Two months ago I have finally put NoEXP on Tapas(previously known as Taptastic) to an audience that amounted to crickets.
A bit of retrospect. NoEXP was born as an idea in 2016 when Taptastic was just opened. And they made a contest for new featured comics. I ( foolishly ) thought that pixel art comic will stand out, and be easy to make as well.
Time prohibited me from making a comic than, but I quickly realized how great of idea NoEXP was, and continued to make a script for it. With real serious intentions. I felt that the comic will be a serious contender to "Order of the Stick", and it was written and imagined in a similar spirit.
The idea was to launch a comic site, then publish it on comic platforms like Tapas and Webtoon, to grow an audience. And finally when the first chapter is finished aim for Kickstarter of the print version, as well as side projects like games.
The launch in 2017 was very promising. But than i was forced to put the comic on hiatus. When I came back late 2019 many things changed.
MMORPG's as a genre has all but disappeared or became a bad joke. To be worse it prevented me from popularising comics to TTRPG audience, cause MMOs started to have a really bad reputation. Pixelart was overused in media. Platforms like Tapas and Webtoons removed "Gaming" from the category of comics, and have changed to focus on romance manga.
NoEXP was always laser aimed at a certain niche...that niche disappeared :(
So I was faced with a dilemma. I love NoEXP and genuinely think the first chapter script is fantastic. But the production of all pixelart comic, ( another thing that was undertaken in order to gain that "special" audience that was just not there ) was an incredibly difficult, and very single direction for an artist that is not planning to be pixelart specialist.
With very heavy heart I made my choice. It was time to move on. Sadly NoEXP was my largest project and one I really hoped on finishing. But just working on very large project, only for sake of finishing it, when public interest is not there, would be incredible waste.
After all when ultimately faced with truth that we do our art only for ourselves only, than finishing projects is less important than perhaps trying something new.
Thats it than. I will be moving on to new projects. Several most likely.
All of them less ambitious, shorter. And very different.