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In Tennessee, comic looking better

May 29th, 2009 by Reinder

Today's Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan update is the first one ever that I made while on vacation. I'm staying with Aggie in Tennessee for two months, and that's too long to go without updates, so I'm making them here. I've got a little workspace in her studio now where I can put my laptop, external drives and Wacom tablet and my papers to draw on. I'm also trying to set aside a few hours every day to work on whatever needs doing for my websites. Later during my stay, I will have things set up so I can telecommute to my day job back in NL, though to do that for any length of time, I will need to start getting a visa before I next come back here. For now, though, I'm just trying to cultivate the working habits I will need. What with this update getting done during the week and more being scripted now, I'm off to a good start.

Of course, it doesn't help that I've caught another cold, just like back in March. I think getting exposed to the local germs is doing it, because both times, the cold started at around day 4 of my stay. Luckily, during an eight-week stay, that won't be as bad as catching a cold around day 4 of a week-long stay.

Anyway, the upshot of all this is that for the time being, I am finally in a good position to deliver more frequent updates. I'm going to shoot for two a week for a while - this cold that I've got won't stop me because I will just stay in more for a couple of days. The outlook for the comic has got a lot better, and so has the look of the comic itself: I'm drawing it on larger paper to give myself some more space and I'm very happy with the results.

No update this week but next week is pretty assured

February 16th, 2009 by Reinder

Now that Invasion is over, I'm switching back to the Feral storyline, so that'll be coming back soon. Unfortunately, I'm still strapped for time and the switch involves writing a lot of new material before I can even start drawing, so it'll be a while before new updates start coming. I'm aiming for new updates to start on a weekly basis on Monday, February 23, 2009, though.

They'll be some changes to the process again. I'll be doing things mostly digitally for a while, at least until I've got the A3 scanner working again. Penciling is still done on paper, but Aggie has challenged me to come up with a comics page that's done entirely in digital media before she does. Sounds like fun!

In short, new comic on Monday the 23rd. Hopefully, I'll have the whole story in the bag before the end of the year.

Shameless blegging: Review me!

January 2nd, 2009 by Reinder

If you have a Webcomicsnation account, could you do me a favour and review some of the comics on Chronicles of the Witch Queen? Anyone who has an account, even if you only use it for commenting on WCN comics, can post a review which will be posted on the WCN homepage and on the Talk About Comics blog, which has seen a flood of new reviews lately. What with the boost my readership has got from a writeup in a comparatively obscure e-zine, I think getting written up in a few other places that are read at the same level would make a lot of difference for the readership numbers.

Here are the details. Some of the comics on Chronicles of the Witch Queen are also published on Rocr.net, but not all of them are. They are also divided up differently, with each storyline getting its own homepage and URL. Below, you'll find a list of comics available on the site, and where to post reviews:

Feral Review Feral
Invasion Review Invasion
The Double Review The Double
Christmas at Blocksberg Review Christmas at Blocksberg
The Eye of the underworld Review The Eye of the Underworld
Guðrún Review Guðrún
Alcydia Review Alcydia
Courtly Manners Review Courtly Manners
Courtly Manners 2: The Unicorn Race Review Courtly Manners 2: The Unicorn Race

Reviews don't have to be positive but the intention of the feature is to spread the word about comics you like - so if you like Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan and the related comics, and have a Webcomicsnation account, spread the word! I'll be grateful for any and all reviews, long or short.

State of the comic: Three weeks’ worth of Invasion uploaded

December 14th, 2008 by Reinder
Family portrait of Ragnarok, Hildegard, Harold and Jake looking their Sunday best, made a year ago in preparation for the epilogue to <i>Invasion</i>

Family portrait of Ragnarok, Hildegard, Harold and Jake looking their Sunday best, made a year ago in preparation for the epilogue to Invasion

Episodes for Invasion for the next three weeks have been uploaded. Next week, I may be able to finish the final ones that have been scanned so far - what happens after that depends on whether I've got the scanner working by that time. The episodes will appear on Mondays, December 15, 22 and 29.

The comics will also be placed in the crossover archives for Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan. There's no specific home page for Invasion but last Monday's update was archived on http://www.rocr.net/index.php?p=20081208 - the number for each update represents the date of publication.

Previous family portrait

State of the comic: some movement at last

December 6th, 2008 by Reinder

We'll finally have some new updates again, and they'll be on the Chronicles of the Witch Queen website. Starting Monday, December 8, the Invasion series will update again, once a week on Mondays, hopefully until the storyline is finished, which should take 8 updates in total.

Feral is still in limbo. The day job is still taking up too much of my mental energy to do meaningful work on it. I hope to have some script for it ready after my next vacation, so there won't be any updates until the new year.

