Hi everyone! I just finished a few images based on winter holiday traditions in the world of Halflight. There’s a description and previous below – vote to see the full image!
At the University, so far north, the longest nights of winter are long indeed and the sun only rises a scant few hours each day. Festive lanterns and candles are therefore a traditional way of celebrating during these long dark hours. A warm spiced beverage is brewed and spiked with spirits before being shared between friends, and small gifts are exchanged. There are several old songs that are occasionally reworded by students who think of clever new rhymes, and often friends can be found cuddled up before one of the many fires of the campus, turning flames different colors and celebrating after end of term exams.
Hello everyone! As you can see, Halflight has started updating again. This past break was a long one, and one that occurred and continued for a variety of reasons, first and foremost being that my grad school program is very intense and demands a lot of my time and focus. That hasn’t changed – I graduate May of 2016 however and I have planned carefully in order to be able to bring Halflight back to active status while that is happening.
Over the summer I drew and completed many pages. I have enough of a buffer now to update once a week throughout this whole next semester even if I don’t draw another page from what I’ve worked on already. I hope to use winter break to similar effect. I have not and will not ever permanently abandon this project until the day it is completed, which will likely take a very long time. Halflight is still near and dear to my heart and is a priority when I have time and energy at all for personal work. It has, in fact, inspired the subject of my thesis through the experience of creating it.
And I wanted to thank you all, dear readers, for not giving up on me or this story, for checking back, and for welcoming me back into action. It had been so long I was sure this little corner of netspace was completely forgotten, and everyone who commented on this past post to say hello warmed my heart and encouraged me more than I can say, to continue to work passionately on this story. Through to this coming October I will be making some updates to the website, store, and hopefully posting extras and other fun things (contests? giveaways? character q & a?) as time allows.
Expect a new comic every Tuesday, expect new characters. The story is moving towards a phase I’ve been excited about working on for a long time. Let me know your thoughts, and any extras or ideas for stuff that could happen in this space.
….for my wacom tablet is dead. My oldest one, that is. My newer one broke very quickly, though it was an awesome tablet (intuos 4) and was ridiculously expensive to fix. My oldest one, the one I bought in highschool that has a half-melted pen, still worked for a few years after… but alas.
That said, there won’t be another Halflight page til I get a new one. I’m shopping around, if anybody has reasonably-priced suggestions do let me know in the comments. If you want to help fund Halflight-related things like printing and tablet-buying, AND you want your very own copy of Halflight… you’re in luck! Print versions are now available in our shiny new store. It’s up at the top right hand corner of the website, and the first twenty one purchases will get a sketch by yours truly of a Halflight character!
My first con with Halflight! It was a great experience. The print copies arrived a day before the con and they looked great! It’s so cool to have art you create digitally in a form that you can hold in your hands… trust me I was glowing when I got them haha. My awesome mother cosplayed with me *and* helped me man the table for the two day convention. I met so many nice people, and trust me, there were a lot of people there! And talented artists too. I overheard someone saying that the focus of this particular con is almost always more on the art and I really believe it.
I think one of my favorite parts of the con was seeing all the families of multigenerational geeks dressed up or supporting each other. The overall attitude everyone had was really optimistic and friendly. <3 And the comic got some interest so that’s good too. I was there to spread the word for the most part, because really I’m not very good at promotion… so if you really like the comic, tell a friend who might be interested!
I’m going to try to have a store set up soon so that everyone can buy the printed copies if they want, or buttons or prints. My webmaster has never done one before so we shall see. ^^; Anyway, I’ll keep y’all updated on what cons I might go to in the future, it was too fun not to do again!
The next page will be up sometime this weekend, but meanwhile, I was hoping you guys could give me some input. I’ve been thinking about making some merchandise available, for anyone who might possibly want it, but I wanted to hear from you all first to see what you’d be interested in. :D