Monday, September 4, 2017

I'll catch you peeps LATER! (Technical Difficulties Hiatus)

The end-screen for my Twitch Stream (http://twitch.tv/skipperwing) The text isn't really appropriate, but the sentiment is. We might be going away for a little bit, but we'll ALWAYS be back.

WARNING: WALL OF TEXT! TL:DR: We're going on hiatus, so I can get the comic on its own hosting, and covert the comics to HTML5/javascript to make them easier to read on mobile and avoid the 2020 Flash-drop deadline.

So, if you've been visiting the Crimson Fly for the last few days, you'll notice that instead of the comics, there are just white rectangles where the comics used to be. That's because, in Dropbox (who I used to render content)'s words:

"Effective September 1, 2017, Dropbox Plus and Business users can no longer render HTML content, and the Public folder and its sharing functionality have been disabled."

What this means is that the blog can no longer access the strips from Dropbox to render on the site, so the "white rectangles" are the site's way of throwing its hands up, trying to show something it can't acccess.  The thing is, using dropbox to broadcast flash content on a blogger site was a "series of bandaids" on top of two on-going problems that I've always had since the comic's inception, that I was always going to have to address at some point. One is easily fixable now, the other is not.

The first problem is that the "site" isn't actually a site, but rather a blogger page retrofitted to look like a blog. This was done because, when I started the comic, I didn't have a source of income to pay for domain names hosting fees, and so I had to take what I could get. Tumblr couldn't host the swf files, and blogger was the most reliable "free" alternative I had at the time, using Dropbox to publish the content, since I couldn't directly upload the swf files to blogger. Buying a host would allow me to upload the strips (and flash player) directly to the site, and this would not be a problem.

This has been fixable for a while; remember when I switched from "thecrimsonflycomics.blogspot.com" to 'just' "thecrimsonfly.com?" Well, that's because I started ponying up the money for a domain name.  Ever since I got my day job in 2014 (ish?) I've had a steady source of income that's allowed me to tackle a variety of small up-scaling projects; a new workstation with two new computers for the comics, a web-camera and microphone for video recording and streaming, and the actual funds for tabling at comics conventions and printing comics to SELL at those conventions.  The only reason I didn't make the jump into hosting is that I didn't want the responsibility of maintaining upkeep on the site. I'm not a programmer or web developer by trade, and I wouldn't know how to either set anything up or fix anything if it broke (hence why its not business-as-usual right now).

The second problem is really the coalescence of several small problems; my mediocre "skills" as a programmer, the increasing obsolescence of Adobe Flash and the SWF format, and the obscurity and lack of infostructure to support anything resembling animated interactive comics (due to said medium obscurity). What all that means is that beyond BARELY being able to make my comic strip, the internet doesn't know how to support and/or publish it, and it doesn't help that the file format chosen to make it is prone to hacks and better off dead in a ditch. And while I've been trying as many courses that can hold my attention span since Adobe decided to try out HTML5 in their little rebranding project called (bleh) "Animate," I don't know enough to convert the comic to a file format that will endure for the next 5-25 years. So, basically, a "crash" like this was always inevitable, whether now (thanks, dropbox) or in the next 3 years, thanks to Adobe promising to drop support for the swf format the comic exists in the next 3 years.

You can see the extensions of this problem if you're visiting the site for the first time; when the comic asks you to "activate Flash player" so you can even SEE the comic, or on mobile, where the comic isn't visible at all (Thanks, Steve Jobs). I'd kinda ignored these problems because I didn't know how to fix them, or even make an attempt at fixing them and I figured I'd have enough time to either learn the skills myself, or get someone else to fix them for me (even though I turned my nose up at getting actual help, since I'm trying to never be so cheap as to NOT pay someone, even if only in a consulting role). Well, the clock hasn't completely run out (I could get hosting and host the comics until 2020, at which point this problem would resurface), but I might as well start ripping off those bandaids and work on actual fixes.

