Heyas, I'm about five days late, but I wanted to do some kind of huge thank you picture for some time now, to celebrate the third anniversary of this running version of RAVEN
which I started posting the 20th of June, 2006.
I'm about 12% of the way through Act III, so each Act takes me about a year and a half to do (168 pages, divided into three scenes 56 pages each, as you can see by the lyrics of the cover spreads). In the making of this comic, I "restarted" the beginning almost 20 times, and so I affectionately label this comic "the 20th version," and the final one.
I got thinking after beginning again and again and again I wasn't actually going to get anywhere unless I stopped nitpicking about the perfect starting point and just kept writing.
Some of these so called "versions" are not very long, just alterations to where to start the story: a flashback, the beginning, later after everyone's been introduced so Zy doesn't have to explain the same thing to dozens of characters individually?
Previous versions included text scribbles, others I have a few pages sketched for, another two I even had all inked and kind of presentable, if only the first dozen or so pages. It's been an interesting journey trying to push forth my own writing, only to find so many other characters trying to write in it too, and reaching a consensus has been a fun ride.
Thank you all for reading, having faith that I wouldn't just stop and start over again, and hoping that I do actually have some plan in store for where I'm going with this story. Sometimes I wish I was more certain about what is to happen next, but I don't, and that's what makes it fun to share.
I have plot points, but how to get there changes each time I think about it, so you have a great amount of influence over the presentation of the information we plan to display.
This is what most of my life and dreams consist of: asking "what happens next?" We rehearse this a lot, we really do. We rehearse the lines, the hand gestures, the faces and poking fun, and whatever sticks best goes. So these guys and girls of mine really make my dreams worth smiling about, and we want to share those dreams with you.
Zy and Xei belong to me and themselves respectively, as do everyone else on the border which you can barely see so it's not distracting. Inked and colored on openCanvas, border added in PhotoImpact.