Main Menu
Home
Stories
2005 Stories
Discuss
Latest Images
Image Gallery
Captions Gallery
Dreamtales' AR Comics
About AR Archive Premium
About BoJay Premium
Videos
Continuous Story
AR Chat
Links
Submit a Story
News
Terms and Conditions
Register
CB Login


  Home arrow Discuss


AR Search Engine - Search this selected other AR/AP sites Powered by Google


AR Archive Discussion Board
Welcome, Guest
Please Login or Register.    Lost Password?
areg5 and Dark Oni comic announcement (1 viewing) (1) Guests
Go to bottom Post Reply Favoured: 2
TOPIC: areg5 and Dark Oni comic announcement
#19374
Oni (User)
Platinum Boarder
Posts: 513
graphgraph
User Offline Click here to see the profile of this user
Re:areg5 and Dark Oni comic announcement 3 Years, 7 Months ago Karma: -2  
Yes, areg is quite generous in my opinion, and even when he charges is quite affordable. Do take a look at what other artists charge and you will know what I mean.

I'd also like to point out that many of the comics I've commissioned over the years, "Chamber", "Girls Night Out", "Idun Did It", "Lara's Little Detour", "Sorcerer Bait", "Spirit of Christmas", "S_layer_s", "Tenchi Muyo", etc; cost me hundreds of dollars each to commission and were posted for free. That's not even mentioning the art commissions I outlined for others who financed them, including "Daycare", "Ponce De Leon High", "Expedition", "Clockster", "Undergrowth Expedition" and so on; nor the number of commissions I pushed along through advice and connections. All for free.

I have no regrets and in fact hold a sense of pride, they were all gifts to the community and were shared freely with the hope of inspiring others. But now we have entered another era. Poser presents great possibilities and those who have paid for the programs and mastered the skills to use it deserve the financing. There can be an actual golden age of AR/AP, but we will likely have to pay at least a little to get it. Capitalism on the surface still works, it gives motivation to the time and effort needed to produce great product.

Sigh, but I'm getting preachy. Look, no one is getting rich off of these commissions, trust me. We do it mostly for the love of age change, but getting a few dollars back in our pockets is just, well, nice. And it makes it easier to explain to the wife why you ignored her while the both of you were watching 'Elementary' or 'Agents of Shield' because you were sending an updated batch of dialogue to someone who is mostly a stranger because you wanted to make another of THOSE comics. Um, yeah.

Oni.
 
Report to moderator   Logged Logged  
  The administrator has disabled public write access.
#19375
vended (User)
Platinum Boarder
Posts: 1482
graph
User Online Now Click here to see the profile of this user
Re:areg5 and Dark Oni comic announcement 3 Years, 7 Months ago Karma: 7  
And there sure is a lot of us who are damn thankful for all these past commissions, present works and future ones in the making.

As for the current 3D programs, though, with the speed of technology nowadays, who know how common it will be? It take days for Areg's computers to make all the visuals, yet it also took the damnest time for my first computer back in the days to load a big picture. XD
 
Report to moderator   Logged Logged  
  The administrator has disabled public write access.
#19376
Oni (User)
Platinum Boarder
Posts: 513
graphgraph
User Offline Click here to see the profile of this user
Re:areg5 and Dark Oni comic announcement 3 Years, 7 Months ago Karma: -2  
Yeah, again, golden age. We are on the cusp.

BTW: I promised a write up of all the origins, symbolism, and allusions in the 'Wayward' story, but that will have to wait a couple of days. Real life has intervened. I will certainly post by Monday night though.

Oni.
 
Report to moderator   Logged Logged  
  The administrator has disabled public write access.
#19377
RegressingAger (User)
Gold Boarder
Posts: 216
graphgraph
User Offline Click here to see the profile of this user
Re:areg5 and Dark Oni comic announcement 3 Years, 7 Months ago Karma: 7  
Oni wrote:
Speaking of which, and to address your minor concern about Mari: I tried to demonstrate the formula as a kind of quicksand. The longer you stay on it, the deeper you get into it. As Mari established, the brain is just like all other parts of the body, it grows too, and it can regress to an earlier state. Heck, the brain doesn't stop growing until age 24. So, becoming ten messes with one's perceptions, emotions, and judgements. Imagine seeing the world as you once did as a child, can you even properly recall how your ten year old self saw and reacted to things? In Mari's case she knows there is a danger, but she blows it off because she is having too much fun. She is having too much fun because her mind has already distorted things to a child's perspective. She is more afraid of 'getting into trouble' than of being stuck as a child. Once she knows she is mostly forgiven she gets easily distracted by the toys. Her mind then makes the connection between Candi's toys (They must be Candi's because that was her friend who brought her to this house to play) and getting Candi to be her friend again. Yes, Candi betrayed her, but children forgive each other at the drop of a hat. She sees the toys, wants to have a playmate to share them with, and comes up with the child logic that making herself closer to Candi's age will make it more likely that the baby will play with her 'this time'. She became a child again, fully, while at the same time never thinking that she was in any danger because of her flawed judgement. Ironically Candi, who wants to take the antidote ASAP, acts more rationally despite the fact that her intelligence was obviously lower. Arrogance of intelligence?.


