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Print editions of all three Volumes of Twisted Mirrors are now available through lulu.com!

Volume 1
Volume 2
Volume 3

As threatened, I did go through and redo the first five chapters for the print edition of volume 1 and once that was done I went ahead and uploaded these new versions of the pages to the website. If you read Twisted Mirrors through from the beginning now, it will be with the updated pages not the original ones. That said, the changes that were made to the early chapters honestly aren't that drastic. Though there are some significant differences in the text, it was mostly done to make things clearer and to flow more smoothly, the meaning has remained more or less the same. Likewise on the art, though the scanner and editing for the pages was different, the line art used was still the same, so it still looks more or less like the original versions.
HOWEVER! if you're not fond of change and want to read the pages as they were originally posted online, not to worry, they have been preserved and I've archived them on a different page. You can access them any time from a link in the notes on the first page of the comic, and that page is located here. (Or you can read the comic on DrunkDuck, as I haven't bothered to update them there yet.)

That said, there are still some differences between the online and print editions. Mostly it's typos or small editing errors that got caught and fixed for print, but are still present online. In Vol 3, I did go through and fix one of the continuity errors on this post. (Ravik's design is wrong in the third page, so I edited that to correct it for print.) Also, something kind of funny I found while I was working on Volume 1, for everyone who got one of the original, low-quality printings of that book, it's actually missing a page. It's not an important page (It was this one I think) so it didn't really disrupt the flow of reading the story, but that page has been restored in the lulu version of the books.

Overall, I really like the quality of the lulu books as compared to the original Comixpress ones. There's some slight pixelation, though you can't really see it unless you look close and I don't like that I couldn't get white pages (why isn't that default for all sizes?) and had to settle for cream, but the print looks good and the paper quality is much better. What I'm not terribly happy about is the price. These books are literally set as low as lulu would allow me to set them. If it were up to me, I wouldn't put any of them above $10 and I don't think I'd set Vol 1 over $8, but certain costs need to be covered and lulu takes its share, so this is where we're stuck.
If you'd like to get them cheaper, however, and you're going to be in the Baltimore area in late September, I will have a table at Baltimore Comic-Con (provided everything works out okay) and will be selling the books for a much lower price - you will be able to get all three for $20. I'll have other things there as well, such as buttons and prints (some more of which I'll be uploading soon, probably next week!).

Thanks for all your support!
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  • Listening to: Imagine Dragons
  • Watching: Game Grumps
  • Playing: Hearthstone
All done! :) Thanks everyone!
  • Mood: Miserable
  • Listening to: Halestorm
  • Watching: RoosterTeeth
  • Playing: Fantasy Life
So I MAY be having some rather severe money issues coming up. Emphasis on "may" because I have an out that sadly isn't going to be open to many others, but I feel like the best course of action is to act as though that out isn't there (because it might not be).

I feel like I'll be okay on normal expenses, at least for a little while, but it does leave the problem of the TM books and my table at BCC. For those unaware, I did get a table at this year's Baltimore Comicon coming up in September, that's already paid for...what's NOT paid for is all the merchandise to go on said table. I'm going to need to buy prints and hard copies of volumes 1 and 2 of TM and I don't really feel like dipping into my normal revenue is a good idea right now. So I'd like to set up a seller's account on Ebay and offload some of my crap to cover those expenses. Does anyone know the ins and outs of getting that setup or have any advice for me to get into it? (I know "google", but last time I tried that the results were a little confusing for a newbie looking into it, so I thought it might click a little better explained to me by another person...things might be easier now than last I looked too, it's been a few years.)

Thanks for any help you can give.

If you'd like to commission me....well, I have a bit more time on my hands now ^^; so all the relevant information is here.

Thanks for your help!
  • Mood: Miserable
  • Listening to: Halestorm
  • Watching: RoosterTeeth
  • Playing: Fantasy Life
So Volume 3 of Twisted Mirrors (Chapter 15 through 22) has been sent off to Lulu and while I'm waiting for the proof copy to arrive to see if Lulu works out okay as a printer, I decided I get started on a project that's been needing my attention for some time now.

