Guess what? Esa finally missed an update!
In his third week, no less. So, in place of a regular page update today,
we'll go for an explanation and a special report of things to come and
things long gone. That means I get to pull out all kinds of Esa's most
embarrassing material and show it to the masses. I've been given power
to officiate in this matter, and so I must abuse that power as frequently
as possible. ^_-
glorious, glorious sketchy goodness! An artist is a terrible thing to
waste, especially when he knows the characters better than you do and
is willing to generate new ones on your slightest whim. That's precisely
what you can see in the sketch above. It's a hodgepodge of a few of the
dozens of test sketches Esa's done over the past year or so. I've been
asked not to divulge any major secrets of the plot to come, so I'll just
let everyone gaze upon those sketches and take a wild guess who they are
and what role they will play in the coming chaos that is NETTG:TEY.
Esa's done a great job over the past year.
Just after I finished an art appreciation course for my university, I
felt the odd yearning for art that is, drawings of my characters.
I could not be complete without them. I started searching around for the
artists a few of my friends had pressed into drawing NETTG fan art years
ago, but they were nowhere to be found. I was alone. I had no artists,
not since I got displeased with the last one and disintegrated him
Alas, poor Ashikaider
I didn't know
him very well, but we had high hopes. He once offered to make an Impromanga
out of NETTG back in 1999. I wanted to take him up on the offer, but just
when we were about to get started, I just had to do my duty and
run off to Mexico for a couple of years. ^_^ Ah, memories. We just fell
out of contact
. Ash (or, Evan, as I came to know him) even made
a Sailor Vegitasei picture to go along with a random, crazy Sailor Moon/Dragonball
Z scripted fanfic I came up with.
bad we lost touch. Sometimes I wonder what would have happened if we hadn’t
Anyway, I knew that fan art drawn by somebody
who wasn't a fan of mine would only produce mediocre results, at best;
all I could do with the best of descriptions would be to give both the
unlucky artist and myself a nasty headache. I needed an artist that was
a fan and knew what I wanted before I knew it someone who knew
my characters better than I did what's more, I needed something
fantastic and totally improbable. For months, I hoped and prayed for a
I got a marginally sloppy drawing of A.S.K.
and Terra. It was totally random and out of the blue. But still, it was
art art by an artist that, of all things, liked the stuff
I was writing. Like a sip of water to a man dying in the desert wastelands
of unrequited creativity, I was rejuvenated and set about finding every
last positive detail that I could find of that picture and telling that
artist precisely what I thought of it.
Artists are like writers: they tend to make
more stuff when they know somebody else likes it too. ^_^
We started out with a few drawings of a
couple characters here and there. I saved and cherished each individual
piece, ravenous for the next one to come, printing some out and sticking
them on my wall. I asked for some specific characters. I got some (like
Sailor Stylin' and a mighty fine picture that one was), but I never
got ones that I didn't really need in the first place (a preteen female
Jadeite, anyone? ^_^;;;;). The miracle had happened: somebody who knew
what I really needed had come. Amazing how that happens sometimes
Anyway, after talking with a friend, I discovered
web comics and found that while he was an anime fanatic, he flatly
refused to read any of my fan fiction, greatly preferring web comics over
those. Naturally, my dominating instinct arose and I eventually asked
Esa if there was any chance of getting a web comic made.
Esa, being something of a fan of web comics
as well, thought it over and mentioned that it was possible if all that
would be required were pencil drawings with the occasional color cover
or whatnot. This would definitely be an opportunity for Esa to shine:
good art and good writing merging as one
We had a rocky start. Two test pages were
made, both of which became part of the prologue, but we started freezing
up as time went on. Esa had these things of dubious importance called,
strangely enough, "work" and "school". Progress stalled
Over the months, a few more pages were made, tested, revised, redrawn,
revised again, then finally buried under anime videos for a few months
and recycled as new fan fiction.
Then, something snapped. In late February,
Esa mentioned that a weekly update schedule might be possible. I recommended
a starting deadline to have the prologue done: April 1st. It is a tradition
for me to release unbelievable things on that day, simply because they're
unbelievable and cause great havoc the next day when people find out that
they were real.
We scrambled with the scripts and the pages,
determined to get them up to a certain level of quality before going public.
And lo, it was done!
So, now, to bring it back, full-circle,
we have a schedule to keep and things planned if they don't go right.
My brother may be called upon to make an ArbyFish comic portion for the
site. We may release sketches more frequently
We may have to force
Esa to work more quickly, threatening to release some of his drawings
that didn't turn out so well. =^.^=
But rest assured, this is an opportunity
we don't want to miss, and we will not abandon this project easily, especially
after so much work getting it started. The NETTG fanfic has been going
on since 1997, and I haven’t given up on it yet, either. Human beings
can be so stubborn sometimes, can't they?
Now for the final bonus for today: an idea
that could potentially move mountains, devastate mankind, and conquer
the universe all in one fell swoop. (Me? Large goals? Never! ^_^) Feast
your eyes upon
THESPOILER!!! More details will be available in the
coming months. Until then, hang tight! We will get this site working better