We need to talk about Tomoe and Darren
everyone, this is Monoscribbles, the author and artist of the Tomoe and Darren
comics. I know, I should have talked about this a year ago (literally), but I
wasn’t ready to discuss this stuff, so I waited. Recently, I came across a
video that made me inspired to finally speak up on this, so here I am. Some of
you got really mad at me (to the point of sending me threats and stuff), but
some of you waited patiently, and for that, I’m thankful. Now let’s go straight
to the point.
Short version: Tomoe and Darren is dead and I don’t plan on making more comics anytime soon.
Long version: When I started working on this comic, it was almost like a dream. People seemed to like it, leaving positive feedbacks and asking for more… it made me really happy. Artists love to see their art being recognized and cherished by their public so it was almost hard to believe the amount of positive feedback I got on that comic. Everything was amazing for a while: I kept updating it and you guys kept supporting it, but with time, I started to feel a disconnection with it.
I’m a story maker. I’ve always been, and probably will always be. I can create whole stories within minutes, and I love this ability, because it means I’ll never get bored. I’ll always have a small universe to dive in if I don’t have anything else to do. I’ve created over 80 stories, complete with plot and characters, yet not all of them keep up with me as I grow and my mind consequently changes. Some stories have a bond with me that is almost unbreakable; stories that have been with me for 8, 9 years, and I’ve changed it multiple times yet it’s still the same universe I created and fell in love with, and I think the biggest problem of T&D was that I didn’t really create a bond with the story. You see, I made one random comic one day because I thought the idea was cute, but I was not expecting people to like it that much, so I started to make more and more comics without really thinking about the plot, creating a billion characters without trying to bond with them, which resulted in a comic that was good for the people who read it, yet a burden for the artist.
With time, I started to become distant. I didn’t really want to keep working on a story I didn’t fully enjoy, so it really became a burden. I stopped making the comics for a while, but then came back with a reboot in a couple of months. I wanted to give it a second go, seeing as people really liked it and all that, but in the end, it just made me realize that my story really wasn’t going anywhere; at least not by my hands. The general idea and the characters were pretty good (in my opinion), but I felt like the story was its own entity, separated from my mind. I merely wrote it down. I didn’t want that, so I decided it was time to try new things, create new stories, new characters, and it cost me a handful of followers and countless messages asking me about it, but deep down I know it was the right thing to do. I’ve learned a lot during the last year (without the T&D series, that is), and I really don’t think I’ll come back to that comic anytime soon. I won’t say “never”, because I don’t know about my future; who knows, maybe it’ll come back on a different media or something. I can’t really say. But what I can say is that Tomoe and Darren will be removed from Tumblr. I’ll keep this blog (tndcomics) and the fanart blog (tomoeanddarren) open, yet no new posts will be made, nor I will reblog fanart/cosplays/anything. The blogs are, in theory, dead. I’ll keep them as an archive, but that’s all. The comics will also be deleted from my art blog (monoscribbles).
If you have any questions about this subject, something that hasn’t been explained on this post, send me an ask and I’ll do my best to answer you. Yet if you just want to thrown in my face the fact that I was inconsiderate and didn’t think about the fans when I decided to just drop the comic and move on with my life without telling anyone, don’t even bother, because deep down, I already know it.
Sorry for taking this long to say this; it’s much more complex to me than it seems. Thank you for waiting for this post, and a big thank you for those of you who kept supporting me regardless of everything that happened. It really means a lot.
Hope to see yall in the near future! If you like my art, I still draw a lot on my art blog, so maybe check it out if you want.
And that’s it. It was fun, thank you.