This is going to seem sudden, but Nate and I are not going to continue creating A Zombie Story. It probably sounds melodramatic, but that sentence was even harder type than the decision was to make.
Some of you probably don’t need the wordy explanation that’s about to go down so to you I’ll simply say thank you. I’m so appreciative of the time you spent reading our comic and hope you’ll watch out for our upcoming projects.
To the rest of you, there are a few reasons for this decision:
1) We can’t/don’t know how to draw in new readers and, outside a small circle of dedicated and supportive family and friends, no one is seeing the result of our effort. I know that the comic was only relaunched a few months ago and that’s not an unusual amount of time for a webcomic to hover under the radar but we have other projects that will take off quickly and can’t be worked on due to the time investment required by A Zombie Story. Nate and I have so much fun creating this comic and even more fun sharing it with all of you but it takes a lot of work, a lot of time, and, most importantly, it makes creating our other projects impossible.
2) Extreme Sax Workouts has been simmering on the back burner for far too long and it’s time to… you know, move it… to a different burner… on a higher heat setting so that the contents can reach the appropriate temperature for consumption. Every conversation I have with Nate about Johnny Screecher and Extreme Sax Workouts yields a dozen or so new ideas for jokes, episodes, merchandise, etc. It’s been over two years since we posted the initial videos and I’m still getting requests on a weekly basis for more ESW. Nate recently asked the question, “Why aren’t we making ESW?” The honest answer is: A Zombie Story.
3) There are several more comics projects that I want to create. Nate has recently started pursuing his lifelong passion for writing head on and has already put out several short stories that would make GREAT comics/graphic novels. There’s also a comic strip written by my friend, Phillip, that I’ve been dying to put more time into.
less A Zombie Story = more everything else
4) Getting exposure and building a readership for A Zombie Story is hard. I’d rather spend my time making my comics better than trying to drag people to my website. By comparison, Musicomics sells itself. I don’t invest that much time trying to show it to people. I just make it better. Extreme Sax Workouts sells itself. Spoilertoons will sell itself. As passionate as we are about A Zombie Story, it will be a much more successful project if it hits the ground running with a substantial readership. Maybe a chunk of the potential readership of Musicomics, ESW, and Spoilertoons would be excited to jump into A Zombie Story if they already trust us as creators and enjoy what we do.
So, to my friends and family who have been reading, voting, and sharing A Zombie Story over the past year or so, thank you. You’ll never know how much it meant to both of us.
Dustin & Nate