Hey guys, do me a favor. Chill.

1. This isn’t full time gig for me.
2. My life is changing.
3. I’m not ready to talk about what is happening.
4. I AM updating, it’s called Applegeeks Lite. There is a reason why it’s on top of the site.

I’m juggling a lot of things right now and for a while I have been focusing on specific things. Which as a result taking me away from other things.

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98 Comments

Comment by Sarai
2010-10-19 04:39:53

I second that! peeps need to chill out. besides, when I feel like an update I just start reading again from the beginning and that usually keeps me happy.

Comment by troy
2010-10-23 01:38:47

i have been a fan for years and this is one of the biggest gaps i have experienced. it speaks to the intensity of the situation. i wish you the best of luck. my motto is “it could always be worse” i hope issues will get better.

Comment by Colt
2010-11-14 21:00:38

“my motto is “it could always be worse””

That used to be my motto… then things always got worse after I said it. Shhh.

@Hawk and Ananth: Hope everything works out well. Ya’ll do a great job. This is hands down my favorite thing to check (tied right up there with Megatokyo and TGWTG, if that means anything =-) ). Thanks for the awesome comics, even with all the internet fanboy’s sense of entitlement driving you mad.

 
 
 
Comment by Dave
2010-10-19 05:46:01

Life’s busy and there isn’t time to do it all. Hopefully people can realize that.

 
Comment by tayker
2010-10-19 06:59:12

Just some food for thought, not a complaint. We all have priorities, and I think most people can respect yours. Maybe AppleGeeks should change from a Monday, Wednesday, Friday update to maybe once a week. That way your priorities are freed up and people won’t feel let down when your awesome creative efforts don’t meet the deadlines you’ve set and that your fans expect.

On the one hand, I think people need to stop bitching about things that are free because they sound unappreciative. Especially something non-essential like entertainment.

On the other hand, people shouldn’t establish goals and then miss them frequently because that looks like they don’t care about their fans/customers, and all of the excuses start to sound shallow.

Hope you find the balance you need.

 
Comment by Falling0
2010-10-19 08:17:07

blasphemy “something non-essential like entertainment.” really? entertainment is my blood! now I understand that shit happens and peoples lives can change dramatically heck i used to be a writer then i joined the military and had to stop writing sketches for my friends comic. i just hope that your changes arent as drastic as mine believe me im kinda hating life right now.

 
Comment by Mattias
2010-10-19 08:27:27

Take your time! Your comic lightens my day up here in Stockholm, Sweden, so if you need some slack you deserve it!

 
Comment by Robert V Aldrich
2010-10-19 09:13:09

I hadn’t noticed that anyone had been giving you a hard time about the updates, but I second the above: take your time. Your attention is needed elsewhere and we, your loyal fans and friends, understand that. Don’t rush, don’t break yourself to do what should be a fun outlet. Do your thing and when you find the time and inspiration to be back here, we’ll rejoice.

Sorry some people have been bellyaching about the lack of the full-time comic. Please know there are others who don’t share their greed and impatience.

 
Comment by Jen
2010-10-19 10:00:23

I’ve been reading for a long time and have enjoyed any and all updates that have come through. I can’t believe that some people don’t understand that this is something fun that you do in your free time and that when you started the comic in your college years there was a lot more free time than there is now with you working two jobs (at least it seems like you are working two jobs so please correct me if I’m wrong about that). People just need to chill and enjoy the updates that do come. I miss the storyline comic too but that’s going to make it’s update (whenever you can get to it) that much better.

 
Comment by Mark
2010-10-19 10:04:07

Well you have all forgotten 1 thing, people b-ing means that the stuff done here by hawk and ananth is addictive. All you need now is someone saying they left home and joined the army because you missed the update.

-Entertainment is more addictive than crack!-

so from Estonia to all of you: Peace! Art is done by living and living is not done in front of the computer, sometimes you need to give space to the ones you love!

 
Comment by NeoDarklight
2010-10-19 10:08:22

That’s understandable. Take your time, man. RL issues > webcomics.

 
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Comment by Imm
2010-10-19 11:19:12

It’s funny how entitled people feel these days – these two have been providing a wonderfully drawn and written comic for years and added a SECOND zippy, more comedic short comic as well and a few weeks of some “missed” updates and people get up in arms?

