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     First, hand update: I'm still a long ways away from being healed enough to work again. :(

     Second, this is a bit of a long read, so there's a summary at the bottom if you want the quick version.

     I've been pondering my options. It's been almost a year since I started Shards. During the period where I've been unable to make pages for it I've continued to work on the story itself, and it's becoming clear that it's just too big for me to make as a comic with how screwed up my hands are.

     A vague estimate is if I worked on it exclusively, at two pages per mouth it would take at least 20 years to make, and that's not taking into account the Kyoshi comic, which I don't want to cancel. And that's just those stories - I have others I want to tell too.

     What can I do then? Petty much the only way I can think of to keep it a comic is to draw everyone as stick figures, but there's no way I would be satisfied with that (and I doubt most readers would want to read it that way as it would not do justice to the story at all), and if I'm honest, I sincerely doubt I could keep myself from trying to make it more detailed again.

     As such, I've been forced to conclude that it's just not feasible as it is.

     Okay, a comic is out, then. The solution?

     Writing.

     I actually wanted to make a novelization of Shards even before I decided to make it a comic (the version before the comic was a role playing game), so I already thought it's suited to the format.

     Writing isn't my first choice of mediums, it's true - comics are what I love making most. However, I've been writing a few sections of the story over the past week and have been having fun with it. I think it's working quite well.

     I didn't think it was a realistic option originally because of how slow it was to write, but I've been getting a lot better with the alternative input program I've been using and it's increasing the amount I can write per day.

     It amazes me just how much faster it is to write a scene than to draw it. Even with my reduced writing speed, what takes months to make as a comic I can write in hours.

     Being able to create content so fast (even though it's still a lot slower than normal typing) has also improved my mood dramatically. I'm making genuine progress on stuff instead of just waiting to heal (a couple weeks ago I thought my left wrist had gotten better enough to do some daily drawing with it - that turned out to be wrong). And a huge bonus? My writing solution doesn't use my hands, so I can rest them and still create!

     I'm also considering other options, like making pieces of art to accompany the story, or drawing an occasional page to show bits of the story as I originally imagined it.

     This approach also has the benefit of not monopolizing all my available hand endurance to work on two comics. This way I can use that time to work on other stuff.

     What about the Kyoshi comic, then?

     I'm not sure. I'm debating perhaps writing the less visually important parts of the story and drawing the parts that would benefit most from it. That would get you all the story much faster, and it would make it a lot easier for me as there are some upcoming scenes which would, shall we say, take a lot of work to draw and would probably screw up the two pages per week pace. I would prefer to keep at least some parts of it a comic though. I haven't decided what to do about it yet.

     Okay then, writing. Next problem - how to distribute it?

     I hadn't plotted out all of Shards when I started it, but because of the pace of new pages, I had quite a while to make the script before the pages caught up. With writing I actually catch up too fast. I don't write the initial ideas in a straight line, so releasing Shards chapter by chapter wouldn't work. It's far better suited to release all at once as a novel.

     The Kyoshi story on the other hand might actually work to release chapter by chapter because I've got more of it already figured out. This would also give me a way to produce new content to show people while my hands are healing.

     So yeah, tldr: I'm switching to making Shards a novel because it's my only realistic option, and am considering partially or entirely turning the Kyoshi story into a fanfic as well.

     Any thoughts? How would you feel about the Kyoshi comic turning partially or entirely into a fanfic? Let me know!

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spirit469 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2016
Please please please continue with Kyoshi, I need to see where that story goes. I would also love to get a chapter a week or something like that! Anything! Ahh, I just really need to see this, heck I'll pay you money, just please do it
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Amirai Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2016
Thanks! I desperately want to continue working on it. If only tendons didn't take so long to heal!

I've been alternating between my desire to work in a visual medium and my frustration about not making progress for so long. Sometimes I just want to make it all a fanfic because at least that's something I can do right now, but there are a lot of elements that I wanted to communicate with panels rather than words. I really need to experiment a little or at least make some sketches before I can feel confident about making a decision like that. Hopefully my hand will heal soon so I can get back to work on it!

