AFO 2017 Convention Summary

Anime Festival Orlando: June 9-11 2017

While this wasn’t my first time tabling at a convention, it was my first time tabling alone with my own original works and my first time at this particular con.

I ended up rushing my preparation a bit; notice that I’d been accepted didn’t come until a month before the convention started and up to that point, I’d assumed my application was rejected. My plans were actually for everything to be ready by MetroCon in August. Still, I wanted to go, so three months’ worth of planning had to be shoved into one month. There wasn’t enough time for everything I wanted to do, but it worked out well enough despite the rush.

I don’t know why it took so long for my acceptance notice to come through, but at the convention itself everything went just fine. I checked in on Thursday, got my badges, and set up.

Table Set-up

Set-up day, Thursday night


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Productivity Report, 5th edition: online store, events, and my next project.

News

Now that Willow’s Tale is complete, I’ve officially opened the store page. You can get a printed copy of Willow’s Tale now. Soon, I also plan to have staple-bound copies of my one-shot, Monsters, available.

I’m confirmed for two conventions at the moment, and one of them is very soon:

Anime Festival Orlando
June 9 – 11

MetroCon
August 3 – 7

I’m hoping to get into MegaCon Tampa, as well. We’ll see how that goes.

Recap

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Productivity Report, 4th edition: new URL and Willow’s Tale complete.

The first bit of news today: I’ve changed my website name to “Monochrome Star”. When I started this website over a year ago, I needed a name and more or less pulled it out of my ear. “Terminus Lucis” isn’t a bad name by any means, but it also wasn’t a perfect fit either. The change came rather suddenly to me, but when you find something perfect it can’t be helped, right?

I was looking at starting up a second website for other projects and chose “Monochrome Star”, but once I chose it I realized it was actually a perfect name for this website. For the time being, the Terminus URL will function as a mirror for Monochrome. It will most likely become my secondary website later on.

My other news of the day: Willow’s Tale is complete. The pages are all drawn, as are the print-exclusive extras. I’m looking at getting printed copies to sell soon.

As of the time of writing, there are still ten pages left to upload to the website, and they will continue to post on Tuesdays as scheduled.

A lot of life things came up these past few months, and I put my stories on hiatus (except for Willow) at the beginning of March. I’m currently planning another story and will work throughout April to rebuild my page buffer in case of more life happenings. Updates for Threads, Fear, and MRGhost will resume at the beginning of May. I don’t have a set release date for the next story, but it should be around mid-May to early June.

Patreon supporters will see the pages as they’re completed, so if you want to see the updates ahead of time, consider supporting me there.

See you next time.

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Website overhaul complete

I mentioned it before, but my initial idea for this site was for everything (the main site and the individual comic sites) to have the same color scheme and maybe one or two layouts. However, when I set up the site for Willow, I changed my mind about having one look for everything, and now I have a new color scheme (among other simple variations in design) for every story.

The color scheme and primary layout I initially used is actually the black-and-white layout for Fear Without A Name. With all the stories given a unique look, it felt odd for Fear to be the only one identical to the main site. That’s why I decided on a(nother) visual overhaul. The night sky has always felt magical and beautiful to me, so I settled on a night sky theme and created the background. I based my site colors on the most prominent shades in the image, with some faintly purple and blue tones for variation.

It’s taken a surprisingly long time to finish all of this site work. I technically started back in September last year, about 6 months ago. It’s odd. Those six months didn’t feel like a long time until I looked back.

Though it started in September, the update work didn’t really get moving until around the new year due to various life circumstances. I started rewriting the CSS for my comics in an easier-to-edit format and fixed up the designs to suit each of my comics. That took about a month to wrap up, which kind of makes me feel bad for taking so long to finish it.

Despite being much simpler by comparison, I didn’t get around to finishing the main site until about two days ago. I did, however, get everything finished up in the same day.

I’m really happy with how everything turned out. I do have one page to add to the main site, but the images needed for it are still in progress. However, I think it’ll be a very handy page, especially as I write more stories.

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Productivity Report, 3rd edition: so close…

February is over and I am once again met with my failings: being unable to finish drawing the pages for Willow’s Tale being the biggest one. I have ten pages left to finish, which is great progress, but it’s still not finished. It’s really annoying how much of my time gets eaten up by things outside of my control. In fact, those beyond-my-control things have hindered all of my drawing efforts.

On the other hand, while drawing pages has been difficult to get to properly, I have managed to get more work done on other fronts. I’m about ready to give the website’s home page a fresh look. That should happen within the next month. I’m also working on adding a new page to the site. I just need a few images and then it’ll be ready to set up.

I’ve also started planning the next story to work on after Willow’s Tale is finished, since I’m so close to being done. The outline for the story is almost done and chapter planning can begin soon. I won’t start the next one immediately; it’ll probably start it in about two months, after Willow’s Tale is finished and I’ve had a chance to enjoy a lighter workload.

This year certainly hasn’t been off to an easy start for me. Two months in and it’s starting to feel a bit heavy, but things are looking up. A few of the bigger things that have been plaguing me are almost resolved.

To victory!

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