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Shrine of Frog and Snake (32 hours) – Complete

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Get this poster when you buy the print version of Fairy Ring!

Full color version

Jesus159159159 says:
September 25, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Btw, I think The Notorious WALFAS deserves proper credit on your credits page. If memory serves me correctly, he started the whole “No way, that’s impossible!” gag many eons ago. I’m pretty sure he won’t mind… BUT WE MUST ALWAYS SHOW PROPER RESPECT!!! YOU MUST SUPPLY WALFAS WITH A FREE COPY (just kidding!!)

I haven’t been paying much attention to KirbyM since he stopped most of his content creation, but I do agree that he should have some credit. He was one of my favorite creators in my early days of Toho fandom. Unfortunately, the credits page has already been finalized. I’ll send him a free copy of the book when it comes out.

Jesus159159159 says:
September 25, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Actually I have one more question. This Doujin Press thing… how much money do/will you make if you don’t mind me asking?

I get $0.80 per book sold, and I don’t pay anything to cover the cost of printing. So go and order your copy already.

Secrets of the Fairy Ring (Long Post)

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

When we play Dungeons and Dragons at my local game store, sometimes we are honored to have Erik Scott de Bie as one of our DMs. Erik is an expert on the Forgotten Realms, D&D’s most popular world, and he has co-authored the recent Neverwinter Campaign Guide and written the modules Halaster’s Lost Apprentice and The Lost Crown of Neverwinter.

My character in the current D&D Encounters season

One of the players asked Erik how he had come to write for Wizards of the Coast. Erik replied with the same advice applicable to job seekers in any field: get to know people in the industry. In Erik’s case, that meant joining online communities and attending gaming conventions.

Now it’s no secret that I plan to become a professional artist in the future, and have been spending all my free time improving my art skills because of it. But I should also be spending time getting to know people in the industry. Although my immigration status forbids me from leaving the company I currently work for, that is no excuse for not at least trying to network. Even if I can’t leave my job, I could become an elite fan artist like Justin Treadway or Souin Kuhou. (I would have to become better at drawing first, but I’m working on that.)

I decided it was time for me to meet people at conventions. The problem is, I had no portfolio to show to contacts and recruiters. All I had is my Pixiv page, a business card and a resume that shows 5 years of experience at an unrelated IT job.


Fairy Ring (COMPLETE)

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

And here we go!

Don’t like opening the pages individually? Read it on pixiv

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Fairy Ring (Take 3) – Pages 29-32

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

I am aware that “Friends don’t fight each other” is the biggest lie in Gensokyo and occurs from time to time in the real world, but gods have to be more idealistic than mortals.

An earlier version of the script had Cirno using a fake frog to trick Suwako into fighting her, because Reimu had told Cirno that all her friendships had started from a fight. But Cirno, while occasionally mean, is too pure to intentionally deceive someone, and it would have the change of heart occur offscreen.

This way, Suwako gets to pull off another “No way, that’s impossible” miracle with Cirno’s help.

When Suwako has her hat on, her blunt bangs look like the bristles on the underside of a Scrubbing Bubble.


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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