Archive for August, 2011

Fairy Ring (Take 3) – Pages 24-28

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

The end is only 8 pages away after this!


Fairy Ring (Take 3) – Pages 20-23

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

I really should put more hours into these, but I’m not feeling well right now and have chosen to quit for the day. I was still able to meet the goal of four pages this week, but the pages are somewhat rough and lacking in detail.


Fairy Ring (Take 3) – Pages 16-19

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

Two things:

1. The story will wrap up on Sunday, September 11. With a 36-page story, this means 4 pages every week, posted on Sunday at 9 PM Pacific Time. I will accomplish this at any cost other than losing sleep (because I don’t want to get sick and burden everyone in the office with extra work.) This week, I have had to work on Saturday, and so I have neglected to put backgrounds on two of the pages. If I have to let the quality of the art slip, I will do so, but I will have my 4 pages every week.

2. The conceit that a god’s power can influence the thoughts of people will continue. I know Muffin (and probably others) do not like this because they think it is like mind control. However, this seems to be part of what religion is. (I am not currently a member of any church, but up until 2007 I have been.) When the Church Council of Greater Seattle organized a peace rally back when the US Senate was voting on whether to invade Iraq, the rally participants, myself included, prayed for Senator Cantwell to vote against the war. In addition to making our voices heard by joining other organizations marching in the streets, we hoped to invoke the extra persuasiveness of whatever gods we worshipped.

Moses called down plagues upon Egypt to persuade the Pharaoh to let his people go. Mormon Missionaries say that it is not they who persuade people to join their religion, but rather the Holy Ghost that settles upon people who hear their words. When a person prays for a friend to have the force of will to overcome an addiction, or when people in the Philippines and Latin America become kinder and more generous in December, religious people believe there is a persuasive force from the heavens at work. This force does not enslave people’s thoughts or compel them against their will, but supposedly inspires them in the right direction. People are still free to reject this persuasion; Cantwell still voted for the war and the Pharaoh chased down the Israelites after he supposedly let them go.

It’s persuasion, not mind control, although to some people, there is no real difference. The more cynical among us might say that all religion is about mind control.

Don’t worry, nothing quite that serious happens in Fairy Ring.


Fairy Ring (Take 3) – Chapter 1

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

So I figured out how to fix Fairy Ring. The problem lay in the source material, which was about two people becoming friends and later finding out that they were from opposing factions. The only way that could have a happy ending was if the factions made peace, and while that was probably possible to write, I can’t imagine the solution would be short or simple. The script was rewritten so that the only source of conflict was Cirno’s dislike of frogs, which is going to be more easily surmountable given that Cirno and Suwako want to be friends.

Without the whole “humans vs. youkai” angle, the rest of Team 9 (except Daiyousei) could be cut from the story, allowing the end to come in 36 pages, which was less than the 44 of the previous version, which in turn was less than the 100 of the version before. This removed the overly grim, out-of theme scenes such as this or that. Not having to draw pages with so many characters saved a lot of time, too.

Even though the script had to be rewritten, much of the art was recyclable. So yeah, 15 pages in one weekend!


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