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July 20th, 2013, 2:03 pm

Bad News

Alright guys, it's time for a confession -- I'm having some serious problems with Shambles. Here's my deal:

    I have roughly plotted out the whole storyline, but not scripted it.

    I have drawn 55 pages over the past year and I’m only about 5% through this storyline.

    It’s taken me about 8 hours per page, and there are still several pages that I’m not satisfied with.


If I kept busting out pages at the pace I’m going now, I would finish with about 1100 pages and it would take me 8360 more hours. I don’t wanna draw that many pages, you don’t wanna read that many pages, and if by some miracle I actually finished, the art on the last page would be so different from the art on the first page that the comic would not flow at all.

I’m very happy with the plotline I created and I’ve put a lot of work and research into designing this story. I want to do it, but I want it to be good -- so I’ve decided to start over with a different approach.

I’m going to script out the entire story before I start any pages, and it’s going to be MUCH shorter. I’m thinking 250 pages max, which means no more side plots and no more sewer cats. I will plan out each page so that it connects to the plot and it’s worth the hours it takes to draw it. Once I have that worked out, I’ll do all the art at once, so I can edit my storyboard up until then and my style stays consistent throughout the comic.

TL;DR: Shambles is not dead, but it’s gonna be under renovation for a while. When it comes back, it will be a much better comic.

If you’ve been reading Shambles on here or on deviantart, now would be a good time for some feedback. As in, what do you like about the comic? What do I need to improve on?

Basically, what should I keep and what should I scrap?
(Or if you’re just mad at me for starting over, you are welcome to scream at me in an angry comment. I’m sorry.)

Comments:

, July 21st, 2013, 12:20 pm

my thoughts The panel composition in each page is very pleasing to look at and read (not to mention the art itself is gorgeous). The story had a nice flow and it was easy to get sucked into it since it had no unnecessary moments nor huge walls of text like "This is all the important info in one page! Now read it and never forget!!!" =u=

And about starting over, at least I'm fine with that. If you don't feel like this is how you want to do it then go ahead and start over as many times as you need to until you feel satisfied with it. My only advice is not to get too caught up in making it as short as possible by sacrificing things you want to add but can't because it would get too long. That was probably a useless advice <u< It seems you know what you are doing.

MissAzrael (Guest), July 26th, 2013, 11:14 am

Beautiful Hello! I just discovered this comic and read through the whole thing in one sitting. Your art is tremendously beautiful and you set an incredible mood with the man and the old woman, but then shifted wonderfully into a more happy mood with the young people. This is seriously one of the prettiest comics I've ever seen, and I can't wait to see what you do with the reboot.

For the record, I would have cheerfully read 1100+ of this.

Poop dollop (Guest), July 30th, 2013, 2:59 pm

Never Fear! I WILL READ THIS UNTIL THE UNIVERSE EXPLODES AND THERE IS NO HOPE LEFT FOR ANY ARTISTIC EXPRESSION BECAUSE IT IS MY RELIGION, MY MOTHER, AND MY FATHER ALL IN ONE.

tarantello, August 4th, 2013, 9:24 am

@icanlurk,
Thank you for the feedback! I won't make it too short and condensed, because that can go downhill really fast. Mostly I'm hoping I can find a faster art style and get my storyline together. Thanks for helping :^)
@MissAzrael,
Wow thank you so much!! I'm very flattered. I hope I don't disappoint you.
@Poop dollop,
Alright bro, you need to calm down a little bit. Thanks for the support.

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