Written and Illustrated by Crux © 2015
First, happy new year!
I wanted to provide an update about the development progress for the comic. The first pass of thumbnails is complete, has been reviewed, and edited to account for initial feedback. (To avoid spoiling much, I'm only posting a single panel here, without dialogue.)
Presently, some 3D models are still being prepared. There are 4 new locations, with 1/4 of them having complete models at this time. This includes a school hallway, a full dorm dwelling, the campus library, and a mansion (exterior). These had to be planned out and sketched up, as well as modelled, and a good deal of research was done to make sure their architecture met certain guidelines and remains consistent. Additionally, these models are being made with the intent to be used repeatedly in future chapters. Even if an entire location doesn't need to be complete, a good deal of groundwork is being set so that less work is needed in the future.
Additionally, concept art has been sketched up for a fictional sport within the setting, as well as a product called a Buddy-Pack (a title coined by Bellum Aster), which is meant to carry smaller individuals.
In short, a lot of work is still being done for this upcoming chapter, and, once it's complete, all that'll be needed is taking photo reference, compositing the gathered reference with captured images of the 3D backgrounds, and then redoing the thumbnails to have better detail.
After that, the sketching process can begin, then inking, and then gray-scale coloring. It's important to remember that I want to complete ALL of the pages for this chapter first. You've noticed how long this chapter has taken in preparation alone, so I want to finish all of it, then post it on a regular basis, that way I have a backlog prepared. With that backlog, I can keep a steady stream of posts flowing while simultaneously working on the content that comes after this upcoming chapter.
I understand that this is quite a wait, hence why I've provided this update. I want you all to see the work I'm putting into this, to know that I still care, and to know that I am thankful for your understanding and patience.
I will continue to keep you updated, and will try to provide monthy updates as production moves along.
I wanted to provide a quick update since it's been a while. This comic is still in production. In fact, the first round of thumbnails for the next chapter have been completed and are in the process of being edited to have better compositions and text space. Once that is complete, photo reference will be gathered and 3D models for certain backgrounds will be prepared.
I will also be making some changes to older pages soon. Due to a lot of personal events, certain elements will need to be edited. Also, I'm no longer accepting applications for cameo characters. I've already collected quite a lot of applicants, and I'm very thankful. The survey link will be removed by next week from all webpages.
Additionally, I've taken a close look at the budget, and I've concluded that a new printer-scanner machine can be afforded. The current one is no longer supported by the manufacturer, so getting an up to date model would be ideal and help speed up production of the comic, as well as other personal art related projects.
Unfortunately, due to someone leaking content from my patreon out onto other websites, I will not be posting the Photoshop files, or high-definition versions of posted pages on my Patreon. I don't want to take the risk of someone printing and selling my art without my permission.
I am also in need of some personal time due to the difficult events of the year, but I will continue to work diligently on this comic, and may stream as I do so.
I'm intending to have work for the next chapter completed and ready for posting by late December of this year, or early January of next year. I'll be sure to post an update here as a specific date becomes more clear. If any issues arise, I will also post an update here. In particular, I'd like to have a backlog ready before I begin posting. If possible, I'd like to have the whole chapter completed before I post the next page. That way, I can work on the next chapter while just posting the new pages, and keep a good flow going.
Thank you all for your patience. I know the wait will be long, but please take the time to tend to your own goals. I can't wait to provide more content to you, and I want to make sure it's ready for presentation!