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Serpamia Flare - Redrawing Chapter One Campaign

Journal Entry: Wed Jan 21, 2015, 3:36 AM


:note: 30/04/15: This campaign is now over! All 21 strips have been redrawn as planned by the end of April. Thank you so much for your support! :hug::heart::love:

So guys... I have a bit of a plea to make. XD;;; This has to do with the redrawing of chapter one.

So basically, I'm a little stuck on the whole thing. I don't want to compromise my current update schedule but not having the first chapter redone really bugs me. I'm pretty sure it bugs new readers, too. But redrawing this damn thing takes time, and when I'm not working on SF, I'm working on my novel.

As I'm not working full-time at the moment, I would like to monetise out of SF, but I am wary of doing so without redrawing the first chapter. But because SF doesn't earn me much moolah, I have not too much incentive to redo the first chapter on top of all the other work I am putting into both my novel and the regular updates. See the weird cyclical problem here? >_>;;; At this rate, the first chapter is going to get redrawn by the end of 2017.

A couple of readers have approached me through private messages to suggest I create an incentive for myself by opening up a donation or tip pool specifically for redrawing chapter one. I'm still a bit weirded out by doing this because let's face it - I need to redraw this thing anyway! But the idea presented to me has been, well, if you open up a donation pool then maybe you'll have a reason to get this done faster by using the usual time you spend on the novel by working on the redrawn strips.

I don't really have the drive to redraw the whole 80 pages but I would really like to redraw at least the low-res pencilled strips, which comprise of 21 strips.

So here's my plea: would you guys be interested in helping me out by tipping me enough to redraw the first chapter within the next couple of months? The pages will be available for everyone to see, not just supporters. But by tipping me, I can promise a few things:

1) The first 21 strips will get redrawn within the first quarter of this year (i.e. by the end of April 2015).

2) You will personally receive higher resolution files of the completed strips from me, both with and without text. (I work in very big files. >_>)

3) You will receive an exclusive two-page short that involves Cain and Nemi in Lari Oasis. (This was not on the side-story poll - it was a short I was planning to use in the omake between Chapters Four and Five a long time ago but decided not to do it. And no, it has no bearing on the plot... but it is still canon.)

The redrawn pages will have different layouts but the dialogue will be almost 100% the same, by the way. But hopefully will inflict less pain on the eyeballs. Here are some side-by-side comparison panels between the old and redrawn pages:>_>




























You can see the now redrawn strips in full linked at the bottom of this journal entry. :D

It's fine if you don't donate! No worries. The first chapter WILL be redrawn. Eventually. >_>

But if you don't mind giving me a bit of a push, then here's what you can do.

You can donate however much you want and still receive all the incentives I've listed above. Whether it's a dollar or two! So I'll let you decide however much you want to donate.

Second, you can send me a donation through my username at gmail dot com through Paypal.

Third, to keep me accountable, you should drop a comment on this journal in order to let me know you've sent me monies. This will keep things transparent for everyone. If you want to make an anonymous donation you can DA note me and I will make a note of it publicly without saying who you are. XD;

Fourth, I need to know your email account in order to email the necessary incentives I've promised above, so please be sure to let me know that if you do donate!

I will track for you guys how much is going into this, assuming people are actually interested in supporting this little campaign of mine. XD;; And if not, well... THAT'S OKAY GUYS REALLY. XD;;;; This will run until I've redone all 21 strips. Support comes in many forms, and money is only one of them. :) So don't feel obligated!

