Ugh...this must be the most complex page I've ever made (it's not saying much but it was such a paiiiin!)!
I swear, Sera didn't look like the girl from “The Ring” when I was working in black and white, then I added the color and...
Erm, speaking of which, I've read the book and I've discovered that “Sera” is not Kozmotis's daughter name so erm...I'll write a journal about it because I'd like to hear your opinion on that (but not here, so nobody gets spoilered and not now because it's 4.30 am in Italy! )
That said I hope you like this page!!
Hey, she does kind of look like the girl from the ring! So she IS a SSHMC (super scary horror movie child, of course)! I was right! You hear that world?! I am a genius!! (Lol, says the girl that had to use spell check to spell "genius"). Lol! Anyway, I like it, though! Kind of adds to the terrifying-ness!
Dang, I was gonna talk about Sera's name, but then I'd be a spoiling spoiler! I refuse! I've been exposed to spoilers lately...never again!!!
hahahha oh dear....so sorry about that!!!
(but that's as bad as it gets..the rest should be downhill from here!!)
Ehh so did I .... (I wonder WHERE did it hear it from!!)
Just read the new book and...well...it's not her real name!
The third and fourth books in the 'Guardians of Childhood' series hurt my heart. Third because Katherine seems to lose any chance of ever remembering her real parents, and fourth because Mother Nature disowns her father and wants nothing to do with him anymore. T.T
I wonder if some of the what Joyce is doing to Pitch might a projection of his own self-loathing or something, because of the loss of his daughter? It's just a total turn from how the story was going.
aw thank you so much!!!I'm so glad you liked it!!!
I feel exactly the same as you do. I got the feeling that something was changed quite suddenly as
really the deal with Katherine's memories and "daddy issues" is completely forgotten....(also Jack was supposed
to be there, but he's not...uhmm maybe some problems with the editors??)
But I too, knowing of Joyce personal story, I can't help but look at Pitch under a different light.
We are talking about the (imho XD) most developed of all the charachter in the book, a dad who lost his daughter
(and whose life has drastically changed because of it....he becomes evil because of his daughter's loss we could say, I suppose).
It's hard to resist the temptation to link it to Joyce. Pitch in the book is both evil and pathetic (his interaction wih his daughter in the
4th book is....!).
So yes all this to say I agree with you and I too see some sel-loathing on Joyce side when it comes to Pitch.
I wonder, what do you think of Pitch supposed "irredeemebilty?"?(er....I mean is he really beyond redemption?XD)
alas my dear, you are, and so was I, and everybody else actually....
The new book came out and her real name was revealed...I don't want to spoiler you
so I'll only say it's quite QUITE different from Seraphina...
But I'm going to stick to Seraphina (and say bye bye to canon!)
hahhahhaha oh my ....you made me burst here!!!
hehehhe sorry guys!!!Hope they'll come back!!!!XD
awww gosh thank you so, so much!! (I gotta say that after reading your comment
I just feel like I can draw 10 pages in a row.... -I don't think I can, but I feel like that!)
Hahaha yes, I've to say this new technique came to be very randomly and it looks a bit like etching
(I guess it's because I bucket filled everything and then went and removed part of the "ink").
Aw I'm glad you like the colors!!! (heheh, as you said, not everybody did!) I thought that since
I'm venturing in the realm of madness and nightmare I wasnted to play a bit with distorted visual perception
(because noise I can't use unfortunately!XD). Ahh thank you again!!! I'm very interested in the topic (and since in the
book they didn't delve too much into it, understandly as it's a children's book, I thought I should! ).
Hahaha so I guess it will stay Seraphina! (nobody seem to like the new one too!XD).
Hahahhaaha oh god no, I swear!!!(I really hope too) It won't be that long I don't think I could
Really, thank you so much for your words, they really mean a lot to me....and I'm so glad you found again my comic
and even more that you're enjoying it!!!
I think the etching style (I'm just calling it that now) is great, and seems really fitting for flashbacks especially. I think the use of ..... discordant colors is perfect for nightmares and madness. I mean.... you want it to be jarring right? On the subject of noise/sound.... you know I wonder if maybe there's a way you can incorporate it. I mean it would have to be text for some of the sound effects, but hm..... maybe at times you can show some type of distortion for wavy sounds, or jagged edges in specific places for loud/jarring sounds. I'll think about it some more. But I know there are techniques for showing sound visually. And it really would be an interesting addition to your story. Like we've acknowledged, not many tackle this part of the story, so the more.... impact that can be put into it the better.
And hey, if it has to be that long, its just because the story demands it (I swear they have minds of their own). But I would like you to take as long as you need. We'll stick with you for as long as it takes. And I certainly wouldn't mind a comic that long (But I do understand its different when you have to *draw* a comic of such a great length). Anyway, I am glad my comment made you happy. Let me know if you ever just wanna talk sometime. You seem like a blast to talk to.
hahha fear not my dear...you're in good company I'm such a chatterbox...!
