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Newbiespud 6th Feb 2016, 5:00 AM edit delete
We're nearing the end of this arc, and I haven't been too fervent about hunting down guest comics, despite desperately wanting/needing a sabbatical. It's likely I'll just fill the space with another IDW comic arc and the couple of guest comics I do have coming my way, but it raises an interesting question.

Especially for you guys who come read it every update, how would you react hypothetically to just a month of no updates? I mean, I've been doing this for what, almost five years? I know there was a week where I wasn't able to put anything up (and thankfully that's the only major slip-up in the entire run), but suppose such a long break was planned and given plenty of warning. Do you think that would be a wise move? Would people come back after the break? Or is the effort to provide at least some content every week appreciated? It's a question I really haven't directly asked you before.

Notice: Guest comic submissions are open! Guidelines here. Deadline: January 27th, 2023.



ANW 6th Feb 2016, 5:05 AM edit delete reply
Prediction Time
How do you think Cherry Jubilee is going to take care of it?
Digo Dragon 6th Feb 2016, 6:43 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
She's Cherry Jubilee. Flashes those eyelashes, ticket acquired.
Specter 6th Feb 2016, 7:16 AM edit delete reply
She has a connection to the criminal syndicate (I forgot what the organization is called, woops) that somehow involves cherries? Like an abusively large cake or something?
Kereea 7th Feb 2016, 4:07 AM edit delete reply
She's an important govt. official. She got royal box seats at the Equestria Games.
Card Carrier 7th Feb 2016, 10:20 PM Random Speculation edit delete reply
Cherry Jubilee is an accepted and authorized provider of food and refreshments to the GGG. She pulls strings and AppleJack goes to the Gala as wait-staff, serving snacks and drinks all night.
Pablo360 6th Feb 2016, 5:26 AM edit delete reply
Well, I personally wouldn't mind too much, and I'd definitely come back, but some people might be disappointed. My suggestion: If it is at all possible, avoid a month of no updates and instead give two months of updates at half-speed. It's the same amount of work (you can write all of the pages the first month), and nobody has to go a whole month without new pages.
Digo Dragon 6th Feb 2016, 6:44 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Spud could also just keep guest submissions open, so that if something trickles in, the he can post that to make the updates continue on the slow/no pace while providing him sabbatical time for the month (I've seen Tumblr comics do it this way).

Some artists might consider a guest comic and leaving it open for the month could net a guest entry here and there so that its not completely empty.
The Old One 7th Feb 2016, 6:30 AM edit delete reply
While I don't believe anypony here would begrudge you a vacation, I know many of your fans would be very much concerned about a loss of inertia. I know Darths and Droids apparently has some sort of ability to automate its updates when that guy takes a break, so perhaps you might be able to find a similar setup that keeps the fans goings and lets you sleep for a week.
The Old One 7th Feb 2016, 7:42 AM edit delete reply
While I don't believe anypony here would begrudge you a vacation, I know many of your fans would be very much concerned about a loss of inertia. I know Darths and Droids apparently has some sort of ability to automate its updates when that guy takes a break, so perhaps you might be able to find a similar setup that keeps the fans goings and lets you sleep for a week.
Anonpony 6th Feb 2016, 5:28 AM edit delete reply
I think that if you did take a month off with no postings, the majority of your fan base would return afterwards. It's like taking a break between seasons for the actual show. Though i do appreciate the guest artists as well, but you do deserve a break, so no pressure.
Razomyure 6th Feb 2016, 5:55 AM edit delete reply
Like other have been saying - I (speaking as one of the people who does read every update very soon after it goes up) would certainly be fine with any sort of break you felt necessary. I read a lot of webcomics, and most of them have had to take breaks at some time or other; we're not paying you to make this, we're getting to enjoy you making it for free. (Donations/Patreon patrons are kind of paying, but as the word "donation" implies, that's out of interest and good will, so I doubt you need to worry about that.)

