When a comic artist is too busy, too tired, away on vacation, or needing time to catch up on his StripBuffer, rather than allow an extended ScheduleSlip, he may resort to announce an ''intentional'' break in the series, usually with a pre-set return date. Unfortunately, it is not rare for what is intended to be a short hiatus to become [[OrphanedSeries permanent]].

Compare {{Uncanceled}}.



[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Rei Hiroe put out Volume 9 of ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' in '''2009'''. Good thing he finally announced he was going to [[http://13xs.blog93.fc2.com/blog-entry-63.html resume writing again in 2012]]. Except... the announcement was made back in ''March 2012.'' He finally got out a chapter in March 2013... only for him to announce the next chapter would be released around June. He managed to get chapters out until February 2014... and then stopped once more. It may not be a coincidence that in May 2014, Volume 10 came out... and it covered up to Chapter 87, which was the last chapter from February. One wonders if his publishing company was just nagging him to put out enough content to create another volume. The English release of that volume was in April 2015, but there's been no word on when (or IF) Hiroe will have more chapters ready.
* Katsura Hoshino took a hiatus from ''DGrayMan'' from November 2008 to March 2009 due to an injury, then while fans were enjoying the return, it started a whole new hiatus in April.
** The series has actually been on hiatus since December 2012 and has not been continued with unknown reasons.
* Noteworthy for happening so soon within a series, after 5 Chapters of Manga/DeadTube Champion RED Magazine announced that the series would be held back for several issues (it's a monthly serial) in 2014, coming back only in December, back with a vengeance even since it brought the Plot Twist with it.
* ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' took an extended break after about 36 chapters because Natsuki Takaya injured her drawing hand. She came back after a few months and finished out the series.
* Kohta Hirano with his series ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}: The Dawn''. He felt like stopping out of nowhere in 2007 but Young King Comics did not declare the series as finished or cancelled. If it ever comes back to serialization, the fans will probably have forgotten about the series altogether.
* ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' has gone through multiple hiatuses, the longest one lasting about one and a half years, due to Yoshihiro Togashi's health problems.
** It's gotten to the point that both the 1999 '''and''' the 2011 anime adaptations (mind you, that's a difference of 12 years between adaptations) were CutShort (the 1999 adaptation ran for 62 televised episodes and 30 additional OVA episodes, while the 2011 anime will stop at 148 televised episodes).
* Creator/HayaoMiyazaki started the manga version of ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' in 1982, regularly stopping the comic - sometimes for over a year at a time - to work on his films (beginning, naturally, with the ''Nausicaa'' movie). Because of this, it took Miyazaki over 12 years to complete the manga.
* Technically happened with ''{{Trigun}}'', although it was sort of out of Yasuhiro Nightow's control: the original magazine the title was serialized in folded, and when he was hired by Young King Comics a year later they asked him to restart his old series instead of creating a new one.
* ''Manga/{{Nana}}'' went on hiatus in 2009, as [[Creator/AiYazawa the author]] had some health problems. She has since recovered, but has not yet given word on when or if she will continue the manga.
* ''Gamerz Heaven'' appears to be on hiatus, but some speculate that the non sequitur cliffhanger the last chapter finished with could just be a [[GainaxEnding really, really lame ending]].
* At the end of March 2013, Gangan Online announced ''Manga/ShindereShoujoToKodokuNaShinigami'' had been put on indefinite hiatus due to the author having a sudden illness.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' rarely takes longer hiatuses (among the few examples are one month's hiatus before the TimeSkip and a couple of weeks when Oda was admitted to hospital), but it has become rather well-known for taking many more breaks than most of the other big shonen series. Currently, it is usually on break every fourth or fifth week (sometimes even more often). Sometimes it's because Oda is doing research, but other times no reason is given. Fans like joke that the hiatuses are to spend more time with his rather attractive wife.
* ''Manga/SangatsuNoLion'' entered hiatus upon reaching its 97th chapter due to the author needing surgery for an unspecified reason.
* ''Manga/HibikiNoMahou'' was on hiatus from 2007 to 2013. There were ''a few'' chapters released in between, in 2008 and 2011 respectively, but it did not resume regular publication until early 2013, and has been coming out on a fairly consistent bimonthly schedule since then.
* ''Manga/{{X1999}}'' remain in a hiatus since 2003. There were talks of CLAMP planning to continue the series as long as there's a magazine willing to publish it. But since it's nearly a decade already, with several of their [[TsubasaReservoirChronicle old series]] [[Manga/{{Xxxholic}} coming]] [[Manga/LegalDrug back]], ''X/1999'' remains incomplete. Let's just say that CLAMP is notorious for this where several of their works are put on hiatus.
* ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'' went on an indefinite hiatus quite literally in the middle of a chapter: the first half of chapter 31 was published in June 2013, and the fans have been waiting for the second one ever since. The hiatus had multiple possible reasons, ranging from the BrokenBase caused by the manga among long-time fans, to the main writer having to juggle ''another'' on-going [[Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid manga in the same continuity]], its anime adaptation, and a whole bunch of assorted media for the ''Manga/NanohaINNOCENT'' spin-offs.
* After the first half of ''Literature/{{Gate}}'' Season 1 aired in 2015, the series took a break and will resume in January 2016.