So, to that end, rather than burn the candle at both ends, the comic is going to go on the dreaded hiatus until these goals can be met:

-The comic is stably viewable on computers using HTML5
-the comic is stably viewable ON and formatted FOR mobile using HTML5
-All current 104 strips are converted to a mobile/user friendly User interface
-All current 104 comics are translated in their entirety (or updated to reflect the most current user interface) with no compromises in format or integrity.

What this means is:
-No new comic updates
-No new Youtube Comic video updates

Why not just give up on the animated portions until the situation is resolved?  Because the construction speed ratio of static, non-moving comics to the time it takes to animate one panel of the interactive strips is so horribly skewed that if I started doing static strips and waited for the fix to work on animated comics, I'd never catch up. The Crimson Fly would be effectively DEAD as an animated comic.

Why not just give up on the static portions and make it a series of animated shorts on YouTube? Those things take forever to make (3-5 months per short), and there'd be no content in the meantime, at which point, people's attention spans would wain and I'd lose all but the most loyal of fans. Sure I could make weekly 15 second strip-videos, but Youtube's algorithms are such that they wouldn't be very profitable, due to the minimalistic watch-time. I'd have to redirect fans to other forms of support that currently don't exist atm.

And both of those solutions (including the others that I'm not elaborating on) ignore the crux of the problem; the Crimson Fly is an Animated Comic in full, equal measure. Its not just the character or the story, its the format in which you guys enjoy it as well. Its something different for anyone looking for something different on the web, and until animated comics become so ubiquitous as to be the default medium for comics on the internet (not likely, but I can dream), the Crimson Fly will continue to be the premiere animated comic on the web. To go halfsies on either the animation or static illustration kills the interactivity, and that's just not acceptable.

And honestly, I need the break to be able to focus on fixing the problem, rather than bouncing between testing out code/fixes and making a diminished comic (and all the other stuff I have to do on top of that). Focusing on one thing at a time and all that.

I honestly don't know when I'll be back; I don't know how long it'll take to learn what I need to learn to fix/update everything, to say nothing of how long it'll take to actually fix/update everything and/or even compile them into complete stories and/or volumes (something I never fully figured out, even in actionscript). I can guarantee though, that I'll be out for rest of the year, and the Crimson Fly won't return until 2018, at the very least.  When in 2018? I have no idea. Ideally? January? Realistically? June at the earliest. Cynically speaking? This time next year, at the earliest.

But here's the thing: THE CRIMSON FLY WILL RETURN.

I've worked too hard, I've got too much planned, and there is too much faith in me to NOT come back to this adorable Spider-Sonic ripoff. So I will be back with a website, an easily viewable and readable animated comic, some PDFs for peeps who don't like their comics moving, some videos for peeps who don't like to flip pages, (maybe) an app, and (maybe) some merch. But I will be back.

And I'm not disappearing entirely! I'll still be on Twitch; working on other projects like animated shorts, the Eleven second club challenge and/or other projects.


This has just been a long time coming, and I figure that its better to deal with the consequences now, learn some new skills and maybe come up with some cool toys for everyone to play with, than have this conversation in 3 years time.

So, for those of you who've gotten to the bottom of this page, Those of you who're just now picking up the Crimson Fly for the first time from elsewhere, and those of you who've been around from the beginning:

Thank you.

This project can't just be for me, and your faith in me keeps me going every single day. It will be rewarded with an even better Crimson Fly; just you wait. Until then, I'll catch you peeps LATER!

-Collin "SkipperWing!" Byrd

Monday, August 28, 2017

The Crimson Fly #103: "GET AWAY FROM ME!"

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Vol. 02
Story: Issue #06: "The Easy Job"

This Week:
"The Crimson Fly learns that not everyone loves associating with a dangerous vigilante...."

Got a thought? Drop it on Discord!

STATIC COMIC HERE:


PROCESS VIDEO
(Coming Soon! See Below! In the meantime, check out last week's videos!):

IN OTHER NEWS (Aug 28th, 2017):
Working on getting caught back up on YouTube. Sorry, peeps! See ya next week!

Monday, August 21, 2017

The Crimson Fly #102: "And that's how I became... how I am..."

