Last Friday afternoon, I tweeted something on twitter that surprised everyone. If you follow my tweets, then you already know what I’m talking about. If you don’t, well, you better grab some popcorn. This will also explain why there has been a lack of updates on the big comic as well.

For those of you in the know I work full time in Washington D.C as a graphic artist/developer for a small design studio. The work is mostly for the web, which I don’t mind since I have been doing web work since I was 15 years old. I’ve also have been working on Applegeeks since February of 2003. So for a while, I have been going to my full time job and then coming home to work on the comics.

Then around the end of 2009, I was offered to do some freelance work. The offer was to design a maquette from Joss Weadon’s Serenity/Firefly series. Now let me tell you, being a browncoat fan, that is something you do not turn down.

If you’re wondering, the company that contacted me is called Quantum Mechanix. They specialize in building replicas from movies and shows. They are professionals at what they do and very passionate about their work. Since then, I have been working for them as a freelancer.

A couple weeks ago, Big River Tam, maquette was released. Soon, Little River Tam and Little Wash will follow. Happily, it doesn’t stop there. I have been assigned to work on J.J Abram’s Star Trek movie maquettes and BBC’s Dr Who maquettes. The list goes on from there. Sadly the NDA (non-disclosure agreement) prohibits me from saying anything beyond that (but hey, that’s the fun of surprises right?).

Now you can imagine what the hours of my evenings went too. I was working daily in DC and coming home to work on my freelance projects. I thought I would be able to get the comic done as well but I realized I was overextending myself. Regardless of the work hours, I still wanted to keep Applegeeks going. My goals for my work (both personal and professional) have always hinged on enjoying what I do, and I believe this enriches the final product.

Summarily, working for QMx in the evening wasn’t cutting it anymore. Considering the amount of work that was coming in, it was impossible to do it in the time I was alloted after my day job. That is when I was given another opportunity and eagerly accepted it.

Soon I will be starting a new chapter in my life as a Senior Illustrator and will be working at QMx’s headquarters in Los Angeles. As you may know I was born in Washington D.C and grew up in Maryland but now I’m leaving the east to head west. Though I will miss the support and company of my family, I feel this is a right move for me.

Los Angeles is where my skills are taking me and I need to try it out. I am excited about the work I’m about to do over there and very pumped about sharing it with everyone when I can. I guarantee it will blow your mind.

Now you may be wondering as to the fate of Applegeeks. I still would like to finish drawing the current story arc. But due to my new obligations that might take some time. Once I’m settled in LA, I might gain some time in the evening again. All I ask from you is to hang in there and know the story will finish. Your loyalty is humbling and I will do my best to reward you all as fans and give the comic the ending it deserves. As for AG lites, they will continue update as normal. I know the lites have been getting mixed reviews lately. I’m cool with that and I completely understand, but as of right now that’s the extent of work my free time will allow.

I believe I covered everything. I would like to thank everyone who stood beside us over the years and I would like to thank everyone who supported me after the announcement last friday.

To the long time fans or to those who just stumbled in, I hope you stay tuned. Since I truly enjoy what I do, I definitely aim not to disappoint.

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Comment by NeoDarklight
2010-10-25 00:56:02

Re-posting from your other blog’s comment:

I see… so you are getting ahead in your life. I feel glad that one of my favorite webcomic artists is going on to the big league, but also sad that said webcomic series is going to end in the foreseeable future. Good luck, and may the force be with you, despite the lack of mention of Star Wars.

 
Comment by RedNBlood
2010-10-25 00:57:46

Hey hawk, its cool your doing what you need to do. The applegeek lites are alright and entertaining. If the work grows and moves you, then thats how it is. This is indeed a side project, so the work comes first. We’ll just wait for your next comic. Got both volumes so I’ll be alright.

 
Comment by Kwadwo
2010-10-25 01:07:21

So is this it? I’m sorry but I need some clarification.Is Apple geeks over after this story arc? or will there be more when you make time for it?

 
Comment by Quick
2010-10-25 01:36:33

I just saw they have the farnsworth blueprints… WOAH!!!

would like to see what you work on with them and am excited to see how this develops with the rest of your work. btw, I see why you didn’t continue inktober, but I only got one out myself before school kicked my butt and prevented that.

glad to hear the brother is ok and will be checking in religiously like always to see what is to come.

 
Comment by ojiikun
2010-10-25 01:39:53

Man, that’s *awesome*! Geeks everywhere know the QMX name, and they make some seriously quality stuff; only a madman would turn it down. :) Welcome to the West Coast (from a fellow Eastern transplant), it’s a lovely, lovely place.