See, when I first started Twisted Mirrors, it was a side project and I never thought it'd be posted anywhere except online. I literally started it just because I wanted something other than FFC to draw. It was posting every other week instead of weekly when I started it too because I was worrying about overwhelming myself. It's kind of funny to think how much it's become the main thing, while FFC has slid more into the role of "pet project". That said, though, it meant I didn't really pay much attention to the quality of the pages at the start. They were web-only, what did it matter?
...well...anyone who's seen the version printed through comixpress knows what it mattered. The already poor-quality drawings are made so much worse by the web-level resolution.

I've been intending to fix this for a while now so that I can get a good quality version printed - for myself mainly. :D The main reason it's taken so long is because I never saved the high-rez scans, so doing these pages in a higher resolution means literally re-scanning and redoing all the text on almost 150 pages. I started this project a while back, so more than half the pages have already been scanned. Now that I've started working on it in earnest it doesn't seem nearly as daunting as it might have. (I just tell myself every time I finish a page - "that's one less I have to do now!" Seems to be working.)

And all this brings me to the main reason I made this post. Since I have to re-type the text for all the pages anyway, I'm taking advantage of the opportunity to fix some problems I had with the earlier stuff. For one, the font on the narration in the beginning is being changed to be more in line with the font I use for narration later in the comic. Much more drastically, I'm actually changing the text on some of the pages to fit in better with the story. For the most part it's staying how I always intended it to be and just worded poorly in the original version, but there's a couple of moments that I've just always found stupid and wanted the opportunity to change.
As bad as it is, the art will not technically change, though my editing skills are better than they were the first time around, so when a page needs editing (if I mess something up in the inking, I note it in the margins to fix it on the computer) it might look a little different, but it's all going to be based on the same inks as redrawing it would take too long and would stick out like a sore thumb in contrast to the older stuff (and I kinda like the fact that I can watch my art evolve as I read through it).

Now the new print version of the book is going to have these changes. There's no questioning that. I think it'll read a lot better to new readers this way, it'll help the world building make more sense and will make the overall story flow a lot better. However, I know people can have a really adverse reaction to this type of ret-con (Star Wars remastered, anyone?) so I wanted to put it to people - should these changes extend to the online version as well? Should I replace the old, original pages on the website with the new versions?

Personally, I'm leaning towards "yes", for all the reasons stated above, I think it just makes the story better, but I do understand the arguments against it. That's the original version that people who do enjoy the story followed, updates might just 'ruin' it. It should be noted that I don't plan to get rid of the old versions entirely. They're saved safely in my archives in their own folder. I believe pretty strongly in keeping all my old mistakes, since I can learn from them too, so this isn't just to purge out my failures. I'm thinking of new readers here!

What do you think? Anyone have any strong opinions on this one way or another? If people are really against it, I'll leave the online archives alone. (I don't expect a lot of thoughts on it either way since I don't have a lot of readers, I just want to avoid any potential backlash, haha!)
  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: Imagine Dragons
  • Watching: Mostly Walking
  • Playing: Majora's Mask
...so I'm finally starting to sift through the files and put together vol 3 of Twisted Mirrors for print. Part of what took this so long is just that a lot of things were coming up and I didn't have the time, but also the company I printed the first two books with - Comixpress - went out of business, which was a shame because they were easy to use and allowed for a lot of customization.

Thus I've turned to Lulu to print book 3, but I've run into a pretty big problem. Namely, that the pages I made for the comic are sized really weirdly (in my defense, I had no expectation of ever printing it when I started). Comixpress allowed for completely customizable sizes, but Lulu has pretty strict page sizes. Makes sense, I kind of wonder if the customizable thing didn't bite Comixpress in the ass, and I'm sure I didn't help by taking advantage of it myself, but the lack of customization has caused a dilemma for preparing the new book. Namely that there's now about a half inch (or more) of additional blank space above and below each page. Stretching the pages to fit the space isn't an option, it's too far and it'd warp the images too much...now I could go to a larger size page, the 8x10 one is actually a lot closer to the correct dimensions, but I really don't like the way the pages look at that larger size. They weren't drawn larger, they aren't presented larger, so they don't look good when made bigger.

Because of all this, my current plan is to put some sort of design running along the top and bottom of each page - just so that it's not big, oppressive black bars distracting from the comic itself. The purpose of making this journal entry was to see if anyone else had good ideas of what that design could be. I was thinking of just making some swirling pattern like those you see all over the elf cities, maybe include some of the designs of the boetheri spirits, but I'm not entirely sure.