I don't know if you were joking or not about paying to help me continue on it, but I do have a patreon here: www.patreon.com/Amirai?ty=h I should mention though, even when my hand is at the best it's been in the past decade, I've never been able to manage a page a week - the fastest I've managed was a page every 1.5 weeks. I'm also not the fastest writer in the world either. Basically, I don't want to get your hopes up about the speed of my output.

If you did mean you would pay me as a joke, no worries (and no pressure). Either way, your comments, enjoyment of my work and support are very much appreciated! :)
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Ragnaroke8 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2016
When you think you would be able to upload the next page???
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:iconamirai:
Amirai Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2016
I have no idea when my hands'll heal, so I can't tell you. No sooner than a couple months at this rate.
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:iconragnaroke8:
Ragnaroke8 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2016
Ok, get better :D
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superboltstrike Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'd like the Kyoshi comic to be partially a fanfic because I love the visuals, but honestly I'll still read it no matter what.
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Airumel Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
However you do it, I'll read it. :)
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kyoshee Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
whatever you do, im ready to read it with a big smile! do what makes you comfortable and happy :)
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WrenWind Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I think that Shards would be pretty cool as a novel, but I feel like Kyoshi's story is incredibly visual. I would personally prefer Kyoshi to stay at least partially in comic form, but at the end of the day you need to put your health first. Keeping Kyoshi a comic wouldn't be worth it if it's going to compromise your health!
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Amirai Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2016
Yeah, I was hoping to make Shards a visual feast as well, but I think having art accompanying the story will suffice in its case.

I've decided I'll definitely keep the Kyoshi story at least partially a visual experience too, I've been thinking about it and some scenes just need art to accompany them to have the full effect.
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RagnaLocke Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016
I think turning them into fanfics with a few drawings here and there would work best. So, basically, I agree with your idea. :) As long as you don't strain yourself, I'm okay with it.
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ChikaraRyoku Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016
however you present your art, i'll be sure to watch and read it
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:iconamirai:
Amirai Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016
Glad to hear it. Thanks for all the supportive comments you make! :)
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ChikaraRyoku Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016
YW
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JGDaniels Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2016  Student Writer
I'd love to see more of Shards in whatever format you choose.
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Starwarrior4ever Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I did something similar to this with a story, the NeverWorld. Perhaps you could consider this idea for the kioshi comic; writing out the story and illustrating along the sides of it ( for example starwarrior4ever.deviantart.co… )
Due to busy schedules and other things I was unable to continue this, but it was definitely much quicker than drawing it all out in comic format. It's just an idea ^-^
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Amirai Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016
Thanks for the link, I was actually considering a text/picture format similar to that! I guess I don't have to make a mockup now since you've shown it works well!
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Starwarrior4ever Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome, I'm glad I could help!! :D 
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Zylia Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2016
What about a story/art combo in an adult/young adult picture book where you draw important scenes from the story like Alice in Wonderland, the Harry Potter beginning chapters, or Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi Spiderwick Chronicles? 
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:iconamirai:
Amirai Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016
Yeah, that's what I'm leaning towards at the moment. Some sort of text/picture/panels hybrid that blends and flows between the formats.
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Zylia Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016
I would highly recommend checking out the Spiderwick Chronicles for a good example of combining texts and pictures. tgs.gargoyles-fans.org is also a good example of a chapter/picture website. 
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Caseyrafael137 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2016
I feel like you should do whatever is best for your health. My opinion though is that Shards would be perfect for a novel since it is your own creation and it would work as a novel just as well as it would work as a comic. The kyoshi comic though I feel would be best as a comic. There is just a certain dynamic about it that makes it more appealing as a comic, but that doesn't mean it couldn't be as charming in fanfic form. If you did turn it into a fanfic I would totally read it because I'm already so invested it, so you do what you need to do :)
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Eclo Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2016
Don't really mind. Do whatever makes you comfortable.
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stelly777 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I for one wouldn't mind if Kyoshi was turned in to a fanfiction story, as beautiful as your art is you NEED to take care of your self, would I prefer a comic yes do I need it no I just want to read the rest of the story, and there's something to be said about how your imagination can be better then what you see
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JBaulmont Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2016   General Artist
It would be different that's sure... I'm not against. But how do you write? :D Please tell me you don't mean like some of those fanfics... :lol: (You will need to describe the scenes, not just the dialogue.)
The good thing is we already know well the characters with the comic, how they look, etc.
You can try to post several chapters written together and see the feedback.
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:iconamirai:
Amirai Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2016
Lol, what are you implying? XD Changing the format won't affect the... content of the story, if I'm reading you right. There's a time and place for such things, but this story isn't it.