This is great _meta_ talk, Mari was by far my favorite character and there was something deliciously sweet about a reserved scientist becoming a bubbly girl.

I already said this on DA but kudos to both of you for your hard work. I'm a massive cheapskate but I was overwhelming pleased with my purchase, even if the ending felt rushed to me.

I do want to play devil's advocate for the freeloaders on DA though, I think its increasingly rude of them to constantly pester Areg5 for free comics (admittedly, I am sometimes guilty of this too). However, it's important to see the context that his last free comic was _title_d: Become a Patron of Areg5.

Even though it has all the TF content people like us crave its still undeniably presented as an advertisement. I think this ultimately why there seems to be a larger than usual outcry for a free comic from Areg5.
 
Report to moderator   Logged Logged  
 
Last Edit: 2016/05/01 21:26 By RegressingAger.
  The administrator has disabled public write access.
#19378
Alec Leamus (User)
Gold Boarder
Posts: 220
graphgraph
User Offline Click here to see the profile of this user
Re:areg5 and Dark Oni comic announcement 3 Years, 7 Months ago Karma: -13  
Oni wrote:


Sigh, but I'm getting preachy. Look, no one is getting rich off of these commissions, trust me. We do it mostly for the love of age change, but getting a few dollars back in our pockets is just, well, nice. And it makes it easier to explain to the wife why you ignored her while the both of you were watching 'Elementary' or 'Agents of Shield' because you were sending an updated batch of dialogue to someone who is mostly a stranger because you wanted to make another of THOSE comics. Um, yeah.

Oni.


So true and well written. This last paragraph made me smile. Thank you for all of the donated/shared comics.
 
Report to moderator   Logged Logged  
 
- Alec Leamus
  The administrator has disabled public write access.
#19380
areg5 (User)
Platinum Boarder
Posts: 500
graphgraph
User Offline Click here to see the profile of this user
Re:areg5 and Dark Oni comic announcement 3 Years, 7 Months ago Karma: -2  
Louder wrote:
Great job. I always like Twilight Zone inspired or _style_ stories. Very cool seeing you two collaborate!

It almost inspired me to try and do a story I've had brewing for years that had the stolen youth formula setup, but then I realized I still have the same problem I've always had with it... the ending! I can't figure out a pay off for it.

I've even started writing it hoping something would hit me as I was typing it out but the wheels still came off.

The setup is this:
Middleaged married couple. Husband works at some kind of facility/lab. Could be government. Contractual. Mysterious. Who knows? ...And may not even be important exactly who runs the place. Or maybe my ending lies in figuring that part out?

So, the guy (apparently.. allegedly?) steals some of the formula and brings it home to keep where he has a home office/lab/study in the _base_ment. The effects are temporary (24 hours?) and he doesn't use it but always wants his wife to use. De-aging her to early 20's. So the story picks up not at the start, but instead from the wife's point of view after using it a few times at her husband's urging. And she's came to view it as more of an illicit drug. She's also gotten a little weary of him wanting her to be younger for him (wondering if that means he doesn't like her as she is?).

Just as someone who has decided they are an alcoholic or drug addict might decide they don't like what alcohol does to them, or what drugs do to them, she decides she doesn't like what the youth potion does to her. Besides making her look younger, it makes her act and feel younger. Which at first she really liked. But then she began to realize she made bad decisions being so young. Her passions sometimes overran her patience. She didn't like being so vain about her looks but when she took the formula, she suddenly found herself not just wanting to look 'nice' but to 'flaunt' her youth and good looks. She liked to flirt and tease. She wanted to be sexy. Issues with jealousy. And ultimately, she felt being 20 again was turning her into someone she no longer is and someone she doesn't want to be again. She just wasn't comfortable once she returned to her real age remembering the things she'd done and said and how immature she'd been. It's not that she loses her memories necessarily, it's just that her mind regresses into a younger, intoxicating persona.

So she decides she's not doing the formula again. And the story is picking up on this point and so it begins with her reflecting on why she doesn't want to do it again.
But of course, it's the weekend and the husband wants her to do it again. So there's a long discussion. She's adamantly against it. The husband keeps trying to sweet talk her. Ultimately, explaining the formula is almost gone. He's always refused to use it himself arguing that he could be called in to his job at any time and so would be found out if he was 20 years younger then (and in fact, even when the wife has used it, they either have to stay home or go far away so nobody will recognize her or see him with a 20ish year old and start asking questions).

So with him still refusing to use it himself, even with her trying to make a deal about splitting it, and the fact he says this will be the last time because there is no more, she finally agrees.

So he goes downstairs and returns with a portion measured out in a beaker. And she relucantly accepts it and drinks it.
Then the process starts and almost immediately she goes from being hesitant to acceptance and wondering why she was so reluctant in the first place. The younger she gets, the more she thinks the 'old' her was crazy for not wanting to be young again. Totally getting lost in the intoxification of her youth. Time for a clothes change and admiring herself. Etc.
And then with her feeling great, dressed in something sexy, and young again, the phone rings.

