February 16th, 2013, 2:00 pm

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February 16th, 2013, 2:05 pm

news - and thanks for reading- and i hope this is OK

so this is (possibly) the last update for 2 weeks- as on teus. the 26th, they'll be an update, but it will be slightly different (and so awesome) - I will update this webcomic with more info next week ='D

I've made a super duper pretty shop too! and copies of book 1 will be arriving at my house on monday! so people will be able to buy chapter 1 if they wish =D I'll update more aobut that too

I hope this update was OK, and understood. i was really worried aobut what people might think of this. since it's unusual.. but for me it holds great emotional significance and is important to the story and metephorical crap and all sorts! I hope it's enjoyable, either way

this chapter isn't over yet, but it's almost over =)

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February 26th, 2013, 3:58 am

replies part one

@Mimi-Evelyn aaahhhhh thanks so much for your help on this part =')) it's very interesting and I'm really glad it feels 'stripped down'- i hope this is a good thing and that it made sense to people and just ahhhh!!! xD thanks so much for your comments, they mean so much!!

@DiG your package has been sent thanks for buying a copy!!! Dx you ofc. don't have to comment or buy if you dont want to- so I appreciate them so much!!! thank you ;w;

@Lyco ahhhh thankyou for this comment, i'm glad the update made sense/went well(?) also, well it seems some people would disagree but actually i'm withyou on this one! yes I think even if it's a hair cut it's appropriate use of the 'r' word.I did want to draw this also to show eople how emotional manipulation and invasion can be equally terrifying/hurtful, it doesn't have to be violent.ofc. so many people use rape as a term and think only of men.but men can suffer this sort of thing as well - anyway i'm rambling ='I thanks for the comment!! Dx

@NonameXP thankyou for commenting!! ;w; yes, it's really good to date someone outside of your comfort zone, you learn new things about yourself!! ='D

@Joanamosi heehehe xD thanks for this comment, i hope you enjoyed the comic! =')

@December ahhh your comment,you made some really interesting and insightful points- I think the thing about abuse is right- i mean about turning a ad situation for someone else into a joke, confusing/making them question their own feelings! i can't answer some of these questions yet :0 but I can say that yeah,blake has done stupid things but the character acts more on his emotions, whereas the blythe's actions are very intentional! i dont know - people say they seem very similar but hopefulylateron you'll see they are different(who knows- it's up to the reader to decide =) ) but i think the point of this comic partly was to show someone with an identity crisis...! sorry to rabmle about my own comic,urgh =I thanks for your interesting comments, though =)

@mildtarantula ahhh everytime you comment my heart sings as i'm such an admirer of your stories and art XD!! thankyou, what you mean is MY ART IS WOBBLY AND GROSS

@Oishi17 hahhah! x,D awe,i'm sorry it mkaes you feel sad(?)but i find it interesting you think he looks better with the new hair hehehe! >w< <3

@SketchJelly OH JAM!! I'm sorry,but wah i'm glad you are reading!!!

@staycreativemyfriend ahhh, it's really interesting to hear another POV! I like to leave the stories open to interprtation, but wether bad oir not, yes the haircut is really a signifier for power, and blythe's anger at the sasha situation! I'm really happy that you loved that she did this!XD it's really cool ='D

ahhh okay- well I do most of it tradditionally- I draw the page layouts in pencil first, then I personally use a dibbing pen+nib with indian ink to ink the pencils. the sound effects and speech bubbles/speech are inked using a fine liner! then erase the pencils; the figures are coloured using guache paints, and the backgrounds are done using marker! and that's it! I goon the computer to scan, and play around with levels to get it as close to the originals as possible =) it would be amazing if you started your own comic!! pleaselet me know when you've set it up =D honestly each person has their own way of doing things-i think colouring pencils are amazing and sch a unique way to go for comics! in my opinion, by all means go about it however you feel is best- as long as it looks good to you it's the right tecnique =D good luck man!! I look forward to seeing it!! =)

@*milk+asassin* PFFFT your comment made me laugh so hard I love the hatred for blake hahahaha! XD

@jello-bomb I WISH the comic wouldbenice and short that way!xD thanks for commenting ='D

@Earthfield ahhhh very interesting comment ='DD ahh well i'm glad it 'pulled your trings' and you could maybe relate! you sound very simmilarto my boyfriend! i have great control issues when it comes toemotional intimacy, where as liam is more passive- i have to say tho it's interesting that in other prts of our relationship, liam is more controlling and i am the passive one! anyway i cant say anything more but thanks for commenting and it's interesting to get insight into your relationships too =)

