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posted September 20th, 2017, 2:17 pm


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September 20th, 2017, 2:34 pm

LittleLynn84

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It's been a couple weeks since my last formal check-in update, so I'd like to take a moment to share where I'm at right now. And brace yourself: I've got a lot to say today. ;P

As I said last time, I am in fact back to working on Rain. I just want to work up my page buffer so I don't corner myself into having to slap everything together at the last minute (thus causing the stress that led to this hiatus). I've been doing exactly that (alongside working on my buffer for my second comic as well, as this is a good, convenient time for me to get ahead on that with no pressure). I've been trying to alternate between the two to reduce burnout and I think that's been working pretty well.

The catch is that I'm not always drawing. Upon a recent reread of the last few chapters of Rain (as well as the next few) after a long time away from it, I'm seeing a lot of pacing and tonal issues I'm not entirely happy with. So I'm spending a fair bit of time going over everything to better balance the story. The good news is that I'm getting closer to where I want to be. The bad news is I still don't know when I'm coming back, because I really would like this all to be completely ironed out before doing so. This way I can offer you the most enjoyable reading experience possible, while allowing myself the smoothest writing process going forward.

And while it is a process, I think it'll have been worth the wait when I can get back to regular posting.

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If I may, I'd like to talk about my other project for a bit too. I've been very tight-lipped about this, but if I'm being honest, I've started planning for it probably close to a year ago now. I admit, I don't totally know why I've been so quiet though. I'm actually really excited for this, and I've been really driven for a while. I think I'm just nervous because it's not something previously announced/seen like Magical or Lavender, so I'm afraid people will hate it on principle for what it's not.

Maybe that doesn't make a lick sense. But irrational fears are no stranger to depression and anxiety. So let me try an push through my worry and finally unveil this thing.

This new comic is called Moonlight Wanderers, and it is a Nuzlocke comic of Pokemon Moon. If you're not familiar with the concept of a Nuzlocke, it is a self-imposed challenge when playing a Pokemon game where any time one of your creatures faints, you are to consider them dead and you can no longer use them. It leads to great emotional attachment and can sometimes be very intense, as every choice you make matters. And a Nuzlocke comic is a fairly common trend where people basically write about how their experience with the challenge went. That is Moonlight Wanderers.

Now, it's not just a retelling of the game's story with minimal input on my end. Rather, in the case of MW, I use the game story and characters as a guideline and go off the rails as I go to really make it my own. But if I want to tell my own story, why not something original, right? Well, I admit that in a lot of ways, this is just something I've always wanted to do. But also, this is going to help me with my original works later.

Rain, as you well know, is not the most artistically complex comic out there. Most pages are just characters standing around talking with little to no action, and backgrounds are non-existent about 98% of the time. For Rain, I believe this works. It doesn't require much to tell it's story, and I personally believe the minimalism is more optimal for its look.

But what about after Rain? Magical will feature battle sequences and monsters. Shangri-La also features combat, a large array of creatures, and a unique setting that is very significant to the story. What works for Rain, might not be ideal for my other works. And to be honest, I don't think I'm really prepared for that. I'm not sure how to approach drawing creatures and battles and backgrounds, and I don't want to present Shangri-La or Magical or any other stories as anything less than the best they can be.

Moonlight Wanderers gives me the opportunity to come out of my comfort zone, and forces me to draw a lot of things I wouldn't normally (thus allowing me to improve in more areas). But it does so with a sense of familiarity. Thanks to the Pokemon, I'll be drawing a wide variety of creatures very regularly. Battles would happen often enough that I'd have to learn a lot of more unique poses. A story focused around a journey means there will be a number of locales to be depicted, so paintbucketing a panel green and saying it's the color of the walls might not always cut it. And if I need help with any of these things, there are plenty of references to utilize. It's not going to be perfect, but it will offer me the practice I need to feel more confident in being able to present my original works that might themselves be more artistically demanding.

Tomorrow, I'm planning on posting the first page of Moonlight Wanderers on my Patreon. This isn't me officially starting to post it, and the comic will not be exclusive to there when it does start. When the first page eventually does go up widespread, it might not even look exactly the same. Rather, I just want to post this to a limited audience for now as a sample of what I'm hoping to work toward. And ideally, I'd like to hear what people think (good or bad). So if you want to be involved in a bit of an advanced screening and help me make sure I'm onto something good here, you can find my Patreon here. As long as you're a patron, you'll get to see it. ^_^

If you don't want to or can't do so, that's totally fine. The comic will probably start up some time before the year is out either way, and now that it's officially unveiled, I have lots to talk about to hopefully hype it up until then.

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Final thing I wanted to say that has nothing to do with art or writing or comics or anything: As of a couple days ago, I'm five years on hormones. It's such a surreal milestone. I mean, the calendar can't lie, but it's really hard to believe somehow. I just still kinda feel new to all this. Is that normal? Any other longtime transitioners feel like this?

Of course, I am happy though, however hard it may be for me to comprehend.

~

Anyway, the hiatus has been long and still continues, but hopefully, this offers some good news and things to look forward to in the near future. While I can't name an exact return date just yet, we're getting closer and closer everyday. But thank you, as always, for your continued patience. It's meant the world to me through some difficult times recently, and I'm hoping I can reward you for that patience very soon. ^_^

Keep on being awesome, folks! Take care for now!

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October 21st, 2017, 10:36 am

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September 20th, 2017, 2:51 pm

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It's good to know you're still working on your projects, and I look forward to reading them when youstart posting them. Thanks for the update!

I appreciate that you're trying to make your comics as good as possible. Just remember that perfection is only a theoretical concept, you will need to choose a point where you decide it's good enough. Otherwise all the effort will be for nothing. Just saying it because it's happened to me, not that I think it'll be your case, you've done great so far.