Anyway, yeah, assuming there was fair warning (it might even work best to just put up a comic page that announces it, in order to avoid confusing anyone who doesn't read the news-post at first), I really doubt you'd lose many readers. We read it because we enjoy your work, and not seeing any for a month doesn't mean we don't still like it.
Anonpony 6th Feb 2016, 7:10 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, like the dm saying he'd be out of town for a month, making it a Canon thing too, And due to the nature of their current questing for tickets to not do any sessions without him so things don't get too out of hand while he is gone.
aerion111 8th Feb 2016, 1:48 AM edit delete reply
Actually, Patreon/donations do make it a bit of a problem; If readership drops while he's away, it could hurt his earnings for quite a while.
Chances are, it's where it's at now as a balance point between people stopping their subscriptions and new people starting theirs - so, if people aren't as likely to subscribe to a hiatus-having comic (and especially if they're more likely to stop it) it'll drop.

Of course, other than that, Spud doesn't need to worry about us readers; I doubt anyone who actually likes the comic will be offended by a hiatus when it's normally so reliable.
It's purely a monetary concern, I feel; As in, it's entirely up to whether they think they can afford it.

Guest-comics are probably the best solution in many ways, though.
Faustenberger 6th Feb 2016, 6:18 AM edit delete reply
I love coming here every day that it updates. It's one of my favorite comics to check of all the ones I do. The way you've been able to keep it up for so long is incredible.

That being said, when you need a break you need a break. Having a month where you don't update at all sure beats you burning yourself out and never wanting to get back to it again. Just as long as you come back.
Ruby S 6th Feb 2016, 6:49 AM edit delete reply
If it's a planned break, and you tell us when it is, it's all good.

If you just take breaks and never say anything and/or say "I'll be back on X date" and then aren't, with no notice/explanation... well, that's a lot more frustrating and eventually posions the well.
Ruby S 6th Feb 2016, 6:50 AM edit delete reply
(Can you tell I'm resentful about another comic? Sorry Newbiespud, you're great)
Alia 9th Feb 2016, 2:34 AM edit delete reply
You and me both. Multiple other comics, although I finally cut myself loose of one of them ages ago. Now I only go back every so often to gawk at how little new content has actually been produced in the years since I gave it up.
ANW 6th Feb 2016, 10:24 AM edit delete reply
I've seen that happened before, they come back and no one is watching, or worse, they give up completely.
Digo Dragon 6th Feb 2016, 6:51 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I think most of us have had that AJ moment-- your character is designed to do a specific set of skills/tasks well and when it comes down to using them, your dice rolls nothing but crud so you end up failing at what should be your "15 minutes of fame" moment.

I can name a bunch of times:

1. Doc Wagon (doctor)-- rolled several critical failures in a row on Medicine checks.
2. Reuben Rye (glutton)-- despite being a glutton he lost a food-eating contest to a lightweight.
3. Amaya Miyagi (mage)-- Had the highest Arcane skill of the team and could not roll above a 3 to figure out some basic ongoing spell effects during an adventure. XD
Ted the saiyanwolf 6th Feb 2016, 10:26 AM edit delete reply
Ted the saiyanwolf
ouch, I hope that doesn't happen to me often.
Ted the saiyanwolf 6th Feb 2016, 10:26 AM edit delete reply
Ted the saiyanwolf
ouch, I hope that doesn't happen to me often.
Ted the saiyanwolf 6th Feb 2016, 10:27 AM edit delete reply
Ted the saiyanwolf
ouch, I hope that doesn't happen to me often.
Digo Dragon 6th Feb 2016, 12:30 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Despite that dice should be random, I suspect this happens more often than not to many of us. Probably bad dice (not uniformly made, bubbles inside that change the center of mass, etc).