 
Comment by Lonex
2010-10-25 01:41:04

I’ve been with this comic since 2004. Though I have rarely spoken out about anything on the website, whether good or bad, I have checked everyday for an update. Though when I read this I had to comment. I’m really glad that you will finally receive the respect (and hopefully the paycheck) that you deserve. Though it saddens me that Applegeeks will one day end, I very happy to see your life go in a direction that you really love. You are very talented and the web comic community will miss you and appreciate your contribution.

 
Comment by Kais86
2010-10-25 02:09:45

;_;

 
Comment by NorCalAngel
2010-10-25 02:41:03

Welcome to LaLa land :) Email me when you get out here, I’d love to take you to lunch/coffee/whatever to show my appreciation for the entertainment you’ve provided since ~2001? 2003? Somewhere around there.

 
Comment by Brighid
2010-10-25 02:54:49

Hawk, this is so awesome!!! Congratulations! It is one thing love what you do as an artist, and to make a living at it, but it is another thing entirely to do something most people only dream of. Congrats again and many well wishes on the future. We’ve all loved AG, but it’s ok to move on, to move up. I thank you for providing your amazing artwork to follow over the years. Best of luck to you. :)

 
Comment by Wandering Tamer
2010-10-25 03:06:21

Seriously? Congratulations! I’ve been a long time fan, having followed AG religiously since issue 36, or thereabouts. And I know you’re modelings skills are amazing. I was part of the Otakon line when you released Eve. Keep up the amazing work. As a fan of Firefly and Star Trek, I can’t believe the opportunity you’ve been afforded. Always follow the dream. Thanks for all your work.

 
Comment by Kamilynn
2010-10-25 03:19:11

A big part of my personal enjoyment from this website over the past few years was watching you and Ananth grow and change and become the people, and do the things, that you always wanted. I may be weird but I always enjoy the real life of the creators as much as, if not more, than the stories they create. There is something so personal about the fact that you share your LIFE, not just your ideas, with us readers. And I for one am happy to see that you are growing in your life, that you are doing what you want to do – and I’d rather be updated on you than your fiction any day. If the halt to the second leads to more growth and change for the positive in the first, I will accept a slowdown any day for the benefit of you, not rage over a perceived lack in what you choose to make. Although if you do both, I’m still happy! Just prioritize for what is best for you, because that is the real story here :)

 
Comment by Kovacs
2010-10-25 03:22:43

Well Hawk, if I may quote one of the greatest leaders, “Transform and roll out”. XD
Wish you all the best in LA and your new job & thanks for all the fish. =)

 
Comment by Shaun
2010-10-25 03:27:09

although i’ll cry a little inside that one of my favorite webcomics will be gone sooner rather than later, i’m really excited for you. you’ve worked hard at everything and asked nothing of us in return. it’s been a joy to read and can’t wait to see the ending to this arc. i check in every monday and thursday to see if there’s something new, read the lites and head off to GU or CAD. this post caught my eye and i couldn’t resist commenting.
again, thanks for everything and good luck.

 
Comment by Pierre Lebeaupin
2010-10-25 03:30:02

Congratulation, man! It’s a far more logical progression from AG than any web design work could be. Now you’re going to be in LA, near Hollywood, the whole jazz…

Just one thing: whatever happens, make sure to not only complete this story, but to also further show Eve’s character development to a fitting conclusion. You can’t leave us with her “in-between” like that!

Also, I hope that, whatever you do, you keep doing something personal (be it AG (lite) or something else) as, after all, at your job you won’t get to develop your own characters.

So, inch’Allah, “fantastic news everyone!”, “To boldly go where no man has gone before”, etc. (sorry, I lack Firefly quotes)

 
Comment by Nuri
2010-10-25 04:29:53

Congratulations, Hawk! That’s all there is to say really. Hope you enjoy L.A. (just, you know, not too much). :P

 
Comment by VibroAxe
2010-10-25 04:59:20

Hawk, thats awsome news. It’ll be a shame if AG shuts down the main arcs completly, but nonetheless a career with QMX is simply amazing. Can totally see why you did it and you should always come first!

Hang tough!

 
Comment by thelittlemadone
2010-10-25 05:19:19

Hawk
Congratulations on the new job, sounds like a fantastic opportunity. will admit that will miss AG as have been a fan for an age, but time does what its best at, and its great that you have a new opportunity and hope its all you want it to be. Enjoy LA!

 
Comment by Nawt (aka Michelle)
2010-10-25 06:53:44

Wow! That’s amazing news, Hawk. I admire you for going after your dreams. It’s IMPOSSIBLE for ANYONE to pass that up. I wish you the best in newest chapter of your life. You deserve every bit of it.

