Skip to content

Updates

All you groovie people, I’ve got some great news to share with you this month!

July was intense, with a few…near breakdowns, and some serious re-organization and planning on my part! I started creating a schedule I think in June, but as with any plans and self employment, one needs to be flexible and willing to tweak things as issues arise. With the help of my dudefriend, I feel I was able to create a realistic daily schedule (kinda…I still try to do too much!)

So what’s new?

Well, thanks to my fantastic patrons, I was able to get an actual drafting desk! The one I had was a “hobo-rigged” cannibalized desk from Brad’s former DnD gaming table and a press-board desk that had fallen apart. He salvaged the desk drawers and sawed the game table in half to create a wonderful Frankenstein Monster of a desk that I really loved. But…it was extremely uncomfortable due to lack of open leg room. So from the savings I’d garnered from my beautiful patrons, I finally broke down and bought a new drafting desk XD Don’t worry, we didn’t just discard the other desk! It’s returned to being Brad’s project table. Now we both have work desks!

Other good news? The Shop is open for business! I worked on some coding and added some pages, and voilà! The Shop should be fully functional! I have yet to test it, as it wouldn’t let me buy since my PayPal is the same as the seller. I have to run a test with my dudefriend’s account, or maybe have a friend make a purchase and re-reimburse them. But there’s a cart, there’s items to buy, there are buttons to press. Hurray! I did it!

I’ve registered for Con+Alt+Delete in Rosemont, right outside of Chicago! It’s a HUGE convention, usually seeing about 5,000 people attending! I’ve got a booth registered as an artist, and will have more details the closer we get to the event. Con+Alt+Delete takes place December 20-22, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare. Look for Blue Dragon Art! I’ll be there with comics, stickers, prints, and more! Free Dark Horse bookmarks, a different one each day (one per person per day) and a different free paper sticker each day of the convention (one per person per day, please!) I am soooo stoked! But also, a bit nervous. It’ll be okay. It’ll be fun XD Man, I got a lot of prepping and planning to do!

I’m not finished flipping Act 2, but I’ve gotten about ten pages in! So, it’s coming along. I’ll update this site and report on the update once I get it all done. I’m also fixing issues as I see them, and editing text and other mistakes. So it’s not as simple as just “flipping” it horizontally…especially with Odysseus’ burnt out eye.

I’ve joined Amazon Affiliates! Well, I’ve rejoined it. This shouldn’t effect this comic page, but if you’re interested in anime and manga, I do reviews on my art blog: Cerulean Dreams Graphics. This month I’m starting with a review of the first arc of Sailor Moon, which posts this Friday! I’ll be doing Revolutionary Girl Utena also in August.

List of things I still need to do for this site/things to come:

~Finish flipping Act 2
~Create an “Events/Conventions Page”
~Find out if I’ve been accepted to Anime Senpai in Collinsville, IL (I should know by the end of August…hopefully!)
~Finish transcribing YouTube Videos (I got busy, but I will complete this task!
~Test the “Shop” out

I am receptive to constructive criticism, so if there’s anything you want to see, or mistakes I’ve made, or anything you think might improve my website, please let me know in the comments, or send me an e-mail at cerulean.graphics@gmail.com.

Thank you, and take care!

~Blue Dragon
8-1-19


July sure came fast!

Time for some more updates on what’s going on here at The Crystal Lotus Chronicles website! I had a long laundry list of things to get done…and I got some of it marked off!

You can now progress the comic pages several ways! You can click the main image, and that’ll take you forward, you can just hit the “arrow” keys on your keyboard, and that’ll go either way, or you can use the navigation buttons at either the top or the bottom of the comic! Hurray for getting something figured out!

Le Galerie is fixed up and complete! But check back now and again for new additions! I participate in a lot of community projects and contests, so I add those when I get time. Please check it out!

YouTube has been updated! I have my thumb nails and banner are now matchy-matchy, so please check it out! I do a variety of videos, but I primarily focus on Dark Horse.

And now: Dark Horse Act One is here! I’m so excited! You can buy a hard copy or digital copy by e-mailing me at cerulean.graphics@gmail.com. The hard copy is $7.50 + Shipping. The digital .pdf is $3.00 and e-mailed to you! I take PayPal, so hit me up if you’d like to support the comic and have your very own copy! Let me tell you, NJC Printing did an AMAZING job! The pages are slick, 80#, full color (except the black and white pages-it looks just like the web comic, folks,) and the size is 5 x 7. Pages bleed where they’re meant to bleed, it’s saddle stitched…it’s beautiful, simply beautiful! I can’t wait to flip Act 2 and get it ready to go for print, also *o*

I’ve been accepted into a Magic Girl/Guy collective: Aradia! I have it listed along with the other buttons in the side bar. There’s a lot of cool comics, so please check them out!

