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Comment on nov16news of Bright Stars
maplebee, 17 Nov 2015 12:15 pm
@wohdin: I'd like it to be something like Stardust where it's written in novel format but has 1-2 illustrations per page.
Comment on nov16news of Bright Stars
maplebee, 16 Nov 2015 08:23 pm
Hi all,

It's been a long while. The comic recently went down due to my inactivity but should be back up for your perusal now. Note that you will need to update any favourites to the link I didn't pay for a premium subscription this year so SJ doesn't use my custom domain name.

I've been inactive for two reasons:
1) It's become clear to me that I can't tell Bright Stars the way I want to if I continue it in comic form. It started as a way to push myself artistically, but the universe and characters have evolved to be so complicated that I just can't cram enough of it into a comic. This is 20% a limitation of comics as a medium, but 80% a limitation of how much free time I have to spend on art these days.

2) Continuing in that free time bit... I've been finding it hard to fit art into my life for now. For me it's a time-intensive hobby, and having to constantly pick it up and drop it has been too hard and I can't do a comic the justice it deserves. The good part is this is for a positive reason: my bf and I have been working our asses off to save up for a house, and are now in the process of buying one. It's a hectic process that needs my full attention.

I want you all to know that, though I haven't been drawing the comic, Bright Stars is very much on my mind. I've been hesitant to say anything for a long time because I wasn't sure of the direction I was going with it, but: I'm working on doing Bright Stars as a written story instead of a comic. I've been picking away at it when I can, but due to my writing process I haven't been able to post it anywhere yet. I don't write chronologically and it all goes together in a big mess at first, so nothing is really legible. Longterm, I'd like to make it available as an illustrated story so it still includes art. Shortterm it's not ready to share yet.
Comment on concepts of Bright Stars
maplebee, 06 Nov 2014 08:39 am
I'm going to officially put the comic on hiatus until the new year. If your curious as to the personal reasons you can read here.

For now, here's a sketch dump of concept work from the last year or two. I tend to do little silly style doodles as warm-ups and to throw around costume concepts for characters. It's a good way to get the general lines and feel of an outfit down without getting too caught up on drawing the character. Chal ends up being drawn a lot because he has the keenest fashion sense, so he's a good way for me to work out ideas that are a little more over the top, and then poach parts of them for other characters. At the top left you can see the concept for his outfit when he's fighting with Kaumo.

There some concepts for Rory as he gets more Veo-styled clothes. He's fun to draw in winter coats, which I tend to base somewhat off of snowboarding gear.

Kaumo gets designs pulled from suitwear and military uniforms.

N'tala is hard to design for, as it can be a thin line between practicality and too boring. She's not someone with a big hoard of clothes.

There's also a concept of N'tala at the bottom left where she's dressed in homeworld clothing and wearing a planetbound Veo hairstyle.
Comment on Patreon Issue of Bright Stars
maplebee, 04 Nov 2014 08:26 pm
If you were a patron of the Bright Stars Patreon, here's a heads up that you'll want to make sure you officially delete your patronage to it. Patreon apparently has some twitchiness where even after a creator account is converted back to a patron account, the old campaign will still charge you monthly.

It's something that I should have done by deleting all the patrons before I reverted my account to a patron account, but didn't know to do it until it was too late.

Let me know if you have any issues and I'll get it sorted out.

Sorry for the mess from the whole thing - it should have been a learning experience just for me, not a headache for you guys.
Comment on Patreon of Bright Stars
maplebee, 03 Nov 2014 07:37 am
@Niggle: Patreon told me everyone was refunded and it was closed down... maybe they messed something up in refunding the last pledge. Christ. I'll look into it.

I would recommend deleting your patronage to the campaign to guarantee it doesn't happen again.
Comment on Patreon of Bright Stars
maplebee, 07 Oct 2014 06:06 pm
@YersiniaP: the unrefunded pledge won't currently refund because, while the Patreon technically made $40 a month, there was almost $5 in fees, so the account only had $35 in it for refunds.

I'm currently finding out from Patreon if I can cover the difference so that you won't be left out the money for my mistake with the service!
Comment on Patreon of Bright Stars
maplebee, 06 Oct 2014 03:54 pm
I've closed down the Patreon page. I refunded all the pledges previous to doing so, except for one that wouldn't refund (I'm getting Patreon to help me untangle that so it can also be refunded, so if you have one pledge not refunded, have no fear).

Patreon is a really cool service, and a great idea, but, as usual, it is best leveraged by American users. I'm not familiar with a lot of things when it comes to trying to monetize a comic, and Patreon ended up being on the wrong end of my ignorance. I didn't know until I went to transfer the successful pledges this month that in order to do so I have to have a tax number for doing business in the States. I -think- I can technically use my Canadian SIN, but frankly I'm not comfortable doing that (its basically the most important piece of Canadian ID you can have...). Applying for a tax number would take 6-8 weeks, then any money I transfer back to Canada would be subject to extra taxes, plus I'd basically have to be filing as a small business on my income tax from what I can see. It's essentially not a knot I'm interested in unraveling.

So I've refunded the pledges and pulled down my creator account. Thank you all very much for your interest in supporting the Patreon while it was there :)
Comment on 4.44 of Bright Stars
maplebee, 21 Aug 2014 10:35 am
Rory is getting some real practice at pulling himself together.

If you missed it last week, I started a Patreon for the comic. Currently it's at $25/mo, which means Bright Stars will stay ad free next month! If you want to see more of the comic, consider pledging - with enough support, I could double the update rate. You don't have to be able to pledge much - if every person who's faved the comic through SJ pledged $1, it would guarantee 4 updates a month!

Oh, and a heads up: there won't be a page next week. We're at half staff at work next week and I have to cram in 50 hours to cover shifts.
Comment on 4.43 of Bright Stars
maplebee, 12 Aug 2014 08:51 pm
@YersiniaP: all of the pledges are there so you can pledge for them as you please, on a month-by-month basis - it doesn't have to be ongoing every month. So say you usually have like, a $5/mo pledge, but one month you can afford a $30 pledge, then you'd pledge $30 for that month, get the commission, and you can drop back down to your regular pledge the following month.

So basically you'd get that level of reward for any month you pledge for it, but you don't have to always pledge at that level :)
Comment on 4.43 of Bright Stars
maplebee, 09 Aug 2014 05:35 am
@Niggle: a kaon (kaont = plural) is a Veo hour, which is a bit longer than an Earth hour.

I think Patreon has the power to be leveraged much like Kickstarter, where even the $1 contributions add up. If each of the people who have my comic faved on SJ pledged $1, it would guarantee 4 pages a month; if each of the unique hits who read my page according to my analytics pledged $1, it would more than guarantee 8 pages a month. It's just a matter of whether people feel like contributing, even in a small way.

@Angel_Sin: thank you so much! It was really exciting to wake up to an e-mail that I already had a patron!

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