 
Comment by farhana
2010-10-25 07:41:02

congratulations!! i wish you all the best! i hope i’ll still get to meet both you and ananth at one of the comic cons sometime in the near future. :) best of luck!

 
Comment by Daniel
2010-10-25 07:49:31

You do what you need to do for you. I can wait.

 
Comment by csthom
2010-10-25 08:37:48

Thanks for letting us know; i figured it was some “job” type thing. Of the jillion webcomics I read, you’re easily one of the best, if not *the* best illustrator, so it makes sense to apply those skills in the best way possible.

LA, though? Didn’t you see that Futurama about LA?

 
Comment by Sarai
2010-10-25 08:49:22

That is definitely amazing news! We’re all behind you 100%. I can’t wait to tell people I know that you’re working on Star Trek and Dr Who – actually already have :) Have a fab time, good luck with the move, and only worry about the comic when you’ve settled in!!

 
Comment by Gari
2010-10-25 08:58:29

Awwww man. First Mac Hall, now Apple Geeks? You do what you gotta do Hawk, I’m glad I’ll get to see your stuff at QM (and BUY IT!) Don’t be stranger to the WebComics world though :)

 
Comment by Jasmine P.
2010-10-25 09:01:16

Congratulations on this new opportunity! This is big news, cheers man. Having something this cool happen is a great reason for not posting the comic, you faithfully posted something for upside of 6 years, this past 7th year changed drastically, so it’s incredibly understandable that you missed updates.

Good luck out west and with the comic when you have the time to get back into it. Plenty of webcomics don’t have runs near as good as this one, and this one had a great run. If you have the chance, a few weeks ago at my link I wrote a bit about how Applegeeks has influenced me.

 
Comment by Robert V Aldrich
2010-10-25 09:30:00

Congratulations, Hawk! That’s amazing news, and well-deserved. You truly are one of the best in the industry and you deserve the chance to truly advance your craft.

 
Comment by NobodiesHiiro
2010-10-25 09:32:51

Well Hawk… Congratz. Goodluck. Not much else to say. Hoora.

 
Comment by Musicpowered
2010-10-25 09:37:01

Hawk, I almost don’t have the words man. I would love to be in your shoes right now. This is an amazing development in anyone’s life especially when they love the profession as much as you do. All the best of luck to you man. Hope you remember the little people when you crank out more of those masterpieces!

As far as all the struggling you had to endure just remember what browncoats say! “When you can’t run you crawl, and when you can’t crawl… yeah you know the rest”

 
Comment by Jason
2010-10-25 09:41:45

Dude that is big news congrats.

 
Comment by Virtual Bob
2010-10-25 09:44:08

This is exciting news, Hawk! This is one of those opportunities that can’t be passed up. I wish you all the best and hope it works out for you.
Selfishly, I sincerely hope you will be able to resume the “Big Comic” someday soon, but it has be a pleasure to follow your growth as an artist.
You ARE the Batman!

 
Comment by Ratman
2010-10-25 10:12:57

This is cool man. You do what you wanna do. But I am selfish and I do not want to see the strip die.

Think about it. Where would Spiderman be if he ended when Ditco moved on? (Yea, I find your strip as enjoyable as Spiderman.)

If you should decide to let AppleGeeks go to find its own life, you have a number of ways to go.

You might give your plots to some trusted friends who can write and draw your final story arc. Or you can license your universe out Larry Niven style (read Man-Kzin Wars).

Now if you do this, the focus of any future stories will very likely shift from Hawk and company to Eve. You are going to have to be cool with that. And under the direction of imaginations other than your own, she may do and say things that you did not expect or even approve of — like anyone’s daughter.

The question here is whether or not you are going to be willing or able to let your little girl go to find her own way?

On the other hand, if you feel that AppleGeeks cannot go on without you, that is fine too. End it, but do take your time to end it well.

love and peace

 
Comment by matt
2010-10-25 10:21:25

Massive Congratulations to you!!! I think I have been reading AG since at least the turtle god and I have always enjoyed your work. While I was a bit disappointed in the recent slow down it was, as I assumed, due to new or better paying work for you.

This new job with QMx sounds outstanding. You are someone who has entertained me for years and it is great to hear that you are being rewarded for your hard work.

I won’t lie, I am sad to hear that AG is coming to a close, but all good things must end and this sounds like a fantastic beginning for you. Oh and welcome to the west coast (even if it is just LA).