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Vol. 02
Story: Issue #06: "The Easy Job"

This Week:
"The Crimson Fly is born! Wait, didn't we do this before?"

Got a thought? Drop it on Discord!

STATIC COMIC HERE:

PROCESS VIDEO
(Coming Soon! See Below! In the meantime, check out last week's videos!):

IN OTHER NEWS (Aug 21th, 2017):
Working on getting caught back up on YouTube. Sorry, peeps! See ya next week!

Monday, August 14, 2017

The Crimson Fly #101: "It wasn't easy."

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Vol. 02
Story: Issue #06: "The Easy Job"

This Week:
"The Crimson Fly learns to fly in a 4 panel montage! Woo!"

Got a thought? Drop it on Discord!

STATIC COMIC HERE:


PROCESS VIDEO
(Coming Soon! In the meantime, check out last week's videos!):

IN OTHER NEWS (Aug 14th, 2017):
I got nothing... yet. See ya next week!

Monday, August 7, 2017

The Crimson Fly #100: "I would walk again."

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Vol. 02
Story: Issue #06: "The Easy Job"

This Week:
"The Crimson Fly might have stumbled this time, but they will rise again."

Got a thought? Drop it on Discord!

STATIC COMIC HERE:


PROCESS VIDEO (Coming Soon! In the meantime, check out last week's videos!):

IN OTHER NEWS (July 17th, 2017):
I got nothing... yet. See ya next week!

Monday, July 31, 2017

The Crimson Fly #99: "Way too late."

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Vol. 02
Story: Issue #06: "The Easy Job"

This Week:
"Why didn't the Crimson Fly intervene when their brother got arrested?"

Got a thought? Drop it on Discord!

STATIC COMIC HERE:


PROCESS VIDEO:

IN OTHER NEWS (July 17th, 2017):
I got nothing... yet. See ya next week!

Monday, July 24, 2017

The Crimson Fly #98: "Eventually, the rumbling stopped."

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Vol. 02
Story: Issue #06: "The Easy Job"

This Week:
"Our hero survived! What next?"

Got a thought? Drop it on Discord!

STATIC COMIC HERE:

PROCESS VIDEOS!

IN OTHER NEWS (July 17th, 2017):
I got nothing... yet. See ya next week!

Monday, July 17, 2017

The Crimson Fly #97: "I looked for shelter instead."

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Vol. 02
Story: Issue #06: "The Easy Job"

This Week:
"So that's how our hero survived... Maybe?"

Got a thought? Drop it on Discord!

STATIC COMIC HERE:

PROCESS VIDEO:

IN OTHER NEWS (July 17th, 2017):
I got nothing... yet. See ya next week!

Monday, July 10, 2017

The Crimson Fly #96: "How did you survive?!"

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Vol. 02
Story: Issue #06: "The Easy Job"

This Week:
"Wait, what happened to our hero?"

Got a thought? Drop it on Discord!

STATIC COMIC HERE:


PROCESS VIDEO:

IN OTHER NEWS (July 3rd, 2017):
I got nothing... yet. See ya next week!

Monday, July 3, 2017

The Crimson Fly #95: "An opportunity for power."

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Vol. 02
Story: Issue #06: "The Easy Job"

This Week:
"...And our villain rises..."

Got a thought? Drop it on Discord!

STATIC COMIC HERE:


PROCESS VIDEO:
Coming Soon! Check back Wednesday!

IN OTHER NEWS (July 3rd, 2017):
I got nothing... yet. See ya next week!

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Crimson Fly #94: "Where most of us were lost, some saw opportunity..."

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Vol. 02
Story: Issue #06: "The Easy Job"

This Week:
"Our big brother falls..."

Got a thought? Drop it on Discord!

STATIC COMIC HERE:

PROCESS VIDEO:
Coming Soon! Check back Wednesday!

IN OTHER NEWS (June 26th, 2017):
I got nothing... yet. See ya next week!

Monday, June 19, 2017

The Crimson Fly #93: "They say my brother pretty much died inside...."

