Hoo boy, was this chapter a chore to handle! A great many things happened during the production of this chapter, but don’t worry, I won’t get down into the details. However, there is something I came to a conclusion to while making this chapter, and if you don’t mind, I’d like to share this with all of you.
(If you hate TL;DR stuff, feel free to skip to the last paragraph and continue reading the chapter below! No worries!)
I know I said, a long time ago, that I’d break down chapters into parts for more frequent releases, and for a short period of time, it seemed to be working. Unfortunately, life as we know it, is unpredictable. So much so that this 32 page chapter took nearly as long as Chapter 6 did (Chapter 6 = 9 months/ Chapter 7 (Part 1) = 7 months), and chapter 6 had 82 pages.
I sacrificed time from many things (family, friends, myself) to make time for this chapter, all of which were in vain, as whatever problems we had at the time never left, work was still slow and my self-esteem only dropped. Eventually, as much as I’d wanted to avoid them, I found myself making the same choices I made before I burnt out in late 2016 (that being: work before anyone else, including me). However, with the help of MamaWis, Mike, Neo and Amirul (Aloysius was busy with University/College), they helped me realise that I had one other choice.
It was then when I reached a conclusion.
Sacrificing the time I could have spent on all these things (family, friends, myself), only made working harder to cope with and it didn’t speed things up one bit. In fact, sacrificing all that time sometimes made situations worse; by not giving the people that matter the attention they need. There’s a lot of guilt in that too. So the moral of the story is, given time, your problems and work will eventually pass, so why bother sacrificing everything else to try and speed it up. I’m not saying that I’ll be taking my own sweet ass time to finish MMO from now on, no. I’ll still work hard to get a release every 3 months! What I AM saying though, is to make sure you have your priorities right, unlike me. ‘Work’ is not worth sacrificing the time you COULD have spent with the people you should, and sometimes it’s better to let problems ‘eventually’ solve themselves.
It’s hypocritical of me that in the past I had mentioned that ‘family’ and ‘the people you hold dear’ come first. I guess sometimes I get so caught up with wanting to get stuff done, I forget all of this and end up looking like a fool, as everyone gets sacrificed (not literally of course) for a price that’s not worth paying. So, please, learn from my mistake.
On a last note, it’s funny that I only remember this now, but I’ve had someone in the past tell me that everyone juggles five balls in their lives; family, friends, health, spirit and work. Of which, ‘work’ is a rubber ball, while every other ball is made of glass. Meaning you could drop the rubber ball, and it would probably bounce back, but drop any one of the rest and they’ll never be the same, or gone for good. (You could probably google this metaphor today though, lol)
Anyway! That’s it from me! Sorry about the long ass story, but I hope it helps some of you out there! Rambling aside, I thank you for your patience and understanding, and I hope you’ll enjoy the read! Do let me know what you think in the comments, I’d love to hear your thoughts! Don’t forget to read from right to left!
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Just wanted to give you guys an update on Chapter 6!
So as we all know, Chapter 6 is coming out this Saturday!
However, before that, I’d like to mention one other change that I’ve made to the MMO series!
That change being; fromChapter 6 onwards, MMO will be using the ‘manga’ reading format.
For those who are not sure what this means, allow me to explain.
Think of ‘reading format’ as the direction that the comic is read.
Usually, comics follow the standard left-to-right reading format.
Mangas however, are read in the opposite direction, from right-to-left.
Currently ‘We Live In An MMO?!’ uses what I personally call, the ‘webcomic format’, which is read from up-to-down.
(Again, the name isn’t official, just a personal reference.):
..and here’s how to read the new manga format that I’ll be adopting for ‘MMO?!’ from now on:
Quite a change eh?
– “Why the sudden change?”
Well, for a couple of reasons actually.
First is that CLIP STUDIO has many of these manga-panel templates already set-up to be used instantly, which saves me a lot of time when compared to manually creating each panel for every MMO chapter in Photoshop.
Second, is that with a clear direction to read MMO now, I can create more panels in each page without having to worry about you guys getting lost reading halfway through.
(A problem I had with the current ‘webcomic format’, is that because I set it up to be read simply from the top to the bottom of the page, sometimes following the panels gets inconsistent. Sometimes it’s left-to-right, sometimes it’s right-to-left. There is no proper flow in the paneling in my opinion. Adding the text after that might make it difficult to follow through the panels as well, and would sometimes just make things downright messy.)
Also, using the current format, each page would have an average of 4 panels, but with the ‘manga format’ each page has an average of 6 panels. This means that with more panels per page, I can create better flow and pacing in the storyboards, and the visual story-telling in general.
-“Why don’t you just use the manga panels, but still keep the reading format as left-to-right?”
This is for a personal reason, honestly. Although I couldhave done this, I felt it would be weird if I did. It would end up looking like a conflict of interest, in my opinion.
I have personally ran into webcomics where they adopted the manga format for their comics (panels, treatment, etc..), but still kept the reading as left-to-right and it feels just wrong and confusing to me.
It’s like taking a shit standing up, or fishing with your penis.
You could do these things, but you just don’t. (Just me though.)
Anyway, I hope you guys are alright with this change!
I can’t wait for you to read this chapter!
Oh, right! One more announcement! The character illustrations will be adjusted to fit a more manga look as well!