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Monday | July 22nd, 2019
TODAY'S COMIC: Moose River Gaiden – 5 – I knew that

Jeez girls always just point out the obvious. Yeah, I know that’s your phone number, I use it all the time to call your brother to see if we can hang out. So what? … Of course it’s not until 15 years later while riding on the bus when your mind wanders and you realize that… wait… you mean she wanted me to call HER??

PS: I’m not dead! My workload suddenly increased and I had no time for myself. … That said, this is literally the first new comic I’ve drawn in nearly six years. And frankly, it’s the first comic in 10 years that I drew and posted all at once. Hopefully this starts a trend.

Now because this is the first comic I’ve worked on in so many years, my comicmaking process has changed in that time. I’ll make a post covering the finer details later, but I’ve been using brush pens for inking—again, this is due to being convinced to stopped drawing thick outlines around my characters—and this is the result. I MAY not use brush pens for any VR comics I make, as I’m unsure how brush strokes will look in 3D. But for standard comic pages like this, brush pens is what I’ll be using.

Finally, I will admit that one thing I was concerned about was that my spark had disappeared just as quickly as it had reappeared… but after doing some soul-searching, I’ve come to realize that, no, it’s still here. I didn’t lose my spark. And thank goodness for that. That just means it won’t be another 10 years until the next update, though I will admit that it may now just be a few days between pages, and I feel like I’m now at the point where I feel like I can start working on new pages again. Yippie!


THE BJÖURNAL: Daily News Du Jour

xxxGothBOI666xxx?!

July 17th, 2019

Hey, just for a bit of fun, I totally forgot that I had this video uploaded on YouTube. I also forget if I shared this before as well. Anyways, this video turns out to be the Ur-inspiration for xxxGothGrrl666xxx: G0THBoI666

The story here is: I created this character in Phantasy Star Online Ep1&2 for Nintendo GameCube, as a sort of amalgamation of all the various and most common 15-year old-type players. Incidentally this is also where the “Sephiroth” players came from, because like 50% of those edgy teen player characters chose that for their names.

So when it came time to expand Shea’s character in the original Moose River Regular, I decided she would be “GothGRRL666” instead, and live to troll other players in game. And the rest, as they say, is history.

No Sunday, but Monday = Funday!

July 15th, 2019

Sorry, I forgot to work on something for Sunday. But I have an excuse! I linked up with an old friend and fellow creative, one Mark Engels (insert Communism joke here), for dinner and a chat, our first in like 𝓂𝓊𝓂𝒷𝓁𝑒 years. We met back in 𝓂𝓊𝓂𝒷𝓁𝑒 during the Wild Wild West years of the internet when our common interest in Battle Angel Alita brought us to the (now extinct) “New Kansas Chat Room“. Man, talk about the memories (more memories I only just discovered)! We spent some time catching up, learning more about what art projects we’ve been working on in the mean time… I let him know about Moose River and MindVR, while Mark let me know about his novel series, one of which being titled Always Grey In Winter; you can check out more of his work at his website here: www.mark-engels.com

Now I will admit that Furries isn’t my main genre of interest, but I won’t say “it’s not my cup of tea”. I can enjoy Furry stories and characters; consider my long-time link to “Sabrina Online” in the Links page, as well as my sponsoring of “Pokémon City” back on my old Pokémon site. Oh yeah, and Shea’s online character xxxGothGrrl666xxx is a Cat-Girl; in Mystic Revolution she’s technically a “Nekko“. …and… ahem… polt is best girl. …. So yeah, to me “Furry” is just one more type of story to read, and I’m not the kind of person to NOT read something, because I love reading for the sake of learning more about different people, cultures, communities, etc.

So that said, I’m definitely excited to read Mark’s story… at least as soon as I can purchase a hard copy. Mark also sweetened the deal a bit—not that it wasn’t sweet enough because Mark wrote it—by including Korean characters into the story, of which at least one is—naturally—a tiger. Mark also said he did his best research to ensure Korean culture is properly depicted, which is even more bonus points for me and my desire to see a more diverse cast in stories.

