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My hopefulness in the past was gravely misplaced.

I mentioned several times that Duality could possibly get worked on as long as production for Sanity Within Dystopia was not hindered.  After pages were finished, I used to frequently ask the artist, Ayla, when we would get back on the fan comic, and through the months I pulled back on asking until I just stopped, since the only responses I ever got were maybes, I-don't-knows, don't-wanna-talk-about-its and general noises of disapproval, with only a vague promise that if things went well with the other comic, then things would move forward this one.  It's been over a year, and I'm sapped of hope.  To some degree, apart from the lack of interest in the project, I have gotten the general impression that she's ashamed of it.  Two grown adults, making a comic based on an existing intellectual property of a cancelled children's cartoon, and producing it for years as a mere hobby when we could be making our own material instead?  Even further, now there's a Zim comic that is going to continue where the show left off, so why bother?

And you know what?  She's right.  I understand.  It's the most infuriating feeling, but I understand.  This comic means the world to me, but it's not doing anything for us in our personal lives.  With Dystopia (and her other comic, Ichabod the Optimistic Canine), we're making something that may be worthwhile, that could maybe produce some kind of income in the future to support larger projects like them.  We can't do that with Duality, not really.  It certainly was never our intention to make a proper profit out of fan work.  And that, perhaps, is the bane that makes Duality so difficult to continue.

I've had a conversation with Ayla recently, perhaps the first time I've brought up our old comic in months, after a brief back-and-forth with a follower got me thinking about the possibility of returning to the misadventures of Abi & Trad.  Asking her about when we would continue Duality earned me a shrug.  Asking if she still is considering coming back to it earned me the usual vague response.  She tells me that she still wants to focus on the other comics (both of which are also not doing great in terms of a steady schedule) before she ever considers continuing Duality, and even when we do get back, it'll be a sporadic thing, making pages every so often without regard to how long between pages it takes to update.  Still not the answer I want, but it may be the only answer I'll ever receive.

This comic was for us.  We shared it with you because it would be weird to make a really nice-looking comic for no one to see.  But it was really for us.  Now it seems I'm the only one that still wants anything to do with it.  And I linger around, floating to check on any messages on the account to simply declare "I'm still here."  But updates will not come frequently enough anymore.  Certainly not in time to keep those of you who were interested in the comic happy and coming back for more.  If we update, who knows if we'll make more after that, or when?  What's the point in getting invested if we're going to let you down again?

If you want to stop watching the account, it's fine.  If you stay, I can't give you what you want, not with any regularity.  I'll still be here either way.  Y'know, I never even acknowledged that we got over 500 watchers.  90 of those came after the last page we submitted, some of them from this year.  That's crazy to me.  Thanks for the love, and sorry that it can't really be reciprocated appropriately.  I don't know if we'll ever be back, but I thank you all for the bits of joy you sent our way.  Ayla and I both appreciated it immensely.

Take care, everyone.

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WHAT IS DUALITY?

Duality is a story about Abigail, a runaway human girl, and Trad, a renegade Irken soldier, whose fates are intertwined after a series of events lead to their meeting.

WHO IS WE, AND WHAT DOES WE DO?

Irken Trad
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Writer, Layout Assistant, Art Director, Colouring

Ayla StarDragon
:iconaylastardragon:
Co-Writer, Layout, Lead Artist, Effects

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:iconpiratemonkies64:
piratemonkies64 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015
Love your work! I still wish you luck on Duality. If I had half the skills, I'd love to help you out of the rut.
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:iconscypod:
Scypod Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
It's a matter of the artist's interest in the project.  Due to the nature of it being based on an preexisting intellectual property and not being able to make a profit from it (I mean, her artwork is her income), work on the comic lacks appeal.  Neither of us believe in using websites like Patreon to make money on fan art either, so that's entirely out of the question.

This comic was a formulation of love, really.  But it seems it's love lost on one of us.  I bring it up every now and again, and she does say she misses the characters.  There's hope, just not much of it.
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:iconpiratemonkies64:
piratemonkies64 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015
Well, you guys have my support, and I hope something changes someday. I was really excited to see the plot rolling out.
If it is confirmed one day that you guys won't continue though, perhaps you could post a summary of where it was leading. I really wanted to hear more of Abigail's backstory, and what that thing was, even if it's a rough draft. Only if you feel like it though, or want to keep it from people in case you might continue after all.
Thanks for working so hard to deliver it. :)
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:iconconejita-ginny:
Conejita-Ginny Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Nice IZ comic n_n
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:iconscypod:
Scypod Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.  Sorry it's sort of on hiatus when you found it.  Not sure when it's ever coming back, but I'll be hovering around until then.

... Well, I'm always just hovering around anyway.
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:iconconejita-ginny:
Conejita-Ginny Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
It's ok n_n I can wait
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:iconcow-butt:
Cow-Butt Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014
Yee, omigod, I'm so glad this comic is still coming out! It was one of the first things I read when I first joined the Invader Zim fandom. oh mygosh. jdksahf
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:iconscypod:
Scypod Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, progress is currently halted almost entirely.  I'm still hoping Ayla will get back to it, but it looks like it won't be for a long time still.
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GhostWriterNext Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014
I got an idea
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:iconinvadertraditore:
InvaderTraditore Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your art! ;3
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:iconscypod:
Scypod Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, hon.  Sorry you've come around now, with the hiatus and all.  Hopefully there'll be some progress before the end of the year.
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:iconinvadertraditore:
InvaderTraditore Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ok! :33 and no problem ^w^ Keep up the excellent work! It's truly absolutely fantabulous! I am a dummy! 
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:iconkalinafreckles85:
kalinafreckles85 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Octavio please contact me when you can. I need to give you my new #.
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:iconscypod:
Scypod Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Just your luck to post this after the bad news, huh?  Sorry, since production's sort of officially put on hold, I don't come here very often.
You can either e-mail me at swd.webcomic@hotmail.com (lost access to my other e-mails), or just Note me here on dA.  Not sure when you'll read this, but I hope I'm not too late. :(
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:iconkalinafreckles85:
kalinafreckles85 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I check my dA daily so...anyway you need better modes of communication sir!!! I miss you very much <3
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Sonicandanime2012 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Dear Scypod, the comic your making has became a excellent quality of art. I love how you made the style's for the characters. Thanks for all the hard work that is put in your comic! -Brianna 
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:iconcrazedcartoongirl:
CrazedCartoonGirl Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, your comic looks really amazing so far! Keep up the good work!! X3
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:iconscypod:
Scypod Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, dude!
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:iconcrazedcartoongirl:
CrazedCartoonGirl Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome!! 
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:iconhonmeg287:
Honmeg287 Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
I love your comic! Plz make more :DLa la la la 
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:iconscypod:
Scypod Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
In time, grasshopper.
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:iconask--cronagorgon:
Ask--CronaGorgon Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
nice art!
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:iconinvader-lyngze:
invader-lyngze Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
hey Scypod. Handshake 
I have a question I hope you can answer. Please 
Do you have any ever made ​​a comic or cartoon rich and then lose interest gets to do it.Stupid Me! 
then you have some good advice on how to keep inter fury gets comic or cartoon? :baffled: 
you who read this are also welcome to reply. :help: 
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:iconkalinafreckles85:
kalinafreckles85 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I miss you friend <3
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:iconnaruto-warriors-oc:
naruto-warriors-oc Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love you art :happybounce: 
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