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September 13th, 2019, 1:29 am

So. What's next?

As of this point in time, Aware is done. The comic has ended, the cast is moving on, and it's time for me to do the same.

So what am I going to be doing from here on in?

Well, there's a few things going on right now as far as my comics career is concerned. As stated in the comic proper, there's some stuff I started that I need to work on, so let's start with those.

Lostlorn is a Platinum Nuzlocke starring RP!Két. It has a weird existence in that you don't need to read Aware to understand it- and you don't need to read it to understand Aware- but they have a character in common, who is explicitly that same character. RP!Két in Lostlorn is fresh off the heels of the Taco Incident, and Lostlorn provides a narrative 'gap' of time to allow her to recover from that. As I said, it's not a required read to understand anything in Aware; but I work hard on it, so take a look if you'd like.

Marmion Grenado is a Choose Your Own Adventure sort of comic that is exclusively hosted on the Middle Ground. At the time of writing this, it has not been revealed why, and there are still more mysteries to solve. For those unaware, a Choose Your Own Adventure story is one where the audience provides input about how to proceed, giving commands to a character to influence the events happening around them. You direct Sari, a young Dokien who has lost most of her memories, through whatever is thrown at you in this comic. Please give this one a look, if only to give me commands for it, because I literally need those to progress the story.

Around the Middle Ground is a collaborative comic on the Middle Ground. I don't contribute to it often on account of being busy with the above and the below, but I'll make pages for it periodically and contribute to the discussion about it in the Middle Ground’s discord server.

Niv mentioned a project she was going to be tackling in the future. Something grand, and epic, she hopes. As Niv is an Author Avatar, that means the very same thing for me: I have plans for something grand, and epic, I hope. I’ll go into that now...

Interplanetary Shadows is a story about adventure, friendship, and a universe that’s far more complicated than it initially seems to be. It stars Dyasni Praan and Vela, two friends who travel the universe in hopes of returning Vela to her ‘Keeper’. With the universe as vast as it is, however, their adventure causes ripples that affect the galactic climate- causing trouble for them as they go along. Set in a completely original universe, this is my most ambitious project to date- to the point that I’m not quite ready to launch it yet! Right now, I’m working on building up a decently-sized buffer, and working out how to schedule myself so I don’t neglect any of my comics. Once I’ve figured things out, though… there’s a lot in that universe that I’m looking forward to sharing with you all.

I’ve also got a Patreon now! There’s not much there yet, because I’m still working out the kinks. And things are liable to change, because I’m not quite sure how exactly Patreon works. But you can take a look at that here.

Other than that, there's not really much to talk about! I'm not sure if I'm going to make another sprite comic now that Aware is done- I love the medium, and enjoy making them, but Interplanetary Shadows is going to take up a lot of time and effort, and it just won't work in sprite comic form. (Or, it could, but given the massive scale of it, it'd be more trouble than it's worth.) Maybe once Lostlorn is done, or my schedule clears up some other way, I'll look into making one on the side- but for now, I haven't got any sprite related plans outside of Around the Middle Ground.

I'll be around and about if you want to get ahold of me. I can be a bit slow to reply - usually just because I don't know what to say - but I'll do my best to talk to you regardless. I do ask that you try not to be overbearing, though. Push too hard, and I generally shrink back without really explaining why, because I don’t want to tell you off but the interaction is making me uncomfortable.

If you have any further questions about Aware - elements of the story you felt weren’t explained, questions you want to ask me as an author, whatever you can think of - drop them on this news post. I’ll try and check it somewhat frequently to answer your questions. I do ask that questions asked in this way remain on topic about Aware- other, unrelated questions can be asked in other, unrelated ways.

That said, there's not much left for me to talk about. Anything I wanted to say about Aware, I've said already - so the only thing that's really left is this:

Thanks for reading Aware. I hope you enjoyed it. And I hope you enjoy what's to come.

Until we meet again.

-Shard

July 22nd, 2018, 11:54 pm

Q&A Special 4- Question Call

As promised, now that World [Interlude] is finished (...for the most part, anyway- but with me being out of town for the rest of this week I figured I'd launch this into the sun from now), the question call for the next - and last - Q&A special is here! That's right- this is your LAST CHANCE to ask questions of the idiots on the Important Faces page! Best make it count!