Alright, that's enough from me! Thank you guys for reading, always. :)



Redrawn strips:
:boing: Strip 001 - Sigh (2015, January 27th)
:boing: Strip 002 - Rawr (2015, February 2nd)
:boing: Strip 003 - Who are you? (2015, February 5th)
:boing: Strip 004 - Squik (2015, February 11th)
:boing: Strip 005 - You can look now (2015, February 16th)
:boing: Strip 006 - Stupid Coco (2015, February 20th)
:boing: Strip 007 - The Curse (2015, March 5th)
:boing: Strip 008 - Business Woman (2015, March 11th)
:boing: Strip 009 - Isn't this extortion? (2015, March 19th)
:boing: Strip 010 - Empty smile (2015, April 2nd)
:boing: Strip 011 - Itsy bitsy curse (2015, April 8th)
:boing: Strip 012 - Barrier (2015, April 15th)
:boing: Strip 013 - A Little Break (2015, April 17th)
:boing: Strip 014 - Mama (2015, April 23rd)
:boing: Strip 015 - Two Heartbeats (2015, April 24th)
:boing: Strip 016 - One Heartbeat (2015, April 25th)
:boing: Strip 017 - Giant Batmole (2015, April 26th)
:boing: Strip 018 - Sorry to wake you (2015, April 27th)
:boing: Strip 019 - One Blow (2015, April 28th)
:boing: Strip 020 - She meant it (2015, April 29th)
:boing: Strip 021 - What have I gotten myself into? (2015, April 30th)
:boing: Strip 022 - Stupid thing's tail (2015, June 29th) (Post-campaign)
:boing: Strip 023 - It was only a baby (2015, July 22nd) (Post-campaign)
:boing: Strip 024 - What's the point? (2015, August 4th) (Post-campaign)
:boing: Strip 025 - Heads up (2015, August 18th) (Post-campaign)
:boing: Strip 026 - Ueh... (2015, August 21st) (Post-campaign)

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:icondefo18:
defo18 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I may need to do this as well

Looking back, my art is awful... and the worst pasrt is, I thought I was pretty good back then.
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rufiangel Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, it's great when readers encourage you to redraw for sure! :D

We'll always continue to get better and better, at least, that's the hope for any artist~ so even now I look back at some things I've redrawn, and think I might change something already ^^; there's really no end to it. But! I won't go back of course, I just wanted to redraw it once. :)

You know, looking back at it, I don't think my old art was even really *that* awful! And I don't think yours was either. It's a matter of perspective, too - we're different people as we grow older. I've had a reader say they preferred the older versions compared to the redrawn ones for my first chapter, which I think goes to show it's not always a matter of technical art improvement - sometimes it's about capturing a certain feel, or mood, and it's impossible to recapture that exact same feeling years later. It's interesting!
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defo18 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Yes i can see that. I wanted to re draw a few first pages so that new readers wouldn't be turned away by the horrible art work. It just gets discouraging sometimes, that's one thing I wanted to change to bring in new readers. On CF i have about 30 subs and out of those about 2 comment regularly. I dont want to sound like I'm whining but I just wanted more exposture and feedback. One thing I do think does turn off my new readers is the bad artwork.

But im rambling.
Tell me. How did you become so popular?
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rufiangel Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I definitely understand what you mean about redrawing the few first pages in order to drawn in more new readers. That is exactly why I redrew my first lot of pages, too. The reality is that with so many webcomics out there garnering for readers' attention, increasing the incentive for people to be engaged from the get-go is somewhat imperative in gaining a competitive edge, so to speak. I do think that statistically speaking, SF retained more new readers after the redrawing campaign, though I unfortunately don't have numbers off the top of my head to prove it. XD;

Regarding subs, comments, exposure and feedback, I really do understand where you're coming from. We all want more of that as creators! And I'll be up-front, my first year on CF, I went through quite a lot of it comment-free. Most readers don't really trust webcomics to keep trucking on; so many just drop their projects halfway through and never finish them. I think a part of the reason a readership developed for SF was because I had a fairly frequent update schedule (M-W-F) and stuck to it as rigidly as possible for 2 years straight.

On top of this need for long-term commitment, not many webcomic artists are able to encourage their readers to participate in community discussion on top of keeping a solid update schedule. It's a lot of work being a webcomic artist because you also need to be fairly savvy to what the medium is all about. Going page by page means it takes more than just updating to keep a reader engaged. That means developing social media platforms, hosting mini-events, inviting readers constantly to share their thoughts or comments and always, always responding to them and getting to know your audience. Honestly, I don't know if the total count of readers for SF is that impressive, but the ones who are on board I treasure greatly and have gotten to know just through comments. 

