Shifters Infodump Part 2

Second page of the Shifters infodump, and some unfortunate news for you all.

Che’s computer, despite everything, is still fucked, and it is fucked for the foreseeable future. This pretty much puts Che out of commission until she can somehow diagnose and get someone to fix the problem or buys herself a new computer. Neither of which is going to happen particularly soon as she needs a pretty robust machine to handle the demanding needs of tons of layers in Sai and Photoshop. I lent her a computer for everyday stuff, but sadly its not up to the task of coloring. I’ve tried, she’s tried, its just too frustrating on that poor old laptop.

So, once again, I ask for your thoughts. I’ve got a poll post going to the right side there of the options I could think of, its also in the forums if you want to answer there. If you have any alternative ideas, I’m all ears. But basically I see the options as thus:

1) Keep going with filler/infodump stuff. – I still haven’t covered anything about the Mages, the Elves, the Espi, or some other nifty things like Darklings or Taint, or the Dragons, or any of that business. I could keep going for a while if you guys want and hope the computer issue gets resolved.

2) Black and white lineart with dialogue. – I would draw the comic and post it as raw lineart with the dialogue. This is the fastest option, but the artwork wouldn’t be as polished as you are used to seeing. My lineart is clean, but not reaallly meant to be viewed without color. You guys would have to use your imaginations. We’d replace the pages when Che gets a computer again and can color them. However, the plus is of course, that its fast. I might be able to squeeze in more updates.

3) Lineart with flats and dialogue – This would be artwork with color but little to no shading, minimal special effects stuff. Sort of a quick and dirty coloring job. Its a medium length of time solution, probably couldn’t do more than the usual one a week here, and I’m not sure it offers anything more really than the black and white lineart.

4) Finished, full color pages.. but slow. – I am notoriously slow at coloring, partly because I am not that great at it and partly because my computer sucks. (I’m in need of a new one myself, but Che’s in worse than me.) While I could do full color pages, they might take me more than a week to get pages finished. While I could probably do every second week, ever week may not be doable, just because it takes me such a long time. So this would be the slowest option and pages would have to be recolored later to match styles, since Che and I have different coloring styles.

5) The last option is a short black and white side story that goes on while Che’s sorting things out, then will get moved to extras and finished there. A bonus feature if you will.

So cast your vote, and let your voice be heard. Please feel free to leave comments if you have any or alternate suggestions, I’m willing to listen to any and all ideas here. I don’t want to just leave you guys hanging forever here.



10 thoughts on “Shifters Infodump Part 2

  1. still doesn’t explain dragons but it defiantly was helpful to the story, hmmm john sterling defiantly an antagonist

  2. So… I felt like pointing out something in the last sentence of the third to last paragraph here..

    “Scores” Though it feels like a word that carries a lot of weight, especially in this kind of context, actually only means 20.
    I could be wrong, but you might want to try and find a different numerically descriptive word to use here.

    ‘Cause somebody like me, I got there and I was like:
    “*snicker* Big massive war between species, 40 to maybe 80 people died, we don’t know.”
    Which was needed comic relief, but not what you were going for.

  3. The info dumps are still interesting, but I am really excited for the story to continue.

  4. Glad to see that you are giving Info on the comic.

  5. we dont realy know how option 2 will look
    (i have seen raw lineart that was [for me] equal enough to the finished version, so that i would prefere 4raws over 3coloured,
    and some where i stopped reading for 2-3 month so that the end-version could be updated).
    It seems the preferable option, but it would be nice to have a new pol in a couple of weeks, or to have a couple of old raws.

  6. sry forgot it

    !THANKs! for all the work you put into this, nice story

  7. These data files are pretty cool. So, what’s next? Hybrids? Veil aware humans?

  8. I like the info dumps, and would not mind line art comics either. Either of these would be great, or you could do a mix of both. Hopefully so Che isn’t too overwhelmed whenever she gets a new computer.

  9. Personally, I’m enjoying the infodump; I always enjoy backstory if it’s sufficiently intriguing. 🙂 Aside from that, I’d go for the monochrome option for the time-being – yes, it would be nice to have colour, but hey, the shiny stuff can always be added later, at your artist’s pace. The first few pages of the redux are in black and white anyway – and I still got hooked on the comic. In fact, the last time I re-read it from the beginning, I was actually surprised to realise that it wasn’t full-colour throughout. I’d painted it in in my memory [admittedly my memory sucks, but even so, it goes to show that black and white works just as well with a little imagination] 🙂

    So… yeah. More infodump? And then more comic in b/w please? With maybe, like if you have a massive effect like another Kinsmir spirit-wake, the odd photo-shopped bit, but yeah… the story is most important. Thanks for providing such awesome entertainment. 😀

  10. It occurs to me that Ferrah isn’t going to be so cocky anymore when her body rejects that implanted watch. Still, interesting way to handle the weakness to silver.

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