Online RNGs are worse though.
ANW 6th Feb 2016, 1:16 PM edit delete reply
Those can be hacked, or bugged.
Digo Dragon 8th Feb 2016, 5:22 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
And many online RNGs aren't truly random. I've seen some badly coded ones get "gamed" to give the right result players want often.
Marduk 6th Feb 2016, 7:16 AM edit delete reply
I'm with the "it's fine with me" crowd. You are sure to lose some readers; I don't know why, but some people treat webcomics like it's their right to receive it on schedule all the time. But you won't lose any worthwhile readers, and probably very few on Patreon (I'll keep paying for a month off). A caveat: if you give a specific return date make sure you don't miss it or more people will freak out.
Maya Deva 6th Feb 2016, 7:26 AM edit delete reply
I would seriously miss this comic if there were no updates for a mpnth, and I most definitely would be waiting eagerly for the day a new update would appear!
If you need a break, take it. I think a lot of us will be here when you come back.
Raxon 6th Feb 2016, 7:53 AM edit delete reply
If you need time off, take it. Just give a date so we can set our calendars to be back.
Laurence 6th Feb 2016, 8:19 AM edit delete reply
I for one fail to see how any reasonable individual would have a problem with you take a month off. I'd rather have a well rested and (hopefully) happy and reinvigorated Newbiespud a month or two down the road enjoying what he's doing instead of a burned out one wondering why he's still putting up with the hassle of a webcomic. I know that if I was in your shoes, I'd be needing to get away from us silly folks for a bit too =P
Boris Carlot 6th Feb 2016, 8:27 AM edit delete reply
If you ever stop I will hunt you down, tie you to a chair and poke straws into your ears until you beg for mercy!

But nah, in all serious. You do you. Not like I pay you for this or anything.
Ace Jackson 6th Feb 2016, 8:29 AM edit delete reply
Ace Jackson
Chalk up another vote of confidence saying a month off is more then fine.
j-eagle12212012 6th Feb 2016, 8:32 AM edit delete reply

Are we talking about a month of no updates on the comic but still streaming FiD and games? Or are we talking about you talking a month away from everything?

Either way the core group of us (Raxon, Digo, ANW, Specter, Mykin, and I along with several others) will be here when you get back, you are stuck with us Spud lol


Specter not Spectre is the correct spelling
Mykin not Myself (autocorrect mistake)

Apolligies for my bad grammer
ANW 6th Feb 2016, 9:08 AM edit delete reply
Wait, you consider me a core group member?
Even though my polls and questions are annoying?(Trust me, I know)
Digo Dragon 6th Feb 2016, 12:32 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Well, once in a while you do come up with a pretty interesting question.

But back to the point-- we will come back. We're like a bad cold. Can't shake us. Or like a bottle of nitro. can't shake us. Or like one of those goldfish in a bag you win at the carnival...
ANW 6th Feb 2016, 1:09 PM edit delete reply
Don't shake us.
Winged Cat 6th Feb 2016, 1:56 PM edit delete reply
Your comics stir us as it is.
Specter 6th Feb 2016, 2:29 PM edit delete reply
... normally I'd make a joke about my misspelled name, or about changing it, but there is no time for that.

Any way, yeah we'll wait, patiently, for a month, with no updates.

... Waiting intensifies.
Mykin 6th Feb 2016, 4:20 PM edit delete reply
At least you got named, Specter. I got stuck in the "several others" category. Not that it matters, I'm still going to be here regardless of what happens. :P
j-eagle12212012 8th Feb 2016, 6:05 AM edit delete reply

Sorry about misspelling your name


My autocorrect changed your name from Mykin to Myself and I didn't notice... I am sorry. I am going to fix it
Specter 8th Feb 2016, 1:50 PM edit delete reply

Don't worry, it happens far to often (online and real life) for me to really care anymore. Besides, there is some benefit to being called an unpleasant/menacing apparition.
Digo Dragon 8th Feb 2016, 5:23 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Must be your evil James Bond nemesis twin. ;)
Mykin 8th Feb 2016, 8:04 AM edit delete reply
@J-Eagle: Don't worry about it, it's really not that big of a deal for me. I was just trying to be silly. And failing. I've been failing at that a lot lately.

@Digo: Must be. It's a bit troubling to see Myself teaming up with Autocorrect this time around. Does this mean I need to team up with J-Eagle, Specter, and you in order to combat this great evil of the internet? I wonder what our team name would be?
Someone 8th Feb 2016, 11:05 AM edit delete reply
The Comment Section?
j-eagle12212012 8th Feb 2016, 11:22 AM edit delete reply
That works lol
Mace Direwolf 8th Feb 2016, 4:06 PM Fire-Heart Mace Direwolf edit delete reply
Mace Direwolf
@Mykin, Digo, Specter, Someone:

*chuckles* I dunno, Mykin, seems like all o' y'all are makin' silliness wins t' me. No fails here, in my eyes at least.

