Heyo good people!
A bit of a update for everyone. I went back and read what I put in the last front page update and i’m here to tell you that you can ignore all of that! Since that update I have done some thinking and will not be adding any kind of new content that isn’t webcomic related to the site. The change of heart was really due to the fact, that Darkstar is a place for webcomics and will remains a place for webcomics…Of course that doesn’t mean a new project isn’t currently under development elsewhere, but for now I will remain mum about that.
So of course the big question is….Are we ever going to post more webcomics!? Well, I can tell you that after a short hiatus, that we are welcoming back Ryan Thompson. What I can’t tell you is what he is up to, but he may over on the Fajita page drop some nuggets of info. I have on good authority that the latest AtM is in the coloring stages, and possibly even some movement on a [sic] comic.
We expect to be firing again on all cylinders in 2015 so thank you very much for you patience through all this, and also expect some changes to the site that should be happening very soon.
Hey folks…Been a long time.
I was originally going to post this over the weekend but I wanted a bit more time to think it over before I did so I moved it until today. As every one knows by now we have had alot happen here at Darkstar over the course of the last year, and one of the biggest things right now is the hiatus of Fajita. Ryan has moved on to doing other things in his life, but rest assured that he is still apart of Darkstar and my friend and I wish him the best of luck in his endeavors and hope he one day returns to complete Fajita. In my personal life I took on two jobs and have become a father which I promise you doesn’t leave alot of time in the middle for much. The one bright spot currently was the return of Pixie from it’s hiatus which started last year and ended around February.
With all this happening I haven’t bothered looking at our web stats as I can already tell you where those probably sit and honestly I don’t blame people. With Fajita on this indefinite break and no updates coming from my side of the fence we have only one comic updating so needless to say our traffic has taken quite a hit. That is the way of the internet and she is very unforgiving when it comes to things like this, and while I wish I could go back and be more prepared it’s just not happening. I do apologize to everyone who still comes here and gets disappointed with the lack of updates and content and I also apologize to those who gave up on us for that same reason. We have also discontinued conventions for the time being as they were turning into a huge burden and only doing more harm than good, but that’s another conversation for another day.
Things have been hectic to say the least and I have spent the last couple of months thinking about the future of myself career wise and of this very website. I wanted to make sure any decision I made wasn’t rushed and was as well thought out as my brain could make it. That’s why today i’m announcing that Darkstar…Will remain open. Things are finally starting to settle down in my life just a bit and i’m itching to get back to work here at the site and on my comics. Now of course there will be alot of changing going on around here and while comics will play a big part in that Darkstar will be offering new content of the none comic variety. My original vision of Darkstar was to make it a place where one could come daily and enjoy comics, reviews, and articles of different varieties, and no I don’t mean things like baseball or world news. We want to talk about things that are relevant to comic lovers such as comics (of course), animation, video games and whatever else comes to mind within that realm. I promise that the change will be as seamless as I can make it and it shouldn’t affect anyone who just comes here to read what current comics we offer and what future comics we may add. I’m hoping to make it a nice clean site, but also with some nice interactive commenting features so people can talk about comics and articles as they see fit without having to reopen any type of forum (ugh).
Sorry for the wall of texts guys and hopefully I haven’t scared anyone away (anyone that was left that is). Again this change will not affect the comics and I will go into further detail about the changes coming soon as I start development on the new site. I will also be looking to start updating my comics (yes…plural) in the coming weeks as i’m already drawing, inking, and coloring the chapters…I just want to get enough in front so I have some room for some downtime if needed. Sorry if this whole post seemed rushed, but I didn’t wanna take anymore of your time than I knew I would…If you read this of course.
Thanks everybody! You all rock my socks! Is that still a thing?
So I have been getting a few emails about site issues and I wanted to address this for the second time. “Second time” you say? Indeed! There was a time when I addressed this when the site first went down a few weeks ago and after it did, somehow my server was rolled back so the post I made about the incident got wiped out. I haven’t made another post until today about the situation because of the arrival of my first child(yay!) and I just haven’t had time.
So here is the skinny…We had a issue with the web hosting company and they were saying we were using too many server resources, which turned out to be true and I had to take measures to correct the issues. There was more than one issue and now a few have been addressed and as you can see we’re back online (except for Pixie and the forums….I’ll get to that). So this whole mess has pushed my plans to update the website again, with a much cleaner and simpler layout that will not consume so many resources. I admit I fell behind on the last design and so I skipped alot of good practices when I released the current version of the website and it’s kinda responsible for this mess.
So after I fixed what I could they returned online, but something wasn’t right…My databases somehow got screwed up which is why Pixie is currently down. I have no explanation as to what they did, but the database was wiped out and I have tried to restore it, but the site isn’t having none of that so i’m having to pretty much restore it from scratch which i’m hoping to get started on today. As for the forums….Gone. There was no error there, they were just using up too many resources ad no one was using them. End of story. I may restore them one day, but currently there is no plans for that to ever happen.
So that’s it. I apologize to the readers for all of this…I have listened to you guys and am going to make Darkstar a more user friendly site and hopefully that will be sooner rather than later. Thanks again for reading and sorry again for any inconvenience this has caused.