[[folder: Fan Works ]]

* ''FanFic/NobodyDies'' got hit with this hard in February of 2012, where after chapter 110, it simply stopped updating for months. When questioned, the author responded that he had written himself into a corner and was trying to work out how to get the story back on track. As of January 2013, he may have found his answer, as he has seemingly once again posted some story updates.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/AllCreaturesGreatAndSmall'' went on one of these from 1982 to 1988, with two {{Christmas Episode}}s in between.
* Happened to ''Series/DoctorWho'' in the mid-80s; it was rested for 18 months. It then went on a much longer one in 1989, which lasted ''16 years'' (minus a TV movie in 1996, giving the world the gift of the Eighth Doctor). A similar thing happened in 2009; although five specials were produced after the Series 4 finale, the fifth series didn't air until 2010. This was in part to allow for a smoother transition to the new production team.
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' did this this between ''Children of Earth'' (2009) and ''[[Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay Miracle Day]]'' (2011), because the producers needed to find an American network to take on the show in conjunction with the BBC.
* The producers of ''ThankGodYoureHere'' took a break for a year before bringing the show back for a fourth season.
* The first season of ''Series/ThreeTwoOneContact'' aired in 1980, but due to funding constraints, the series went into reruns until 1983.
* ''Series/AlloAllo'' went on a two year hiatus from 1989 after lead actor Gordon Kaye suffered a horrific head injury, putting the entire future of the series in doubt. He went on to make a full recovery and the show successfully returned for 3 more seasons.


[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* The best known cases in print comics were the more-than-yearlong breaks taken by [[{{Doonesbury}} Garry Trudeau]] in 1983 and [[TheFarSide Gary Larson]] in 1989, and the shorter breaks taken by [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes Bill Watterson]] in 1991 and 1994 and [[{{Peanuts}} Charles Schulz]] in late 1997. In the business, these are known as "sabbaticals".
** Trudeau has gone on week-long vacations every now and then since the long break, with reruns being published in place. He also took a 3-month break in 2008. ''Doonsbury'' has been on "long-term hiatus" since Feb. 2014, due to Trudeau focusing his energies on ''Series/AlphaHouse'' (Sunday strips are new).
* Tom Pappalardo published the comic strip ''Whiskey! Tango! Foxtrot!'' from 2007-2008, took a year off, and returned in 2010 with a retooled layout, renaming it ''TheOptimist''.


