Flashlight Antics
Name's Flashlight Antics...call me Flantics for short. Or Flash. Or FA. Or Antics. I don't care, really...

I'm the author of the comic Chaos Reigns. I also have a handy little archive comic that displays all my failed/abandoned works, including Omega Soul, both versions of Katt's Eyes, and Sonic Bleach.

I started the failed "Darkest Soul Project" (which has since been deleted) and was a recurring "guest" reviewer at "Let's Review, Shall We?". I was also part of a few other comics for awhile, but I decided that I needed to focus on my other projects more as well as focus on life outside the internet.

I am always willing to give a few pointers, review comics, or just chat so if you're interested in that sort of thing note me here on SJ or find me on Skype (flashlight_antics).

For the most part, I'm on an indefinite hiatus from the internet so don't expect to see or hear from me for awhile. That said, stand by for an update on Chaos Reigns. It is NOT concluded. I WILL finish it, one way or another...of that I am determined. When I will continue on it I am unsure.
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    Kyle
  • Age
    30
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    Male
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Okay, so first off, you may notice that this comic is not yet gone and neither am I. We'll get to that.

But first, a quick update on my new YouTube channel. IT'S UP AND RUNNING IN FULL!!! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNT_6VH7GO7xLfvPMfK7glA

And boy, has it been fun thus far! Lots of trials and tribulations, learning and growing, and crap that I've had to deal with...most notably the troubles I've had with editing my videos. I won't bore you with the details, but we'll just say that they took WAY longer than they should have. Hopefully that doesn't stay the constant and my expertise over it will grow, thus allowing for quicker editing.

Now, on to why I'm still here...

A revelation dawned on me early Monday, one that I haven't had much time to address until just now. That revelation was "What if someone else picked up CR? The sprites, comic history, and story are all there...it's possible for someone else to literally pick up where I left off." At the very least, it would be an avenue for Chaos Reigns to continue existing here on SJ while I move on to other ambitions.

So that's what I'm still doing here. Nostalgia, as it where, kept me from leaving in earnest. At least while some hope of this comic somehow lasting on without me exists.

In short, here's the plan I have; stay here on SJ until I can find someone willing to pick up the author rights from me for Chaos Reigns.

All I ask is it be someone who will continue it's existence. A person who would work on it and update it is a bonus, but even someone who dearly loves it and wants to see it stay here on SJ would suit my vision fine.

To those wanting to continue it, I can offer all I have concerning story and script (a few word documents and such that can help fill in a few blanks) as well as the occasional advisory role. But I don't want a "co-author"...I want someone to pass the reigns over to, as it were (punny, right?).

So, if you're interested, let me know! After some time, I'll decide the fate of CR truly and, with luck, we can see it continue on!

-Flantics out
After a lot of work, and a lot of determination, things are starting to culminate into what I want them to be.

It starts with this: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/jfakozj6ytingu5/AAALONs0cUVgPs13WMRKASkVa?dl=0

The above link is a link to a specific Dropbox folder. Within this folder are various .zip folders. Included in them are all of my personal sprites, non-original sprites that I have edited or used regularly, and various archives of the more popular comics I've done over the years. Including Chaos Reigns.

But there's more. In the Chaos Reigns folder you will find a few Easter Eggs, as it were. First, I premade a few future chapter covers. Those are included. Second, I had a bit of a backlog of unposted Atril's Files; including two that are total spoilers to future chapters.

Speaking of the chapters in CR, I also added my chapter map to the folder. This map was my way of chronicling the future events in CR. While it was changed a few times since it's conception (which was around the second chapter) it remains the outline I used up to this point to guide the story you guys read.

Lastly, if you guys are interested in viewing my new content, my first YouTube video is officially live! You can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJy3Azp3FUI

I would greatly appreciate a sub. My channel will mostly be gaming (especially at first, since I have no webcam), but will eventually have other content that suits my fancy. I'm not looking to "fit a stereotype" or "play to the crowd" as it were. I'm not in this for the views. I'm doing it because I want to share with you the things I love to do. The money is simply an avenue for me to do it MORE OFTEN.

Remember, this time next week Chaos Reigns, indeed my entire profile here, will be deleted and removed. Share this with anyone you think would be interested in saving those files! And don't hesitate to let me know that something isn't working! I want to make sure that these files get passed on to those who truly wish to keep them alive!

