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Farewell, Sabrina - The Witching Hour by Tania del Rio
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Fri, Jan. 9th, 2009 07:45 pm
Farewell, Sabrina

Just a couple hours ago I finished my last page on Sabrina. I won't lie - I got a little misty-eyed. Not just because I was sad - but because I also felt really proud. I've been working on Sabrina for almost 5 years and have 42 issues under my belt. In comics these days, it's rare to have that much longevity - especially for a first-timer like myself. But the most satisfying thing was knowing that I was able to tell a complete story - the way I intended it to be, from start to finish. It wasn't like Archie told me in the middle of an arc that it was canceled and I had to rush to tie up loose ends. In some ways I always knew the final issue would be #100, and I wrote my stories so they would lead up to that climatic issue. Of course, had Sabrina continued beyond that, I had plenty of ideas of where I would go next, but my main, epic "Four Blades" storyline was always meant to be resolved by issue 100.

On another note, it's so weird to me to realize how much I've grown to love the characters. I know they're just lines on paper, but I've come to regard them as real people in some ways. I feel like a proud mom who's seen Sabrina grow up from a petulant teenager into a strong young woman, and I admit I've always had a bit of a crush on Shinji *^_^* I actually got a pang of sadness thinking about how I was now going to walk away from these characters and wonder what they would be doing next with their lives, in some place where I wouldn't be able to see them. Ok, so that probably sounds a little crazy, but I hope some of you writers and artists understand. ^_^;;

It's also amazing to see how much my art has changed and grown over the years. I look back on some of my first issues and I find them absolutely cringe-worthy! But doing comics has really helped me develop my skills and I feel like I finally have my own "style".

Anyway, I couldn't have done it all without the support of my awesome inker, Jim Amash, letterer Teresa Davidson, and colorist, Jason Jensen. And of course, my original editor Victor Gorelick who hired me originally. I used to be so intimidated by him only to realize he's the nicest guy. And my current awesome editor Mike Pellerito whom I also consider a friend. I'm going to continue doing some things for Archie, so this isn't "goodbye", but just a thanks for everything so far.

And thanks to all my loyal readers and fans. I hope you enjoy looking back into the earlier issues of my work and seeing some of the clues I left there! :D

I hope my fans will continue to support me and read whatever I come out with next!

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marvelouspatric
marvelouspatric
The Marvelous Patric
Sat, Jan. 10th, 2009 04:22 am (UTC)

congrats on an excellent run, tania! what's next? some sort of... realm denizen perhaps?


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dculver
dculver
Dennis Culver
Sat, Jan. 10th, 2009 05:04 am (UTC)

42 issues is an impressive stretch of work, congrats!

Also, I'm following you on twitter now :)


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goraina
goraina
raina
Sat, Jan. 10th, 2009 06:39 am (UTC)

Congratulations, Tania. I'm proud of you!!

And yeah. I totally, COMPLETELY understand. :)


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tanukitsune
tanukitsune
Tanukitsune
Sat, Jan. 10th, 2009 11:37 am (UTC)

Congrats! I wish I had more than the Magic Revisited volume, but getting single issues is a nightmare if you're not American... ^_^;

Good luck with your next project! <3


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tentopet
tentopet
Amy Reeder
Sat, Jan. 10th, 2009 04:13 pm (UTC)

Wow, congrats!


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yaytime
yaytime
dave roman
Sat, Jan. 10th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)

Congrats on such a long successful run! Totally epic!


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rockin_raina
rockin_raina
raina
Sun, Jan. 11th, 2009 05:46 am (UTC)

Aww Tania, I'm so proud of you!! I know what you mean about the characters going on into another world, living their lives without you to see... every time I read a novel (esp. harry potter!) I try to imagine what they're doing now, even though I know they're not "real".
Either way I think you're an amazing artist and storyteller, and I can't wait to see what you do next! <3


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emmav
emmav
Emma Vieceli
Sun, Jan. 11th, 2009 11:07 am (UTC)

Congratulations, hon.
5 years is a hell of a stint on one set of characters - I can imagine how close you felt to them.


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jonnerbloo
jonnerbloo
jonnerbloo
Wed, Jan. 14th, 2009 03:34 pm (UTC)

I'll miss your work on the title. You obviously cared a lot about it.

And yes, count me in for your future projects.


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neowind23
neowind23
Sun, Apr. 25th, 2010 01:41 am (UTC)
hello sorry for the late entry

I have to say that my cousin and I enjoy the comic a lot even though i am 22 now. she was happy to enjoy the ending of it. i always bought her ur comics. and i have to say their were fun read and yeah i bet your their all doing great. to be honest she is right next to me. though your journal entry is long time . my cousin want to say she love the comic and she wants to answer ur qeustion she saids i bet that their all doing great and magic relam even getting along with mortals now.

sorry we are writing this late reply. she just read ur 100 issue again since she lost it . i bought her another one today. and i read it with her. and she wants to check it on wiki and her we are on ur jounral.


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