I don't want to sit and think about it for ages. I may have a table at Baltimore Comicon in September, so I'd like to try to have this done by then. So the shortcut to brainstorming it myself is just to see what sorts of things pop into your heads. Any suggestions are welcome! I may not follow them, but even if I don't they may give me a good idea! ...and if nothing comes to you, don't worry, I'll get to work with my original plan. I was just curious to see what came to you good folks out there! :)
  • Mood: Remorse
  • Listening to: Imagine Dragons
  • Watching: Phelous
  • Playing: Majora's Mask
Taken! Thanks!
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  • Listening to: Yellow Card
  • Watching: VGA
  • Playing: Grim Fandango
Yes, I know it's early. Shush. :)

I apologize for being absent from DA at the end of 2014. If you're wondering where I was, well, my latest deviation should explain that. As per usual, I intend to clean out my DA at the start of the new year and do my level best to keep up with everything here going forward. Each year I manage to do it for a little longer, maybe this time I'll make it the full year, haha! The downside of this is that by the end of the year I let too many things crowd my inbox, and I end up having to just clear out everything to get a fresh start.
So, sorry about being absent, I'll try to be a bit more present going forward.

Now, what's happening for the coming year?

Well, I've finally gotten a new Wacom tablet! Whoo!
I plugged it in and was trying it out last night and this morning. It's going to take a bit of getting used to, but the possibilities it opens up are immense! My old tablet had such a small surface area that I would have to reorient my hand every other stroke. This new one has a large surface are and covers the whole screen! It's going to take some time to train myself out of wanting to reorient the pen every few seconds (I was working that way for a decade, after all) but once I do that's going to make everything so much easier! Also, this new tablet has pressure sensitivity, which my old one did not, and it's really throwing me off in the early goings, haha!
Because of my work schedule with the comics, I had to go ahead this morning and start the next page of FFC. I kind of hate to start with the new tablet in the middle of a scene like this, because I'm afraid the coloring is going to change somewhat drastically mid-scene and I don't want that...but I also don't want to put off hooking up my new tablet for a couple of months either, so we're going forward with it. I'm of two minds about what I discovered with the tablet this morning. On one hand, I don't think I'm going to be able to make it look like it used to even if I wanted to, the pressure sensitivity alone is making working in my old style very difficult (though I am going to at least attempt to keep some continuity for the time being since, as I said, we're in the middle of a scene). On the other hand, though? Damn, but the coloring I did yesterday is closer to the style I've always WANTED to color in than I've ever been before! The sensitive pen makes doing a more cell-shaded look SO much easier! I'm not one to blame my lack of artistic ability on my tools - I firmly believe that there were ways to achieve the look I wanted with my old tablet, or even just with a mouse if I trained myself properly - but good lord is it so much easier with this new tablet! I was able to accomplish in one night a style of coloring I haven't been able to approach in YEARS of trying!

...now, if only I could figure out the drawing part, I'd be set. :rofl:

So what does this mean for my art? ...honestly, I don't really know yet. FFC's going to be kind of up in the air while I figure it out and settle into a new coloring style that matches well enough, but is more compatible with this awesome new tool. (To be fair, it's not like this is the first time the coloring style on FFC has changed...and it likely won't be the last. That comic is nothing but one big experiment, haha!) I have a couple of silly pictures in mind that I might do just as excuses to experiment with the coloring outside of the deadlines that FFC demands, so I can take my time and get it just how I want it. So you might be seeing those in the not-too-distant future. I'd also like to experiment again with digital painting now that I have an up-to-date computer, up-to-date photoshop and up-to-date tablet. We'll have to see. I have some ideas, but nothing concrete for the moment.

Other things I have planned for the new year? Well, I'd like to get vol 3 of Twisted Mirrors finally together and printed. That's pretty much been on hold for a while now. I'm working on a project with :iconcyanilurusjubatus: (Which I HAVE started the writing for :D As soon as I get the first scene done, I'll send it your way!) I also still have the sketches for TM2 to work on and I'd very much like to get back into posting sketches to my Tumblr since I really think that was doing me the most good out of everything art-wise.

Whew! That's a lot on my plate, but man, I'm excited for it and itching to get into some of this stuff! Thanks for sticking with me and I'll see you all in 2015!
  • Mood: Eager
  • Listening to: Gorillaz
  • Reading: The Lies of Locke Lamore
  • Playing: Disney Infinity
...maybe...kinda...I hope...

