The reason for the break is simple: Alfie takes a lot of energy and time to create and over time it drained me. In the past I remedied that with shorter breaks, or drawing a couple of silly porn pics on the side, but this time the burnout is too strong. Yesterday I sat down to draw the first pages of chapter 10 and I felt sick to my stomach. This feeling has been building for a while and I was hoping the break between chapters 9 and 10 would be enough to get my motivation back, but nope. I need time to recharge and a couple of weeks will not be enough this time.
I think the last proper break I had from Alfie was before I started drawing chapter 7, which was almost 2 years ago. Other than that there were breaks inbetween chapters that I spend writing and designing the story, and various times where I was unable to draw for one reason or another. But a proper "I want to do something else for a while" break was along time ago. Too long. Up till yesterday I was sure I will just power through this slump and force myself to work on chapter 10, but today I realised I can't do it. The quality of the comic will suffer if I do it.
This isn't one of those "I am tired of this comic so I'll drop it, call it a hiatus and hope everybody forgets about it" situations. I have the rest of Alfie planned out and I intend to finish it.
I honestly don't know how long this break will take. I think it's going to be a minimum of 2 months, but it could be longer. I want to spend it actively, working on other projects. I don't intend to be lazy. Aside from the Puazi CYOA, and the part 2 of the BI patreon comic I don't know what I'll do yet. Maybe one or two short comics? More CYOAs? Patron requests? Votes? All of that? I'll set up a separate patreon post so you guys could let me know what you'd like to see.
I hope this was not too rambling! Let me know what you think about all this.