Night Fox – Comic Post #131: Intrigue In The Shadows

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Given my current preoccupation as a guy who continuously fails to register just what date it is, it completely slipped my mind that my birthday was coming up so soon, this Saturday in fact. It’s pretty sad if you think about it… Not even 25 yet and I’m already glossing over my birthday like it was the same as any other date… Plus, there’s also the fact that I’m constantly mis-remembering how old I am currently. My brain says I’m 24, and I’m feeling mostly inclined to believe it, but it has been known to lead me astray numerous times in the past…

Any ways, on to the actual comic itself, as I do actually have a couple of things to bring up with this week’s. The Aether as a concept is something I’ve actually been meaning to explain for a while now, as it is kinda important when it comes to Night Fox’s world building. I’m relieved I finally got a chance to mention it somewhere in the comic, though I’m not 100% happy with how I had to execute its introduction. It was a little bit too obvious exposition for the audience’s sake, but it’s not like I’ve never ham-fisted my exposition before… I suppose I just don’t really know how to correctly write for a character like Tenebrae who is supposed to be really smart, but also incredibly cautious and secretive. My solution has been apparently to turn him into a lore dumping machine who is always eager to explain to other characters things they should already know. He’s got a bit of “As You Know…” syndrome going on I guess. I’m just going to half ass an explanation and say that he just really likes to explain stuff and happens to let his guard down around Angel and Judith, so he’s more likely to divulge stuff to them…

And speaking of Judith, the fact that she was once Tenebrae’s Spiriter is something that I was debating to myself whether or not I wanted to establish at this point or not. It was a fact that I was debating for some time whether or not it would actually be explicitly stated or merely implied until a certain point in the story. I thought about it for quite a bit before I came to the realization that there really wasn’t too much of a story purpose keeping that fact hidden from the audience. I did have an idea in mind for when this fact was originally going to be revealed before I quickly realized the moment still worked knowing the fact before hand. You could even argue that it enhances the story a bit knowing that sooner as it leaves room for more speculation about backstories and motivations. Tenebrae likes to be secretive after all, so why would he willingly enter into a relationship with someone where keeping secrets from them is kind of impossible?

Anyways, that’s pretty much everything I wanted to yammer on about for this week. Next week, we’re going to be focusing back on Angel and here group for the last time, so if you guys have been a fan of her and her “antics” I guess you can look forward to that for the coming weeks. But until then, I’ll see you next comic.

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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.

Art Post – Happy Halloween 2017

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“Happy Halloween darlings… I hope you don’t end up finding all of the horrors of the night to be too… stimulating… HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!”

*cough cough*

Anyways, I decided to do another drawing for Halloween this year because I figured, eh, why the f**k not? Night Fox is a comic about ghosts and “spoops” after all. This year, I decided to do Judith, considering I just introduced her, and I figured “Hey. She just did some pretty creepy stuff in the comic… Bet I could make her look pretty creepy for a Halloween drawing as well because I’m literally too lazy to come up with any other ideas for one at this point…”

As you can see, I’ve been trying out doing a little bit more detailed shading than I usually do. I’m not 100% satisfied with how it turned out to be perfectly honest. I kinda think it doesn’t quite mesh too well with my kind of cartoony art style, so I’m not entirely sure if that’s going to be a regular thing for me when it comes to my art in the future. Though, I will say, I do think her hair turned out ab-SO-lutely fabulously in my opinion, if I had to pick which part of the picture I liked the best.

I also tried to experiment with different poses, which if you’ve seen me draw ANYTHING LATELY, you know is something I almost never do. Decided to do a pose with her sitting, looking down upon you with her spear drawn, with a demented, almost perverted grin on her face, ready to skewer you should she feel the urge… Coincidentally, that is not the same design for the spear I gave her in the comic. I know, being inconsistent like that is pretty bad, but I have a bad habit of going for the first design that pops into my head when it comes to minor things like that and then changing it later on down the line for something far less retarded. This is another one of those cases, as I like this spear design better…

So yeah, to summarize, basically experimenting with new angles and poses… So, if the proportions of anything look a little off, it’s probably because I have next to no experience drawing characters like this. In situations like that, I would normally track down a reference to use on Google, but, this was not exactly an easy pose to find a reference for, so I kind of had to make do with some guessing. While not perfect, it definitely could have turned out worse… Especially considering I did this whole thing with a mouse, with no pencil sketch to start me off. And if you’ve ever used a mouse for artwork before, you know how “unsuited” for the job they can get…

But that’s enough of me picking apart my own art. I hope those of you who are still of the right age enjoy your night of trick-or-treating, while the rest of you enjoy the discount pricing for Halloween candy the next day. At any rate, the next comic is on schedule for tomorrow as usual, so until then, I’ll see you next comic.

