Charil
Hi! ... I never know what to say on these. Uhh, I do webcomics? Oh wait you know that already.
  • Real Name
    Charil Zweig
  • Age
    28
  • Gender
    Female
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@Huntik13: Waaah, such a detailed comment, I'm too shy! Ahah. It's nice to meet you then, and hopefully I can live up to your expectations! :)

@Cave: It was actually a concern (well, "concern") of mine way back when I was first fleshing out the concept. I think it's kind of obvious that I'm a big Battle Royale fan and while it can get pretty goretastic (especially the comic) (and that damned movie), there's also a major focus on the characters and their psyche, how their circumstance alters them. That's what I wanted to do with Atrium. Throw a bunch of turbulent young adults into a lose-lose situation and see how they stand up to the pressure.
... the "killing each other" is just a bonus for me :D

@Theorah: Ahah, I've pretty much stopped using DA too, don't feel there's anything to it anymore OTL Though I always love your work, glad to see you're still around! :)
Nice, I like that the new SJ layout theme thing automatically says that a comic is on hiatus ahah.

I'm not gonna try to make anymore "I'll be sure to update more regularly!" comments because things are uh, kinda rough in the land of the Charil. If you aren't a reader of my blog (which is also mostly dead air so I'm not expecting anyone to be hahah) here's the rundown of what's got me so messed up cos I'm past the point of caring if I hide it or not:

Clinical depression -- or rather, "severe treatment-resistant major depressive disorder." Comic-update wise, this fluctuates between "I suck at this let's not look at how much I suck" and "yeah haven't updated in ten months don't care let's sleep" with very, very fleeting bouts of "I feel like drawing right now."
Sleep disorder -- or rather, "idiopathic hypersomnia with long sleep-time." Kinda tends to eat up time. Most certainly brought on by the above, though the below probably aggravates it as well.
Pregnancy -- or rath-- wait what??? Not negative like the above two but yeah, seven months along now :) Except the kid's doing just peachy while I'm here struggling through HG, lightheadedness, the aforementioned sleep disorder, and, oh, trying to sit at the computer for more than a couple hours at a time without killing my back.

So, I'm trying to update, but I don't want to make promises that will be immediately broken. My husband ( wait what?!?! ) has started bribing me to finish comic pages lol so uh, we'll see how long that lasts hahah (psst, tell him he should pay me >V>).

I don't want to make excuse-y artist comments anymore so, gonna just go with the flow for now until situations improve :)
@Groovy, Kinda: It's good to (kind of) be back! And yes, I know, life just had to happen at the most inopportune time comic-wise :D With any luck I'll be updating with a bit more frequency than, uh, once every five months; I've missed this work a little too much!
However many weeks, two corrupted files, one house purchase and an extended stay in the hospital later...

I've only recently been able to work at anything close to my previous speed (see: how long it took to do this dang page) but not being able to update, I believe, was actually taking further tolls on my mental health so, as was the overwhelming consensus, I'll be trying my best to update weekly again :)
@m_celeri: I am (actually working on some pages at the moment)! Things have been kind of off and on for me but they seem to be looking up so hopefully (yeah how many times have I said this now lol) I'll be more consistent! :) Thanks a ton for still reading!!
Charil
May 21st, 2016
pffffff Jameson that face. That is the quintessential "oh sugar-honey-iced-tea" face 8D
@Cave: Thank you! Things are becoming more manageable :) I think I'll be leaning toward weekly (and see how well that worked out lol) though if I can manage it, having weekly updates of multiple pages might be fun!

@Bandito: Hahah, a little intimidating indeed :D It was really flattering to see people respond positively! And thanks for your vote of confidence! :)

@Bob: That is a good point. Webcomics have been sort of a constant for me through thick and thin, so it's somewhat comforting for it to still be here after all this. And thanks! I'm thinking I'll set my pace however. If that means one page a week, two pages a week, etc so be it :)

@Bartimaeus: Thanks! It's good to be back!

@bookclimber: Hahah, I imagine it must have been a little startling, suddenly an update notification appearing after something like ten months. Oops. :) Getting back into the groove is probably the hardest part at the moment, but I'll keep fighting!

@melaredblu: After all this time, just to die right out the gate like that. Would be unfortunate to say the least!
Wow. Hi there.

So, the elephant in the room. I'm sure at least one person will say something like "you don't owe anyone an explanation!" but, well, I owe you an explanation hahah. I have been... ill, is a good way to put it. Pretty dang ill actually, for the past two years. I'm still ill. It's something that will stay with me for the rest of my life.
But, I'm starting to manage it, and starting to get back into the swing of things again. This was... really slow going. But I'm coming back. Best I can :)

That said, it was very much emotional for me to hit that "Add New Comic" button hahah.

In light of the above, I've got a question for... whoever's left hahahahah. How would you guys prefer updates go? Would you like longer updates like this, updates that consist of about 2-4 pages but might take slightly longer (not nine months longer, I swear) (knock on wood) or attempted weekly pages like before, with one page a week? Let me know! At any rate, I'm trying to pump these out best I can now. I've really missed doing comic pages, and it took trudging through these to realize that again :)
^ Haha I was thinking the same thing, that the heroes having crazy magic bullet shields makes a whooooole lotta sense, considering... a lot of things ;D
I sure hope the second half of this year is a lot kinder than the first half was :)

The panel layout also frustrated me, but I was stubborn haha.
Oh man, the lighting in this looks fantastic. Seriously impressive!
@NitztheBloody: Little of column A, little of column B :)

@Tantz Aerine: Ahahaa yeah, sorry about that! :D Had a bit of a rough patch back there. Thank you kindly!!
Meanwhile, Achen makes some more enemies.

Next week's page will probably be late, if I update at all! I'll be gone all next week on vacation so naturally won't be able to work on any page. I will try to get it done by Monday night though!
@melaredblu: Yeah, in hindsight, it probably wouldn't be a good idea to lose your cool like that so early in the game. Or then again, an inclination toward, uh, beating other players senseless might be desirable...
@NitztheBloody: Yeah, he's not exactly racking up the good karma points with this, is he.
So, about that blood-borne illness...

Last week (not in lieu of a page, I just got sidetracked with other things, sorry!) I finally got around to going back through and uh, fixing the moves of the game thus far haha. My notes were seriously skewed, where half of them were correct, half of them were played from the opposite side of the board, and then a random few were not legal moves at all and I have no idea what kind of typo I was making when I made them haha. When writing this chapter proper, I naively didn't double check my notes and just took them at face value haha. Thanks to the people who pointed it out, otherwise I probably would've finished the rest of this chapter before I noticed hahaha. It didn't affect much at all (read: nothing) but if you were keeping up with the moves then you might want a refresher course haha :)
Charil
May 27th, 2015
Gosh, I love her hair. It's so poofy and floofy. You must have the patience of a saint to keep drawing her hair <3
Hope you feel better! :)
"I don't wanna fight anymore." --Lang
"Oh, that's a shame." --the universe

Also for the first time in like a zillion years there's a sketch in the vote incentive! I've been working on retooling the first chapter and fixing certain aspects that bother me, including how Greta Engel uhhhh kinda just looks like every other character with blonde hair. She's gotten a tweak to her design and colour scheme, so I put up a sketch in the incentive since uh, we haven't exactly seen the tail end of her quiiiite yet.
@Sonja: Thank you! :)

@melaredblu: Haha, I couldn't leave it now! But really, the poor kid's life is probably a miracle.

@The_Hankerchief: Thanks! Yeah, pretty lucky shot, huh :D