To those who didn't know, I've been doing a web comic for, what is it now, nearly 3 years?
Link is up there!
FanFyria went through many bumps on the road. Many unexpected hiatuses while I went through computer problems, break up, loss of a very dear person to me, general anxiety, depression and what not. But, against all odds I kept going with it. I can't count the times I felt so guilty for thinking I let down my readers for not updating regularly or how many times ~the-Jean-Genie
kicked some confidence into me while correcting my word bubbles as best as he could.
It feels a little unreal and intimidating at the same time when you approach a long project's finale. I worry if I will deliver a good proper finale to those who stayed with me through the years and followed every update, I worry if I lost followers due to the lag in updating, I worry if my quality dropped over the years or not. I suppose everyone with such big project worries, especially when doing one for a first time.
This comic taught me so many things! It was grand experience, grand practice and test of endurance. Whatever happens next, I'm determined to finish it. So, dear reader if you could give my web comic a look, maybe leave me a comment there, I will really, really appreciate it.
For those who want some backstory on this comic and why it is so personal... well...
Years ago when I was about first year in the university, I was approached to make a comic for a magazine. I tried to propose FanFyria as idea but the setting was disliked. The idea of muses and such was welcomed but they wanted changes. There was short discussion about copyrights but I declined. You see, back then I was hot headed and confident. I didn't want my setting changed and I wanted to make the comic work the way I visioned it. Was it a mistake or not, I can't tell but I don't regret my decision. I started the comic a few months later without any story board, concept art or anything and went with it mostly to prove I can draw a comic. It was silly but I enjoyed working on it until I was pulled into GMing a roleplay Ragnarok Online server. It drained so much of my time I had to cancel the comic. My dad got the stroke about a year later and everything went downhill from there. Sometimes you just don't know how life can shake you and then you realize either how strong or how weak you are.
It took me years. There was time when I reached my rock bottom, time when I was ready to give up drawing or accept defeat and then in 2010 after being emotionally fed up with certain things something in me snapped.
Enough was enough and I wanted to do something personally significant for myself. Something to remind me who I am, what I want, what I love doing. So, I picked the comic again, looked over the story, scrapped about 90% of it and re-wrote it. I sat down and began drawing. I was not confident, I was uncertain of the level of my drawing skills, my English, how to maintain such long project, you name it. But it was this point of now or never. I had to start it or I was never going to do it.
So here it is now, Fanfyria. Perhaps could have been better but I love it the way it is. It is a very personal work (almost literally!) which reminds me what I love doing, what I want to be doing in the future and what I aim to make a living with.
tl;drPlease check insanesoft.org/fanfyria/ and give me some support if you can.
And, thank you kindly for reading this!
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