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19 July 2010 @ 03:10 pm
The Current State Of Grit  

Hi guys,

This is loooong overdue, but I can’t put it off any longer.

 Yes, Grit has been on hiatus.

 Long story short: I’ve been struggling with myself over Grit, and after much weighing-up and soul searching, I (personally – not Danny) can’t keep doing this the way I have been. Before panic sets in, this doesn’t mean I’m dropping Grit. But I am dropping the format of single-episode releases.

 Grit will return, but it needs a new website, new page-at-a-time archive so that we can start doing page updates like every other webcomic does. I loved the immersion of the flash format, but practically it’s time to lose it. I’m working on getting the funds together to get the new site built, but can’t give any dates. The forum will stay, but everything else won’t, so if you want a heads-up when the new site is built and Grit is back, I'll give one here as well as the forum thread.

 And before anyone offers (having had offers already) to do the site for us, thank you, truly, but I need it done professionally by someone in my own city – and have someone lined up to do that who I trust and have worked with before.

 Sorry for taking so long to post this, ‘the guilts’ and procrastination are bffs.


whisperkitwhisperkit on July 19th, 2010 05:24 am (UTC)
Aw, we understand! Personally, I'm just happy that Grit is continuing! Thanks for posting this update to clarify.
Bunny M: Ami Geekbunny_m on July 19th, 2010 11:02 am (UTC)
Let me add an enthusiastic 'What they said!' to the above comment.

And thanks for still doing Grit, also.
Sophie: happy dragonalias_sqbr on July 19th, 2010 05:33 am (UTC)
Any Grit is good Grit!
Grymmthebadgergrymm on July 19th, 2010 05:57 am (UTC)
Hey a page at a time format could definitely be a change for the better! Both for you and for us readers! And as said above "Any Grit is good Grit!
claidi: buzzcocks - the pope's got a lovely noseclaidissa on July 19th, 2010 06:04 am (UTC)
I'll be sad to see the flash format go, but happy to see new Grit! Thanks for the update. ♥
Jenn: Evil Monkeylady_laguna on July 19th, 2010 06:38 am (UTC)
I think that more frequent updates might be a good change! Especially now that the story is getting more complicated. I can't wait to see what you'll accomplish. Love your stuff!
Jamie: Frazetta - Meow!uniformgrey on July 19th, 2010 07:05 am (UTC)
Thanks for the heads up, glad you both are doing well and I look forward to Platinum Grit's online return and hope to do what I can to tell others about your amazing comic!

It was amazing all the work you put into Grit, and doing episode chunks is a HUGE pressure to be sure - I've just breathed a big sigh of relief knowing that this wasn't a "so long and thanks for all the fish" type post!
neekaneeks: micneekaneeks on July 19th, 2010 07:22 am (UTC)
Down to the nitty gritty ^__^ thanks for the update~
Blackbyrd: That makes me all tinglyblackbyrd2 on July 19th, 2010 07:33 am (UTC)
I thoroughly enjoyed the 'episode at a time' method, as it was like waiting for christmas and getting all my new toys at once. Uberindulgence for the win!

Having said that, I am thrilled that you're going to a regular schedule. I sincerely hope this draws a bunch more people in for you. And I'll be getting regular, but more sanely portioned doses of one of my all time favorite webcomics!
Briandnaltews on July 19th, 2010 07:37 am (UTC)
As someone firmly in the any grit is good grit camp, I'm happy to follow along in whatever format it ends up in. Chapter-at-a-time, Page-at-a-time, whatever works. Just happy to hear it's not over yet ^^
matsyamatsya on July 19th, 2010 09:42 am (UTC)
Please no guilt
Because what you've been doing has been amazing and wonderful. Take your time withe the revamp - do it right and do it in a way that satisfies you and makes things easier.

We can wait. PG is always worth the wait.

- adam
_w_o_o_d__w_o_o_d_ on July 19th, 2010 10:46 am (UTC)
To be honest, I hadn't noticed that it was taking longer than usual this time.

I'm not convinced that publishing a page at a time is the best way to do it for a long format story (as opposed to a strip or daily gag comic) but that's your choice to make. (it's not intended to be read that way, and it makes understanding some things difficult for the reader because he doesn't remember the page he read a month ago, but on the other side, the readers notice more of the little details on each page, and provide a great free copyediting service)

Looking forward to the new site, and new episode. Grit is, and always was worth the wait.
Trudy Cooper_gertrude_ on July 19th, 2010 11:07 am (UTC)
No, it's not the ideal for longform, but it is the standard readers are used to - even with other longform comics such as The Meek. There's been a lot of (perfectly legitimate) negative feedback over the years about the flash format, so while some pluses are lost, it will also make other things easier (such as being able to bookmark and keep reading later without having to load and scroll through 150 to 200+ panels).