It's the lab and they need him there. So he has to leave his young wife and implores her not to let anyone see her like this or else they might recognize her.

He leaves for the lab.

So now she's at home. Young. And now her emotions are getting the better of her. She's equal parts bored, mad, and jealous. She begins to wonder if her husband is having an affair with his lab assistant. Was the call a trick to get them together? And even if the call was legitimate, why didn't he just say no and stay with her? She begins to think selfishly of herself more than his job. And she wonders even more about the lab assistant. She finally convinces herself he's out having an affair and she's stuck at home.
She wanders around the house and ultimately downstairs to his office/lab. And there she notices he's left a normally locked cabinet open. Curious, she opens it and there's plenty more of the youth formula. So now she's even madder because he lied to her about this being the last of it. And then she gets an idea...

She decides if she's a teenager nobody could possibly recognize her and if they did they'd think they were crazy to think it could really be her. At worst she could claim to be a niece. So she measures out enough of the formula to end up 16 or 17 thinking from her early 20's perspective that 16 or 17 isn't really THAT young. She finds something appropriate to wear and heads out for a few hours.

But what she didn't consider or worry about is the formula has made her even more immature at this age. Maybe throw in a bit of problems thinking about her husband as a boyfriend more than or sometimes instead of her husband. Could have a wedding ring falling off scenario in here too.
So now teenage things... Fast food place. Ice Cream place. Mall. Park. Something. And there she meets other teens and ends up interested in one of them.

- So at that point I've got the story pretty well _frame_d. Now it starts going off the rails a bit. One scenario I thought of was the teens using a house they could get into because the owner was out of town, for some late night swimming and drinking in the pool. And the police being called on them by a neighbor. The kids all scattering and her ultimately being caught by one of the policeman, who, seeing her in her bikini (or underwear I suppose) and seeing her 'innocent' act gives her his coat and ultimately takes her 'home' instead of arresting her and calling her 'parents' (when she gives him a story about staying with her 'aunt' who is working late, but she promises never to do this again).

So at this point, being all lovesick and conflicted about this new boy versus her husband, and losing this new boy that she doesn't know how to find thanks to the police, she ultimately decides she wouldn't be so lovesick and confused if she was younger. She she uses more of the formula.
14 maybe?

But for some chaos I thought about the boy showing up at her house now after following them. But the boy has to wait until the cop has left. And the cop had sat outside in his car watching until he felt she wasn't just going to leave again. And so now he finally drives off and it's clear for the boy to go to the door.
But now she's 14. And the dude doesn't quite understand because she looked older before, but he wants no part of this. So he's gone. And now it's worse than ever for her. So she drinks more potion feeling that she needs to lose these 'grownup' thoughts.

And now she's 10 or younger. There could even be a way to work the idea into a couple of steps. Maybe she tries to explain what is going on to the boy and has him try the formula too before she ends up 10. But then that leaves the problem of how to get him out of the story because I can think of no reason for him to be there then. So I always liked the idea of him just thinking he mistook a 14 year as older or something.

And then I figure somehow maybe the lab assistant does come into the picture. Maybe the wife was right about the affair all along. Or maybe the lab assistant had figured out about the stolen formula and had plans for it herself. Husband could be in on the plans, or in trouble himself? The lab assistant could expect the wife to be younger, but not that young, or totally shocked by it. Maybe it gives her an idea. Or it works perfectly into her 'plan'?
Basically... this is the point I have nothing. Nothing ever hit me to tie a bow around the story and get it to a payoff. I like the setup. But I can't get it anywhere.
Maybe you guys have something?


Heh heh ...ah, Mr. Louder! Even when you're just writing the _frame_work for a plot, I'm glued! Would be a great story!

As for the timing of my comics, pricing and whatnot ...I try to alternate free and commercial ones, sometimes even 2 free then 1 commercial, etc. I honestly don't think there is any drop off in the quality of free and sold ones. It's not like I don't work as hard on the free ones. Some of them are really good! And yeah, I'm not getting rich on this, but I have been able to finally get my new computer! Built it myself! It's got an i7 processor, a really good motherboard, 16 gig of ram, nvidia gtx 970 4 gig video card, and a 980 gig solid state hard drive. I put it all in a 10 year old case so it looks like a piece of junk, but does it ever scream! It can do a rendering that used to take me 20 minutes in like a minute and a half!

Told my wife I got it to play the new Tomb Raider game (which isn't exactly a lie). Awsome game! Lara ...

What this means for you guys, is that these should start coming out faster! The Wayward Girl age progression animation took more than 30 hrs on my laptop! I think I can do it in a couple of hours now.

Up next ...sorry, no AR. That's right, you heard me. Going outside of my comfort zone on this one. Straight adult TG. But then I'll get back to doing what I do. And oh yeah ...it will be free.
 
Report to moderator   Logged Logged  
 
  The administrator has disabled public write access.
Go to top Post Reply
Powered by FireBoardget the latest posts directly to your desktop

© 2019 The AR Archive
Joomla! is Free Software released under the GNU/GPL License.
 
Who's Online
We have 49 guests and 8 members online