Enough Mar-Mar madness, let’s get down to business!
So sorry folks, but sadly this weeks comic is going to be postponed. I’ve come down with a nasty flu that’s thrown me about, and made working rather difficult, even on a MAiZ page.
I’ve been trying to get as much rest as possible, drinking plenty of fluids, but it looks like this blasted flu won’t be gone before tomorrow. I’m sorry for the inconvenience! Hopefully I’ll be back up and running properly next week and will have a new page ready for then (maybe 2 if I get the time!)
Fuzzballs! I forgot to post this! It’s not much, but here is a fully animated scene for MAiZ episode 1!
…Well, that was quick!
My original intent was to have the entire opening sequence of MAiZ episode 1 completed before Crystal Mountain Pony Con back in June, but naturally things didn’t go according to plan: other jobs/priorities came up, I got busy, and on top of that, my office/house got partially flooded! (we’re insured, so it’s okay!)
Despite all that, I managed to finish at least ONE scene before the convention, and used it as a speaking point about the process of creating an animation from concept to rendering. It was fun showing examples of concept art, work in progress drawings, and the scene itself, as short as it is.
Fun fact: this scene took a week to make, including the background and animation!
So what does this mean for the MAiZ project? Well, nothing’s changed! I still plan to develop this into a fully animated sequence, but I have no idea how long that will take. This will likely be a long-term project (if it wasn’t already) that I will work on between other projects, until either I can devote 100% of my time to it, or I consider hiring help (or both).
Hopefully in the coming months, I can show you more updates as they happen!
For the time being, I hope you can enjoy this small piece of what I hope to be a full episode one day!
You check out the webcomic MAiZ at MAiZcomic.com!
Apologies for the lack of updates. Progress on MAiZ Chapter 8 continues, even with all the same problems I have with every chapter (ie, “writing, auuuugh!), but it slowly develops into what I hope to be the most interesting chapter yet!
However, that’s not what I want to talk about.
I say this because for a long time I’ve always wanted to animate MAiZ; not just as a motion comic, but as a fully animated short or episode. Heck, I even did a short animation of Meli a long while ago!
But after many years and months of planning, I’m going to do it.
I’m going to animate the first episode of MAiZ.
Well, at least a portion of it anyway!
Over the past few months, in between other projects, I’ve been storyboarding the opening sequence of MAiZ episode 1, which would include everything from the very first scene up to the opening title sequence. The plan is to develop and animate this entire sequence and give people a glimpse of what could be in store for MAiZ!
Think of it like a promo or teaser for the full episode.
The plan is to have the opening sequence finished by June 17 (my birthday!), just in time to be premiered live at Crystal Mountain Pony Con in Salt Lake City, Utah! It’s a goal I’ve set for myself, it gives me a hard deadline to focus on, and one I indeed to see completed.
I apologise in advance as it could mean delays in the main comic storyline, but I will do my best to juggle both (famous last words) I try to include as many updates on the progress of both the comic and this project as much as possible, as I love showing off cool stuff like this.
So yes! This is a thing that’s happening.
I’m already having too much fun storyboarding this!
Oh fuzzballs! MAiZ is officially 4 years old!
Has it really been four years??
Yep! Or at least, it should be. Because of the server change, unfortunately I’m not sure on the exact date when I first started uploading the comic, at least for the website anyway. However, basing it on the first page uploaded to my deviantArt, I can safely guess the official date is around (or close to) January 12.
So, starting from now, January 12 will be a new milestone for MAiZ! Woo!!
Happy Birthday MAiZ!
So what now?
Business as usual! The next page of MAiZ will be uploaded this coming Friday! Chapter 7 is close to wrapping up, with Chapter 8 already being written!
Also, this year I hope to be the biggest for MAiZ with a few potentially exciting projects I want to get underway. I don’t want to give anything away just yet, but I hope people will be excited to see what’s next for Meli, Jaz and the MAiZ crew.
Just wanted to say thank you again for sticking with the comic for so long, for all the fun Tumblr questions, absolutely amazing fan art, and of course, the awesome comments people have left over the years! I hope you’ve enjoyed MAiZ as much as I’ve enjoyed creating it.
Here’s to more years of adventure!
Wanted to give an update on the status of Chapter 7! The whole plan to catch up on the remaining pages and get a head start on Chapter 8…
…Yeaaaaaaah, that didn’t happen.
Christmas and New Years turned out to be busier than I had planned, so progress was slow. Very slow. Not only that, had a lot of trouble writing the next few pages, trying to make it work and not sound dumb. You’d hope that writing each chapter would get easier and easier.
Ha ha ha…ha…..yeah.
That said, I’ve managed to beat past the block, and the next page should be ready to go end of this week!
So sorry for the delay! Want to say thank you again to everyone for your patience, even despite my crazy update schedule. It really means a lot!
See the new update 9am Friday! (roughly Thursday 5pm CST in the US)