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News Archive for June and July, 2006

News Table of Contents:
  On a Break. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(7/19/06)
  Remind Me. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (7/4/06)
  Time. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (7/1/06)
  Game Reviews!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(6/15/06)
  What's Weekly-ish?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(6/9/06)
  No Wait. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(6/7/06)
  Super! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (6/6/06)
  I Need Help! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (6/5/06)
  Forums . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (6/2/06)
  Companies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(6/1/06)


7/19/06 - Wednesday: "On a Break"

Okay guys, Lightfire and Gamer's Corner are going to be on a break for a while. I've been pretty busy lately. We've got a visitor staying at our home and my brother is also back in town from California. I really do plan on resuming it sometime, I'm just not sure how soon I'll be able to get around to it. Thanks for checking here anyway, and don't forget there's a decent amount of stuff to read in the archives.


7/4/06 - Tuesday: "Remind Me"

Sorry I didn't have a comic for last week. If you see me around the end of the week, please remind me that I need to at least make one this weekend. I can't just stop working on it all-together or it will die, and I don't want that to happen.

Also, I've added a Hosted Downloads section to the Downloads page.


7/1/06 - Saturday: "Time"

I've got a job now, but it's full time. Unfortunately that means I have less free time. This project - the website etc. - are all something I do in my free time. So it now takes a larger percentage of my available free time, and I won't be able to update it as often because of that. If I did update it a whole lot, I'd have to work harder on it. I may be updating less often, I'm not sure how much yet - but we'll see as I get settled into my new work environment. I'd like to spend more time on the comics, but I have to set aside a certain amount of time each day for myself, and I need the money from this job.


6/15/06 - Thursday: "Game Reviews!"

I'm finally done with a nice bunch of game reviews, read them here.


6/9/06 - Friday: "What's Weekly-ish?"

I wanted to clarify that when I say Lightfire is updated "Weekly-ish", it means typically once a week, at an unspecified time. Therefore, if you check back once a week, you have a great chance of finding a new comic. Since I'm just one guy, for the time being I am focusing mostly on the regular Lightfire comic. You shouldn't expect me to update both Lightfire and Lightfire: Gamers Corner once a week. Usually I'll pick one or the other. Once in a while I'll miss a week, which is going to be just fine because I didn't say "weekly" - I said "weekly-ish"!

Most of the Gamer's Corner comics are funny (or I hope so anyway). That is because I usually have the comic planned before I even start working on it. Something will pop into my head, and once I think it's funny enough / interesting enough, I'll try to make a comic of it. Lightfire, however, is a bit more serious - so it'll only have some occasional jokes.


6/7/06 - Tuesday: "No Wait"

Forget waiting for the weekend, I've decided to put my newest comic up today. I really like how it turned out, so I think I'm back on track.


6/6/06 - Tuesday: "Super!"

I've started a sketch for my next comic. It seems to be going pretty well too. I think from now on I'll do my comics on paper, scan it, and finish it up on the computer, it seems much easier. (Although if I ever get a tablet, I may use that instead.) I don't have anything to show really, yet, but hopefully this weekend I'll get to post a really cool comic.


6/5/06 - Monday: "I Need Help!"

I'm not very happy with my website and comics right now. Sure, they look nice and all, but I've got a few problems with it.

For starters, I expected to get a few more visitors than I do. I'm pretty sure 95% of the people reading my comic are family, so I might be getting 1 non-family member visiting per day. Some comics have gotten 1000 hits in the first day they started, so obviously comparitively (if I spelled that right LOL) I'm not doing so well. Not to mention that won't be paying off my web hosting bill anytime soon.

Next thing is even though I have plans for the plot, I'm having trouble making it funny because it seems to be getting harder to throw in jokes (I suppose this could be "writer's block"), and I can't seem to compensate for it either with cool art (for instance, where they are jumping off the building in "Self-Destruct" - it looks okay, but nothing near what I wanted it to look like).

And more still - I've spent around 3-4 hours (sometimes even more) for each Lightfire comic so far. That's a lot of work for only one comic to show once a week. A lot of other comics update 3-4 times weekly, and there's no way I can keep up. That, and I also seriously hate being stuck on one comic for so long. By the time I'm done, I don't feel like I've accomplished enough to make up for the amount of work involved. So suddenly it changes from being fun to something I have to toil at, which is sucky - and not worth it obviously.

In fact, I've considered just dumping both the Lightfire comic and the Gamer's Corner comic all together and putting it in an archive, so I can start from scratch. Except, I'm still fond of quite a few of my ideas for the fact sheets and bios for Lightfire (which, if you haven't checked out yet, I seriously recommend you do, I probably spent longer on that than the comics).

As far as dumping Gamer's Corner - well it's easier to make parodies of a video game. The problem with it is copyrights. I can't afford a lawyer, and if something doesn't hold up as being a parody that I can use under protection of Fair Use, than I could get in trouble, so it's best not to keep making them, even if I consider them parodies and somewhat fan-art (especially if I ever started making money from this site, I shudder at the possible lawsuits).

Which is actually why I started Lightfire in the first place. I want to do something alot more original than that (where there isn't potential to be sued). Also, there's already tons of good Gaming comics out there, but not very many good Sci-Fi comics. I read a few sci-fi comics and was, for the most part, disappointed. I was hoping I could fill the void with my comics, and make something that stuck out as doing a sci-fi comic "the right way", but despite having a good start, I seem to be in a sort of a rut right now. (It is "rut", right? I'm not going to bother looking it up right now, I'm not in the mood.)

I spent a good 4-5 hours today going over some anime/manga art tutorial websites trying to get some art tips, since they had some cool guides on human anatomy and showing character emotions (something my comics lack alot of). That didn't seem to help me out a whole lot, but I have yet to put it to practice (if I even actually learned anything I can use from it).

In any case, I would appreciate some help getting over all of this and moving my comic forward. So basically, any advice from someone who knows a good deal about webcomics would be great. For me, though I hate to say it, I might need to start putting Lightfire in black and white, since it's easier to do (less work involved coloring and shading). I might also start slacking on the backgrounds (which I think were actually pretty good up to this point). It's sad but I don't know what else I can do and maintain my sanity. I simply can't see myself putting 3-4 hours into one comic anymore. And besides, I may be able to put up alot more comics that way. :)

In other news, I need help setting up some automation thing for my comics. No, I haven't found one that would work with my site, so I'd need help finding one first, and then of course setting it up (hopefully I could figure it out, but just in case..). Probably just some PHP thing that automatically makes a page for each comic would work, or something else to make navigation between comics easy. Up 'till now I've had to re-create each page for each comic I want in the Archives, and it's a pain. *sigh* I think I'm going to play some Counterstrike now, if I don't lag too much...

Oh yeah - and I need help figuring out how to scan black and white images so I can edit them in my image editing programs, since I wanted to try drawing on paper now and then scanning it in instead of doing it all on my computer (hard to draw with a mouse, really).

Well I'm off to de_dust, that's all for now.


6/2/06 - Friday: "Forums"

I've added forums (finally). Make sure to let me know if you have any problems with them. You will need to sign up with your e-mail address for validation. Find the forums here.


6/1/06 - Thursday: "Companies"

I've just added a whole page on my fictional companies with logos for each one on the companies page. Go check it out. I may add some more as I continue to work on Lightfire.