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Hazumirein
Hi, I'm Hazu. I like drawing comics sometimes.
  • Real Name
    Liz
  • Age
    26
  • Gender
    Female
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@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.)
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.)
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!
@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.
If you have a sibling close to your age and have never had an argument turn into a wrestling match...you're missing out.
A thing to know about the horse siblings: They're both bratty little shits, despite actually being older than most of the main cast.
I didn't realized how awkward Arashi looked in the last panel until it was too late, so, uh, there's that.
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.
Annoyed Erisha is annoyed.
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".
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!
Arashi being dodgy is going to be a common theme here for awhile.
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.
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.
@dracone: 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.
@dracone: She doesn't explain them very well and the Sanvolae crew doesn't really understand but it seems important to her so they go along with it.
Hey guess what I'm alive. Took a few hours off of actual pages to throw together a Christmas doodle. I'm, uh, not that artistically pleased with it, but it'll do.

Santa Dae has been a running gag for a long time, but he seems to mind it a little less every year.

I wanted to put Nirako and Xan in this too, but they just...wouldn't quite fit, so you get the original Volume 1 trio.

Somewhere in my harddrive I have a short Christmas-themed side story about how Dae obtained that scarf he's wearing; maybe one of these years I'll dig it out and post it.

Anyway, I'm pretty sure I promised we'd be back in January, and I'm holding to that, but due to New Year's antics I'm making the return date for updates Thursday, January 3rd. I'm at least going to come close to my page goal, I think, but I, uh, haven't drawn the chapter cover yet, so I need to do that at some point this week. I think you guys are going to like the next chapter. It's pretty lighthearted and fun, for the most part.

To end this ramble, I haven't done a song in awhile, but the Christmas soundtrack this year is "Ho Ho Hopefully" by The Maine! Just...because.
Okay, so here's this.

I know a lot of you were expecting something less straightforward here, and I'm not saying that Aeron doesn't have a more in-depth plan than "beat him up", but this chapter desperately needed to end.

The next one will be returning to Riza and friends and the, uh, reintroduced Arashi.

HOWEVER. I had intended to have this chapter done 2 months ago and finish the next one before the end of the year, and that...clearly did not and is not happening.

So, I'm going to cut my losses and take the remainder of December off of updating in order to actually, like, maybe get ahead on the next chapter instead of working page to page and to build *gasp* a buffer.

My goal at the moment is to have the entire chapter sketched out and have at least 12 completed pages. To be clear, that is a lot to do in a month, but I have a little more time off work than usual due to the holidays so I'm hoping for the best.

In the meantime, I may post some filler stuff here, but I will definitely be trying to post various progress reports and snippets of what's coming on Twitter. If you use Twitter, you are highly encouraged to pester me over there @hazumirein about how things are coming. Please hold me accountable so I don't get demotivated and spend a month playing video games instead.

Anyway, barring social media shenanigans, I'll see you guys in January.