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mdg245
Heyo!

Rather inactive account. Feel free to peruse my comics, but I'll warn you now they are unfinished and never will be finished in their current states.

I am currently reworking A New Friend, but it may be a long while before that comic comes to full fruition. If you want to know more about me or see current work from me, your best bet is deviantART

http://freckledandspeckled.deviantart.com/

I do not really plan on returning to smackjeeves fully.
  • Real Name
    Charlie
  • Age
    21
  • Gender
    Female
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*quiet plotting in the distance*
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9bSo3k4XOE&feature=youtu.be
Watch the video for the full announcement!!

News and Discussion Blog
http://anewfriendnews.tumblr.com/

Main Comic
http://anewfriendcomic.tumblr.com/
@Bruce the Hedgehound: Yeah, I remember :)
@Bruce the Hedgehound: Well with any luck this will be the final iteration. And good. Forget the old.
@Josephk:
@Da J Man:

Thanks guys! I've been practicing a lot to work out a suitable style for the comic. I'm so glad you guys like it :D
@Koren: There's just a few things that I have to finalize and I have exams. Plus I wanted it to be a bit more than just a wall of text.

But yeah, I'm just really excited so I thought I'd let people know something's coming.
News coming in June!

PS Yes, these are their new designs. A lot has actually changed, but more on that in the news update.
@Syogren: Yeah same. Lots and lots of homework. Classes are hardly a problem. For me though the work comes in waves so it's like all at once OTL
So uh, I was trying to decide what to draw and thought "Why not redraw a panel from EP?" Went through the old version and realized there had been some sort of plot that I hadn't remembered and I felt bad.

I can't really do much about this comic right now (school's hell tbh) but I'm thinking of reworking some stuff, making new sprites and maybe coming up with some plot ideas we could do.

So yeah, hopefully this summer I'll have more time as well. In the meantime, if you guys have any suggestions or requests for what I could be spriting, I'm up to hearing them and I'll see what I can do.

(Planning to make new background that's not at an isometric angle and then spriting myself either based on the sonic sprites and with just a new look or maybe from scratch.)
I am discontinuing A New Friend for the time being.

What does that mean? It’s going to be forever before you start seeing pages of this comic again. I DO plan on completing this project someday but I honestly hate how I’ve been doing it thus far. I never truly prepared the plot and even now that I know how it’s going to end a bunch of major plot points I’d like to cover, I don’t have a clue how to fill in the space in between.

And then there’s the art. It’s all over the place in these short 3 chapters and you guys know it drives me nuts. Part of the problem is that updates are so far apart that I’ve grown as an artist in between or made new stylistic choices that don’t fit in with the old.

What I’m going to do is take a long, long break from this. And then when I have time, proper time that’s not shared by constant homework or family stuff, I’m going to sit down and make a schedule. First to plan and write out the comic in its entirety while practicing the styles and such I want to use. Really practice them. And hopefully I’ll be done or mostly done with college and will have picked up a number of skills needed to really give the comic the art and professionalism I think it deserves. Things I hardly know how to do now: perspective, backgrounds, composition, etc.

And when I’m done with that then I’ll start working on pages again, keeping them consistent and everything. And I’m going to spend time on them, making them each a piece of art in its own right instead of something I whipped up in a couple of hours to (maybe) meet a deadline.

But I won’t post a thing until I’m done and satisfied. I need to work at my own pace and trying to do constant updates just isn’t working. And who knows, maybe when I’m done I’ll want to publish instead. Or maybe I’ll want to start over again.

The point is I don’t think it’s fair to the comic, myself, or you guys to continue on as I have. The comic suffers because it’s not given proper attention or development. I suffer because I stress myself out over something I really shouldn’t by trying to hold myself to deadlines while trying to juggle school and life. And you guys suffer cause you never know when I’m going to update and I always come back saying I’ll have something soon only to disappear for months. I hate to make you guys wait, but I’d rather make you wait for something that’s worth it and a sure thing.

When I do decide to start posting again or whatever I decide to do with the end product, I’ll let you guys know and post on here on smackjeeves and we’ll go from there. I’ll keep updates on my deviantART and/or Tumblr so if you ever want to know about it you can check there or send me a PM. I really do want to see this comic through to the end, but I want to see it done well. Hopefully I’ll get there and get to share it with all of you someday, but now is not the time for it. I probably won’t be on smackjeeves much anymore, not that I really have been. When I bring the comic back I may not continue with smackjeeves at all. But we’ll see and whatever happens I’ll let you guys know, okay?

Thank you all for your continued support as I’ve struggled with this project. It means the world to me that I was able to intrigue you with my story. I ask that you respect my decision as it was very difficult for me to make. I think it’s for the best. Thank you all. And goodbye, for now.

TL;DR: I'm putting A New Friend on hold for a loooooong time so I can do it properly when I have more time.
@epicness: As my son? No...why would he be my son?
So you may have heard of this but I decided to actually put it all together, so here is the family tree! Several of you guys though...Idk how they fit in yet ^^;

So yeah. This came about do to Blaze and I helping make Ghost and Bruce's sprites. We became their "parents" and my characters (CC, Twi, and Radia) also became my children in this AU and Blaze's hedgehog version of the goddess Aphrodite became his daughter, but we didn't make that connection until after Blaze asked me to create a kid for her and Bruce (and then we realized and...awkward). And yeah...crazy family tree.
mdg245
April 20th, 2013
@Draven22: Well I'm glad you like it then ^^
mdg245
April 19th, 2013
Tried something new. Drawn traditionally with nice weighted lines and then scanned and colored digitally. I think I'll continue doing it this way since it's more relaxing for me (something I really need) and to me it looks nicer/more professional...at least it does on paper. Still working on the digital transition. I would like to know if you think I should still shade them. I think it looks fine without because of the weighted lines but I want your guys' opinions as well.

*slinks away for not updating in forever**doesn't promise another update next week either cause school and stress*
mdg245
March 25th, 2013
@GabrielsThoughts: I'm just trying out some new things. I know the basics I'm just trying to push the limits some. This layout didn't work well for you. Noted.
mdg245
March 23rd, 2013
@GabrielsThoughts: Sorry, I was trying to make the layout a bit more interesting than just boxes. But I think Da J Man was kidding, I could be wrong though.
mdg245
March 22nd, 2013
...I shouldn't even try to make excuses for taking so long. My computer tried killing itself or something a while back and I lost a few pages I had sketched out and started lining. I didn't want to have to redo them so I kept putting it off ^^() But yeah, I'm sorry guys.

In the meantime, Monday, the 25th of March is A New Friend's 3rd anniversary!! In celebration I'm going to work on another page and a special picture this weekend to post on Monday ^^ Thanks for sticking with me, even when I'm awful about updating.

Also, I'm removing the donate button and a few of the polls about merchandise. I decided I don't want this comic to be about money or anything, I just want to have Char Char's story told. I'm going to focus more on getting the updates out there rather than making them perfect for later. This is supposed to be fun.

Anyways, if you have any suggestions for the special anniversary picture, leave something in the comments for me and I'll think about it :3