I agree with Robert above – i had no idea people were harassing you, i assumed a slightly smarter crowd came to this site, but oh well. i hope everyone gets the messsage.

personally, just want to add i’ve been reading and following you guys for years – and am excited for you in your new ventures! i’m a loyal fan and will happily take whatever we get. i have decided however, to finally pony up and go buy the second book!

 
Comment by Kyle
2010-10-19 13:07:50

Wait aren’t we in 2010? Are people still nagging the creaters of webcomics? Aren’t they still free? You do what you got to do and ignore the people that don’t respect you. Just because it’s anonymous, doesn’t mean people can disrespect people!

Comment by Ananth
2010-10-19 18:48:54

You’re totally right. :)

Comment by Joe
2011-07-08 03:20:27

Current Date… July 8, 2011

Just an update to a dead thread and now a dead website.

 
 
 
Comment by Alex
2010-10-19 13:36:33

@tayker

Tell that to Scott Ramsoomair. lol.

 
Comment by Hong-An
2010-10-19 14:19:48

Although I do miss the updates for the big comic as I would really like to know what will happen to Hawk in the past, the recent AG Lites have made more than up to it. Eve plus Big Kitty was just so adorable. Take your time. I’ll visit frequently.

 
Comment by Musicpowered
2010-10-19 14:51:27

PREACH ON BROTHER HAWK! Don’t worry one bit man the true fans are patient and understanding. Sometimes I feel bad that i forget to check back for updates since i get busy too.

 
Comment by Xanthiss
2010-10-19 16:09:15

Hey, Don’t get frustrated. I have been in your spot with my own side project. I walked away to focus on myself. Do what you have to do. Don’t worry about these bozos. Tell them if they need their daily fix to pick up your Applegeek books. On a side note, HAWK ANY PLANS ON SEEING A HAWK ART BOOK?

 
Comment by Lax
2010-10-19 17:33:54

@Alex – Agreed! Scott’s not even giving explanations, which means he’s just lazing around and not telling his fans. In any case, that’s for another discussion.

Yeah, we would like to know what’s up. Just saying there will be “minor delays” may not be enough. You know we love your works, otherwise we wouldn’t be visiting the site every day :) We just want to know what’s up, that’s all

 
Comment by 'Jiku
2010-10-19 19:16:20

Don’t get me wrong, I’m just like everyone else out there that would like to see an update. Am I expecting them to drop everything in their personal and professional lives to do such, no. I mean, anyone with a shred of common sense can do exactly what most of us have done already… start from AG1 and read forward to the most recent comic.

I mean to be blatantly honest, they owe us nothing in the like. The AGLite updates are something for us to come back to the site and keep a starved appetite somewhat fed.

Realistically, they could tell us all to go bugger off and shut the site down. Would they? I can’t say they would and frankly would hope that never comes to fruition. So, in close, I hope that everyone of the impatient variety can take a Valium, chill out and wait.

Hawk & Ananth, thank you both for the 7+ years of AG. Myself as well as others will be here when you both are able to put up the next full comic.

Take your time and enjoy yourselves.

 
Comment by Hainuwele
2010-10-19 23:27:54

There is no point in rushing things. Rushing to slap together an update only cheapens the story. I’d rather you guys take a break and come back once things have calmed down. So take your time. I’ll wait.

Comment by Phil P.B.
2010-10-20 22:26:45

Well said.

 
 
Comment by govhunter
2010-10-19 23:37:33

Take your time.
Much as I’d like to see more apple geeks, I don’t want it at a cost to you guys. I love what you have done so far, so much that you’ve become my favorite web comic, and I wouldn’t want you to burn out over deadlines.