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Vol. 02
Story: Issue #06: "The Easy Job"

This Week:
"The damage is more than physical as bonds are broken. What happened to our hero?"

Got a thought? Drop it on Discord!

STATIC COMIC HERE:


PROCESS VIDEO:
Coming Soon! Check back Wednesday!

IN OTHER NEWS (June 19th, 2017):
Okay, gotta admit, sometimes I surprise myself!

Last week, AwesomeCon took everything out of me, to the point where I didn't work on the comic at all... except for Monday evening. When I work on the strip, I try to upload what I've got, so that, even if I don't do everything, at least I've got something.

I forgot that. I'd planned to pen an apology with the "sorry!" gif, but that plan's out the window. I'm going to try to have this update finished by Friday (as well as fix my last strip up with its proper animation), but no promises. Sorry everybody!

Monday, June 12, 2017

The Crimson Fly #92: "And so, the old factory came down..."

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Vol. 02
Story: Issue #06: "The Easy Job"

This Week:
"And so the old Factory falls. What about our hero?"

Got a thought? Drop it on Discord!

STATIC COMIC HERE:

PROCESS VIDEO:
Coming Soon! Check back Wednesday!

IN OTHER NEWS (June 12th, 2017):
Animation coming soon! Just you wait!

Monday, June 5, 2017

The Crimson Fly #91: "NO!"

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Vol. 02
Story: Issue #06: "The Easy Job"

This Week:
"An irrational shame grips our hero in the worst possible moment!"

Got a thought? Drop it on Discord!

STATIC COMIC HERE:


PROCESS VIDEO:
Coming Soon! Check back Wednesday!

IN OTHER NEWS (June 5th 2017):
I got nothing! See ya next week!

Monday, May 29, 2017

The Crimson Fly #90: "Wait... What about my legs?"

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Vol. 02
Story: Issue #06: "The Easy Job"

This Week:
"As danger looms, decisions are made..."

Got a thought? Drop it on Discord!

STATIC COMIC HERE:


PROCESS VIDEO:
Coming Soon! Check back Wednesday!

IN OTHER NEWS (May 22nd, 2017):
I got nothing! See ya next week!

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Crimson Fly #89: "Wait... That grenade- It couldn't...?"

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Vol. 02
Story: Issue #06: "The Easy Job"

This Week:
"An old building shows its age... in the worst way possible!"

Got a thought? Drop it on Discord!

STATIC COMIC HERE:

PROCESS VIDEO:
Coming Soon! Check back Wednesday!

IN OTHER NEWS (May 22nd, 2017):
Welp... I don't know if you've heard... but, there was a big kerfuffle over at Tapastic (where the static version of the Crimson Fly is hosted), over their terms of Service recently (More Info Here)  Now, Tapas/Tapastic recanted on those changes, but when looking into it, some other comic creators also started speaking up (More Info Here). I use "Creators" rather than "creator" because this wasn't a one-time thing when the first event happened.

Now, "fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me." And while I'm not big enough to be worth fooling in the first place, nor, as far as I know, have I been first-fooled, but I'm not looking to be get fooled a first time.  I'm also a big believer in "context," and "personal history," and that said personal history informs the kinds of decisions you'll make in the future.  This does not paint a good picture for Comic Panda/Tapastic/Tapas/whatever they'll rename themselves as in the future (which, having said it out loud, doesn't bode well).

So, what does that mean for the Crimson Fly? Well...

I'm taking the Crimson Fly down from Tapastic, and will stop updating on Tapastic. It sucks, because that was the last place you could find a FREE, static (no interactive/animated elements, which makes it easier to read) version of the Crimson Fly (I have no plans to restart and/or update the Tumblr version). But, I have to look out for the Crimson Fly, and myself, first and foremost. If I don't, that could mean that I may, later down the road, thanks to a poorly-worded/read contract, have to STOP making the Crimson Fly. And a harder-to-find, harder-to-read, harder-to-access Crimson Fly, is infinitely better than having NO Crimson Fly AT ALL. You can still find the Crimson Fly here, and updates will still be listed across all the social media sites you can find me, but you'll ONLY be able to find it here (unless a better option presents itself). It sucks, but it is what it is, and hopefully, this protects the Crimson Fly from controversy down the line.
See ya next week!

