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 style Dev Blog 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 similar to our won.
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 fair share 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?
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 in between.
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.
To put it simply, Crazy Sunshine isn’t just a comic to me anymore. It’s a big ball of constantly evolving creativity, and I want to see how much I can twist, turn, stretch, break, and play with it.
So, what was the point of everything until now?
Honestly, 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 a bunch of stories I always wanted to tell. Who knows, maybe ORIGINS might not be around forever either!
What about the character designs?
The character designs were changed for the very purpose of ORIGINS. The old designs will not be making an appearance, and the story will start with what the characters are currently wearing now.
Aww, but I liked the old designs!
Why not check out some of the fan art or reread over 100+ old strips! They aren’t going anywhere!
Lastly, will there be lots of Shelbie in this?
Sadly, 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 grand scheme of things.
However, when she does make an appearance, I think you’ll be quite surprised!
Thanks for reading!