 
Comment by ryan
2010-10-20 00:19:48

big time fan been reading your comic and ctrl alt and vg cats and least i could do. and i can understand what its like to have a hobby that a lot of people think is cool but you have limited time to do the hobby because of crap. life sucks and the best thing to do is take things one thing at a time. now if anyone is causing a problem just say this if you dont like what i am doing then either piss off or shut up a wait because bitching wont make me get it done faster. thank you for making a great comic and dont worry no matter what in life people always bitch at everything be it from free money to gettin laid, everyone wants more or on some kind of routine. i am sorry for the idiots its not deserved from a great comic as yours or anyone elses. take your time my friend. also your popular here in cal especially in the central area

 
Comment by Mona
2010-10-20 00:51:13

Dude, you’re an awesome artist who is actually EMPLOYED for being an awesome artist. Focus on your job and forget about people who are complaining about you not updating a side project. The fact that you even have a side project is impressive. You have other priorities, and that’s cool, because the other priorities actually pay you. I’d do the same, and so would anyone else. Don’t stress yourself. :)

 
Comment by Kyanr
2010-10-20 04:07:44

Love you guys! Thanks for the free updates and sorry asshats on the internet demand more awesome than is possible. Sometimes we forget you’re human :P

 
Comment by matt
2010-10-20 04:53:14

it’s okay, make the money, pay the bills, life goes on

 
Comment by Brandon
2010-10-20 05:55:05

I’m never EVER going to bitch at you about a lack of updates – it isn’t my place, and you’re entertaining me for free. Plus, you’re still updating AGLite.

Everyone bugging poor Hawk here about updates needs to shove it – you’re not paying for updates, so STFU.

Keep up the DAMN GOOD work, Hawk.

 
Comment by RedNBlood
2010-10-20 07:06:47

Awesome artist indeed =[
people who complain aren’t your fans ><" we are
take your time and just tell us whenever your ready.

 
Comment by Virtual Bob
2010-10-20 08:18:34

Hawk, a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.
This is your sandbox, we’re just guests here. Most of us love you and the work you do and understand that R/L takes precedence.
Screw the haters!

 
Comment by Luke
2010-10-20 08:51:40

Love your artwork Hawk, what drew me to the comic in the first place, and any person that can’t wait a few days for a comic update that is always awesome isn’t worth worrying about.

Keep up the good work guys, its an awesome comic, every page!!

 
Comment by Dave
2010-10-20 10:18:11

Dude, paying bills comes before entertaining me. I dig the work and the story, but it’s not that hard to check the site, see if there’s something new, and move on if there isn’t. Anyway, I hope everything works out for you guys.

 
Comment by Jasmine P.
2010-10-20 10:35:13

No rage, just sadface, but I do have both books so I can read the old comics again! I hope your current projects are going well and look forward to the new page whenever it gets up. And I do like the AG-Lites. It’s like a never ending appetizer until the big comics update regularly again!

 
Comment by brenda
2010-10-20 11:10:21

i agree. i love the applegeeks lite comics and i hear ya on not being a full time job. u have to pay the bills some way right?

 
Comment by NeoDarklight
2010-10-20 11:22:17

32 comments (33 if you include this one) supporting you so far, Hawk, so just remember that most of your fans are supportive and caring, and that it is a very small minority that ruins it for the rest of us. We all love your work and hope you get done with what you have to with minimal stress. Or something like that. I’m not very good with words, but you get the point.

 
Comment by Clark M
2010-10-20 12:06:41

Its all good man, life attacks. I’m just happy I got to enjoy your work for the past 5 years

 
Comment by Jay
2010-10-20 14:43:53

Do what needs to be done. This day and time RSS feeds are a god sent. It keeps the f5 key form locking up. In a serious note work to pay the bills and keep the server running.

 
Comment by Kara
2010-10-20 15:49:08

Every update is a gift you both give us.
BUT gifts aren’t required. They are only given when you can afford them!
Hope life calms down for you and no worries!

 
Comment by iPro
2010-10-20 15:56:41

You know, I had a shortlived webcomic. Keeping up with a schedule is a bust, nevermind doing it for years.

 
Comment by Lindsay
2010-10-20 16:05:18

You’re both on your ways to bigger things – thank you so much for what you’ve given us so far on your SPARE time while you make the rest of your adult lives happen. We’re all riled and saddened by the lack of updates but it would be WAY out of place for anyone to complain, especially those who have never financially supported the comic in any way.

I do agree with the note of professionalism on not missing deadlines, but this isn’t actually a job of any kind so the debt you both have to the comic is to yourselves, not to the readers.

I’ve been a fan since ’03 and I’m proud of it. I’ve had the chance to watch the comic grow as I grew myself – from 14 to 21 is a long way. Even if we had to say goodbye to the comic for a while, I am more than happy to wait for you to find your balance in life, much as we all are in these troubled times.