@MissJulius you of course do not have to comment if you do not feel like it =D wow tho, this comment really touched me i'm really happy you are talking bout it with yur friends?! and that it holds so much depth for you, this really means a lot to me =')

@koobkoob ahhh thank you so much thiscomment made my heart go gooey =') i'm glad you understood it OK!!! Dx

@Demochalatte ahhh yes!! one other person did make a link to the song! as i said to them it's interesting, cuz i never made the link, however this song is really signifcant to me and links closely for me to the guy blake is loosely based on, and the time this story is set in ='D thanks for commenting..those sure are beautiful lyrics aren't they?//sigh

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February 16th, 2013, 2:31 pm

darling.. I think this may be the wrong page ;^;

BUT AAARGH!!! This has been on amazing two weeks for Blake, and it was SOOOOO different to what I expected, you have a seriously amazing ability to detach your characters and their actions/dialogue from the (i think the word is) "dramatisation" and smoothing out of the dialogue and stuff that you see in most stories. Its the difference (i think) between two people just sat in a room talking and two actors acting on stage. They could both say pretty much the same thing but the difference is huge, and you;ve got this sensational knack for stripping it back so it feels like you've known it all your life. :''') so stunning xx

February 16th, 2013, 2:38 pm

whoops!! thanks for letting me know!

@Mimi-Evelyn ahh eve i haven't read your comments yet but thanks for letting me know! the page has been edited =')) thanks also for your help on this part Dx

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DiG

February 16th, 2013, 2:53 pm

Just a really quick comment because I was about to go out when I saw the update but the first thing I thought after finishing to read the update was: "Oh hey! Now they have matching hairstyles! 8D"

This was later followed by all the other theories I will muse about later OwO Either way! Gotta go! Keep up witht he good work!

February 16th, 2013, 3:24 pm

Fuck me that was... rather intense reading! o_o Very well done with this update.

I have to say though, that was quite simply raping his personal space. I think that is an appropriate use of the 'r' word. Blake should be allowed to relinquish control of his own accord, not be forced to in such a cruel way by Blythe. I honestly feel sorry for him! ;o;

February 16th, 2013, 3:47 pm

2 years? Doesn't feel that long! I had to look back, my god the art has changed! Of course it did! Oh found my very first comment. Ah~ I never like commenting but it was really cute.

Congrats on the two years and on your super duper pretty shop.

Oh~ Blake, I can understand that anxiety. I learner from my Marriage and Family class that people date others with the same mental something, state, health... I can't remember words... and this looks like Blake is dating someone that takes him out of his comfort zone. I think that's good!

February 16th, 2013, 4:00 pm

i thought i was insane, but now this

February 16th, 2013, 4:02 pm

Blythe, you suck and you don't even know it. Good on Sasha for moving on.

February 16th, 2013, 4:14 pm

this update has made me really start to dislike blythe D: you don't just cut a guy's hair like that!! beautiful art as always though, you put so much emotion into everything <3

February 16th, 2013, 4:17 pm

This update leaves me curious about many things.
1. Is Blake going to tell his friends when they ask about the haircut? Or will he cover up for her? And why or why not?
2. Is Blythe's nature one of the big reasons she won't sleep with Blake? For one, by withholding physical intimacy, she has more control/power in the relationship. Besides, it looks like his macho advances would put her off if she's the kind of person who wants to hold the reins. Maybe she also does not preceive him as powerful enough and therefore not truly attractive to her...
3. Is there going to be a pattern of progressing abuse between them? I mean, usually it doesn't stop at a single incident. Especially now that he has shown he very compliantly puts up with it, and even lets himself be kissed afterwards.
4. What sort of stuff Blythe's treatment will bring up in him, in terms of deeper character depths, hehe. I mean,on the one hand you can see a parallel between the two of them - speaking of what she did to him and what he did to Ruthie. He too took Ruthie completely by surprise, overwhelmed her emotionally, offering something she was both drawn to and fearful of. Yet the big difference here is that Blake had been acting emotionally, on an impulse - just immaturely, really. Whereas for Blythe this is clearly very intentional behaviour from which she consciously derives pleasure... I wonder if this gap between them is going to widen with time, or if she will overbear him and tread him down...

