I’m going to assume most of you already heard the big news that was posted by Ananth. We are indeed going to back to a once a week schedule. Now, this only applies to the big comic. The AG Lites will still be updated every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The big comic will only be updated every Monday. Due to the update change, I moved the AG Lite above the big comic since it will be updated more frequently.

Now to answer the question…why?

Well, after drawing, inking, and coloring the comics for about 6 years, I realized I haven’t done a lot for myself. As you know, I work full time at a design studio. I’m learning a lot from my job and I love it. We are picking up work that challenges me to learn something new or push my skills even further. So when I come home, I am pumped with creativity. However I have very little time to accomplish anything for myself. It is a constant battle between creating something for myself and trying to get the comic updated on time.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t find doing AG comics a burden, not at all. The problem is, I find myself swimming in a pool of creativity. I like to mess with digital art, photography, video, and programming. By doing the AG comic once a week, I believe I can accomplish what I would like to do on my spare time.

Now here is the best part, you guys win as well. If you like my art, you’re going to see a lot more. I recently finished a matte painting for a client at work, now I want to do more matte paintings. If you like my photography, you’re going to see a lot more of that as well. I’m also learning AfterEffects, so it will be interesting to see what videos I produce. All of this will be posted on my personal site and I will tweet about it.

Lastly, I would also like to be able to just come home and relax. Where I can just sit back, watch a movie or play some games without worry about comic deadlines.

I think that covers most of it and I hope you understand. If you do…


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Comment by Cybertimber2009
2009-10-12 22:01:46

Yes! I like seeing what you create outside of the comic art-wise just as much as the comic, so win-win!

Comment by Dan
2009-10-12 22:05:13

I completely understand where you’re coming from, Hawk. I tried making a webcomic myself once, but I’d never do it on time, and it was a burden to me, so I stopped, whereas after several years you’re still going; I give you props for that. You deserve a creative break, and I wholeheartedly agree with your idea. I enjoy seeing your artwork just as much as I enjoy seeing the comic.

Comment by Kwadwo
2009-10-12 22:06:50

change of pace is well needed to keep content meaningful.My only question is if you dont mind my asking what do you actually do? I’m looking to push myself as well in terms of creation and find a job that I would enjoy so if you could find the time to enlighten me I would greatly appreciate it.

Comment by Hawk
2009-10-12 22:10:26

I do some of this and that. I mainly do illustrations, graphic design, animation, and some web develop when needed.

Comment by Mouse
2009-10-12 22:07:07

Just out of curiousity, does this affect The Watsons Comic as well, admittedly it didn’t have the strict update schedule that AG has, but just wondering if it was going to be affected as well?

Comment by Hawk
2009-10-12 22:11:34

With the free time, The Watsons comic it will be updated weekly.

Comment by DisposablePal
2009-10-12 22:07:36

i totally agree with what you are doing. its much better to do the comic at your own pace and enjoy it rather than burn yourself out on your own creation.

Comment by Bart
2009-10-12 22:08:09

You’ve worked your ass off on AG for 6 years and now you want some time to do something for you. I can so relate. I for one look forward to seeing what you’ll produce with the extra time for creativity. Go for it!

Comment by Kaelk
2009-10-12 22:13:44

Hey, this is great news. Some might be bummed about fewer updates, however, in challenging yourself as an artist in whatever area, you will pick up things and that in turn with better the art of the comic (Note: I love the comic’s art currently).

So do what feels right for you and I look forward to seeing what else you are capable of.

Comment by Louis
2009-10-12 22:26:32

It’s cool, man. You do what you gotta do, and chillaxing is always something you gotta do. There must be time for the chillaxing. If this change brings about some chillaxing in your life, it’s fine by me. 8D

Comment by Imaria
2009-10-12 22:30:50

As long as you just don’t STOP, I’ll never mind.

Comment by zacwight
2009-10-12 22:32:41

OK. Thank you for telling us!

Comment by Rus
2009-10-12 22:42:22

I expect you will get some complaints. I would also bet that for every complaint you get, you have 9 more people happy that you are still turning arts out at the exceptionally high quality that you do.

