The Pictures of You Half-Time Show

So here's what happened.

Pictures of You is a long story, and being such a long story, it gets told in many parts, not all of which could be written completely at the beginning of the project. We're talking a couple thousand pages of comic script. I can only imagine my descent into madness had I tried to get all of that out before I started drawing. I plotted the entire story, though loosely in some places, and that plot adapted here and there as the details for the first books became more defined. The overall story stayed the same, but sometimes how we got from one major point to another had to change.

That left me with a lot of notes scribbled (well, typed) from the barest of point form to lengthy pieces of story or varied lengths of unformed dialogue. They got put into the files for their respective books and updated as often as I could remember to do it. As I would get to a certain point in any of the volumes, I would crack out the notes and files for the next book and start cobbling a script from them.

I'll get this in long before those horrible people out there start screeching about making backups and blah blah blah, let me say it. I make backups. I make backups. I make them. By me, they get made. So, really, don't say it. I make copies in a variety of places (external memory, other computers, discs) and I usually make print copies of at least one version along the way.

Well, I lost them.

All of the files, backups, and physical copies of every note, file, bit of script, dialogue excerpt, and character description I'd done for the 2014 year has vanished. Wait, not every, there was 10 pages of script that was originally meant for Book 5 that got moved to Book 6, we still have that. And there's still the original notes and other material from the original plotting done in let's say 2006. Otherwise, yes, we lost everything for Books 6-8.

Don't know how it happened. Overzealous and ignorant cleaning of files to make space? Evil sprites? Jesus deciding the story shouldn't go on? Don't know. Losing the physical copies as well seems supernaturally shitty, I don't mind saying. In the end, the how isn't as important.

After a good and well-earned cry, not to mention several weeks of exhaustive searching, I sat down to recreate the books as best as my memory would allow, and to fill in the blanks of my youthfully-abused brain clam. As you might guess, it's a slow and Sisyphean process, and it's going to take some time. As you might also figure out, we can't draw comics without a script to draw.

So, it's not good news.

Since finishing the art for Book 5, aside from lettering a page of Our Time in Eden here and there and getting Book 3 ready for printing, crafting the script for Book 6 is all I've been doing. Well, plotting Books 6-8 is all I've been doing, and now the scripting of Book 6 is underway. I'm doing my best not to rush it while trying to get it done quickly.

Maybe I'm dragging this out. The result is that we're going to be taking a longer break than normal. Not crazy-longer, but longer. I'll do my best to put up something, anything, at least once a week while we're gone, but the comic itself won't resume until sometime in late March. I don't have an exact date, but as soon as I do, I'll let everyone know. We'd like to have more Snapshots for you too, but nothing firm.

How much do I want to apologize for this? More than I could. We'll lose readers, sure. We'll keep readers, sure, I know many/most will continue sticking with and supporting us, and you're meow meow meow. Either way, though, this is a disappointing turn, and a stumble. It's insufficient, but I'm sorry.

You'll see something from us each Monday, at least. Gags, pictures, something. We're also going to do our best to point out some other worthwhile comics to check out, and some art from our readers in the interim. We'll also take a minute to celebrate our EIGHTH anniversary in Feb, because why not?

You can continue to see angry babblings from me on Tweety at https://twitter.com/GibsonTwist and more updates and information on FacePage at https://www.facebook.com/PicturesofYouComic . Sorry, kids, we don't Tumbl.

Sorry again.
posted by Gibson Twist @ January 4th, 2015, 3:40 pm  |  29 comments

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Droid Of Ages (Guest), January 4th, 2015, 4:37 pm

Bah! Anyone not waiting for as long as you need aren't real fans anyway. So long fools! I'll be here whenever you do get back up to speed, and at your own pace I might add. No apologies accepted, 'cuz none are needed. Keep up the great work!


UrLitlDog2 (Guest), January 4th, 2015, 5:17 pm

As long as I'm still alive and my brain is still working, I'll be here, whenever you restart, and in whatever form. You created it all once, and you can do it again, so take whatever time necessary, however long. I'll be here, and I know there are others who feel the same way. Shit happens, but POY lives!

And yeah; no apologies necessary. Seriously. Ever.


murluck (Guest), January 4th, 2015, 6:05 pm

I'm truly sorry for your loss, Friend. i agree with UrLitlDog, though. no apologies nessessary. Seriously. Ever.


ACiDNiNE (Guest), January 4th, 2015, 6:22 pm

Well, I, for one, will be here waiting.... and anyone that decides to bail on you during this?

Fuck em.


Alex (Guest), January 4th, 2015, 7:09 pm

Oh god. That is heartbreaking, to lose work that way--it's happened to me too and I'm so sorry. I'll definitely still be here. It'll be a good excuse for us to go back and binge on the archives. I'd just suggest keeping the Facebook active with little updates, even about non-PoY things, just so we know how you all are doing :) Also that's my main reminder to check the comic, so I know I for one rely on that feed for reminders. If you post a few times on FB when the comic resumes I'm sure we'll see it, even if FB does that shitty thing where it hides certain posts from our feeds. Take the time you need and take care!


freshelfpie (Guest), January 4th, 2015, 7:25 pm

This is what RSS is for... Some of my favorite comics only post sporadically. SUBNORMALITY pops to mind. Worth the wait . BTW, thanks for publishing such an engaging story for so long, and condolences for the loss of the work!


chucklulz (Guest), January 4th, 2015, 11:13 pm

The truth of the matter is....