Matt

 
Comment by Steph
2010-10-25 10:24:06

Hey Hawk, congratulations! ^__^ What a great opportunity! You totally deserve it. I’ll miss AG too, but I understand the circumstances. I’m still gonna have you sign my books tho! hehe I’ll stop asking about MAGFest too, so you can get on with your life, but Ananth might not be off the hook.
Oh, and I know a bunch of ppl who live in LA. When you get settled in, if you’d like to meet some good ppl to hang out or have lunch with, you could have a longer contact list. Script doctors, voice actors, video game composers (who you probably met years ago)I’ll get you the hook up, if you’d like. ^_^;;
Love and hugs!

 
Comment by Toubrouk
2010-10-25 10:48:12

Damn, this is bloody GREAT! Oh man, this is the big leagues! You completely deserve it since your art is totally awesome!

Please feel free to take all your sweet time resettling to Los Angeles. As much as I am raving on your art, rushing things would just make things harder for you.

 
Comment by Novaoblivion
2010-10-25 10:58:14

Congratulations! It sounds like you are getting to do something you really enjoy.

 
Comment by avatare
2010-10-25 11:59:49

Welcome to the West. Sounds like a great opportunity go get them.

 
Comment by JHudson
2010-10-25 12:10:14

AG has been a great comic, and while I’ll miss it when it’s gone, it’s been worth the read, Lites included. Good luck out West, Hawk.

 
Comment by Kai-chan
2010-10-25 12:12:12

That’s amazing news Hawk. I’m happy things are taking such a great turn for you.

~*KA*~

 
Comment by Marc T
2010-10-25 13:56:44

Congrats a new the new job. I’ve been following the site for yours. Best of luck and I know you will like the West Coast.

 
Comment by TerryLikeman
2010-10-25 13:58:04

Congratulations! I’m sure you’ll enjoy it out here; I’ve never been back east, but I wouldn’t trade the west coast for anything. Best of luck with your coming ventures.

 
Comment by Tom
2010-10-25 14:25:33

This is great news, congratulations!!!

 
Comment by Celynnen
2010-10-25 14:42:38

Holy talking squirrels, Batman, that is awesome! Congrats!

 
Comment by Nojh
2010-10-25 14:45:25

It’s cool man. Whatever you need to do. I appreciate your dedication to finish off the storyline at least. Hope the move goes well for you and keep us updated on your work at the very least!

 
Comment by John Smith
2010-10-25 15:02:07

way to go man. congrats on the job. I have been a fan since you guys started and love all the work you two do from applegeeks to other work. i’ll always be a fan of applegeeks and hope it goes on. the lites are awesome lol. Keep up the good work man and look forward to see your future work. \m/ :)

 
Comment by slag10
2010-10-25 15:11:28

in before “Hawk is selling out”

Comment by Rose
2010-10-25 15:20:02

Hawk is one of the most kind and humble people I know. And I’ve known him since the comic’s baby years. He’s doing something for himself and doing something he loves to do. He’s not selling out… however, if you weren’t already aware, you’re being a dick.

Comment by slag10
2010-10-27 17:42:06

I’m not being a dick; you obviously don’t know who the “In Before X” trope works. To prove I’m not a dick, I will gladly explain:

In a given situation, such as Hawk ending AG to pursue his career, it can be assumed that some person will ultimately posit an inflammatory/charged statement X is applicable. Here, the statement is that Hawk has sold out. As time passes, the odds of X being posted to the discussion of said situation approach infinity, thus the likely hood of being able to contribute to the original topic approaches zero.

One who has nothing to add, such as myself, as Hawk is an artist and far be it from me to tell him how to employ his talents when I am not a paying client, and certainly do not feel that discontinuing a free web comic to pursue a career is “selling out”, i simply pointed out that i was able to post before the thread was completely derailed. just sayin’.

 
 
 
Comment by Chad
2010-10-25 15:13:14

Awesome!!! It’s all about the journey, and yours is taking you to a new place where new adventures await. Congrats on the new job with QMx! Keep on rocking out with your passion, because no matter what you do you will have fans no matter where you are :)

 
Comment by cheng
2010-10-25 16:30:41

That is wonderful news. Enjoy the new journey you are about to take. Maybe you could get guest artist to do the current story arc until and do special episodes when you have time after you get acclimated to your new surroundings and things settle down.

 
Comment by NBullock
2010-10-25 16:34:39

I stumbled upon you site in 2005 and have been a fan since. As someone who is barely starting their run, your story is a source of inspiration. If this be the end of this awesome web comic, I say it was a damn good run. You do what you were meant to do, and nothing is more fulfilling than that. Congratulations!

 
Comment by Jessica
2010-10-25 16:56:13

O.O duudeeeeee. congrats!!! about time someone big picked you up!

 
Comment by Lusus Naturae
2010-10-25 18:10:57

Judging by the comments already, you’re getting a ton of support on this Hawk, and let me add to that. Your work has always been epic and has grown incredibly, and now LA calls. Keep moving and growing! And we’ll all continue to use hyperbole and superlatives at you! Deservedly, of course.

