I have made it no secret that I absolutely adore webtoons with every fiber of my being. I am an absolute fiend for a good romance, but then you add ease of accessibility and beautiful art styles. I am absolutely hooked. Sure, I have been keeping up with some of the bigger comics out on the Line WebToon app, but that doesn’t mean some of the newer entries don’t deserve the same love. And with Suitor Armor becoming immensely popular, fans are left on the edge!
Suitor Armor just has its mid-season finale happen in October, and with how big it has become, it’s no wonder fans are awaiting its comeback eagerly. I mean, it’s barely been a month since it went on break, but enthusiasts have been scouring the internet and the artist’s socials for any hint of when they can expect Lucia and her Knight-In-Dark-Armor. Much to the ire of artist and creator Purpah, who has gone on her Twitter to state that there is no definitive date for when it’s coming back. But likely, it’s not going to be before 2023.
And there’s a good reason for that. People are already aware how hectic creating webtoons can be, with strict deadlines, a near-unstoppable work grind, and having to keep up quality with quantity. It isn’t easy creating a webtoon, especially when it comes to one as intricate and beloved as Suitor Armor. It takes time and effort on the artists part, and sometimes, that much work can lead to burnout. After all, these creators have a life outside of their work as well. But some fans feel entitled to their time when it should be the opposite.
I’ve talked about artist burnout and how the comic industry is becoming way too fast-paced. It’s sadly what happens when a commodity becomes extremely popular in very little time, and the same has happened here. Suitor Armor is genuinely one of my favorite ongoing webtoons right now, and I’m really happy to see it thrive. But I also understand the frustration, so let’s dive in!
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Suitor Armor Season 2: Stopping Midway For A Breather
Suitor Armor has been doing amazing numbers for a webtoon that is only 2 years old. Launched during the pandemic year of 2020, it hit all the right notes for enthusiasts. You’ve got fantasy, romance, action, political intrigue and racial discrimination. I know those last two just come out of nowhere, but trust me, they work.
It has been a wild ride, seeing how Lucia navigates her two realities of both being a fairy hidden away in plain sight and her human guardians hating her kind without knowing her truth. Then you have the whole thing about her falling in love with Modeus, who appears to be a weapon without a soul, but clearly is more than that. It’s a lot, and sometimes things get rough in Suitor Armor. But so far, the writing has been top notch and I can’t complain. Not to mention the gorgeous and whimsical art style, which adds so much visual flair to everything.
But because of how consistently good this series has been, delivering quality updates one after the other, it makes sense the artist wanted to take some time for themselves. A stellar work needs time and effort, which can exhaust people. So, a break isn’t a bad idea.
Why Artist Well-Being Matters:
So, the main thing that a lot of people don’t end up realizing is that, just like normal employees, artists are real human beings. Your favorite manga, anime or comic book has a real live person behind them. And just like everyone else, they can get sick or hurt or exhausted, which could halt their creative process.
If that means an artist takes a break to re-calibrate and heal, that is perfectly okay. In fact, it’s something that should be encouraged. Overworking yourself to please others is not a good thing and it isn’t beneficial for anybody involved.
Purpah actually stated that constantly badgering them for when this Suitor Armor hiatus ends only ends up doing more harm than good, and that people should let them be on break.
That is a normal reaction to have fans insist you owe them something. In hindsight, I much rather have a good continuation after the creator has taken their time to heal through a break, rather than them overworking themselves!