for return! :'D
Until then we have Zylo and Capt C!

Also you have a pretty cool site. I do not know if it is just me though, but the text seems hard to read against the background. But it flows together really nice!
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Re: Real Life is Hard

Post by gestaltScribbler on Fri Jun 28, 2013 7:54 pm

Hey guys!  I know I haven't been on here in a while, but I'd like to give you guys a progress update.  Life has been crazy lately, to the point that I really just haven't had any time for anything that wasn't a necessity.  After months of struggling, I finally have a few job prospects (thank the Lord), one of them I interview for on Monday.  My wedding is in less than a month, so there's a ton of stuff to do and not a lot of time to do it in.  I don't want you guys to think that I've forgotten about you, though.

Both this community and the comic mean the world to me.  I'm sort of Babe Ruth'ing t here (calling the shot, ah'yuck), but I'm going to update tonight.  Possibly more than once.  For the first time in weeks, I have a little free time on my hands.  Guess where it's going?  I'll post an announcement here when I throw the update up.  Time to wade through the suggestions and get my bearing again. :realbb: 
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Re: Real Life is Hard

Post by CrimsonMage on Fri Jun 28, 2013 10:25 pm

No need to rush, take as much time as you need. We'll just be waiting.

These forums may be in hibernation, but we have not forgot about you either.
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Post by Shailsnic on Fri Jun 28, 2013 10:36 pm

CrimsonMage wrote:No need to rush, take as much time as you need. We'll just be waiting.

These forums may be in hibernation, but we have not forgot about you either.

Wise words from a wise man. They are also correct words as well.
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