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anonymous asked:

A long time ago I used to read a comic you made, City of Reality. I wanted to read it again but it seems to be gone and hours of searching tell me there's no archive of it online anywhere. Please, if you still have the comic saved anywhere it would mean more than the world if I could read it and experience it again.

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AlgaeNymph Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2018
Any chance of the files we have just being put into a downloadable archive?  Memories aren't enough when they fade away, that's why we record onto media, and mono no aware is a terrible way of managing civilization for that reason.

Thanks again for the comic, and I hope to see it again...sometime.
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angrybirds3502 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2018
Any word on this?
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yako-kitsune Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
City of Reality was one of my favorite comics. Even if you don't end up going back to drawing it again, I'd love to be able to read it again
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A-quilla Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2017
Late to this party, but going to add my voice anyway - City of Reality is a great story, and I'd love to see it online again. 

All the best with getting the stories from mind to paper (I sympathise). Long live Reality!
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theANdROIdx15 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2017
I just wanted to say thank you!  The story you created in City of Reality was fantastic -- I have read (or am reading) 50+ different webcomics since I first found that such a thing existed, and City of Reality is easily in my top 10, probably even top 5 favorite webcomics.  I loved the characters, I often found the story captivating, and couldn't wait for each new update to be posted.  Not only did you have a great story, but here and there throughout the comic you shared little bits of wisdom through characters and events in the story, some of which that I feel changed my life for the better.  Maybe that doesn't really mean much, especially coming from some random person, but nonetheless I still wanted to say "Thank You!" for what you did put out there with City of Reality.

I would certainly jump on the bandwagon asking/hoping/wishing to see the story continue, or even just the archives of the old comics again.  However, I understand that sometimes life deals you a crappy hand and forces you to fight just to survive another round.  I do hope to see new/old comics from City of Reality, but more importantly I wish you well.  Know that you've had a positive influence on at least one person in this world -- I appreciate you greatly!
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vree Featured By Owner Edited Jun 12, 2017  Student General Artist
Please say you'll at least post the previous pages on your Tumblr? (Or even its own Tumblr.) 
Many artists just dual-post new pages of their comics on their blogs or Tumblr or DA, AND on its own site. (But even running things through Tumblr solely is pretty common these days.)

Nevermind when or if you plan to get back to doing new pages, it's fine to go off and do your life at your own pace.
But we'd like to re-read the past stories because they are important to us.

If you're thinking big thoughts about how you should better advertise it, right now the best thing you could do is just put them back online :p - doesn't matter where. People who liked the story will keep re-reading it, recommend it, refer to parts of it as examples  in comments, and so on, without needing any work from you.

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(some personal comments below) :)

"Things will be lost to time, dreams forgotten, data lost, things change..."
Not if you have a proper back-up. :p That's like, the first rule of the internet - websites are temporary so you should back up EVERYTHING. I do actually have quite a few CoR pages saved.

But that's quite a sad fate, for stuff only to exist on old perverts' forgotten external drive, tucked between 500 gigs of porn and emails from their ex or their first job. You can't just host something that is not your own work either. The one who has to make the call is you!

"All we have are our memories, and sometimes, isn’t that enough?"
Iiii find that sentiment a bit too quixotic. Nevermind that I have an awful memory in the first place - anything that happened more than year ago starts to escape me pretty soon. But also yes, there are piles of great authors and works that get forgotten, this is something that happens to 99% of stuff immediately and another 0.99% after a decade, and the world is poorer for it. The ones keeping them alive are those adventurous souls who blog about them and take the time to rediscover and rescue some of them. (As a regular person wouldn't have the time to shovel through decades of cultural garbage for a few gems.) Many works just get unlucky and are never preserved, even though they were extremely high quality! Many authors, actors, artists etc. have works we only know from records because history didn't remember to preserve them when it was still possible. And this isn't something you should approach with fatalism as the natural way of things, because they literally get ERASED this way. Any long term impact they could have had is lost, gone. Even their old readers soon forget them - the mind can only care for so long.

CoR may not be the most important record in the world, but it is still something needed and unique.
Maybe you hate your work. -I- hate my work. We're all insecure about our own stuff. :p I too take a grim satisfaction in ritually destroying my old stuff sometimes.
But the lesson here is, it is not for us to decide those things. Stuff that seems normal and everyday for us because it comes from our own mind may be of extremely high value to someone else.