We love you guys!

 
Comment by Benjamin Ritter
2010-10-20 16:10:11

What!!! People been nagging you Hawk? I’m fine with how you’re doing things now, Lite feels allot more relaxed. It’s still nice to see a new main one every once in a while, but I read other webcomics too, so I’m in no rush. Just tell me who’s been annoying you, they shall taste of my blade >=3

 
Comment by Monkeyking
2010-10-20 18:31:22

Real life sucks Take your time Hawk we understand

 
Comment by slag10
2010-10-20 18:56:21

I keep my mouth shut about updates and such, but since someone else has brought it up, I’ll gladly give my opinion on it:
I wish Applegeeks Lite would promptly go the way of the Buffalo if meant that the regular comic would start updating just once every two weeks.

Just my feelings on it.

 
Comment by NeoDarklight
2010-10-20 22:36:44

Still maintaining my stance since my last comment… Now that that’s out of the way, I love the latest AGLite! But you forgot one thing: the other joy is that if you build an elaborate set-up, you are not only allowed, but encouraged- nay, required- to scare the bejeebus out of 8-12 year olds. Just like I used to, until a stroke forced my stepdad to stop building Halloween displays every year. *sniff* It was our favorite holiday EVER!

If you plan on ever building your own display, just remember that homemade props are at least 10 times better than the mass produced crap. IE, think like Largo when building Halloween displays.

 
Comment by nero147
2010-10-21 00:36:14

I love your comic and have been a reader for years. Take your time and don’t work yourself too hard. The internet will still be here. Peace.

 
Comment by Boomer
2010-10-21 06:23:34

as many others have said take your time. even if AppleGeeks lite wasnt updated, i’d still check back every day for updates.

life can be unpredictable or unbearable and we all gotta roll with the punches. some people might not understand that but there are plenty of us that do.

keep up the great work.

 
Comment by TheTravelerD
2010-10-21 07:17:25

Applegeeks was my first webcomic. Before I found this I did not even know there were webcomics. This comic lead me to more comics and from there it snowballed until my bookmarks were 99% webcomics.

When I first found AG I was a few months into homeschooling in 7th grade and I was already hating every second of life. This comic, and the others it led me to, got me through a tough time by supplying me with laughs and with an escape.

So, while I eagerly await each update and try to come back daily and check, I understand that real life gets in the way and is heaps more important.

I just want to say thank you for making it in the first place and keeping me from going completely insane.

 
Comment by Robert V Aldrich
2010-10-21 09:02:20

A little off-topic, I know and I apologize, but I LOVE today’s AG Lite. Sometimes, there are benefits to being a grown-up. Candy is definitely one of them.

 
Comment by Acher4
2010-10-21 09:18:35

I adore this comic but seriously, did people blow their heads over the no central updates. That’s stupid.
I thank you for giving us Aglite.
It’s so fun and cute. :D
When the time comes for the main storyline, it will come…why get angry(?) Sheesh!

 
Comment by Jack McScat
2010-10-21 09:32:19

Haters gonna hate, gators gonna gait.
Just do your thing man, you have all the time in the world to draw a (free) comic. Thanks for years of teh awesome, and may there be many more!

 
Comment by avgjoegeek
2010-10-21 10:29:39

meh – I just keep checking. I realized a long time ago that this was a “side” gig for you two when I started reading.

People can either move on or wait patiently like I do. At least I get my dose with AG-Lite – so thanks!

 
Comment by anonymouscoward
2010-10-21 13:19:17

I will personally stop reading altogether. AG Lite is not an engaging enough filler strip to make it worth loading up in the AM. It hasn’t so much as evoked a snicker from me in a very very long time.

The entire Applegeeks saga should have been killed off a long time ago when Comic-Hawk went to Tokyo to look for Eve. it should have ended right there. There has been little substance ever since.

Whatever you guys are working on so fervently i hope it’s of the same caliber as your work from years past as that was the prime time for Applegeeks. Good luck on your endeavor.

Comment by Robert V Aldrich
2010-10-22 07:23:38

Your user-handle is remarkably apt. The Applegeeks loyalists definitelly appreciate you announcing your deparure, however. We’re glad to have the boards vacated of one less selfish voice.

