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Hi all,

It's been a long while. The comic recently went down due to my inactivity but should be back up for your perusal now. Note that you will need to update any favourites to the link brightstars.smackjeeves.com. I didn't pay for a premium subscription this year so SJ doesn't use my custom domain name.

I've been inactive for two reasons:
1) It's become clear to me that I can't tell Bright Stars the way I want to if I continue it in comic form. It started as a way to push myself artistically, but the universe and characters have evolved to be so complicated that I just can't cram enough of it into a comic. This is 20% a limitation of comics as a medium, but 80% a limitation of how much free time I have to spend on art these days.

2) Continuing in that free time bit... I've been finding it hard to fit art into my life for now. For me it's a time-intensive hobby, and having to constantly pick it up and drop it has been too hard and I can't do a comic the justice it deserves. The good part is this is for a positive reason: my bf and I have been working our asses off to save up for a house, and are now in the process of buying one. It's a hectic process that needs my full attention.

I want you all to know that, though I haven't been drawing the comic, Bright Stars is very much on my mind. I've been hesitant to say anything for a long time because I wasn't sure of the direction I was going with it, but: I'm working on doing Bright Stars as a written story instead of a comic. I've been picking away at it when I can, but due to my writing process I haven't been able to post it anywhere yet. I don't write chronologically and it all goes together in a big mess at first, so nothing is really legible. Longterm, I'd like to make it available as an illustrated story so it still includes art. Shortterm it's not ready to share yet.

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count the stars

@maplebee: I honestly adore this comic, or we'll the story you are trying to tell. The art is stunning of course so if you do ever publish the story in written form I would so love to read it. Brightstars I considered to be a little gold nugget that I found one day. So I really wish you the best <3

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wohdin (Guest)

Have you considered a light novel format? Your art is exceptional and honestly I don't think this story would be complete without it.

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maplebee

@wohdin: I'd like it to be something like Stardust where it's written in novel format but has 1-2 illustrations per page.

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Niggle

@maplebee: I would love to be able to read this with a few illustrations to go along with it. I really miss the characters you created. And while I would prefer a full comic, I enjoyed your writing style from that bit of backstory you shared a while back. So a combination of your art and your writing would be great.

Congratulations on the future house!

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bbk

Ilove the comic, the story and the characters! :)
So take all the time you need and we'll be happy whatever format you may have for the future :D

Good luck.

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TC (Guest)

I hope you do continue it though its one of my favorites :3 and I want to know what happens to Rory lol :D even if it takes a while

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Niggle

@maplebee: I hadn't looked at your tumblr in some time, and I just saw that it was empty. What's up? Are you okay?

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maplebee

@Niggle: Hi, sorry I didn't reply sooner... I'm around, still. My Tumblr is set to private, so can't be seen by ppl who aren't logged in, I think? That or my changing my username a while back is messing up links or sthing? It's http://grimaulkin.tumblr.com/ now. (Also sometimes Tumblr, being the trash platform that it is, just shows ppls blogs as empty even when they aren't... I know that's happened to me a few times while browsing followers blogs).

I'm getting along. I just haven't been very active online beyond lurking in the last while. There have been a number of deaths in my life in the last year and it's been driving me to write instead of draw. I'm not very fast at creating writing that is streamlined enough to share anywhere (and where do ppl even post writing that isn't fanfic...), so I end up not posting much content.

In lots of ways things are good in my life right now, as well. Just can't seem to get back to a point where someone doesn't die every 6 months and put things in spin again.

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