Night Fox – Comic Post #123: A Coincidental Meet-Up

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Look at that, finally back to Alex and Kitsiyuna again… And it only took like what, 2 and a half months? ‘member at the the beginning of the year I said the story would actually pick up the pace…? Boy, did I really miss the number on that now didn’t I? At least Sabrina is back again after having been absent from the comic for well over half a year (I believe the last time she showed up was comic 89…) No news on when Kaz is going to show up again however… That boy is just gonna have to wait his turn I guess…

Anyways, speaking of “story progress”, progress has been a little bit slow in regards to the “novel” I’m writing that’s supposed to tell how Alex and Kitsiyuna actually met. I figured I would’ve had the first chapter done by the time I had this comic posted, but unfortunately me for… I like to procrastinate a little bit too much when it comes to actually writing stuff… While it’s probably not going to be the end of the world that the first chapter isn’t done right now as it’s probably not going to be for another couple of weeks before I actually intended to get everything posted, I still do consider it a bit of a bad omen. To make matters worse, while I’ve been neglecting to write up the novel, I’ve also been neglecting to write up more comic scripts as well… Boy howdy, I’m just on top of things lately aren’t I? Though I guess one positive is that at the very least I have a small buffer of completed comics built up right now, so I do have time to work on writing some more without having to miss an update. That being said, it wouldn’t completely surprise me if at some point in the future I ended up taking a week off again from posting an update so I can give myself more time to get this stuff sorted and properly planned. We’ll just have to wait and see on that front.

At any rate, that’s all I needed to say this week, so until then, I’ll see you next comic.


Art Post – 3 Year Anniversary

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Night Fox 3rd Anniversary


I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this little milestone. I mean, 3 years of doing this comic with only like, what, 4 missed updates at this point is kinda impressive, so I guess I can’t get too disappointed with myself that I’ve been sticking to this for that long… Drawing a comic each week has pretty much become routine at this point. So routine, it almost feels like work for me at this point, which, considering I earn no money through this comic, is maybe not quite where I want to be right now. I guess I should be happy that I still do have a job that is so easy and non-demanding that I can still do this silly webcomic on the side, even if I only earn $100 a week. I guess that’s one reason why I’m not sure how I feel about doing this for 3 years: the amount of time (and I guess energy, though I would be lying if I said this comic was that demanding) I put into this is starting to really feel like it’s just not worth it. In all honesty, it felt like that after my first year of doing this, and I’ve only compounded that feeling by adding 2 more years to that. This was supposed to be something of a passion project for me, and quite frankly, I feel like I lost most of that passion a long time ago. So why keep doing this alleged “passion project” if the passion for it is gone? Well, simply put, this is a story I’ve been creating for years and I want to get it out there in some form or another…

Speaking of story, that brings me to my next point of why I don’t feel so accomplished with this accomplishment: I’m not satisfied with how I’m telling the story. First, if you’ve been reading any of the posts I’ve been doing alongside the comics, you’ve probably picked up on the fact that I feel like the plot of the comic has been going rather slow. There are times where I feel like the story is going at a snails pace, but I can’t make it go any faster without having to spend even more time writing and drawing so I can increase my comic output, and I don’t know if I could manage that. I essentially have to play the waiting game with my own story, which is an idea that I just absolutely hate. I could cut all of the filler comics that are just the characters screwing around, but then I would run into the problem of having to constantly think about how the plot is going to move forward from story beat to story beat. The filler is mostly there to give myself some extra time to really think those story beats through. And I feel that I REALLY need that extra time sometimes, as I already procrastinate a lot when it comes to writing. I’m very “particular” about the dialogue, which causes me to overthink the conversations the characters have, and makes me put off writing until the very last minute. Which, yah know, for a writer, is NOT A GOOD THING…