Monday, May 15, 2017

The Crimson Fly #88: "I thought this was permanent!"

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Vol. 02
Story: Issue #06: "The Easy Job"

This Week:
"The adrenaline starts to wear off, but the danger's not over yet..."

Got a thought? Drop it on Discord!

STATIC COMIC HERE:

PROCESS VIDEO:
Coming Soon! Check back Wednesday!

IN OTHER NEWS (May 15th 2017):
Its late-ish because I thought I could get the animation done before the end of the day. Apparently not, so we just have stills. Animation Wednesday at the latest!
See ya next week!

Monday, May 8, 2017

The Crimson Fly #87: "I can't let them see a freak like me!"

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Vol. 02
Story: Issue #06: "The Easy Job"

This Week:
"A freak learns a little more about themselves...."

Got a thought? Drop it on Discord!

STATIC COMIC HERE:


PROCESS VIDEO:
Coming Soon! Check back Wednesday!

IN OTHER NEWS (May 7th 2017):
This weekend is Tidewater Comicon! Woo! Come Check me out! Due to some restructuring, I won't be selling anything, but I will be promoting the new UI for the collected issues! Swing on by, say hi, and make a new friend!
See ya next week!

Monday, May 1, 2017

The Crimson Fly #86: "Owww...."

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Vol. 02
Story: Issue #06: "The Easy Job"

This Week:
"The aftermath. Can't get worse, right?"

Got a thought? Drop it on Discord!

STATIC COMIC HERE:


PROCESS VIDEO:
Coming Soon! Check back Wednesday!

IN OTHER NEWS (May 1st 2017):
Cutting it close, but we made it! yay! Still need to tweak the last 3 panels so you can replay the slow-mo descent into explosions, but it shouldn't otherwise impede your viewing action! Enjoy!

See ya next week!

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Crimson Fly #85: "Later, Freak."

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Vol. 02
Story: Issue #06: "The Easy Job"

This Week:
"Boom..."

Let me know what you think! Drop a Comment!

STATIC COMIC HERE:


PROCESS VIDEO:
Coming Soon! Check back Wednesday!

IN OTHER NEWS (April 17th 2017):
Cutting it close, but we made it! yay! Still need to tweak the last 3 panels so you can replay the slow-mo descent into explosions, but it shouldn't otherwise impede your viewing action! Enjoy!

See ya next week!

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Crimson Fly #84: "What the...?! Are they here for the kid?!"

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Vol. 02
Story: Issue #06: "The Easy Job"

This Week:
"There's a little too much snooping around going on... How is the Go-Thru going to respond?"

Let me know what you think! Drop a Comment!

STATIC COMIC HERE:

PROCESS VIDEO:
Coming Soon! Check back Wednesday!

IN OTHER NEWS (April 17th 2017):
Hey All!
We're on time for once! What the fudge?! Well, here we are. Awesome! Hopefully we can keep it that way!

See ya next week!

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Crimson Fly #83: "CAP 'IS @#$%^"

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Vol. 02
Story: Issue #06: "The Easy Job"

This Week:
"Gunfire vs. Super-legs. Sounds about right..."

Let me know what you think! Drop a Comment!

STATIC COMIC HERE:


PROCESS VIDEO:
Coming Soon! Check back Wednesday!

IN OTHER NEWS (April 10th 2017):
Hey All!
We're on time for once! What the fudge?! Well, here we are. Awesome! Hopefully we can keep it that way!

See ya next week!

Monday, April 3, 2017

The Crimson Fly #82: "What... the heck... are you?"

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Vol. 02
Story: Issue #06: "The Easy Job"

This Week:
"What the heck is this person who will be the Crimson Fly?"

Let me know what you think! Drop a Comment!

STATIC COMIC HERE:


PROCESS VIDEO:
Coming Soon! Check back Wednesday!