@Mykin: Can I join 'ya? We could call ourselves the P-Team:
I'd make a great strongman like "Bad Attitude" Baracus! ;) Not as strong maybe, but I definitely have the attitude (:P) and I don't have his fear of flying--rather the opposite, in fact! x3
ANW 6th Feb 2016, 9:12 AM edit delete reply
As for me, give us a warning and will be good.
Though, we wouldn't mind a quick sketch, once in awhile.
Borg 6th Feb 2016, 9:23 AM edit delete reply
It would be nice if you could provide something during the break--half speed/half size updates, guest comics as they come in, one-panel one-off jokes, something else that requires greatly reduced to no work--but it isn't necessary. As everybody else has been saying, we have the patience to wait for a month. You could probably even say "I'm taking a break, I promise I'll be back but I'm not yet sure when" and then disappear for a couple of months without losing too many readers, though that should not be taken as advocating that you actually should disappear without any return date given.

I won't deny that I'd like it if you never had to take breaks, but I'd also like for you to not come to view the comic as a death march and decide you never want to think about it ever again. Take the time you need.
Ted the saiyanwolf 6th Feb 2016, 10:30 AM edit delete reply
Ted the saiyanwolf
Spud, there are people who really like your comic, love even. so even if you take a long break, we be here waiting for you.
benderman155 6th Feb 2016, 10:34 AM edit delete reply
I would come back after the break but i would very much miss it
Guest 6th Feb 2016, 11:01 AM edit delete reply
Honestly, if I knew when it was coming back I'd just stick it on my calendar like I do when tv shows have hiatuses, and check back then. And hypothetically if it were between story arcs and not in the middle of one I'd be relieved about that.

You should definitely take a sabbatical if you need one!
The Fresh DM 6th Feb 2016, 12:03 PM edit delete reply
Spud if you need to take a break feel free if it helps. In my opinion I've only been annoyed when people take leave but don't tell others ahead of time you however aren't doing that.
Philadelphus 6th Feb 2016, 12:05 PM edit delete reply
Several of the webcomics I read have done such a planned hiatus for a month or so, and the only impact it has on me is that I keep forgetting and checking their page during my morning routine until they start up again.

I understand that even doing what you absolutely love can get tiring after a while. I (speaking as a Patreon supporter) have no problem whatsoever with you taking a sabbatical, since you've proved yourself to be a very punctual person over the past few years who is very good at sticking to a self-imposed schedule (much better at it than I would be, certainly!). A short break where you let people know what's going on ahead of time is perfectly fine in my books.
CCC 6th Feb 2016, 12:19 PM edit delete reply
If you were to take a break, and announce it in advance, then I for one would most certainly be back afterwards.
Winged Cat 6th Feb 2016, 12:50 PM edit delete reply
While you'll receive lots of support from those who comment here, that's self-selected. The truth is, Web comics that take a long hiatus tend to lose readers. It's not that it's their right to receive regular updates, just that in that hiatus there are other comics that are updating.

That said, a month is, what, 12 updates? (3 updates a week times 4 weeks.) I doubt you'll have trouble getting 12 guest comics if you declare your hiatus will be that long.

So on that note: how long a hiatus would you like to take, as measured in number of updates, and how many guest comics do you have so far? Posting those numbers here will tell us how much you want/need more guest comics. (I know in my case, for your last hiatus there was a fumble but it didn't matter because you already had enough, so I let it go. If I'd been told you didn't have enough, I would have tried harder to recover.)
Digo Dragon 6th Feb 2016, 1:19 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
That's why I suggested to leave guest comics call open longer. Might get a few more entries which will help pad that month of hiatus with some more updates.
DracoS 6th Feb 2016, 1:18 PM edit delete reply
I'd come back if you took a break.