February 16th, 2013, 5:37 pm

*whistle* Wow I actually think Blake looks super cute with this hair cut!:D But it makes me sad seeing how sad he got.:(

February 16th, 2013, 6:15 pm

I CAN'T EVEN
NOW I FEEL SORRY FOR HIM and i used to think he was a little shit, why would you do this to me, I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO FEEL (such a great update ;u; )

February 16th, 2013, 7:21 pm

Everyone is hating Blythe for this! I know it was unexpected and all, and some people wouldn't be ok if you just randomly cut their hair, but I mean, hair's not really that important, right? She's really just doing this to show Blake that she likes to be controlling. I kind of think Blake deserves it, (even though I love him with all of my heart) he's been kind of a jerk since the beginning. And he really needs someone to show him that he's not always the boss.

Well, I don't know if that's what Sarah meant, but that's my take on it.

Anyways, I still think everyone is overreacting about Blythe. Honestly, I love that she did this. It really sets an appealing and (you don't know what I'm going to do next) kind of twist to her character.

Ok, so besides all of that, I actually have a sincere question. (<-Wow)
What steps to you take to make your art? Do you scan things you draw? Or do you do most of it on the computer? Do you paint with water color? Do you have a tablet you do it on? Do you use a pen? Do you do your strips on one piece of paper or do you do it on individual pieces and then put them together on the computer? (Really just anything you can answer about how you make your comics would be helpful.)

I'm really interested because for a while now, I've been trying to start my own comic. What I do now is just draw it out with pencil, sometimes drawing over with a thin marker, sometimes coloring in with color pencil (Which always turns kind of bleh) and then I scan it onto my computer. The Summer of Blake Sinclair was the very comic that introduced me to Smackjeeves and I anticipate for each update. So I felt as though you'd be the person to ask.

Thank you for reading, it would really mean a lot to me if you would answer.

Great work as always!

-Mary

February 17th, 2013, 5:39 am

What?! Is this for real? Everyone hatin' on Blythe?! *flips table* Blake sooo deserved it, I am having a celebration here as I see him looking so pathetic

February 17th, 2013, 6:31 am

'so........... I'm going to leave you forever now BYE'

February 17th, 2013, 8:36 am

Honestly I'm not upset at Blythe at all it just seems like karma is coming back and biting Blake in the ass. :P It is just a hair cut it will grow back!

February 17th, 2013, 2:52 pm

Hmmm, Well I said I'm all for a change of look. and that remains, but I felt like I tasted a drug that started to feel good.
I mean, I probably shouldn't be saying this, but me girl is a person with some serious issues with control, being lil' me so passive it never bothered me, nor it got in our way, but I recall one moment when she needed to forfeit control and let me take over, it was for something silly that doesn't matter, but I cannot forget how tense she was, and how much she tried to regain control, even when she knew it was useless and she shouldn't. I stated Blythe having control issues, but I'm feeling that the one with serious issues is Blake, I just need to see Blythe in a position she cannot take the lead and how would she react.
But I think they're too much alike to have a relationship as intimate as steady... I see them more like partners, people who shares a lot without necessarily being intimate.

These pages really pull some strings inside me. 8D

February 17th, 2013, 11:15 pm

I'm not good with commenting but this update was wonderful. I felt so much on so many different levels and I can't stop talking about it to my friends.
I think this not only was a HUGE breakthrough for Blake, emotionally. I can't wait to read more! <3

February 19th, 2013, 2:54 am

owwwwww I think what Blythe did is a little too much but maybe it's what Blake needs. It somehow feels really intense reading this. You're doing great job! ><

February 20th, 2013, 12:50 pm

Finally I get a chance to comment on this, been busy with deadlines :(

Thank you so much for the reply, what you said completely makes sense, and I can also see how the new update makes that clearer.

I have a feeling that Blake at this point is confused, but at the same time he's not, I believe he knew Blythe could do something like this, I mean take control. And that is what blake finds attractive about her. I don't think Blythe would hide her controlling side, to be honest she's shown it from the very start. Still before you really experience it, it will always come as a shock. From the way Blake gets angry at her first, to the point where he allows her to kiss, that in itself is 2 conflicting emotions, even though he knows she's crazy, he still wants more. The last panel where he leaves, shows us that he probably needs to think this over. Does he really want such a relationship?

I really can't wait to see where this is going to go. Thank you for always providing great updates!

February 22nd, 2013, 12:56 am

Ughhuuuhhhhhggg this comic iss soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good. <3
Anyone see some awesome parallels to Hallelujah?
"She tied you to a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah"

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