IN OTHER NEWS (April 3rd 2017):
Hey All!
I went on vacation and, despite the simplicity of this strip, didn't quite get the animated portion done. It should be done later today, but if not, here's the static version for the time being!

See ya next week!

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Crimson Fly #81: Oh my god, they're going to kill me!"

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Vol. 02
Story: Issue #06: "The Easy Job"

This Week:
"Oh snap! A new power is revealed, but is our kid ready to embrace it?"

Let me know what you think! Drop a Comment!

STATIC COMIC HERE:


PROCESS VIDEO:
Coming Soon! Check back Wednesday!

IN OTHER NEWS (March 27th 2017):
Hey All!
Things are finally starting to pick up, huh? One of these days, I'm going to go through the archives and not only update that, but also all the process video links that should be here.

Speaking of, I'm going on a road-trip to visit a friend in Ohio, and I didn't get a chance to record this week's video, so the commentary video will be a little late. Hope no one minds!

See ya next week!

Monday, March 20, 2017

The Crimson Fly #80: "Sorry, kid."

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Vol. 02
Story: Issue #06: "The Easy Job"

This Week:
"BANG. Is this the end?"

Let me know what you think! Drop a Comment!

STATIC COMIC HERE:


PROCESS VIDEO:
Coming Soon! Check back Wednesday!

IN OTHER NEWS (March 20th 2017):
Welp, I was late, and I didn't call. There's really no other way to explain it. Sorry, everybody.  I got sick, tried to make an apology animation, didn't finish that in time for last week, and just decided to lay low and catch back up. Not the best of plans, and not really what you deserve as readers, and for that I apologize.

I can't say this will never happen again, but I do hope to have better contingency plans (like an illustration/fanart week) in place if/when it happens again.

Monday, March 6, 2017

The Crimson Fly #79: "It's not what you think!"

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Vol. 02
Story: Issue #06: "The Easy Job"

This Week:
"Two peeps aren't where they're supposed to be. Who's in the wrong?"

Let me know what you think! Drop a Comment!

STATIC COMIC HERE:

PROCESS VIDEO:
Coming Soon! Check back Wednesday!

IN OTHER NEWS (March 6th 2017):
Gah! Sorry everybody! This weekend was so explosive that I didn't set aside the proper time for the comic, so no app version yet! Hopefully done by this evening! Sorry!

Fixed! HAHAHAHAHAHAH! So... how about that Nintendo Switch? That thing is TINY! Makes you wonder how they got that much of Hyrule onto the that tiny little game card! whew!

I may have enjoyed BotW a little too much this weekend... It also didn't help that I went to my job's 24 hour challenge, AND caught Logan, too! My god, that movie is the best X-men movie so far, which is both as much and as little of a compliment as you can imagine it being. Okay. Now back to work!

Monday, February 27, 2017

The Crimson Fly #78: "Who's gonna argue with this?"

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Vol. 02
Story: Issue #06: "The Easy Job"

This Week:
"Meanwhile, back inside... The plot thickens as a smoking gun is revealed!"

Let me know what you think! Drop a Comment!

STATIC COMIC HERE:


PROCESS VIDEO:
Coming Soon! Check back Wednesday!

IN OTHER NEWS (February 27th 2017):
You may have noticed last week's commentary video is missing (well, admittedly, Also the links to said videos are missing too, but hush!) That's because I'm currently reformatting the commentary videos to make them a little more different from the quiet videos, as well as be a little more informational, educational, and entertaining in a way that plays to the strength of commentary, rather than speed-reading to keep up with the video. Should be up soon!

Monday, February 20, 2017

The Crimson Fly #77: "Aaannnd... Done!"

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Vol. 02
Story: Issue #06: "The Easy Job"

This Week:
"Meanwhile, back outside..."

Let me know what you think! Drop a Comment!

STATIC COMIC HERE:

PROCESS VIDEO:
Coming Soon! Check back Wednesday!

IN OTHER NEWS (January 30th 2017):
I got nothing... There's probably something, but for now....

Monday, February 13, 2017

The Crimson Fly Supplemental: It's on a phone.

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Vol. --
Story: Supplemental

NOTES:
"It's on a phone. It's buggy as heck, needs an external download of Adobe Air, and doesn't mute when you hit the home button, but it's on a phone. Finally."

For reference, The Crimson Fly was created and exported from Adobe Flash CS6, and for the longest time, not only did I not know how to get it onto a phone, but I didn't really try to get it on a phone.  A lot of this had to do with how I'd set up my work schedule: Making the comic and going to my day job doesn't leave a lot of time for R&D, and when I start trying to figure things out, it takes a long time to take baby steps that, in hindsight, are both minute, but also very vital to the grand scheme of this multimedia project.  It also doesn't help that I don't have the funds or network to get someone else to help (again, even if I did know peeps, I don't have the means to PAY them). As such, for a comic with a weekly schedule, taking time to figure out small things like "what's the exact sentence structure I have to know to make sure this won't crash my program" is hard to do, when "next week's comic" has a specific deadline (NEXT WEEK) and "getting a single strip onto a phone" is a bit more nebulous.  You can see what happens when I take time to do R&D; today's strip is late (and may not be available until Wednesday, though, admittedly, part of that is due to procrastination) so that I could get a broken proof-of-concept on my phone.

However, I'm trying to change that part. As Flash/Animate, actionscript and SWF formats diminish more and more in status on the global social media culture (for very justifiable reasons), the Crimson Fly was always going to need to evolve.  For starters, by the time I'd started making this comic, Flash/SWF files were already persona non-grata on most, if not all, mobile devices, and every week there's an article spelling doom and gloom for the format.  I'm already losing a huge chunk of my potential audience simply by forcing them to check in on the comic at work after their commute (rather than perusing it ON their commute), and if I remain stubborn, complacent and fearful of the future, I'm going to lose my entire audience and be forced separate the "animated" and "comic" parts of the project (i.e. static strips on the main site, with a diminished effort in producing animated content).

 For the time being, the future of the project is getting it on mobile phones as a series of apps, similar to what's on the gumroad store.  I would like to embrace HTML5, but it would require a massive restructuring of the project, and complicate not only the current reading format of the strip (i.e.  "expanding strip via tapedeck UI" format), but also my workflow, since all the work is handled in a single library within a single file, within a single program, rather than a series of image and video files strewn out across multiple softwares (i.e images in Manga Studio, animation in Toon Boom Harmony, and programming in ... Unity?).  It doesn't help that, because very few other creators are attempting such a thing (Though I'd suggest checking out Ryan Woodward's Bottom of the Ninth, Ru Xu's Saint For Rent, and Terrana Cliff's Nwain)  and thus the proper software to make such a thing as I need to it exist (rather than half-assed attempts like most fare you could google under the subject "motion comics" that I will not name unless asked specifically) doesn't actually exist (Though there are "attempts," like Smith Micro's Motion Artist software)

As such, It's gonna be a while before it runs on phones the same as it does on computers, (and longer still, before it's in/on app stores), but it will get there. Soon.

Of course, any help and advice (barring "Drop Flash/Animate." I'll drop it entirely when HTML5/Edge/motion comic can do what AS3 can do) is greatly appreciated! Hit me up at Skipperwing@gmail.com!

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Monday, February 6, 2017

The Crimson Fly #76: "Yo, You ain't been followed, right?"

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Vol. 02
Story: Issue #06: "The Easy Job"

This Week:
"How to sneak around... in a wheelchair..."

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STATIC COMIC HERE:

PROCESS VIDEO:
Coming Soon! Check back Wednesday!

IN OTHER NEWS (January 30th 2017):
EDIT: Obviously, this isn't done yet (I JUST got the coding done this morning). Hopefully, I'll be done (finished animations, VFX, sound and music) by the end of the day, if not first thing tomorrow. Either way, I wanted you guys to have something, rather than nothing. The best part about digital content; being able to patch things as necessary!

Monday, January 30, 2017

The Crimson Fly #75: "Don't try to hide it again, I want to help!"

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Vol. 02
Story: Issue #06: "The Easy Job"

This Week:
"Everyone has their own way of helpi-hey, what's going on over there?"

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STATIC COMIC HERE:


PROCESS VIDEO:
Coming Soon! Check back Wednesday!

IN OTHER NEWS (January 30th 2017):
Uh....  I had words, ... but I forgot what they were... Hopefully I'll remember them soon....

Monday, January 23, 2017

The Crimson Fly #74: "Y'all remember why we're here?"

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Vol. 02
Story: Issue #06: "The Easy Job"

This Week:
"Plans are made, but not everyone's enthused... or can be involved, for that matter."

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STATIC COMIC HERE:


PROCESS VIDEO:
Coming Soon! Check back Wednesday!

IN OTHER NEWS (January 23rd 2017):
More Talking, but I'm trying some stuff out with panel borders, so yay! Hopefully, this will lead to some pretty interesting storytelling ideas!

In other news, I do stream the making of the comic, among other things! Check me out here: http://www.twitch.tv/skipperwing! Also I have a FB page, if the comments section isn't doing it for you! Feel free to comment on the comic there or submit fanart! Check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/TheCrimsonFly/! That's it for now! See ya tomorrow (if you're visiting the stream) or on Wednesday (for the speedpaint)!

Monday, January 16, 2017

The Crimson Fly #73: "This is it, boys and girls."

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Vol. 02
Story: Issue #06: "The Easy Job"

This Week:
"Issue #06 begins! Who are these hooligans...? Wait, have we done this before?"

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STATIC COMIC HERE:

PROCESS VIDEO:
Coming Soon! Check back Wednesday!

IN OTHER NEWS (January 15th 2017):
Well, isn't this familiar...? Totally not intentional, I promise.

In other news, I've started streaming (again)! Ever wanted to see me make the comic? Well, now you can, here: http://www.twitch.tv/skipperwing! If you were around last year, you saw that I did do a bunch of streaming, but it was kinda sporadic, and kinda died along with the rest of the trumpster fire that was 2016.  This year, I'm going to try to be a little more consistent: Tues-Thurs-Sat from 7pm-9pm EST, to contrast the Mon-Wed-Fri posting schedule. Hopefully this continues for as long as the comic (and the current infrastructure of the internet) does. See ya on Tues!

Monday, January 9, 2017

The Crimson Fly #06: Cover

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Vol. 02
Story: Issue #06: "The Easy Job"

This Week:
"Issue #06 begins! Its the Crimson Fly Issue #06: The Easy Job: 'What is this 'easy job,' and what does it have to do with the Crimson Fly?'"

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STATIC COMIC HERE:

PROCESS VIDEO:
Coming Soon! Check back Wednesday!

IN OTHER NEWS (January 9th 2017):
WELCOME BACK! There's a new story for a new year! I wish that were timed perfectly, but if I had my way, this would have been out last year, instead of me whining about the state of the country I live in. But alas, here we are! Next week, we get into part of the story of how- SPOILERS! Good times...

If you're wondering why there's no video version of Issue #5 yet, well, that's because I'm not entirely sure what to do with it. For one, I'm not a composer/musician/sound editor, so I'm trying to figure out how to work around that without it being naff. For another, I'm not sure if/where I want to put it! Film Festival (shut up, yes, that's a possibility)? Newgrounds (Shut up, yes, that's also a possibility)? YouTube? Until I figure that out, Its not going anywhere yet, but when it does, I'll make a special announcement and stuff. See you next week!

Monday, January 2, 2017

The Crimson Fly Special: "HAPPY NEW YEAR! (New Year 2017)"


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Special
Story: NEW YEARS 2017!

This Week: 
"The Crimson Fly rings in the New Year with the Annual bell drop!"

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PROCESS VIDEO:

IN OTHER NEWS (January 2st, 2017):
HAPPY NEW YEARS! Sorry its late everybody, but I wasn't sure whether I wanted to post these here (even though they're everywhere else) Oh wells, now you can enjoy it here too! Also, don't forget to check out the next update, and I'll see you next week (Monday, Jan 09th, 2017) for the beginning of issue #6! See ya soon!