YOU MAY ASK THE FOLLOWING CHARACTERS QUESTIONS:
The Author - Niv
The Protagonist/The Thief - Két/Phantom Thief Kiara
The Watchdog - Damaru
The Hunter - Silverado
The Lover - Blair
The Boss - Silvena
The Wanderer - RP!Két
The Benefactor - Mr. Losroo

Like the last three times, leave the questions on this news post, and when I feel like there's enough, I'll answer them in the order listed above. (That is - the characters will answer in that order.) Again, there's no particular deadline this time around - but I'll be keeping this open at least until World [19] starts, for the sake of not only giving people a chance to get questions out there, but also because... well, there's some important stuff coming up and I wouldn't feel right closing the question call before they happened.

Also, as per usual I reserve the right to discard any questions, be it because they're spoileriffic or because they're dumb. Just FYI.

With that said and done, drop your questions in the comments! Go (relatively) nuts!

April 15th, 2018, 1:06 pm

Q&A Special 4??

So, I'm not really sure what I wanna do here. I kinda want to make another one, but if no one's gonna ask questions there's not really much of a point? So I'm asking you guys. What should I do?

The poll can be found here.

(For the record- "after the next world ends" means the world that's after World [18], not World [18]. That is, if that option is the winner, then I'll only post the question call for a Q&A after whatever world is after [18] ends.)

If you have any other ideas for when I should do one of these, feel free to comment below. Thanks in advance!

UPDATE 4.27.18- Seems we're getting the question call after what happens next!

June 10th, 2016, 11:45 am

Q&A Special 3.0!

It's been a year. We've introduced all the Important Faces. YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS

YOU MAY ASK THE FOLLOWING CHARACTERS QUESTIONS:
The Author - Niv
The Protagonist/The Thief - Két/Phantom Thief Kiara
The Watchdog - Damaru
The Hunter - Silverado
The Lover - Blair
The Boss - Silvena
The Wanderer - RP!Két
The Benefactor - Mr. Losroo

Like the last two times, leave the questions on this news post, and when I feel like there's enough, I'll answer them in the order listed above. (That is - the characters will answer in that order.) Again, there's no particular deadline this time around - but I'll be keeping this open at least until World [14] starts, since we are getting some relatively important information in the coming pages.

Also, I reserve the right to discard any questions, be it because they're spoileriffic or because they're dumb. Just FYI.

With that said and done, drop your questions in the comments! Go nuts!

April 20th, 2015, 2:18 am

Q&A Special 2.0!

I think it's about time to have another Q&A Special, don't you think?

We've passed 300 comics, so why the heck not?

YOU MAY ASK THE FOLLOWING CHARACTERS QUESTIONS:
The Author - Niv
The Protagonist/The Thief - Két/Phantom Thief Kiara
The Watchdog - Damaru
The Hunter - Silverado
The Lover - Blair
The Boss - Silvena
The Wanderer - RP!Két
The Benefactor - ?????????

Like last time, leave the questions on this news post, and when I feel like there's enough, I'll answer them in the order listed above. I don't really have any particular deadline this time around, but... well, maybe around when the World [W] Revisit ends would be good?

Also, I reserve the right to discard any questions, be it because they're spoileriffic or because they're dumb. Just FYI.

January 8th, 2015, 8:20 pm

World Suggestion Box 2.0

THE WORLD SUGGESTION BOX IS CLOSED.
This post remains for archiving and reference purposes.

The old box was... well, not really outdated, but it was getting filled with a bunch of n outdated suggestions and links and stuff. As such, here's the new one! If you want Két to visit any given world, drop it in here with the following-

Designation: What the world's called (ex: Magicland, Freefire Square) (it does not have to be the name of the world- just the name of the AREA is fine.)
Type: Is it a canon world, a canon world with fancharacters, an original world, or a twisted variation of one of these places?
Resources: Any sprites and backgrounds I might need if I can't access them with relative ease. Alternatively, specify the style you'd like the world to be in (ex- a genesis-esque Sonic world as opposed to the advance one we've seen already)
Objective: What Két has to do to pass time while she's there. For instance, in her trip to Mobius, she's helping Cream find a Chaos Emerald. This can be as vague as 'help X' or as detailed as 'drop the -important object- into the volcano after retrieving it from Y.'

And, of course, anything else I'd need to know (basic info on any characters I wouldn't be familiar with, etc).

As an added bonus to the new world suggestion box, you can now REQUEST FOR PEOPLE ON THE IMPORTANT FACES PAGE TO SHOW UP IN THAT WORLD. Granted, this should be feasible- so Niv and Silvena are off limits- but everyone else is fair game.

