Ray of Sunshine

On a day when everything is a bit on the rough side, “a ray of sunshine”:http://comic.shamuswrites.com/2007/11/14/reclaimer-chapter-one-part-eight-more-than-genetics/#comment-22 appears. There’s nothing a writer loves to hear more than a comment like this, and it certainly pushes the clouds aside a little bit.

I love doing the _Reclaimer_ comic. At the moment I enjoy even more than writing a short story or a piece of flash fiction. _Reclaimer_ is letting me tap into several of my interests and hobbies at the same time – writing, graphical manipulation, Halo 3, web design, and more. It’s kind of like the best of all worlds bundled up in this little nutshell of yummy goodness.

I was worried initially that I wouldn’t be able to produce a comic that would grab the interest of veteran comic book readers. I’ve never really been into comics all that much, never had much access to them as a kid, other than the ones that appeared in the Sunday paper. I’ve read a comic book here and there over the years, and I do subscribe to several online comics now, but relatively speaking, I’m pretty new to the comic book genre. So you can probably imagine that it’s intensely gratifying to be producing a comic series that continues to generate positive comments. I look forward to every writing session and to setting up the scenes in Halo 3, capturing the necessary screenshots, and then manipulating them in Photoshop to produce each page. It’s a relaxing process for me, and one that I enjoy more and more every time I do it.

Have any of my readers here tuned in to the comic? I’m curious to know if the comic has been able to break the barrier past the gaming community.

6 thoughts on “Ray of Sunshine”

  1. It’s always wonderful to be appreciated. I’ll admit, I’ve not read the comic since I’m just not a comic person and I’m not much of a gamer. Although, I do know what Halo is.

  2. jayne d’Arcy » lol – Fortunately, I don’t think you have to be a gamer to appreciate the story line of Reclaimer. Not being a comic book fan, well, I can’t do much about that. ;-)

  3. bs angel » Yeah, well, I’m still flummoxed. I’m loving this project, so I’m just thrilled that others seem to be enjoying it as much as I am. :)

  4. bs angel » I actually posted the ‘why’ in the news section on Reclaimer’s site, but basically it boils down to the fact that, with certain screenshots, the Poster Edges filter was obscuring a lot of visual details and taking away from the overall clarity of the images and story as a whole. As much as I like the look of the Poster Edges filter when it works, the results have been too inconsistent for my liking. I’d rather drop the filter and maintain a high level of visual clarity than continue to use it and allow the comic to suffer from blurriness.

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