www.deadwinter.cc
pxscomics:

Welcome to Paradox Space! A website devoted to comics inspired by Andrew Hussie’s Homestuck!
The comics will hop all over the prodigious universe and canon storyline of Homestuck, featuring the characters, various hypotheticals, hilarious antics, doomed timeline scenarios — it’s wide open. The site updates every weekday!
The comics are created by an extensive cast of contributing artists and writers! The above image was created by Allison Shabet, creator of Dead Winter! Check back here for updates on new comics, and more!
Go read Paradox Space!

My friends at Whatpumpkin invited me to help out with a cool thing they’re doing. If it’s your bag of chips you should check it out!

pxscomics:

Welcome to Paradox Space! A website devoted to comics inspired by Andrew Hussie’s Homestuck!

The comics will hop all over the prodigious universe and canon storyline of Homestuck, featuring the characters, various hypotheticals, hilarious antics, doomed timeline scenarios — it’s wide open. The site updates every weekday!

The comics are created by an extensive cast of contributing artists and writers! The above image was created by Allison Shabet, creator of Dead Winter! Check back here for updates on new comics, and more!

Go read Paradox Space!

My friends at Whatpumpkin invited me to help out with a cool thing they’re doing. If it’s your bag of chips you should check it out!

corgcube:

Deadwinter game video, not much but it’s a start.  Next videos will have combat and much more refined gameplay.

This is from Jason, the programmer for our game.  He put together a video outlining the initial framework of our game, our goals and our very early start!  The foundation is starting to come together nice.

Hello! I thought I would post a note and mention that I'm at MoCCA this weekend- I don't have a table, I'm just around, but if anyone wants to say hi I check in pretty often at the round tables in the back right. I'll be drawing in my sketchbook- I've got my corgi art bag with me, so if you're around feel free to say hi!

diloolie asked: As we get closer to MoCCA, are you going to put up a post saying how we'd be able to say hi to you? Since you don't have a table and I'd love to say how much I love the comic in person. :D

I’ve done this before and it turns out just walking around at a con makes you -incredibly- hard to find, even when you’re someone like me. I have pretty distinct tattoos but I’ll probably be wearing a zip-up hoodie.  I’ll think of something, I can make Tumblr posts on my phone.

Keeping to the schedule, here is a new comic page for you to read this week: http://deadwinter.cc/page/532
I couldn’t work on a Patreon video this weekend so I’m rescheduling that for the future. I’ll be working on an extra special sudden job for some very cool friends and I’ll be looking to knock that out before Monday. After that I’ll be doing some engine work in my car so I can get it running and wheel it to the post office to mail out more book preorders, and then next weekend I’m gonna take a trip into NYC for MoCCA!  I don’t have a table this year, it’ll be a casual affair for me, I’ll just be walking around.  It’ll be my first big outing since my Big Announcement so I’m a mix of nervous and excited.  The week after that one I might need to work on some more videogame assets, depending on what Jason’s programming calls for- Monday is slated to mock up next.
Jason’s working on hammering out some last bits of C++ to get a very basic framework of the videogame up and running and I think we may or may not have videos to share, I can’t make it a promise if I’m not the programmer!  Also digital ebook versions of both printed volumes of Dead Winter are available on my Gumroad store: https://gumroad.com/rally Volume One has corrections for my name and a new author bio, and both have big giant 300dpi files so you can zoom in on all the lost little details or read it on retina screens or whatever! They’re two bucks each.
Thanks for reading!

Keeping to the schedule, here is a new comic page for you to read this week: http://deadwinter.cc/page/532

I couldn’t work on a Patreon video this weekend so I’m rescheduling that for the future. I’ll be working on an extra special sudden job for some very cool friends and I’ll be looking to knock that out before Monday. After that I’ll be doing some engine work in my car so I can get it running and wheel it to the post office to mail out more book preorders, and then next weekend I’m gonna take a trip into NYC for MoCCA!  I don’t have a table this year, it’ll be a casual affair for me, I’ll just be walking around.  It’ll be my first big outing since my Big Announcement so I’m a mix of nervous and excited.  The week after that one I might need to work on some more videogame assets, depending on what Jason’s programming calls for- Monday is slated to mock up next.

Jason’s working on hammering out some last bits of C++ to get a very basic framework of the videogame up and running and I think we may or may not have videos to share, I can’t make it a promise if I’m not the programmer!  Also digital ebook versions of both printed volumes of Dead Winter are available on my Gumroad store: https://gumroad.com/rally Volume One has corrections for my name and a new author bio, and both have big giant 300dpi files so you can zoom in on all the lost little details or read it on retina screens or whatever! They’re two bucks each.

Thanks for reading!

Anonymous asked: I never thought about this till now but, why is it called dead winter if none of it (thus far) takes place in winter?

Seven years ago when I was starting my comic I needed a name for the website which was going to be the name of the comic.  I figured at first that there weren’t m/any zombie webcomics so I’d hit that angle and a zombie thing has to have “dead” in the title- Day of the Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Dead Rising, Night of the so on and so forth- so “Dead” had to be in the title somewhere, but it also had to be a URL you could speak out loud and not have to clarify quirks in the spelling so you could say it and people would understand. I checked a bunch of URLs for cool-sounding names but most of them were taken (in an alternate reality I actually got www.deadpla.net). I like winter, it’s a thematically evocative season and “dead of winter” is a real term, and .cc was an available domain that looked cool, thus www.deadwinter.cc became mine.

