|Last week I promised something special for you this week, and it's time to deliver: Click here to see it.
Yup, this week represents Crimson Dark's two-year anniversary. Although the first several pages of the prologue are backdated, the site itself didn't go live until 2nd June, 2006. Much has changed since then, and much has stayed the same, and I've been both delighted and humbled to see Crimson Dark grow from a pipe-dream into an ongoing story which thousands of people enjoy. I've been blessed with some of the coolest readers in the world - wonderfully patient, generous and supportive - and without your help I would have collapsed under the weight of this webcomic a long time ago.
Overall I'm quite happy with how the story and the art has changed and improved over the years. My original ambition was to create a more traditional comic, using 3D tools for reference only, but this quickly changed as I realised just how much potential there was in focusing on 3D art production. The result has been a unusual style which isn't quite photo-realistic, but isn't particularly "comicky" either. Whatever people say about my style, I can confidently say that nobody has produced a webcomic which looks quite the same.
That doesn't mean that I'm happy about every aspect of CD though. My main regret is that I never managed to take Crimson Dark to the point where I could treat its production as a full-time job. This is mainly my own fault, as I'm not very good at selling myself or my work. As a story-teller, my first impulse is to tell my story to as many people as possible, which means giving it away for free. The consequence of this has been going to college this year with the aim of getting a "real" (ie: paying) job, which has harmed Crimson Dark as I have had to cut updates down to just once per week. During my holiday I managed to produce sixteen pages in just twenty-one days, and I must confess that nothing would have made me happier to put them all up straight away for you and continue churning out new work. It made going back to college last week a particularly painful experience.
But enough of the depressing talk, because Crimson Dark has been an overwhelmingly positive thing in my life. I give God, CD and your good self, dear reader, full credit for pulling me out of the mire of depression I was in two years ago. I was a terrible mess back then, having recently been fired from yet another job, and my self-esteem was so low as to be practically non-existent. However working on this webcomic has slowly convinced me that I'm not completely useless, that I can tell a story, and that people are interested in hearing my stories.
So please understand that I say this with all my heart: Thank you for reading!