Compounding that issue with the comic’s pacing, is this constant desire I have to go back and redo the comic’s start. Mostly because the comic didn’t even start at the story’s intended beginning… You see. I come up with the premises to stories all the freaking time. I think of characters, and what kind of adventures those characters would get into all of the time… But, because I’m just so damn picky when it comes to my stuff, I can almost never settle on just how the stories even begin, and Night Fox was no exception. Which is why when I did finally scrounge up the courage to get this damn comic started, I just skipped the story’s intended beginning and just started from a point where Alex and Kitsiyuna already knew each other for a few months. I was fine with that decision at the time, because I just wanted to get something out there and stop constantly getting held up by the first hurdle. I thought at the time “There’s no way I’m even going to cover the entire story in this webcomic. I’ll eventually work my way towards my intended medium (which was an animated series at the time) after a couple of years, and then I’ll tell the whole story properly. It’s perfectly fine that I’m skipping the beginning for now…” As of now, I am no longer satisfied with that decision. If I really cared about telling this story, I should at least be able to tell its beginning.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to completely start over with this comic. I only want to temporarily step back, and tell the beginning parts of this story properly, and then go back to where I was originally. How much of the beginning events, I haven’t quite decided at this point. I know I definitely want to tell how Alex and Kitsiyuna formed their Pact, with the lastest story point that I would be willing to go back and cover is the duo meeting Sabrina for the first time. So anywhere between those two points would be fair game. I still need a little more time to plan all of this stuff out, but I’m thinking I’ll have something thought out as to just what the hell I’ll end up doing by the end of the month, or by the end of March if I get particularly held up. I might do it as a comic like I’ve been doing for these 3 years, but I’ve also considering changing things up a bit, and maybe approach it more like a light novel and do it mostly in writing. For now, since I have no definitive plans, we’ll just have to wait and see on that particular front…

With all of that said, I’ll end things here, so until then, I’ll see you next comic.


Night Fox – Comic Post #118: Planting The Seeds of Paranoia

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Would you look at that? I told you I was going to try to make this year of the comic more interesting… And wouldn’t you know it, MORE CONFLICT in the very first comic of the year! That’s like, progress or something…!

Though this time, the conflict is not so easily overcome with brute force alone, as it  comes from within! Will Alex’s newly found paranoia and distrust cause him to grow further and further apart from Kitsiyuna, falling right into Shira’s hands? Or will he be able to overcome his fears of Kitsiyuna’s mysterious past and bolster his Pact with her, falling right in line with Tenebrae’s plans? Either way, will Alex even be able to overcome his role as a mere pawn to the bigger players at work? Is Kitsiyuna even someone he should truly be trusting in the first place? All these questions and more, will be answered…. eventually…

But definitely not for a few weeks, because starting next week, we’re going to be checking back in on Angel and see what her and her little crew have been up to! Because isn’t that fun, continuing to add more and more story threads to the point that you can’t focus on any one of them, and as a result none of them end up going anywhere…? Aren’t I just the BEST writer you guys…? Hahahahahahahaugggggggggggggghhhhhhh……

Anyways,  that’s enough rambling for now, so until then, I’ll see you next comic.

Art Post – Stop Begging

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Night Fox - Stop Begging

Here’s just a random drawing I did of Kitsiyuna I had just sitting around on my computer for a couple of weeks. Mostly just did it because I was bored and felt like practicing drawing Kitsi at different angles, and I felt like it had been a while since I had drawn her in color. I eventually ended up added the second panel to it, because I then got an idea for a quick joke and decided to add it to the picture. Also, because why not? I’m thinking I might do more of these small little comics in the future when the mood strikes me. I don’t really have too much to say about this thing. I mostly only posted it in the first place because I had dated it to 2017, and I was like “Well, if I don’t post it THIS YEAR, I’ll just look silly posting it at a potential later date now won’t I?” And as we all know, it would be metaphysically impossible for me to change the date on this drawing, what with me being lazy and everything. Anywho, I know the year is about to end and all, but I really have no particularly interesting thoughts I feel like getting out there, and I really don’t feel like expending the energy at this second to come up with something, so I’m probably just going to leave the post at that. At any rate, have a happy new year, and I’ll see you next post.

Night Fox – Comic Post #117: You Don’t Know A Thing About Her…

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Kind of a depressing comic to go out on for 2017, huh?