Comment by FerroMancer
2010-10-23 02:05:18

You tell ‘im, Steve-Dave!

Seriously, you guys rock. Take your time and keep it awesome.

Hrmm, perhaps a compromise with the haters. Since the comic has been interrupted, I am sure that you will send us refunds for all the money we spent to read your webcomic over the years, right?

RIGHT????? :)

Comment by FerroMancer
2010-10-23 02:06:22

P.S. I’m posting these from my iPad. :)

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Comment by Koeryn
2010-10-21 17:24:10

Wow, people are seriously bitching about your update schedule? Hah. They apparently never read Boxer Hockey or Abian or GWtBW…

Ignore the pricks and prats. You’ll get new pages up when you get new pages up, no harm no foul. Keep up the good work y’all, your stuff is awesome.

 
Comment by Clark K.
2010-10-21 22:26:29

Hey, you post more frequently then VG Cats, so that’s a huge win. Ha ha. But seriously, I’m happy with anything you guys do, that’s why I started coming here. So until the site goes down, I’ll always check for updates because not only are the stories great, but the artwork is simply stunning. ‘Nuff said.

Comment by Zpike
2010-10-22 06:46:26

Jesus updates his work more frequently than VG Cats… -__-

 
 
Comment by Lonewolf8986
2010-10-21 23:24:38

Don’t worry, I know life changes and that your still doing your thing, I’m pretty sure most of us understand that and appreciate all that you’re doing!! Keep it up!

 
Comment by Laura
2010-10-21 23:36:49

As a reader since 2003, I have always appreciated the comic. No matter what update schedule you choose to follow now, I will still think highly of AppleGeeks because of all of happiness that you have given me over the years. Thank you.

 
Comment by john
2010-10-21 23:44:49

honestly i’m pleasantly surprised when i see a new large update :) . life gets in the way and even should a schedule not be followed it’ll get here. i mean honestly we’ve all got time (evident by our sincere devotion to following this webcomic!)

 
Comment by Zimmy
2010-10-22 00:51:28

I agree with @tayker, who made a comment at the beginning. You should totally take your time while looking for a balance. However, I still am highly appreciative of the work you still do and accept your new schedule due to the lack of time. I can relate and want you to do what is in your best interest. However, I must confess that this post made me feel a lot better. Before I was completely in the dark as to the reason of the lack of updates, but now that you are no longer mum about it and I have this very good reason, I’m a lot more accepting of it. Hope you can find more time to update AG, but if you can’t, what’s going on now is fine too!

 
Comment by Saber
2010-10-22 05:20:49

Well sort of got my own opinion on the matter.

You have quite a large fan-base and followers. Most of which have followed you since the beginning of this comic. A large majority has even supported you when you needed extra money to buy a tablet to draw faster and more efficient with. Some of which are still buying merchandise and books of the comic.

I respect the fact that your life is changing and that it gets busier everyday. But what Tayker says about a little bit of professionalism is true. It doesn’t matter if a service someone is providing is free or not. When someone makes a promise to people that he is going to deliver service on that and that time, people expect that service around those times. If this service is entertainment like you are providing or public transport where it is free in certain countries it doesn’t matter.

I recently was in a country where public transport was free for certain areas of the city. If the train or bus didn’t arrive on time, hell yeah I would bitch about it. It is a service I am relying on and I would like that service to be provided to me properly. I would rather be told that the bus would only be there twice a day, than wait like a fool for hours for a bus that won’t be arriving any time soon.

The same applies for the comic. If you can’t keep up with the update schedule, change it or put the big comic on a temporal break. And saying that you don’t own us anything is just a big blow to some fans who have followed you for quite a while and have supported this site and this comic financially when you needed it. It is the easy way out argument.

Don’t get me wrong. I am not trying to attack you or flame you. I am just trying to give my opinion on the matter. Look I do agree on the matter that this is a hobby for you and should be treated as such by you. But what I don’t agree on is the opinion that because it is free you guys don’t own us anything. It shows unprofessionalism and it is basically a nice way of saying f* you.

On another note, I do hope that you’re doing fine and that your professional life is going in the direction you hoped for. I wish you good luck and lot of succes in your future.

