Today is the final episode of Insert Image.
It’s always difficult to put a creative project to bed, and it’s never a decision I take lightly. As creators, however, we’re obligated to constantly evaluate our priorities and our creative goals. Jon Acuff says we have plenty of time to do the things we love, but less time to do the things we like. We prune and we prune, and eventually we’re left with a lot of “loves” and some hard decisions to make. Believe me, ending Insert Image was a hard decision.
Of all the comics I’ve drawn over the years, Insert Image has easily been the most gratifying. The feedback has been fantastic, the audience has continued to grow, and I feel that I’ve grown exponentionally as an artist, writer, web designer, and social media marketer over the past year-and-a-half. There’s a lot that I will take away from this experience and apply to my next creative project(s), and that definitely makes the time spent on Insert Image worthwhile.
You might be asking why I would end Insert Image when things seem to be trending upward. There are a lot of reasons, actually, and you can read all about them at wesmolebash.com. For right now (and for the sake of brevity) I’ll say this: I’ve been drawing webcomics for the better part of ten years and I haven’t yet acheived what I want to acheive – an honest living doing what I love. I feel strongly that it’s time to circle the wagons and pursue other creative endeavors unrelated to comics. So that’s what I’m going to do.
Before I sew up this post, I’d like to thank some people who’ve supported and encouraged Insert Image during the last eighteen months:
Thanks to The Christian Post, Faith Village, RELEVANT Magazine, and Tapastic for sharing their platforms with me. An extra special thanks goes out to Jeff Rojas at RELEVANT who has been a champion for this comic and is also just plain awesome.
Thanks to Carlos Whittaker who – during an all-too-short conversation – gave me some solid advice that I’ve been chewing on for the past six weeks.
Many special thanks to all my creative pals: Michael Regina, Josh Ulrich, Brian Russell, Stephen McCranie, Mike Maihack, Drew Pocza, Eric Merced, Jamie Cosley, and Josh Alves. You all inspire me more than anyone else on the internet.
Thanks to Gabe Taviano for designing the Insert Image logo and to Cassidy Drummond for taking super sweet pictures of me.
Thanks to my wife, Kari, who is beautiful and patient and kind.
Last but not least, thanks to all the awesome readers who have followed and supported me all these years. You all have always been so kind and so gracious, and I hope you know how much I appreciate you. Thanks for tagging along with me. GOOD NEWS: Insert Image might be finished, but the journey isn’t over!
So what next? Well, I’m gonna create some more stuff for you people. Interested in finding out what I’m gonna make? Good! Follow my blog at wesmolebash.com where you’ll learn more about the next big dream I’m chasing! Also, make sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook!
Oh, and you can still drop me a note if you’d like a commission! You can find more info on commissions by clicking here!
Are you excited about what I might be working on next? Do you hate my guts for ending Insert Image? Let’s talk about it!