Hi, I'm Hazu. I like drawing comics sometimes.
No Yellow Bricks
DC 2.0 Progress Update 3
June 9th, 2019
@Casanova: Eventually. There will be some sort of preview or trailer once I have some material ready to go.
DC 2.0 Progress Update 3
May 31st, 2019
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 ;)
DC 2.0 Progress Update 2
April 20th, 2019
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
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
DC 2.0 Progress Update 1
March 22nd, 2019
@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.)
DC 2.0 Progress Update 1
March 21st, 2019
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.)
An Important Announcement
February 18th, 2019
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 @
, 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,
, 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 email@example.com (if I don't answer within a couple days, send it again).
Chapter 33: Page 9
February 13th, 2019
@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!
Chapter 33: Page 6
January 25th, 2019
: 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?)
Chapter 32: Page 29
January 25th, 2019
: 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.
Chapter 33: Page 9
February 4th, 2019
If you have a sibling close to your age and have never had an argument turn into a wrestling match...you're missing out.
Chapter 33: Page 8
January 31st, 2019
A thing to know about the horse siblings: They're both bratty little shits, despite actually being older than most of the main cast.
Chapter 33: Page 7
January 28th, 2019
I didn't realized how awkward Arashi looked in the last panel until it was too late, so, uh, there's that.
Chapter 33: Page 6
January 24th, 2019
Not gonna lie, I've copy-pasted that castle from the first page like 3 times now.
Also, you may or may not have noticed that the poll in the sidebar has changed! Please vote in the new one, I would appreciate the feedback. Again, it is completely anonymous and only requires a button click.
Like 99% of the votes on that last one said that the story and characters are more important to you guys than the art, by the way, which was kind of what I was hoping would be the case. I'm toying with an idea that may help me move this thing along faster while hopefully not having to cut as much story and character content because it takes too long to draw...but it would mean it being less of comic, in the traditional sense. More details pending the poll results.
Chapter 33: Page 5
January 21st, 2019
Annoyed Erisha is annoyed.
Chapter 33: Page 4
January 17th, 2019
I started to draw the group in full detail in that last panel then realized it was gonna get half-covered by text anyway and went "nah fuck that".
Chapter 33: Page 3
January 14th, 2019
Oh look, another horse person.
That aside, you may notice that there is now a poll in the sidebar next to the comic! There will likely be several of these in coming weeks as I try to figure something out. They are completely anonymous, so please take a second to vote!
Chapter 33: Page 2
January 10th, 2019
Arashi being dodgy is going to be a common theme here for awhile.
Chapter 33: Page 1
January 7th, 2019
Twyla is in this page both because I think she makes it look prettier and to remind you that she exists and tends to just be hanging around nearby when the group is traveling.
Chapter 33: Cover
January 3rd, 2019
We're back! Happy New Year!
So, I didn't quite get to where I wanted to with pages, but I'm coming into this month with this plus pages 1-9 complete, 10-12 penciled, and the whole chapter thumbnailed, so that's something I guess.
I did prove that despite my best efforts, this is pretty much the maximum amount of pages I can get done in a month--and trust me, they were my best efforts--so I really have been pretty much working at maximum capacity with 2 pages per week. Iiii dunno. I'm gonna keep tossing around ideas to make this move faster. Still don't want to be an old lady by the time I finish this thing but goddammit I AM going to finish it.
I've been advised to take another look at my script and see if there are extraneous parts I can cut out...and I'm sure there are...so I'm gonna do that and see if I can't make this a less daunting project.
Anyway! I hope you enjoy this chapter! I think it's pretty fun.
PS. A song that I associate with Arashi, for some reason:
"Let's Go" - Cartel.
Happy Holidays from DreamCatcher!
December 25th, 2018
: Riza actually can bring items over from Earth and does so fairly regularly--she always brings holiday decorations, and I think I have it written in some side story or other that I never posted that she does bring a book on Christmas at some point to help them understand.
Anyway, I am also very interested in mythology so no worries about that! I knew about kitsune and Kyuubi, but actually have never heard about the Otter in Ireland so that's neat and I might have to look into it more.
Weirdly enough I didn't take the mythology route with the Dreamers in DC, but it's implied later in the story that there may be some relation between things that exist on Sanvolae and the myths and legends of Earth. I also have another story that takes place in another part of Sanvolae that explores that concept a lot more and is largely based around Aztec mythology; one of these days I'll get around to finishing that.
By The Book
Pictures of You
The Legend Of Zelda: The Demon Road
Mario's Day Job
How To Train Your Dragon: Ireth and Vespera Fable
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