Hey, any eta on if you'll pick cuek back up? I kinda marathon read all of them and want to know if more is coming.
Hey, Enzo. I'm writing this because I've followed CUEK for at least two years, now, and I'll not be following it anymore. You probably won't read this, and I hope you don't think this is a convoluted way of saying: "YOUR OLD COMICS WER BETER REPORT DISLIKE YOU ASSOHOLIC SHIT NUGGET etc etc etc", but I felt like writing this because it feels weird leaving this after a while, and I am pissed off. I feel like CUEK has lost its direction. It's been 16 comics since the last time we saw Zeke and Frank together, and there's still a long break since last we saw them before that. These relationship comics used to be funny interludes between the main story, but now they're 90% of your content. Even then, the interludes before used to have jokes about a couple that was hilariously innocent in a world where "rainbow kiss" is a thing. Now, it's mostly haha girls are funny and screaming humour. Hell, I can't remember the last "genuine" comic you made. It sounds dumb, but I miss the hidden dick jokes and Frank having sex dungeons and the like. Like my favourite arc of yours where the crazy ex tries to kill Zeke and his purple-bowtie girlfriend with a cement mixer, and we got a minigame where Frank beat the shit out of the ex. That was some quality stuff. This is rich of me, I know, as you've made free comics that I enjoyed since the dawn of time, and I AM a self-centered ass for getting pissed off. I'd rather see you pull a Calvin & Hobbes and cease the comic entirely, or have a hiatus like in 2011, than watch you slowly devolve into "Sarah's Scribbles" or other "hilariously relatable comics".
I don't think what you said sounds dumb at all. I don't disagree with a lot of what you said -- it's been on my mind for a while. CUEK has always been very loosely based on what is going on in my life at the time. The first hundred-odd comics speak for themselves. The Purple-bow girl storyline was another relationship begin and end, with a different girl. Zeke getting catfished also actually happened to me. The stories and jokes have always had one foot set in reality.
You're definitely not the first person to mention this -- that the Zeke & Frank stories were better, and the Sue & Steve storylines are just generic #relatable comics. In the past I've always tried to strike a balance between the two, but lately I've found myself having less and less ideas involving Z&F. I think it's because the heart of their banter has almost always involved relationship trouble, and I feel like I've run out of things to say or joke about that.
The last few months have also been a crazy hectic period where I have been tackling multiple comic conventions, Kickstarter fulfillment, and working on a brand new project, so admittedly, in order to save myself time and brain energy, I have been drawing what people consider "easier" ideas. It's not an excuse -- just an explanation of where my head is at at the moment.
I don't ever want to stop making comics -- but maybe I just need a break from CUEK? I don't know. I have been working on a new comic project, though, so maybe that's just what I need to refresh my creative fuel.
I'm sorry to see you go. I hope I can someday bring the comic back to a place where you will enjoy it again. Thank you for taking the time to let me know how you feel, I really value the feedback! All the best.
Enzo -- If I may add my $0.05 in (I miss the penny sometimes,) you could always move to a monthly update if you've been that busy but still want to make CUEK. I use to read one (that has since ended) that updated the last day of the month. It was a joy to anticipate, especially if there was a cliff hanger. However many you sketch out that month, you upload. One month you may get 1-3 in, the next you could have a string of inspiration and post 5+. I think it might be less pressure on you as people would get use to when it would be posted and not wonder if it's late or ask "Enzo. Where is your comic!" It's at the end of the month. You could do it in the easy style or try a different one or just mix it all up. The world would be your salmon!
I also wanted to add is, personally I always liked Phil's stories more than Zeke and Frank. Not to say I didn't enjoy them, but Phil is entertaining. Who else could pull off a pun about thumbnails to a harda$$? Nobody! I also hope one day to see more Pricilla Dozer. She seemed like she'd have some stories. (But that's just me.)
And nothing says Zeke and Frank can't do a cross Canada tour and show the best of each province. BC's Ocean, Alberta's mountains, Saskatchewan's view of Alberta, Manitoba's cold, etc.
why not just post when you get a good idea, and not worry about a schedule?
Thanks for the signed copy of your book at Vancaf. It was great to meet you; you're cool dude and I'm enjoying your work a lot. -Laurence (Tall dude with the Decepticon cap)
I always see KEK, and it is refreshing seeing it's counterpart once in a while. 😀
Fuck, I hate leaving.
I asked a receptionist once where the exits and entrances to the hotel theatre were. He told me, "East out, Westin."
Still waiting to find a hidden penis