I've weighed up the pros and cons for a long time now, so it isn't a sudden decision. And while I totally get what you're saying and agree, doing it this way is the only way I can actually keep doing Grit at all.
(no subject) - _w_o_o_d_ on July 19th, 2010 11:43 am (UTC) (Expand)
arabelarabel on July 19th, 2010 11:22 am (UTC)
I think it's a great idea - yeah, it'll have its drawbacks, but I like the idea of having the comic as a more constant presence, and I think it might make it easier for you to gain even more of a following, perhaps? It's easy for casual readers to forget about the comic if they don't have a reason to come back regularly.

Don't feel guilty or anything, especially - do whatever you need to stay sane and get the comic out in a way you can live with.
Trudy Cooper_gertrude_ on July 19th, 2010 11:42 am (UTC)
Yep yep yep.

It'll also be a better incentive for me to do pages. Working in the lonely, silent void for months while doing whole chapters finally took its toll. Just...can't anymore. Too depressing.
(no subject) - hentaikid on July 19th, 2010 12:36 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Ben T-Gaidinbentgaidin on July 19th, 2010 12:56 pm (UTC)
Sounds good to me -- I was actually going back and rereading your archives the other day, and wondering how things were coming. You've done a great job so far, and I'll be looking forward to whatever comes with the new format as well.
amore_di_libriamore_di_libri on July 19th, 2010 01:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the update! And the new formatting honestly sounds awesome. I'm really excited. :D
One Phil to Rule Them Alldslartoo on July 19th, 2010 02:20 pm (UTC)
Trudy: I'll be happy to see PG continue in any way, shape, or form you guys choose. Besides, this means we'll be getting to see updates more often! Yay for that. :)

zelmeowsoftenzelmeowsoften on July 19th, 2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
As others have said, all I really want it to see Grit continue; it's been my favorite comic for years, and I eagerly await every new issue. The flash format was fantastic, and I loved getting big, healthy doses, even if I did have to wait a long while between them. But, if this is what it takes to keep Grit going, then I look forward to being able to read on a more regular basis!

Are you going to keep previous issues available in flash? I think it would be a nice option to reread old, already-formatted issues with that pacing, but understand that that would impact consistency.
Elizabeth: hopemoon_reborn on July 19th, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
Like everyone else said: any Grit is good Grit. I'll miss the flash format but that's just the way it is!
finkensteinfinkenstein on July 19th, 2010 05:35 pm (UTC)
I think it's interesting that while you are changing your format to single page updates, comics like Octopus Pie have switched to bulk story updates. I don't think it's about getting with the times, it's more about what you feel comfortable doing. Personally as long as I can rub my lookin' balls all over some Platinum Grit at some point I am happy with however you like to do it!
Trudy Cooper: nina cigarette_gertrude_ on July 20th, 2010 02:32 am (UTC)
We've been doing the flash/shockwave/web-specific thing since the late 90s and it's never been a hit. Even Meredith still does pages you can bookmark. So it kinda is a case of making it accessible (many had issues even loading them) and presented in a way people prefer to read, that might get more bums-on-seats with more frequent updates.

I've been thinking of this for a long time now, and since hitting crisis point late last year, it's also become an only-way-to-keep-going option.
(no subject) - finkenstein on July 20th, 2010 02:46 am (UTC) (Expand)
Zachary G: goofybastageidyll23 on July 19th, 2010 08:01 pm (UTC)
After twelve years, five moves and 4 states, I think a change to a page-by-page update is pretty small in the grand scheme of things.
I'm just happy you're still after it for this many years. So many favorites have come and gone, but Platinum Grit remains as a story I send countless friends and acquaintances to experience.
Thanks again Trudy.
quantumduck: Quantum Duck sez: Quark Quark!quantumduck on July 19th, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC)
HTML5 can bring the same user experience to pages (once they are up) that they have in Flash/Shockwave. This way we'll just have more cliffhanger moments.

I doubt any of us would wait until the next 'issue' is done to gander at your graphic hotness if we didn't have to. I'm looking foreword to the change.
Meggo: pic#88751843shutupmeg on July 20th, 2010 12:28 am (UTC)
Please devise a way for me to give you my moneys to fund your website overhaul, and any other Grit-related production expenses. So glad to see you're keeping on!
a hardon for sophistryrelaxing on July 20th, 2010 04:48 pm (UTC)
Have you considered doing a Kickstarter campaign? I would definitely kick quite a few bucks your way.
(no subject) - shutupmeg on July 21st, 2010 02:54 am (UTC) (Expand)
i_17bingoi_17bingo on July 20th, 2010 01:08 am (UTC)
As long as you keep collecting in big volumes that I can pay money for, I am totally for it.

My worn-out-from-rereading books one through three agree.
Edward J Grug IIItedprior on July 20th, 2010 03:19 am (UTC)
It sounds like a great way to go to me!
Brandon Grahamroyalboiler on July 20th, 2010 07:41 pm (UTC)
I'm looking forward to seeing new Grit.
It's always fantastic comics.
deathjellydeathjelly on August 9th, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
HI, I'm a bit late and haven't really got anything incredibly clever to add, just that I'm glad you're not cancelling PG and I'm looking forward to the next chapter in whatever form you publish it.