I started the first chapter of Season 1 of Trinity Concept in June 7th of 2015.
In September of 2018 we’ve finally reached the 11th chapter.
While it feels great to have reached the end of this part of the story, I won’t lie; I feel like this has dragged on a bit too long. Partially it’s my fault; I don’t get paid to do this webcomic. I’ve been doing this largely for fun, so I could tell a story. Paying for models and sets out of my own pocket so I can bring worlds and characters I have in my mind to life. I also have the job that I DO get paid for that often drains me of my efforts to work on the webcomic. And then there’s my little... hobby, I guess... in the form of Armbar Error Society. Though to be honest, I’ve never considered AES to be a hobby; more like another venue to tell stories. I’ve been in AES a lot longer than I’ve been working on Trinity Concept; if it were an actual wrestling promotion I suppose you could say I’d be a company man through and through. I’ve been exceedingly loyal to AES and the great individuals who also have their stake in this incredible community. They’re a family, and I’ve been richer for knowing each and every one of them.
But I digress; this is about the webcomic in general. And with it, the regrets I’ve had in telling this fantastic story.
I regret how slow it’s been, primarily. If I had to do it over again I might have put in more effort for more frequent updates. I had wanted to shoot for a Monday through Friday update schedule, but that quickly fell through because of real life struggles. I definitely want Season 2 to be more frequently updated, but in order for that to happen I’ll have to pour efforts into writing the entirety of its script first, then render as many panels as I can to a point where can get away with pulling off such an update schedule.
I regret the pacing of the story as a whole. Or is that the presentation. Or maybe a combination of the two. In either case, I wish Trinity Concept looked and felt better than it did. For one, the action scenes. I do what I can with what I am able to use; basically Daz Studio and PhotoShop. And for the most part, they work out okay, but for the scenes in my head, they aren’t the best to go about it. And then I look at some incredibly done animated works on YouTube; stuff like the Source Filmmaker movies and MMD and I just marvel at how well animated they are and I wish that my own animating skills were as good. But sadly, I can only do what I am able to do in Daz3D and it sucks, to be brutally honest. Oseiko, Jeanne, and Pagan all deserve better and I wish I can give that to them, but I can’t.
I regret not having a bigger fanbase, and this isn’t any of your faults. I refuse to blame anyone other than myself. I cherish what fans I have and I love you all for hanging in there for as long as you have. But sadly, I’ve never had that many fans of my works, and that stems from all the way back to The 18th. I’ve put in so much time and effort into the webcomic and yet I’ve only a handful of fans. I don’t even have a TV Tropes page dedicated to Trinity Concept. And to top it off, I tried to set up a Patreon for Trinity Concept, but that was a disaster as no one donated any money to help me. And I want to reiterate; I don’t blame any of you for that.
There’s a lot of regrets going into the end of Season 1 of Trinity Concept. But it’s okay. I love writing. I love telling stories. And I want to keep telling the story that’s been going on right now. But I need help. I need advice. I need clarity.
So I’m asking all of you. The fans who follow my works. My friends who support me. Even fellow creative writers and artists and such who may glance at this by chance.
What can I do to help make this webcomic better?
I’m open to suggestions. I want to keep going. But at this stage of the game, I’m not sure how much farther I can go with what tools I have and with what I am able to do. I could try Patreon again, but would there actually be an effort to help me make Trinity Concept better or would it be a waste of time like it was last time?
Again… I’m open to suggestions. Whatever advice and encouragement and maybe even actual creative aid would be welcome.
Thanks for reading.