Dev Blog Update #23

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Welcome to yet another brand new Crazy Sunshine! Here’s what’s changed!

Website

  • Hosting was moved in order to improve site speed, performance, uptime, and security via SSL.
  • In addition to this, Crazy Sunshine is now running on a 100% responsive mobile and tablet friendly theme.
  • Due to some massive real life changes, Crazy Sunshine is now a simple, personal portfolio site that is updated whenever I can find the time.

 

Art

Works are uploaded into two categories:

  • Original Works
  • Fan Works

 

Sister sites

  • Streaming and Social Media sites have undergone similar theme changes.
  • The outdated Crazy Sunshine Wikia has been closed.
  • The Crazy Symphonium forum has also been closed due to inactivity.
  • The Crazy Sunshine TVTropes page has been abandoned, but a huge thanks to everyone’s additions over the years.
  • The Crazy Sunshine Patreon page has been paused until further notice.

 

Bug fixes, content addition & removal

  • The Links, Extras, and Streaming pages have been removed in order to streamline the site’s overall content.
  • Multiple outdated blog entries have been removed.
  • Multiple broken links and images have been removed.
  • Many new images have been added to previous blog entries.
  • Affiliate sites which are no longer active have been removed from the About page.
  • A small Legal blurb has been added to the About page. Please read it!

Apologies for the colossal wait, but I really hope you enjoy this version of Crazy Sunshine as much as I enjoyed making it!

Stay tuned and, as always, thanks for all your incredible support!

Dev Blog Update #22

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Hello!

Good news first! Thanks to Crazy Sunshine’s new portfolio layout, I managed to land a job! Which is directly related to the bad news: updates.

Simply put, I have no time to put into making webcomics like I used to. When I started drafting Crazy Sunshine, I was a little designer making a name for myself in Japan.

Five years later, I have grown enough roots to get back into what I love the most: making videogames.

I am in the middle of finishing up the little cliffhanger arc that I started last year, releasing it before the year is over, but when we roll over into 2016, I will be focusing on changing the direction of Crazy Sunshine entirely.

Don’t worry, I have no intention of abandoning the universe and its host of crazy characters. Instead, I would rather the site move away from a webcomic format and focus more on character design.

In order to streamline the site (and not confuse new visitors) the current comics will be taken offline in order to revise the cast of characters, redesigning them as I originally intended (the designs were simplified in order to pump out comics faster).

There’s lots of ideas running through my head, but for the time being, I need to tie up all these loose ends. Look forward to the ending!

Thanks for all your support so far, and I hope you enjoy whatever kind of work I manage to pump out from now on, wish me luck!

Dev Blog Update #21

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Here comes a new Dev Blog update!

Website

  • Replaced broken image links
  • Deleted outdated Gallery posts
  • Fixed broken Blockquote CSS
  • Fixed broken Header CSS
  • Fixed loads of typos
  • Probably made even more typos in the process
  • As a spam countermeasure, all blog comment sections will be automatically closed after 30 days (this change does not apply to comic pages)

Bug fixes

  • Selection colour when dragging the mouse over text/images was changed to reflect the site’s new style.

Again, I really want to use this blog for more than just site updates, but I am always so busy to sit down and write about stuff!

Hopefully I will get some time off this week to put something together.

As always, thanks for reading!

Dev Blog Update #20

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Welcome to yet another incarnation of Crazy Sunshine!

Here’s what has changed!

Website

  • Menubar items were reordered.
  • The following pages have been renamed:
    • Gallery → Artwork
    • Archive → Comics
  • Condensed the content wrapper and menu bar from 1024 pixels to 800 pixels wide.
  • Moved the comic above the content wrapper/sidebar and centred it.
  • Removed all ads.
  • Optimised the background for 1366×768 resolution displays (the most common resolution as of 2014).
  • Optimised Project Wonderful ads on other sites.
  • Fully unlocked the Extras page, no more need for a password or Facebook account to view it!
  • Added shadows under copyright info, making it easier to read against a complex background.
  • Finally enlarged the blog’s paginav “Prev” and “Next” links, also added shadows underneath them.

Thanks for reading!

Dev Blog Update #19

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Continuing on from this blog entry and after a few more weeks of thought, I have decided to put Crazy Sunshine on indefinite hiatus while I grab real life by the balls and kick it around some.

I am not going to write a wall of text justifying why, but it all comes down to the fact that over the next year I have to study my butt off, find a new job, and move to a new house.

I also believe my artwork is plateauing with diminishing returns rather than slowly improving by focusing on nothing but comics, so I would like to take some time off to expand my abilities and work on my artistic foundations a lot more.

Sadly, I cannot do all of this while updating the comic, so I will be cutting it out of my life until I have the time, money and skill to start it up again.

I’m going to write up a small Q&A section below, so please give it a read! Thanks for submitting such great questions!

What is going to happen to the website and the comic?

The Germination chapter of ORIGINS has come to a close, but the Crazy Sunshine website and all of its comics and features will stay intact.

