The Future of the Comic!

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Hello, all! I have recently come to some important decisions regarding my comics.

I’m shelving Millennium, the comic.

I’ll still be actively working on concept artwork – characters, places, and scenarios – without all the mental exhaustion of having to worry about actually making a comic. This is not the end of Millennium. The archives since 2003 remain online.

I’ll continue actively working on Lovefeast, the comic.

A stylistically simpler and much shorter comic that’s at least partially grounded in “reality”, Lovefeast is both easier to develop and to produce.

Why shelf Millennium?

There’s definitely more than one reason, and all of them pretty good ones. Read more about it on my personal Tumblr blog.

You’ll continue to see updates here every once in a while, but you should definitely follow the Millennium Tumblr for future development posts and announcements as well!

I’ll be around, and the site will as well. Feel free to contact me anytime!

Sitewatch 2013!

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2 of Cups

Hello, all! I know I said I’d keep you updated about things after some backend site maintenance, and I sort of fell out of these regular updates for a while. Sorry about that! I’m totally still around, though! Things are going more slowly than anticipated on the comics-front, but I also didn’t expect March-April to be so busy. I’m not a person used to juggling many things, try as I may. It’s a learning process!

The good news is, and this is apparent if you visited at all since my last message, but the website is fine! I made some updates to WordPress and Webcomic that were a long time in coming and the basis for some big future updates that will roll out when the comic starts up again! I’m personally very excited, but there’s still a lot of work to be done.

The other good news is that I definitely want to get this thing updating again before the year ends. I know that sounds like a long time after an already-long process of restarting, but it’s already May! We have a long path ahead of us all, but I’ve never been more excited to take it!

To start (over), however…the new and exact starting point of the story has been a point of internal contention for me, even since I restarted Millennium in 2008. Maybe I’ll make that part of one of my upcoming posts! (Without spoilers, of course!)

Oh, by the way! Today I posted this image, the official last card of the Webcomics Tarot to be completed! That site still has some more updates coming to it, so it’s not “over” yet. I’m glad I started it — webcomic people are awesome!

See you again soon!

Up Next:

  • Sibling Rivalry
  • Signs of Civilization
  • The Quiet Hometown
  • Nice Getup, Pal!
  • Areas to Explore
  • Ronou’s Hometown, Clayden
  • Dark Hybrids and the Ones Who Control Them
  • And more!

Site Update Incoming

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Hey, everyone! I just wanted to let you know that this weekend, the site will be upgraded — or specifically the WordPress part of the site, the page archives. During this update, things might break momentarily, but that shouldn’t last long — so don’t think I’ve disappeared if you just happen to see the site acting funny! It’s just updates! We’re still around!
One thing I’ve always made sure to do is maintain the integrity of the site even while it wasn’t actively being updated, so don’t worry if you see something out-of-sorts for a short bit!

Sunday evening EDIT: This has been put off ’til sometime during the week! I’ll give the all-clear when the upgrade’s finally complete!

Stepping Stones

This upgrade is goes along with something I’ve been wanting to do for the better part of a year…besides getting this story going, of course! No one wants to deal with sub-par distribution when it comes to what they’re creating (or at least I don’t), so the time calls for upgrading — and that goes right with all the other behind-the-scenes stuff that’s been going on with the comic lately. It’ll be nice! Ever closer to a proper comic in the proper light!

Quick Updates

I’m still working on the next developmental updates, and the new pages! Yet sometimes I have less substantial news. You can see me give out quick blurbs of updates or bonus drawings/doodles at various websites, especially Twitter and Tumblr, which is why I’m linking them in this post! Go there if you like keeping up with comics via social media!
(Side note: they’re not even a fraction as frequently updated as, say, my main Twitter…if you happen to be familiar with it! But they do post whenever there’s something to be posted about!)

Ronou’s Redesign

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Ronou Through the Years

Hello! I’m continuing the developmental doings with a post about the major makeover of our prime protagonist!

From Boring to Brave

Ronou New

…Or at least I’d like to think so!

Ronou's old design, as drawn by Tom Bancroft!

Apart from a little elemental influence, not a whole lot of thought was put into the majority of the main characters’ designs when I first drew them in 2003. The first doodles were a product of some mix of stirring ideas and classroom boredom. (And ultimately, the most productive thing that has come of my old love of role playing games.)

That said, apart from the fleshing-out of my drawing abilities and some changing details, their basic designs have not changed very much in ~10 years — except Ronou’s.

Ronou faces

A True Protagonist

As the poster child of this comic (along with Mune, but a bit more weight is put on Ronou), Ronou has lots of responsibility and lots of things to represent and embody. The other characters haven’t changed very much in appearance since their first show in-comic (except clothes-wise — I can’t wait for that post! — but not so much their faces) because their looks still basically represent what they are. Mune, a deceptively gentle-looking and intelligent Water Mage. Sabér, reticent yet powerful and multi-skilled, like Earth. Sarn, unpredictable as Fire and also witting (and capable of arson).

Ronou and Mune Designs

Yet Ronou, the determined and fun-loving wonder of Wind — Ronou’s look fit the bill, yet it was…boring. When you see her old incarnation, your mind isn’t prompted to say, “Who is he? What’s his story?” Except for the fountain hair. That was something, I guess.