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September 20th, 2017, 6:51 pm

Eduardo (Guest)

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@Gabi: I second that, done is better than perfect, and I personally think your work is great! There can always be a Marvel-level drawing out there but this is the first and only comic about these things I ever come across. Practice makes perfect so as long as you keep drawing (and enjoying it) quality increases.

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September 20th, 2017, 5:42 pm

Song (Guest)

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I'm only two months (as of tomorrow) into HRT. But I've heard other folks say similar things after being on it for years.


Rain's been an important comic for me. It helped me get here, alive and (mostly) sane. So I'm well within the "will be happy regardless of when the comic returns" camp of fans. It's always good to go back and replan and revise things a little when you've got a break from a creative work. It saves time later.

Take care of yourself, and we'll be here when you're ready to resume updates. I'm looking forward to the new comic too. New things are always interesting.

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September 20th, 2017, 6:48 pm

Eduardo (Guest)

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Happy to see more stuff is coming! I binge-read through all Rain in 2 days and got hooked! Even as a hetero cis-male I can identify with many of the characters, and it gave me a lot of insight and understanding. Thanks Lynn! Don't sweat it if you can't post too often tho! Keep being awesome ;)

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September 20th, 2017, 7:30 pm

Stargale (Guest)

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Neato burrito!

Well, I'm glad to see things coming along nicely. Plus, this new comic sounds great! I'll be sure to check it out when I can.
In the mean time, I wish you the best.
And happy 5 year anniversary. You're a great inspiration. Well, that's it from me. Ta!

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September 20th, 2017, 11:55 pm

CatPerson (Guest)

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@LittleLynn84:

As always, we wait with bated breath (no pressure!) but would much prefer to wait than to have you ill or unhappy or stressed. When you are ready, we'll be here, ready to welcome you back.

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September 21st, 2017, 2:06 am

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I think it's a good move to try and do the page buffer because stress is such a pain in the backside.

If a device breaks down, one can get a new one. But the human body is hella complex. If you mess it up beyond recovery then there's nothing that can be done to get it back to its former status. You can get it back to a certain point but not 100%.

So take the time you need, do things at your pace, if people believe in you they will wait for you. Would rather have a detailed comic even if that means waiting rather than a rushed one that might divert one's attention from what's important.

Happy 5th year anniversary. I bet that's a challenging goal, but one that you feel comfortable doing. I guess one wouldn't last that long if they didn't want to do it (not only referring to this, but to life in general)

Obligatory "I love your comic, it's so cool!!!" because this is the first time I am posting, I think.

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September 21st, 2017, 11:48 am

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@LittleLynn84: I've actually wanted to redraw some of the pages from Rain (maybe even the whole first chapter) for some time, adding in backgrounds and changing the poses some. Would that be alright?

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September 21st, 2017, 2:00 pm

Marah (Guest)

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That is totally fine. Take your time.

I know that feeling kinda. So most important is that you have fun working on it and pleased with it. if not, we can wait till you are. :)

Like the new profile pic of yours, fits your well.

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September 21st, 2017, 11:55 pm

Barn0wl

Nuzlocke!!!!!

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I love Nuzlocke comics! I am really excited to see yours and follow one that takes place in Alola! This sounds like a lot of fun.

I'm currently doing a Nuzlocke run in Pokémon Y. It is quite a challenge.

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September 23rd, 2017, 2:10 am

Emmax

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Moonlight Wanderers seems awesome ! I'm very excited to read it. I hope you'll be satisfied with your work !
Love <3

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September 23rd, 2017, 4:38 am

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I finally got around to going to Patreon to see Moonlight Wanderers. I love the first page. Your trainer is very cool, love her tattoo. It's making me want to go back and replay Moon. Since I'm close to finishing my Y Nuzlocke run, I think I'll do one in Moon next. Thanks for the sneak peek.

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September 28th, 2017, 4:51 pm

tanner (Guest)

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This comic has been great so far, I started reading this a few days ago and completely fell in love with all the characters! Thank you for making this, I'll wait as long as needed to read this wonderful comic.

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October 3rd, 2017, 10:13 am

Nelby (Guest)

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I miss rain, but take all the time you need okay! It's only been 2 months.. Also.. first comment so obligatory "I love your comic, it's so cool!"

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October 6th, 2017, 4:10 am

Hpxx (Guest)

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I don't understand so much but I will ask
You will continue Rain?

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October 6th, 2017, 6:35 pm

LittleLynn84

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@Hpxx:

Yes. I will continue Rain. I can't say for sure exactly when, but rest assured, more is coming. :)

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October 8th, 2017, 4:43 pm

Andrea (Guest)

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@LittleLynn84
I was starting to get worried that you weren't coming back glad to know you are okay

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October 10th, 2017, 3:31 pm

Barnarnar (Guest)

After you come back

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I suggest that once the story resumes, that you remove the "here's why I'm not drawing this month" pages to a separate part of your site so they won't get in the way of "Rain" as a continuous story. Put links to those pages in the comment section for historical accuracy if you want, but keep the story of Rain that we read in the webcomic separate from the saga of LittleLynn84 that we read about in the comments.

This has happened more than once: I'm reading an archive of a long-running series, and come to a page written in 2011 that says, "I'm sorry but the next page will be a month late because I'm moving." Then the next page says, "I'm sorry again, but the movers dropped my computer and you'll have to wait another month for the next page." Then I click "Next" and read that delayed page a few seconds later. It's nice that the artist apologized to the readers of that time, but it would have been even nicer if I could have avoided waiting for 2 pages that no longer matter to anyone to download on my slow Internet connection.

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