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DreamCatcher

DreamCatcher

by Hazumirein
Riza Wolfe is an ordinary teen--and that's her problem. The mundane stresses of school and navigating a social life just don't peak her interest. However, upon being gifted a dream catcher as a seemingly thoughtless souvenir one day, she's suddenly offered an opportunity to escape her simple life and have the sort of fantastic adventures she's only dreamed about...in an alternate dimension, of course.

She sets out, accompanied by her guardian werewolf, to figure out what brought her to this dream world in the first place--which turns out to be easier said than done. Along the way, she collects a motley crew of people of creatures to call "friends", who often seem to just coincidentally be relevant to her situation. The questions just keep piling up. Will Riza get the answers she seeks? Or is she in over her head, ready to be done in by the evil lurking just around the corner?
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DreamCatcher

Riza Wolfe is an ordinary teen--and that's her problem. The mundane stresses of school and navigating a social life just don't peak her interest. However, upon being gifted a dream catcher as a seemingly thoughtless souvenir one day, she's suddenly offered an opportunity to escape her simple life and have the sort of fantastic adventures she's only dreamed about...in an alternate dimension, of course.

She sets out, accompanied by her guardian werewolf, to figure out what brought her to this dream world in the first place--which turns out to be easier said than done. Along the way, she collects a motley crew of people of creatures to call "friends", who often seem to just coincidentally be relevant to her situation. The questions just keep piling up. Will Riza get the answers she seeks? Or is she in over her head, ready to be done in by the evil lurking just around the corner?

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@Casanova: Eventually. There will be some sort of preview or trailer once I have some material ready to go.
Will we see an example of the page format in a future update?
I'm excited to see where this goes!

And I wish you the best with all your jobs and life in general
Heyyy.

I figured I should make one of these updates before the end of the month.

I kind of did that thing where I pulled a disappearing act online this past month because I was tied up with real life stuff (traveling, moving, trying to put my new house together, adding a...fourth?...job to my schedule), as happens sometimes, so I admit I haven't gotten a whole lot done. I did finish up some redesigns on the main cast though! Click here for the full-body designs.

Those are still subject to change a bit, but I think I've got the basics down. Despite the new getups, they are still very much the same band of idiots you know and love, just slightly older. I'm also considering a new format for presenting the story that I think might be a happy medium between art and writing, but more on that when I've played with it some more and made sure it's feasible (and hopefully have a working prototype).

The script is still a work in progress but let's be real, it's going to be for awhile.

The end of summer is still kind of my target release time for this thing, but we'll see what I land on with what it's going to look like. All told, regardless of the slight production delay the last few weeks, I'm still pretty excited about what I have so far and the endless possibilities that I'm working with right now. I really do think this is going to be cool when I get it out, so afford me some patience in the meantime ;)
I like the title, feels very fitting. But, I have one request: keep the tagline. I cannot think of a better way to describe the comic, in any reboot, than "Welcome to your OTHER reality." so simple at first, yet so deep if you think about it...

PLUS, it's just awesome.

Can't wait for the new story, by the way. Been reading Dreamcatcher for over a year at least, and I LOVE IT. Congrats on being a successful comic artist, in my mind if no others.
Ah I love the new title! I think it's a great choice.
It certainly looks pretty
Heyyyy.

Figured I was due for another one of these updates. Most important news: We have a new title! And a logo. Kept the tagline for now because it still works, I think?

I considered a number of subtitles for this new iteration of DC, and have ultimately settled on "Reflections" for a lot of personal and thematic reasons. I'm taking a more careful, thought out approach to pretty much everything about the series this time in hopes of not backing myself into so many corners that I can't get out of. We spent some time on the lore and worldbuilding, and while that's not 100% complete, I've got enough that I'm starting to write scripts of the first few chapters. Actually, I'm writing second draft scripts of the first few chapters, because the first drafts I wrote awhile ago didn't really accomplish what I wanted them to. Sometimes art is coming before story, too...my first rewrite of chapter 3 turned out a LOT like the original comic version, but then I sat down and came up with a new design for Dae (I'll post that eventually), and it got me thinking about that character a little differently. So, a lot of his intro chapter got scrapped and rewritten AGAIN into something I like better, albeit still in need of tweaking.

I think most noteworthy story change so far is that I'm pushing the start of it a few years further down the line, so everyone is about three years older. I won't go into the laundry list of reasons that I wanted to age up the characters, but taking time to think about how those extra couple of years affect them as people, and where they are in life, has been interesting. Ultimately they're still the same band of idiots you know and love, but slightly more...mature? I think? A little? So far I'm having fun writing it, so I hope that you guys will eventually have fun reading it.

I'm still looking at releasing sometime this summer, probably July or August. I want to make sure I have a good amount of the writing done and some kind of buffer ready to go before I start posting. I'm also still working on the format, but thus far the winning idea is a sort of comic/illustrated novel hybrid that's sometimes passages of text, sometimes illustrations, sometimes just comic pages with speech bubbles and all. It, uh, makes more sense when you see it laid out.

