Yesterday, I spent a lot of my time trying (and failing) to tweak the main site for Red Hood Rider to be better, though I did finally finish (at least I think I finished) the lineart, with me even doing a little beyond that. (Next up...a whole BUNCH of other stuff.)
But today, well, I woke up early enough, it's just...I've largely wasted my time drawing out on paper the soft reboot for The Descended.
Mind you, I have no intention of actually MAKING those pages!
I'm barely handling one webcomic. Two's physically impossible. Plus, I lost the script to that comic and would need to make an attempt to recover it. (Older pages are easy to remake because the content's already there.)
But I've spent some time working on them all the same.
Of course, the reason for this is because I love that comic. I really want to make it. I mean, I kinda sorta want to make at least two (maybe three) of my other comics aside from those. Comic Battle, Stormy Fighters (what started as Comic Battle's remake, but Comic Battle took a different direction where it wouldn't be discontinued), maaaaaaaaaaaybe my Writer's Mind. Oh, then there's College. Aside from Writer's Mind, all of them have scripts to at least some extent. That, not going into comics that are too ambitious for me which I would make otherwise. (Earth, SciFanTerra, and an unnamed webcomic which would be a slice-of-life/fantasy hybrid.)
...I could probably write a blog post about all of my webcomics, maybe I will some time, but for now, just going to say.
I kinda sorta still want to make those comics, yeah. But while I'm fond of them, while each has unique, quirky characters and humor and stories and settings and whatnot...none of them have had love poured into them as much as The Descended has.
Well, aside from Red Hood Rider, of course. I love The Descended. I love the world I built. (I didn't quite finish the worldbuilding there, unfortunately, since what I wanted was a really, really complex system.) I love the characters I made very dearly. They really do have lives of their own.
So it's only natural that I still have creative urges. I need to keep them in check, and not let them take on a life of their own. If I did, I'd kill the momentum of Red Hood Rider, and I don't want that. Especially since that'd be a shame, given I value new webcomics more than I do a webcomic that has been endlessly rebooting for nearly six years. (It'll be exactly six as of December.)
I mean, this reboot would be the final reboot, and it'd be a soft-reboot rather than a hard reboot, simply replacing the older pure-digital pages such that they're now all traditional-then-reworked as the latest three pages are (in short, bringing the quality up to the consistency I had there), but it'd still be a reboot rather than actually continuing work further. Technically I have like one, two, maybe three extra pages' worth of content further that I have a clear script for, and I could probably improvise a little further than even that to take us back to the original sprite comic 6, but after that, I'd need the new script.
Not viable now, would maybe be viable some later time with extra work put in.
I still should be working on Red Hood Rider pages instead, but I think that this distraction should satisfy my urge for a very long time. (I'll probably hold off on posting it while doing Inktober.) And it won't take much time to do the traditional part. One and a half pages were done in one and a half hours, and this soft reboot would be...well, less than 20 to replace five comics. (Each page has less panels, sacrificing some punchlines for the sake of telling a story in a more manageable format.)
I think I will do at least all of the pages featuring The Outcasts, though probably not all the pages for the soft reboot. (I really, reeeeeeeeeeeeeeally feel like drawing them all. Argus I need practice with his new appearance. Aria and Davos I've only drawn once. Sasha I haven't drawn in forever.)
Butyeah, small distraction from my main comic, one I'll do, yet not something I anticipate being a problem.