Dev Blog Update #6

With Crazy Sunshine’s first birthday just around the corner, I wanted to stagger the changes being made to the comic, site, and update schedule rather than throwing it all in your face at once.

Comic schedule changes

From today onwards, Crazy Sunshine will be updated on Wednesdays at 8am JST / Midnight GMT / Tuesdays 6pm CST in order to neatly fit in with my current work schedule.

Thanks for understanding!

Website

As of next week I will be editing the Cast page with updated character profiles and brand new artwork, look forward to it!

I am also thinking about including a World Map and Lore page that shines some history on the world of Crazy Sunshine and the events that happened in the past in order to attract new readers to the comic, and to give a bit of history on where the characters came from.

Lastly, I would like some overall feedback on the site and if there is anything I can improve on!

Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Comic art changes

I’ve been thinking long and hard about the direction the comic is heading.

Each strip should, and currently can, be read in any order with no real progressive storyline set in stone (including the Crazy Sunshine Chronicle story arcs)

I would like to keep this going, but at the same time, really want to develop the relationships between certain characters.

I am at a total loss when it comes to sticking to my original plan!

So for now, I was thinking the next bunch of CSC story arcs will be tailored more towards a story-driven plot, and not always resulting in a gag per strip.

I think this might be a nice change of pace from time to time!

Again, feedback on this is welcome!

Thanks for reading!

29 thoughts on “Dev Blog Update #6

  1. [mimi=on]
    Well, aslong as you keep the quality, you could update every two weeks, as far as I’m concerned.
    But once a week is even better. ;)

    Storydriven? Even if it’s a lose arc? Fine, gives even better opportunities for fun … and some jokes are even better, when they are propperly prepared.

    I’m always delighted when my RSS-feed tells me: “Hey, new CS!”
    So, go ahead, do what’s the best for you.
    [/mimi]

    1. I’m not complaining in any way, btw! I just want to be able to properly label CS in my “Webcomics That Update On:_____” folders. :)

      1. If I understood it correctly, it depends on where you live for whether it’ll be Tuesday or Wednesday. It’s Wednesday 8am Japan time, and you can go from there to see when it’d be for your local time

  2. Don’t let the comics become bigger than you, Jim. It has to be pleasant, not become a burden. There are some of my favourite webcomics that are updated once a week – and they keep being great. So, don’t overdo it. ;)

  3. I understand the update and all but what does “Each strip should – and can – be read in any order with no real progressive storyline set in stone (Including the Crazy Sunshine Chronicle story arcs)” exactly mean anyway?

    1. It means there is really no solid storyline, like an an action comic or romance comic, Characters will rarely reference the past, or talk about events that have transpired, making each comic it’s on, independent gag. I tried to make it this way so new readers could flick through 2 or 3 comics in order to get into it, without having to trail through a year worth of archives just to “get it”.

      I dunno how I can expand on it or make it clearer. D: English fails me!

      1. I have mix feeling about this. On one hand Crazy Sunshine makes a good for independent gag comic and make the reader get it. But on the other hand you have very (“detail”) character that with “deep rooted” past behind them so it seems weird for them to independent gag comic.

        I was going to say “Also having this whole world fill to the brim history n’ events just be ordinary setting throws continuity out of whack.”

        BUT, I reread the (thing about including a World Map and Lore page that shines some history on the world of Crazy Sunshine and the events that happened in the past in order to attract new readers to the comic, and to give a bit of history on where the characters came from.)

        and about the whole “I was thinking the new few CSC story arcs will be tailored more towards a story-driven plot, and not always resulting in a gag per strip. I think this would be a nice change of pace from time to time. Again, feedback on this would be welcome.”

