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Comicon coming up in Texarkana

Costume’s almost finished, and I’m excited to get back to the convention and network with more creators. I thought maybe I could use a writer to help me with my comic, and while that might be nice, I realized that while my abilities are limited, I can make comics by myself, at least in this stage in my life. So I’m more of a cartoonist than a writer or artist, although I do those things, too.

I feel better about it. Even though I have a lot to learn in both aspects of cartooning, it’s a goal that doesn’t depend on anyone but God and me. I read a book once that said,”Pray like it depends on God, and work like it depends on you” I think that’s a good attitude to have.

What’s the verse? “Cast your bread on the waters, and after many days it will return to you” I’m not sure if that’s the most appropriate one, as I’m not sure I understand it. I think it means do your best at everything and be generous with what you have, and you will be repaid. So that’s one of the lessons I’m working on.

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In addition, it appears a lot of you are reading the comic around 3 pm. So I’ve moved up the update time to reflect that. Granted, there’s only so early I can go without shortening it to more than once a week, but we’ll work on it. For now comic updates Friday at 3 pm. Thanks for reading my comic!

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So Weird

It’s weird looking at the current comic on the website. I already know what’s going to happen, and I’d like to think that I have improved in the month or so of making them. The one I’m about to upload is, I feel, better in quality than the one you’re reading right now.

Then again, as I make them, I’m reminded that this a life long journey, even if it remains a hobby. I see flaws, get stuck wondering how to make the page on my computer look like the page or even its shadow in my mind.

Thanks for reading. I experimented with some advertising today, so maybe that will garner a few more fans. I think that the best thing to do is to keep practicing, to keep making comics, as I will reap the rewards only through perseverance and hard work, even if that reward is only a great comic, and not money or notoriety.

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What’s up with me

Hey. Thanks for reading the web comic. Without getting too much into my personal life (which is not what this site is about), I just wanted to post maybe a monthly entry to let you know what’s going on.

The comic’s going well, right now it’s buffered up to 3 weeks. If I get it a month buffer, I might try and update twice  a week. No guarantee here, but that might make it better for you guys. More content, especially quality content, is the reason you come here.

You’ll note we’re changing themes to My Editor is a Dragon. When I first put the comic on smackjeeves, I would occasionally change what it was about. I’d have an idea for a related comic in the same universe, and start writing scripts for it and creating comics with it.

There is a limit to the number of settings/themes you’ll see here, so don’t think I’m going to throw you into something completely new every few months. There are only 4 settings:

Trouble in Othello

Makai Mart

Theodyssey

& My Editor is a Dragon.

Every one of the comics is set in one of these. Makai Mart includes Mordred and Makai, and Trouble in Othello reads like an actual book instead of just having panels updated every week. I’ve done Trouble in Othello twice, and it’s based on a tabletop module I made a few years back.

We did a lot of Theodyssey, so, after we’ve published a good bit of MEIAD (My editor is a dragon), I’d like to go back to Makai Mart and really work with the settings, Frost, and some other characters.

That’s what I’m up to comic wise. Hope all is well with you. It would be cool to have a guest strip every once in a while, too. In addition, I’m publishing the comic on Tapastic as well to gain more exposure for it. While the quality of the work is generally improving, I’m trying to draw and write every day to get better on all aspects of the comic.

 

Thanks for reading, and  enjoy!

 

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Shifting of Update Times

4-20-2016

I’ve look at the site analytics and discovered that most people look for the comic to update at Friday around 5:00 pm. So I’ve shifted the buffer to reflect this. From now on the comic should update at that time. We’ll see if it’s harder to keep up with the updates, but I don’t think it’ll be a big problem, Lord willing.

I’ve made several different settings that I’ve used over the past two years (as seen on smackjeeves). I’m going to push my writing and try to change settings as little as possible, but eventually the comic’s focus will shift.

I’ll lay out the premises.

1) Makai Mart-a convenience store run by spirits in a post-apocalyptic world with feral humans featuring John Frost, a winter spirit who works frozen.

Update-World Tree restores the world and the humans, in Ai, a dual world resembling a d-orbital electron.

