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The Immediate Future for 5C:
Not everyone will like all things about it, but one thing I think i can say is that it does have it's own style, pacing, and genre in a way. I intend to stay with this format right through the pages. Like I said before, the BW approach is easy for me to do on a daily basis, and if I really wanted, I can colour them at a later point since all of the shades are done.
As for what will happen, I'm going to keep that to myself as I am still deciding where and when I want certain things to happen. I can write the next part in quite a few ways, but the key points are established, the more interesting order is what i am deliberating. There will be more characters, and more issues, and more cool stuff as well.
So many of the characters are jockeying for main character it would seem, but just trust me, it will come together. I have a purpose in mind, and besides, the other characters give you a chance to hook on even if you don't like one or the other of the characters.
My work schedule:
As it stands I have to finish a sizable block of work for Namco right now as that contract might be coming to a close. On top of this I am still renovating my washroom and kitchen by myself as well as planning a small trip with my family since I promised them, I'm not whining about any of this, it's just a statement of fact.
Like I said I have the plot points down,and to hammer out the order would only take a day at most. I change orders and writing almost on every page, and if you saw how i write or the method I use, you would thinks I'm nuts.
So what that means is that in March I am expecting to have more time to do this. My goal is to have 100 pages done by the end of the year or earlier so I can make a hard copy book. Now, all my other work that I have to do and keep up on will have an affect on the timing.
Needless to say, I am doing my best to get the pages done, but I will not compromise quality. If you want to wait, I will have it for you. If you are impatient and won't wait for me to do it, then it will still always be here for you when you forgive my lateness. I'm not trying to gather fans here, I am trying to make a statement.
I've saved a good lump of money and I am going to take one to 2 months off of work so I can work on 5C. I've actually cancelled conventions so I can have more time.
5C is going to remain free?:
Unlike almost ever other thing many other pros are doing, I will give this to you entirely for free, first, and forever always.
Yes, I am aware I could try to sell this, and make cash. Yes, I have a 100% guarantee that UDON would publish it with some slight edits, but that's not what this book is about. The second i publish it with someone is the second that I cut the balls right off the project so to speak.
This is one reason I will always post it for free here first before any book happens. The other is that this is a gift for you fans, and gifts are free. I can't however afford to print out books and ship them to you, but I can give you the story and art for free. It will always be here and if dA closes, I will find another place. Hardcopy books are nice, but not necessary, and not a driving goal.
Some people might think I'm crazy, and I say that God willing it will be successful not because of cash flow but because of impact. Not having anyone above you means you can do as you please, say as you please, and make broad decisions that fly in the face of making money. Making money causes you to change your idea to make it more acceptable and make everyone or a lot of people happy, among many other things.
I'm already making money through other work, so let's let 5C be true art without money in mind.
So you said there might be a book?:
IF there is a book it will be after I accumulate 100 pages of story. At least 100 pages, but it would also have a bunch of extra art in it. For the book i will need some help from you guys, but I will raise funds by incentives, commissions, and selling pages. In the book i will have 2 tutorials, and it should be about 140 pages.
First let's get to 100 pages this year and then we will worry about that. Again, the goal is to give you the story, and I don't need a book for that.
I figure only 200 people would buy the book, I'm not expecting anything since I know I'm putting it up for free. It would be more of a collector's edition and way to support the continuing of the story.
Another thing I might do is have a very easy and afforadable BW one for conventions, like for 10 bucks, and all the proceeds of that would go to a 5C fund to "buy" time for me to work on the book.
Why not post this on other comic sites?:
This is where I gained a lot of my popularity, and dA has helped me in so many ways. Sure there are other sites out there, but i want to reach my old fans and new fans. dA doesn't have a bunch of ads, at least if you're a member, is accessible, established, and familiar.
The other thing is that there is no way I am making money on it. Also dA is very open with their content and what you can say. Some of those comics sites are run by people with vested interests and shady intentions. They have too much power to pull the plug if I push it too far, but here it's more open.
Also, my stuff doesn't fit on there. I like the format of dA, and will stay here as long as I can.
I might have all the pages posted on my own website as well too.
Do yo like Fanart?
I like fan art as long as it is contextual to the story, I don't like when people make the characters do things they would not do. I can't help, I mean I spent months working these characters out in a specific way, so to do it any other way seems wrong. But, hey, you guys are just showing your appreciation!
I know about rule 34, it's just a matter of time. Not looking forward to that.
A huge thank you to you guys, seriously all your in-depth comments and cheering on the characters makes my day and really gives me energy to continue. I am not a writer by trade, I don't think any of my peers or co workers give me any readership, but I'm happy that you guys read is all.
I'm not looking for money, I'm not looking for fame, I don't care if this thing never sells or if millions of people read it. All that matters is that I tried to do this before I die, so I at least have on masterpiece of my life, flawed as it may be, without the taint of money being the goal.
If you guys help me by way of support of reading it, or getting commissions to help me keep working on it (for those who can afford it), then i can keep it going. If I make lots of money through my other work, I can "buy" time to work on 5th Capsule.
As much as I can , I will do it myself, and pay for it all myself. If I open for commissions, I will say when the money will be used to "buy" time to work on 5C. I'm not asking you for anything other than to read it. I will give you my story and effort for free, but if you want a printed book, i will need help, I can't afford that !
Though if i could, i would give even a book to you for free..
Take care guys, I will finish off my work in the next month and get back on it!
Can I be you when I grow up?
This is why I will always admire your art. You are so dedicated, it's amazing.
Oh, and despite how much I appreciate it being free first, I too would totally buy a printed book if and when the time comes
Keep it up!
I'm sure that there would be enough support for a 5C book, but of course it is a very "as and when" (and if possible) still remains to see if it's viable for you. But I'd more than certainly be one of the first to lay down some cash for a collectors edition.
However, I hope the Capcom contract draws to a swift, easy closure and that you have a great break away with the family. Since that becomes more important in life as we get older!
it's kinda outta' the genres i normally read which are action and fantasy and superheroes, but it has a fun little style of its own.