[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* The author of ''Webcomic/CaseyAndAndy'' announced that he was planning to leave the comic alone for an indefinite amount of time while he worked on his other project, ''Cheshire Crossing''. He did later return and finish it.
* The author of ''Webcomic/{{Collar 6}}'' took a one week hiatus after he completing the 100th strip.
* Maritza Campos of ''Webcomic/CollegeRoomiesFromHell'' takes off the first two and last two weeks of each year (though she had to start the hiatus in 2006 several weeks earlier due to health issues). She also took several weeks off after the birth of her first child.
* ''Webcomic/{{Earthsong}}'' has gone on a number of hiatuses in the past. The author getting married and going on honeymoon caused one of them.
* Josh Sortelli of ''Webcomic/ElfOnlyInn'' has taken lengthy breaks from production of his webcomic, up to several years on one occasion.
* Dan Shive of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' took two months off at the end of 2006 to catch up on his StripBuffer and attend to personal issues.
** And takes several more on a regular basis due to deciding he doesn't like his buffer anymore and redoing it
* The webcomic ''Eversummer Eve'' has a long and tortured history online. It had been running for several years before Denise Jones moved new updates and its archive to subscription-site [=WirePop=], where it helped launch the site. The comic eventually hit ScheduleSlip in 2007 without notice, quietly leaving the site in early 2008. The comic has not been updated since, and the author has since indicated on Deviant Art that it's on hiatus, but she intends to come back to it and remake/reboot it at some undetermined point in time.
* When Chapter 14 of ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' finished in September 2007, the series went on a hiatus InNameOnly. The regular comic didn't update for two weeks, but bonus material, including a few {{Guest Strip}}s, were posted ''every weekday'' (whereas the regular comic only updates three times a week). Tom Siddell explained that the break was supposed to represent the protagonists' summer holiday, so the time skip between Chapters 14 and 15 wouldn't feel so abrupt.
* ''Webcomic/HelloCthulhu'', thought to be an [[OrphanedSeries orphan]], was updated a whopping ''year-and-a-half'' after the 85th strip. Hopefully we'll get some more strips by 2015.
* ''[[http://www.jaydenandcrusader.com Jayden and Crusader]]'' experienced a hiatus between January and May 2008 in an effort to improve artistic ability before continuing.
* Mike Shapiro, author of ''[[http://joe-the-circle.com/ Joe The Circle]]'', mysteriously ceased his already-sporadic updates on his comic in July 2002. To the frank astonishment of both his readers and his characters, he unexpectedly [[http://joe-the-circle.com/comic/?p=116 resumed updates]]... in ''September 2006''. Thus, at four years and two months, Mike has one of the longest non-permanent hiatuses of a webcomic.
** And, unfortunately, he stopped again shortly afterward.
* ''Webcomic/KeychainOfCreation'' was forced onto hiatus after 383 strips due to the artist getting tendonitis. Due to the chronic nature of the aliment the hiatus may [[OrphanedSeries become permament]].
* ''Webcomic/TheLifeOfNobTMouse'' went on hiatus for ''eight years'', but has since been running along nicely and now updates three times a week.
* Christopher Livingston, author of ''[[http://livinginoblivion.wordpress.com/ Livin' in Oblivion]]'', started a hiatus titled, startlingly, "Hiatus". Two months later, an update, then nothing. He still sporadically updates, but with no schedule.
* ''[[http://www.livingwithinsanity.com/index Living With Insanity]]'' took one while David was on vacation with no internet access and Paul was doing some work for Oni Press. Other than that, no major problems.
* ''Webcomic/{{Loserz}}'' went on hiatus several times, for durations of two to four months, mostly in winter. On the other hand, when it was alive, it often updated daily.
* ''Webcomic/{{Megatokyo}}'' actually does do this on occasion, but due to Fred Gallagher's notorious ScheduleSlip, it's hard to tell the difference.
* ''Webcomic/{{Melonpool}}'' ended up getting a couple large breaks, with many of them flat out abandoning the material that it went on hiatus with.
* ''Webcomic/MountainTime'' took a hiatus that was later "explained" in a special [[http://mountaincomics.com/travelogue/ travelogue feature]].
* Due to his chronic illness, Rich Burlew of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' took a few weeks' break from the comic, once he reached [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0484.html the end of the "War and XPs" story arc]]. A brief hiatus is typical at the end of a story arc, but this one was longer than usual.
** Another hiatus ensued in mid to late 2012 due to an injury sustained to his drawing hand.
* ''Webcomic/SailorSun'': placed on hiatus due to the author moving to the middle east for job reasons, now at the vague statements of intent on the DeadFic scale. However his other, shorter, comic ''Webcomic/IDreamOfAJeanieBottle'' is randomly coughing up updates.