Still on my list:

~I’ve applied for a small con in Collinsville, IL, but won’t hear back if I’m accepted until late August. I don’t want to submit for too many in the Midwest, cause we’re hoping to be out West before the end of the year (ideally.)
~Shop needs to be figured out and functional
~Flipping Act 2
~Setting up Events/Conventions page

If anyone out there has any suggestions, please feel free to comment, or send me an e-mail! I hope you all have a lovely rest of your July, and keep on truckin’!

~Blue Dragon
7-9-19







July sure came fast!

Time for some more updates on what’s going on here at The Crystal Lotus Chronicles website! I had a long laundry list of things to get done…and I got some of it marked off!

You can now progress the comic pages several ways! You can click the main image, and that’ll take you forward, you can just hit the “arrow” keys on your keyboard, and that’ll go either way, or you can use the navigation buttons at either the top or the bottom of the comic! Hurray for getting something figured out!

Le Galerie is fixed up and complete! But check back now and again for new additions! I participate in a lot of community projects and contests, so I add those when I get time. Please check it out!

YouTube has been updated! I have my thumb nails and banner are now matchy-matchy, so please check it out! I do a variety of videos, but I primarily focus on Dark Horse.

And now: Dark Horse Act One is here! I’m so excited! You can buy a hard copy or digital copy by e-mailing me at cerulean.graphics@gmail.com. The hard copy is $7.50 + Shipping. The digital .pdf is $3.00 and e-mailed to you! I take PayPal, so hit me up if you’d like to support the comic and have your very own copy! Let me tell you, NJC Printing did an AMAZING job! The pages are slick, 80#, full color (except the black and white pages-it looks just like the web comic, folks,) and the size is 5 x 7. Pages bleed where they’re meant to bleed, it’s saddle stitched…it’s beautiful, simply beautiful! I can’t wait to flip Act 2 and get it ready to go for print, also *o*

I’ve been accepted into a Magic Girl/Guy collective: Aradia! I have it listed along with the other buttons in the side bar. There’s a lot of cool comics, so please check them out!

Still on my list:

~I’ve applied for a small con in Collinsville, IL, but won’t hear back if I’m accepted until late August. I don’t want to submit for too many in the Midwest, cause we’re hoping to be out West before the end of the year (ideally.)
~Shop needs to be figured out and functional
~Flipping Act 2
~Setting up Events/Conventions page

If anyone out there has any suggestions, please feel free to comment, or send me an e-mail! I hope you all have a lovely rest of your July, and keep on truckin’!

~Blue Dragon
7-9-19

Hey there visitors!

Well, time to stall drawing my next page! Just kidding (kind of.) It’s mostly done at this point, I’m just trying to multitask and complete a couple projects at one time. Ack! I also have editing to do for a client this week! Can I get it all done?

Yes I can!

But you’re not hear to read a pep talk to myself. You might have come hear to see what updates I managed during the month of May! And let me tell you…it wasn’t much. Gomen! The good news, though, is that while not much has changed on the site yet, I have been accomplishing a ton!

In “Le Galerie,” I finally added some Dark Horse Art for you all to view! I also added two new sections at the bottom of the page, which I plan to fill with images when I get time. I have a handful of things I want to share, but I haven’t had time to get it uploaded.

The shop. I have uploaded the plugin and began watching instructions on how it functions. I want to create some images for the webpage (for the shopping cart and little messages.) Maybe this possible, maybe it’s not. But I finally took the step to install it! I’m learning a lot about WordPress/Comicpress.

OMG! The MOST exciting part for me, and I hope you, too! I finished flipping Act One, and have edited, and edited, and then I did a little more editing and finally uploaded everything into InDesign. I have created a .pdf of Act One, with additional special art page that’s only available for people buying the comic either in digital form or hard copy. I’ve been gathering estimates from local printers and working on getting the first printing of the fixed Dark Horse Act One. Once the shop is up, I will have both hard copy and digital copies available for purchase. This is for people who want to support me–I am not taking Act One down. I intend to ALWAYS keep this comic free online, because I LIKE FREE STUFF, and I feel it’d be hypocritical to expect free things and not provide the service myself 😀 Also, I want to share my story ^_^ Oh, and I have totally (and still am) been in positions to not afford comics and media entertainment. Yet it’s such an important part of our culture: part of being human! And there are so many under-privileged peeps who have every right to enjoy art and culture (this isn’t the same as demanding free art from a creator: I guess my thoughts are complex on the matter…)

So, yeah! I think that’s a pretty good place to leave the updates. Still to come:

~Finished Shop & Galerie
~Still need to look up how to progress pages by clicking current one
~Maybe updating the Youtube Page
~Flipping Act 2
~Possibly adding a “conventions” page, or “events” page

Thanks so much for stopping by, and please enjoy the site!

