No promises, no excuses. Enjoy this thing.
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Eugene is the happiest little Emo. He is often the butt of jokes but stays cheerful. He's a little inexperienced and can frustrated the other Beans due to his optimism. He is strangely insightful sometimes.
Gives a distinct impression of not having a firm hold on reality. However is often quite piercingly insightful or critical. He is Mr. Dengar's brother and both knows what is under his hat, and his first name. Looks after a flock of tiny vampires, and holds down a job at the Bizarre Bazaar.
I started GothyBeans as a teenager because I was looking for something to make me happy in my spare time. I made these colourful happy characters who had each other and made jokes. It made me happy that people could also enjoy them, but a lot of the time I didn’t know if anyone was reading other than my friends and family. That was fine because I love to make, and I love to crack jokes even if they are bad.
After a while Gothybeans started to get noticed, and I didn’t really know what to do differently, so I carried on. We got attention, good and sometimes mean-spirited. Folks either loved or hated what I was doing, and as long as I was happy I didn’t care either way. When people linked because they liked us, I smiled. When people linked because they didn’t, I felt a bit bad, but never expected to make everyone happy. So long as I was happy making the comics, and they made me cheerful, I carried on.
In my own life I found a lot of sadness and stress after a few years and it became harder and harder to to write nice things for my characters. I felt very sad and black inside and I felt like it would be lying to make happy comics. As I’ve said before, it is never bad to be sad, and you aren’t a bad person if you are unhappy. But sometimes you can’t force a smile. I couldn’t force GothyBeans. There were no sad comics, there were no long blog posts about drama, I just stepped away to avoid making GothyBeans something sad too. 2012 and 2013 in particular were full of black days. I stopped promising updates, I stopped pretending I knew when I’d start again.
You aren’t forgotten. GothyBeans is still a huge part of who I am. I wear it on me and I think about it a lot. But I have always wanted it to be something positive. At the moment things are looking up, and I have time to make updates. So let’s enjoy those, old readers and new readers.