Really, numbers-wise, I think the spectrum of popularity is rather large so I've never considered SF a 'popular' webcomic, frankly speaking... but I do feel blessed to have a solid readership. I suppose on the practical end, if the readership has grown from early days, it's been through word-of-mouth or Project Wonderful ads, and of course, the ComicFury front page whenever the comic updates. With such a large archive it's a hurdle for newer readers to commit to reading, so the growth of new readership for SF has been slow over the past couple of years, actually. But I'm fine with that! Just gotta keep learning new ways to keep readers engaged.

I don't know if my comments help much XD we're really in the same boat, here! But I'm happy to toss around ideas and tips if it helps us all to develop more constructive ways of building readership as a community of creators :D
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prayformercy Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
12 tall size signature hot chocos ah? love your updates lol
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rufiangel Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww, thank you XD; I call it a choco-currency :D it's somewhat universal, right? lol
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prayformercy Featured By Owner Edited Jan 30, 2015
so paypal donations should be sent to.. rufiangel   ? Is that right? 
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rufiangel Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aaah I tried so hard to avoid writing my email address XD;;; (to avoid spammage done through web crawling thingies)

But yes, that is correct. XD; Sorry to be confusing!
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prayformercy Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
Edited, sorry about that. Going to see what i can donate soon and i just wanted to make sure i understood you right. ;_;
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rufiangel Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah geez~ :hug: don't worry, you didn't know why I was being so strangely cryptic XD;; thank you for the edit!

Thank you so much btw!! ;__;* :heart: I really really appreciate it!!!
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prayformercy Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
never sent money by paypal before =p please let me know that it went through ok :D
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rufiangel Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omigosh! ;_;* :glomp::heart: it came through just fine, thank you so much!
I'm sending you an email to the address you indicated~! :heart:
Seriously, thank you so so much!! ;_;* I really appreciate it!
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prayformercy Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
ah, dont worry about it. I really like the comic and just hope you are able to keep updating it!
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:iconrufiangel:
rufiangel Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug: Thank you so much for your support! :heart:
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prayformercy Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
sent you the survey, though im sure you can guess my answer =p
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SgtSareth Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015
So, I am owed some money that should arrive by Paypal, but have no guarantees it will arrive. Should it do so I'll definitely support this. I'd like to see you successfully monitize SF. It's a good story and I think you deserve some success from sharing it with us.
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rufiangel Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww, Sareth!! ;_;* :hug: Thank you so much for your kind words and warm encouragement!! :heart: I really, really appreciate it!!

Regardless of whether you donate or not, though, I hope you get your monies. >_> You should get what you are owed! ;;; ~_~
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SgtSareth Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015
And I got it. It's not much, but go make Chap. 1 beautiful!
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rufiangel Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SARETH :glomp::heart::love::love::love: YOU are beautiful!!! :D :hug: Thank you SO much!! Now I can feed my elves more choco!! :heart:

Seriously, I appreciate the support so much and I'm glad you got it, thank you for choosing to send some my way to support me - it really is so generous of you! :hug:
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SgtSareth Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
Hey, no problem. I support the things I believe in, and I believe in the potential of Serpamia Flare. ^_^

Besides, who could resist the chance to see a dancing Nemi? (Though I confess, shower Nemi was intriguing. ... Dancing Nemi, Shower Nemi... Sounds like a line of action figures.)

Good luck!
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rufiangel Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:heart::hug: You are too sweet~! :love: Thank you!

And gosh, that would be an interesting set of action figures... XD;;;;; When the thing is done, btw, I will letcha know :D
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SgtSareth Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015
XD
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ChronoBaron Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015
every fiber of my being wants to throw millions of dollars at you, but I have no money, my support is all I can give you

GO GO GO YOU CAN DO IT EYE THE TIGER, OTHER EYE OF THE TIGER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE.
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rufiangel Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahahahaha XD :hug::heart: THANK YOU!!! Truly, your support is more than enough. :love:
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