Comment by Diamack
2010-10-22 10:20:02

Saber,

I think you put your thoughts on this matter quite well (and respectfully I might add). I tend to agree with you. When the large comic went to a Monday only update, I completely understood. I was a little sad about it, because I love this comic, but as a creative myself I understood this was a side project.

However, as I creative, I am hired to work on deadlines and while the content provided here is free, it still represents something of value to both the artist and the consumer.

Hawk, your skills are AMAZING and I don’t doubt you would have had many successes in your life without AG. However, as a consumer of your content I would say it is a safe assumption that the success of your webcomic has opened many doors. Those doors would not have opened for you if you would not have delivered a consistent product on a consistent schedule because it would have been hard to hold readers.

Those are just a couple thoughts, I certainly hope that I won’t be savaged for my take on this issue, but if it happens then I am willing to accept that. I wish you both the best and while I sometimes grow impatient, I will continue to visit back looking for updates.

Best Regards,
Diamack

 
Comment by Rose
2010-10-22 15:12:26

That service is NOT free. Public transportation that’s “free” is supported by tax payers, gov’t, etc.
We do not pay taxes for Applegeeks and it is not a service. It’s a hobby. Just because I update a blog on a blog site and have readers does not mean that it is my obligation to update it for the readers.

No where on here did I read that Hawk and Ananth owed us. Like they said, they do update. They still make appearances for their fans, talk to their readers… but there are priorities that they must meet for themselves.

My two cents, not at all bashing, you make a valid argument but it’s been several years and they put a lot of work and effort into doing this not for us, but for themselves. We just happened to come along for the ride.

 
 
Comment by Algor_Langeaux
2010-10-22 05:50:02

My only real concern was that you guys were ok.

Art doesn’t come on a schedule. People that don’t get that need to get a life and quit stepping on yours. You are better off without them.

“Professionalism” refers to the reality that happens when you are deriving your livelihood from something. Since you have clearly noted that this is not your primary occupation, any argument from “professionalism” isn’t worth the electrons they used to transmit their vitriol.

Webcomic updates happen when they happen. If the story and art is good enough it is always worth the wait: It’s all about the antici-

-pation.

Comment by NeoDarklight
2010-10-22 10:01:47

…You forgot the dramatic pause is symbolized by the three immortal dots.

 
 
Comment by David
2010-10-22 10:11:40

Love ya Hawk

 
Comment by BlacktotheFuture
2010-10-22 12:20:36

Well DUH! of course you’re busy with something else. What do people think you’re doing? just standing around?

At least you throw an AG Lite up every now and again instead of halting your activity entirely like MOST webcomics. Anyone who doesn’t realize you’re doing the most you can as best as you can is just stupid. Don’t mind ’em!

 
Comment by Demoneyez
2010-10-22 13:02:56

The thing that I don’t understand is that why are there so many people bitching about the updates, get a life. Most of us are busy working or doing some other thing that takes most of our time. This is a free web service so quit complaining about it. What these guys do is for the fun of it. I’ve been a fan since the beginning of the series which I love including Lite. The Applegeeks staff have been doing their best all this time and have never let us down even if the updates take a while. I support them all the way and await their next update whenever it may come……

 
Comment by Crow
2010-10-22 17:13:05

you haven’t been updating the site? WOW. i’m happy. I thought my computer was wigging out on me. lol.

yea. take as much time as you need. I’m alot better now that i know my comp. isn’t broken. lol

 
Comment by chris
2010-10-22 17:55:12

wow, people need to chill out a little bit…

 
Comment by Skuld
2010-10-22 18:43:25

Hawk: Keep up the great work, I hope things go well for you. Thanks again for the AG Light Strips!

To those complaining about update schedules.

1) The quickest way to push someone away from something they enjoy is to complain about it. When things turn into more of a hassle than an outlet for creativity or just general enjoyment.

2) There have been a few comics where the demands from the fans was part of the reason that they faded away. Time spent responding to fans was time away from the comic. (That is if I recall from their posts. cite: Matt& Ian ~ Mac Hall).

3) There are also times where they need to step back and take a little break, because you can’t always force creativity. (cite: JB ~ Catharsis Comic).