I can’t add embellishment to a character just to make up for their essential boringness, though. It has to be genuine! Perhaps an overhaul was in order. And so it occurred!

My true hope is that Ronou relates to people. She tends to go with her gut — though her impulsiveness doesn’t mean she won’t learn from her mistakes. Going with the flow is a Wind sort of thing, and it’s with that spirit that she leads the story!

What Does a Change in Appearance Mean?

For the most part, it’s just that. I didn’t have to alter the script beyond the pronouns for this purpose — except for a couple situations made slightly more interesting. It made me realize how flexible this character is — though I started thinking that a female role would have always been more believable.

Ronou's new design, as drawn by Ryan Estrada!

There are practical reasons behind these changes as well. Ronou’s hometown, Clayden (which gets its own post a little ways down the road) is a heterogeneous village composed of different people from different places over time, only having, in recent years, built up generations of families. For Ronou and Mune to have looked so similar doesn’t make much sense. I liked Mune’s design as it was (and it seemed to be a favorite among readers back in the day — I’m glad!), so I decided to mix it up with Ronou’s.

Ronou's Hair

As for the genderswap, I find that most of the characters I’ve ever written are male — even from the stories I made as a small kid. That appears to be my preference, too: I tend to gravitate toward and root for the male characters in things, if only because they are the likable main character with all the focus. (Think about it: creators tend to make central characters that relate to them, both visually and in, well, character. Why didn’t I?) Without politicizing it too much (because I’m driven by my inner voice more than anything), there are not enough cool female protagonists in the media that I consume — and definitely not in my own work. So, during this opportune moment of overhaul, I created one. And she’s in it for the long haul.

Got any questions? Don’t hesitate to send ‘em my way!

Coming Next:

  • Sibling Rivalry
  • Signs of Civilization
  • Nice Getup, Pal!
  • Areas to Explore
  • Ronou’s Hometown, Clayden
  • Dark Hybrids and the Ones Who Control Them
  • And more!

A Retelling in Motion!

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Seven of Wands - Ronou

Hello, everybody! I’m here to finally bring you developmental updates! You few who have stuck around to read and watch with such patience, I thank you! I had intended to be doing this more consistently throughout the year — and now I come to you with arms full! It all begins here!

Rethinking the Beginning

Prologue pages 4 and 5 thumbnail

I’ve reapproached the prologue to this story more times than anything else (except perhaps Arcs 4-6; they’re very detailed arcs). Frankly, what you see now is irrelevant — I’m not sure what I was thinking when I did these first 15 pages. It’d work in an animation where it’s not longer than 3 minutes, maybe, but not so much here. And I shouldn’t waste anyone’s time, especially my own!

As I’ve said before, I restarted Millennium because I couldn’t expand its world or anything without first rebuilding the basics. The start of the story is very important. Reconstructing the basis of this tale took longer than I thought it would, but all for the better — a firm vision is now in place!

When updates start again, we’ll start from the scene that was set to come after this, and these pages will go away. The next scene is a prelude to things to come — involving memories, emotions, and a starry sky.

Frist Page Color Test

A Loose Timeline

Mune and Runa

I’ve begun planning out the designs and page thumbnails for the prologue’s pages and story. Late winter/early spring is when I hope to start updating again! I’ll be posting development updates regularly until then, at least once a week (and even after — after all, there’s a lot to develop!). Please keep checking back! There’s a lot to cover!

Life’s a Sand Witch

Sand Witch of Desperta Desert

Life-wise, a lot of things have happened to me these past couple of years!

  • Acquiring a Big Girl job, only for the business to tank a few months later!
  • Adjusting to new life circumstances!
  • Relearning how to learn!
  • Major life changes! New ways of living! Not always in a good way! It’s disjointed and odd a lot of times.

Scrambling for any semblance of work, drowning bad feelings in copious amounts of Team Fortress 2 — I was happy, I was sad, I was fighting a near-constant fatigue, reticence and faltering work ethic — I wasn’t sure what would happen to me or what I could do!

All the while, I judged and juggled whether or not I could invest in all the things I wanted to do — especially my webcomic projects. For a short while, in spite of all the inspiration, the ideas, the love of the stories, I considered dropping one or both of them. I upgraded my equipment to be able to work on anything without hassle — and some of those upgrades proved to be…distracting, rather than practical!

But this past year, my 26th year on earth, it came to me. A lot of things started clicking together in my mind! I started noticing what I had to change to get closer to what I wanted to be. I started seeing things in other people that I wanted to see in myself. And I knew that I could do what I desired — which was to invest more in my personal projects and make them 100% worth my time, and others’ time as well! If I did that, I could make them successful, without a doubt!
My life has always been slow-going, but I like that story about the tortoise! That’s how it is now!

Ronou's Hair

So, that’s where I am! And I can say for the first time in a long while that I am excited to be bringing you Millennium!

Please keep your eyes peeled!

Coming Next:

  • Ronou’s Redesign
  • Sibling Rivalry
  • Signs of Civilization
  • Areas to Explore
  • Ronou’s Hometown, Clayden
  • And more!