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a much-needed explanation.

Posted by creepyfish
July 16th, 2012, 6:16 pm
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For the small amount of people wondering “what the heck is going on with Acanthity?” I owe you all an explanation! A serious, big time explanation.


So, like many webcomics, Acanthity started as a stupid story I had in highschool that I abandoned. It was a lot different and frankly, pretty terrible. A little more than a year ago, I told Ellen about it, and we thought, hey, this has potential, we just have to change EVERYTHING. So we did just that! We designed a wealth of characters and came up with pretty much the whole plot, roughly, over the course of a year. I’ve never had a long term project that I’ve felt so completely dedicated to before, and we’re both pretty attached to the characters.
Actually working on a comic, though, was a lot more difficult than we imagined. It’s probably like this for most people starting a webcomic for the first time. We thought we had everything perfectly planned out and organized, but I guess things are never that simple!
It really started to sink in just how much work we had ahead of us. This is a LONG story, and it will undoubtedly take months and months (in fact, very likely YEARS) to complete.
Ellen and I have recently decided that Ellen will be finishing her work on the current scene, after which point I will be continuing the comic itself on my own. (Up until this point, the comic has been a collaboration, in which Ellen drew the pages and I did the writing and color). Ellen will always be considered a co-creator of sorts, and will still be drawing things related to the comic from time to time!
The actual process of creating a comic this long is a really demanding, drawn out process, but I’m really dedicated to the idea, the characters and the story and want to do them the absolute best justice I can.
So… the visual style will be changing, and I will probably be doing the rest of the comic in ink/watercolor. It’s quite a shift, and I apologize profusely for the inconsistancy, in addition to how slow we’ve been in updating. Well, now at least you know the reason for the recent absence of updates.
I really enjoyed collaborating on Acanthity with Ellen and I truly hope my continuation of the project will live up to her amazing work! We will return with updates sometime after Otakon, and I’ll probably try to get a buffer of pages built up for the next scene to keep the updates on a good schedule. To those of you that still express interest in Acanthity, thank you for sticking around and being so patient with us! We’ll be back soon.

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Brief hiatus due to finals!

Posted by creepyfish
May 13th, 2012, 5:17 pm
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whoops, just letting you all know in case you missed it, Ellen and I are swamped with finals work so there won't be any updates for a couple weeks. But when we're done, we'll be back with a vengeance!

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Update schedule change and other news!

Posted by creepyfish
May 4th, 2012, 5:55 pm
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Hi everyone,
As you might have gathered from our tendency to just BARELY make the deadline of our friday updates, Ellen and I have been struggling to get our pages done in time since we both have classes going on all week. So, we've decided to change our updates to saturday instead, which should help a bit with that! We're still new to this webcomic stuff, so I guess a little bit of chaos and a few bumps at the beginning are to be expected. We apologize for that and thank you guys for putting up with us! We're going to get better at this, and especially once the school year ends we'll be able to focus a lot more of our time on Acanthity. Our summer update schedule will probably be more frequent (likely at least 2 pages per week!)
Oh yeah, and while I'm at it I should also mention that for the sake of our sanity, we're going to take a 2-week break on updates the week after next due to crazy RISD finals. (Our finals are later than everyone elses', I know, RISD is weird like that)
On the plus side, though, the main thing that's going to be taking up our time is a big animation project that the two of us are collaborating on, which is very Acanthity-related! So we'll definitely have something to show for it. And after that, it'll be summer, which means moooore comicing!

Thanks for reading Acanthity. New page tomorrow!

~Emily

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NO UPDATE TODAY SORRY

Wokka
Posted by Wokka
April 13th, 2012, 2:40 pm
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Hey guys, Emily and I are insanely busy this weekend trying to catch up with schoolwork post Anime Boston. We feel extremely bad about not having the next page up this week, especially when we only have one chapter up, but to make up for the lack of updates, we're going to have TWO WHOLE PAGES up for next week! Stay tuned! We apologize again. ;~;

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Bonus comic!! Go see!

Posted by creepyfish
April 4th, 2012, 3:47 pm
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Hey guys! It's a bit of a wacky week because we'll be at Anime Boston all weekend, SO! In place of normal updates this week, I did a bonus comic exploring some backstory stuff... because we looove you!!!! I figured this was probably the best time to post that, because Ridge. Well.
Hope you all aren't too thrown off by the different style; Ellen normally draws the pages and I do color/writing. We figure for bonus stuff we can leave a little room for experimentation, anyway. For now we'll be posting the bonus comics in the same place as the rest even though it's separate from the actual plotline, until we can properly improve the layout.
So, hope you all enjoy it, and for those of you in the area, come say hi to us at the Anime Boston artist alley! If anyone actually knows about Acanthity already, we'll probably start crying happy tears and stuff. YEAH!

We'll be back to the
main comic, and regularly scheduled weekly updates, on friday next week. Get ready for a scene change!

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OH HI

Posted by creepyfish
March 31st, 2012, 10:35 pm
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First scene is up... FINALLY!
Now just a couple more things to keep in mind! We'll be updating a new page every friday. This week we'll be updating the new page early since we'll be away at Anime Boston, but after that we'll be back to regularly scheduled updates.
Oh yeah, and look forward to some actual dialogue and the appearance of our grumpy main protagonist very soon.
This is all about to make a lot more sense. (We hope!)
Also, the layout of the site as it is now is temporary. We'll be revamping it as soon as we can and adding character bios and whatnot. LOTS TO LOOK FORWARD TO.
For now, hope you guys enjoy! We're really excited about Acanthity and we hope you are too!
(P.S. sorry to start on such a sad note. RIP, Ridge. Soon, you will know more about him. You will know more about everyone.)

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Acanthity kickstart!

Wokka
Posted by Wokka
March 31st, 2012, 1:17 am
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HI GUYS!! Emily and I uploaded the first scene of our comic Acanthity today! After planning this comic for almost exactly a year, we're very pleased to finally start posting the fruits of our labor. We hope you enjoy what we have so far ... and pardon the mess! Smackjeeves sites are harder to maintain than we thought.

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