Aedre’s Firefly Graphic Novel updates every Wednesday
New Readers: click here to start closer to the beginning of the story… You also might like this well-written precis of the story by Todd McElmurry at the WebComic Alliance’s pick-of-the-week: Aedre’s Firefly.
#LFWC this week
Is The Forgotten Order by Christie Morgan who both writes and renders this mysterious fantasy tale. A good place to start is with her Cast Page. There are several characters, some of whom are at this point in different threads of the story. There are Dream Travellers and Bone Dolls, a race of curly-horned people known as the Fauni, one of whom is a young girl who through childhood illnesses seems to have never developed the ability to use magic like the rest of her people. This makes her a bit of a target for the ill humours of others.
The story is intriguing and the full colour art is pretty gorgeous! She’s only been publishing online for six months (Congratulations, Christie!), but you can tell the story is clear and well developed in the author’s mind if not already scripted.
Andy of LithicBee managed to scoop me on this one last Wedneday, even though the above part of today’s comic blog was written a few weeks ago. *shakes fist at Andy* However, he cheats and uses up three to six #lfwc in his Wednesday posts, leaving only the scrapings for the rest of us. :`D But seriously, he does a lovely job of promoting comics, and the more people promoting our work, the better. So go read Andy’s appraisal, and then read the Forgotten Order. (and then come back here and comment) You won’t be sorry.
Installed the new CS6 Creative Suite (the Adobe Cloud version) and have spent hours trying to get it into working order, intalling all my custom workspaces, presets, and keybindings. That job is still somewhat unfinished so I tried to fire up CS5 this morning to do some inking and of course, Adobe had changed all my menu and desktop UI icons for their products to open the CS6 version, so even more mucking about! I’m not ready to trust my precious Aedre strips to CS6 until I’m sure it’s working the way I need it to. I do get really tired with developers screwing around with my software. It shouldn’t have to be so frustrating to upgrade. For instance, even though there is a new “migrate presets” link in the edit menu dropdown, all it does in migrate *some* of your presets and then only to the CS6 presets folder. It does not load them into the UI. Fortunately, I had found a Youtube Vid that explained how to load your custom stuff into the Ps interface and also that you need to copy over your older custom Workspaces, Actions, Keybindings, etc. yourself, then load them inside Ps CS6. All in all it’s daunting and time consuming, but I guess eventually worth it.(as soon as I get over being cranky about it.) Much easier on the eyes than older versions. Looks like Illustrator got a lot of love this time around, too. That’s next on my list of programs to find the custom stuff for and move it over and load it up. More time consuming bullmalarkey.
I’m so obsessive. I really resent anything that eats into my time creating Aedre’s Firefly. I don’t even play computer games any more (with the exception of Asteroids Gunner + on my iPad), so I kinda get mad when stuff like these updates drag me away and eat up my buffer– especially when I’d just made myself take some time off for fun and relaxation.
Speaking of buffer, We’re good to the end of August and I have one more inked and ready for shading. I’m still debating with myself whether or not to take a break at the end of this Chapter, or to keep going through Chapter VII and therefore the end of Volume 1. Guess I’ll figure it all out someday.
Oh, and I encourage anyone to try out the Creative Suite for at least the free 30 day trial, since you can get all the programs to use even with out a connection once installed, for only $50 a month. ($30/mo if you already have at least one of them registered. Like, if you have Photoshop CS4 or Illustrator, etc, you can get the $30/mo deal for the first year $50/mo for the next year) Go to Adobe here and click on Learn More. Let me know if you like the idea. :`D
Had a great weekend! Hung out in my favourite coffee shop on Saturday and created art with my Copic pens and brush-pens on another IB Coffee Cup:
Then on Sunday Mal and I went Kayaking and I got some great reference photos. But I was really jealous of Mal cause he was using a real camera and got some fantastic footage of a bullfrog, among other things, and my measely little iPod Touch just can’t do that kind of stuff very well. Still, photos for reference don’t need to do more than suggest form for me, and maybe Mal will let me use some of his photos, too. :`D
Thanks for reading Aedre’s Firefly and for your encouraging comments!