Anyways, I already feel like I said enough about this time of the year as it is with the Christmas picture I did 2 weeks ago, so I’m going to keep this post is going to be kinda brief (that and the fact, that though this should be going up after Christmas, I drafted it before hand, so I can’t really talk about how the holiday went for me personally). At any rate, I’ve got one more random drawing of Kitsiyuna in the wings that I’m gonna post sometime before the new year, so that’s something you can keep an eye on if you actually care. And as for the comic itself: I’m gonna switch up the pace a bit for next year in a couple of ways that hopefully will make the comic more interesting. Once we get into 2018, after the first update of the year, the comic is going to go back and focus on Angel again for another change of pace. I’m going to lessen the amount of filler comics (they’ll still be some, but they won’t be a major focus like they were this year) so that some semblance of overarching story can actually form. I’ve got a lot of story beats that I’ve had planned for over a year now that should come to fruition next year as a result. Hopefully these changes in direction will improve the comic, at the very least from a story perspective. Hopefully…

Anyways, that’s pretty much it from me for the rest of 2017. If I can think of anything else pertinent, I’ll add it in the post with the drawing of Kitsiyuna later, but aside from that, that should be it. So until then, I’ll see you next comic.

Night Fox – Comic Post #116: A Buried Memory

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Hooooo boy… I had a hell of time getting this one ready to upload…

As you can probably tell, I do a vast majority of the comic in pencil because of how long my comics can get, so it allows me to work quickly. Then I scan in the drawing onto my laptop, usually in 2 to 3 scans because my sketchbook is a lot larger than my scanner. I then take the scans, put them all together in Photoshop, and make some adjustments to panels where I felt I did a particularly shit job of drawing. From there, I add all of the dialogue and speech bubbles in using Illustrator (because Photoshop’s shape tools suck ass), which is usually the last step (that is, aside from correcting any mistakes or screw ups I happen to catch before uploading, which does not happen as frequently as I’d like…) So, I do make some adjustments digitally here and there, but the bulk of everything I do off of my computer, because I only have so much patience when it comes to working on the comic every week.

Now that I explained the base process, let me tell you how much of a pain in the ass this one ended up being… For all intents and purposes, my scanner died on me. You see, my laptop connects to it wirelessly through our internet. The problem arises when the damn scanner just stopped connecting to our internet period, and I had no idea where the cable was that would allow me to hook my laptop directly to the scanner. So like I said earlier, it’s dead, at least to me it is. Thankfully, my brother-in-law had another scanner I could use after trying to get the old one to work for well over 40 minutes. Unfortunately, his scanner… is not NEARLY as good when it comes to scanning… After about another 40 minutes getting this replacement scanner setup, I was finally able to scan the damn thing in, AND OH WOULDN’T YOU KNOW IT!? You could barely make out any of the pencil work I had done, and everything was at a far lower resolution, which caused my usual fix in such a situation of fiddling around with the black, white, and gray levels to be much less effective at making it visible (it made the scans look really high contrast and  splotchy for lack of a better term, and thus, it made the comic look even shittier and hard to look at than usual).

So, in order to make anything of the drawings actually visible, I went over almost all of the outlines again digitally, which took SO MUCH LONGER than I wanted it to take, probably about around 3 hours. Not to mention, the scanner saved the scans in the wrong format, which caused Photoshop to have a conniption fit, so I had to spend another 20 or so minutes trying to fix that. So this whole comic took probably 5 hours longer than it should’ve, which is really GOD DAMN annoying. Even more annoying, the old scanner still is being a steaming pile of shit, so I’m probably going to have to do this again for each week of the comic for the foreseeable future until I can get a new scanner. And I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I already phone it in HARD when it comes to this comic and maintaining a certain level of “quality”. I don’t want this to become any more tedious to me than I’ve already been making it for myself. I guess now that I know the comics are going to take longer, I can at least plan ahead for that to be the case… It just still really sucks though. I just have to hope the backup scanner actually has some settings I missed that will make the sketch’s quality come in a little bit better next time…

Anyways, I’m done wasting your time with my pointless bitching, so until then, I’ll see you next comic.


Night Fox – Comic Post #115: Reporting To The Shadows

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Have I sufficiently gotten you all to wonder whether or not Tenebrae is a good guy or a bad guy yet? Do you even care? Actually, more importantly, DO I EVEN CARE… ? 0_0

Well, a little bit. It is my comic after all. It would be kind of bad if I didn’t care at all, NOW WOULDN’T IT?

That said, I’ve only really got one thing of actual pertinence to say this week, and that’s the fact that I’m probably going to post the Christmas drawing on Friday, and the only thing stopping me from doing so would be if I just flat out ignored the sticky note I have on my desktop reminding me to do so (which, considering my track record with paying attention to those damn notes, still has a chance of failing… :^/ ) Anyways, that’s all, so until then I’ll just see you next comic.