Hell, I've got webcomics favorited that I check on that outright said they don't know when they'll update again, so you taking a break would be fine by me.
Sidnoea 6th Feb 2016, 2:15 PM edit delete reply
I would definitely come back after the break, but I must warn: I've seen content producers lose a SIGNIFICANT portion of their viewers after taking even small breaks. If I were you, I'd do everything within my power to keep updates coming.
Chrysalis 6th Feb 2016, 2:37 PM edit delete reply
I'd miss your comic quite a bit, but I'd wait, and come back in a month. Basically, I won't LIKE it, but I'll LIVE with it, and be back when you are.
Chakat Firepaw 6th Feb 2016, 2:50 PM edit delete reply
If you want/need to take a break, go right ahead. It's not like you will have suddenly gone quiet, instead it's going to be clear that you are returning on xx/xx/20xx and we only need to worry if that date comes and goes without your return.

Or course, it won't be a big deal for me: I read the comic using Akregator and a hiatus just means FiD isn't going to show up in the feeds for a while.
Cyborg-Lucario 6th Feb 2016, 3:20 PM edit delete reply
Take your free time. I know I would if I have been working on a comic for five years straight.
redwings1340 6th Feb 2016, 5:01 PM edit delete reply
Wow, I've been reading this regularly for five years now? Time's passed so quickly!

I think you can take a break, and that's fine. Do what's best for yourself. We'll be back when you return.
Mykin 6th Feb 2016, 5:08 PM edit delete reply
Especially for you guys who come read it every update, how would you react hypothetically to just a month of no updates?

Hypothetically speaking? I used to read a comic that only updated once a month (no set day, just sometime during that month was the update schedule for it) so personally, I can handle a month with no updates. No issues there as far as I'm concerned.

Whether or not this is a wise move, though? To be honest, I don't know. This was always something that would cross my mind whenever I thought about making a webcomic myself (so much so that it always kept me from actually doing so. Though, to be honest, the world doesn't need any more sprite comics. :P).

On the one hand, it's going to be hard to get back into the swing of things if you're really burnt out on this. There are several comics that I used to read and enjoy where the artist decided to take a small break and that was the last time we ever saw them again. It's why most people give a comic a couple of weeks to get their act together before just abandoning it for something that is updating on time (or at least close to it). On the other hand, I think that, after five years with only one major slip-up, you've definitely earned a bit of a break here. The last thing we need is having you running yourself into the ground for our own entertainment. That's just stupid and anyone that says otherwise obviously has no clue they are talking about.

That said, there's a high chance that people will not come back if you decide to do this. That is a fact you will have to deal with if you do this. That said, if you can scrounge up 15 pages worth of guest comics then this becomes a non-issue. Just cue them up and away you go. But you know this already and I wish I had a better solution to this than telling you the obvious.

... Actually, you know of anyone that might be willing to take the reins from you for a month? Like a guest artist or something like that? That way you get your month off while people still get their content. I know what happened last time but it is something to consider at least.

Personally, I just wish I had a long guest comic prepared this time around. But then I wasn't expecting to have to make four more pages to the one off comic I did way back.

Anyway, I know that most of us here appreciate the effort you put into making this comic work and putting out content every week. If we didn't then I doubt we would be here to have this conversation in the first place. Just know that whatever you decide, I'll still be around support you in whatever way I can. Even if it is only to just check back every day to see if anything new has come out.

There, that's my long rant for the day. Hopefully you find something in there that'll help.
Mace Direwolf 8th Feb 2016, 4:46 PM Fire-Heart Mace Direwolf edit delete reply
Mace Direwolf
I'm in agreement with all of Mykin's points here. Wow. 'Tad difficult to avoid puns with that screenname. Hehe. *ahem* Seriously tho', it's like people are sayin'; a return date and guest comics to fill the void would be ideal, but if you truly need to drop everything else for your sabbatical/vacation, then by all means Spud, forget the guest comics too and please do so (but again, please don't forget to tell us when you'll be back), but that may risk substantially reducing viewership of people who aren't among your core readership. We want you to enjoy this as much as we are and you can't do that if you're burnt out. I know I'll still be readin'. I've been here since #120-125 (if I recall correctly--but it was definitely during Dragonshy) and I ain't going anywhere!
Malroth 6th Feb 2016, 5:25 PM edit delete reply
you could Just post a text box with an adventure hook idea and let the forum minions go nuts with roleplaying threads.
Guest 6th Feb 2016, 5:39 PM edit delete reply
I'd recommend just lowering the update rate for a while. Make 1-2 comics every second week for a month. Or 1 comic a week if you are up to it.