Night Fox – Comic Post #087: A Scheme From The Shadows

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Another day, another comic that’s pretty much just an expositional word dump… Because I haven’t been doing THAT enough times in the past.

So, my life is still in that constant state of nothing important happening in it, so I’m going to ramble on about the game I played for most of Sunday and Monday to fill in this post’s required ramble quota. I spent about a combined 24 hours playing the newest Tales of game, Tales of Berseria while I was visiting my brother those two days (as he has a PS4, and I don’t). I got nowhere close to beating it, but I still want to give my initial impressions, because why the fuck not?

As someone who has been playing the series since Symphonia, I have to say, so far, Berseria could pretty easily be in the top 5 entries to the series. The story has been pretty damn engaging from the first hour, and the all of the characters have been enjoyable and interesting. The biggest strength of the game’s story I feel, is the fact that it so far has been really different from most typical Tales of stories. You’re not trying to save the world, you’re just trying to get revenge, and damned be anybody who gets in your way. And to make it even more interesting, the guy you’re trying to get revenge on, is more or less viewed as the savior of humanity whom everyone pretty much loves. That really changes up the dynamic of your party, as most of you are murderers and criminals who are pretty much only traveling together because they’re all useful to each other in some way or another. And yet, most of your party still manages to be very sympathetic. You just want them to succeed at what they do because the guys they’re going up against are just the right kind of smug and smarmy “good guys”. The main character, Velvet, in particular, I really feel for, considering the game goes to pretty good lengths to show you how nice and caring of a person she was before the guy she wants to kill royally screwed up her life in order to make the world “better” for everyone else. Her transformation from a sweet village girl who just wanted to look after her younger brother, to a cold uncaring LITERAL monster who devours people with her demonic left hand hellbent on revenge is quite chilling, and really makes her a great main character. Her plight by itself was enough to get me invested into the story. Throw in the rest of the pretty interesting cast, and you’ve got a story that could potentially top the other entries in the series (namely Symphonia, Abyss, and Vesperia, which I consider the top 3 in no particular order).

As to the actual game play, it uses a system for its combat kind of like Godhand, if you ever played that game, where you learn individual moves that you can assign to certain hits in your attack strings so that you can essentially make your own combos. It’s not my favorite combat system for the series (that would go to Tales of Xillia 2, purely because I’m a sucker for team attacks, which that game has in spades), but I can certainly see some people really enjoying it. The stage that I’m at in the game, I have mostly been able to get by by more or less move spamming, though I have had to use some strategy changes for a couple of the bosses. Though, to be fair, I have been playing on the default difficulty, which I’m sure is pretty lenient when it comes to combat. I think this is also mostly just a result of Velvet being a very beginner friendly character to play as, and I’ve been playing her mostly. Playing as the other characters, you do have to be a little bit more intelligent with your attacks. All in all, the combat is still fun and is still probably among one of the better combat systems the series has had.

There are some problems with the game, but so far, they’re mostly nick picks. The music isn’t particularly memorable, but it isn’t god awful either. The level layouts are kind of bland and very much copy pasted, but that has been a problem with the series since Graces where they kind of stopped caring about how the levels were designed, though on the plus side, making the areas more generic did make them easier and faster to navigate through, so I’ve kind of made my peace with that. I think my biggest problem so far, is that backtracking in this game makes it feel kind of slow at times. I can’t really defend that, as I even found it kind of tedious at points, but it hasn’t ruined the game for me yet.

Overall, despite not having beaten the game yet, I’m fairly confident with my first impressions of the game that it’s a very good game.I think that if you own a PS4, and you like JRPGs, you won’t regret getting this one. And if you’ve never played a Tales of game, don’t worry: aside from a couple of nods here and there to the older games, the story is more or less self contained and has a lot of fairly non-intrusive tutorials for beginners to the series. To summarize all of that: I like the game so far, and if you’re even a quarter of the nerdy weeb I am, you probably won’t regret playing it.

