Mary Varn

@maryvarn
facebook.com/npccomic

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Comic creator at npccomic.com. Brooklyn animator. Gamer, cat-cuddler, plant-eater, cocktail-drinker.

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Brooklyn, NY, USA

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See You Online
September 26, 2016 12:47:37
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See You Online

I hate writing this. But I just have to come out and do it.

I’m retiring from making NPC Comic. Today is the last one.

Everything is fine with me. It’s just time. I’ve been making these for over 7 years now, and it’s been a wonderful fulfilling experience. I’ve reached a point where I want to push myself creatively in other ways. I make my living as an animator, and I need to dedicate more time and creative energy into improving my skills in that area.

I also want to spend more of my free time away from working at a computer. I live in a wonderful city that I rarely take the time to enjoy. A couple weekends ago I played some WoW, went to a book club meeting, and walked around Central Park. This weekend I spent a day at the MOMA and then saw Weird Al in concert. These were wonderful days for me. And unfortunately days like that are way too few when I’m making a webcomic outside of my full time job.

I have to admit that I’m sad about this. This has been a huge part of my life for the past 7 years. I’m still really interested in the possibilities of SIQO, the fictional MMO that’s been the subject of many recent comics. But I’m also sad that I don’t have the time to make those comics as good as I want. That would only be possible if I had been able to make NPC Comic a full time job.

I’m not saying goodbye to these characters. They will likely be the subjects of animated gifs and inktober sketches. If you don’t want to say goodbye to them, follow me on TwitterInstagram, or Tumblr. I’ll keep making things. Hopefully better things. At a slower, more deliberate pace. I can already tease that I’m involved in something involving animation and retro video games, out later this year. It’s a small thing, but it should be cute and I think anyone who has followed this comic will enjoy it.

Thank you for reading all these years. I would have retired NPC Comic a lot sooner if I didn’t have this wonderful little audience. The biggest thanks go to my patrons. That support has made a huge difference to me. Not only did it supplement my income, it helped me mentally justify spending so much time on making the comics.

Here’s what’s going to happen with my Patreon page: Before October 1, I’ll be reverting it to a patron only page, so you won’t be charged another month. Patrons, I may communicate with you via email to ensure you get any rewards that you may not have gotten around to downloading. Please let me know if you have any questions.

This site will stay up. The archive is here for your perusal. If there’s interest, I may compile the comics into inexpensive ebooks so you can be sure to always have them in case, many years from now, the site breaks and I’m unable to fix it.

Thank you all so much. See you online.

Mary Varn

September 26, 2016 12:47:37

William F Stevens III Good luck! I will miss reading your comics

September 28, 2016 16:39:33 · Reply

Christopher Morton From the time we had you on Indeed Podcast, we have always loved your work. And will miss you comic greatly. We wish you the best on your next step as a creator. It may be a hard one to take, but in the end, a well worth step. You will always have a supporter here.

September 28, 2016 22:02:34 · Reply

Mary Varn Thank you all so much for the nice comments! I was worried about the reaction to this, but you've put those worries to rest.

September 29, 2016 16:14:24 · Reply

No Comics This Week
September 18, 2016 21:31:29
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September 18, 2016 21:31:29

Sketch from latest comic
September 16, 2016 15:16:44
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September 16, 2016 15:16:44

Warcraft Lore (comic for tomorrow!)
September 13, 2016 22:46:23
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September 13, 2016 22:46:23

September Avatar Pack is out!
September 13, 2016 21:13:33
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September 13, 2016 21:13:33

Sketch from today's comic!
September 12, 2016 21:46:05
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September 12, 2016 21:46:05

Get Into Character (comic for Monday!)
September 9, 2016 17:39:12
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September 9, 2016 17:39:12

Patreon's New "Charge Upfront" Feature
September 9, 2016 16:59:55
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Patreon's New "Charge Upfront" Feature

Hi everyone! I wanted to let you know that I just turned on Patreon's new "charge upfront" feature. Here's what that means.

Existing Patrons:

If you're an existing patron, nothing will change. You'll be charged on the first of the month like usual.

New Patrons:

If you're a new patron, you'll be charged as soon as you pledge, giving you immediate access to rewards in your tier. Like avatar packs! After your initial charge, you'll be charged on the first of every month unless you cancel.

 

You can read more about charging upfront here

I think this change is a no-brainer, because everyone will have access to rewards right away. If I'm posting a new avatar pack for you, or I'm sending out sketch cards on a certain month, no more waiting until the end of the month when pledges go through. Woohoo!

I hope you agree that this is a good change. Patreon has been slow-rolling the feature out, so not all creators have access to it yet. Please let me know if you notice anything strange in your charges. Again, existing patrons will be charged on the first of the month like usual.

Thanks for your support!

Mary Varn

September 9, 2016 16:59:55

High Res Comic Time!
September 8, 2016 22:39:27
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September 8, 2016 22:39:27

Sketch from today's comic
September 7, 2016 16:10:54
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September 7, 2016 16:10:54

Perform the Quest Text (comic for tomorrow!)
September 6, 2016 14:42:59
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September 6, 2016 14:42:59

Race to Max Level (comic for tomorrow)
September 4, 2016 20:17:19
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September 4, 2016 20:17:19

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