...well, it has a title and a teaser image anyway.

For those not already familiar with ReBoot, I think it'd be impossible for me to explain why I love that show so much and why I find this news so exciting. It was the first CG animated TV show - made in the early nineties...and it didn't age well.

To be honest, the low quality animation isn't that big of a problem to me. The genius of the show is that it's set inside a 90's computer...which makes the 90's CG entirely appropriate to the setting. It's so deliciously meta! It's actually the writing that I think has a few more problems, particularly in season one, with a lot of hokey and childish humor that only occasionally made me laugh due more to the way Bob's voice actor says the lines than the actual lines themselves. And there's several things about the setup that just don't make sense. (Why would winning a video game harm your computer? How did the characters in Mainframe deal with adventure games? Why are the 'net and the web referred to as if they're two different things?)

There's a lot about the show that's really great, though. The setting alone makes the stories inherently interesting, I mean it's a city inside your desktop computer. A system crash means the end of the world! The writing got consistently better all the way through season 3 (season 4 is...something...). The characters evolved and changed as the story went on (character development was virtually unheard of in cartoons of the time because showrunners wanted viewers to be able to jump in on any episode). Hexadecimal remains one of the greatest antagonists in cartoon history and I will fight anyone who says otherwise. And the season three episode "Number 7" remains one of my favorite episodes of ANY series. Ever. And it's just an extended parody of "The Prisoner". :XD: (I would not recommend anyone jump to watch that one, though, as due to the aforementioned character development I'm not sure how much sense it'd make out of context.)

I love the show so much I actually have it on DVD and make it a point to rewatch it fairly regularly. The idea that we could have a new version of ReBoot with updated CG, better and more consistent writing (hopefully), and a better understanding of how computers function is just the best news to me. Like, find a way to make games dangerous WITHOUT them destroying entire parts of the city...because really, that never made any damn sense. :XD:

I'm still not convinced it's happening. I'm convinced that the makers WANT it to happen, but I don't know if it will.
...but if it does, I'll be first in line to watch it, and I'll be quick to let everyone know if you should watch it too. In the meantime the old show still exists, so if you have a high tolerance for corny dialogue and low quality CGI, it's all on youtube. Enter at your own risk, haha!
  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: Blue October
  • Reading: Dragon Princess
  • Playing: Kid Icarus: Uprising
Sorry yet again for how absent I've been lately. Every year I make a resolution to be more attentive to DA and every year I fail...but I manage to stick with it longer and longer each year, so I'll get there. :D (This is why I don't do any other social media by the way, I have a hard enough time keeping up with this one!) Things have been kinda crazy for me, though, and they don't look to be settling down any time soon, so apologies in the past, present and future!

But I found something cool I'd like to mention. I'm sure people are getting sick of me talking about Gunnerkrigg court by this point (If you aren't reading it, you really should be :evillaugh: ) but he's been doing something kinda cool and I wanted to point it out to people.

See, one of the neat things about Gunnerkrigg Court is how much attention to detail he puts into everything he does. Not only in the art but in the writing and world building as well. It's neat to see people analyze the comic's pages to try to piece it all together, but now we've got something straight from the horse's mouth. Tom Siddell has a Youtube page and he's currently going through the comic one chapter at a time and offering commentary on it - from his methods to his inspiration to what he was going for when he drew the scene. It's fascinating, informative and often funny in that sort of dry way that the comic itself is.

The videos don't have a ton of views yet, so I wanted to point them out. As a fan I find them very entertaining, and as a webcomic creator they show how much thought can really go into these silly things. So I just wanted to share the joy. :)
  • Mood: Tense
  • Listening to: Barenaked Ladies
  • Reading: Usagi Yojimbo
  • Playing: Hyrule Warriors
So, I've had some things come up kinda suddenly that have put me in a bit of a bind financially, so I decided to open up commissions. For the record, I'm not counting on this to save me from my problems, I've actually got a few angles I'm going at here, but every little bit helps, right? Also, full disclosure, before this whole mess started, I was about to get a new Wacom tablet...like I had the money ready and everything, but stuff came up and it had to be put on hold, so I will freely admit that part of this is me wanting to get back to getting that wacom tablet. The one I have is so old, it's just a wacom tablet, no names or numbers added. :XD:
So, in other words, support me if you want to, but don't break your bank to help mine. I know we all have our troubles and I'm not expecting much from this as I don't have that many watchers. :nod:

If you're interested in commissioning me, please read the rest of this post carefully, as I'm putting in a lot of information you might need to know.

