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To one of the biggest fan of Kiel who painted large beautiful tribute artwork. One of which will be framed in my work room.
To do that kind of artwork on paper/canvas take a lot of patience and dedication. No undo button there! I do not know mira’s art gallery but she has a facebook account.
The download is now available online with the other chapters. 183 pages! a massive compilatin that you are encouraged to reblog, retween, forward to people you think may like it. The textless version of the cover is up on tumblr.
By now if you read this, you’ve seen the extension page to the cover of book 2. Right now there’d be a pre-order form of some kind and if we’d have enough pre-orders, it would end up printed, like back in december 2011. Not this time though. Perhaps not ever again. Those who supported book 1 know that it took a long time to deliver. And even now, i am still unaware if the main shipment ever left the printing office. We’re unlikely to see payment from the distributor for the few orders our readers passed after the air mail shipment arrived. Or any of the funds from distributing through diamonds. While Prologue and chapter 1 books printing were handled by me, they were too expensive to prints with too few orders. Arc 2 book 1 may not have costed us nothing but it was a great source of worries since january. It may not affect our readers directly except for the 6 months wait, but it affect us, me and Kite.
Sure we could print book 2 on our own, possibly without distribution, nor pre-order and hope there is enough demand. But book sales have been going down since our first attempt many years ago. From 250 direct sale for the first edition of the prologue to 103 direct sale of arc 2 book 1. Cameos won’t be there to help funds printing this time, nor should it, it’s extra workload that ought help keep the studio going instead of going to a printer. PLus, there is a worldwide trend of peopl moving away from print media to digital! Put that with the fact that i had to let go people and regardless of the extra daydream contents, membership is still going down(see previous news post for more on this). Now doesn’t seem like the right time to send our readers investment to a printer and to a post office for shipping printed comic of something already free online.
So the question i’ve put up is; wheter to continue like we’ve always done, and try yet again at printing. In which case we need a strong demand. Or to get the community’s blessing into trying new things. The internet doesn’t like changes, this is why regardless of my personal feeling, i bring this up for your judgement. In the end, this is my full time job, my livinghood depend on it, but it is also a work 11 years in the making that many feel attached to ; those people have the right to speak up. I’ll read every comment but i’ll seldom reply. Then a decision will be made from the feedback.
I’ve given further clarification on the forum earlier, here’s the quote:
lthenathena, you’ve found a few good exemple. This isn’t harder than doing a moonless age page. The pacing is very different, it use blank and silence to increase tension. With a strict layout, to do such an effect require more pages, more pages make people impatients because it’s more days for a scene to unfold so it’s rare that i will go with it. Sometime characters are very – very wordy – , if the pages had breathing room, it wouldn’t feel so damn cramped.
Shoedrinker, another good exemple. Unsounded did well setting up a mood with it’s beyond the frame effect. And while not everyone here is a fan of prequel, i do see opportunities in how the new webcomics are pushing their narratives. In the end it isn’t about fancy new graphic or animation for animation sake, it’s about making the story better.
Moonless used to be a 5 people in a team. I’d put up to 5 hours doing a page(2 a day). Then darkvolt a 3 hours. Then tranquil a hour or two.Then the background colorist another 6 hours. Then Kite another 8 hours. Then me another 30 minutes to text and publish. total: 24 hours production time on a page, not including writting. 24! With a cost of 100$ per page, this mean everyday 100$ , not include me and Kite’s labor which has no price. It’s insane when you think about it. When kite do a chibi page all by herself, it take 3 hours, and you get a full update that cost nothing. same for me, i do a chibi page, 3 hours, done, move on. When the economy fell through, it was either let go of assistant or drowtales fail to pay it’s artists. It wasn’t really a choice, it was a requirement to change things up. That’s what i mean by less details intensive, already you’re seeing the “less intensive”. Took a bit of time to adjust but now, as Miburo pointed out. You can barely see the difference. If there is somewhere else we can smooth things up to make it pages process less heavy on us, i’d like to know i have your support.
A lot of things are done “just in case” we print. I’ve now informed people of the difficulties we’ve had getting any return of investment on that side. The question today is, do we stop trying to print and instead explore what could be improved?