So today I launched The Chronicles of Crosarth officially, which anyone who reads this blog knows I've been teasing you with for weeks through Character artwork, and an image which is actually a blown up frame from the second strip. It's been a lot of hard work getting this thing ready, but I'm happy to finally get it moving.
The website for it is frankly a little bare-bones at the moment, but it's functional (which is all that really matters).
The official description, for those not paying attention, is quite simple:
A twice weekly webcomic of steampunk adventure set in the fictional nation of Crosarth (and the surrounding areas). It follows the adventures of Fleet Admiral Rutherford J. Hayworth IV (the world's only known talking, air breathing squid), the crew of the HMS Hummingbird, and probably an air pirate or two.
This is a soft launch, as I won't start actively advertising the comic until a small buffer has built up. I figure I'll start running campaigns about a month in. I'm writing this comic like a graphic novel, so the pacing requires a couple of pages for it to really feel like it has started. It also means you shouldn't be expecting a punchline at the end of the page. While I certainly intend to be funny on occasion, this is not "joke" strip the way something like UnCONventional is meant to be.
UnCONventional is a comedy, The Chronicles of Crosarth is a light-hearted adventure story.
It's really been a different experience writing this than UnCONventional has been. While I still try to end every page with a "hook," knowing I don't have to come up with something funny takes a lot of the stress out of writing it. Anyone who has tried to write can tell you that drama is a whole lot easier to write than comedy.
I have pages for The Chronicles of Crosarth done through November, which is good as November will be exceptionally busy for me comic-wise (as UnCONventional is having a non-comedic storyline which will update more than twice a week during that month). I have so much in store for that comic, you just have no idea.
But you might end up with one if you keep reading it.