Hey everyone,

This is incredibly hard to say, but we’ve decided to put the strip on a long, if not permanent, hiatus. This was not an easy decision to make. It’s been weighing on us both for months now, but we realized it’s the right decision at the moment.

The last thing either of us wants to do is disappoint all of you, but we knew it was happening each and every time we missed an update. We thought going from 3 days a week to 2 would help, but it was only a band-aid. Quality in the art and in the story has suffered as we continued to encounter obstacles.

Bill absolutely loves his new job managing Wildpig Comics, but it is an incredibly time consuming job. From Tuesday night when I go to bed, till Saturday night, I see Bill for maybe 2 hours. I wish I were exaggerating, but sadly I’m not.

We’ve also had a lot going on in our personal lives that we need to sort out and fix. I almost wish the reason why we were closing down the strip was because we were too busy being irresponsible and partying it up. There have been battles with severe anxiety and depression, as Bill will elaborate on.

We don’t want the strip to be done forever. We want to come back to it, because we both love these characters so much. After the wedding (September 20th) is when we’ll start discussing the strip again. We’re hoping to return and complete the current story lines, to give ANI a proper ending.

For the time being you can keep in touch with us through all the social media. We’ve already paid our hosting for a year, so the strip will stay up. I’m also going to make sure that Bill keeps drawing, and I’ll do my best to keep writing. If you are in Kenilworth, New Jersey, please come visit Wildpig Comics. Bill’s always there.

We will sincerely miss all of this. Every person we’ve ever met has been a delight and we read every email that comes through, even if we don’t respond. The past 4 years have been amazing, and we thank each and every one of you for visiting the site, buying books and just being the greatest readers we could ever ask for.

We’ll be packing up some of the stuff in the studio for the moment, but we still have a lot of books and original art. If you’re interested in anything, you can still contact us about it.

– Dani

Dani has already said most of what needed saying. I just want to reiterate our commitment to returning to close the story, and shine a light on some of the personal issues that she mentioned.

For a while now, I’ve been dealing with problems of depression and anxiety. Honestly, I’ve probably had these problems for longer than I’ve realized, but it’s only in recent months that I’ve really been trying to tackle them. As we continue to explore my issues, Dani has determined, and I agree, that one of my anxiety triggers is drawing the strip. As odd as this may sound, it’s equally odd for me to admit; the notion never occurred to me, and yet tracking my anxiety attacks, many of them coincide with my drawing times.
Lately, because of an intense work schedule, there are only just a few days each week that I can actually work on the strip, any other drawing that needs to be done, and all the other tasks that go along with regular existence. As WildPig Comics continues to grow, that work has also bled into my off-time.

The lack of time and my personal mental health were, among other considerations, major factors in my and Dani’s current course of action to pause the strip indefinitely. I apologize for the rather sudden nature of this decision, but it couldn’t be postponed any longer. Thank you for being there through everything, and for understanding.

– Bill

Twitter- @DaniMObrien
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