As I wrote the comic I started to care less and less for the zombies and more and more about the collapse and reconstruction of human civilization and the various intersecting motivations of the characters caught up therein- it’s always been about the people but in retrospect I sort of regret the z-word element to it, since I feel like that dissuades people from giving the story a shot when they might like it otherwise! I’ve been sort of phasing out the “dead” part in the story’s slow crawl of progression but that’s the origin of the name. It was the coolest-sounding available URL in 2007.

edit: The story currently takes place in late Fall, some time in November. It’s only a matter of time before I get to draw snow everywhere and cute fuzzy coats on everyone.

mscat asked: how do you feel about "the walking dead" on amc?

I used to read the comics back when they were coming out (I swear I named my nurse Alice before I read those books) but I was turned off by them about midway through the prison/Governor arc and sorta gave up following it after the telephone thing. I don’t have cable TV so I don’t really keep up with the TV show, I imagine they’d have rewritten the parts from the books I didn’t care for for TV, but I’ve genuinely never seen the TV show and watched my roommate play half of the first game.

Hello again! I set up a Gumroad account and now have DRM-free .pdf ebook versions of both printed volumes of Dead Winter!  They’re $2 each or more if you’d like and they’re basically exactly what’s in the printed versions- art corrections, bonus content and more! The Volume 1 ebook has been updated to reflect the name I am writing under so that is also cool, it’s all correct and it’s all me! If you like ebook collections these contain 300dpi high-resolution versions of the comic page so you can read them about as close as I work on them! Yowza!

Printed Volume 2 preorders have been going out all last week and will continue to go out as quick as I can manage. If you are waiting for one of those I send out emails when the order is ready to go to the post office so you will know when your order is up.

I should have a comic page done this week, to keep to my schedule, and this weekend I am going to work on animation assets for a Patreon video- I’d like to make a Patreon as a weekly art journal where I post content updates and my thoughts and process notes. I’d like to put a lot of my video game development journal content there since I have a -lot- to say.

Thanks for reading and thank you for your support!

Anonymous asked: Is there any chance we'll ever see more 3colorcritters? That project was a huge inspiration along with the Exquisite Beast.

That was a fun project to work on and I have honestly thought about secretly posting more of those again but I had to put it on hold because I was doing them daily and it got so big so fast I was losing more and more time to coming up with something I hadn’t already done and fitting the narrative back into the context of all the fluff I’d already written.  As I worked on it I always imagined it as one big global fantasy setting, something you could conceivably build a tabletop campaign within.  

I haven’t forgotten it, though. Maybe when I get these ebooks done, a Patreon video animated, some more videogame essentials knocked out, my car fixed (I just replaced the serpentine belt & tensioner last week and it sprang a huge coolant leak :( ) and I can keep up making more comics I’ll throw a couple surprise 3colorcritters out there. It’s honestly a really fun exercise and I learned a lot from doing it so there’s plenty reason to come back. 

Anonymous asked: Have you ever had writer's block? If so how did you overcome it? I'd love to get back into writing a story I've had in my heard for years, but it's really difficult. I feel like maybe it's been too long and I should move on, but then it's almost like this story is a part of me and it needs to come out. I had most of it written at one point in time but I lost it. (Hard drive crash, no real backups, my fault I know) and that pretty much killed me to the point I haven't been able to write since.

I don’t believe in writer’s block, I would say it is not a thing that actually exists.  The phenomenon we call writer’s block is the act of writing not producing immediately-useful results. It’s frustrating when you grind your gears and you can’t connect the right wires but you’re still writing, that’s all part of the job.  I’ve had a number of moments where I was afraid I’d written myself into a corner and what I do in those cases is backtrack through what I’d written looking for seeds, hooks and elements I’d planted that I could tie in to help solve a current problem- a lot of deep hooks in my comic that seem like they were planned years in advance were me going back and saying “oh, I can tie that into this” and tricking everyone into thinking I had some infinite foresight- that’s not to say that I don’t actually have deep hooks buried in the narrative, it’s more that I’ve pulled a couple out of hindsight rather than foresight.

If you have a story the best thing you can do is write it. There is no writer’s block, there is just the will or lack thereof to put something imperfect down on paper and show it to people.  My working philosophy is “the best idea is the one you haven’t had yet”- what this means is that some of the major story elements I’d written came to me while I was fleshing out alternate versions of those storylines and I realized, “oh, this is a better than what I had planned” and doing this has actually saved a couple beloved characters’ lives. It’s also where a lot of that frantic backtracking came from, because now that I have this new idea I need to go back in and contextualize it so it fits seamlessly into the narrative which has had me pulling my hair out many nights in the past and comes back around to the original question:

I’ve never had writer’s block because it doesn’t exist. I’ve had a hard time with a writing problem but I work through it and keep writing. That’s the most important piece of advice: keep writing, if it’s not perfect you can either learn from it or fix it when you’re wiser, and those imperfections can often inspire your best work.