 
Comment by Andrew Stickel
2010-10-25 18:34:24

Hey, I just wanted to say that I read a lot of web comics, alot of which just stop. I can really say that I totally understand real life. You guys provide us with entertainent and fun and ask for nothing in return. So to do us the curtisy of telling us that things are changing and stuff, I just wanted to tell you that that I fell like you are showing me, personally, a lot of respect and that means a lot. Thank you. Also a huge congradulations and I hope the best for you! The west coast is amazing, its where I grew up.

With much respect,
Andrew

 
Comment by Jason
2010-10-25 19:41:01

This is both to you Hawk and also Ananth,

Like some of the others I have been coming to the website daily for the past couple of years but have never spoken up. I have enjoyed watching you guys grow, Hawk in his artwork and how every once in a while you reinvent the quality, and Ananth in his story telling and punchlines in the lites. Hawk I have enjoyed your crazy links in your blogs, to weird web stuff, almost as much as everything else. I will continue to visit even for the lites. All I would ask is don’t be so final. If this doesn’t pay the bills and it’s just for fun then you don’t owe us anything including closure. I would rather have a panel every once in a while rather than never again. Like I said you don’t owe us anything, we don’t pay for a service, most of us come here just to live vicariously through your life, which has gotten quite awesome as of your last post. Live life, enjoy, and it just so happens you feel like throwing together a panel just for the hell of it, at least you know it’s still there. And I hope you enjoy Cali. I have lived here outside of Los Angeles all my life and I love it. Maybe we can meet sometime since you’ll be closer. Like I said it has been fun just to sit and watch through your window.

 
Comment by Dave
2010-10-25 21:22:17

Congrats Hawk, that is awesome news indeed. Good luck w/ real life and will look forward to anything new that is posted.

 
Comment by Jenny
2010-10-25 22:59:15

Congratulations!!! Good luck, and here’s hoping you only need a little (after all, you both have tons of talent and ability). Thank you for telling us. Even, or maybe especially, us longtime lurkers appreciate knowing what’s going on. I for one have plenty of patience.
I just hope to someday make it to a convention to meet you guys, and finally support you financially. Knock ‘em dead in all you do. We’ll be cheering you on.

 
Comment by Zimmy
2010-10-26 00:03:38

As a Los Angelino, I welcome you to our excellent but hardly humble city!

 
Comment by Walter
2010-10-26 00:33:33

Just wanted to congratulate you on the news and to wish you luck with your endeavors. Its been a pleasure to read Applegeeks over the years and am glad it lead to such an opportunity.

 
Comment by Luke
2010-10-26 01:36:15

Congratulations Hawk!! Enjoy the new job, It sounds awesome!

 
Comment by Tom
2010-10-26 02:46:56

Congratulations Hawk! Long time fan, never posted before but wanted to add to the list of well-wishers. It sounds like you’ll be doing fantastic for a long time to come!

 
Comment by monkeyking
2010-10-26 03:20:07

Three cheers for our hero Hawk for this is not the end
first Apple-geeks then, the world Kukuku!!!

 
Comment by Ruben
2010-10-26 03:27:50

Thank you and congratulations Hawk, you are an inspiration. Not just in the US but for a lot of people in the EU as well. Hope you will continue doing some form of AG for as long as possible! Us Dutch artists salute you ^^

 
Comment by Edwin Chiu
2010-10-26 03:39:35

Congratulations! Welcome to LA!

 
Comment by Acher4
2010-10-26 07:15:47

Ouaou. That seems so exciting. I wish you the best of the best.
And I am sure that all the readers can wait patiently for any sort of continue in the comic.
And more news of your career of course ;).
WTG!

 
Comment by Tony
2010-10-26 07:31:03

Congratulations. Good things happen to good people. Talent needs to be challenged, to grow, to bloom. Imagine what tomorrow will bring.

 
Comment by Alcnolien
2010-10-26 07:50:11

Congratulations, man! This sounds like an amazing opportunity, and I wish you all the best.

As for the comic, all good things must eventually come to an end. I’ve been reading for a good 5-6 years (I never even realized it had been that long until I thought about it!), through some good ups and downs, and just… yeah. I’m glad to hear you’ll end it the way you think it should end.

Anyways, good luck.

 
Comment by Halid
2010-10-26 11:15:38

That’s amazing news.. I know what it’s like to suddenly uproot yourself for something you love to do and it’s totally worth it in the long run.

I’ve been reading AG since near the beginning and even though I am not a primarily Apple user, the geek in me has loved every bit. I have enjoyed the new art directions and stories.