I don't think the world has enough positive and inspirational stuff going on right now. There are plenty of works that teach us to be cynical. That it is fashionable to just accept the impossibility of fixing relationships or reach ideals. I think if you've got any little thing that can give people hope and restore their faith in their ideals, well, it's kind of a duty to use it. It may count for more than you expect.
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mindstalk Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2017
It'd be cool if the archives ever came back.
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Arkone Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016
I'm VERY hopeful that you'll upload City of Reality soon. I am in the habit of dealing with depressed individuals. As in, clinical depression. As in, needing useful links to provide them to cheer them up and motivate them (because medication is not always available to them, so I do what I can). I used to link them to City of Reality, because it is just so... hopeful. So wonderful. I hope that you will soon have CoR back up so I can once again share its hopeful message with people who have been needing it.

(And please know that you have indeed helped a lot of people who badly needed it, with your comic :) )
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tran4of3 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, roger that! Sorry I just saw this message, so I'm sorry for the lateness. That gives me much more reason to try to get it back up, if it does help others. And sorry again for the delay! 
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Phenoca Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2016
kdingo is the real treasure chamber.
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KarbonKevin Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Well I was just thinking about CoR today because of the Dragons' society suddenly decided to intrude into my train of thought. I'm excited to see it come back if the wheels get rolling.
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MitchellTF Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2016
YAY! Honestly? If you needed a place to put it temporarially, I would have offered you a chance to put it on my forum!
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Dracos123 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016
Good for you, Ian :)
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JoeEngland Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016  Professional General Artist
I hope it does pop back up, it was a great comic!  You did some really creative things with the storytelling format, and the characters were heartfelt.  You're one of those rare artists who makes "transformation" themed content with genuine skill and substance.
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D-T Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016
You have to do what's right for you, but I want you to know I greatly enjoyed the comic. The time and effort you put into it were appreciated greatly, and it kept managing to put some spring in my step.  Regardless of what happens next, thanks for everything.
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wizardbeast Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016
Ah, awesome!
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Shmitz Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016
That's wonderful news!
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slipshodsliver Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016
Best of luck.
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nut4nut Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016
Glad to hear. Was wonderful to read. 
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raedford Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016
City of Reality was legitimately one of the coolest things that I've seen online. I really feel like tit was trying to have a message of some kind, something significant or important to say, maybe about how we all should just get along, and it feels like there's something deep to it. I would be sad not to see your vision unfold!

You could also try doing what Erfworld has done, and drop to text medium part of the time.
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Fetch26291 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016
Ian, at very least, I'd like to be able to play that little CYOA game that was part of one chapter in CoR.
Maybe even different versions of it someday over on www.kdingo.net/champ/pics/main…
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ambiguous-apathy Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016
Woo!
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ghostlychickenfetus Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
city of reality was my favorite comic, happy to hear that your doing fine.
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doctormo Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Plus patreon, and don't forget about svg if you ever do that html5 thing, I may even be able to help. :-)
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DannyboyO1 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016
*hug*
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HTYMSITI Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016  Professional General Artist
:D
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Levia-the-Dragon Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016
Huh, well that's a bummer but it explains a few things. Good to hear you've recovered it now (and are less tired with it) though.
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Sesquame Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016
Oh man that's super amazing to hear!
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Traitorous-Tortoise Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016
Very excited to hear things are in the works. Even if you decide down the line not to continue the comic, there was enough there that just reading through the archive was enjoyable enough and I think it wrapped up well.
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Athrubis Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the city of reality might live again? thats wonderful :D i was so sad to see it vanish, i would never have found the rest of your wonderful art without it.
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TheDarkNeon Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Reality will never die!
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TheAmberBub Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016
To be totally honest, I'm just a fan of your art in general, I think it's got a style and pizzazz that is rarely seen.  I would read any comic you decided to put out!
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animal-delos Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016   Writer
Interesting tale you've spun here. To be fair City of Reality wasn't exactly my thing most of the time. It didn't have the zest that other comics like EGS and The Wotch had, well with one exception. The Witch arc... that was a fun, gloriously animated time with lots of fun 'bad ends' that could be had. Other than that, I'll have to admit that CoR never really grabbed or gripped me in any way to read through it in its entirety. And it's not even that it didn't have enough transformations or etc, because I've read plenty of other comics where there aren't both comedies and serious dramas/dark whatever ones, it just... I dunno, something about it was off-putting, maybe it was the little alien bug dude thing, maybe it was something else, it just never had that edge to it to me, but that's just my humble opinion, take it with a grain of salt.

Your art is amazing, and I loved the work you put in when you took over The Wotch (even if that seems dead now too, doomed to die as Cheer did, sadly) but still.
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drelanarus Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016
Hey, I'm glad to hear it! I never got a chance to finish reading through the archive completely.
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Sousui-Ookami Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016
Awesome! I am really glad to see this Ian. City of Reality is my favorite webcomic out there, and I really hope all goes well.
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