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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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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!
Ahhhhh, sibling love. XD

@Hazumirein I tried four times to reply to your question directly but the message never went thru.
The authors stopped making the comic pages and mentioned the switch (with varying degrees of probability). Three of the four webcomics are "Two Hearts", "Chronicles of Loth", and "Beyond The Veil". The fourth, "Jack and Jill", can't be found on the interwebs (At least the comic written by Mark I. since several unrelated comics used that title).

Since that post, I did find two other webcomics that actually made the switch. The first is "Poppy O'Possum", which has done so for over a year. The second is "Just Another Day", which has been at it for 3 years and is still going strong.
First one to kick wins! Those are painful
Also, is it just me or is the link to Kody broken?
Charvi
February 4th, 2019
They really like horseing around
Age is relative to one's own lifespan by the way.
So if you found a grandpa still being active, he might be only halfway there.
dracone
January 31st, 2019
Ah, family, the always make you wonder how you would do without them and wonder why you put up with them
Not sure whether it's a good thing or a bad one that I haven't commented since the last chapter... either way, I'm pretty sure it's too late now with Xan being there and having some connection to government himself that he would know who the Equis family is. Sorry Arashi you've been outed. As for being bratty kids it happens when your family is rich and or powerful.
dracone
January 29th, 2019
She looks really excited to say it, I'm guessing she's going to say it anyway
XD
@Hazumirein
Alright, I thought so.
@SoulRaider116: I intentionally didn't put a maybe option because I was concerned that everyone would just mark that and I wouldn't have an actual answer to the question haha. That's what this comments section is for, but I'm doing simple polls because I realize that a lot of people don't like to comment.

@Casanova: I've personally never actually seen someone make a format switch like that; any chance you can link me to any of those? I'd like to see exactly what they did. And when you say they died, do you mean the creator stopped making them or the fanbase just didn't take to it? (Or the creator stopped making them BECAUSE the fanbase didn't like it?)
@SoulRaider116: Yeah I usually don't care when people get a character's gender wrong so I never bothered correcting that original comment, but since you asked, Sam is a dude haha.