Again, congratulations! And good luck!

 
Comment by Kevin
2010-10-26 18:56:11

Congrats on the new job! and the Big River Tam looks awesome!
been following from the get go and loving your comic, you’ve definitely got the skills to go far! Take your time, us long time fans know you won’t abandon us without a good bye :D
Best of luck with the new job!

 
Comment by Ev
2010-10-26 19:05:46

I can’t really describe how much I’m gonna miss Applegeeks, its been a constant for me for years and I’m gonna miss it tremendously. That being said though you have such an incredible talent and I can’t wait to see where life and your abilities take you. All the best Hawk.

 
Comment by reave1337
2010-10-27 02:26:15

Congrats man, you have been given a major oppertunity to get furthur ahead in life and you my all rights should take it. I have been a long time reader and I will be very sad to see it go but you have to do what you have to do. If anyone has anything negative to say about you pushing your career to new highs then to hell with them. Follow what you want to do, not what others what of you. It would be nice in a later time, once you get settled in of course, when you do some kind of art or project without some kind of NDA if you would still post it some how. I love your art and hope to see more down the road. I wish you the best and god speed.

 
Comment by Moondingo
2010-10-27 04:54:47

Well done Hawk!! I hope the move to LA goes well for you!

 
Comment by steve syber
2010-10-27 05:37:50

it was only a matter of time before your skills and talent took you higher. Congrats man.

 
Comment by Rob
2010-10-27 07:21:28

Congratulations on living the dream and being able to use your talents for the benefit of…. Cheese! Anyway, I’ve followed applevgeeks since the beginning and the big color comics will be missed.

I can’t wait to see your other work!

 
Comment by Razor
2010-10-27 15:03:02

U go Hawk =) And welcome to California!

 
Comment by Jason
2010-10-27 15:19:08

Heh nice to see someone getting out of Maryland to move onto bigger and better things, being a fellow Marylander I know what it’s like to wanna stay close to family.
Well can’t wait for the continuation of Applegeeks and hope you’re able to continue this. Godspeed Hawk and enjoy the west coast life

 
Comment by Kmerz
2010-10-27 15:38:28

Congratz. About 3 Years ago I was in a similar Situation and I didn’t regret it. Good Luck in LA.

 
Comment by Kii
2010-10-27 15:43:29

Sounds like a fantastic job, a great opportunity. You deserve it, both the job and a fat paycheck. You have a lot of talent, and, more importantly, a lot of hard earned skill. I like apple geeks, but all things end. I’d much rather know you are off doing something you love with your artistic skill and talent than continuing apple geeks while you are stuck doing something less.
Congratulations, Hawk, and thank you for all the art you’ve shared gratis for so long.

 
Comment by Melissa James
2010-10-27 16:08:42

Congratulations. You have been able to find something you enjoy in life, and are amazing at. While it is always a little sad to wait for comic updates, it’s good to know that it is for a wonderful reason. Go forth, young man, and prosper.

 
Comment by Nick T
2010-10-27 16:53:31

I don’t post often, and have enjoyed reading AG since I discovered it. Congratulations on your advancement, and I understand growing up. It’s something none of us want to do, but somehow is a necessity. Best wishes, keep up the wonderful work, and look forward to QMx goodies!

 
Comment by Ben Watson (Aerodyll online)
2010-10-27 20:48:32

Dude, i have been an applgeeks reader for a loong time, i was drawn to this site after it was mentioned in megatokyo and have read (and bought) the story ever since 2004.
This is the first time ive ever posted on here but i would like to say – Your site has been my homepage for a least 4 years and will continue to be for as long as you update it. I have always found a kind of childlike innocence behind the story, or rather an honest straight to the point kind of humour that while not based in real life is based (on some level) on the morals and personality of the people involved, while its unusual to say so i feel like i almost know a part of each person because of how they are portrayed in the story.In a way I almost envy the friendship of youreself and Ananth as i infact miss the days of having friends that close.
Applegeeks has become part of my daily routine, i check here, megatokyo and deviantart before i do anything on my pc and i guess what i would like to say is thankyou. All good things come to an end and while it is not the end yet if work does not allow you time in the future i would ask you to feel no guilt as in truth it is the fans who are in your debt for the amount of entertainment and happiness you have brought into our lives.
You have given your services freely and we have avidly watched everything you have made, for that i on the behalf of the fans of Applegeeks am grateful. Not only this I would like to also (as many others) congratulate you on your success and wish that i could hold my name up to half of your achievements.
I know its unlikely for you to read this, but even if you skim read it – congratulations, good luck, godspeed and thankyou once again.
Also my regards to Ananth, he too has been an unmissable part of such a great gift.