The best thing is to have a bit of a buffer and have the comic update automatically while you are away.

After that is guest comics.

That all said if you really need a hiatus take a hiatus.
albedoequals1 6th Feb 2016, 5:59 PM edit delete reply
As everyone else has said, do what you need to do. I'm following a comic that seems to update once a month, on average, and has had 6 month droughts, so it'll take more than that to turn me off.
Kira 6th Feb 2016, 8:34 PM edit delete reply
yeah as long as you tell people your going on a break theres no problem.

i usually come back every few weeks to read three or 4 updates at a time
reynard61 6th Feb 2016, 8:56 PM (H)ow would you react hypothetically to just a month of no updates? edit delete reply
I'd make a note of it in my bookmarks and then return to check for new updates on the expected date-of-return. (Don't worry, Spud; this comic's too darn good to get rid of me *that* easily...)
danime91 6th Feb 2016, 9:43 PM edit delete reply
I'm still waiting on Homestuck, and that's been on hiatus for way longer than a measly month. Yeah, people will come back as long as they have a heads up and concrete dates.
aerion111 8th Feb 2016, 3:13 AM edit delete reply
Well, Homestuck IS getting a bad reputation for their sporadic hiatus-es.
But that's more for the fact they take so many and so randomly, than the fact they're taking any at all.
Super Kami Guru 7th Feb 2016, 4:48 AM edit delete reply
I'm with everyone else, though with Mykin specifically. I'll be patiently awaiting your return Spud. As it is, take a break! If I was better at drawing and short narratives I would be all over the guest comics! Alas, I tend to be terribly long winded and have a rather unsteady hand.
Super Kami Guru 7th Feb 2016, 4:50 AM edit delete reply
Oh!!!!! IDEA! Someone make the final joust scene from A Knight's Tale as a comic. BUT WITH PONIES
Super Kami Guru 7th Feb 2016, 4:50 AM edit delete reply
Oh!!!!! IDEA! Someone make the final joust scene from A Knight's Tale as a comic. BUT WITH PONIES
Super Kami Guru 7th Feb 2016, 4:50 AM edit delete reply
That would work right?

P.S. sorry for the double post
FanOfMostEverything 7th Feb 2016, 6:21 AM edit delete reply
If you need a break, take one. No one wants you burning out.
Manga Shoggoth 7th Feb 2016, 6:32 AM Takin' a break? edit delete reply
I have no problems whatsoever with you taking a break from the comic.

Guest comics (as done previously) would be nice, but still requires work to get things set up. If you decide you can do without the hassle then that's fine. I mean, taking a break should be taking a break.

XandZero2 7th Feb 2016, 8:23 AM edit delete reply
I personally do appreciate the content every week, & I would be disappointed if you were to shut things down for a month.

Also, to be completely honest, when you break a habit, a lot of things can happen. You might decide to quit writing the comic, people might forget to come back. I'd try to remember to return to the comic eventually, but it's a lot easier to remember to check for updates when I know there's something every other day & it's just part of the usual routine.

Still, that typed - it's only a comic. It's a cool comic with an excellent group of people that constantly share awesome stories about their RP experiences - but it's still a comic nonetheless. If you need to take a break from it Spud, then everyone else will survive. I don't think anyone could argue that you deserve a break either - considering you've been updating this thing regularly for so many years. Also, I don't want your content quality to go downhill because you're feeling burnt out on the comic series either.

So, my final thought is this - that no matter what any of us respond with, in the end, I say that it should be completely up to you. Only you know when you need to take a break - and if you need to take that break, you need to take that break.

Whatever you do, good luck man. I've enjoyed this comic for a while now & I hope to continue following you in the future.
CrowMagnon 7th Feb 2016, 10:04 AM edit delete reply
This part (both in the show and comic) reminds me of this commercial that aired some years back. I can't even remember what it was for, but the focus character was a guy who was second-best at everything. EVERYTHING.