* [[http://skeletonscomic.blogspot.com Skeletons!]] did this after a ''ScheduleSlip'', but at least there's a strip that points out why.
* Pete Abrams of ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' is known to go on at least one major hiatus a year. The longest occurred shortly after the birth of his daughter and lasted over two months, during which time a number of other artists (including some mentioned in this very entry) drew filler strips for the site.
* ''Webcomic/WayfarersMoon'' in an [[LampshadeHanging unusual subversion]]: The announcement for the hiatus included an announcement for an extra SpinOff comic once they would start up again.
* Anne Onymous of ''Webcomic/TheWotch'' took off the first six weeks of 2007 to recover from a serious personal problem. Another long hiatus began in August 2009. The series eventually resumed with a new artist taking over the drawing duties.
* ''The Prime of Ambition'' stopped in the middle of the most interesting part of a flashback in the very beginning. After 11 Jun 2008 the authors occasionally dropping in bonus materials, sketchbook pages and teasers, until the [[StronglyWordedLetter #bpspill]] page on 4 Jul 2010 and ChristmasEpisode. A to-do list promising reanimation of the comic in the first days of October appeared only 16 Sep 2011 It wasn't, but at least to-do list got regular updates.
* Xin, who draws ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'', took time off in November 2011 to deal with her dying mother. During this time, the text only "Inner Peace (Through Superior Firepower" was posted instead, which was set before the events of the main comic.
* ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily'' went on a brief hiatus shortly before the 400th comic due to Matthew Taranto's health problems. A second one was announced immediately after the Christmas comic, set to last a little over a month.
* ''Webcomic/{{Unsounded}}''. As the author puts it between chapter 5 and 6:
-->Long time readers know I take a one month break between chapters to recharge my batteries and fluff the page buffer, allowing me to keep the awesome three updates a week schedule. It's for the best
* ''Webcomic/SidequestStory'' went into what was supposed to be a brief one-month hiatus, but which ended up lasting almost a year. Luckily, it got back to updating weekly again after that.
** ..Only to slip back into hiatus again a few months later. As of May 6th 2014, the comic has been in hiatus for 1 year.
* ''Webcomic/ALessonIsLearnedButTheDamageIsIrreversible'' stopped updating in May 2006 and returned in December 2012. That's six years and seven months!
* ''Webcomic/TheFuzzyFive'' announced a hiatus in August 2012. As of June 2014, no indication of a return date.
* ''Webcomic/FluffyBunnyDomination'' recently went on a 5 week hiatus. Time will tell if it is permanent or not.
* ''Webcomic/AvasDemon'' is on hiatus until early January so the author can work on its books.
* ''Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures'' has undergone a few hiatuses in the past as creator Andrew Hussie has worked on sizable projects related to the comic. In the later years, they even got their own names. Those include:
** A relatively unknown hiatus between ''Bard Quest'' and ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth'', lasting from July 2007 to March 2008.
** A hiatus in September to October 2011 to work on ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''[='=]s 13 minute-long animated update, Cascade.
** An unnamed hiatus from August to September 2012; famous for starting the trend of ''Homestuck'' fans making weird sprite edits during the pauses. It concluded with a large-scale walkaround featuring the fan-favorite Beforus trolls.
** The Megapause, the first "named" pause of ''Homestuck'', lasting from April to June of 2013. It concluded with Caliborn revealing "HOMOSUCK.", an AffectionateParody of the webcomic it's in.
** The Gigapause, the longest pause by far, lasting an entire year from October 2013 to October 2014; Hussie originally intended to finish the entire comic in this time before posting the ending all at once, but he ended up not getting as much work done as he expected, so he ended the hiatus prematurely and just returned to regular updates.
** The Masterpause, from January to April 2015; it is named for having concluded with "Caliborn's Masterpiece".
** The Omegapause, the current pause which started in July 2015. Hussie currently expects this to be the last pause before ''Homestuck'' is completed, but he is known to have been wrong on this matter. His current prediction is for it to end on April 2016, which would also make it one of the longest hiatuses.
** Then there's the ''Webcomic/ParadoxSpace'' hiatus, starting April 2015, initiated because that comic was costing way too much and not generating any significant revenue.
* ''Webcomic/OwMySanity'' has been on indefinite hiatus since 2011, so that the author can focus on projects such as Literature/TenGhost, that will actually allow him to buy food.