4) This is not a situation where the creators put out an offer to update on a more regular basis if a certain condition was met as others have done (cite: Randy ~ Something Positive)

If you are complaining about updates try for 30 days to come up with something creative every day.
Take a moment and honestly ask yourself could you continue that for 1260 strips? (main comic 576+ light 684 =1260).

Also when you factor that in, don’t forget that every convention you handle over the years requires prep, and hard work, for a weekend of work, so that you can go back to work.

I apologize if I seem a bit harsh, I just don’t want this to end up as some of my other favorites have ended… with a cliffhanger (Troy ~ Scandal Sheet) or fading away (JB ~ Catharsis).

Comment by Hainuwele
2010-10-22 21:24:37

Well said. Given the sheer number comics Hawk and Ananth have written for a “side project”. One would have thought they would have taken a break sooner.

 
 
Comment by Eric
2010-10-22 22:13:16

I really like your comic, and I’m grateful for the amount of time that you have been spending on it. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and hope that whatever is going on in your personal lives turns out well.

 
Comment by Simon
2010-10-22 23:31:47

Dude you comic rocks.
that is all.

 
Comment by Junior Millenium
2010-10-23 02:30:22

Ain’t no thing but a chicken wing! As a representative of the Silent Majority, I understand that bills will always come first. As long as you continue to bring the Quality, then the Quantity is just a matter of nitpicking.

Good luck with your current projects and all things life-related. No matter what the future holds, we’ll keep minding the lighthouse for you guys.

Laughing all the way . . .

Junior

 
Comment by Russell Davis
2010-10-23 09:34:41

Hope everything works out for ya

 
Comment by Stuart
2010-10-23 12:38:52

Hawk, Ananth, just wanted to repeat here what my coworker and I say all the time to each other: “Can’t fix stupid.”

Certainly keep talking to us, we love to hear what you got to say, but at the end of the day, you just got to remember that some people are like that, and we’re not here to work around, or for, their entitlement and respect issues.

If you look at the website, sure it says there’s an update schedule. However, if you listen to the creators, in their blogs and forum posts, you see exactly what kind of update schedule they have: casual. Maybe the listed update schedule is their goal, an ideal of a perfect world. I for one don’t want Hawk and Ananth to give up that goal, if it is at all achievable, in the hopes that after this and that life issue passes, we the masses shall be entertained (at Hawk and Ananth’s pleasure) some more. I would absolutely love to treat the current sporadic update schedule as something temporary rather than crushing a dream for later because it’s not feasible now.

To all the people who feel entitlement to the comic because they have, at one point or another, contributed monetarily to the authors, realize this: ‘donations’ are freely given, without expectation – maybe you’re thinking about ‘comission'; buying merchandise has its own reward without expecting additional work done on the part of the authors.

Hawk, Ananth: be encouraged. Please. You guys are all kinds of awesome.

In closing: the wallpaper that my coworker currently uses might be worth taking to heart.

 
Comment by CDalman
2010-10-23 18:58:32

Hawk, take your time. Personally, I’d rather have read a comic that is thought out and well done, as Applegeeks has always been, than see the quality drop because of Life Issues. And I never get tired of meditating on the last panel of Comic-Hawk’s screaming squirrel rage.

 
Comment by smartalco
2010-10-23 22:07:52

Pssh, haters gonna hate :P

(PS: I would be less sad about no updates if you would make the “Destiny” (cat attacks dinosaur) drawing in to a wallpaper so I can have something better to look at than the color-stretched version I’m using as a background now :D )

 
Comment by Shoop83
2010-10-24 18:56:16

I can’t understand how people are bitching about the slow updates. Really? You guys owe us nothing. Everyone should realize life gets in the way sometimes.
Thanks for the many years of awesome comics and artwork. I’ll keep coming back until you tell me to go away.

 
Comment by NeoDarklight
2010-10-25 00:51:46

Because I know this isn’t going to stay on the tweets page forever, I’m going to post the link to the page that explains everything Hawk was allowed to explain. http://blog.hawkstudios.net/post/1395596180/leavingthenest

 
Comment by Adem
2010-10-31 05:00:07

Good luck with your career.

 
Comment by Neiona
2010-11-01 03:21:27

Hi Hawk and Ananth,

I totally understand your decision to dedicate your time to other things. That makes complete sense and I wish you both the best in life and career!