2) My editor is a dragon-Trem is a writer/wizard who lives with his editor, a fiery dragon. They mostly rely on each other for mutual protection.

Update-After the Avatar of Imbalance shows up, things get a bit hairy for our duo, as they face increased tension on their relationships and in their individual lives.

3) Trouble in Othello-An X-files light setting where metahumans are appearing and a private security company, Seed Sower, seeks to keep the peace and maintain the appearance of normalcy.

Update-see The Unlikely Shop Keeper and the Red Wizard for this storyline. The previous setting in the list

4) Theodyssey-The Multiverse is destroyed by a plague called Pandora. God seems to have vanished. An archangel named Thron creates a pocket realm for the other angels and seeks to restore the worlds by searching for other gods and artifacts and adding their power to his own.

Update-Current setting

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Finished next week’s comic

Got the comic done. Still, I need to do two a week. I found myself not wanting to do it. The hobby isn’t as fun as it used to be. Still, to get to a professional level, I must press on. Sorry for the double post, Facebook friends.

It’s taking me a lot less time to do them, but a lot of the reason the art is improving is because of art class. Well, again, thanks for reading.

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Direction

I think my universe is just a little too happy. Not quite enough tension. So I’m going to craft hardships for my characters. They will hopefully overcome, but we’ll see how it plays out. I feel like that’s intentionally stacking the deck against them. If they were doomed to fail, perhaps that would be the case. I think I’ll start with John Frost. Move to Othello, then Ai, and finally Libras and its moon.

We’ll see how it goes. I’m also looking to do another 8-10 page comic, this time with collaboration. So if you’re interested, shoot me an email. My FB post pretty much describes what I have in mind.

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A bit of digital art?

oc scientist

If you know me, you know I’m a Tenchi fan. I think this is original enough to post. I didn’t use any reference pictures, although I did spend a bit surfing the web to get a feel for the source.

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Working

Working on the script for the webcomic. Later today I’d like to make another mini-page.  They’re pretty time consuming if they’re the size of a screen. This one is a bit smaller. You’ll see it in two weeks, but the one for next Saturday is quite good. I’m pretty pleased.

Do you guys care if you see personal posts on this site? Or would you prefer to keep the comic compartmentalized?

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What no one can steal

When I was a younger writer, I was convinced that someone had stolen my idea. Now, that isn’t my concern anymore. What no one can steal, is your perspective. Take the following comics as an example: Garfield, and Get Fuzzy. Same setup. A neurotic man has a dog and a cat that “talk” to him and each other. Although they have the same premise, they are very, very different.

Someone stole your idea for a novel? I’m sorry. Took your screenplay? That’s awful. Write it, draw it, make it anyway. Remember the story of the goose that laid the golden eggs, only modify it.  If someone gets a golden egg, what they don’t have is you, the goose who made it. You can always create more. Someone stealing from you  means that you have something worth saying, and eventually, someone is going to start listening. You may never be a New York Times best seller, but the more you invest in your art, the more of a master you become.

As I write, this proverb came to mind:

http://biblehub.com/proverbs/22-29.htm

“Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank.”

The important thing is to keep creating. You’ll have bad days, block, things that don’t look right, but if you persist, you will repay yourself in your craft.

They can’t steal your perspective, and they can’t copy your life that colors your work.

Hope that helps.

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Experimentation

Okay, I’ve got the latest comic almost done, but I think I’m going to try and expand it into three comics. My small fanbase is complaining of incomprehensibility of my work. I either need to slow it down, explain more, or do pages again. Or else, work on a strip where I try to come up with jokes. I’m not funny intentionally, so I’m going to try to expand this. So when you see the comic with the Light and Darkness embodiments, expect to see them expanded. I’ll then ask my readers to read both, and see if they prefer the latter. I may have to increase the length of the panels (vertically) for a more cohesive effect.

Thanks for reading. This will probably be the last blog entry that posts to facebook. I’m working with a great company, but I don’t want something from my creative work to negatively affect my job. I may change this decision later. I’ll probably need to make an RSS feed for my offline audience to keep up with, since it won’t be on facebook.