5 Year Anniversary - Going Through Changes
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5 Year Anniversary - Going Through Changes
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Hobo of Justice

31st Oct 2018, 2:31 AM

New site layout is here! Let me know if I broke anything.

I kinda did two anniversary pictures again this year. The other one’s a higher-res version of the updated comic avatar. You can see that by voting for Power of the Universe on TopWebComics by clicking HERE. There’s also a button on the bottom of this website for voting if you ever feel so inclined. And hey, if that doesn’t sound like something you wanna do, I’ll be putting that picture up here in the “Extras” section at the end of November.

So, uh… five years is a big landmark. And yep, it took five years to get this far. Not winning any races here.
Before I start rambling, here’s the upcoming upload schedule:

November 23rd:
Part 32.5: Broken
November 30th: Chapter 3 Cover
December 7th: Part 33: Picking Up Pieces

Part 34 is still an unknown. I’m working on it.

Now commence the rambling!

October 31st, 2013 – the day Power of the Universe was born.
I started down this road with a general idea of how long it would take. Couple years? No problem. I got this. But what I didn’t consider was that I’d be making the journey on foot, and now five years have gone by. Woops. I just wanted to make a silly Nuzlocke comic.

I’m not the best artist or writer. To me it feels like I’m still just barely learning either, so to get decent results takes time. Page isn’t working out? Work on the script. Redraw those ugly sketches. Even just sit on it until something better comes to mind. What it all comes down to is investing more time. The worst offenders (parts 18 and 31) took upwards of five and six months before they felt ready. Yeesh. So many of my strips started off as abominations that’d make you puke. Now they just almost make you puke. Heck, I’ve even rewritten this post like 5 times now. I’d love to be able to make something satisfying without reworking it like crazy, but that’s just not where I am right now. And if I'm being realistic here, that won't be changing anytime soon.

See, on the day the comic started a fire was ignited in me. It’s what drives me to keep going. It’s great. But I'm an idiot when it comes to fire keeping. All that time spent dwelling on one strip? The weeks trying to get it not to suck? The binge inking/coloring at the end to get it finished? Yeah, that was tiring. And it was equally as tiring the next time. And the next. The fire inside always burned weaker when those long-winded sessions finally ended. I’d tapped into it too sloppily and for too long. Poor thing needed to breathe. So how did I fix that? You guessed it – more time. This cycle is why it took almost five years to finish just two chapters. Slow and lengthy, but it worked. The fire would always come roaring back eventually, and the cycle would continue.

But when Chapter 2 ended, the fire didn’t come roaring back. I gave it time like usual, but it just kept dimming. Uh oh. I’d taken too long to get here. All those extra hours were coming back to bite me. The very thing that allowed me to create passable content was now eating away at my desire to. This bummed me out. A lot.

For better or worse, the hiatus between chapters gave me a chance to ruminate over this stuff. Is all the time I put into this worth it? Should I quit? Why am I even making this comic? It’s something I hadn’t really thought about since the beginning. The desire to create just pushed me forward, and ultimately, I think that’s what the point is. The world can be a cold place, and even though it’s just for a silly, derivative webcomic, having a flame of passion keeps me warm.
So yes, it’s worth it. No, I shouldn’t quit. I’m making the comic because for the time being that’s where my passion lies. I want to keep improving my art, my writing, and my fire keeping skills. There's so much more to learn.

I’ve been going through changes and I think that’s gonna show in the comic moving forward. Some people might not like the direction Chapter 3 takes, and that’s fine. It definitely feels riskier in terms of whether or not I’ll be able to pull off what’s planned, and that’s as exciting as it is daunting. What stokes the fire now is different than it was five years ago, it just took me a while to figure out. I don’t know if it’ll ever burn as brightly as it did before, and honestly, I worry about it fading away before I’ve had the chance to finish. I've slowly been coming to terms with these possibilities. Not gonna stop fighting against them, though.

I lost my way for a while there, but I'm back on that road again. My destination may be nowhere in sight, but I know what it looks like. It’s exhausting just thinking about how much longer it’ll take at this pace. There’ll be times I’ll need to take a rest and tend to the fire. Things will be slow, possibly more than ever while I find my footing again. People will lose interest. And who can blame them? The cars zipping by have a much shinier product and arrive at a fraction of the time. That's cool - I'm grateful just to have caught anyone's interest. I'm grateful for the stuff I learned along the way. I'm grateful for the opportunity to walk this road at all.

Five years is a long time for a flame to burn. I understand better now how precious a thing it is and how lucky I am that it's still with me. Now, turning the corner into year six, I can feel that flame rekindling. I'm glad I started this weird journey, and I'm gonna keep pouring everything I can into Power of the Universe. I'll try to share the warmth, guys.
Let’s get back to walking.

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shadowtitan2010

31st Oct 2018, 1:41 PM

Have you thought about being a poet? Or a grand story teller? This was beautiful. Im excited to continue this journey and help keep the fire going

By praising the sun.

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Hobo of Justice

31st Oct 2018, 2:14 PM

Aw, thanks.

Dunno bout grand, but I would like to keep telling stories in some form after Power of the Universe. By the time it's done, I'll have had some decent practice!

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sweetcloud1989

1st Nov 2018, 10:19 AM

Here's a log.

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Hobo of Justice

1st Nov 2018, 10:27 AM

Hope it's made of wood...

Liro Raériyo

1st Nov 2018, 11:13 AM

Ah yes, firey passion, i know it all too well, fickle thing it can be, the brazier it inhabits is always their, but until you find the thing that makes it roar to life it remains cold and lifeless, but even when you do find it, it grows tired of what once ignited it quickly, so you have to learn how to feed it a properly, its usually best to feed it daily, but lightly, make it always just that little bit hungry for more, but never give it all it wants and then some, once its have enough of what it wanted, more can cause it to feel ill, lethargic and unresponsive.

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Hobo of Justice

1st Nov 2018, 3:09 PM

It's definitely a process finding the sustainable middle ground between neglect and smothering. Too far in either direction can weaken the poor thing.
I think I'm getting a little better at it.

Me!

1st Nov 2018, 5:51 PM

Congrats on 5 years!!

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Hobo of Justice

2nd Nov 2018, 1:05 AM

Thank you!

You!

3rd Nov 2018, 5:16 PM

Yay!

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ObsidianExodus

3rd Nov 2018, 12:49 AM

I know what's it like to go through changes. I walk around the house trying to fight mirrors.

Someone?

3rd Nov 2018, 5:18 PM

If u try to fight mirrors, shouldnt you just remove alle The mirrors from your house?

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Hobo of Justice

4th Nov 2018, 12:28 AM

Last time I tried to fight mirrors, I woke up in the hospital full of tubes.
I don't recommend it.

Beautiful update

3rd Nov 2018, 12:51 PM

I agree with shadowtitan2010. Enthralling update and great story telling.

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Hobo of Justice

4th Nov 2018, 12:35 AM

Good to hear!
Was wondering if people would be receptive to this kind of update or not.

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