You can also request that Két revisits past worlds, or that she fails her objective and has to leave in some other way- emergency eject, near-death eject, outside force removing her... it's up to you!

My only request is that you don't have the objective include something out of character for Két. For example, she will not tell anyone about the wall, nor will she do anything obviously evil like kill someone unless there is no other option.

That should be it, see you around!

EDIT (1.27.15): The earliest any of these will appear is World [12]. Just FYI.

July 1st, 2014, 3:27 am

STATUS REPORT

I'm hoping to start updating again by Friday, July 4th, largely because that's Team SMG's 8th anniversary but also because I don't really wanna be on break for longer than a month. (Yes, I know, I should let myself take longer breaks...) But, well, here's a status report on how my progress is!

Comic Buffer: 5 Pages Ahead - that is, I have currently made up to comic 178. This is about the same amount of buffer I had before, when I was updating about every 3 days. I wound up going on break when I had only 1 page in my buffer, since at the time I really wasn't feeling well enough to make more pages.

Comics Scripted: 29 Pages Ahead - This is not counting the pages in my buffer. That is, I have up until comic 207 scripted. In other words, making updates for about 30 pages is largely a matter of just making them, not having to write and them simultaneously. (I usually have a basic plot outline in my head, as well as specific events that need to happen, but write by the seat of my pants when it comes time to actually make the updates.)

Worlds Planned: After World [8] ends, I have another 3 Worlds planned before World [10] (and yes, I can count), then after that another 2 Worlds before I go to the World Suggestion Box for ideas. In other words... THOSE OF YOU WHO GOT A CAMEO SLOT FOR WORLD [10], MAKE SURE I HAVE YOUR SPRITES. If they're not ready yet, don't worry - you'll have quite a bit of time to work on them. World [8] still has about 9 pages before it ends, then the one after that has like 15 pages, and while the one after that only has like 4 pages (...you'll see), the last World before World [10] I haven't even scratched the surface of in the script just yet, so you should have plenty of time to get your sprites done before World [10] arrives. If you don't think you'll be able to make enough sprites (or... have whoever makes your sprites make enough sprites) within the next... I dunno... let's go ahead and assume it'll be at least 30 pages before we get there, so at least 3 months if I'm updating every 3 days... then please tell me! That way, I can either give the spot to someone else or grab a random character from my archives to use instead.

Probable Schedule: I'm probably gonna be updating every three days again, and if it gets to the point that I don't have an update ready in time, I'll either just not update or make some sort of silly doodle/filler update placeholder which will be removed and put on the Other Things page once I make the actual update.

I think that about covers anything I needed to say. See you guys on Friday!

November 16th, 2013, 12:56 pm

CONTEST TIME~! (NO MORE ENTRIES PLZ)

All right, assholes, it's contest time! This one's relatively simple. It's a guess the character deal!

If you are one of the first 8 to guess any of the following characters, you get a prize!

The characters are:
The girl Blair fell in love with
The Thief
The Thief's secret identity
The Lover
The Boss
The Wanderer
The Benefactor

RULES:
1. You are allowed to guess anyone's identity. I don't mind multiple people guessing the same person.
2. Send your answers to me VIA PM. I don't want your answers influencing other people.
3. Since I can't stop you, you can collaborate to get answers. However, don't tell other people what your answer was. If I find out you've done this, both you and the person you've told will be disqualified.
4. You can send as many guesses as you want. However, once you successfully guess at least one of them, I will not count the others, even if they're right.
5. Specify who you're guessing the identity of. This is to prevent people from just listing random characters in hopes that one will be one of them.
6. Please don't just send in random guesses. I can't stop you, but it'll likely annoy me and if I think that's what you're doing I'll disqualify you.

PRIZES: There are 8 prizes, which are first come first serve.
1: MAJOR CAMEO - World [11] - Sprites not needed, but it would help. PMD Style. Claimed!
2: MINOR CAMEO - World [10] - Sprites needed. Any style. Claimed!
3: MINOR CAMEO - World [10] - Sprites needed. Any style. Claimed!
4: MINOR CAMEO - World [10] - Sprites needed. Any style. Claimed!
5: MINOR CAMEO - World [10] - Sprites needed. Any style. Claimed!
6: MINOR CAMEO - World [10] - Sprites needed. Any style. Claimed!
7: MINOR CAMEO - World [10] - Sprites needed. Any style. Claimed!
8: MINOR CAMEO - World [10] - Sprites needed. Any style. Claimed!

That's about it. Good luck~!

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