Just remember, when you see those emails, that in the grand scheme of things, the people with the angry emails are getting tea bagged by Boomers in L4D by the 9 people that truly appreciate your gifts with the comic.

Comment by sethers
2009-10-12 22:42:37

It seemed like you were heading in that direction anyway, so it’s nice to have it be official.

In any case I think I enjoy seeing your work outside the comic even more, so no complaints from me if this means you start updating your Flickr and/or portfolio more.

Comment by Karlee
2009-10-12 23:49:45

Good on you :) I consider this a win win situation, and boo to anyone who doesn’t support you. Congrats on having the courage to create time and space to push yourself- one day you’ll reach so high you’ll probably leave the solar system :p

Comment by Matt
2009-10-13 00:26:43

I do not comprehend. no joke. i you shouldn’t be worried. your a non subscription site so you should do things at your own pace. enjoy your free time while it lasts. somethign will come up.

Comment by Tres Swygert
2009-10-13 01:20:31

It’s totally understandable Hawk. And I would definitely like to see what you come up with After Effects. Who knows, something that will promote Applegeeks even further. :) Enjoy your time in creativity and with your friends, you do deserve it!

Comment by Ben
2009-10-13 01:39:58

I’m really glad you are taking time for yourself. Number one, you don’t want to burn yourself out. Also, your other work is always great to check out. I’m a Digital Arts student, so I love seeing all the stuff you turn out. It’s always an inspiration to me.

Comment by DarkSpir
2009-10-13 02:17:06

Go for it! I’m already looking forward for the results. :]

Comment by BinaryDad
2009-10-13 04:10:26

It’s hard to keep any sort of personal project going when you leave school. For the longest time, all I had time for was work, and then I was suddenly married and helping to raise a very cute baby girl. My time in the evenings is very short, and I’m thankful if I get a couple of hours WEEK to devote to personal projects!

You’re doing the right thing, Hawk, although given the most recent trend, I wonder if you should update as regular as once a week? I would be betting that once every two weeks or even every four weeks would be more ideal given the fact that both you guys are increasingly more involved in other things.

Comment by Drezz
2009-10-13 09:45:09

Good call, Hawk.

Having AG updated once a week will be better for the reader. The comic won’t be rushed, you and Ananth will be happy since you won’t have to ‘force’ ideas to develop due to deadlines, and we may see some positive shifts in your art here and there.

Enjoy the freedom.

Comment by Luis Ayuso
2009-10-13 09:53:37

the moleskin posts have been awesome, and everything you make outside of this is great to keep up with, you, and a few other artists are the ones i mainly keep up with and its nice to see what you do outside of your comics, your very creative and have a drive to push that creativity… and its nice to see where it goes. always a pleasure to see what you come out with next.

Comment by Tog
2009-10-13 12:07:41

Yo Hawk, you do what you got to do man. The real fans will stick around for it and the fair weather fans will let it slack for a time only to come back later realize they were schmucks. I look forward to seeing more of your non Apple Geeks work, as well as seeing how the comic progresses. Continue having good luck out there in the real world man.

Comment by teax2
2009-10-13 14:27:25

This is probably my favorite blog post you´ve done. I love the videos you´ve posted for us to see, and I´m actually happier that you´re going in this direction than if you were just putting all you got in the comic. After reading this comic for years, us other artists have enjoyed seeing you play with different styles even with the same characters. This is just a macrocosm of that–you´re playing with different styles, and we love to see it, honest. Comics are great, but they´re only one form and one medium really. I think I read applegeeks and Johnny Wander not so much for the comics anyway, but because I look up to you guys and want to see what you´re up to. Remember that whatever you do, in all the mediums you do it in, is a creative output that probably inspires someone else.


Comment by quarky
2009-10-13 14:37:30

We love you Hawk. Please take care of yourself and don’t lose sight of what’s important to you. ^_^;; Hugs are forthcoming…still.

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2009-10-13 15:37:45

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Comment by Michael H.
2009-10-13 18:49:01

Good luck with the other work and I hope you can eventually update the main comic more often.

Comment by Kate
2009-10-13 19:17:25

Dude, Hawk. Yes. Be a regular happy person, and worry not. The collective following will not eat your face; your well-being comes before the RSS feed. Way, way before.

