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Tulsileaf
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2023 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kiku is never fazed. Any setback is fleeting and soon forgotten.
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By-Tor & The Snow Dog
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2023 5:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm wondering how many fully drawn pages does one text and picture page cover? How much time does this format save for you? And how much does it speed up the story? 🤔
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Aja
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2023 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



Flashback fight!



Tulsileaf wrote:
Kiku is never fazed. Any setback is fleeting and soon forgotten.

A valuable life skill if ever there was one. Cheese!



By-Tor wrote:
I'm wondering how many fully drawn pages does one text and picture page cover?

So far, it seems like two or three on average.

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How much time does this format save for you?

For each individual page, sometimes several hours. And sometimes none, but in that case it's usually a double-length page (which I can do more often now!) with a lot of illustrations.

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And how much does it speed up the story? 🤔

Quite a bit! Considering my current drawing speed, we're already months ahead of where the story would be if I'd stuck with the comic-only format.

I still hope I can find some way to get faster, but even at this rate, the new format will make it possible to finish the story years sooner. (The 2100 ETA in that earlier news post was... not entirely a joke.)

Completely apart from the time thing, though, I think what I appreciate most is that there are no more "obligatory filler" panels.

A lot of earlier pages were (IMO) pretty cramped and boring to look at, because all the dialogue had to be in speech balloons, and then all the speech balloons needed some art wedged around them somewhere, which resulted in a lot of tiny panels with talking heads.

Now that I have the option to streamline some of the dialogue and minor actions into prose, I can choose to include artwork based on whether it will add entertainment value to the page and/or convey useful information. Grin There's also more room to make the important illustrations bigger, which is refreshing.

Anyway, I hope that the story is still enjoyable to read this way. I'll keep making it as good as I can!
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By-Tor & The Snow Dog
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2023 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, it's working. Thanks for the answers, by the way.
I'm glad this story is continuing, because I really want to know what happens next. I like the characters and the world, plus the situation is engaging. I'm looking forward to the 'fire benders' losing their fire powers. If that happens.
There are a lot of good but uncompleted webcomics out there, and it's kinda sad that they'll never be finished, so it's a welcome surprise when a webcomic starts back up. A good example is Tamuran. Dead for four+ years and looking like it'll never be done, it started up again two and a half years ago. Unfortunately many more remain silent.
(It seems that the really terrible webcomics never stop, they're just like the Energizer Bunny, keeping on spewing out dreck.)

Well, it's that time of year, so I'll say Happy Holidays to everyone.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2023 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for the positive comments! That is very encouraging.

Happy Holidays!
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Oubliette
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 09, 2023 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love the new format. Came back after a few months and there's all these great new pages Surprised
Great to hear about their shenanigans, wouldn't mind a spin off series thats just their at-home hijinks Nudge Nudge
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Aja
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2023 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



Welcome back, Oubliette!

You're in luck, since there may be additional hijinks starting a few pages from now. Nudge Nudge
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2023 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a delightful little fellow.
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Tulsileaf
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2023 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In Joe's defense, the scarecrow was really strong.

(Of course Kiku is a Linux enthusiast, and by Stallman's hoary beard, he'll see it installed everywhere. Toads need to be freeeeeeeee.)
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2023 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zin wrote:
What a delightful little fellow.

He even cheered up Henson! Truly a powerful little guy.

Tulsileaf wrote:
In Joe's defense, the scarecrow was really strong.

It had a well grounded stance, that's for sure. Cheese!



I hope everyone has a lovely holiday and New Year!
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