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* WebVideo/ThatDudeInTheSuede left Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses for a two-year hiatus in January 2009 in order to do missionary work. His return was pushed back to May, and when he still failed to return to the site rumors sprang up that he was doubting coming back at all - and even confirmed them. In reality, his delayed return was tied to delays in TGWTG's [[WebVideo/SuburbanKnights third anniversary special]]. On June 30th, at the end of ''WebVideo/SuburbanKnights'' part five, Suede revealed himself shocking everyone who believed the rumors thus pulling off a long-term prank. On July 8, Suede released a trailer announcing he would be making more video reviews for TGWTG.
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' has been known to have long gaps in between updates, especially when The Brothers Chaps were working on the video game. Notably, the series has been plagued with a dead period from December 22, 2010 to July 18, 2013; a period of two and a half years without a single flash cartoon, and it's debatable whether the hiatus has been officially broken yet, as the months immediately before and after that have been very, very scarce in new content.
** A new email IS coming, however, [[http://twitter.com/#!/ronginald/statuses/174295231376785409 someday, when we're not expecting it]].
* ''SuperMarioBrosZ'' was put on an indefinite hiatus due to an unspecified "real-life problem" up until its cancellation in 2012.
* [[WebVideo/ACoupleofCuntsintheCountryside A Couple of Cunts in the Countryside]] released no videos between September 2012 and May 2014, due to various RealLife incidents.
* The ''Machinima/YogscastMinecraftSeries'' has a case of this with ''Shadow of Israphel''. When the series seemed to abruptly stop putting out new episodes in the middle of season three, there were/was/is lots of speculation that it had become an Orphaned Series. LetsPlay/LewisBrindley has said that it simply can't be continued at the moment because of real life constraints and some of the original crew not being around anymore (not that it stopped complaining about SOI's hiatus or speculation he was lying, contributing to ArtistDisillusionment). Every once in awhile they throw in a Shout-Out in some of their other series alluding to/joking about SOI taking so long/being constantly delayed.


[[folder:Western Animation]]

* ''WesternAnimation/{{Grojband}}'' is currently on a mid-season hiatus in both the US and Canada (For the former it happened after CN ran out of episodes after "Six Strings of Evil" aired) and it's possibly even longer thanks to ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'' airing, and if ''Grojband'' resurfaces with new episodes, the next episode (In which Peaceville is now un-flooded) could begin with Corey saying [[VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising "Sorry to keep you waiting, everyone!"]].
* In addition to the year-long hiatus between seasons 4 and 5, the second half of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'''s fifth season has been pushed back to at least October 2015, after ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames'' airs on Discovery Family. This is also apparently to match the two holiday episodes (Scare Master and Hearth Breakers) with their real-world counterpart's dates.