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You may notice that after all my talk about building a buffer, I dropped off the face of the earth for a minute again with no new pages once it ran out.
The honest reason for that is because I haven't finished any new pages beyond the last update. I have a handful that are just in need of screentones and text, but as I was working on the next one that was supposed to go up, I just stopped. I don't know if I just got frustrated with it, or what, but I just couldn't look at the thing anymore.
The truth is, I don't think I've been happy with the way this project has been going for a long time. I feel like I've just been slogging along, trying to save something I started drawing when I was 13 and didn't have a plan for beyond the first chapter. Obviously it's expanded drastically since then; I have a middle and end for the story, a lot more lore and worldbuilding stuff, and have spent a lot of time getting to know the characters.
But actually physically drawing the comic is just painful anymore, especially when I think about the fact that in 13 years, I've only gotten a little over a third of it done (and then proceed to nearly have an anxiety attack). I know I can do better than spending another untold amount of years spinning my wheels on this thing. I'm not tired of the world, or the characters, or the story. But I am tired of the way I'm telling it.
So I'm scrapping it. And starting over.
I know this sounds like a big, sudden decision, but it's something I've thought about on numerous occasions over the past several years but could never bring myself to actually do.
Here's the good news: DC isn't going away forever. It will be back. Give me a few months to reorganize and lay the groundwork. I'm shooting for sometime this summer. I've already re-written a story summary, have a partial chapter-by-chapter outline, and the first couple of chapters reworked, and I think it already looks way better than it did the first time just because I actually know where I'm going with it. I'm tightening up the plot from the beginning, and while I think a lot of key events are going to play out similarly, it's going to be a lot less wandering around and I'm nixing some elements that I never liked or became irrelevant over time. My goal is also for it to be able to move much, much faster--I'm shooting for 5-6 years from start to finish. This is going to be a full-scale, ground-up reboot, and I think it's going to be way, way better.
That said, when it does come back, here are some things you should know: First and foremost, it won't be a comic in the traditional sense. I'm not exactly sure of the format yet; I know it will still be a healthy combination of words and pictures, but just not a "comic" exactly. I want it to play out in a way that I can say "this part would make more sense written" or "this would make more sense drawn out" or even maybe "this would make more sense animated" if I'm feeling ambitious. I think it'll keep me from having to waste time drawing out every single line of script and be able to focus the art efforts on the important scenes (or maybe just a character making a funny face sometimes, who knows). To reiterate, though, for those who are worried: THERE WILL STILL BE ART. LOTS OF IT. Like, to the point that I'm actually going to try to find a colorist to help out. Yes, you heard me, I plan for it to be in color this time around, which I know is a thing a lot of people have asked me for over the years (be careful what you wish for, I guess).
All of that aside, I'm not taking the comic or this site down or anything; it'll remain here for posterity. And while I do intend to eventually get a new website together, this will be where I post updates on where I'm at with it for the time being. You'll know when it launches, trust me. You're also welcome to follow me on Twitter @Hazumirein, if you're so inclined.
If you want some stuff to tide you over while I'm working on this, I have fixed the link to my novel, Kody, in the sidebar, so you can go read that if you want. I'm actually almost finished with the first book, so maybe I'll have at least one completed project under my belt. I also have a shorter, much more DC-esque fantasy story that I'm probably going to start posting on Tapas after that's done. I finished writing it years ago and it was originally going to be a comic, but that never panned out, so I might as well post the story version.
Anyway, I realize that some of you may not be on board with this whole thing and this might be the end of our relationship as fan and creator--and I totally get that. May you find other webcomics that make you happy.
Those of you that are going to stick around...thank you for your patience. I've learned a lot working on it for so long, so trust me when I say that the best is yet to come for DreamCatcher. Keep an eye out.
PS: Almost forgot! One of my goals this time around is to get some feedback on what I'm making before I post it everywhere, particularly in regards to story, so I'd like to recruit a couple of beta readers to give some constructive criticism as I go along. Experience would be great but is not necessary. If interested, PM me on Smackjeeves or shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (if I don't answer within a couple days, send it again).
Kudos for making the hard decision. I have been lurking and reading and I will keep this on my RSS feed to see where you decide to take this. Good luck and rememebr, it is meant to be fun, if it isn't fun then stop.
I found this comic through an ad on some other comic I check and got instantly hooked! You do whatever you feel is best for the comic and I’m sure that the majority of readers will follow along. Good luck on the future!
I'll stay on board, and will wait patiently for the reboot :)
I've been following this comic since I-can't-even-remember-when, so, I'm absolutely curious where this is going.
So, here's another fan you won't lose :)
Been a long-time lurker since the beginning, and I hope this re-write gives you the creative satisfaction and happiness you deserve! Whatever the medium it ends up as, I hope you're happier with your creation in the end! I can't wait to keep following this progress, you've done and gone through so much, and I'm glad to be a viewer. Cheers and see you when you return ^.^
I've always loved Dreamcatcher, and I suspect always will. It's sad to see the old end like this, but I'm more glad that you'll be still doing it, and in a way that makes you happier. So thanks for the last decade or so, and here's to a brighter future!
I've been reading the comic since its beginning days and I honestly cant believe how many years has been since its start. little more than a decade that really is incredible.
reworking an old story that was created by your young teenage imagination is hard and I've been there too. Making a reboot is completely understandable and honestly I think its the right choice.
I did the same thing with my current comic, although I only posted like 5 pages on smackjeeves LOL but the story itself wasn't finished and I had no idea where I was going with it. I was honestly hoping the plot will just come to me as I post pages haha. But I made the decision to drop my work on pages so I could rework the actual script. It has also been a decade since last I decided to do comic pages but I'm much happier with the way the story is progressing and cant wait to start posting up the updated pages once I get the first chapter done.
It's a tough decision but you're not killing the comic just revamping it. True fans will support you through this and I think you're making the right choice. Good luck with DC I'm looking forward to its new look :)
In a sense, I have given you my opinion on the matter. From my personal experience, a webcomic format change does not work well, although the fact that actual arting causes you trouble is rather worrysome.