Thank you all, again, for your past viewership. For that matter, any of you who continue to view me on YouTube, thank you even more. You've all been lovely and have made this a trip worth taking.

-Flantics out
Wow.

To say that I didn't expect a lot of people to want the comic archive would be a lie, but...well, it seems the demand for it (like some of you have mentioned) seems to dictate the need of a sort of "drop box" for it. But, for the sake of...nostalgia...I'm not just going to post CR's archive there. I'm going to post the archive of every comic I've ever done, copies of all the sprite sheets I personally own (no "cameo" sprites, though...they aren't mine to give), and a few bits and baubles as well.

All this to show how truly grateful I am to all of you for sticking with me despite the hiatus. I...didn't realize I helped inspire as many as I did in this community. But it warms me to know that I have.

For that, I welcome anyone who wishes to look me up on Skype. I've not been as active lately (in fact, only yesterday was I finally able to download Skype to my new computer without it crashing the thing), but I will try to be more.

It...is still hard to say goodbye to this part of my life. And, maybe, it isn't the "wisest" of decisions. But the need for change on a massive scale can no longer be ignored. For me, personally, this is the most effective way to go about it.

Keep an eye out for another comment by me in the next day or so. I'm going to work on putting those files I mentioned in an accessible place.

Thanks again for all your guy's support and well wishes. It means a lot. Look me up on Skype. I'll try to keep my eye out.

-Flantics out
VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE. READ EVERYTHING!

Today marks an important moment in my internet life. To start, Chaos Reigns is officially going to be concluded. No more hiatus, no more keeping your hopes up, no more fooling myself into thinking I’m going to give this comic a proper ending.

It’s been a long time coming. But it was bound to happen. I’d rather end it this way, telling you guys for sure that it’s done, than allow it to fade into an unsure oblivion.

But, with every beginning comes a new end; a cliché that would make the man who inspired this comic, Rentorian, quite proud.

I am going to be starting to form a new face on the internet. With my exit from SmackJeeves (and soon, Drunk Duck as well) I will enter into the life of YouTube. I’ve begun working on a YouTube cannel and will be making that my main focus for my foreseeable future. With that, though, comes…sacrifice.

Two weeks from today, I will be taking down and deleting my account here and at Drunk Duck. I will be doing a similar thing to my DeviantArt page, though not quite as fully (the removal of all my previous content is as far as I will go there). This is, in large part, the beginning of my “rebranding” as it were. A way to have a fresh start on YouTube and have you guys get to know me in a different way.

The primary reason why I will be keeping this profile up for two weeks is because my YouTube channel will be going live in about one week. This gives you guys a chance to say goodbye to this face of Flantics and hello to the new “face”.

This also gives everyone a chance to scoop up the next thing I have to offer.

My comics.

That’s right, for the next two weeks I will send EVERYTHING I have on this comic, or any of my previous comics, via a zipped folder. In this folder will be all of the comics, all of the submissions for any of the celebrations, AND (in the case of Chaos Reigns) the chapter map showing just what would have happened in the story if I ever did finish it.

A way to keep the comic alive while still giving an, albeit unfulfilling, ending.

To all my fans of my work, to all those who just got started, to all those who stuck with me from the start…thank you. This comic meant a lot to me. To say goodbye, once and for all, took a lot of thought. But it’s time I moved on. It’s time I tried to make a living out of my internet face, not allow it to remain a hobby. It’s all I have left.

Feel free to PM me, I’ll be active here for another two weeks. I’ll listen to anything you have to say, from comments to requests for the comic archive.

I look forward to seeing some familiar faces over on YouTube, if you’ll grace me with your viewership.

So, one last time…

-Flantics over, and out
You read that right. Indefinite hiatus. Let me explain...

For starters, life has been overall pretty crappy lately. No job, no money, college is getting harder the closer I progress to graduation...and worse still, starting tomorrow, I will have no internet and no more subscription to Photoshop.

That all translates to no more updating, no more possibility of finding a partner to try and resurrect this comic, and no more hope for random yet inconsistent uploads.

But this is just a hiatus. I do plan on returning at some point to finish this comic out. This comic got me through some dark times, once. It was, at one point, the only joy in my life.

So how, under any stretch of the imagination, could I possibly just let it fall into nothing?

No, I will finish this comic some day. It will be the last thing I do on my death bed if I must. But it will find a conclusion.

