Dear Tessa Stone,
I’m not going to lie because I don’t really see the point, so I’m just going to say it; yes, I am sad that you have not updated your comic Hanna is Not a Boy’s Name in so long and I miss it. However, that said, at the end of the day, it’s your comic, and if you make the choice to put it on the shelf and never do anything with it again, well, that’s perfectly fine.
Yes, I (and probably the rest of the fandom) will be forever pondering all the unanswered questions, but you know what? I’m sure we’ll find a way to live. Especially with everything you’ve already given us, from the comic itself to doodle dumps to your little Q&A’s with the cast on your deviantart. I mean, whoa. A lot of artists would just be all “here’s an update and that’s all you’re getting until the next update.” But not you. And from the art and information you’ve given us has stemmed even more art. I mean, you’ve seen it right? The sheer amount of fan art? Fanfiction? Cosplay? Holy hell there’s a lot. And even though you’ve stopped, your fanbase certainly has not. That shows how much people still love the comic and you. And that’s just wonderful that you have such a loving and devoted fans. I really hope they make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, because, I don’t even do the comic, and it makes me feel warm and fuzzy.
If the comic is indeed put on a shelf and does nothing but gather dust, your fans wont. They are going to continue to draw, write, cosplay, roleplay and be big fat loveable derps. So the comic is never really going to die, even if you want it too. Sorry. …Except not really, because you’ve inspired a lot of people to be creative, be it with a pencil or a sewing kit, and that should not be something anyone should apologise for. It’s something a person should be thanked for, so I’ll say it; Thank you Tessa.
And while we are on the subject of thank you’s; Thank you for starting the comic, because if you hadn’t I wouldn’t have met a lot of fantastic friends. Seriously. Some of the people I have met through this comic are now some of my closest and dearest friends, hell, most of them are on my Christmas card list. But, it’s not just the friends that I talk to on a daily basis, or send said Christmas cards to, it’s everyone else who has read the comic. Everyone in this fandom is so friendly. We all seem to share the same tastes in, well, pretty much everything. You’ve helped all of become aware of one another, and become this huge crazy but awesome family, and because of that we can all count on and talk to each other and use the community to help us if we’re going through a bad time. Example, to make a long story short I had a mini-break down last year, and, the person who helped me through it? I met through HiNaBN. So, from the bottom of my heart I thank you for creating the comic and for introducing me to such wonderful people. I wish I could meet you and shake your hand (or, if you’d let me, hug you) not only for giving me something really enjoyable to read and look at, but for giving me access to those wonderful friends and that outstanding community.
What I’m saying is, if you’ve dropped Hanna (insert some witty I bet you had it written that he was dropped on his head a s child, dohohooo~ joke here), that’s fine, because, to me, you’ve already done enough. Too much even. BUT! if you have dropped drawing/writing altogether, I must beg you to rethink that decision. You are a very talented young woman Tessa, and it would be an awful shame to not only waist that talent but to also deny the world from seeing it. However, if it doesn’t make you happy, then don’t. I’d rather you do what you love than attempt to love what you do.
Aaaaaaaand that’s it I think. Sorry if this has seemed jumbled and incoherent, it’s just hard for me express my feelings for you/the comic/the people I’ve met through it without flailing and making derpy faces. Thank you for the comic, the art and fandom.
So here’s to you Ms Tessa Stone. If I had a fedora, I would take it off to you.
All my love, respect, support, best wishes and luck,