What might be helpful is to post something on the AppleGeeks front page that states the main comic does not update consistently at this time. That way, your decision is obvious and visible. Many fans (like me) may not read these sorts of blog posts or even the text down below all the time. While I’ve noticed the less frequent updates (and didn’t mind near as much as some obviously are because I -get- it), I actually didn’t know the reason until I happened to read Ananth’s post today. I think the source of most people’s agitation likely stems from their lack of being in the loop versus their lack of understanding.

Just my two cents! :) Good luck!

 
Comment by Micah
2010-11-01 21:52:21

Good luck in all your endeavors guys. Thanks for the years of dedication to the comic.

Really love the comic (been reading since the beginning), love the books. Again as many have said before keep doing what you love, and ignore the id10ts.

 
Comment by darknessangel
2010-11-04 09:20:35

YOU need to chill! Just don’t pay attention to the whiners. Real life has to come first. Anyways go get your shit together and when you’re cool then you can come back to the comics. Best of luck!

 
Comment by Pirksaddict
2010-11-10 18:08:36

Relax. I’ve been a fan for years. Things happen, and life needs to take priority. My only request is that you guys get it up and running again at some point… The piece of work that is this comic, as silly and enjoyable as it is is something I would be very sad to never see completed. I have seen too many good stories, poems, and pieces of art go unfinished because the artist or team of artists got burnt out…. Please don’t let that happen to you guys. Just cause the rest of us like the ocmic, doesn’t mean we care more about it than the people behind it. Keep yourselves healthy, do what you need. Come back to us when you can. :) We want to see it done, not done in.

 
Comment by Kimi
2010-11-10 19:33:48

Just wanted to say hi to you guys,just wondering any future plans include coming to Australia by chance would be awesome to get together for coffee or something n_n

 
Comment by William
2010-11-12 04:57:24

I’ve got masses of friends here in the United Kingdom who love this comic as much as I do and they all agree that whatever is happening, your life and welfare comes first. Take your time and good luck. We’ll be waiting, no matter how long it takes :)

 
Comment by =8)-DX
2010-11-14 21:44:40

Your life is changing? Yeah we get it dude. I’m just hoping the life-change involves less ramadan (I mean comic topic each year? duh.) Chill out as long as you need, I appreciate the light and your light style as well!

 
Comment by Samuraiartguy
2010-11-17 12:12:15

What? LIFE? Gee, that NEVER happens. And NEVER to Webcomic artists. Hey Fred, hows FATHERHOOD going for ya?

But seriously. I know how crazed things can get in a creative career. No worries, hang in there, and work on AG when you can and it feels good. If it’s not a job, it’s GOT to be fun.

We’re still diggin’ it. Carry on.

Banzai

 
Comment by Kalom
2010-11-18 13:29:57

I don’t get why there are people surprised that a number of self-proclaimed “fans” would harass an author whose webcomic (or one of its stories) is on hiatus: there are enough millions IDIOTS (and flamers, but yeah, they’re idiots too) in the world to make it obvious a site with a long history will attract at least a few hundreds/thousands of them.

Seriously, guys, there are much better ways to pass time than harassing the author. For example, there are too many quality webcomics for someone with a mildly active life to read them all. Go read something else, and come back when the story you want to read is active again. By then, there’s bound to be a couple other webcomics you read that are going on hiatus.

And by the way, harassing someone is counterproductive when you are waiting for them to take some of their free time to do any class of artistic work (again, for free). If they’re already stressed out, stressing them out even more will only make them feel less and less like doing what you want.

And last, two things to the authors: 1:relax as much as life allows. Even if some people (like me) seem to walk away, they’ll be back (at least me) as soon as they find out you’re at full throttle again (even at half or less)
2:AGLite Rocks! It’s Hilarious!

 
Comment by Tashel
2010-11-18 22:04:19

We love you Hawk! Keep at it, whatever it may be! Woot da whoop!

IMMA CHARGIN MAH LAZAR and such….

 
Comment by GamerLEN
2010-11-19 21:57:10

Well, sorry to hear that the main Applegeeks comic won’t be updating for a while but its understandable if you’re busy in real life. Hope you can start it up again soon.

 
Comment by kotoroshinoto
2012-06-28 17:13:20

… 2 years is a bit longer than a while

 

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