First thing's first - before you even consider this, there are some limitations on what I'll draw. "But Dragonsong," some hypothetical person somewhere might say, "if you want to get money, shouldn't you be willing to draw anything?" Probably yes, but there are some things I'm just not comfortable with and I'm also concerned with making sure you get your money's worth.
So I won't be drawing anything that's graphically violent (some violence is fine, just not gore) or graphically sexual. On the subject of the latter, I'm willing to give it a go drawing some PG romance scenes, but in complete honesty, it's not something I draw a lot and frankly I'm not that good at it. So while I'm willing to do it if that's what you want, I'm worried the results won't be worth it, so it might be best to steer clear of that too.
I think those are my only hangups, though if something more comes up, I'll add it to the post. Beyond that, fanart, fan characters and OC's are all on the table in pretty much any situation. :)

As for the pricing, that follows:
Sketch - $5 (each additional character +$5)
Inks - $15 (each additional character +$5)
Colors - $25 (each additional character +$5)
Shaded - $35 (each additional character +$10)
Full Illustration - $50 (each additional character +$10)

To see examples for what each of those amounts to, I used an old friend to make up an example sheet for it here.

I will require payment in advance, I'm afraid. (I was considering a few different options for payment, but they all ended up being too confusing, so we're just going simple.) I will be running more complicated pieces by you, though, to make sure it's what you want before it's finished.

Payment can be made via paypal. My email for that is dragonsong12@hotmail.com. If paypal doesn't work for you, message me, and we'll try to work it out.

Time may be a big factor in these. I have a fairly limited schedule between my job and two comics, so I may be fairly slow with them, particularly the more complicated they get. If I am running behind a reasonable time, though, I will keep you informed as to what's going on. I just wanted you aware that I probably won't be getting back to you with a picture the next day. ^^;

If there's anything else I forgot to add, let me know and I'll add it to the post. Please let me know if you're interested.
  • Mood: Anxious
  • Listening to: Linkin Park (it's true!)
  • Playing: Super Smash Bros Melee
Looking for some ideas for a filler image for my webcomic Firefly Cross. I used up one of my buffer pages to make a big post this week. So I want to get it back by doing a filler in between chapters, but since I wasn't planning for it, I have no idea what to do! ^^;

So, I thought I'd ask. Anyone have anything they'd like to see or think would make a good filler? A silly character interaction or some question about the world that hasn't been explored yet that I could sketch out quick?

I'm sure I can come up with something so don't feel like you HAVE to, but for the moment I'm stumped, so I thought I'd ask. :)

((Also? GRIM FANDANGO! Coolest announcement at Es3!))
  • Mood: Relief
  • Listening to: Barenaked Ladies
  • Playing: Mario and Luigi Dream Team
...in no particular order...

So, I learned the hard way yesterday that it's a really bad idea to look at one's own comic after binge-re-reading a bunch of Lackadaisy. Like seriously, don't do that. Bad idea. :rofl:

I'm almost done playing through Kid Icarus: Uprising on the 3DS after putting it off for a long time due to hearing about its bad controls...and everyone I know IRL has had to endure me talking about it, always repeating the same thing, haha! The controls are bad - the way they want you to hold the DS is awkward, turning your character is a big ordeal, and after playing a level, my hands are all cramped and I have to stop...but I really like the game. I'm genuinely having fun with it! The game is not that hard, but it's not boring, either, there's always new and varied enemies to attack. I didn't like the voice acting at first, but they grew on me quick, which is good because there's near constant chatter between the heroes and villains throughout every level - I'm sure plenty of gamers found this annoying, but it's kind of charming to me, everybody just talks like they're out for drinks together having a minor debate, not using monsters to decide the fate of the world, it's hilarious! I think I have a higher tolerance for the bad things the game does than a lot of other people do (I don't play a lot of games, so I don't have a good of frame of reference for "good" controls like actual gamers do), so it's frustrating that I'm enjoying the heck out of this game, but can't really recommend it to anyone because the things it does wrong are pretty egregious.
...aren't you guys glad you don't know me IRL? You'd have gotten that paragraph ad nauseum. :D

If I've been slow to reply to messages the past couple weeks...it's just been a rough couple of weeks, that's all. Nothing major. Nothing dire. It'll all blow over and be fine, it's just the sort of situation where stuff piled up and I wasn't feeling up to being terribly social. So, sorry I've been slow, I'll get to the small backlog of stuff from my watchlist sometime in the next week.

