As you see from today’s update there are going to be some changes to the comic for year two. Starting today Monday updates will be double sized to compensate for the once a week schedule. This will allow each comic to contain the same amount of story content as the old double posts while giving the art more room to breath.
This isn’t a radical change for the comic. The new size represents the format I used to plan the old double updates. I’m simply eliminating the half sheet restriction and developing it as a whole.
I have a few other things planned for A3 year two. I will post an update with additional details soon.
A quick update for this week. This comic will be the last before the new Astray3’s one year anniversary. Next week will be the start of a new year for the comic. If you’ve been reading these little weekly notes you’d know I’ve been contemplating some changes. I’ll be debuting one of those changes next week. Tune in next Monday to see a “big” change to the comic.
Fwoosh….A bit late getting this week’s update posted. At the time of this writing I’ve been working on the comic for about 17 hours straight. So, not a lot of yakity yak on this post. ( My wrist is killing me. ) A quick reminder, A3 is moving to a once a week update for the foreseeable future. So, check back Mondays for the regular update. However, you may want to check the blog during the week for extras and updates.
Finally, we will have a two update week. It’s been a long time coming, but it is finally here! MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!…However, this will probably be the last double update week for the foreseeable future. ( Not saying this will be the situation indefinitely. )
We are quickly reaching the one year anniversary for this version of Astray3. HURRAY! However, hold the cake and confetti, it is time for some introspection and reevaluation. While, I do consider the current version a success purely based on it’s continued existence, the last year has certainly been a learning experience. ( For instance, I now have a solid idea of what can be accomplished on a week to week basis. )
It’s painfully apparent that the webcomic environment has changed since the original A3 run. Thus the theme for Astray3 v2 year two will be experimentation. Fear not, A3 will go largely untouched and continue to update on a “weekly” basis. Although, there maybe inconsistencies in the release schedule due to taking time to work on related projects. ( Such as putting together a print version, updating the site, or just plain life issues. ) Also, since A3 is a personal project, I won’t be moving it to a popular webcomic collective site. That way I can keep it clear of any tricksy contract issues and outside meddling.
What are my bold NEW ideas then? Well, there is nothing concrete yet. I just have some vague concepts in mind. For one, I’m considering a smaller, less complicated side comic to feature on those big webcomic collective sites. I currently try, and regularly fail at, creating two A3 comics a week. Each A3 update takes an average of 20 to 25 hours to create. ( That is a loooose estimate. Not even accounting for thumb-nailing and writer’s block. It might go as high as 30 hours. ) Moving A3 to a once a week schedule will free up time for a second feature designed to be produced in less than half the time. This second comic won’t be featured here, but hopefully, will point the new audience to Astray3. That is the rough idea anyway.
Working on the Thursday comic at the time of this update, but I doubt it will be ready in time for a double week. I’ll probably hold it over till next Monday to guaranteed we get a double week in then.
Sadly, this will be another one update week. I have high hopes for next week though. ( Given the pattern, I wouldn’t bet on it. )
This chapter is putting up a bigger fight design wise than I initially predicted. Basically, each update has multiple props, sets, and characters that need to be created. As you can imagine that slows down production. I think updates will speed up once we get everything fleshed out.
Still dealing with some of the fallout form the previous week’s illness. So, only one comic update this week. I’m hopeful to have two for you next week since my normal work schedule is resuming.
A brief reminder that the translation for this page will be posted here on Saturday. The Patreon comic post will be made public in about two days for those who want to read it early. The Patreon version of the post will usually have some notes and comments from me attached. If you want a little extra info on what’s going on with the comic.