Ah, first of all may I really thank you for taking the time of thinking about it
and helping me??It's my first comic and I've so many things to learn all on my own,
(well that's normal!XD) that it's really touching to find someone as nice and insightful as you..
and I'll stop here or I'll get way too sappy!!XD
I agree with you, I thought something with a stark contrast color wise and stark inking
was somehow fitting for the psychological violence of what Koz is going through
(but thing is, I'm generally inclined to all that so I'm neve sure if I'm overdoing it!XD).
heh for the sound, I tried I think in a couple of panels I wrote things like er..."BAM"
"TACK" and it was always bad...like a children 1930's comics.. I'm learning there
is an art in lettering (one which I'm spectacularly crap at!) so there must a way of making
it a bit less conspiquos..
Your advice is really interesting and I'll be sure to try it (as it is next page is in need
of some sound... your timing couldn't be more perfect!!!).
Heheh the thing is that sound/silence are going to play quite an important part in this chappie...
oh gosh...I really hope I don't screw it!!!
Hahahaha I hope I don't bore you, though!!I told you I'm a blabbering chatterbox and yes they
have a mind of their own!!!(It's my first try at storytelling too and I was so surprised that many
things I've hear on stories which I thought were clichès turned out to be..er..true.._won't spoiler you
but there's one charachter I had no meant to almost use at all who...took over so much!!
complitely uninvited, how rude!! ).
Aww dear...I can't tell you how reassuring it is to hear you say that!!(it's my lack of self confidence,
but as soon as people started asking how long was it going to be.... )
Thank you, really!!I'll do my utter best to keep you entertained!!!!
Of course I'd love to talk to you, you've been awesome to me!!!
ps- HA-HA I think mine is longer!!! XD
Anyway, I am so glad some of the things I said were helpful. I love helping out artists and authors if I can. Sadly, I myself am a storyteller not a writer. And while it sounds similar its very different in practice. So I have a lot of problems getting my own stories written. But that's a separate thing. As for more ideas on sound.... I think we should talk some other way. One reason I don't write more here is its still a reply to an image, and its public. It feels weird critiquing in a public setting like this. If you want we can talk through e-mail or Skype. Send me a note on here and I will tell you my online contact stuff. I just think I would be a lot bigger help in a more.... private environment. 'Cause if I give lame advice or have to change my mind on a method its odd in public. I like to brainstorm with just the creator of something. Also I don't want people to think I am being overly critical. Not everyone understands even when its constructive. I do want to talk more. Both to help with your comic and just for fun. And hey, maybe you can give me some advice for writing my fanfics. You never know. Like I said, shoot me a note and we can talk more fluidly.
(purtroppo la mia indole pare essere piuttosto zuzzurellona_wow, non avevo mai usato questa
parola, finora!_ e sguazza nelle stupidate/vaccate, per cui mi fai veramente felice se mi dici
che sono riuscita rendere l'atmosfera almeno un po'!!
but I still had to- try to - be consisten with the previous page style! XD)
hehehhe I didn't blur the background texture this time, but I wanted to
give a starker contrast and a bit violent too to give it a nightmarish quality (don't know if I succeded )
hahahha was it?? It was really tricky to organize graphically this one (the panels being for once
the most difficult part!!XD)
hahahha yeahhh I guess I'll really stick to the old name and screw it with canon!!
ehhh I long for consistency (but I don't quite manage to achieve it...! one dayyyyyy)
heheh I know I've tacky tastes! (well you remember perhaps the first pages' Yellow?? nothing
can beat THAT tackiness!!)
ahh me too, my dear, me too...it's been settles, this comic will continue
to feature Sera, to hell with Emily Jane!
all these regrets otherwise!XD)
hahahha oh dear, you're so nice to me!!!
Thank you really, it is such a pleasure to make this comic for people like you!!
hahha you think so? I hope I can set my mind on her name...I'm so confuse right now!!
aaww thank you so much!!! I'm really glad you like it!!!!
I was sick too but lickily it was the regular flu thing (6 days of high fever and
coughing but then I was fine). This really sucks!
hahah I remember, thank you for that!!!
Heheh I thought it was reasonbale that having a fairly long name he'd have
a shortned affectionate way of calling her!^^ (though my own dad for example
always call my brother and me by out full name, and my brother's one is as long as
Sera...I find it weird..especially as children, when my brother was doing something stupid, which meant often,
my father would take all his sweet time to call him by his full name "Fe-de-ri-co stop beating you sister"
By the time he called him I was a bloody pulp already!