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The comic known as 1944: Tide of Eons has been interviewed by yours truly. The author and illustrator of the comic, Daryl Spaulding, has been a good sport, allowing us to complete this interview.
1. Where did you get the idea to start the comic?
I bullied myself into it. I'd been working on the characters for a significant length of time, since middle school, but when I realized it was not fit for print, I made it into a webcomic.
2. Are there any characters based on people you know?
Yes and no. In the beginning, Chris was semi based on myself, and eventually grew away into his own person. Certain elements of Julie were taken from hazy memories of my sister from the 1980's. Philip is a collaboration of many of my friends, with some typical villain flavour tossed on. All of the characters I write have some kind of firm grounding in the real world, but they seem to go onto paper in a state of Skewed, MA. I guess that says something about the people I know.
3. What made you decide to change the style of the drawings and font?
Lots of things, to be honest. I initially began with that unrefined style to save time, because a full-page comic takes up a significant portion of my time. However, I started developing more and better techniques (Subtext: To cut corners) and make it appear to have better production values. It's a further testament to my usual statement: "Webcomics are like forced practice, you have to do one every week at least, and you have to learn new things or die in the mix". The other influence was the author of Casual Notice. He did a review of my webcomic in which he praised my art style, but referred to it as "unfinished", saying it looked like I was fighting against time constraints. I WAS fighting against time constraints, but I didn't want it to be so terribly apparent. The font change was actually a product of the forums. A few people said that HeloniaNeue simply was not "A comic font", so I resolved to find a new one, more fitting of the new inked style.
4. For the new readers, do you mind summarising the storyline for them?
In a nutshell: Chris Eschel is a bored inventor who screws up, invents time travel, reverses his circadian rhythm (it always stops at a point right before adolescence), and tried to figure out how to get it going the right way again. His grand-daughter finds his invention and screws up too, going after him to seek the cure, but finds out he's just as confused. Chris' old friend wants to sell the technology and use it for his own gain, and begins using the reversed age to manipulate people and gain power, all while trying to understand how it all works. And of course, the military gets wind of it and is interested.
Plus there's unrequited love. There's ALWAYS unrequited love.
That's all I have to say without ruining the ending.
5. How long does it take to create a comic?
A few days. During the school year, I dream up ideas instead of paying attention in statistics classes, and eventually gather up the whatsit to draw them up. The actual inking takes about 4 hours, the greyscale "colouring" about 3 hours, and the dialogue is actually written from the top of my head, with the knowledge of where I want it to go. So all in all, about 8 or 9 hours of honest-to-goodness work goes into each one.
6. Do you feel happy and shining and brimming in the sunlight when making a new comic for your readers?
Yes. I think that's essential for making a webcomic. My friend and business partner started his webcomic (Dance with me) around the same time as I, and sometimes he gets down on himself for having to actually make the comic.
7. is it true that comic 4 actually has some form of a sexual action taking place?
No, I don't think it does. Where do you see that? I don't put any sexual content in my comics. Minus... the implied sexual content. Which there hasn't been any of yet. Ohshi- I see it now. NOT what I meant.
And so ends the interview with the Author of 1944: Tide of Eons, Daryl Spaulding. I would like to thank him for doing the interview. Here is a little known fact, this interview was done on irc and was much neater than the Weebl and Bob one.
And now it's time to have a cup of tea and some crumpets.