 
Comment by Dan Barley
2010-10-27 22:42:08

Just another fan from the begining, thank you for the webcomic. Its one of the few I’ve followed since the heady days of the early 00’s and one of the main ones that have shaped my career into art. Thank you for all the inspiration!

 
Comment by SkyHawkMkIV
2010-10-28 10:01:23

Dude, you are made of awesome. The main story is cool, but AG Lite is my delicious filler. I like the newspaper comic feel. Thanks for putting your job before what you do for fun.

Keep being awesome.
-Sky

 
Comment by Darryl Aoki
2010-10-28 10:28:56

Congratulations, and good luck to you on your move!

 
Comment by avgjoegeek
2010-10-28 10:32:12

Well Congratulations! I have been a long time reader and will be very sad the day the story ends for Applegeeks. To watch your art mature and Ananth’s writing skills develop over the years has helped me get through the monotony of a boring desk job.

You two will be missed :-(

 
Comment by brenda
2010-10-28 12:01:48

good luck and congrats!! can’t wait for the dr.who figurines

 
Comment by Brent
2010-10-28 12:07:31

This is a well deserved upgrade for you, Hawk, I’ve been a crazy fan of yours since day one. I’m so glad you’re getting the recognition you deserve. I just hope you’ll keep updating Hawk Studios. Your art will always inspire me.

 
Comment by davetheepoch
2010-10-28 19:40:29

NOOOOOO~! i love this comic! it a life line for me in a PC controlled world.

 
Comment by Carlos
2010-10-29 07:18:30

Congratulations! Nice to see your moving up. Good luck in the west. I’ll be looking forward to new updates.
Your work is inspiring. Thanks

 
Comment by Najm Haq
2010-10-29 07:30:16

Good sir – I have followed your wonderful comic since my college days in DC and it has been a true pleasure watching you grow. Applegeeks highlights what marvelous outcomes are possible when two friends work together creatively. Penny-Arcade is another example and it’s been such a fun ride watching the growth of talent. Also just saw that the River Tam is QMx’s best selling statue – many congrats. It’s understandable that this site became just AGlite, but hope the Ramadan comics don’t completely fade away. Nothing makes fasting more endurable than laughter =D
All the best with your future endeavors the quality of your work is fantastic.

 
Comment by Xan Estrada
2010-10-29 10:09:43

Glad to know you’re doing well. I will be keeping track of you to see how the Doctor Who ones work out.
Good Luck Hawk!

 
Comment by Missohyn
2010-10-29 14:01:03

Thank you so much for the wonderful work you’ve contributed to the webcomic world. I’ve been a fan and avid reader for years, and it’s sad to hear about the end approaching. Congrats on the position in LA! I’m sure you’ll enjoy your time on the west coast, it’s always crazy here. Keep up your amazing work.

 
Comment by Seth
2010-10-29 19:17:11

w00t! NICE! Way to make your hobby your job! :) I can only say good luck and thanks for all the comics, even if they were about a guy who likes ‘the other team’. ;) Still, if you ever do an Enterprise D maquette, feel free to let me know. ^_^

 
Comment by Hotaru-hime
2010-10-29 22:00:37

Oh is that what it is? Well, hot damn, CONGRATULATIONS!! I look forward to seeing your professional work (and hopefully I will be able to purchase them)!!

 
Comment by Jon Forrester
2010-10-30 00:50:05

Congratulations on getting the great opportunity Hawk, it’s obvious you worked very hard to earn it. I’ve been a fan of Applegeeks for years and met my best friend as a result of reading it. Believe it or not your comic changed my life and it has always been a joy to read. I look forward to seeing what you do in the future and will always remain an AppleGeek.

 
Comment by Polarbehr
2010-10-31 07:45:45

Congratulations!!!! ^^ I don’t come by the forums, or comment much on the page, but I’ve been a fan since your early humble beginnings. I totally appreciate what you and Ananth put together here on applegeeks.com. I also, completely understand what it’s like to have a steady work life and do commissioned work afterhours, all the while waiting for the appropriate time to do what I’m passionate about as well as hobbies. Thank You for all the great comics and the stories. Can’t wait to see the rest and looking forward to see some more of our incredible work over at QMx! ^^ Much blessings and good fortune to you.

 
Comment by Shidy A Rahman
2010-10-31 21:52:58

I’ve been reading the site since … well since forever i can’t remember when.. but all good things must come to an end.. I just figured it would later then sooner.. You and the AG comics.. have lifted me on my darkest of days.. AG will be missed when it finally ends.. But till then i will look forward, eagerly, to every new comic.. every new snippets of life that light up my days.. Thank you..and even in that thanks.. or all the thanks in the world… will still not match all the effort…the smiles..the light that you bring into our lives..

