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Dear Readers:

I’d like to take a moment and thank each and every one of you who have followed me throughout the years. Without you, I would not have had the strength and conviction to continue the comic, nor would I have gained a faithful and fierce community of fans. That said, I’m not sure how many readers know that since its first scrawly concept drawings, Forest Hill has not been a stand-alone comic, but one of a sea of comics hosted on a comic community named SmackJeeves. It’s a great place to learn and grow as a comic artist, and thanks to its fully modifiable templates, you can modify the look of your site to your heart’s content, as I have. Tens of thousands of comics are hosted on this platform, and over the past 7 years, Forest Hill has risen from the depths to be one of SmackJeeves’ top webcomics (as high as #30 recently, based on popularity); however, for all of this traffic, roughly 0.5% of the total comes from SmackJeeves itself (and even then, much of THAT is just me doing site management.)

As many of you know, Forest Hill is not a happy comic, as it discusses subject matter that most would happily skirt around, deny, or avoid altogether. This, coupled with the occasional depiction of nudity, has been reason for the fairly recent decision by the management to censor the comic, and I have complied, although those that follow me elsewhere know my displeasure with this. Also recently, it has been announced that SmackJeeves has been purchased by the South Korean media conglomerate, NHN Global, which runs another popular webcomic host in Korea. However, the difference, both nationally and culturally, between the United States and Korea, coupled with NHN being a for-profit corporation, is leading me to the belief that although things are fine for the time being, I expect content restrictions to be tightened over the coming months, and that eventually, Forest Hill will no longer be welcome on SmackJeeves.

Thus, after some time to think about this news, and what it means for my comic, I have decided that the best option would be to move Forest Hill away from a hosted community platform to a new, independent hosting solution, and that sometime around mid-November, Forest Hill will go dormant on SmackJeeves. Don’t worry, though, you’ll still be able to find the comic, as the URL will not be changing, but the user experience will be somewhat different. I will not be closing my SmackJeeves account, nor will I be deleting the comic as it stands. It’s a great site, with a great community, and I have plans to use it for future comic projects.


Regards,


Campion
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Do you love Forest Hill? Now's your chance for you to show everyone off your art skills, comics, poetry, and short stories related to Forest Hill!

Due to a having to move as part of my professional career, I will have to take some time off in the near future so that I can concentrate on that, and also just in case I do not have access to the internet during this period of time.

Please submit your entries to:

campion (at) foresthillcomic (dot) org

In order to give you all enough time to work, I will leave this window open until Tuesday, May 8th. That's 3 weeks from today!

Happy creating!

-Campion
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Oh my! I forgot all about this Google+ account! For those of you still following me, the comic is still posting, although, I am more active on Twitter and Facebook. :)
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It's Forest Hill's 5th birthday! What a more fitting picture than to give little Hunter a birthday of his own?
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So in the next few weeks, my comic host provider, SmackJeeves, is rolling out a new site re-design, and part of it will require comics to submit a cover image in order to be listed. This will be similar to the banner ads that they currently use, but will now look like a regular comic book cover. Here's mine!
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Just thought I'd throw out there that the forum is still active, and hey, look, a new post by someone who isn't me! If you'd like to participate, click on the link on the top menu. :)
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Just what could Tanya be up to? Find out in a future Forest Hill!
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What's got Kaleb so excited? Find out in a future Forest Hill!
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Ever wonder what Flora's apartment looks like? Well, now you know! Colin and Tanya's duplex coming soon. (Many thanks to Autocad for the free interior design software!)
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What's Flora got to say? Find out in a future Forest Hill!
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