I will not be continuing MIA now or in the future, this is not a hiatus, I am actually done. I have been trying to continue MIA for the past two years now. It’s a rude wake up call to realize you haven’t managed to make a page of your long form narrative comic in two years (at least). I was religiously invested in MIA when I was younger. I loved it. MIA was a great thing to do, it taught me a lot about building a story, and forcing yourself to make comics.
I’ve changed from who I was in 2007 (dear god I hope so) however, my vision of my comic career is entirely different from what it was when I was 17. I love webcomics and sharing comics on the internet, I feel very lucky to be making art at this time in the world. But for me being married to a long form narrative webcomic I conceived when I was 15 isn’t what I want to be doing with that time. I’ve learned a lot about comics and a lot about art and I want to use my skill, education, and time on projects that are unconventional and compelling. To me MIA is cute and fun, but not very original and not very interesting. It was inspired largely by the comics I was reading at the time including Questionable Content, Girl Genius, Problem Sleuth, Hanna is Not a Boys Name and Doctor McNinja, and because of those points of reference, now reads to me as totally generic. And I don’t want to invest my time in something that I find to be totally generic (but if you like MIA a lot, I just gave you some great reading suggestions).
I am very sad however to be making this decision. It’s really hard to leave behind something a) unfinished and b) you loved and still love a great deal and c) worked very hard on. For Fenix, Writer, and Paws, characters I conceived of and wrote stories about between the ages of 9-12, MIA was a chance for them to see the light of day. For Charles Lawn, it was a chance to renew my interest in a story I had lost passion for. I am still writing stories about Charles in his original universe by the way. In other ways I am really excited not to have to worry about MIA anymore (if you hadn’t noticed my updates have become pretty sporadic), and to focus more attention on newer projects and ideas. I hope that if you like MIA you’ll come over to my website jillianfleck.com and see my newer comics and drawings.
As for MIA, it’s been awesome, but I’m glad to go. I would like to thank you for reading and following along the past few years, it means a lot to me.
Thank you very much,