I am kind of stunned with the announcement today from creator Danielle Corsetto that her popular webcomic, Girls with Slingshots, is coming to an end in 2015.
Danielle posted the news on the site this morning, with a really good justification and breakdown on what the series ending means to her, readers, and the site.
I was a photo major in college, and despite a handful of great art classes, I never quite got the art education I wanted. I’ll be pursuing that in the upcoming year, taking classes and experimenting with paint and classic media, so that no matter what I do after this, it’ll be my best effort.
Corsetto has been really busy with a lot of other projects, including her work on Adventure Time, and My Little Pony series, and though she is stepping away from a great webcomic series, the series ending doesn’t mean that the characters won’t return in the future.
But I doubt it’ll be the end of GWS. And by “doubt” I mean “unless next year’s artistic experiments result in an intense interest in psychedelics and I shift my path from comics to acrylic tie-dye style paintings on turtle shells,” you will see Hazel and Jamie and everyone else again. It most likely won’t be in webcomic form; in fact, if GWS comes back, it’ll be a format that will give the characters more room to breathe.
That is an interesting statement as the nature of the webcomic means the creators can go in any direction they want, for as long as they want, without conforming to the rigid structure of a comic book page. For those interested in following a popular series that winds to a close, I suggest you check out Danielle’s post on the ending of the series. And if you have never read the series before, do yourself a favor and jump in and read one of the best webcomics out there.