Shit happens.

No apologies necessary. Take all the time you need. I, for one, will be here when you start posting stuff again.


red (Guest), January 5th, 2015, 12:28 am

Worry not... ...for we are all behind you on this ;)


The_Hankerchief, January 5th, 2015, 1:19 am

Rather than wax poetic on condolences, or express my (non-existent) frustration through various letters that may or may not include the letters "W" "T" and "F", I'm just going to say "no worries, man."

Well, that ain't exactly true, as I'm sure this has probably been stressful as hell on your end. However, I understand that stuff happens, and that you're doing your best to bounce back from it, so I'm not worried. While I hope to see you back in action soon, don't kill yourself over it. Cheers, Gibson!


Billie (Guest), January 5th, 2015, 5:42 am

Gah, this is one of the comics I look towards reading every morning. I'll be sitting around my feedly expecting to see the story continue :). Good luck with the trying-to-clear-this-mess thing!


Eskimio, January 5th, 2015, 10:23 am

Don't be so hard on yourself! Nobody is perfect, nor for that matter can any be expected to have 100% foolproof, redundant backups.

It is a major shame that you've lost your notes, scripts and such. I can only hope that your final rendition doesn't suffer from the cognitive dissonance that inevitably occurs from attempting to rehash old memories and half-scribbled thought. Your fans obviously believe in you, we know you're capable of great literature.

Please don't take it out on yourself, no use fussing about spilled milk, eh? With due diligence and perseverance your talent and skill will shine through as it has since day one.

I'm an avid reader and hope to remain so until beyond the end of PoY. I'll forever be a supporter of you and your cause, Mr. Twist. Take all the time you need, this fan is going nowhere.


Kathy C (Guest), January 5th, 2015, 9:56 pm

Just adding my voice of support here as well! I have a feeling a lot of people are going to stick around or will check back in later. Sorry this happened, but you'll triumph in the end 'cause you're awesome like that.


kitrak (Guest), January 6th, 2015, 3:10 pm

Backups are great...until they get lost. It happens a lot more often than people think. Not mad, but saddened at hearing that. Losing a lot of work that you put so much effort into is horrible, and I only hope that you will see how supportive and excited we are to see your work. Take what time you need, good sir, and post what you wish when you wish. We'll be here to read it and support you the whole way. Thank you for the comic, the update and for sharing your time, effort and energy with us.


VoxAngeles, January 7th, 2015, 1:23 am

Poor Gibson : ( This is horrible, and I don't mean for the readers. It will suck without a Pictures of You Fix every weekday, but I feel so much worse for Mr. Twist. That was probably a ton of work and it's never fun having to re-do it.

I also don't think there's any need at all to apologize to us. I'm sticking around for the long run for sure. This comic is the shit. <3


Kes (Guest), January 7th, 2015, 3:42 am

Sorry to hear about losing the scripts etc. I'm a new reader, just binge read the whole thing in the last few days. Man. You totally have me hooked no matter how long you take to get back, as long as you promise me you'll be back!


Onyxlight, January 7th, 2015, 5:41 am

*HUGS TO YOU* Thank you for letting us know and best of luck!


amiko_16, January 7th, 2015, 10:48 pm

Duuuude that sucks unbelievably D: I'm sorry. I once lost every WIP story I'd ever worked on, so I can imagine the panic-fury-sobfest. Will be here when you get back~ <3


Shaz, January 8th, 2015, 11:06 pm

Oh my gosh, I can't believe you lost EVERYTHING!

..wait, 'can't believe'...um, yeah, I've been on the receiving end of the universe's pranks before, so I guess I CAN believe. I know it sucks.. in the 'terribly painful, no fun at all' form of suck. I'm so very sorry this happened to you.

You have my sympathy, and my emotional support, as nebulous as that may be. Regarding the comic? I shall be here for the snippets along the way while rebuilding. I shall be here for the glorious return in March (or whenever!). I'm not going anywhere. :)

Simply: You're awesome. Mistakes happen. No worries. :)


Kai (Guest), January 9th, 2015, 8:00 pm

Damn, that's rough! :( I wish you the best of luck with writing down the plot and scripts! Whether the story will change or stay (mostly) the same as before, know that I'm rooting for you!
I know you put a lot of time, effort and love into Pictures Of You, so unforeseen tragedies like these can hit really hard.

I'm confident that you can make things work out well, though! You've been really amazing at storytelling so far and, who knows, this might turn out more positively than you'd anticipate.

Best of luck, I'll be waiting patiently!


H0lyhandgrenade, January 12th, 2015, 12:56 am

Gooooodnesss gravy. What a terrible predicament. I'd say I can feel your pain, but I've never worked on such a long story... Well, not one I've actually planned properly. I'm really sorry to hear about it.


