Comic Post #019: That’s Some Remarkable Kickback

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Shifting gears a little this week, focusing more on getting comic work done as I’ve started to burn through my backlog a little more than I wanted to, so no major update for the RPG. In other news: I’M DOING SOME SLIGHT SHADING NOW! And will probably continue to do so for most of the future comics. I say most, because I do have some already drawn that I’ll post after this that I didn’t do shading on… You’ll probably know which ones those are when I post them… Nothing else notable to report, so I’ll see you next comic.

Comic Post #018: I Keep Telling You…

I think I was right in believing that you guys don’t actually read the words in my post… At least, if I base things off of what I ended up posting last week… Anywho… next comic:

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Yes, I went back to more than a single column for this one, if only because I wanted to do another double panel, and fitting that into a 13-panel document would have made the damn file big enough, that working on it would’ve been an incredibly slow and laggy on my sucky ass computer… And I just don’t have the patients for that. Also, you may have noticed I experimented with shading in this comic, both on the computer and during the drawing phase for the comic, and I’m thinking to myself: this wasn’t that hard to do, didn’t take that much extra time to do it, and it makes the comic look just a little nicer. So you can probably expect more of it in the future. I’m actually thinking of maybe just skipping the inking phase on the computer for the most part, and just go over my sketches with a pen, which is what I did for the double panel, because I think it turned out nice. (I would still probably use the computer to clean up mistakes though). Overall, I AM PLEASED with how this turned out. It was my biggest comic yet, and I was still able to get it up on time, especially considering I’ve been busy with other things: namely that RPG I mentioned making (last post if you didn’t read that!). I finally got RPG Maker onto this computer, and I’ve made some good progress on it, as I more or less have all of the playable character’s “simple” abilities up and running (ie, ones that don’t require a stupid amount of in-game scripting and coming up with my own formulas and junk for how they work). I think what is going to take the longest with this is definitely going to be creating all the art assets. I will say this right now: if I can find assets that work for the game, I WILL USE THEM instead of going out of my way to make them by scratch (that’s not to say I won’t make some modifications however to make them fit better. I’m not that lazy). And, because I can, here are some screen shots of the work in progress! Just keep in mind that a lot of the graphics aren’t quite finalized yet:

Screenshot Compilation

Top Left: Alex casting a spell called Bloody Retribution on a Mandragora

Top Right: Kitsiyuna casting a spell called Fox Fire Blast on a creature called a Cornossa (in game, that is going to be massive over kill)

Middle Left: Some enemies taking damage while preparing to attack

Middle Right: Alex, Kitsiyuna, and Kaz browsing the local “occult” shop where Alex buys all of his stuff, called Offworld Oddities (it’ll show up in the comic at some point)

Bottom Left: A look at some of the magic Alex knows

Bottom Right: A look at Alex’s equipment in addition to his status

Okay. I think that’s everything I wanted to go over again this week. I’ll probably post more screenshots alongside the comics as I get more done. I know the RPG is going to take a lot of work, even though I am aiming for something at the moment, but hopefully I’ll actually get around to finishing it eventually. With, that, I’ll see you next post.

Comic Post #017: Think Unhappy Thoughts

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In case it isn’t apparent yet, I like dark humor…

In other news, I’ve been finding myself with a lot of spare time on my hands recently, so I’ve been trying to come up with some more stuff for me to do to keep me from getting bored, because just doing the web comic isn’t quite cutting it. I do have an idea in mind for something I could do as a side project… and it could potentially involve you guys…! All 9 of you at this point… You see, in my spare time, I fiddle around with a lot of different programs on my computer that allow you to create your own stuff, essentially things like Photoshop, Illustrator, Fruity Loops and the like. Well, one such program, I’ve gotten pretty decent with considering I’ve been using it on and off for several years now. This program, is called RPG Maker. You guys have 3 guesses to figure out what it lets you do…

So basically, what I plan on doing alongside the web comic is making little episodic, mini-RPGs about Night Fox that I’ll try to find a way to link to my blog (because I don’t think I can upload zip files to the site) so that you guys could try them out… maybe…? These RPGs would go a little more in-depth into world building and the like, also elaborating on just what Alex and Kitsiyuna can and cannot do with their magic (because I feel I need to start listing just what specific abilities the duo have without bogging some comics down with exposition on the matter). So essentially, I would be doing it to get across a little bit more in-depth storytelling in regards for the “series”. Plus, doing it would allow me to get some more experience learning just what goes into designing a game, which IS something I’m interested in getting into… AT SOME POINT…

That idea is still in the planning stage for now though… (I still need to get the latest version of the program onto my current computer for starters), so don’t expect much on that for now. And speaking of games: E3 is next week for those who are interested. I’ve got plans to watch most of the conferences, though I’m going to be paying special attention to Nintendo. Because they’re going to be announcing a new Metroid game… I hope… you know, considering the last game was released IN 2007… (and anyone who tries to correct me saying that there was a game released in 2010: I will just flat out say you are wrong despite numerous angry forum posts across the web and death threats directed towards Yoshio Sakamoto as evidence to the contrary…) I bring this all up, because depending on how E3 does go, it just might affect my mood for next week’s post… just an FYI. (Like seriously, if there is no announcement for Metroid, I WILL SET SOMETHING ON FIRE…) All those random tidbits of stuff aside, that’s pretty much everything I wanted to say. If you guys are actually interested in the RPG idea, let me know. IF YOU GUYS ACTUALLY READ ALL THE WORDS OUTSIDE THE COMICS, let me know that too… (like seriously, I have no idea whether or not you guys just read the comic and ignore the actual text in the post). And with all that, I’ll see you next comic.