Cleaning up the Comic

Howdy folks!

I’ve finally had an editor go over the comic and they have given me feedback on stupid misspellings and punctuation mistakes.  I will be fixing these issues and re-uploading the comics one by one as I can get to them.  This will also allow me to tweak the speech bubbles a little bit too.

The story won’t change, and the art will stay the same.  I’m just polishing the comic so it doesn’t have silly errors that totally should have been avoided the first time around.

Be seeing you!

Clio’s New Look!

Thank you to the Patrons who voted for Clio’s new dress!
Everyone seemed to love the Whimsy dress by Wishbox! I honestly can’t blame them, it looks so cute on her! Now you folks know why I love Wishbox so much!
You’ll be seeing both Clio and her new outfit in the upcoming pages.
Stay tuned!
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If you would like to help me decide on future outfits, poses and settings for the comic, join us over on Patreon!  You only need to donate $3 a month to help out!

Happy Thanksgiving

I don’t really celebrate Columbus and pilgrims and all that jazz.  Not when there are Native Americans have suffered and continue to suffer because of this weird mindset that we are allowed to take what we want and ignore the suffering of those caught between us and our prize.  It’s not pretty and it’s not right.   #NoDAPL #StandWithStandingRock

That being said I DO like the idea of giving thanks for the good that is in your life.  Counting your blessings and realizing that despite the darkness in the world there are still things worth living for.

I am thankful for so much in my life and I know I couldn’t list everything even if I wanted to, so here are the most important ones in no particular order.

1.  I am thankful my grandparents are still alive.  They give the most amazing hugs.  I wouldn’t be who I am today without their influence in my life.

2.  I am thankful for a loving and understanding husband who supports my crazy ideas and loves me for who I am.  Even when who I am is cranky and stubborn.

3.  I am thankful that I have a job that I love and that allows me to work from home on my own schedule.  It has done a LOT for my mental health.

4.  I am thankful for creative outlets that keep me sane.

5.  I am thankful for a community of friends who love and support me and the opportunity to deepen those connections into something beautiful.

6.  I am thankful for my health.  So far, so good.  Much better than it has been.

There is so much I would like to add, but it’s late, and I really should be getting to bed.

May you always have something to be thankful for.

<3!

It’s the Little Things

I’ve spent the last three hours working on maps that may never be seen. They have the name of the planet, the names of the continents, regions, oceans and cities.
I’ve worked out the distance between each location and how long it would take to get there by land, by sea and by air. I know the terrain and how difficult it is. I’ve plotted roads, swamps, volcanoes and ruined cities.

I know the names of places before they were put to maps. I know why those ruined cities fell and where their people moved to afterwards.

I know my world very well.

The key to this is; most of this information you, the reader, will never know. The comic won’t touch on these topics unless I finish this story line, the next story line and maybe even the one after that. Even then there will still be areas of the world that will remain unexplored by anyone but myself.

I don’t mind this one bit. It makes the world a deeper place. Gives realism to the world outside of the characters themselves. When the crew of the Jeweled Heron go to a place, it has a rich history. It is there for a reason, and I hope that reason bleeds through the visuals if not the story itself.

I think it’s important when you are storytelling to delve into the world and tease out these little details. To truly explore the world. You never know when one of those details blossom into a lovely plot point.

It’s exciting for me to create a fully fleshed out world and I hope one day to share a few of these details with you!

Shortcuts and Script Edits

Getting that sim is going to be vital for this comic. I’m running into a lot of issues where my vision for the comic and the script that I have already created have to be edited and updated because I don’t have the set up for it.

For instance, I would LOVE to get a wide shot of Fairy right now with the jewel of the city Aedarwood shining like a beacon in the distance. It’s what I’ve scripted and I think it would be a beautiful panel.

But without the sim, I don’t HAVE a forest or a city to photograph. I have a variety of sims I am using to take the photographs I need. I would need to do some massive post processing work to cobble together something that would work.

So what do you do?

Get creative! Switch up angles and layout, adjust the script so that you can make it work. Push off that amazing shot for later in the comic and make it look FANTASTIC when you do it.

Oh, I am going to do it. It will be *stunning*

Until then, however, I get a chance to introduce you to the last of the crew that hasn’t been seen yet. That makes me just as excited! These people have been living in my head for AGES now. Time to let them live in yours too!

Let’s do this!

Since I’m starting this whole thing from the ground up, I figured I would take you all on the trip with me.

I’m looking at all sorts of different ways to promote my comic.  Word of mouth is the best way of course, but some of the other ways are pretty inventive too.

Most of the articles I’ve ready say you need at least 20 comics before you really start pushing advertising, this gets folks hooked into the plot and excited to read more.  I can see that, comic storytelling is a slower pace than simply writing it all out.  20 pages of a written novel moves much faster than 20 pages of graphics.

Luckily I have 28 pages out. (As of this article.)  I still want a few more before I really start getting the word out about the comic.  Some of the things I’m considering include Project Wonderful, The Webcomics List, Top Webcomics, and The Belfry WebComics Index.   I hear Reddit is a good place to get your comic noticed, but I don’t have an account, nor do I really want one.

There is a large group of folks from Second Life on Flickr but yahoo won’t let me log into my flickr account and their customer service is nearly non-existent.  I would LIKE to post on flickr, but not until their issues are fixed.

There is always blog trades, working with other bloggers to promote each other’s sites, and I love the idea of that.  It’s what I started to do with my “Speaking of Comics” posts.  I’ll have to do some networking to see if I can find some folks who would like to reciprocate the efforts.

We are about $100 short of the first goal, which would allow me to rent the homestead I need to set up permanent structures for the comic and I know there are several folks who are waiting till payday to pledge.  I am so excited and really look forward to getting everything set up to make this process easier to do!

We can totally do this!

 

Want to help?  Check out my Patreon page!

How did I miss this?

This month’s Humble Bundle is DOCTOR WHO COMICS!

If you love Doctor Who (I do.) and you love comics (obviously), this is a wonderful thing to check out.  If you aren’t familiar with Humble Bundles its a great way to score some amazing books/comics/games on the cheap with a portion of the proceeds going to a charity of your choice.

I have gotten SO many wonderful comics this way.

Don’t miss it!

 

In the interest of full disclosure, I did *not* get paid to post this.  I just really love Doctor Who and comics and figured you might too!

 

Wallpapers Ahoy!

So many wallpapers!

If you are a $5 subscriber or higher you are going to have a field day with all the awesome wallpapers I am designing for you!  Characters, scenes, a really nice one of the Jeweled Heron herself.

I’m so excited!

*bounces*

Is there anything in particular you would like to see made into a wallpaper?  I am happy to take suggestions!