So, whether it’s TV, books or comics, how do you deal with this? Do you wait hoping it’ll be finished one day or do you eventually bite the bullet and bail?
I’m curious as to what people do and what cases they are.
For me some examples are:
American Vampire - Starting to conclude it might be time to bail on this.
Sword of Shadows - Notorious gaps between books, but been news it might get concluded so let’s hope so.
A Distant Soil - Ambivalent on this, on the one hand it’s nearly done, but lacking those final pieces irks.
Age of Bronze - Hard to say if this will complete, but as it’s a retelling of the Iliad, we know how the story ends so it doesn’t matter too much.
Abarat - You know, the three books I have of this are lovely work but doing a children’s series and then taking so long that the kids that started on it are now adults is more than a little odd.
Of course this does bring up the age old notion of what an author, knowingly doing a serial, is obliged to do in that respect? Some say an artist owes noting to their audience, but a counter to this is without the audience what is the artist? And a serial works by supplying further pieces of the story, stop that and the appeal falls apart. I’d add by not supplying further pieces the artist is working against people recommending their work, so it’s their interest too.
I’m not looking for agreement here, I doubt we’ll get that because this’ll look different to everyone, but I do want explore thinking around this area, as it might help me on how to deal with several incomplete tales.