Our meet up may have only been a few hours in the grand scheme of things, but I’m glad to have reconnected with Mark like that. I’m excited to read what he wrote, and I hope he’s just as excited to read Moose River! 😀 And hopefully you’ll get a chance to check him out as well!

More Moose River Gaiden pages?

July 12th, 2019

I’m actually having a lot of fun working on these pages again, even though it’s only just cleaning up the original scans from 2013 and posting them. The thing is, I’m getting a lot of positive response for them on Instagram—as opposed to, I dunno, NONE—which is a legitimate surprise and confidence boost for me. Like, seeing random people liking my work after having discovered it through the various hashtags I’ve given it… that’s a real shock for me!

Because of this, I’ve been considering working on new Moose River Gaiden (MRG) pages, at least in between my work on trying to get Moose River VR (MRVR) going. The thing is is that I’ve had a ton of various one-shot ideas, such as this one:

…but because I was working on Moose River as a serial story, I couldn’t figure out ways to incorporate those ideas unless I move the story into a situation where I can write about them.

But with MRG being nothing BUT side-stories outside of the main Moose River narrative, I might just continue to make comics under the MRG banner in order to finally get these one-shot stories out into the wild. If anything too, I can use this as more practice and training to get me back in artistic shape in order to make MRVR that much better… like, MRG can pass the baton off to MRVR so that it can hit the ground running.

So y’know what? I might just do that after-all. Now I’ll still do a sketch-a-day—in fact I have one for “today”, Friday, almost ready to share—but I think I’ll start working on actual narrative comics under the MRG title in preparation for the official release of MRVR. Sounds good? Sounds like a plan to me! 😀

Instagram, Patreon, plus Temporary Removal of Feature

July 11th, 2019

Heyo, ok so first off I discovered that Instagram lets me load up individual pictures as slides within a single Instagram post. This means I can load up an entire single comic page as frames into Instagram and let people read them. I’ve done three so far:

* MOOSE RIVER GAIDEN #1/4 — https://www.instagram.com/p/Bzy8oAoh_oR/
* MOOSE RIVER GAIDEN #2/4 — https://www.instagram.com/p/Bzy7MQXBHEl/
* MOOSE RIVER PAGE 100 — https://www.instagram.com/p/BzzHjZthyZ_/

And with Moose River Gaiden #3/4 under my belt, I’m going to be posting that on Instagram soon just the same. But gimme a few mins to do that. Sweet, here it is:
* MOOSE RIVER GAIDEN #3/4 — https://www.instagram.com/p/BzzqKFUBBH7/

Concerning Patreon, I made a post there where I discussed various tiers for supporters and what kind of goodies I can provide to help entice that level of support. One thing I’ve decided to do is give some kind of special benefit to my early supporters, whether you are one of my earliest PATREON supporters (ie helping me financially) or if you were one of my earliest fans from back during the 2004-2009 era of Moose River. I’m still trying to figure out when the “early supporter” period will end—right now I’m thinking once I reach $50-$100/month—but that could change to being maybe the first 25-50 Patrons. Gimme some time to figure it out. In the mean time, feel free to read my post about the various tiers and offers for my here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/28320214

Finally, I also had to temporarily remove one super cool feature I just added to the site: the ability to go to the next or previous pages by using the Arrow keys (or A/D if WASD is your thing)… as it was interfering with the ability to write comments. That is to say, if you were in the text box and started typing, the site would think that any time you typed “A” or “D” on the keyboard would mean you wanted to go to another page, instead of wanting to actually TYPE those letters in a comment. So until I figure out how to have the site recognize those key presses only when OUTSIDE of a text box, I’m gonna disable it for now. Sorry if this caused any inconvenience!

Anyways, time to put an end to this day, which could not have come soon enough. 🙁

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