Now that that’s out of the way, the anniversary post is about 85% done at this point. Everything is colored at this point, and I just have to do the shading for 4 of the drawings, with 2 of them now being completely done. I feel safe in saying that I’m probably going to have everything done by the time the anniversary comes around. At any rate, now that I’m done gushing about the latest entry to one of my favorite video game franchises, I’ll see you next comic.

(FUN FACT TIME: Kaz and Tenebrae’s designs were heavily inspired by characters from the Tales of series. Kaz’s design was inspired by Guy from Tales of the Abyss, while Tenebrae was based off of a character with the same name from Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World. Also, I cannot deny the fact that the basic plot of Night Fox has some superficial similarities to Tales of Xillia’s plot, where a male human teenager with black hair teams up with a much older female Spirit with blonde hair to more or less fight crime. Though in my defense, I had the idea for Night Fox as a story well before Xillia or it’s sequel came out, also, I am exaggerating the similarities a little bit, but still, I had a bit of a chuckle about my “lack of originality” when playing Xillia for the first time.)

 

 

Night Fox – Comic Post #086: Living With A Shadow Overhead

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This and the next comic were originally both going to be just one comic, but I decided against that when I realized how much freaking dialogue that would be all in one comic, and split the two up. What can I say? Tenebrae is a fairly verbose fellow after all…

…Unlike me this week, as I don’t really have much I want to type up. I did just get paid for the first time for the new job that I’m currently working from home, so that’s kind of exciting… $400 for about a month’s worth of work, so, that’s all right I suppose. I’m also being slightly inconvenienced by allergies which have given me a mild chronic cough which has been going on for about a month now… I still “healthy” (as healthy as I was before I got the cough), but my god is it really freaking annoying to break out into coughing fits multiple times a day. But aside from that, not much else going on in my life that I care to bother you guys with. And I didn’t really want to bother you with those two things in the first place… (I mean really, who uses their personal blog to talk to strangers on the Internet about what’s going on in their life? Real weirdos, that’s who…)

The anniversary drawings are about 64% done by this point, which I suppose is on schedule at my current rate, though I still haven’t completely finished any of the other drawings yet. Let’s just say I’ve been holding off a little bit on finishing the shading because I feel like it can take a fairly long time. I guess it wouldn’t be me if I wasn’t procrastinating doing something easy, yet time consuming that I really shouldn’t be holding off on doing… Anyways, I’ll see you next comic.

Night Fox – Comic Post #069: A Shadow Of A Doubt

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That joke at the end are what we who are obsessed with tropes call a brick joke. And even if you didn’t think it was funny, at the very least you can say you learned something today…

Anywho, I recently started doing some volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity because the amount of free time I have is just too damn high… and I can probably be better spending it doing something productive. The volunteer work isn’t anything super special, mostly just putting the shit I learned in my graphic design classes to some actual practical use by designing fliers and stuff for them. It’s not going to prevent me from being able to do updates on time, though it is going to give me a smug sense of satisfaction and self-superiority, despite what little work I’m doing actually helping out my community. And you too can feel that obnoxious sense of smugness as well by volunteering at your local Habitat for Humanity Re-Store today! *This statement is not sponsored by Habitat for Humanity or any of its affiliate groups* But, that’s pretty much the only new thing I have going on. My life is still in a constant state of continual-non-changed-ness, so I don’t really have much else to say here, so until then, I’ll see you next comic.

Night Fox – Comic Post #068: Talking To Shadows

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Woot. Another new character mysterious character with an unknown motivation who likes to discuss things from the shadows. This time, we’re taking it a little bit more literally as his name is actually Latin for shadows. Just what exactly is this new guy up to, you’re probably not actually asking (because you guys don’t actually ask anything…)? Tune in for the next character bio to maybe find out. And by that, I mean get a vague picture…

At any rate, we’re back to the regular update schedule, so no more double updates a week. Disappointing, I know, but I end up burning myself out so easily when I draw multiple comic pages a week. And I really don’t like burning myself out on what is more or less a hobby… On the bright side, I’m going to at least try to not have the artwork look so lazy now that we’re back to the normal schedule. Try. As in attempt…As in I can make no solid promises on an increase in quality at this time…

Anyways, my life is still just as uneventful as ever, so that’s really the only news I have for this update, so until then, I’ll see you next comic.