nwain

Nwain is a super great comic cause it’s animated but also it’s html5 based so even though i, a poor person w a broken laptop, can read beautiful animated pages on my phone.

And it really is beautiful. Terry loves composition and perspective and is always fucking around w both. Its crazy how good it can get.

Also the world build is fun and also is done so subtly and woven so well into the story it isn’t really world building, it’s letting a story make a setting. Which I think is better.

I tend to let it lie fallow from time to time so I can read a lot at once. But I love the webcomic nwain so much.

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Update: 2 new pages in Nwain: The Knight Who Wandered Dream!

In this update, Nwain regrets pretty much everything.

Start Here  ||  Page 67 | Page 68

Nwain is an animated webcomic made with code that won’t work on tumblr–you’ll have to click the links above to get to the animations! (sorry I don’t make the rules)  Animations are played with a click, so you can read at your own pace.

Support Nwain on Patreon Or check out these free/pay-what-you-want digital goodies on gumroad!

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Hello fans of Nwain, and hello people who haven’t heard of this webcomic.

I’m making an animated webcomic, Nwain: The Knight Who Wandered Dream.  I’m committed to bringing a comic that puts the humanity of its lady knight protagonist at the forefront, with a cast that reflects the racial, LGBTQA+, class, and ability diversity I see everyday.  I want to produce quality animation for a quality story, while also refining this animated comic format I’ve developed. I’ve been working on my comic for nearly two years, and I want to keep making it until the story is complete!

As it will take me years to get it done, and I have to work full-time to produce it at a reasonable pace, I’m looking at a gaping hole in my financial future (and present woops).  But it doesn’t have to stay that way forever!  I’ll have to do a crapton of work, and I’ll need some help, but together we can fill that hole. One day, I can make my comic and eat off it too!  In the meantime, let’s take it slow and steady.

Support my patreon!  And get cute stuff maybe??

-Terrana

let me tell you about my webcomic
  • it is animated and also a comic
  • you click a panel to play animation so you read at your own pace
  • bi/grey-ace genderqueer lady knight protag in practical armor
  • supporting cast of mostly POC
  • fantasy setting that gets progressively weirder
  • themes of grief, depression, discrimination and economics in a saturday morning cartoon package
  • some other characters: cagey agender robot magician, lovable single dad and his mixed-race son, angry teenage owlgirl of mysterious origins… and this is just by the end of chapter 2.
  • the art starts out ok and gets better as i slowly figure out what the heck i’m doing on this crazy train

i can’t tell you that you’ll like it. i’m no psychic, and i don’t know your tastes. but maybe you can give it a chance. at least stick with it to page 4. i like that page.

http://nwain.com

It’s time for a new Nwain sketchbook!  In the January 2016 issue, we’ll take a look at an upcoming character, the Margravine, and how her design has evolved from 2011 to 2015.

Get the pdf FREE: https://gum.co/VUJHP

The concept art is all for my animated webcomic, Nwain: The Knight Who Wandered Dream, about a depressed knight and her adventures in a weird fantasy world.

Read the comic: http://nwain.com/

Support my Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/terranacliff

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Update: 2 new pages in Nwain: The Knight Who Wandered Dream!

In this update, we go through the town of Geludig and see the powerful Margravine P’Lanssyr in action.

Start Here  ||  Page 57 | Page 58

Nwain is an animated webcomic made with code that doesn’t function on tumblr–you’ll have to click the links above to get to the animations! (sorry I don’t make the rules)  On the comic’s website, the animations are played with a click, so you can read at your own pace.

Nwain is on Patreon, and check out these free digital goodies on gumroad

Nwain updates monthly on the last Tuesday of the month. Next update: April 26!

It’s time for a new Nwain sketchbook! The March 2016 issue contains violets, deconstructing a parallax background, and constructing a writing system.

Get the pdf FREE: https://gum.co/mzKad

The concept art is all for my animated webcomic, Nwain: The Knight Who Wandered Dream, about a knight and her adventures in a weird fantasy world.

Read the comic: http://nwain.com/

Support my Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/terranacliff

You can start your comic even if you don’t feel like you’re the best you’ll ever be.  You’ll improve as you go, and that’s fine.  Instead of being angered or confused by inconsistency, readers usually enjoy seeing an artist improve over time.  It inspires them to improve at their own endeavors.

Thoughts On Marketing

Over the December break, I’ve been thinking about how to market my comic Nwain, and it’s lead me through some interesting places.

I have no training in marketing, perhaps even the opposite.  In theory, art school taught me how to sell an image of myself so people would hire me.  In practice, I was conditioned to underestimate my work before critique began, to be humble and self-effacing during critique, and later to focus on what needed to be fixed rather than understanding what worked.  I’ve been trained to evade, to duck, and to anti-sell.  Are you interested in my work?  Well, I’ll tell you how it sucks.  Can I tell you what I’m proud of?  No, teacher, I have no pride anymore, please put the red pen away, I have plenty to fix already, let’s summarize how it sucks again.

I know enough about marketing to figure that’s not the best strategy to sell a comic–even a free one.  Hey, I made this thing!  But it sucks, so why am I even telling you about it?  Maybe I like the thing despite its many, numerous flaws, which I still have a list of would you like to read it?  I’m sure you’re more interested in the fix list than in my comic–OH you’re not my teacher!?  You’re a potential audience?  What even is that.

I have no idea what I’m doing.  I’ve done a little research into marketing, new marketing, social marketing, and whatever.  I’ve been reading discussions posted from within the comics and cartoon industries, about marketing, and how often it sails right past potential fans.  I got the impression that much of the marketing world has no idea what it’s doing either.  At least I’m not alone!

The Internet is forcing everyone to change, fast.  It gives creators and fans, previously two unheard voices, a place they can commiserate.  A place they can recognize each other as human.  And that undermines the demographic model, which is based on tricking stereotypes into doing things.

I don’t want to trick people into following a url.  I want a story that’s worth reading to the individuals who find it worthwhile.  Do I know who those people will be?  No.  I don’t.

I’ll just make my thing, and if other people like it, I’ll try very, very hard to not show them the fix list.  Unless they want that.

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I’ve been busy getting goodies ready for Olympia Comics Fest.  It’s still more than a month away (June 7th!)  This is my first table at a convention, so I want to be ready for it!

My Patreon also has the postcard (I mail it to you!), and patrons get early access to the mini comic (you can print it at home!).

Also!  The next two pages of Nwain will be up on Tuesday, April 29!

Nwain: The Knight Who Wandered Dream