I funnily enough originally started Ashes wanting it to be 'dark'. I've since realised that darkness for darkness' own sake is not a very mature approach to story-writing typically. It has to carry a message other than that to be anything worth reading, at least that's how I feel personally. So I've since developed towards having more hopeful/light characters and moments, placed in an overall grim world and situation.
I think 'darkness' is best played when we see character development through it. For example - Breaking Bad saw an originally decent guy become something very grim indeed. More recently Star Trek Discovery shows a dark time for the federation, and how hope overcomes it. Both shows have extraordinary levels of character development, and that's what I think anyone who wants a 'dark' story should aspire to. That's what I'd like to achieve.
ranger_brianna_new:I always feel so bad that your comic is SO good and is one I enjoy SO much and yet I keep on falling behind on it even though it should be easy enough to get caught up. It's nice to finally see you get to be who you want to be; someday, I hope to join that club. <3
(I mean I'm out to people online obviously, have been for just about exactly four years so it's easy to forget, but I can count on a single hand the people I've met in the meatworld who know the truth. And one's a member of ComicFury.)
It's totally okay! I'm really glad you like it - catch up when you can and let me know what you think!
And don't worry, you'll get there - I spent a long time living in disguise too, it was very depressing. The last six months have been such a huge relief. I hope the time comes quickly, friend!
Jean_Q_Citizen:Welcome back! One of my favorite underrated comics.
You're one of my most staunch and valued fans and I can't tell you how much I appreciate your support for Ashes <3
Matt Comics:Don't worry about that. Intriguing threads pop up all the time, and you'll find yourself replying to them without even noticing it.
Oh, my trouble is I think: "That's a great thread! I should reply to it . . . . . . later!
A lot of characters in Ashes go by their animal-themed codenames because I suck at making up names too. But behind the name is great resource - it's got great capability to find names by meaning and culture of use. Since I've started using it, a lot more of my characters have actual first names and surnames that make good sense.
Locations though, bloody hell, I'm glad I use real places. I'd suck even harder at naming a place!
I've noticed a few people being brave on here lately, so while that's fresh in my mind . . . I also recall I never actually introduced myself when I first turned up.
So hi; I'm Jenny. you may (Or likely may not) remember me as Triggy J, but in light of recently moving out out of my parents' house and at last being able to live as a woman, I felt a change of name was appropriate.
So yeah, I was secretly a girl all along. I've told myself - new account, so let's be more active on the forums this time (And I want to make more time to read everyone else's comics too . . . ) I'm hoping to get to know you all a bit better.
I like tabletop RPGs, Video games, sci-fi, anime, cute clothes, and when I'm not drawing I'm a programmer/business analyst. And of course, I spend most of my time working on Ashes, which you can check out if you like. Good to meet you . . . again!