 
Comment by Mande
2010-11-01 00:07:58

I just felt a surge of joy! GO HAWK! Go get ‘em! :D I’m so glad you’re taking the opportunity. You deserve this!

 
Comment by ryan
2010-11-01 01:13:14

congrats haque hopefully you can get very far and popular and if you ever need help i am always down to help a great artist in need of help good luck with your luck and your comics

 
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Comment by Kat
2010-11-01 11:36:57

Congrats on your move Hawk! I hope you have a great experience out in LA. Enjoy the warmth and lack of snow. Will you be able to survive?

 
Comment by Rene Quebec
2010-11-01 12:59:58

congrats on this career opportunity…Thanks for the ‘lite’ updates. Maybe now you can come up to the Bay Area more often.

 
Comment by kaze
2010-11-02 13:52:02

congrats! I know all too well that the graphic design game ain’t an easy thing.

 
Comment by HardWearJunkie
2010-11-03 03:24:38

Good luck in your adventures in L.A. Hope you found a place where the smog doesn’t cake your throat.

(It coated mine when I visited several years ago.)

 
Comment by Wilt
2010-11-03 23:06:36

Congrats! Hopefully everything will just get better!

 
Comment by Gigamister
2010-11-04 17:13:06

Hawk I think its absolutely amazing that you’ve been give this chance. I’ve been a fan of this comic, and all the rest of your and Ananth’s works for a long time. If Applegeeks has to end, I’m glad its because you’ve found something that you like doing. Congrats again.
Oh and I have a new goal–purchase that order exclusive Serenity replica.

 
Comment by ShiningV67
2010-11-05 10:13:58

Congratulations are in order, even if you got more than 100 already, there is never enough.

You have always given us fans your best quality work and I am glad someone with a big wallet finally noticed your talent. A big slap behind the head had you passed this offer.

As for the continuity of AppleGeeks, I have 2 comments:
1- Thanks for offering to conclude the current story arc. So many webcomics just stop because the creators go on to other things and we never hear about it again (don’t start me on Ding!). Some are kind enough to explain why they are stopping (good luck Xero!). You are offering us the greatest gift by concluding your story arc before quitting. And since you have announced it before quitting, you know there will be anticipation and great expectations for the finale. We want nothing but the best, but knowing you, we should expect no less. I know you (and Ananth) won’t throw away so many years of your hard work by giving us a cliché ending like “HAWK DIES – THE END” or “THAT WAS JUST A DREAM”…

2- What about “auditioning” a new creative team to continue the adventures after you? It has been known to work (see the Least I Could Do series, they changed the artist and it still works). I know the main character is “Hawk”, but a new direction for the new team could be to further the adventures of Eve, with an occasional cameo by Hawk and friends.

So congratulations again, and come back when you can, I know I’m not going anywhere ;)

 
Comment by Thing What Kicks
2010-11-05 16:01:19

Congrats on everything Hawk.

As someone already in LA, maybe with other locals we could organize a “Welcome to LA, Hawk! It only kind of sucks!” party..?

 
Comment by Samuraiartguy
2010-11-17 12:20:44

Tough for AG, but full of realworld awesome. Well, ‘ecept for the LA part, I’m kind of an SF loyalist… (what ever THAT means, coming from NYC ) But QMx has to be someplace. And near Hollywood does make sense, dang them.

Good to hear you plan to finish the story arc, but in it’s time, when you actually HAVE time. And I should be working too, instead of commenting on webcomics’ blogs.

Carry on! Banzai!!!

 
Comment by Mitch
2011-07-14 18:27:37

So, I just read this after wondering where Apple Geeks had gone for the past year. Better late than never, right? I’m sad to see the comic not around anymore, but it sounds like you have a kick ass opportunity. Best of luck, and we’ll be here waiting when you decide to come back!

 
Comment by maggot farmer
2012-02-12 23:37:44

I miss seeing this comic updated. I started to read this during my late high school years and have always enjoyed the sense of humor and the stories that have been given visual form. I keep on coming back periodically with the hopes to see the final uploads for this last story arc. I know that work can take a huge precedence in life outside the web. I do hope that you can find the free time to come back to finish this up one day. Will be waiting! Macs rule!

 
Comment by GallantNerd
2012-04-03 16:18:05

I stopped reading this comic for a about a year or so. When I rediscovered it I got excited, expecting to see a bunch of updates from when I last saw it, but… alas, it was the exact update since I last signed up. I hope you guys are able to bring this back as I really did love the story, but, as someone who has gone on to have a family and massive amounts of work as well, I do understand why this may have died off.
Thanks for the comics we did get!

 
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