Comic 1062 - Let's talk about some future plans!

22nd May 2018, 6:37 PM in Special
Let's talk about some future plans!
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Jocelyn 22nd May 2018, 6:37 PM edit delete
Jocelyn
Let's talk about some future plans!

So, I've been looking over the script a bit last night, kinda fine-tuning the rest of the chapter. There's still about a month of updates left to this one, give or take a post day as I hum and haw over whether one particular scene will be a two-pager or two separate updates. There's been a lot of complaints about cliffhangers lately (which is admittedly a little frustrating on my end), but I've been extra excited for this chapter due to it ultimately offering a fair bit of resolution (or at least direction) to a number of arcs. And I sincerely hope you enjoy what's to come.

Following this chapter though, I always had plans for a hiatus. Originally, it was going to be for one week, to begin Moonlight Wanderers, (my second planned comic that I've brought up from time to time, albeit mostly in passing).
http://rain.thecomicseries.com/comics/1028/

But I think I'm going to extend that. You might recall that before this current chapter, I took off from posting so I could have a week-long working hiatus. The plan was so I could get ahead with the page buffer again and lessen the deadline stress a bit. Then I got sick, lasting pretty much the entire week, and allowing me to get no work done. So, cue me coming back and starting our current chapter with no page buffer and continued deadline stress. (I mean, technically speaking, if there's ever an ideal time to get sick and not be able to work, it'd be when I'm not posting anyway. But still, it was very inconvenient for me!) ^^;

So, after this chapter is over, I'm gonna try that working hiatus again. I'm thinking two months, actually. And I realize is a long time (not as bad as last year's unplanned four month hiatus in the middle of a chapter, mind you), but bear with me here.

Part of it is going to be for building up the page buffer. And part of it is going to be so I can work on Volume 5 untethered to the usual stress. I will also probably use that time to work on Moonlight Wanderers some more as well. Without the stress of deadlines - and maybe an actual relaxing week or two off somewhere in there - I think I'll be able to get a lot done.

Ideally, MW will start in the middle of the hiatus somewhere there, so it's not like you'll have nothing from me during that time (though it'll have a new page and stuff to not confuse or annoy readers primarily here for Rain, as it IS a separate comic). And with the planned one-page-per-week structure I have in mind for that comic, it shouldn't be too intrusive to my work schedule. I think this is going to be win-win for everybody.

But I'm saying this all now, so that there's hopefully no surprises. The current chapter ends in late June, and then I go on hiatus. MW will start sometime in July. And Rain will return in the first or second week of September. I promise I'll have exact dates lined up before the end of this chapter, and of course, I will keep to them.

But before we need to worry about any of that, please enjoy the rest of the coming chapter over the next month. I'm really happy with what's to come, so I hope you'll like it too. ^_^
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MaybeMarie 22nd May 2018, 9:27 PM edit delete reply
Moonlight Wanderers sounds really cool. Hope you have a good summer!
Guest 22nd May 2018, 10:09 PM edit delete reply
I don't get why people complain about cliffhangers on the day to day comics. Before a hiatus, fine, but Jocelyn has like 6-8 panels to tell that day's portion of a story. Assuming 12-16 sentences (2 per panel), it'd be nearly impossible to tell an interesting story that *doesn't* have regular cliffhangers. If it were a book, that would be like if it completely resolved all tension and conflict every 3-4 paragraphs. I say just appreciate the effort Jocelyn obviously puts in to keep the story moving forward as a whole, and accept that when you only get a few sentences every few days there's going to be unresolved conflict between comics. That's just my two cents, though.
Sophia Clay 22nd May 2018, 11:16 PM edit delete reply
Take the time you need. Stress kills good projects and good writers. I want more but also I want it to be good and thoughtful and not killing a wonderful talent.
Paige 23rd May 2018, 1:21 PM edit delete reply
Thank You for managing to put what i was thinking into proper words. its not cliffhangers its building tension, and good storytelling.
Kyle 23rd May 2018, 4:13 AM edit delete reply
I think your cliffhangers are great Jocelyn. They make me jittery wondering what's gonna happen next. What Moonlight Wanderers gonna be about?
bgb16999 23rd May 2018, 8:02 AM edit delete reply
bgb16999
Take all the time you need! Maybe the delay will give me a chance to finish Ultra Moon before Moonlight Wanderers starts.
Kylie 23rd May 2018, 9:43 AM edit delete reply
"Always Rain": https://imgur.com/QGcDlTw

is this a good place to put this?
Phrll 23rd May 2018, 12:45 PM edit delete reply
I have no problem with a hiatus nor with Jocelyn starting a 2nd webcomic. Some of the others I read only update once a week and we've been spoiled with 3 a week :) As for a 2 month hiatus, I'll certainly miss it while it's gone but one of my favorite manga only has English volumes every 6 months and a couple others have gone 12+ months due to various issues.

So I'll be waiting eagerly for Rain to pick up and looking forward to Moonlight Wanderers.
LakesideMiners 23rd May 2018, 3:44 PM edit delete reply
So is the hiatus starting now? or will it start when this chapter of rain is done? But regardless, I have been really enjoying this comic. Keep it up!
Jocelyn 23rd May 2018, 3:51 PM edit delete reply
Jocelyn
@LakesideMiners

When the chapter is over. I'm just announcing the hiatus well ahead of time. There's still about a month of posts to come before then. ^_^
Ema 24th May 2018, 12:09 AM edit delete reply
i actually enjoy the clifhangers... i have about 15 webcomics and mangas on the go at any given time + 3-4 animays. so to have something that gets me waiting for the next update is really nice
AgentKuga 11th Aug 2018, 8:12 AM edit delete reply
AgentKuga
Wait...just a question, is MW going to be on Comicfury too? Cuz I don't have facebook or twitter or use DeviantArt, but I can always click on your profile
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