There’s even going to be an extra three weeks of comics from next week onwards, because I believe you guys deserve it for sticking around this long.

Look forward to them!

After those three pages are updated, I will slowly be changing the site’s layout, and making the comics simply a feature, not the giving them the spotlight.

There will be a splash page with links to the gallery, blog and comics, and the site will focus more on my portfolio and blog rather than comics.

The Crazy Sunshine Wiki will be fully updated up to the end of GERMINATION, and other social media sites like Twitter and Tumblr will change to focus more on my artwork, so please keep them favourited!

What is going to happen to you?

I will still be in Japan, mainly studying and spending time with my friends before I look for a new job and apartment.

Without being nagged to draw comics every day, I will be focusing on drawing and writing outside of the box.

Illustrations, fan art, short stories, and more.

You will be able to see most of my new artwork on DeviantArt, Tumblr, Twitter, and some of the better illustrations on this site’s gallery, so don’t go anywhere!

What about the Patreon campaign?

The Patreon page was haphazardly created created for fans to support the comic through monthly donations.

According to Google Analytics, if every reader chipped in $1 a month, then I would be able to support myself and keep making comics.

Sadly, not even 1% of readers donated, and none of the milestones were reached, which means I have to look for an actual job, resulting in this hiatus.

For those readers who did donate, I cannot thank you enough.

However, I will be editing the Patreon page to reflect artwork in general.

If you still want to donate after the change, you will get to see more than just the final pieces, and also get to chat and hang out with me over Skype!

More information on this will be updated on the Patreon page in time.

Thanks to everyone who supported Crazy Sunshine so far, and as I said above, there will still be weekly content released until the end of July to compensate for this month’s payment.

Please look forward to it!

When is the comic coming back?

As I mentioned before, I don’t know! Whenever I have the time, money and artistic skills that I am comfortable and confident with.

Heck, maybe it won’t even be a comic when it comes back! Evolving creativity, yo!

You were such an inspiration, dude. How can I keep in touch with you?

I will try to update fairly frequently on the site with new art and blog entries about my daily life.

But if you have them, there’s also TwitterDeviantArt and Tumblr, so please follow me to keep in the loop! Send me some messages from time to time, too!

 

A huge thank you to everyone who read and supported Crazy Sunshine from the start until this break!

It’s been a very long and exhausting three years.

Wish me luck, and hopefully see you around!

Dev Blog Update #18

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Time for another Dev Blog update! This one’s a biggie.

Comic

Recently I have been churning out page after page of Crazy Sunshine with no buffer, finishing minutes before the upload time most Wednesdays.

It’s gotten to the point where the amount of time I am spending on the comic is starting to affect my health, my personal life, and worst of all, my future!

“But it’s just one page a week!” is what you are probably asking, and yeah, you’re right!

Except that one page takes a long time to make. Let me get straight to the point.

As I mentioned previously, I feel that I’ve bitten off more than I can chew with the ORIGINS arc.

It was meant to be a year long, but now it’s going to take a projected three years to finish.

The worst part is, I don’t have three years. I have one.

 

Within this next year I have to obtain enough Japanese knowledge to get and maintain a job, I also have to find a job, and place to stay.

In 2012 I started Crazy Sunshine in order to develop my art skills and writing.

It was a little project that I did in my spare time when I wasn’t working on other stuff.

There was no story, no complex writing or detailed artwork.

Honestly, it was fun.

 

Recently, every single page has become a chore.

Something I have to do each week, and I am not enjoying it.

It gets in the way of studying, it gets in the way of hanging out with friends, it gets in the way of any other activities I enjoy.

After three years of non stop drawing the effects are starting to take their toll.

The worst part is I have finally gotten to the best part of the story, the point I really wanted to tell and there’s just nothing there.

I don’t feel a thing.

 

Maybe I burned myself out over the first three years building up this point, or maybe I just don’t have the skills to express the story like I want to.

I am not happy with most pages I draw, and I feel like I have hit an artistic plateau.

The second worst part is I am not sure how to approach this situation and there are thousands of thoughts circling my head.

  • If I take a hiatus and promise to come back, I will almost definitely break that promise.
  • If I did stop and came back, I would have to rebuild the reader base from scratch and reintroduce everything again to a new crowd.
  • If I never finish this story now, when will I? What will happen to it? Will I never get to tell it?
  • I can’t just go back to writing gag strips because that won’t magically give me time to work on my future.
  • If I say “I’ll update whenever I feel like it”, then I may as well throw the towel in all together.
  • I could make the remaining two chapters shorter. 4 pages long each, and full of narration. Each chapter would simply summarise the remaining events that took place. The only thing I hate about this idea is that I wasted an entire year on the most boring parts of the story and the entire 2013 archive would suck to read through.
  • I could just cut the entire ORIGINS project in half, and work on the final two chapters over a longer period of time, releasing them as downloadable PDFs and not a webcomic in the future.
  • Scrap the entire idea and take down the website, bringing it back in the future once I have enough time to redraw and rewrite everything as I wanted it to be.

