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Another week flies by.  Next week will be hell before christmas.  my work hours are going to make it difficult to get much done. T_T
So glad I finished Renascence 3 before hand.  Speaking of Renascence, I will be posting renascence 1+2 for those who haven't read it yet.  To those who already read it, I apologize for the lack of new work and thank you for supporting my short lived attempt at self publishing.
I will still work on other new stuff to update so it won't be totally boring.  ^_^ ;;watchers be prepared for a bombardment of comic pages in the next week.

I've mentioned before, that I really don't think of myself as particularly strong at writing or drawing.  Mashing the two elements together kind of provides me with a crutch.  I don't think my illustrations are particularly striking, and I pity anyone who has tried to cipher through the jumbled fragments of words I slap around trying to write.  I think I married to comics for life >__<;  I feel the most comfortable telling my stories in this format but it takes so daaaamn long.  Well I guess that's the nature of story telling.

I have goofy little 3 page short for Dante and Skye I want to finish.  So much for making Dante do something cool, but he takes humiliation pretty well.  I think out of the Renascence comics, I did enjoy "Hungry" the most.  Probably because "Threads" is missing Simion and he was one of my favorite Soul Union characters.  The gentle, protective family guy, that turns around and obliterates anyone else without a second thought. ^__^

For anyone else who might have missed it, I am collaborating with :iconoffbeat-fan-group: to make a short holiday offbeat comic.  Saturday is the last day for script entries so lend me your ideas!! I'll have one drawn by Christmas~
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Thanks to the supporters of Off*beat~!!
  • Listening to: videogame remix!!
  • Reading: secret~~!
  • Watching: my life fly by
  • Playing: nothing this week
  • Eating: chocolate chip pancakes
  • Drinking: instant coffee
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mizushimo Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
I just reread the first two volumes of Off*Beat. I disagree with your comment that you aren't a good storyteller. I don't think I've ever seen someone do such a good job at building up two characters attractions for each other without either one realizing what is going on. I've never seen the unknowing attraction carried on so long in manga, usually the pair get together after a volume of foot-dragging at the most. But I really like the slow pace, it feels more realistic and it makes the characters seem more human. Tory has to juggle school, making friends, his relationship with his mom, a whole slew of new feelings that he doesn't understand for the mute Colin and the investigation of a nebulous conspiracy all throughout two volumes of manga.

I know that some reviews have complained about the pacing of Off*Beat, but I think that its slowness is its strength. We get to spend so much time with the characters, learning about their strengths and weaknesses, while watching the anti-social Tory trying to cope with them in his own way. I also love how the main plot slowly shifts from Tory investigating project GAIA to Tory's relationship with Colin as the story progresses. I think it's a credit to you as a writer for doing this without jarring the narrative. It was like watching a flower slowly open. I personally love it when stories start off about one thing but end up being about something greater by the end.

The mystery of Colin and the Gaia project is something that I'm looking forward to finally being revealed. It's great fun because I really have no idea what the reality of that situation is going to be. Does Colin have some kind of supernatural power that is being studied by his guardian? Or is the reality more mundane than that, Colin might just have some kind of rare disease, the sci-fi-ish aspect of it could be a giant red herring. Maybe Colin's an alien! I love the mystery of it all.

I wait with bated breath for the 'grand' conclusion of Off*Beat!

PS. I don't think that you should consider comics to be an inferior mashup of writing and drawing. Off*Beat as a novel wouldn't be nearly as rich or coherent and it would be impossible to tell such a complex story with illustrations alone. The scene where Tory finds Colin asleep in the library wouldn't have been so poignant, or been able to convey so many things in one instant if it were just described in a text narrative. I think that you should be proud of what you have been able to do with a sequence of words and pictures. Because you are both an artist and a writer can tell stories that can't be told in any other way.
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wulfmune Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
thanks for re-reading and taking the time to give me all of this feedback.
firstly, i hope i don't come across as fishing for compliments >_<; when i started thinking strongly of my own characters and stories, i was heavily interested by fantasy novels. i wrote a lot of prose. i had always drawn a lot but really just doodling. both writing and drawing came difficultly for me. i don't think of comics as an inferior mash up at all!

i think it's a perfect medium for people like myself, who dabble in a both. i found it to be a great way of expressing my ideas to the fullest of my ability. i guess i found myself lacking as a prose writer or purely as an illustrator. i think being on deviantart, people tend to focus at pinups and think "oh this person draws." and leave it at that. i don't think of myself as an artist, so much as i do a creator. if i didn't *want* to write, i don't think i would draw. i think my writing, even in this journal, perhaps is not expressing my thoughts clearly XD;;; i apologize if i'm rambling!

reading your comment about off*beat, especially about the library scene is really everything i hoped to accomplish ^___^ ty~ :hug:
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GameShift Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
D': I keep pressing your link and it keeps 404'ing, anyone else facing this dilemma?
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wulfmune Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
ah i dunno. i thought it worked at first (i usually test all my links) XD;; but the submissions is over, i will make an update about it when the mini comic is posted. stay tuned! :)
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blwhere Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You knoooow... My artwork has been influenced by you. I spent a couple of years drawing Tory a lot. And I noticed with it that my drawings were becoming more like it. I think the eyes were really influenced by you. Otherwise, I would have kept drawing eyes like this... *Bottom of page*
But even though you don't think your art is particularly special, I do. It's really helped me come a long way.
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wulfmune Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
ty~ i like to think i have some solid foundations but whenever i see other artwork that i'm always being humbled~! such is life!
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blwhere Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's no problem at all. There are, your artwork really stands out to me in a great way. Not just for Off*beat but anything you draw. Your style is very cool, and I like the ruggish feel to it.

I have more of thick style. Just b/c I draw people who are bigger than most. I felt a need to draw females thicker than what is portrayed in anime since you've hardly seen thick sexy characters. So, it also helped me get my style out there without feeling as though people wouldn't like it.
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red-gold-sparks Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Oh, mini-comics! I am excited! :boogie:
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wulfmune Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
ty~ i hope you like them :)
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Byzantea Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
omgomgomgomgomg! I'm so excited! :icongwahplz:
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