Did you re-delete the re-uploaded Bang Barstal archive because you no longer feel comfortable associating it with yourself? Or just because you felt no one's interested? (I actually miss it quite a bit, and feel sad that I missed a second chance to see it again, but if it's for the first reason, then I can understand.)
Hey there. Glad you liked it.
It’s the first reason. It’s not so much Bang Barstal itself, though there is a lot about it that makes me cringe. The medium in general has been the source of far more frustration than pride for me for far too long, and I wanted to put it out of my creative life for a while. Since my interests have moved on to photography it seemed like a clean break was in order.
I still have the Bang Barstal comics on file as well as “It’s About Girls”, “The Halifax Explosion”, and “Yes You Can!” (Given my track record with storage devices both hard drives should explode any minute now) Should the day come that I feel I can have a healthy relationship (I know, sounds dumb) with what I made I might put them back online in their entirety alongside something new.
"So are you no longer doing comics these days? I searched and searched but this tumblr was all I came up with!"
Hey, Gord. Long time no websee…
I’m pretty much done with the medium. The effort put into making comics was no longer worth the reward gained from them. Not just the obvious audience/ ego, and financial rewards. Also the satisfaction that comes with a well-made piece of art wasn’t there either. I figured de-publishing those old comics would make for a clean break and I sold off all of my art tools months ago as well. I’ve been feeling a lot happier with life as a result.
I’m finding photography much more satisfying as a hobby and I figure I’ll be focusing on that for a long time to come. I hope that won’t turn you off of the idea of reading.