Speaking of slow...so many projects...so little time. I have not forgotten DA, I should have some stuff to post here coming up soonish, including one I'm having a bit of fun with, but a lot of projects I've had in the pipe recently are long-term or are for other people and I don't want to post them here because reasons. So, still doing lots of stuff, just not post-worthy stuff. It happens, haha!

...you may see some new RvB art coming up here...new season started and I'm getting inspired...
  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: Barenaked Ladies
  • Watching: RvB
  • Playing: Kid Icarus: Uprising
If you've tried to get to my comic, Twisted Mirrors today and found the site down, I apologize.

The good news is that it's just some maintenance that the site's host - siteground - is undergoing. They moved the site's IP and it's taking a little while for the changes to set in, so it should be back up tomorrow. (If it's not, THEN we'll have an issue.)

In the meantime, if you want to get to the comic, you can still read it over at Drunkduck. You can get to it here. (This is precisely the reason why I keep the comic at two sites. It comes in handy for situations like this. :D)

I'll update this post once I'm sure the comic's back up and running.

UPDATE: Looks like it's back up for the most part! If anyone still has trouble viewing it, it might be due to info still in your cache from the previous version. If it does stay a problem, though, let me know. In the meantime, the Drunkduck link above will allow you to at least read the page.
Thanks for sticking with me!
  • Mood: Sickened
  • Listening to: Barenaked Ladies
  • Reading: Captain America: Winter Soldier
  • Watching: Video Games Awesome
Now that spring is here, I think it's important to address something. I want to apologize to anyone over the past several weeks that I might have come off as "snippy" or "irritated" or answered with short, vaguely negative sounding replies. The good news is, it isn't you. :) The better news is, it isn't me either. :D Or at least, it's nothing happening in my life to cause it.

See, I'm starting to notice a pattern. Both last year and this year I started feeling really miserable starting sometime around mid-January and it lasting into springtime. Last year I thought it was a fluke, but it happening again this year though makes me think I might have that seasonal affected disorder that a lot of people have* (why is is so funny to me that the acronym for that is "sad"? :XD: ). If I get miserable again next January I think we can call it official, but since it's a pretty common ailment, it does seem likely.

All that said, I really did try to keep from letting it affect my online interactions, but after posting a reply to someone I would look back at it sometimes and think "wow, that sounded kind of aggressive/passive-aggressive/disinterested/annoyed, that wasn't what I intended." So I wanted to mention it on the off chance that anyone thought I was irritated with them. Nope! There's also nothing going wrong for me IRL. Life's pretty good! I was just feeling generally off and it translated into how I replied to people sometimes. Sorry about that, but hey! Spring's here! Things are looking up! I have SO MANY ALLERGIES to get excited for! :rofl:

On the plus side, I've been doing some actual spring cleaning and now I've got all my Barenaked Ladies albums copied to my computer. Nothing cures what ails you like BNL**!

To add a little fun to this post, here's a meme!

Comment and I will:
(1) Tell you something I learned about you by looking at your DA page.
(2) Tell you a color you remind me of.
(3) Tell you what element I believe you belong to (e.g. water, fire, air, etc.).
(4) Tell you which one of your OC's is my favorite (if you have one).
(5) Ask you a question, and you must answer.
(6) Tell you something I like about you or your art.
(7) Give you a nickname.
(8) Tell you what am I doing right now.
(9) Tell you what food/ flavor/smell you remind me of.
(10) Tell you to do this in your journal too, if you haven't already. You know me, do it if you want to, if not? :shrug:

*So, I grow up and live for decades in upstate New York, where 3 feet of snow is just a normal Tuesday. Then I move south to Maryland where it snows an inch and everything shuts down, and NOW I'm getting this? WTF, brain?!
**Except for "The Flag" and "War on Drugs"...those are just depressing.
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: Barenaked Ladies
  • Reading: Captain America: Winter Soldier
  • Watching: Total Biscuit
Can anyone with a mobile device check my site - www.twistedmirrorscomic.com - and see if it works okay?
I had someone let me know that the page was not loading properly on mobile devices. I was absolutely unaware of this because I don't own any mobile devices. I've made some changes to the site, which I hope helped that problem, but I have no way to check it.

