Night Fox – Comic Post #099: Heat Transfer

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Can I just say, I really hate how bi-polar the weather can be around where I live? One night, I’m struggling to fall asleep because its so freaking hot and I actually have to sleep above my sheets if I want to be at a reasonable temperature, and then the very next night, I have to cover up with extra blankets because now its too damn cold. Why can’t the damn weather every decide to actually settle in on what season it wants to be? It’s always bouncing in between summer and winter weather around here when it comes to the temperature… Despite the fact that we’re still well into the middle of spring…

Anyways, my little side project is certainly coming along… Well, coming along through the phase where I’m making up designs for everything at least… Though, as a quick little progress report, I still have more than about 70% of the stuff still needing to be designed and/ or “implemented”. So actually, I’m still kind of far off from finishing things up on this “phase”. I’m still not sure when I’m going to be comfortable to show off what I’m doing. That being said, it is going to tie into a certain plot point in the comic which is still going to be quite a few months off, so I’ve still got quite a bit of time to show it off before it stops being “relevant to the story”.

At any rate, I’ve rambled on enough, so until then, I’ll see you next comic.

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Night Fox – Comic Post #098: Cut To The Chase

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I’m just going to come on out in admit it: this entire encounter was pretty much all just a set up to let Kaz have a “cool” moment in the comic. It’s almost like I’m trying to set up his character as a guy whose a little unsatisfied with how boring his life is so he wants to go on cool adventures, or something like that… Who knows?

But in other news, I’m sort of thinking about taking up a bit of a side project to work on alongside the comic. I’m still in the planning stages of the thing for now, and for the most part, I’m going to be the only one working on it, so I have no idea how long it’s actually going to end up taking. Because again, still planning everything out to make sure that it’s not too unreasonable of a task for me to do, I’m not exactly going to be saying what specifically it is. That said, I will at least say it will tie into the comic in some form. Once I’m a little bit more confident about this side project, I might drop some more information on it, but I just want to say this now: it might not necessarily come to fruition. Anyways, now with that bit of news out of the way, I guess I’ll just see you next comic.

 

 

Night Fox – Comic Post #097: A Tough Break-Up

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So fun fact time about this little story beat here:

When I first was trying to come up with a good introductory story for the comic, I went through 3 different versions before I settled on the draft that I did. (Well technically, it was 7, but I’m not counting the 4 different Night Fox comics I drew each year in high school, because I ended up dropping those all for a very good reason i.e. they all REALLY sucked…) The first version I made as a web comic involved Alex and Kitsiyuna getting hired by Sabrina to track down her husband who had been abducted by an evil Spirit. I might’ve ended up using that draft were it not for the fact that I decided to keep it a secret that Kitsiyuna was a Spirit… for well over 60 pages worth of script…  Having to write around a secret identity like that for a main character made the story awkward at quite a few points for a plot twist that wasn’t even going to be that great to begin with. Plus, again, I had over 60 pages written for that opening story, which by all rights, was probably way too long (at the rate I’m doing comics, that “intro” would’ve probably taken at least a year to do). So you can probably see why I dropped that one, though I might revisit that story later as part of a flashback or something.

But that’s a bit of a tangent, the more pertinent bit here was my next attempt at doing an opening. The next draft actually started with a set up almost identical to this comic right here, give or take a few changed details (Kaz wasn’t involved originally, and the girlfriend was a little more sympathetic… But not by much). I even copied some of the dialogue word for word from that draft and reused it in this comic. Now, the reason I decided not to go with this one originally had more to do with what is coming up after this comic: it had a pretty long action sequence as they were chasing the guy down. I realized kind of early in drawing the action sequence, that I might’ve been biting of more than I could chew at the time. So I dropped that draft, and moved onto the 3rd version of the web comic, (the one I actually stuck with) which had a bigger focus on dialogue over action. For what I have planned for the next comic, I think I’ve learned my lesson just a bit, and reeled back in the chase sequence so that it’s only one comic long.

And there you have it, more insight into my writing process. The more you know, or something right? Because all of that was so riveting… At any rate, I’ll see you next comic.

Night Fox – Comic Post #096: Stalking Pretty Ladies

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I was hoping in the time it would take for me to type up this blog post, I would come up with something that is profound and interesting to say. I didn’t…

If you can name what I was trying to reference with that bit, you win the prize! …Which is of no monetary value at all, as it is merely the knowledge that you have my admiration for having played the same video game franchise I’ve played. Which really, who can put a value on that?

Anyways, there is a bit of an interesting little detail behind this, and the next 2 comics that do give them a little bit more significance in the grand scheme of things (at least in comparison to most of the other comics), but I’m being lazy, so I’ll save divulging what that detail is for next week. At any rate, I’ll see you next comic.