Q: Your comic format looks weird.
Yes. I find “speech bubbles” really distracting. I wanted to experiment with an alternative layout that would put the story at the center of the visual field, so that the reader would always know where to look next. We’ll find out together if this experiment works.
Q: Your art/story/face sucks.
The Aurora Cycle is my learning experience in comics and books. As my eye improves, I will selectively go back and fix garbage panels. My goal is to keep moving forward, and not waste time dwelling on old work ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ .
Q: Why make us wait for bi-monthly updates?
I believe chapters should be complete stories which are part of a larger whole. I believe they are meant to be read uninterrupted.
The other advantage is that I can work on several chapter pages at a time. I find that the best writing occurs during revisions. Being able to create a block of pages and then alter them freely as the story evolves is an important step in creating a great plot.
Q: Why are the first two stories novels?
Before I drew the comic, I wanted to be sure I knew how to tell a complete story. By writing these books I learned how to tell a story, and by getting reviewers to critique them, I learned where I needed to improve.
Also, the two novels form the foundation for this story. In between comic chapters, you, the reader, have over 20 hours of additional entertainment waiting just for you. I even made the first book free, so go jump in.
Q: What do you use to make your comics?
Photoshop. Flash. Here is me painting my last book cover, for example. My process is always changing as I find ways to improve style/efficiency, so it’s hard to nail down exactly how I do it.
Q: I want to read your books but don’t want to pay for it.
Email me at TheAuroraCycle@gmail.com and I will send you a free copy of both.