If someone could just check the site and answer, "is the site working okay? Yes/No" I would really appreciate it. :nod:
  • Mood: Pirate
  • Listening to: Yellow Card
  • Reading: Power Man
  • Watching: AVGN
I had this whole long argument written up about subjectivity and objectivity in art...but lately I've been finding my opinions somewhat annoying and why should I subject you all to that? :XD: So instead I'm just gonna pull something from it that I thought was kinda cool.

Here is a page from Chapter 1 of Twisted Mirrors.

Here is a page from Chapter 21.

They're both depicting pretty much the same thing - the aftermath of a particular spell being cast. I realized that this is probably the best point to compare how I've changed, since they are so similar. (I mean, you could go back one page from each to the actual spell being cast, but the circumstances are so different that they're a lot harder to compare.)

Now before anyone says anything, am I saying the second page is "good"? NO. NO I AM NOT. But it is much better than the first one, and that's what's got me interested. It's so hard to see the progression when you're actually working on these pages. You could do two you really like and then one you think is terrible and feel like you're just spinning your wheels. But when you look back farther down the road, it all comes into focus and I freaking love seeing this stuff! :dance: I mean, you can see how the styles of the first one are still totally present in the second. They were clearly drawn by the same hand, and yet they're so different, and you don't even notice how it's changing as you read through the stories.

I mean, I know everyone's aware of all this, it's pretty obvious and I harp on it a lot myself. (It's why I have the progression pictures for FFC, after all.) But although chapter 1 was in my mind as I was drawing chapter 21, and I intentionally tried to make them similar, I didn't realize until I went back and looked how good an illustration this was of how my art has changed over the years. And again, I just really like this stuff. :D

...maybe when the comics are done, I should do that "draw this again" meme with one of the early pages, just to see the difference...might be fun! :D
  • Mood: Satisfied
  • Listening to: Aida
  • Reading: Fairy Tail
  • Watching: Adventure Time
...So a new year begins! I don't care much for the traditions of New Year's Resolutions myself, so I'll go back to the same one I've made the past several years (mostly because it actually seems to be working to some extent) and that is to catch up - and stay caught up - with my messages here on DA. Usually I slack off sometime around the middle of the year, but this year I made it to mid-November before the inevitable slide, so I'm pretty proud of that. :nod:

First thing will be to clean out and get caught up on my DA messages. I actually don't have too many that require responding to, but I have a lot of stuff I've been holding onto to comment that I have to go through.

I've also got a couple of new projects I'd like to start here coming up, as well as some requests that people have been waiting on that I need to do. Now that the rush of the holidays is over, it should be a lot easier to manage my time to get that stuff done, so you'll see me commenting a bit more often and I'll probably have some stuff to post here coming up. Especially now that all but one of my multi-page updates that I have for the comics for the foreseeable future are finally ready.

Sorry to disappear fora while there, but as it seems to be an annual habit from me, I'm sure most people expected it. ^^; Here's hoping this can finally be the year I make it all the way to the end.
...I wouldn't hold my breath, though. ;)
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: Barenaked Ladies
  • Reading: Order of the Stick
  • Watching: Adventure Time
Drunk Duck is finally back up and online!

They had to rebuild the site, so the url has changed. Instead of drunkduck.com, it's now theduckwebcomics.com. The new urls for the comics are www.theduckwebcomics.com/Twist… and www.theduckwebcomics.com/Firef….

And I just went through and changed the Comic Rocket links to the Wordpress sites today, haha! ^^; It's probably just as well, though, the Wordpress sites will probably be more reliable. After all, this isn't the first time this has happened to Drunk Duck. So, I think that going forward, the Wordpress sites will be the "main" sites, with the Drunk Duck sites being a mirror just in case something happens to them.

Currently the Drunk Duck sites are several pages behind, but I don't want people coming in in the middle of things, so I'm not going to update them until Monday, when I'll put up an accelerated update schedule so they can catch up to the Wordpress sites. The Wordpress sites - Twisted Mirrors and Firefly Cross - will of course update as normal.

Speaking of Comic Rocket, I've posted about it before, but it really is a pretty cool site. If you read a lot of webcomics, it keeps them all grouped together so you can see what comics updated when and it will hold you place when you're reading, so you can stop in the middle if something comes up. Both TM and FFC are on there, feel free to check it out! :D
  • Mood: Triumph
  • Listening to: Imagine Dragons
  • Watching: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (yes really)
So DA has been doing these updates lately with little cosmetic changes to the site. No big deal, they largely don't effect me, but they've also unveiled this new "mentions" thing which I think stands as a testament to ideas that sound really good on paper, but aren't going to work out so hot in practice. The idea is that if you put another user's name in one of your posts (i.e., you "mention" them) this sends a note to the user in question letting them know. Neat idea right? It lets you see who's talking about you on DA...
However, in practice?...

I got a "mention" before I even saw the DA post about it. It was that fast. Know what it was? Spam. And I have a feeling that every mention I get from here on out is going to be exactly that. Spam. Collect a bunch of user names, stick them into your unrelated posts, Bam - Free advertising sent directly to user's inboxes. I don't hold any ill-will to the person who did it to me, they weren't advertising anything, I think they were just excited by the feature and wanted to show it off, but all it did was show me all this feature is going to be used for.

To DA's credit, they allow you to turn this feature off in "settings" which I genuinely appreciate. I'm not sitting here shaking my walker at DA and talking about what a terrible idea it is - it's actually a kind of neat idea. It's mostly just funny that I got a prime example of how it's going to be abused within hours of it going live. Dangit, internet, this is why we can't have nice things! :shakefist:

For myself, I've been trying to put some banner images together for the comic sites for the past couple of days and I just. can't. do. it. I have no idea what my problem is, but everything I try just looks terrible.

For FFC, I drew images of Katyn, Ry and Chaerius to put into the banner. Liked it when I drew it. Liked it when I inked. Still like it after I scanned it. Resized and put into the banner? Looks awful. It might be salvagable if I cut out Ry and Chaerius and just use Katyn, but she's got the least interesting design of the bunch! I think at this point I'd be better off scrapping it and starting over.

For TM....TM...ugh, I have no idea. What do I even put in that banner? Should I put Tren, or Nareth? Should it be both? Should it be Jaith or Tai instead? A generic boetheri? I honestly considered doing no image at all and just giving it a text banner, but then it's even harder, since my design skills are so low. I have no idea how to make a text banner look good. All I have so far is white text on a black background...and that's it.

I don't know what to do, I'm not even sure if I'm looking for advice or just venting, since I do want the banners to reflect me and my art, so I'd prefer to make sure they get done myself. Ugh. I'd just leave well enough alone, but the blank text at the top of the pages just looks so amateurish and if I'm going to do this whole website thing then I want to do it the best I can. If anyone knows of any resources for advice on how to do this sort of thing, I'm all ears.

Remember, kids, this is why it's important to pay attention in your design classes in school. Don't be a loser like me, pay attention and be cool! :XD:
  • Mood: Not Impressed
  • Listening to: Rooster Teeth
  • Watching: Ultimate Spiderman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The fourth installment in my Monkey Island Let's Play series is FINALLY complete and online! Escape from Monkey Island! Man, this one took way too long to do, and there's a reason for that, though if you want to see me draw the Monkey Island characters a whole bunch of times you should definitely check it out! :D

The playlist is here!

I explain the above in the videos themselves, but I'll explain it here too. EMI is kind of an older game at this point, and recording the game was a little bit of a hassle. The gameplay itself recorded okay...but the cutscenes did not. They either recorded in poor quality or not at all. So, for the ones that didn't record at all, I decided to draw them!
It was fun, I don't regret doing it, but it was a lot of work - even though I mostly just drew sketches - and that's why this one took so long to complete. When i got towards the end, I was actually able to rip the cutscenes from a PS2 copy of the game, but the early ones are all with poor quality or drawn. ^^; Just so's you know.

Previous Let's Plays:

The Secret of Monkey Island
Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge
The Curse of Monkey Island (Also had some recording trouble.)

Up next will be what is currently the last game of the series: Tales of Monkey Island. And since it's a newer game, I doubt I'll have the same issues with it, so it should come together much more quickly.
...and I really can't wait to play it again, it's what all this has been leading to! :D
  • Mood: Excited
  • Listening to: Monkey Island Commentaries
  • Watching: Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes