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Just missing the final page...
But hell for sure, I'm going to pre-order the comic!
(For those who don't have an FA account, or don't bother to check it out: Here's some comment she wrote.)
As this is the close of this comic, I'm going to address a few things, preemptively. The biggest, of course, is the question that is FLOODING my inbox, and splattered all over the comic pages.
Namely, whether or not I plan to do a sequel.
I'll be honest. . . this is the story I wanted to tell. In fact, I lengthened it from an original estimated 30 pages. This was always supposed to be a short, one-shot comic. A few pages out of these characters' lives. I've never intended to continue it in any kind of second installment.
That being said. . . I've gotten very attached to the characters over the run of the comic. And I understand where some of you are coming from. I've considered doing some 'snippet' comics following the close of the main one, to tie up a few loose ends. They wouldn't so much be a second story, as snapshots from the lives of the characters after the end of this story. I'm not sure how I'd put them out, honestly. . . or how many of them I'd do.
My feelings towards any sort of official 'sequel' are. . . I really don't think this story needs it. Yes, there are a LOT of loose ends. . . things unexplored, characters undeveloped, but. . . I'm not a fan of sequels. I think it could cheapen the original story. . . or that, at the very least, I wouldn't live up to the first one. I'm afraid I'd disappoint you all.
The other major roadblock is that I have a far larger project in the works. And this is another question I've been getting a lot of that I'm going to address right here and now. I WILL be doing another comic, following this one. It is an entirely separate comic from Cruelty. Different world, different characters. And it will be FAR more long-running. I'm thinking 10 volumes, 30 pages per. . . or something along those lines. That's a rough estimate right now. I have the whole story and the cast of characters developed, I just haven't entirely fleshed it out, yet. What's more, this comic will be in COLOR.
Right now, I don't have anything to throw at you all concerning that project except the following. The comic is called 'Red Lantern'. It is an adult comic. It has graphic violence, and sexual content (of all persuasions), as well as some very dark themes I won't get into just yet. It is anthro-centric, and will be traditionally hand-drawn/digitally colored. I'll start putting it out sometime in the Fall, after I've finally defeated my commission roster. I don't know how I'm releasing it, yet. SOME of it will certainly be available online. I'm just trying to decide how much.
I appreciate all the enthusiasm and the love for the Cruelty characters, and trust me. . . I won't forget about them. But I would have to be SERIOUSLY convinced to do a sequel. Feel free to argue your case. I'm going to give the comic a year to sit, and cool off. If after a year or so's gone by, and I'm STILL getting a lot of interest in the idea, or if enough of you can make a good argument for it. . . I'll consider it. If I ever did, I'd want to do it in color. I think at the very least, that'd separate it some from this one. Like, the 'adult years'. . . as opposed to the more juvenile art/shading.
And now, a list of little-known facts, concerning the comic, and characters!
- Reis's full name is Reis Northcote
- Marcus's full name is Marcus Laramie
- Reis is a full year older than Marcus. He was set back a grade, when he was younger
- Almost ALL of Marcus's friends in school are female, save Reis
- Reis's father OD'd when Reis was 5, before Marcus met him. He died in a hospital. Reis has been terrified of hospitals, to this day
- Marcus's parents own a significant amount of Real Estate, and Marcus's father works away from home, most of the time. His family is fairly wealthy.
- Reis is a hybrid. Half wolf, half dog. His mother was the wolf.
- Marcus is not an only child. He has two sisters and a brother. He is, however, the youngest child.
- The fur on Reis's chest and tummy forms a vague 'heart' design, coming up along the collarbones, and tapering down between his legs. Marcus has always teased him about it.