So to all those who have read my comic, and all those who still wish to...to all those who support me with well wishes and kind words...to all those who have been with us here at CR since the beginning...I want to say thank you. From the bottom of my heart. You guys are awesome and have always been that way.

-Flantics out
What's this? An update?! Yup. But don't get your hopes up. This was something I was able to throw together over the course of about three weeks of work...compiled together between the last update and now.

I'm still on an official hiatus, people, so hang with me here. I'll be trying to throw updates your way as often as I can, but no promises as to the frequency of said updates. Who knows, I might throw a few Atril's Files fillers at you from time to time, too. Those are so easy to do it's ridiculous.

Anyway, this update highlights the full extent of Cryosis's powers. He's a pretty talented guy. Orin certainly isn't impressed.

Oh, and by the way...thank each and everyone of you who read my comic, especially those who have favorited it and have stuck with me through all my lack of activity. It means a lot to me that I still have the number of fans I do, despite my lack of attention this project has garnered from me lately. Your patience will be rewarded, trust me. Giving up on Chaos Reigns has never crossed my mind. I have always and still do intend on finishing this project and seeing it draw to a satisfying conclusion. How soon that will come, I don't know. But I'm willing to continue if you guys will join me on the journey.

Thanks again.
-Flantics out
So, it's been a month, and still no follow-up update. For that I at least owe an explanation.

For starters, I've been far more busy than I had thought I would be. That coupled with the previous holiday craziness and you have a veritable time suck.

Fear not, though. For you see, I am not going to update anytime soon. Why does that statement deserve a preamble of "fear not"? Because I intend to hold off on updating until I have a nice reserve of comics to give you.

To give an exact number, I intend to have at least 12 comics in reserve before releasing the first one. This way I can release a comic a week and have plenty of time to catch up as I release them. This will hopefully make it easier for me to time-meld my more important matters with the more recreational matters of things like making comics and playing video games.

That being said, I have no time-table as to when this schedule will begin. As I said, I have no prepared comics as of the moment I write this comment. I do, however, want to try and aim for the end of this month (February) with a latest date being the end of next month (March).

Also, to further aid in my focus on getting the ball rolling on Chaos Reigns updating more frequently once more, I will be ceasing all previous comic projects. That means that Katt's Eyes v.2 will be sent to the archive. Given the personal history I have with that comic to begin with, this really is something that's been a long time coming.

Thanks again to everyone who reads this comic and stay with me...I'll be back before long. This hiatus at least has a time table attached to it.

-Flantics out
HAPPY NEW YEAR!

And, as promised, here we have an ACTUAL update! I kinda left you guys on a cliff hanger for awhile there, huh? Turns out Cryosis isn't dead, he just got a close shave. Cryosis is, apparently, a lot more secretive than he lets on...and he kinda lets on a lot in that department. Interesting.

Hope you guys enjoy the long-needed and long-awaited update, and look forward to these a little more often. While school still dominates a majority of my time, I'll be trying to dedicate at least one day a week to putting one of these together. That way the story can move ever closer to the distant conclusion.

Enjoy!
-Flantics out
Now we get into a nice juicy bit of backstory. This shows some of the events leading up to the beginning of the comic and shows how Atril found out about Chaos rising from the "grave".

This is also the file that was sitting on Atril's screen when Cain ran off way back in comic #17. It's what Atril was referring to when he asked if Cain "searched his lab" in comic #20. With that being said, it should be mentioned that this will not be the last time that one of Atril's files will be directly or indirectly mentioned in the comic itself.

Next week there will be no Atril's File update on Monday. Instead, expect an actual update on the 1st. Have a Marry Christmas and a very happy New Year, and I hope to see you all hanging around here much more VERY soon!

-Flantics out
This is some insight into the Endless Arch. This is another file that was intentionally left fairly vague in terms of what impact the Arch has. Again, it will have it's own time in the spotlight. In fact, I dare say that the Arch becomes the whole plot point in one future chapter.
This is a file centered on Rouge, the not-too-often mentioned member of the Outsiders. Don't worry, Rouge will be taking the spotlight a little more in the coming chapters. This file does show a little bit about her past but still leaves things fuzzy...on purpose. Her past is a plot point later on, so you'll find out about it eventually.
Here we have a little insight into the DeMarco family. It seems that Lilly and Ryals had a pretty powerful father. What's more, this shows a slightly dark side to how Lilly and Atril first met as well as a little more insight into Atril's family name. Perhaps that's why this file is flagged as Classified...
See, I told you I'd be doing this once a week! Figure it's best to start Monday, hence the span of only 3 days between this update and the last one.

Anyway, here we have a little insight into magic from Atril's observations. One of the major reasons I started doing the Atril's Files to begin with was to really give you guys, the readers, a better view at Atril and the world he lives in, in a way that really the comic would never touch on. So while I don't really have to touch on magic in any serious way, these observation reports really give a better insight into Atril more than magic itself. Not to mention a little lead-in to some future Atril's Files.

Hope you guys enjoy!
-Flantics out
Okay, so I'm not fully ready to start updating. I've still got a lot of stress crowding me right now. I do, however, have a goal of updating on the 1st of next year!

Lofty ambitions? Maybe. But to show you that I'm serious, I have decided to start doing weekly Atril's Files updates between now and then. These things take me all but ten minutes to do and I now have a healthy stock pile of them (thanks to a little spare time I managed to must up).

This is hopefully proof that CR isn't dead! I'm not dead! Just...recovering. I have hopes of getting into a once or twice weekly schedule for comics starting on the 1st of next year, but I've said that before...let's hope I can live up to it this time, cause I'm REALLY wanting to get the story moving.

This Atril's File is on Cream. Let's see how many of you can make the connection between this file and the previous one on Dr. Robotnic. Have fun with that.

Oh, and thanks again to everyone who has remained faithful to CR and who has supported me through these stressful times. It's MUCH appreciated. Even the small comments didn't go unnoticed. Thanks everyone.

-Flantics out
What's this? Chaos Reigns has a new look?

Yup. It's not huge, but it's something and a little more fitting than that old template I was using. Still fiddling with HTML and all so I'm hoping to give it a more complete overhaul eventually.

In the meantime you get this. Oh, and expect an update sometime next week, hopefully around the middle of the week-ish.

-Flantics out
WINDSCAR!

I dunno why, but that's the first thing I thought when I picked up the Bloodskaal Blade |:
Don't feel bad...we all hear the call of Apocrypha eventually. It's nothing to be ashamed of. Tameriel is an easy place to get lost in.
@Jay-2: Your case is actually a little special. After seeing your character, I determined that your cameo was less important for the (then) current story line. What I deemed is that he would play a much bigger role in a later story line instead. That being said...

This next part goes for anyone who has submitted a cameo...bare in mind that in terms of story, I only recently stopped taking cameos. If you have given a cameo and I have accepted it, expect to see your character in more than one or two comics. However, DON'T expect to play a pinnacle role. Cameos are, after all, only cameos. Some cameos will play bigger parts than others...some won't ever play a large role at all. Just because I don't make your character a huge deal doesn't mean I don't like you or don't like your character. Chaos Reigns has a very specific story line that is already complete on paper. I do not plan to make any changes to its story, so if your character doesn't fit, he'll be "written out". I won't do so until they have made at least some kind of solid appearance, however.

I expect this particular reply to be the last comment I make on cameos. I've said in the past that I haven't forgotten about people's cameos...I've written all of the characters to be involved down and have a specific spot in the story to add all of them. DO NOT ASK ME ABOUT CAMEOS AGAIN unless it involves an updated sheet or minuet details. If you REALLY feel the need to ask me about it, note me. Don't waste space here on the comic's comment page.

I appreciate all cameos that have been put forward to date and all of you who have given me a cameo who have seen screen time thus far have been a major reason why the comic has gained as much prestige as it has. As for those of you who have not seen significant screen time, please...be patient. Like those before you, you will see your character in more than just a one or two comic role.

Thank you.
-Flantics out
Here we go...as promised, I have updated before 1/31/2013...sort of. I mean, I still have 24 hours, right? Close enough.

Anyway, here we get into the fight in the underground between Orin the Chrono-born and Cryosis. Round 1 goes to Orin, who seems to have cut Cryosis' face clean off...interesting.

Enjoy!
-Flantics out
Here we are...a brand new update. And I'm also going to start updating CR more often, too. I'm aiming for once a week. I have a schedule that might help me update more freely. Not to mention a new method for updating. Expect updates toward the end of every week starting at the end of this week.

Oh, and I hope you enjoy the update. Things are starting to get...dicey...for Cyrosis.

-Flantics out