Mugician13 (Guest), January 12th, 2015, 5:23 pm

Pictures Of You [as seen from inside a black hole] I have every faith that you remember the bulk of the important stuff, and many of the details. It'll come back to you, eventually.

Granted, some ideas may not come back until that bit of the story has already been published... but I'm sure what comes up in the meantime might be even better than you had planned to begin with, so if that happens, try not to kick yourself TOO hard. ;)

I love this comic. I'm disappointed as HELL that there won't be any new pages for so long. That said? That'll be one more reason for me to look forward to Spring. For what it's worth, I'll be here when you get back.

Thanks again for doing what you do, and best of luck with the re-imagining process.


dangerface, January 14th, 2015, 1:04 pm

I can't begin to imagine how frustrating it must be to lose all that. I've lost plenty of work on crashed computers/etc, but for the most part it's all stuff that's been completed and released already (this is the main reason why we'll probably never see Zom-Ben in print). I don't think I could handle losing that much uncompleted work. You've got a great fan base here, though, and I really don't think you need to worry about losing any readers.


Jado (Guest), January 15th, 2015, 8:00 am

Considerate and thoughtful? Everyone commenting has been so nice and understanding. I am wondering if i have fallen down the rabbit hole and I am now in Nice Land. So, in order to counterbalance that (and maybe let you feel like YOU are also still in our normal hateful spiteful world), i will now spew invective in your direction, in a self-important, self-involved, and totally non-self-aware manner.

You WHAT??? HOW could you LOSE it?? ALL of it? That's ridiculous!!!!111!!!

How DARE you? Don't you know that I am the single most important thing in the universe? And here you are, just blithely not supplying content to me for FREE in a timely manner? Do you honestly think this is ok???

DON'T YOU KNOW WHO I AM???? DON'T YOU KNOW HOW IMPORTANT I AM???!!!

I can't believe you would be so inconsiderate. I come here to your site every time I remember, and I EXPECT to be catered to. Without me, you would be nothing.

I expect you to work 24 / 7 to get this back up and running, and I won't accept any excuses. You're pathetic, and you had better cater to my every whim like the servant you are - I can get fantastic stories and great art ANYWHERE, you know.

Chop chop.

There. that should make things a little more normal around here. I hope I was able to sufficiently channel the hubris and Dunning-Kruger characteristics so that you can now feel totally justified in taking your time and updating when you get back on track.

Cause like everyone else here, I totally don't care how long it takes - I will always be here when it comes back, cause you are KILLING IT. The art AND the story are both top notch. Do whatever you have to do; we'll all be here.

CRAP, I forgot to demand free stuff in the rant. Here you go.

I DEMAND A FREE SET OF BOOKS FOR MY INCONVENIENCE!!!!

Whew! That's better.


anglo (Guest), January 16th, 2015, 8:57 am

"nice guy" Hah! , I'll be around , if only to mention "off site storage/backup is your friend "


Bams&Jams (Guest), January 20th, 2015, 11:52 am

Well I've been reading this comic for a long time, I'm not the only one. You losing all of that data is harsh, I hope you're doing okay. Don't stress too hard, take as long a break as you need. We'll still be here when you get back. Take care!


tubs (Guest), January 30th, 2015, 8:49 pm

Holy shit, that really sucks what happened.
Take as much time as you need. I'll be there when it starts up again. The story's too good to end just like that :(


Tats_and_Tails (Guest), February 2nd, 2015, 8:51 pm

Not going anywhere Been here a long time. Love this comic to pieces, and NOT GOING ANYWHERE. I shall sporadically check back in until March gets here (as we can see I'm late to the party as it is) and Continue to love this amazing piece of work with its awesome author.


chattytim (Guest), March 24th, 2015, 9:47 pm

Take your Time Please take your time. I love your work and would not want you to rush for us. I can tell by the way you show your story you love it to. Thank you for sharing with us.


wraukon (Guest), May 2nd, 2015, 2:25 pm

Holy ...*! This comic and story are amazing. Bittersweet all over the damn place.

Those early pictures of Lauren and Mel, on the page here, lower right/center? Beautiful. The art in general is really good. I like the consistent attention to detail.

And holy crap, the story. Oh, gods. What a ride. It's one of those things that reminds me of what I went thru back in college, and it shows me just how much was probably going on behind the scenes that I never knew. Of course, being the loner, one never knows enough.

Regarding the backups. Gezus, that would be like my house blowing up (not quickly burning down) right now and taking everything with it.

I'd miss my instruments and my boxes of memories the most, but in a burn I'd at least have a chance to grab my data.

But I digress. I am looking forward to more of this. It's almost worse of an addiction than Patrick's getting himself into...

Addendum: After getting to the end, I had to go re-read the prologue.

This is the first comic I have ever read that has made me more than a little misty. If the idea of a story is to immerse the reader and make them feel like they are there, even as one who only gets to watch, then you have succeeded beyond measure, as I feel so much like, even in my own semi-occluded memories, I only ever got to watch.

It's just the inspiration I think I need to kick the rest of my life into gear and make it all worthwhile.


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