One of the toughest parts of producing a long-form serial comic is avoiding the inevitable burnout that comes with publishing 15+ pages week after week. While the job is too much fun to ever say it's a 'grind', there is a certain amount of creative and deadline pressure that comes with the territory, and if precautions aren't taken writers and artists can find themselves getting burned out rather easily.
So what are my suggestions? Two words: Vacation and variety.
I feel it is extremely important to make sure you give yourself the opportunity to take some time off from your work every now and then. I generally spend anywhere from three to five hours a night working on our MetrobayComix.com business, but even with that work - which amounts to a second job - I make sure I make time to enjoy other pursuits. Basically you have to have a hobby to distract yourself from your hobby.
Even within those three to five hours a night, I'm not doing the same thing all the time. That's where the variety comes in. I write weekly scripts for my stories, sure, but I also have plenty of other things that keep me occupied and engaged. I blog, I post to social media, I do some cover postwork, I answer email and messageboard posts, I chat with my fellow creators, I promote the site, I plan future stories, I upload the new updates, I pay bills, and whatever else needs to be done on a daily basis. It is that variety that keeps me from getting bored with doing the same old thing night after night, and keeps me from going insane.
Also, I always make sure to keep some variety among the stories I'm working on. I don't know the last time I only had one story in progress at any one time. Right now I have five in various stages - "The Chrome Virus", "The Omega Mystery", and "Tights Club" are actively updating on a weekly or monthly basis. "Employee Orientation" and "Slaves to Fashion" are in the pre-production stage and will start up soon. These stories are illustrated by four different artists, who as a group help to keep me fresh and excited about the work. The storylines are also different, which helps to keep my mind churning and pumping out new ideas. The last thing any writer or artist wants to do is get stagnant, and I think this sort of variety helps to keep that from happening.
So, if you ever feel like you're running out of gas and having trouble getting motivated to work, stop for a moment and consider what the real issue might be. Are you mentally fatigued? Give yourself a break. Are you creatively exhausted? Try working on something else for a while. Or, find someone to work with who may renew your zest for the creative process.
Many creators get that feeling of burnout once in a while. However, there are things you can do to keep it from happening to you.