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We need to talk.

December 1st, 2016, 11:02 am

I Say...

Hazumirein says,

Okay.

So, you may have noticed that the pages I just posted look a bit...different...than usual, and that there has been a significant break between updates. That was a couple things; first I was on vacation, then I got caught up playing Pokemon Moon...and then I just kind of didn't care.

Alright, look. Right now, I work full-time and then some. And when I'm not at work, there are other things I like to do with my time that...aren't work on this comic. The 20 hours a week I've been needing to put into it to keep a 2-page a week update schedule has become more like another job that I don't actually get paid to do than a fun hobby. I've caught myself not only feeling bad for spending free time with my friends or playing video games, but even for working on other art or writing.

I've been thinking about this a lot lately, and the decision I've come to is that something has to give. That said, here's what I'm NOT planning on doing:

1) Quitting DC.
2) Having a huge timeframe between updates.

This is still a story I want to tell and finish AT SOME POINT, and it is literally NEVER going to happen at the rate I'm currently working at.

Here's what I am going to try: Changing up the art style.

Now, I have no intention of letting the pages look rushed or unprofessional, but dear GOD does what I've been doing up until now take a long time. I mean, it kinda sucks because I'm really pretty fond of the overall look of the comic in the last several chapters, but...it's just horribly inefficient and unless this ever becomes a full-time job that pays my bills, it's gonna have to become something a little less time-consuming if this comic is to continue at all.

SO. Bare with me as I spend the next several pages experimenting with inking and screentoning styles until I arrive at something that looks good but doesn't eat up every ounce of my time. I honestly don't think I'll change much about the lineart other than actually adding detail and shading for make up for simpler textures, like I did on this page. I expect to arrive at a more traditionally manga-esque style, ultimately.

All of that said, I would like feedback on all of this. Do you REALLY prefer that I stick with the old art at the cost of slower updates? Really like or dislike anything I did on these last two pages? Have suggestions? Please do leave a comment.

Anyway, with any luck, I'll see you guys Monday with...something resembling a comic page.

And You Say...

NikitaCougar says,

See no problem with the minor style change, if it helps you out, how can we complain. Been following you for a looooooong time, ain't goin nowhere

Captain Ghost says,

Do whatcha gotta do! /salutes
Will still be along for the ride.

steelCOYOTE says,

I'm here for the story and I don't really care how long it takes you to tell it. Don't go burning yourself out on our account, you've got a life to live too.

Maka152 says,

I really do not mind the new art style at all! Just make sure you can also take the time to care about yourself at the same time, kay?

SoulRaider116 says,

The last couple pages still looked awesome. Honestly, as long as it's not stick figures, I'm too interested at this point to care how you change up the art!

Timotheus (Guest) says,

New art styles are fine with me. The important thing is that YOU are happy with the results.
You are the creator, and your satisfaction is the principle payment you're going to get from this. So if you become unhappy with the story you'll stop doing it and we won't get to read it.
As it is obvious that those of us who have been following this story for as long as we have like it and your story telling style, whatever art style you feel happy with will be acceptable to us readers.
Therefore, experiment away and keep your interest fresh.

Archon (Guest) says,

The art seems fine. I don't think anyone minds the changes, if making them helps out on your end.

KingKomodo (Guest) says,

No issues with the new art style personally. And I will also say that as long as the story keeps moving I'm fine. Nothing worse than a never ending cliffhanger.

EstherQuesada says,

I get it

I went through a lot with mine too and I understand your position. In my case, I decided to upload a page every two weeks because it was the only way I could keep a decent schedule. I give previews to my patrons for that matter and they see the page before everybody else. That way, I'm always ahead on updates in case I can't finish the page a week. (There are always exceptions, of course). You can do pages with less pannels too, just like you do, and it will be easier. I don't know the programme you actualy use, but if it's Photoshop, you can still create your brushes and patterns to color the pages faster. I'll still be subscribed to your updates, so don't worry and take your time. Cheers!

NaginiFay says,

I am here for the story, not the art. Don't get me wrong, I love your art! But, I don't mind you changing it up, at all! Take good care of yourself!

Hyasynthetic (Guest) says,

I thought the last two pages looked really good. And, to echo others above me; I'm here for the story rather than the art. So I'll keep reading regardless of the decision you make.

Comments, anyone?