This is Liz O. from Los Animales writing today with some important updates.
First, we want to apologize for the lack of posts this past week. Jeaux got sick. It happens.
We just finished a big meeting regarding the comic and wanted to let you know that there are some changes in store. The most important change is that we will no longer post five days a week.
We were really set on posting every weekday, but, after two weeks into this second chapter, we realized that this schedule wasn’t benefitting the story. It threw off the timing of some of the humor, left readers hanging in the middle of things that may or may not be of consequence. With that in mind, we decided to revise our schedule.
Henceforth, we will post once or twice a week, depending on how artistically complicated the scenes are. However, we will be posting multiple pages at once. This is so that you can read an entire scene in one sitting, instead of reading itty bitty pieces of a scene over the course of a week or two.
We think this decision will make it easier for you, the reader, to enjoy Los Animales. We also think that this will free up our schedules to work on some of the more complicated pages. Trust me, some of the pages in Nadarave are extremely complicated to draw. I’m not sure how Jeaux draws it. All I can do is apologize for writing hyper-detailed scripts.
Thanks for your patience. We hope you keep reading Los Animales.
While you’re reading Los Animales: Nadarave and Jeaux is busy finishing up the art for this story, I’m working on the third story in this series. We have a working title for it, but I’m not ready to give it away yet.
Each story in the series has it’s own challenges. Fours on the Floor was the first script I wrote. It was actually the first piece of fiction I attempted to write in years. That alone made it a daunting task, even though I knew exactly what was going to happen in the story from the start.
With Nadarave, the situation was different. Originally, the second story in the series was going to be our mod story. The plot thing wasn’t coming together, though, so I took the only kind of funny joke in it and built up another plot set at the indie dance club where Manda DJs. That wasn’t working either. Ultimately, the idea of Nadarave came together, spiced up with a few jokes from the previous two attempts at writing the second story. After that, though, I think I went through six drafts of Nadarave. It was mostly finished last summer, but the final final draft, the one that you’re reading right now, didn’t exist until either late last year or early this year.
The challenge of the third story is in the genesis of it. I got the idea after watching a work of cinematic genius. I didn’t want to do a parody of the movie, I just wanted to do one ridiculous homage to it. But, then, that one joke led to all these other ideas that I’ve been trying to squeeze into one script. On top of that, we’re introducing a new character. Now, the dialogue on the pages is getting heavier and the script is trying to waddle away from me.
Last night, something clicked. The story needed a new opening scene and a lot of restructuring. That has helped, but we’re still not there yet. Until then, I’ll have my head buried in Celtx.
Maybe next week I’ll have some good news on that third script for you.
Jeaux and I want to make sure that Los Animales suits your reading habits, as varied as those are. For a while, we’ve been talking about releasing full chapters as ebooks, which will likely happen as soon as we have time to figure out the technical aspects of that. We have also talked a lot about releasing multiple chapters as trade paperback-style books. That won’t happen until we have at least three chapters in the can and some funding. There were, however, other options that we didn’t recognize until last night.
We launched a Tumblr site and a Facebook page at the beginning, but we didn’t intend on publishing the pages through those venues. We thought of it just as promotion. Last week, though, we realized that we were getting great support from Tumblr users. We want to make sure that those of you who use this platform have easy access to read and share the comic.
At the same time, we’ve long known that Facebook is dominated by image files. We figured that we might as well post pages there too. It can’t hurt us. These things can only help potential readers find our comic.
Los Animales is still best read on the website, both from aesthetic and narrative perspectives, but we want you to have options.
As for the future of the comic, this will likely have an impact on how I write the script for Chapter 3. (It has a title, but we’re keeping that under wraps for right now.) It won’t affect the story as a whole, though.
Thanks for supporting Los Animales!
I know, it’s the end of the first week of Los Animales: Nadarave and the crew is still in line. You want to know what this Nadarave thing is. You want to know who is playing. Yet, you, dear reader, are stuck in line with Manda, Pedro, Dani, Kyle and Steve.
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We’ve had a surge of new readers in the past couple days and we want to say thank you for checking out our webcomic. We hope you like it and we hope you’ll return.
Thank you also to our friends who have been sharing Los Animales on Facebook, Tumblr, et. al.
As a reminder, we update with a new page every weekday. For those of you who are new to the webcomic, we recommend that you read Los Animales: Fours on the Floor, the first story in the series.
In other Los Animales news:
We were recently interviewed for Ianyan, a fantastic blog focusing on Armenian culture. We talked about how Manda ended up with the last name Pandarosian, amongst other things.
We were also featured guests on Ep. 111 of the supercool podcast Defective Geeks. It’s fun and we suggest you give it a listen.
More self-promotion from the creators of this comic:
Liz is DJing at Deadcadence on Saturday night. This is a 21+ event at Roberto’s in Chinatown. She’ll be playing goth, coldwave, minimal synth, etc. on vinyl. For more information, check out her blog.
Here’s where you can find us when we aren’t posting comic book pages: