As you’ve probably figured out by now, I’ve stepped away from running this website to pursue my own projects.
For awhile it was a real buzz, we had enough content coming out weekly to really make it a nice weekly destination for fans and creators of Aussie comics. But it just became impossible to maintain that pace, and once we missed a week with no content left, it was the beginning of the end.
In hindsight I would have released less content per week, and allowed a nice buffer of content to spill out 1-2 new articles a week, but I’m not sure that would have been enough to really drive that once-a-week traffic I was aiming for. This is not the fault of the great contributors I had recruited, I’m grateful for their work – but in the end, it’s a really thankless task. No-one was getting paid so it was all voluntary – for the love of the art form. But at the end of the day, everyone has their own things going on that are more important, and in this scenario its inevitable that enthusiasm and excitement eventually turn to a sense of obligation.
I had hoped that seeing ACJ pumping out more and more new articles every week would build a bit of a groundswell, where I no longer needed to chase people and instead the content would start flowing in unsolicited. But that didn’t really happen, and perhaps some of that was my fault – it’s a fairly cliquey scene so maybe it seemed that I was only publishing the kind of stuff that I wanted to see/read – and if so this was never my intention. I reached out to as many people as possible, even those who I haven’t had the best relationship with in the past. But in the end, the silence became deafening.
I gave it my best shot for a couple of months, and I’m proud of what my team achieved in that time. I hope you enjoyed it too. My thanks to everyone who helped me put it together, particularly Clancy Ellis, James Cassingham Randall, Jules Faber, Max Battistella, Antoinette Rydr, Shaneyah Galley and Shauna O’Meara, and everyone else who was kind enough to send me some content.
And of course to Gary Chaloner for the opportunity and trust to let me have a play with ACJ – he’s the real unsung hero without which none of this would happen in the first place.