Hello! As mentioned in this comic, I’d like to take some time to discuss the future of Crazy Sunshine and what kind of developments are going to unfold over the course of the next year through a simple Q&A styled Devblog post.
Crazy Sunshine: ORIGINS
The big project that I have been working on for the last two months is going to start, simply titled “ORIGINS“.
Up until now, Crazy Sunshine has been a gag-per-strip webcomic, following the day to day lives of Lacie, Shelbie, Peppermint, Candy, Daifuku and Mochi in an alternate universe. However, there is much more to this universe than what I have shown throughout these simple, comedic strips. So, I would like the chance to expand and improve both my skills at writing and drawing by introducing character backstories, and how this band of misfits met.
You might be thinking; “What the heck? Storytelling? Over the next year? Fuck that, dropping this garbage!” Well, before you do, all I ask is that you give me a chance. There will still be a lot of comedy throughout the story, and I am going to try my very hardest to get as much content out of each weekly update as I can, without scenes dragging on for weeks or months like a lot of other story-based webcomics.
So, it’ll be rushed, like your previous story arc, right?
No, not at all. I am hoping the week-long wait per strip and comment system will act as a great way to build up hype, while still trying to keep a good pace for readers who read multiple strips in one big chunk. Whichever category of reader you fall into, I hope you’ll enjoy every page.
Layout & Basis
“ORIGINS” will be released in chapters, through the current Crazy Sunshine Chronicles system, with the usual eyecatch pages being used as title cards. The number of pages per chapter is still unknown, but so far they are quite long (12+) per chapter, and I am hoping to release around 6 or 7 chapters throughout the year or so with some small breaks to recover inbetween.
The story is focused on how each of the six characters up until this point met each other, a history on their lives prior, a look at the world they live in, and the various races that inhabit it. There will be loads of new characters and faces, and hopefully, every question that has been asked that I couldn’t answer, will be answered.
Why exactly are you doing this again?
Crazy Sunshine is a very… strange gag-per-strip webcomic with very…unique characters. So unique that a lot of readers don’t “get” it straight away, and ask a lot of questions regarding the character’s history. I would like to address all of the questions over the course of the next year.
Why are you really doing it?
Crazy Sunshine and the gang have been on my mind since 2005. I have a story to tell, and I believe that if I don’t do it now, I never will. This is finally my chance to tell it while continuing to grow as an artist by getting it all out of my system.
So, what was the point of all these strips up until now?
A test. A test to see if I could meet my own deadlines, create comics and other content that readers would enjoy, and prepare myself for the story I have always wanted to tell.
What about the character designs? Why change them if you are going back in time?
The character designs were changed for the very purpose of this story. The old designs will not be making an appearance, the story will start with what the characters are currently wearing now.
Aww, but I liked the old designs!
You’ve still got 100+ pages of old content prior to this story arc, those previous comics aren’t going anywhere!
Lastly, will there be lots of Shelbie in this?
Not for a while. Each chapter isn’t focused on one specific character such as Treasures of Eastern Estuary, and Shelbie’s story is actually quite late in the timeline. However, when she does make an appearance, you’ll be quite surprised!
Thanks for reading! I hope I cleared some stuff up for you. The first chapter’s title card will be up next week! Look forward to it! As always, if you have any questions, please leave them below and I’ll do my best to answer them. No spoilers, though!