Issue 1-0 Page 9
JustNoPoint on April 15, 2010
I've got 3 announcements!
1st is a quickie. Last week I stealth updated the page before this one. So if you didn't see the new page go back and take a look.
2nd is a much LARGER announcement!
I decided to update both halves of this concurrent issue at the same time! Currently you will find the other half being posted in The Devon Legacy Prologue . I noticed a lot of readers have not realized I'm updating again over here. So to help redirect traffic I'll be putting the other half of this issue there.
The 3rd is simply that I have some Devon Legacy and DLP merchandise available in the DD store if anyone wants to get Fenny's pretty face on a mug, shirt, etc.
Speaking of Fenny and Sally they seem to be trying out for new jobs in the Used Books world! Take a look at this very funny world bending page that Vickie made ^^
Now I can finally talk about the page I uploaded. I want everyone to pretend that Rick's father in panel 3 is drawn well and not horrible after 3 attempts that for some reason I could not get right! ;-) I really hate it when that happens. It's not like it's a hard pose but I just couldn't draw for some reason o_O
EDIT: Edited the page because I'm an idiot and Patrick was right. I was so concerned with drawing that I forgot -_- I fully intended to keep Europe driving opposite of the US.
usedbooks: I think I fixed everything you mentioned.
usedbooks(2): Remember this is a flashback. Kaida may have been visiting in NYC too in "the present" O_O
DAJB: I was so good at keeping a schedule (mostly :P) I feel very odd not having set dates for the updates! But yeah, I have to make sure it's right or I won't enjoy what I'm making!
edbang: I tried to fix everything you mentioned as well. And the concurrent storyline idea might work even BETTER like this!
edbang(2): WOOT! I wish you would have mentioned the straight lines thing the 1st time so I wouldn't have carried it over ;-)
Evil Emperor Nick: Yep! This is the whole reason for the comic's name MUAHAHAHAHA!!!
As for helping with story stuff... I've been thinking about it off and on but I don't want to overload you. You already work on so many projects as it is!
Tantz Aerine: Glad you still liked it either way.
Tantz Aerine (2): MUCH better response ^_^
dueeast: As long as he's psychotic that's all that matters =D
jgib99: We have enough red for the day!
patrickdevine: I tried to make the tears in the field a bit more pronounced but I had trouble since it was far away. Hope it still looks better.
that kid yellow: Thanks and enjoy!
Greyman: Yeah that's part of what this flash back is for. To show that he went through a lot with his super power and learned from it.
Hapoppo: I can run the wrong way at times =D
Meechi: Everytime I start working again you go on hiatus XD
Abt_Nihil: (generic copy paste reply that I gave you via PQ so no need to reply back)
Hey, thanks for leaving such a kick arse comment. Sorry you came in on a page I wasn't thrilled on and am redrawing XD In the event you wanted to discuss further I figured I'd PQ you. And don't think I'd think wrongly of any feedback you may give me. Your work inspires me a lot so I'd be much more inclined to open my mind to your suggestions. Anyway without furthering this more.
(1) Web site is looking great, and the features are very cool. The map is a neat idea. However, while the header (including the map) is in the center of my screen, the page and comment section are not - they're on the left side. Why is that? Doesn't seem like something that would be hard to fix, eh?
A lot of this stuff I couldn't code myself. I also wanted to optimize a bunch of coding with CSS. I don't know how to code it either =p I paid a friend to code the site for me. So I could focus on scripting, etc But it turns out DD hates CSS. So it's kind of a hybrid of CSS and tables.
I didn't want to pay more to rebuild the whole site and it would take a whole day to put the site in table format. If I didn't break it myself by removing CSS =p
(2) As for the actual comic, art and colors look beautiful. You can really see the improvement in your work. But you can also see that you're headed somewhere else - please don't take this comment as meaning that your current art isn't great, it just means your style looks like it's in the middle of evolving.
Glad you think it looks better. This is kind of an aggravating thing for me too though. I know my art is evolving but I'm still trying to pick a solid direction for it. Conflict between anime and US art influences =p Hopefully it'll level out in an issue or so ^_^
(3) I have absolutely no idea what's going on and what this is going to be about, but I guess that's because there are only 8 pages at this point ^_^ This feels like you've got a lot to set up, and you're introducing different characters for some unknown purpose... gathering your players. With the prologue, you've shown that you've got the patience, motivation and stamina to actually get to where you want to be. I'm looking forward to reading it, so I can get a better feel for your approach at writing comics.
I hope you won't mind my sharing a few more thoughts on this point. By doing this I don't mean to imply that I'm in a position to preach about these things - it's just because I think about them a lot. When you're setting up an epic story, and you've got the feeling that your pay-off - the ultimate resolution, the point at which all things come together - is far in the future, how do you approach writing the comic NOW? If all the fun to be had is in the far future, doesn't that mean that the present is just a lot of hard work, with the distant (and, in the world of webcomics, where most are cancelled, or life interferes in some way at some point, uncertain) promise of some validation of this work? So, methings: Set-up has to be pay-off at the same time! Personally, I don't trust that the future will ever come. And while I write comics mainly for the ultimate resolution of the story, I don't trust that this resolution will validate the whole comic. But of course, there's still this tension between setting things up and things paying off.
Just... thoughts... :P
Don't worry. I know exactly what you mean =)
The entirety of the Prologue was stuff I didn't want to make. I was looking past it. But I kept pushing through. I finally figured out how to really feel it by issue 3. I think readers can probably tell I finally get it by then too. I stopped looking ahead and started focusing on the current story/issue. Making sure this single entity was awesome and had it's own payoffs and whatnot. It was not about the end or the final payoff anymore. It was just about the adventure and seeing it all play out.
I won't lie. I have not gotten back to that mode for the current issue. But there will be payoff in this issue for myself. I've come to terms with the fact that I will never get anywhere in the over all story. So it's up to me to make sure each issue can shine. Yeah, this "side" of issue 1 is just mostly an introduction to some new very important players. For most of the issue they don't get into much so it is kinda tasking to work on it. Especially since I have this huge feeling of finality after the Prologue XD
But all the fun isn't in the FAR future. It's just in a few more pages for me. And hopefully for the readers. I just really needed to set some stuff up. TBH I just don't like drawing kids and I didn't flesh out their designs at all before I added them in. I didn't even think about it till I got to the flashback and was all "F*** they are kids here!" I guess I kept imagining their normal looks :P
I have a lot of cool things FAR into the future too. But for now I'm looking at this just a chapter at a time and an issue at a time. I have some cool things in this chapter too. (The chapter looks like it'll be around 11-12 issues which is twice the Prologue LOL)
Again, thanks! I hope my comic is something you can end up enjoying. And it's okay that you are lost at the moment. Even if you read the Prologue not much of this would be amounting to anything for you yet.