Comment by daRAT
2009-10-13 21:14:06

Hawk, I understand and look forward to the weekly update :) I always liked the AG Lites a lot also! Good to see those three times a week.

The real world bit me several years ago also … sigh :\

Comment by Kais86
2009-10-14 01:03:57

I was wondering when this would happen, I was thinking you seemed a wee bit swamped.

Comment by Shinji16
2009-10-14 03:16:25

This goes at both you and The Hat (Ananth). I completely understand. Hell, whenever I see messages like this I get confused. Here’s why…

You owe us nothing. Nada. Zip. Zero. The fact that you continue to update, and with such awesome content, and more importantly with some much personal effort and emotion behind it, is amazing. You don’t have to do this. At the same time, we’re not paying you to. So, you do not have any obligation to update or do whatever, save a possible guilty conscience for “leaving us behind”.

Don’t ever forget that you’re the one sharing with us, not us sharing our viewership. Take your time, try new things (I’m looking forward to more photography; it rocks, and I love the little appearances mini-Hawk makes sometimes), and simply relax, breathe and take time off from everything if you really have to.

Once again, thanks for sharing with us, and take care of yourselves, and don’t EVER feel forced to do anything AG related. It’s awesome if you do, but I’d rather less frequent updates that are still 120% awesome than Mon/Thur never-miss-an-update updates that slowly die in quality and spirit over a several year process.

Take care and be safe,

Shinji16 / Brendan

Comment by Devilmark
2009-10-14 03:37:36

I’ve always believed the fans are the base of anything…like customers are for business. However, for those that have a passion for art, not just drawing, everything…music, writing, etc…things are a bit different. When you do them because you have a passion for what you love, people begin to admire it, even idolize it at times.(Hence the derivative of fan from fanatic.) The problem that can arise sometimes, is they might forget that there’s more to these people than just what they do right in front of you.

Things like this can help some to realize that, you have a life outside of what you currently do. And that there are other things you’d love to do, and show the world, but haven’t really had enough time to. And I feel when you stand up and are honest with your fans, they can be swayed by the power of your art, and want to see more of what you want to show the world, even if it’s not what you’ve normally shown.

Art comes from passion, passion comes from the heart. Live for what you do, and hopefully, love what you do. Keep up the good work you guys, because you have many, many loyal fans who will always love your art!

Comment by marcio
2009-10-14 03:54:45

dude, your stuff is awesome, you deserve more time for yourself just by giving us this great comic for free!

Comment by Tomas Sancio
2009-10-14 09:47:54

Congratulations for all of your work. You are a great artist and you should manage your time in the way it seems most convenient to you. Cheers!

Comment by Jessica
2009-10-14 18:43:06

oh love this weeks comic! how eve reacts to the girl being an artist is how i react to almost anything

Comment by carolithe
2009-10-14 18:44:20

take your time, look after yourself, and let your creativity run where it wants to go.. i’ll just sit back and enjoy the results, heehee ^_^ i love your art, in all its expressions, so i’m looking forward to seeing what comes from a more relaxed and happy Hawk!

Comment by Rai
2009-10-15 01:36:18

Asian can be patient

Comment by Savros
2009-10-15 01:47:11

Hawk ive been reading AG for years, and you are an amazing artist. And i along with most the people responding to this agree that your goals and dreams are yours. Hell i would wait 2 weeks for a comic just to get one of yours. Keep up the pace man, and have fun with your other projects

Comment by Steve
2009-10-15 02:44:53

Eh, I like AG Lite better anyway.

Comment by MrPete
2009-10-15 09:03:11

Considering how much effort both you and Ananth put in to AG, the cons you go to and getting the books published, I don’t blame you one iota!!
The fact that you are still producing AG every week after 6 years is an enviable accomplishment as it is, so I for one will be just more excited when each new comic comes out!
Enjoy the free time and I hope it helps both of you out a lot :)

Comment by Andrew
2009-10-15 16:43:06

I was going to say ‘it’s ok as long as you post more art’, but you’ve already made it clear that you plan to. The last time I visited hawkstudtios.net it was still rather empty – I look forward to reading all the updates I’ve missed! The sky is the limit Mr Haque. All the best.