Anyway that's pretty much where we're at right now! Sorry if this is rambly, I'm trying to post it before I fall asleep at my desk XP I will be back sometime next month with another update.

PS. If you're interested in getting more frequent updates about the reboot process, seeing concept art, and/or giving feedback on this thing as it's being put together, I'm looking at putting together an email list for this series! I don't want to just post everything here and spam people, but for those who want more than my monthly stop-ins on SJ, you can leave me your email here to hear from me more often!

PPS. I'll post the full version of the art in this update elsewhere and leave a link here when I get a minute, as it didn't fit right here in its natural state because I wasn't thinking about that when I built this website |D
@Hazumirein: "Morgai" being the half-form? I just figure that the magic that change her half-way could simply "finish" the process ;P

(DA PM sent.)
@Casanova: Haha no, Riza's not going to have a werewolf form, if that's what you mean. She'll still have her regular wolf "Morgai" form though.

(You can post title ideas here. Or shoot me a PM/email if you want. Your choice.)
Ooooh, does this mean that DC2.0 will have Riza going full wolf like Luna or Lunos?

(As for the DC2.0 title, do you want it shown here, or privately?)
Dream Catcher 2: Dream Harder.
I'll show myself out; at least until I can think of a proper suggestion.
No problemo! I really like to read this comic so much and I hope that it works out for you. Best wishes!


(Also I have a few ideas, depending on how this 2.0 will start out. So I think I am going to wait for suggestions.)
Hi!

I didn't want to leave you all without any updates for TOO long, so I figured I'd stop by and let you know where things are at.

First of all, thank you to everyone who has been supportive of this reboot thing. I wasn't sure what kind of reaction I was going to get, and it means a lot to know there are so many of you still willing to stick with me.

That said, I want to honor your support by putting out the best product I can this time around, so while I have a tentative goal to start releasing it sometime this summer, I'm taking things one day at a time and not trying to force progress too much right now.

Which isn't too say progress isn't being made! I've dragged a few others on board this time around to help with both story and art. The main focus right now is worldbuilding and plot, and hammering out all of the inconsistencies and stuff that wasn't totally thought through the first time. I'll introduce my story team at a later date, assuming they don't mind being introduced, but so far they've been a huge help in both bringing different perspectives to the table, and asking the hard questions that need to be answered to flesh things out properly, and seriously I should have done this years ago.

While it's a secondary focus at the moment, I am working on some art stuff as well, mainly in the form of some character design updates. I don't think basic designs are going to change, but I'm at least looking to update the outfits, hence Riza's new look above.

I still don't exactly know what this thing is going to LOOK like when it's done, but I think that'll take shape as time goes on.

And that's about all I've got right now! I'll probably stop back sometime next month and let you know where we're at then. Hope to see you all later!

(PS. I need a better name for this than "DC 2.0", I'm actually tossing around the idea of giving the reboot a subtitle, so if anyone has an idea for what to call it, throw it my way.)
In a sense, I have given you my opinion on the matter. From my personal experience, a webcomic format change does not work well, although the fact that actual arting causes you trouble is rather worrysome.
I get it, and Im happy with it
I've been reading the comic since its beginning days and I honestly cant believe how many years has been since its start. little more than a decade that really is incredible.
reworking an old story that was created by your young teenage imagination is hard and I've been there too. Making a reboot is completely understandable and honestly I think its the right choice.

I did the same thing with my current comic, although I only posted like 5 pages on smackjeeves LOL but the story itself wasn't finished and I had no idea where I was going with it. I was honestly hoping the plot will just come to me as I post pages haha. But I made the decision to drop my work on pages so I could rework the actual script. It has also been a decade since last I decided to do comic pages but I'm much happier with the way the story is progressing and cant wait to start posting up the updated pages once I get the first chapter done.

It's a tough decision but you're not killing the comic just revamping it. True fans will support you through this and I think you're making the right choice. Good luck with DC I'm looking forward to its new look :)
I've always loved Dreamcatcher, and I suspect always will. It's sad to see the old end like this, but I'm more glad that you'll be still doing it, and in a way that makes you happier. So thanks for the last decade or so, and here's to a brighter future!

also, that image up there is gorgeous!
I'm sad
But ok
To be honest, I kinda didn't get the lore and to me it was pretty confusing, but I can't wait to see new changes. Good luck and be careful with your health and anxiety.
Been a long-time lurker since the beginning, and I hope this re-write gives you the creative satisfaction and happiness you deserve! Whatever the medium it ends up as, I hope you're happier with your creation in the end! I can't wait to keep following this progress, you've done and gone through so much, and I'm glad to be a viewer. Cheers and see you when you return ^.^