You know what? I need to stop being such a baby.
I said the main reason that I suspended comments was that I wanted to prevent spoilers, spam, and tr0lls. I think the real reason is that I was too afraid to hear what people have to say about a project I care deeply about.
The fact is that as much as I try to do my best and write something, the fact is there will be people who think is royally sucks, is too slow, not enough boobs, not enough violence , and etc.
5th Capsule is not for everyone, it was never meant to be, and never will be.
This was the main reason why I want it to be free and to be away from publishers, so that I can do as I please and try to give you something different. Most of you now would say that the story is going in a normal fashion, but you don't know what I have planned for later. The fact that I don't have to worry about PG ratings, or PR ratings for that matter, and that i don't have a toy line hinging on it's success, means that I can really make anything happen.
As long as there is someone over your head with cash in hand, you are not in charge.
All I will say is give me 300 pages, and I will entertain you.
The Future of 5C:
Well, it goes without saying that if it's free you're gonna have to wait. I thought about putting it on patreon, or doing a kickstarter, but shipping out stuff is hard, and I kind of shot myself in the foot doing it in BW which will not lend itself to printing the way I coloured / shaded it.
I do it in BW since I can do a page in a day. But for future pages, or chapters, I will do a few in colour as a bonus.
So here's what I am planning, what I will do is pay for a month of my time by selling commissions, original pages, and the like. I will have all sorts of options in price from baller status to entry level.
Kickstarter takes a slice, any site takes a slice. Why do I need them? I can raise money on my own. I mean I do commissions anyways, why not allocate the cash to 5C? I think it's a simple idea that might work.
One day down the line I will consider printing it, but for now it'll be a webcomic. Maybe I can print out super limited editions when I get to 100 pages and put tons of art in it.
If I can come up with 22 pages in a month, 3 times this year, we will have 100 pages.
These are just some thoughts, but as we reach the end, I don't want you guys to feel it's a dead end. But any future pages will be in batches of at least a scene of 3 pages to 10.
Thanks for your support! This is my gift to you all, it's free, so enjoy it! I will make some more colour stuff for it, but i think it will stay BW, it's charming in a way, and attainable and maintainable.
If you haven't read my story 5th Capsule go here! :
I really do thank you guys and I hope I have been of some use to you.
Asalaamu Alaikum = Peace be upon you!
I was confused about the closed comments at first, but I can understand why you did it. In the end, it's up to an artist as to whether they want critique or not and it isn't a crime to not want people to defame your "baby". I don't mind either way, in all honesty.
But now that I can comment on stuff, I'd love to know if all the characters in the comic are based on actual people from your life growing up. That is, assuming that Gradius is a projection of you and, if not, just ignore me. XD
The result was staying behind at work for a good half hour, then reading more on my phone before bed, checking out a few more pages first thing when I woke up this morning, and finally finishing off the remaining pages during my lunch hour at work today Once I started reading it, I didn't want to stop - I absolutely love what you've done so far, and I can't wait to see more.
I also really admire the attitude of you putting so much work into this because it's something you love.
I'm sure you don't have any shortage of people wanting to commission you, but if it's to support 5C then I'm sure there are plenty of newly converted fans like me who will be keen to find ways to chip in and support it even without a Kickstarter!
Thank you for sharing, and I can't wait to read more in the future
Also, kudos on the regular updates. That's a hard one to pull off and it tells how much energy and soul you put into the project. Trust me, it's reflecting in your qualiry of drawing and writing. I hope you keep up this spirit because I'll be looking forward to new pages. If you ever decide to print this, I'll be happy to buy a copy!
There will be a pause for a few weeks as i have to get other work done, but I will make sure any other thing I do other than work related art will only be 5C. The goal is to get to page 100 by the end of this year or earlier. That will be one book out of 3 or 4 for gradius's story.
Why do you think it's not for everyone? Because it's not about superheroes?
Heh. Even I feel more confident about my own comic even though it's nowhere near 5C in any way...
I think that makes me feel that most of my fans who know me for SF stuff will find it a huge departure from face bashing and characters with anger management issues.
I guess I'm a different kind of fan since I've been into your stuff since the late 90s.
And even though I'm a big SF fan, and I mostly got reacquainted with your stuff through your wonderful Sakura comic. (being a huge Sakura fan and all), I always prefered to see you draw your own stuff since you obviously have so much more passion doing it.
(just like it's obvious you prefer Ibuki to Sakura (*sobs*) just from looking at your art of them both)
At any rate, I think you're good enough at what you do to be known as Omar Dogan the artist, and not as Omar Dogan, the guy who works for Udon.
Also, I totally get what you mean with the symbolism and panel detail. I try to throw some random visual cues in the background of my own comic, but most readers read the text, and pay little attention to the actual art, much less the details in it.
Ibuki has more dimension than Sakura. Though having said that, I feel almost all the stuff I've worked is calculated for a market playing off of likeable archetypes.
If I got a chance, i would really write a very emotional / internal Ibuki story about her coming to grips being a killer and school girl. Like a story about her first kill and how it felt. I mean that is a real story, not the pablem that is out there just explaining is more detail whats already outlined in the game story.
There's no consequence or room to move working on those books, therefor no real love if i claim to be a creative person. For those books, the love is of the technique, accolade, and what i perceive the character to be. The real fun would be to do soemthing with them with no care for the outcome in relation to the game.
I want to make an example of that and show it's way more interesting. take the busniness minded people out of the equation and you will get creativity. I have a huge respect for fanfic done well.
God bless you and your endeavors.
In relation to lack of fanservice or boobs, part of this is to show it's women's character that make them really appealing.
Everything i work on seems to be in such a rush because people have become too impatient and expect instant gratification. For something to be worth it and high quality in terms of emotion and context you have to build it over time. Read old books, old children s stories form the early 1900's and you'll see the pace was very slow and very engaging.
I've always hated flash and bang as a main course for books. It has a place of course, but less is more. Sometimes life is boring, slow, and frustrating, and then when nice stuf happens it really catches you and you get impact.
I mean , how many freaking times can someone punch someone in the face as an answer.
Action follows story, not the other way around.
It flies in the face of it all, especially the fact it's free, and I want to keep it that way.
Everything I work on non 5C is commercial art and serves the purpose of selling product, plain and simple.
This story is for the people who are sick and tired of some profit hungry folks trying to feed you the same tripe year after year and sell you a product or bilk you of your change.
Slow and steady wins the race. They gave tea for free in India, and then people got hooked. The same will work here also as long as my tea is good and well steeped, 'nah mean?
If 100 people read it fanatically, I will be happy. Still more when people cosplay it, which has already happened lol.