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Reply mitchellbravo, June 11th, 2017, 7:01 pm

It's been a while since we last saw Marie. Not for her, for her it's been like, two weeks.

Next page up next Monday!




This past semester was really heavy for me- I took more credits than you normally are supposed to because I had to fit them in before the fall (and adamantly refused to take a summer class again haha because that was horrible). Some big changes happening for me lately but they're all good, it's more of a relief of stressors than anything else.

There were some frustrating things about this page- things I used to be better at but my skills have deteriorated over the past few years due to lack of exercise- but there were some neat things too, for example the holes in the wood beams of the barn are actual holes I cut out of the paper just to try something different. Cutting paper is probably one of, if not the top of the list, of my least favorite craft/art activities, but I pushed through it and it wasn't too bad.

Like I said, the next page will be up next Monday, and the page after that will be up the following Monday. I haven't started the next scene yet, but life changes have necessitated a return to, like, having hobbies and my own life, so that'll hopefully guide me back to my desk more often. (Job stuff changing & not in a bad way).


I forget if I mentioned it last time but I'm also rewriting chapter 1, and will start redrawing it at some point. It should be shorter than it is now and more enjoyable and set things up a little better.


Anyway- Hope you all are doing well, and I'm glad to see a handful haven't unfaved the comic after such prolonged inactivity.


READER'S DISCUSSION:

Reply Squirreltastic-Blue, June 11th, 2017, 9:09 pm

The way you craft your comics sounds really different than most medias. I'd love to see it in action, like a video demonstrating the steps to a typical page with cut-out layers.

Reply Oly-RRR, June 11th, 2017, 11:15 pm

AAAAAAAAaaaaah I NEVER EXPECTED THIS SO SOON AND YOU NEVER TOLD ME!!!1 (And I didn't associate "finished colouring the page" with an update because you often work in bulk)

This makes me ridiculously happy. 8D

And Marie of all the characters, the wonderful strong-willed silly Marie <3 Those two weeks might as well have been months for her too, judging by her expression! :P

Also Marie is spot-on but it... doesn't have to be a bad thing. I mean we're used to looking at college at "the norm" but really you just have school years and whatever happens later, and it's a change for everyone. Grass is always greener on the other side, but higher education can be an equally bitter experience, especially in the long run.

I love those holes in the wall and the light shining out of it.

This feels awfully right. I dunno what I'll do when/if we both decide to bury our art tools and retire because I sort of get used to these times of (our both ) comics dormancy but then you update and I get so emotional I'm all gushing here.

Reply mitchellbravo, June 13th, 2017, 12:35 pm

@Squirreltastic-Blue: Glad to hear you appreciate it! I doubt I'll ever do a full stream or anything, and in the past when I've considered taking, like, checkpoint pictures I tend to forget partway through. But I'll try to get some next time I do something interesting.

@Oly-RRR: I was impressed with how fast the tail-end of the process went, it seemed like it took so long to sketch and ink everything, and then coloring just zipped by and editing was even faster....

I definitely agree with you that taking "another path" so to speak isn't bad. I think though especially for osmeone like her, she would have rather had a choice about what came next- not that she'd likely pick anything studious or posh, but she gets annoyed by changes she has no control over.

Yeah it got a bit gray there for a while, not necessarily a bad way but just a "not the right time yet" sort of way- I can see things picking up for me for a while and then deflating again once school stuff starts up. A few times in the past month or so I considered just stopping altogether but I guess the momentum isn't fully out of me yet :P

Reply Oly-RRR, June 13th, 2017, 6:11 pm

@mitchellbravo: Good point, a lack of choice can make even good options seem bad.

And yeaaah, up and down here too. I work on stuff and it seems fine but then I look at my overall progress after other things take their share of time and despair. XP

Reply Bluezilla, June 17th, 2017, 4:10 am

My first thought here was, "Marie," in that very loving and frustrated tone of a friend, as though she's some person i've known for a long time and have just got back to...only to see that she's the same loveable moron she always was.

I just read your 'final 2016' post and am so happy that you're going to be continuing work! Your comic inspires me (to persevere in my art projects, and to do more art in traditional media), and I think it's one of the most interesting underrepresented comics out there, and I'm so glad I found it, and so glad you keep working year after year. Hooray! I look forward to new pages as always. I feel as though these characters remind me of my friends in high school in the best way, with their closeness, their quirks, and the things that drive them apart... and i feel like i know each of them a little better each page.

I'm just gonna gush here, obviously... so just, yay for new pages!

Reply mitchellbravo, June 20th, 2017, 8:25 pm

@Bluezilla: ;;;;;;;; THANK YOU for leaving such a lovely and uplifting comment!!!! So glad to still have you on board as a reader after so many breaks and hiatuses.... I'm not gonna lie, these past few months I came close to, as far as I could tell, hanging up my hat for good, but it seems like things swing one way and then swing back... There's storylines that are coming up down the way that I'm particularly excited about, it's just... very different from where I had intended to take the story a few years ago.

I'm so flattered to hear that Loud Era inspires you!!!! It's been a rough road for me and I've even had times- years ago mostly but still- where I wondered if I was an idiot for continuing to work traditionally when it seems to be a lot more work that way (well, in some ways). And your comments about feeling like you know my characters as people is really encouraging, as it's probably my main concern when I write- "Do these characters seem like real people? Are these actions believable?" etc.

THANK YOU FOR GUSHING :') :') :')


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