Chris Onstad talks about his hiatus

screen shot 2012 01 07 at 5.02.03 pm Chris Onstad talks about his hiatus
This interview with Chris Onstad about his hiatus from ACHEWOOD could almost have come under our previous belt-tightening post.

I’d been going at pretty much full team for about nine years, and that all the comics, the blog writing… There are more blogs than comics, and I really like to do those. Prose is really what I personally enjoy. There’s a f*ckload of content out there, because I was always under the gun. Every second where I’m not writing, I’m not making enough money to live. It’s a weird job and I have no benefits, so I’ve got to make make make. And that was also peppered with the public demand the internet, which 24/7, 365 days a year. So if you take six hours off, someone’s going to be like, “What the f*ck’s the matter with this guy?” So that constant pressure, it accrued very slowly to the point where I was like, A) I think I’ve written pretty everything I know about over the course of 3,000 installments of comics or stories or other varieties of things I did. Merchandise, speeches, personalizations, paintings, freelance gigs. I was like, I don’t want to repeat anything, and I think I’m burned out. I’d be wondering if I was burned out for a very long time. When it got to the point where every night for a month I’d sit at the computer and say, “I want to be anywhere but here,” I knew it was time to take a break.

We’d be lying if we didn’t admit we’re sitting here nodding our head. There’s a lot of fantastic observation about comics and ACHEWOOD in the interview.


  1. I envy him and his hiatus.

  2. I really wish people wouldn’t go on and on about their reasons for a hiatus. Something like, “I wanted to take a break, so I did,” is so much better than these woe-is-me ‘Oh the PRESSURE’ justifications. It also flies in the face of reality: if he really had to work so hard, he wouldn’t have been able to afford that hiatus.

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