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Another Weird Thing I Learned While Revamping

troblsomtwins829 on 4th Dec 2020, 7:30 AM

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Sometimes you have to change a LOT about your story to fit the new way it flows. Characters have to be changed to justify or encourage how they act later, settings reworked to better fit your cast and scenes, and the tone and style changes to reflect your current methods. It's really amazing to see this gradual change in style over time, and it can be jarring to go back and gradually replace everything with a new version, but it's worth it, in a way.
No, I'm not going to stop complaining about it, but I will acknowledge that it does some good to redo a couple pages or a chapter to see how far you've come from the beginning.
One of the best pieces of advice I've gotten, both as an artist and an illustrator, was from a woman by the name of Amelie Belcher, (which she, in turn, got from another artist she adores and will follow to the ends of the earth): "Don't strive for Perfect. Strive for Done."
If you're honestly wanting to get into comics or art but are worried about every little detail having to be just right, don't. I'm not too proud admit mistakes I've made on my own works, and I cannot tell you how many of those I've found on professionally produced anime and manga. Your first draft will be quick and dirty, and that's fine. It gives you a good direction to follow and you can always look back on it when you're stuck.

It's no secret this story started out as a hot mess of unplanned teenage ambition and ego, and it definitely did not look its best, but it's grown and so have I, and so have you.

I bring this up namely because I recently reread one of my favourite webcomics of all time, [i]Archipelago[/i]. Its adorable and tropey and filled to the brim with beautiful settings and likable, fairly realistic characters. You should give it a read if you get the chance, at over 1k pages, it'll definitely hold your attention for a while and it is worth it. And with Smackjeeves dying soon, I think it's worth giving the site a farewell of sorts.
Most of the artists have left to host their comics on other sites or publish them on their own. And I love that.
And if you're like me and you want to be able to read those comics whenever, forever, I know Archipelago's author has actually published her comic on Amazon, and I am beyond excited to hold a copy. She hasn't revamped the beginning, but I look forward to entering that world again either way.

I don't want to bore you with more things I'm hyped about, I'm still hunting for some of the other comics I love so I can read them on their new websites, or buy them if I can't.
I hope you guys are all doing well and I'll see you all again very soon


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PsychicNature on 4th Dec 2020, 8:03 AM

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Archipelago is an amazing comic! Did you know that the Author is currently making a second comic in the same world following Prince Paulo? It’s called City of Somus!
It’s on SJ, but also on Deviantart!

TheStratovarian on 4th Dec 2020, 2:09 PM

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As someone that enjoyed archipeligo quite a bit, it was a neat and great comic.

https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Webcomic/Archipelago Dont forget the great tvtropes page for things too.

But what are some of the other ones you enjoy or are looking forward to? I do like that tapas and webtoons are letting folks get in the door, alongside comic fury.

And mistakes help us often grow more than success, because we learn both how we made the mistake, and if we are lucky, see how to improve as well.

Ves on 5th Dec 2020, 11:12 PM

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Yeah, I definitely have a problem with perfectionism. I've started writing notes and rough drafts into the notes app on my phone because it feels "less official" and it helps me get out of that mindset

This comic is a nice comic!

Mrjacob77 on 7th Dec 2020, 3:38 AM

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I'mma follow this nice comic!

AzarElLector on 13th Oct 2021, 12:03 AM

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The feeling is mutual, I had not touched this platform in years and now that I come back I see how some stories that I once read are no longer there and while others have changed a lot ... what things have not?
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