Clare, I’m pretty sure you shouldn’t be doing that; I don’t think stainless steel has been invented yet.
And now here’s something extremely cool. For some time now, Tomoyo Ichijouji has been producing a video adaptation of the comic, using the original artwork with voice actors, sound effects, and music. (If you’ve seen the Watchmen “motion comics”, it’s something like that, except with a full voice cast, and also I am not Dave Gibbons.) Well, the first chapter is complete! I’m going to try to embed the video below. In case that doesn’t work, watch it on youtube here and leave comments to tell Tomoyo and co. what an awesome job they did. I’m told that Chapter 2 will be coming very soon!
Happy New Year! Resolutions for this comic include finishing chapter 5. That may sound like a very modest goal, but it’s still more than one page a week, which will require me to speed up my current rate of production. I also hope to finish the script/thumbnails for chapter 6 and the next interlude, and to post in my art tumblr at least once a week, even if it’s only sketches and junk.
I’m going to try doing a one-page update next week.
A few months ago, when the site got infected by some spambot script and I was desperately scrambling to scrub it clean, I ended up deleting the entire forum. Prior to that, the forum had long been overrun by spambot posters. I guess now what I’m wondering is if anyone would be interested in a new forum? I have very fond memories of the community that formed on old No Rest forums; but I’m not sure if webcomic forums is something that people still do (wow I sound old). Blog comments seem like less fuss. But maybe people would prefer something more conducive to discussions? I don’t know.
Revamps for the rest of the website haven’t progressed much, but at least I managed to get rid of that malware/adware that kept redirecting people (I think) (I hope? Please let me know if you still have problems accessing the site). In the meantime, I’ve posted a weird November comic on tumblr, with several more characters to follow. And please check out this elegant Red fanart by ValDeCreez.
September and August have appeared two or three times in the comic (including the very first page), but this is their first speaking part. In case you wanted to refresh your memory on the story without having to reread the archives, there’s this handy summary of the previous chapters.
Last week a number of people told me that the site was setting off their antivirus alerts and/or redirecting them to some sort of ad site. Now I believe I have fixed the issue, but if you’re still encountering problems with the site please let me know.
So, a new chapter, and a new site design… kind of. Actually only the main page and the About page have been touched at all; click on anything else and you’ll find yourself looking at the old site. Knowing me, if I wait until I get the site to be completely presentable before updating the comic, I’d probably just end up sitting on the new pages indefinitely. I apologize to the loyal forum posters; the forum is still down. I’ll work on that next. The Fanworks and Links sections will probably be a long time in coming. In the meantime, please check out this beautiful fanart sent in by L.S. Zwarenstein of Geist!
As I posted before on Tumblr and Deviantart, I’m doing things a little differently this chapter. In the past I would dive into producing pages with only a basic outline for the chapter. I’d do thumbnails and dialogue as I went along. For this chapter, I’ve thumbnailed the whole thing in advance, which will hopefully make things easier/more efficient along the way. That’s the theory, anyway. Come back next week to see how well it works.
The composition in the first panel of page 1 is inspired by a well-known painting; see if you can recognize it.
Given how long it’s been since the last chapter, I figured some people might like a refresher on the story (without having to go back and reread everything). So here is a basic summary of all the chapters so far (not including the interludes for now). Do I even need to warn for spoilers? There are spoilers.