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New page is up! Also made some tweaks to commenting on the site. And before I forget, this July marks the 3 year anniversary for Eternity Complex. Yay 3 years! And the last update was the 350 page mark, so there's that, too. Been kind of swamped with summer school, so I haven't been keeping up with all the milestones.

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Will possibly be switching to preview images for each update from here on out. The last few G+ new page posts have taken multiple attempts to get the site thumbnail to work properly.
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It's been a while since I shared my progress on the redo pages. Between school and the regular updates, I haven't made much progress. While I'd at least like to get the prologue finished up before classes start up in August, I'm not sure if that's going to be a reality.

This week I was finally able to finish up the second page of the new prologue. If you scroll far enough back through the post history, you should be able to find the mostly completed first page. Once all of the prologue pages are completed, I'll switch them out with the old pages.

I'm really happy with the way these redo pages are turning out. The more I think about it the happier I am about my decision to redo the prologue and first chapter. While my artwork between then and now has improved dramatically, it's the changes to the script that really necessitated the revamp. I hope everything reads a lot more smoothly once the redone pages are fully posted.
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Almost 3 months ago to the day. I uploaded my first progress chart and promised to upload another chart after the semester ended. Well here's that new progress chart.  Not much new but three of the thumbnails are glimpses of whats to come in the next couple of scenes. If I can keep up my normal pace of comic work, I should have the next column added to the chart around December.
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Last week I mentioned that there was one more art change taking place with the start of chapter 13 and now I have something tangible to show. I recently got a hold of a copy of Manga Studio 5 thanks to a too good to be true sale on Amazon. I've heard nothing but good things about Manga Studio and was really excited to try it out once it came in. So far I've really liked what I've experienced.

Probably my favorite thing about Manga Studio is how easy it made the flatting process. I no longer have to be extremely judicious about filling gaps in the line art and itty bitty areas that can't be reached with the fill bucket are almost a thing of the past. As I get more use to Manga Studio and its features, I'm sure my working speed will increase dramatically...It has already trivialized the flatting process and it looks like it can do the same with word balloons. I'm excited.

The biggest art change that this new-to-me-program is likely to bring to the pages is a marked difference in the line art. The image of Fae on the right is from earlier in chapter 12 and the three images on the left are from the second page of chapter 13 (all images were drawn at the same size). I feel like I'm getting a lot more personality from the line art using Manga Studio than I did using photoshop. Manga Studio feels a lot more responsive to changes in pen pressure and has a smoothing function that helps compensate for my shaky hands and the worn out/rough drawing area on my Wacom tablet. The only thing I wish Manga Studio had was an art history brush as I've grown use to using it when inking in photoshop.

I'm not sure what other art changes Manga Studio will bring. In time I hope to use a good blend of Photoshop and Manga Studio in the page making process.
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Look what I did this past weekend! Okay, sure all of the first page, all of the second page, and the background of the third page were already completed prior to this weekend, but everything else is new work.

If you remember the current prologue, page 4 probably looks really familiar. It is the only page from the prologue that I liked enough to keep. I still re-drew the page so that it would be consistent with the rest of the art but I kept it very close to the original. I also added in those last two pages to flesh out Fae's life and to act as a bridge between the prologue and the beginning of the first chapter.

Maybe, just maybe, I'll have the re-done prologue completed before the start of August. I would like that very much. All that is left to do is to add detailed line work and some shading to pages 3-6. And maybe change around the circle placement on page 2. And, add two posters to Fae's bedroom. And I think that is it. I can't wait to finish up the prologue so that I can get started on the re-do for the first chapter.

I know I've already said some nice things about Manga Studio and I'll likely say some more nice things in the upcoming Wednesday posts but Manga Studio has already greatly decreased page production time. I really love Manga Studio and it's wonderful comic friendly tools!
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Will she find Eternity before she developes a Complex?
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Eternity Complex is the story about a girl called Fae, the people she meets, and the adventure she has as she tries to figure out why she's been whisked away to a mystifying and often frightening new world.