As I progress through the story, I’ll be changing the background image. I wanted to have the background complete at the time I published the first page of the comic, but I think that was wishful thinking. Instead, it’s just a sketch of what I want. Oh well. Keep moving forward.
Also about the background, but in a different meaning… A few years ago, I had made an android app which ended up being a flop. Scoundrel’s Cross. Based in the same universe, some time quite in the past.
The artwork was great, no problems there. I had hired that work out as even of this post, I don’t consider myself to be a good artist. I had spent all I could on one.
The code was solid as far as I know, no bugs. I think there might be bugs with the new version of android, but I’ve long since refunded everyone and abandoned it. I even uploaded the source code on google code, which is also discontinued.
I had even had someone improve my writing. It was my story, but I didn’t do well in English class. So how could I get these stories out of my head and onto paper but having them sound good? I got a writer who took my initial story outline and improved it where needed. I could still tell my story.
The big issue with the app was that I was trying to tell a linear story in a choose your own adventure style. Plenty of games out there give you “choices” which in the end change the major story arc very little. I wanted to give a taste of a choice in the story without deviating too much from the main path I wanted the characters to take. My limited budget for the artwork meant I had little room to create alternate paths to give a good sense of freedom to the reader. In the end, it flopped.
What did I attempt to create if I had a bigger budget? Many paths where you influence the main character as if you were Fate. You did not control the character, but simply gave the character choices. So instead of coming to a cross roads where you can either go to the beach to relax or go into a cave to explore treasure, you could open doors or reveal a hidden weapon for the character to use. Why is this different? Because the character has their own thief like personality and will stay in character throughout the story. You could influence them to take advantage of a situation and make the story darker (revealing a weapon where they use it to kill a guard), or have the wind blow to reveal a secret passage that lets them avoid an ambush. Each path, should it be a 100% linear story, should be believable in that the characters are acting the way you expect them to. In any sense, there were not enough paths and better games were already being released. I could have done well if I had made it a few years earlier, even with my own crappy artwork. But that’s for another timeline to discover.
All in all, I plan to return to that story and reboot it as a comic. But in the meantime, I decided to make a tie-in that pretty much nobody will get. Perhaps it allows me to create the comic, after this one, when they want to know who Vanya Thenidiel, Jonaithin the Justicar and the criminal.
This is my first attempt at posting a comic on a regular schedule. Well, it’s the first time in posting for any comic really. I’ve done sketches before, but not finished pages. The thinking behind this is that since I’m posting something in a finished capacity, this will keep me motivated to get more done. My fight against procrastination.
First post will be May 29th and every Friday after that. Once I get better and more efficient, I’ll post more frequently. On the 29 th, I’ll also open up my patreon profile as a creator. Right now I only have a single page completed for posting. I’ll need to get my queue built up so I don’t miss any Fridays. If I get enough done, the first page won’t just be the cover page.
This is new territory for me. I’ll try not to show I’m too scared.
Character concepts have started. Once ready, I’ll post them. I’ve begun the concepts for Vanya, the protagonist of the Metro Mage story. Also, I’ve started the concept for at least the cloaked version of the antagonist, who’s name is still unknown at this point. The first 6 pages of the comic have been written out, just not drawn up. Time will tell as to how fast I can push out pages.
It’s also going to be rough, this is my first attempt at real artwork. I figured I can’t sit and wait until I’m good to do the story I want, I’ll just simply be waiting with nothing to show for it. I need to take the first step if I want to get good at this.