And when I saw that, my first thought was, "Dang, if I was just shy of being the best at absolutely everything I ever applied myself to, that would be FANTASTIC."
Acccccc 7th Feb 2016, 3:56 PM edit delete reply
By all means, take a break! Your health is super important.

It would be cool to have some kind of mailing list that would send out a reminder when you do come back - I know I check most of the webcomics I follow out of habit, so it would be helpful to have an explicit notice that I should start doing that again.
Solario the Visored 7th Feb 2016, 7:19 PM edit delete reply
Go ahead and take a break if you have to! A project like this comic should be fun, and if the pressure to grind out another page on time is making it less fun, you shouldn't do it. Take the time you need. I know I'll keep checking back until you start posting again, and happily keep following from there! ^_^
Night Sage 7th Feb 2016, 8:42 PM edit delete reply
too lazy to log in right now.

ANYWAY: How would you react hypothetically to just a month of no updates?

Answer: I know that everyone needs a break from time to time. So I say take one. Just let us know when you're taking a break, and when you expect to get back from break.

Even then, I will likely continue to check in on this comic, forgetting that you are taking a break.
benderman155 7th Feb 2016, 9:30 PM edit delete reply
I have only read this comment in like the last month and read every page and i am very glad to have found it all my other comics have literally died so i am fine to wait for a even better one it will be on less of a hiatus than my MLP D&D game
spudwalt 7th Feb 2016, 11:26 PM edit delete reply
If you really need a break, I'm fine with taking a month off.
ladyofthelibrary 8th Feb 2016, 4:01 AM edit delete reply
I'd be fine with a month of no updates. I'd check regularly out of habit but that's just me. I follow other people who do comics or blogs and some of them haven't updated in over a month. Usually because of a job or similar but I'm patient because I know they'll give good work in their own time. The same applies here.
Waffle Sorter 8th Feb 2016, 5:33 AM edit delete reply
I can understand wanting a hiatus, but I suspect an extended period of no updates would cause me to lose the rhythm of checking the page, and I wouldn't necessarily think to check back when the hiatus was over.

(Evidence from the past points both ways, but I think FiD's history of reliable updates would tip me toward not checking back for an extended period.)
A lurker 8th Feb 2016, 6:10 AM my answer for Spud edit delete reply
I'd be afraid if you just went away for a month even knowing you'd be back. Here is why.

Your comics while good are not enough to keep me around. However, the community you have helped to foster and the non venom within keep me coming back. This community, which you lead via the comic, has taught me a lot about role play, given me many a laugh and insight, and really is invaluable a source for learning about role play.

Without you leading and fostering of this community, I wonder and fear what would happen to this community. I'm only aware of comments to be posted after a comic. I have zero clue if there is any other associated message board or the like to this place.
ANW 8th Feb 2016, 6:18 AM edit delete reply
It's agreed. Take that break.
Verene 8th Feb 2016, 11:28 AM edit delete reply
I think that you absolutely should take that sabbatical. One of my favorite comics, Sister Claire, did that in January, and took no great readership hit.
Akouma 8th Feb 2016, 1:49 PM edit delete reply
Personally I wouldn't mind at all if you take a hiatus between arcs. Basically every comic I follow does that except you, so if you want to do that I'm fine with that.
Eebiot 8th Feb 2016, 3:59 PM edit delete reply
Ashley Cope, who runs Unsounded, takes a 1 month break after every chapter. Something tells me you're safe from a major backlash.
Niej 9th Feb 2016, 1:38 AM edit delete reply
As just a lurker that follows this comic, I would say you have easily earned a break. I would still be around. Just don't miss your return date. It is feeling like the author fell into the abyss that frustrates readership much more than a scheduled break, even a long one.
Alia 9th Feb 2016, 2:32 AM edit delete reply
I'd be cool with you taking a break. Other webcomics I follow do it, and as long as it's advertised ahead of time and I know when it'll be over, I don't mind and I'll definitely come back. I save my wrath for the ones who claim to update on a schedule but actually only post sporadically and without acknowledging that they've missed days until some unspecified time later when they become apologetic.