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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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@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 ^.^
I'll stay on board, and will wait patiently for the reboot :)
I've been following this comic since I-can't-even-remember-when, so, I'm absolutely curious where this is going.
So, here's another fan you won't lose :)
I wish you the best! I've been curious where it'll all go, so I kept reading, but its origins as a 13yo's work were definitely getting in the way. I'll be looking forward to DC in its new form~
I found this comic through an ad on some other comic I check and got instantly hooked! You do whatever you feel is best for the comic and I’m sure that the majority of readers will follow along. Good luck on the future!
Have fun with it! I've been following your comic for a long time and I'm excited to see what you have planned! :D
Mr
Kudos for making the hard decision. I have been lurking and reading and I will keep this on my RSS feed to see where you decide to take this. Good luck and rememebr, it is meant to be fun, if it isn't fun then stop.
Sounds like a great idea! Good luck with everything that you do! We look forward for what is to come next!
Hey guys.

You may notice that after all my talk about building a buffer, I dropped off the face of the earth for a minute again with no new pages once it ran out.

The honest reason for that is because I haven't finished any new pages beyond the last update. I have a handful that are just in need of screentones and text, but as I was working on the next one that was supposed to go up, I just stopped. I don't know if I just got frustrated with it, or what, but I just couldn't look at the thing anymore.

The truth is, I don't think I've been happy with the way this project has been going for a long time. I feel like I've just been slogging along, trying to save something I started drawing when I was 13 and didn't have a plan for beyond the first chapter. Obviously it's expanded drastically since then; I have a middle and end for the story, a lot more lore and worldbuilding stuff, and have spent a lot of time getting to know the characters.

But actually physically drawing the comic is just painful anymore, especially when I think about the fact that in 13 years, I've only gotten a little over a third of it done (and then proceed to nearly have an anxiety attack). I know I can do better than spending another untold amount of years spinning my wheels on this thing. I'm not tired of the world, or the characters, or the story. But I am tired of the way I'm telling it.

So I'm scrapping it. And starting over.

I know this sounds like a big, sudden decision, but it's something I've thought about on numerous occasions over the past several years but could never bring myself to actually do.

Here's the good news: DC isn't going away forever. It will be back. Give me a few months to reorganize and lay the groundwork. I'm shooting for sometime this summer. I've already re-written a story summary, have a partial chapter-by-chapter outline, and the first couple of chapters reworked, and I think it already looks way better than it did the first time just because I actually know where I'm going with it. I'm tightening up the plot from the beginning, and while I think a lot of key events are going to play out similarly, it's going to be a lot less wandering around and I'm nixing some elements that I never liked or became irrelevant over time. My goal is also for it to be able to move much, much faster--I'm shooting for 5-6 years from start to finish. This is going to be a full-scale, ground-up reboot, and I think it's going to be way, way better.

That said, when it does come back, here are some things you should know: First and foremost, it won't be a comic in the traditional sense. I'm not exactly sure of the format yet; I know it will still be a healthy combination of words and pictures, but just not a "comic" exactly. I want it to play out in a way that I can say "this part would make more sense written" or "this would make more sense drawn out" or even maybe "this would make more sense animated" if I'm feeling ambitious. I think it'll keep me from having to waste time drawing out every single line of script and be able to focus the art efforts on the important scenes (or maybe just a character making a funny face sometimes, who knows). To reiterate, though, for those who are worried: THERE WILL STILL BE ART. LOTS OF IT. Like, to the point that I'm actually going to try to find a colorist to help out. Yes, you heard me, I plan for it to be in color this time around, which I know is a thing a lot of people have asked me for over the years (be careful what you wish for, I guess).

All of that aside, I'm not taking the comic or this site down or anything; it'll remain here for posterity. And while I do intend to eventually get a new website together, this will be where I post updates on where I'm at with it for the time being. You'll know when it launches, trust me. You're also welcome to follow me on Twitter @Hazumirein, if you're so inclined.

If you want some stuff to tide you over while I'm working on this, I have fixed the link to my novel, Kody, in the sidebar, so you can go read that if you want. I'm actually almost finished with the first book, so maybe I'll have at least one completed project under my belt. I also have a shorter, much more DC-esque fantasy story that I'm probably going to start posting on Tapas after that's done. I finished writing it years ago and it was originally going to be a comic, but that never panned out, so I might as well post the story version.

Anyway, I realize that some of you may not be on board with this whole thing and this might be the end of our relationship as fan and creator--and I totally get that. May you find other webcomics that make you happy.

Those of you that are going to stick around...thank you for your patience. I've learned a lot working on it for so long, so trust me when I say that the best is yet to come for DreamCatcher. Keep an eye out.

PS: Almost forgot! One of my goals this time around is to get some feedback on what I'm making before I post it everywhere, particularly in regards to story, so I'd like to recruit a couple of beta readers to give some constructive criticism as I go along. Experience would be great but is not necessary. If interested, PM me on Smackjeeves or shoot an email to dreamcatchercomic@gmail.com (if I don't answer within a couple days, send it again).
@Freelance: Whoops! I updated something on Tapas and forgot to change the link here...it's fixed now. Thanks for pointing that out!

@Casanova: Huh that's weird that your comment wouldn't go through. But, thanks for getting me those titles anyway, I will look into them!