Comment by jay
2009-10-15 21:25:07

VIDEO CO PILOT my freind ull be a AE bad ass by new yrs.

Comment by Chelsea
2009-10-16 02:48:36

I love how you make the comic a deadline to all your fans. It’s very touching to know that you value us so much that you take so much time from yourself to do this for us. I’ve been a follower for a good 4-5 years now and I’m really glad you are still around. I love to see how the comic has grown in style and character. Please keep up the good work and I will always be your fan~! <3

Comment by brady ficklin
2009-10-16 05:54:21

more power to ya. you deserve to have a life :)

Comment by SentiNel
2009-10-17 06:01:16

Hawk pulled a Fred on us, but I don’t care ^^

Comment by Caller
2009-10-17 08:49:55

We don’t watch you justfor the comic, you know. I personally find it pretty interesting to see you develop your own work in other ways, so go for it |D

Comment by jude
2009-10-17 16:07:29

I must say, I really really like your art. You really do inspire me to take up Digital Art.

I’d say go for it. Do whatever you think it is right. Go create something for yourself. Don’t let anything stop you from gaining new skills and improving your skills to a new level.

I have this little saying of my own, “If we’re given a chance to gain new skills and improvements, take it up and let nothing stops you.”

I wish you good luck. :)


Comment by fiyarburst
2009-10-17 17:55:30

Will I get a refund for my RSS subscription?

Comment by Jay Carr
2009-10-19 00:35:01

Just glad to see some official word. Thanks for the hard work, I’ve enjoyed it.

Comment by All Voices Anonymous
2009-10-19 02:50:07

Being back in school to finish my graphic arts degree and dealing with recent family deaths and the aftershocks of that, I absolutely understand not having time to spend on oneself. Thanks for giving us all a heads-up, Hawk.

Comment by ae
2009-10-19 06:09:28

Thank you so much for all the great things you have given us, and continue to give us, over the years, basically for free!

Comment by Stahi
2009-10-19 08:40:10

We need to play more Halo, Hawk.

Comment by bart
2009-10-19 11:56:22

The art style in “Issue 547 Real World” would work really well for a graphic novel (comic book). Hawk, you most definitely have the chops. Why not create a new IP for an actual comic book? And have it published by Dark Horse. I bet you would do well, and make some royalties while your at it, possibly.

Comment by Ungamarunga
2009-10-19 12:53:12

Dude! you totally rule… it’s great that you’re cutting yourself some slack and I love the fact that in spite of having such a hectic schedule you’re still posting the webcomic (for free, for your fans… it its very VERY much appreciated) I’ll keep on checking out the comic and look forward to seeing where your art takes you.

Cheers frome Mexico.

Comment by Aaron
2009-10-19 14:55:13

Hey, it’s cool Hawk. I can’t wait to see some more awesome artwork from you in the future. :D

On a side note, I just realized on the new comic, shouldn’t the shadow of the text on the ground be upside down? Just thought I’d point that out. I really like the background on this page though. What brushes do you use for backgrounds like these?

Comment by Aaron
2009-10-19 19:37:41

Hey Hawk, sorry for the double post. I just found something really cool and wanted to share it with you – thought you would be interested.

Create a New Character to Be Shown on the ‘The Simpsons’.

Comment by Porter
2009-10-20 13:07:53

So I’ve been with you guys all the way back from “All Ur Nuts are belong to us” and The Shotgun Game. (Which BTW is a yearly favorite among our friends when the snow hits the ground, and there are big cold banks of white stuff to shoulder check your friends int.) Even if you guys had decided to quit I don’t think we could have asked for any more from you. I REALLY look forward to what you branch out to next..

Comment by Johann Kwan
2009-10-20 22:37:43

I think what all of us are essentially saying is… that sounds fabulous. Exploring new artistic horizons is always a good thing…

Keep it up, looking forward to seeing more of your art!

Comment by Roy33
2009-10-22 16:20:07

It would be necessarily true that a certain physical state is felt a certain way. ,


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