|A new original manga series in color by me, about a 4th grade girl who meets a cute creature from outer space and protects her from the bounty hunters that are after her for her incredible powers. |
Genres: Sci-fi/Magical Girl (sort of)
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So yeah! Now that Chapter 1 of Intergalactic Fusion is finished, and since it's only the beginning to a very long series, some of you may be wondering how soon Chapter 2 can come out. And the answer is...August 1st!
Or at least that's my estimate. This next chapter does have a couple of scenes that I'll have to prepare for and will take a lot of time to draw out, so I'm trying to prepare myself as best as I can (psychologically speaking) for those. And not only that, but...well, let's just say that a certain Story of Seasons game just so happened to be released right around the same time as when I decided to start this series, so I had unfortunately been distracted by that the whole time since it was also a pretty long game. Bad timing, I guess.
Still, though, it does mean that I was able to create a few works on the side, even if it wasn't nearly as many as I made for Harvest Moon 3D: A New Beginning. There just wasn't really that much for me to want to draw out this time around, probably because I figured out that I could take pictures of the game directly instead of draw them out. Since I prefer to post my art on this site instead of game screenshots, you can see most of them here on my Tumblr for those who are interested: www.tumblr.com/blog/amysadvent…
So in between the wait for the next chapter, I figure I could use the time to post a few other works that I had meant to post up on this site here too, but didn't want to interrupt the flow of the story too much, so I saved them all for now~. I think I'll release them about twice a week or whatever works for me.
Oh yeah, and there's also the possibility that I might be able to go to Katsucon 2016 next February as part of the Artists' Alley, so I'll have to stock up on portfolio samples for that. As well as figure out how to make prints...if anyone has any advice when it comes to prints or the Artists' Alley, feel free to let me know. Still, even if I don't make the cut, I'll at least be going as an attendee, so anyone who's also going may see me there!
Anyway, now that I've finished the entire first chapter, I figure I could look back on it for a bit.
I have to admit, it has been a teensy bit scary plunging headfirst into a series like this since it's an original property with a very long storyline that'll be like 9 books at least, which will take a lot of time and work. And of course, it's a lot scarier whenever I publish something completely new on this site, since it does take fans a bit of time to get used to it. I think the first chapter so far is doing a good job at introducing people to the story and hooking them in, though, so I'm relieved to see that. (And I didn't even expect people to start getting invested into the story until at least after the first chapter was finished, much less actually start seeing a bit of support on Patreon, so that actually exceeded my expectations to some degree. Shout out to the one person who did support me. You are awesome!!)
As for the art, well, though I've had almost two years to get used to the anime style, this is the first time I've tried making all the lines, say, dark red, instead of all black. It seems to be working out well, provided I don't make the colors as saturated as they used to be when they were with pure black lines. Plus, it's turning out to be a good compromise between the anime style and my original colored-lines-with-really-soft-shading Disney inspired style, which I think is ideal for a cute-yet-suspenseful story like this one.
I was also surprised to find that Amy often times ended up being the most difficult character to draw this chapter, or at least, I had to redo her poses the most. When it comes to human characters, she's the easiest person for me to draw since I've had the most practice drawing her to date! Plus, she's supposed to be the main character! My boyfriend mentioned that my alien or otherwise nonhuman characters tended to have better designs, and I think I know why. After all, I did spend like four years drawing nothing but Pokemon for such groups as PMD-Explorers and Pokemon-of-Avalon, neither universe which allowed for humans. So I guess I didn't get to practice on humans nearly as much as I would have liked. On the other hand, I've always wanted my alien designs to look as awesome and diverse as possible, like in Ben 10 or ideally even better, so I'm glad that my current style seems to be helping nicely with that.
And when it comes to the story...honestly, there have been times when I step back and wonder whether attempting a story this massive is all worth it (read: sane). Though I've tried really hard to leave as few plot holes as possible since I'd been listening to people's reviews on movies and anime and stuff more and more lately, there are some that may invariably slip out no matter how hard I try. I usually don't worry too much about stuff like story logic, since it's always been the emotional elements of stories that are the most important to me, so I try not to let it get me down whenever it does happen. Still, though, there's only so much I can do, and I can only hope that for the ones that do slip out, they don't detract too much from the most important elements of the story; specifically, the overall emotional effect. So long as the story overall is enjoyable, that's all that matters to me.
Oh, and for those who are interested in buying the print versions of my comics, here are some useful links right here! Personally, I think Patreon is a more effective method of supporting me, but if you just want to own the physical (or even digital copies) of these comics, I figure I might as well provide that option here too.
Intergalactic Fusion, Chapter 1 - www.indyplanet.com/?product=12…
The Secrets of Translocation - www.indyplanet.com/?product=10…