Chapter 11, Page 12

September 13th, 2015, 9:07 pm

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Dragonrider September 13th, 2015, 11:50 pm
*Billie you damn well better buy the Sci-Fi author bit or else Plan B comes into effect and you are toast.*

Night night Billie see you in two hours gonna grab a nap, have something for the headache when I wake-up.

Hey, in these incentives Tirin looks so sweet, innocent and harmless. Is she on drugs, if so what I want some.
Merceneiress September 14th, 2015, 9:03 am
@Dragonrider: Haha! Happy is definitely not a typical Tirin emotion, so yes, she must be on something!

@xpacetrue: So true --- there are definitely side effects. I imagine the commercials go something like the ones we see on tv today: "So ask your doctor if nano injections are right for you! Nano injections can potentially cause headaches, migraines, epilepsy, blindness, stroke, coma, amnesia, personality changes, schizophrenia, depression, suicidal ideation. If you have a history of headaches, migraines, mental illness, heat intolerance, anxiety, depression, stress intolerance, nausea, vomiting, poor concentration, inability to multi-task, this may not be a good choice for you, but ask your doctor to be sure!"

@Guesticus: I am so glad you liked it! I had several renders before that -- they looked creepy rather than cute. Had to keep adjusting her smile, her eyes, her teeth even! I was hoping I got it right.
xpacetrue September 14th, 2015, 12:54 pm
@Merceneiress:

" I had several renders before that -- they looked creepy rather than cute. Had to keep adjusting her smile, her eyes, her teeth even... "

You said that happy is not a typical Tirin emotion. So, maybe you're not used to trying to render Tirin with a smile? Maybe Tirin is one of those who don't smile very often, so she had to use face muscles that are seldom used. Maybe that's why you had so much trouble?

Interesting, though, that Tirin is smiling here. Is it safe to say that Billy is one of the few people that can make her smile? Maybe they do have potential for a future together.
unicornfrog September 14th, 2015, 3:19 pm
@Merceneiress:

I burst out laughing at your side effects list. XD
xpacetrue September 14th, 2015, 3:36 am
Nanos for the sci-fi classics "are available for cheap"? As in, available commercially?

I would think that if they were made available on the market that they'd be clearly labeled with "Use only under adult supervision" or some such. I mean, they're microscopic robots which target your brain and mess with your memories. There's got to be at least some potential for side effects, misuse or things going wrong. But then, kids will be kids.
Guesticus (Guest) September 14th, 2015, 4:13 am
That grin in panel three is sooo cute! :D
unicornfrog September 14th, 2015, 3:17 pm
Oh gosh, at this point I'm hoping for a well-timed explosion or disturbance outside to stop her just in time.

At this point I'm really missing Oscar, you know? All little Tirin would have to do is make a mini virtual Tirin that can give her life advice.

You know what? I think I really want to make a comic too!
xpacetrue September 14th, 2015, 9:14 pm
@unicornfrog:
" ...I think I really want to make a comic too!"

I've been tempted to try a webcomic, myself. (But I'm far more interested in 3D animation.) Webcomics seem to be growing in popularity and new ones pop up all the time. Though, eventually, old ones usually end or go on permanent hiatus. (Looking at TopWebComics, I see over 2600 webcomics listed. Though, a great many of those are long dead.)

I have heard web adverts don't pay as much as they used to. Too much ad competition. I think some struggle to even recoup website costs.

Further, Google Ads can be finicky. One webcomic started showing cheesecake fanservice a bit too often. As a result, Google labeled it as pornographic. That crippled their ad income, so the creator gave up on ads.

Since web adverts are, often, no longer enough, a growing number of webcomics are beginning to use Patreon to attract donations. Sometimes they will have separate side stories only available to donors (or other perks).

DAZ Studio is free, which makes it popular for CGI webcomics. And one could get by with mostly free 3D models. But one would probably end up buying some stuff (like character models such as V4/5/6/7 or Genesis 1/2/3). Of course, there -are- other 3D solutions and some are easier to learn than others.

Otherwise, it comes down to drawing and such. Personally, I'd find it too time-consuming and tedious to draw and color it all. Just as well as I'd prefer CGI, anyway.

Though, it does not require art talent or even color to make a popular webcomic. The 'Order of the Stick' and 'XKCD' prove this. If you can draw stick figures, then you can make a comic. Content is more important than looks. And good content boils down to creativity and good storytelling. One can attract a lot of followers from pure comedic gold. Though, looking good certainly helps.
Merceneiress September 15th, 2015, 1:05 am
@xpacetrue: Agree absolutely with all of your statements regarding creating a webcomic. Specifically, regarding DAZ Studio --- it is a "free" program and produces beautiful CGI renders, but I have spent quite a lot of money over the years buying models I needed for desired scenes. Also, I definitely do not make money with this webcomic. As you said, Patreon is an interesting way to try to earn money (some artists making quite a bit!) I just joined Patreon and don't have great expectations, but it would be nice if I could use what I earn to help buy more models on a monthly basis. My personal reward from this webcomic is your enjoyment, comments and suggestions.

Re your comments on Tirin's smile --- absolutely right. I am so used to making her scowl in anger that it is extremely rare for me to make her smile. Seems like the only times she does is in the incentives.

@unicornfrog: I miss Oscar too. Your suggestion of a mini Tirin would be loads of fun. With the suggestions you've posted over the years, I think you'd create a webcomic that I'd definitely enjoy reading.
xpacetrue September 15th, 2015, 3:41 am
@Merceneiress:
" I miss Oscar too. Your suggestion of a mini Tirin would be loads of fun. "

I'm not sure whether it would fit in a serious comic like this, but: Have you considered the occasional Shoulder Angel or Shoulder Devil to tempt or give advice?

I've seen several variations. In White Out, Bidi hallucinates a shoulder rat who gives good advice, acting as a voice of reason. And in EGS, Susan has four figments of imagination who debate her choices: Logic, Nature, Nurture, and Curiosity (though, it's usually just Logic and Curiosity).
Merceneiress September 15th, 2015, 8:59 am
@xpacetrue: The movie Ratatouille comes immediately to mind for some reason. Not a bad suggestion at all...
Guesticus (Guest) September 16th, 2015, 9:33 am
The smile is more of a 'trust me! what could possibly go wrong' smile rather than a typical smile of happiness :D
Merceneiress September 20th, 2015, 8:56 am
@Guesticus: Yes! What, me worry?
Guesticus (Guest) September 23rd, 2015, 7:52 am
@Merceneiress: More a case of "You can trust me, right?" :D
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