The ORIGINS project was never meant to be this long and convoluted.

Every night I lose sleep thinking

Man, it just a simple gag comic, why does it need such a big story, you twat.

I regret ever taking on such a challenge, embarrassed by the amount of irrelevant stuff I have fleshed out, knowing I don’t have time to finish it.

The only incentive I have to keep going are the readers and regular commenters.

If it wasn’t for you guys, I would have stopped weeks ago!

So, that’s all I can think of saying, really.

 

This is probably my first whiney blog post now that I think about it.

Haha.

 

Anyway! Time to buck up! For now, I will round up the latest chapter Germination.

It’s 12 pages long and at the time or writing I have completed up to page 6.

After that, sadly, I don’t know what is going to happen, but I promise I’ll keep you all in the loop!

Thanks for reading!

Dev Blog Update #17

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It’s been a while since I’ve talked about the goings on of the site!

Advertisments

I’ve signed up to Google Adsense in hopes of chipping away at the cost of hosting Crazy Sunshine.

Most viewers will probably block these ads, but after some calibration they will start displaying things that might interest you!

Stuff like videogames, comics and computer-related stuff if you are into that.

Porn if not, probably.

Give them a click if they look interesting!

They are centered around location, so I can only really monitor what is displayed in Japan at the moment.

If anything weird shows up, let me know!

Tags & archiving

I’ve disabled tags within comics and instead added a new, awesome Comicpress feature that allows you to view comic archives based on more comic-related, specific tags.

You’ll find them underneath each comic.

Currently you can view archives based on:

  • Story arc
  • Location
  • Characters

It took a while to go through all the old comics, so give me a shout if there’s anything or anyone I’ve missed!

Comic

A constant growing concern of mine is how long ORIGINS is taking to finish.

The current chapter, Install, is almost over, and there’s four more chapters still to go.

I want to keep these remaining chapters as short as possible because my real life is about to get a heck of a lot busier, so I hope you understand!

I feel like ORIGINS was too big of a project to pull off in the middle of my time here in Japan.

I feel like I’ve bitten off more than I can chew, and wasted my chance at enjoying living in another country.

Personally, I think the entire storyline up until the end of Install is utterly boring and sadly feel like I have completely wasted my time spending every hour of my free time drawing and writing it up.

I am in no way fishing for compliments, but with only half the storyline finished over the course of an entire year, combined with the reduced amount of readers to the site has shot my motivation and left me feeling like I’ve let everyone down, including the characters and world that has taken years of my life to build up!

I’m going to try and keep blasting out whatever I can this year, and once I move back to making gag strips, I fully expect to only have about five readers left.

But that’s okay!

ORIGINS was just one of the many stories I want to tell, and once it’s over, it’s over.

I just hope those of you who did enjoy the ride will stick around!

Thanks for reading!

Dev Blog Update #16

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To aid in retelling the backstories of each character, and to help flesh out the Crazy Sunshine universe, I have included two new features to the site, check them out below!

The official Crazy Sunshine Wikia

Crazy Sunshine finally has its own Wikia page! *

I am planning to keep this updated personally, but if you are interested in contributing, here are some rules on doing so. Please read them!

Any incorrect information, storyline spoilers or rumors about Candy’s three sizes will be removed!

If you are completely stuck on finding out the facts, feel free to contact me and ask for confirmation.

I can’t wait to see all the things I might have missed!

* Inactive as of 2016

Bug fixes & additions

  • WordPress updated to 3.5.2
  • Various plugin updates
  • Hovering over Menubar items now displays a brief description of each page
  • Livestream server changed from “new” to “original”. The new channel can be found here!
  • Japanese About Page added

Future ideas

Lastly, some things I am considering working on in the future

  • A new World Map redesign
  • Updated comment icons for non-Gravatar readers

That’s all for now, thanks for reading!

Dev Blog Update #15

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Here’s what’s been going down on Crazy Sunshine as of late.

Comic

  • Part 1 of the ORIGINS story arc is coming to an end! It should be finished up by the end of June, then after a small break, will return with part 2!

Website

  • The Cast page has been updated with two new familiar profiles!
  • Project Wonderful ads have been re-added to the right-hand column. You can bid on grabbing a spot here, they are super cheap right now!
  • Crazy Sunshine is now featured on Comic Rocket! Go give them some love and find other interesting comics, too!
  • The Crazy Symposium forum is growing, with over 40 active members!
  • New ranks have been added to the forum to spice up discussion. Now you can build your own robot!
  • The Crazy Sunshine Facebook page broke 1,400 Likes! Thank you for all your support!

That’s all for now!

Again, huge thanks to all readers, returning and new!

Dev Blog Update #14

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Finally I can reveal the second project I have been working on!

Now introducing the Crazy Symposium! Crazy Sunshine’s official forum! *

Registering an account is easy, and you can use this in tandem with each comic’s comment section to discuss the webcomic, the current ORIGIN story arc, or, well, anything!

Keep it clean and have fun!

Thanks for reading!

* Inactive as of 2016