Making sure I describe things properly with words instead of pictures is something I'll have to get used to, true.

I like the idea of just giving it a non-committal try for a couple chapters and seeing what people think. I might do that.
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JBaulmont Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016   General Artist
Nooo no no hahaha :lol: I mean not well written (not need to be the best but I have seen people starting to write and maybe the plot is good but not how it is done...)
But I think you'll do it well Thumbs Up 
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:iconamirai:
Amirai Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016
Whoops! Heh, sorry for misinterpreting.

Yeah, I'm not as experienced at writing prose as I am with art, but I'm determined to make great work and I'll continue trying to improve!
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DreamerDon Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I don't mind Shards becoming a novel, which I wouldn't mind a comic version of said novel down the road.  But I wouldn't like to see the Kyoshi story being turned into a fanfic.  I think, and I could be wrong about this, that it would lose some of its flare if that were to happen.  
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Amirai Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2016
Yeah, that's part of my concern too, how what I have in mind wouldn't translate 100% perfectly if I was to write the Kyoshi story instead. There are some things that add punch to a scene that don't work in writing, like camera angles. You just have to leave it up to the reader to imagine. That's why I was thinking of possibly making it a hybrid comic/fanfic - it's kind of an odd format, but might be the best option. Thanks for the feedback!
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DreamerDon Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Not a problem. I know you'll probably shoot this suggestion down, but... What about getting a guest artist to draw Kyoshi while you're recovering? You'd be writing scripts for it and possibly doing light sketches of what you want the page to look like.
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Amirai Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2016
It's a good thought and it's something I actually considered, but I don't think it's feasible for a few reasons. It's a huge commitment that I don't feel comfortable asking anyone for, I don't have the money to pay anyone and I don't even have the ability to put basic compositional sketches together fast enough either (not to mention I'm a bit of a dictator when it comes to this sort of thing and I'm not sure if anyone would be happy following storyboards that much, reducing their level of creative input to the project). It would also take away from my efforts to be directly creative through writing while trying to direct someone, and I'm not even sure I could write fast enough to keep up with the artist.

Perhaps for some other project I could pursue it, but I'm just not personally comfortable with the idea yet.
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DreamerDon Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Those are all good reasons.  And there are ways around those reasons too.  I'm holding them back due to me respecting your decision on it, unless you want to hear them.
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:iconamirai:
Amirai Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2016
I'm totally up for updating my stance based on new information. :) Have at it!
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DreamerDon Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok.  Let's start with money.  If you have a large following, you can money raise the money through Patreon saying "Get Kyoshi out of Hiatus" and use the money to hire the artist.

Writing:  Have the artist do drafts. As he/she submits the drafts, you'll have the time to write the next page.

Sketching: If you can't sketch, can you pose while a friend takes pictures?  This will give the artist the drawing angles you want. 

Lack of creative input: As long as this is addressed when you and the artist come to a formal arrangement, the artist will have no problems as he/she will know full well what they are getting into.   Also, the fact that you're paying them, helps ease them.

Did I miss one?
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:iconamirai:
Amirai Featured By Owner Edited Apr 14, 2016
I very much doubt I would be able to raise enough money to hire an artist, I'm afraid.

I try to avoid talking about my disabilities, but because of that I don't reveal just how disabled I actually am, so I understand why you would think I would be able to handle it. Let's just say the workload would be more than I could manage for an ongoing comic.

I do have a short story in the Shards universe that would work better as a comic than prose though... I was considering presenting it as a script, but perhaps if I prepared all the materials beforehand then I wouldn't have to worry about not being able to keep up with the artist. It would also make it easier to find someone since it would be a smaller commitment.
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