There's something else coming up, and it may not be all that significant to long-term Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan readers, but it's still kind of significant to me: Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan Re-runs on Drunk Duck will reach its 500th update on December 12! That's 500 daily installments without missing a day - clearly the secret to reliable updating is to have a 17-year buffer. For what it is, the re-run project is quite succesful too - it gets three-digit pageviews a day, which is good considering I don't actively promote it and the contents have been available on other sites for years. It gets proportionally more response from the readers there than at the main site too, though this is largely because in the culture within the Drunk Duck community, commenting on a comic and awarding it five points out of five is the local way to say hi (it's still appreciated, by the way - thanks all who commented). Perhaps more importantly, the project has kept me involved with the comic through the past 15 months, because even when I wasn't drawing it, I still had to upload "new" installments, check if things updated properly and read the comments. It's been a beacon for me, a daily reminder that I have this comic and it's unfinished. It's a powerful thing.

State of the comics: picking up the pace just a tad

November 29th, 2008 by Reinder

I sent these to DFG to do colour flats the other night:

Page 11 of the epilogue to Invasion

Page 11 of the epilogue to Invasion

Character art for Agni the Messenger witch

Character art for Agni the Messenger witch

The Invasion page was drawn over just two evenings after work, which is fast compared to how things have been in the past year and a half. This increase in speed does come at a price though: I haven't been running for almost two weeks, and haven't seen the inside of the gym in almost three. I can feel my stomach expanding and my muscles atrophy as I sit here. Still, I'm going to go on like this for a little longer; while running and other forms of exercise give me a nice bit of short term stress relief and a nice little high, I have concluded that if I overdo them, they contribute to my longer-term stress by taking so much time out of my schedule that I don't have time to work on my projects. I feel bad and not in control of my own life and my time when I don't get my art out on a regular basis.

There are four projects that have now gone on for multiple years:

  1. King Groy: the long-awaited rewrite of an old Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan story that I was so unsatisfied with that I didn't want it on my website. Last re-incarnated as my NaNoWriMo novel, which is dead in the water at 30,000 words. I will finish this in some form or another, probably as an illustrated, serialized online novel. Project started in 2006.
  2. Muscle: a collaboration with Adam Cuerden, based on an idea I had in late 2004. Kind of dead since 2006, but recently I have gone back and worked on a cast drawing I promised Adam more than a year ago.
  3. Feral: Comic in progress since September 2006, on hiatus for the past three months. In trouble because it evolved so much from my original conception that the original plot twist is no longer usable. I will get back on this next year, but it's going to be a hard process that I need to focus on, so I'm hoping to get other stuff out of the way first.
  4. Invasion: In progress since February 2007 (actually, work started earlier but it first ran online that month) and likely to be the first thing I finish. I have three pages left to draw, and there's a bunch of colouring/lettering/photoshop work that needs to be done. In an ideal world, I'd finish this after Feral because it features some permanent changes to the cast and world of ROCR, but from a practical point of view, it's best that I get this one out of the way first so I have one project less nagging at me.
  5. This weekend, in addition to Christmas shopping, I will crank out at least one more page of Invasion and work on the art I promised Adam. I actually have a number of vaguely defined fresh projects dancing around in my head, but they'll have to wait until I get at least two out of these four done.

Family portrait

November 23rd, 2008 by Reinder
Kel, Jodoque, Fay, family portrait in the Wodeskog

Kel, Jodoque, Fay, family portrait in the Wodeskog, done last year in preparation for the epilogue to Invasion. Colour flats by DFG.

Feral updates on hold

September 21st, 2008 by Reinder

I didn't get to work on Feral again this weekend, and it's time I stopped kidding myself: I can't keep up with a schedule, so I'm going to take another break and putting up some filler in the mean time, until I've built a buffer.

The filler I've picked is the two Courtly Manners stories from 2002 and 2005, respectively. The second one used to be on the old site when ROCR was primarily available as a subscription comic, but didn't survive the transition to free and to WillowCMS. It's been posted on the Chronicles of the Witch Queen site, though, but it never got the audiences there that Invasion and Feral did get. Courtly Manners 1 has been languishing there as well.

The comics will be posted at a frequency of 1 a day, every day. I've always thought that'd be the perfect schedule, and so it annoys me that right now, I can't even swing one a week. A buffer will help.

Feral will be back at the beginning of November.

Invasion update for September 12

September 12th, 2008 by Reinder

Invasion has updated again, with Messenger Witch Agni getting back to work immediately, and Elspeth putting her plan into action.

This will be the last Invasion update in a while - I haven't been able to produce any new pages. Heck, I'm struggling just to do one penciled page of Feral each week, and may end up having to skip a few weeks for that too, if I have to draw anything particularly complex.

Invasion update on August 8

August 8th, 2008 by Reinder

Invasion will update again on Friday, August 8.

In fact, weekly updates will be pretty much assured for the next month or so. It will also update on the ROCR archives, though it won't be shown on the front page there.

There's a lot being added to the archives. Stealth updates are underway for The Lives of X!Gloop and once that's done, for The Eye of the Underworld. I'll unveil those as complete archives when they're done. They've been milked more than enough over the past few years for me not to feel like I should run them on the front page, but I do want them under the WillowCMS umbrella now.