        Then I realize it would be like Gintama a “A funny Comedy Manga but, when its time to get to a serious story arc they deliver a serious story arc like a boss.” I mean its a great manga and they have an excellent way to execute characters backgrounds without it being to much or to little.
        What I mean is don’t go with no solid Storyline but, with a semitransparent solid storyline. For Example lets say you have a villain that know one of the character in the past as a friend but, seems likely the one to do something suddenly surprisingly more reckless than the already reckless character. In which leave a permanent mental and physical scar on the Character leaving them Hellbent on revenge or changing the world against those who “betray” them. Causing something make do something which changes the Main Character, in which lends the Main character to either make them snap out of it or Beat the shit out of it. but before the Main Character can do that the newly form Villain went into hiding or preparing for something evil for the future. Lending the main character to prepare to they’re ass for when they decide to show their face again.

        So in conclusion I had mix feeling about the web-comic changes but, comparing it to something that also like Gintama I’m okay about the changes. And its your your Webcomic and you can make whatever changes you feel like doing. Also English is iffy at best for me.

        P.S. Also some fans like me don’t mine going though what seems like century’s wroth of archives most cause they’ll be interested in the comic. If it something like homestuck just use the wiki and a temporary l33t translator it will be enjoyable to say the least. But, Penny Arcade is on the Mother of god I’m not even gonna touch this one and even if I did I got long fucking way to go for me list.

        1. Thanks for your input!

          When I mentioned individual gag comic, I mean in relation to the situations our heroines find themselves in. There is a solid background for each character, and how they met – I just haven’t touched on it yet because I want each scenario to be perfect before releasing them in comic form.

          So, for example, after getting to know the characters a bit, and the reason they exist, readers can come to terms with each character’s personality, motives and goals, then hit the Random button or jump into any pagfe and enjoy the comic, without having to follow one, huge, overbearing plotline.

          Additionally, returning readers and fans who have read the whole archive will be subtly rewarded by the cameos and hints to previous comics I splatter around the pages. To new readers, these are things that would at first appear as “inside jokes”, but could be seen as an incentive to read the archives and understand each little cameo’s origin.

          A good example of this is in the comic “Masterpiece”, where every item on top of Shelbie has been features in a previous CS strip; It’s not blocking new readers from getting the basic gag for that strip, but rewards returns readers with another, subtle little piece of familiarity.

  4. I think the occasional serious story arc would be pretty cool. I look forward to whatever you have planned.

  5. Have you thought about adding “fillers” in between comics? Like fan art or sketch concepts of character’s early designs?? I’m a new fan to your comic. :) And I agree w/ what everyone has said, in the end it is YOUR comic and YOU have the final say on what you are going to do with it. ;)

    1. Hello! Yes and decided instead I would upload sketches to my Tumblr (check it out! – So people reading through archives to read comics won’t be disappointed!

  6. You can update twice a week!! That’s like… twice as us! You’re doing nice, no worries… Keep up the nice work!

  7. I’ve just been following your comic recently and imo the most important thing is that you live your life while you enjoy working on the comic+website in your free time. Once it becomes “work” to do it, it’s no more real fun. Please update it as you prefer to do it so you and all your followers will feel the joy of Crazysunshine! :D

    What I would find handy is a clearer structure in your blog like Categories of Dev posts, posts about your life, posts about the comic etc. I know you have tags on each posts but it’s not really easy to find them all.

    The world map idea sounds great as well as the cast page update! \(^.^)/ Looking forward to that!

    Have a nice day,
    Yuu

    1. Thanks Yuu~

      I will try to continue with as much genki spirit as before, making sure to take breaks, of course! Thanks for commenting!

  8. Like the other CS fans that have commented here, I quite understand the necessity of you changing your update schedule. I myself can only manage to get one page per week of my webcomic out.

    I’m sure plenty of readers will be happy to visit the site for each update no matter what the update schedule is.

  9. Whatever the day that you release new comics, for sure there will be people waiting for them, Jkun! And about the CrazySunshine Chronicles releases, I think it is a great idea. It will certainly be something very cool! Good luck with your new plans and ti’ll the next one!

  10. “Time for a change in pace”
    I’m absolutely cool with it.

    Doing a story driven plot sounds pretty cool. It’ll be a welcome change alongside the norm. :)

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