~Blue Dragon
6-5-19

Hey there visitors!

Well, time to stall drawing my next page! Just kidding (kind of.) It’s mostly done at this point, I’m just trying to multitask and complete a couple projects at one time. Ack! I also have editing to do for a client this week! Can I get it all done?

Yes I can!

But you’re not hear to read a pep talk to myself. You might have come hear to see what updates I managed during the month of May! And let me tell you…it wasn’t much. Gomen! The good news, though, is that while not much has changed on the site yet, I have been accomplishing a ton!

In “Le Galerie,” I finally added some Dark Horse Art for you all to view! I also added two new sections at the bottom of the page, which I plan to fill with images when I get time. I have a handful of things I want to share, but I haven’t had time to get it uploaded.

The shop. I have uploaded the plugin and began watching instructions on how it functions. I want to create some images for the webpage (for the shopping cart and little messages.) Maybe this possible, maybe it’s not. But I finally took the step to install it! I’m learning a lot about WordPress/Comicpress.

OMG! The MOST exciting part for me, and I hope you, too! I finished flipping Act One, and have edited, and edited, and then I did a little more editing and finally uploaded everything into InDesign. I have created a .pdf of Act One, with additional special art page that’s only available for people buying the comic either in digital form or hard copy. I’ve been gathering estimates from local printers and working on getting the first printing of the fixed Dark Horse Act One. Once the shop is up, I will have both hard copy and digital copies available for purchase. This is for people who want to support me–I am not taking Act One down. I intend to ALWAYS keep this comic free online, because I LIKE FREE STUFF, and I feel it’d be hypocritical to expect free things and not provide the service myself 😀 Also, I want to share my story ^_^ Oh, and I have totally (and still am) been in positions to not afford comics and media entertainment. Yet it’s such an important part of our culture: part of being human! And there are so many under-privileged peeps who have every right to enjoy art and culture (this isn’t the same as demanding free art from a creator: I guess my thoughts are complex on the matter…)

So, yeah! I think that’s a pretty good place to leave the updates. Still to come:

~Finished Shop & Galerie
~Still need to look up how to progress pages by clicking current one
~Maybe updating the Youtube Page
~Flipping Act 2
~Possibly adding a “conventions” page, or “events” page

Thanks so much for stopping by, and please enjoy the site!

~Blue Dragon
6-5-19

Hey there!

We’ve entered May, and I thought I’d post a quick update. I still have some construction to do on the site here, including making it so that CLICKING the page progresses the story. So sorry it’s taking me so long to get to that! There’s a lot going on, and I’m trying to stay on top of Comic Fury updates, this site/Tapas/Smack Jeeves, and my Youtube Channel. I haven’t forgotten it, I just need to build up my buffer again.

I also will be *hopefully* finishing up Le Galerie (The Gallery, but fancy, cause it’s in French!) I believe, once those two changes are made, then this website will be pretty much complete aside from regular updates! HURRAY!!!

I mention it on the Act Three Title page of Dark Horse, but I am working on flipping to read left to right, rather than right to left. I chose to do this for many reasons, but the main one being most of my readers are either native English Speakers, or speak a language reading left to right. It’s also my own native way of reading, and I think I could improve my visual story telling by following what comes natural to me (although, I feel I’ve gotten rather used to the right to left format.) I have been working first on flipping Act One, but will wait until I have both Act One and Act Two completed before I update this site to reflect this change. That said, going into Act Three, please read left to right.

Oh! One last update! I won third place in a contest. Authorloremipsum held a fun contest for their webcomic, Signs of Three, which is a fun re-imagining of Sherlock Holmes! I have really been enjoying it, and definitely suggest it!

I think that’s all for now! Take care, friends! And keep on truckin’!


~Blue Dragon
5-7-19

One more Update!

Dark Horse is participating in the Spider Forest Charity raising money for food for the children of Yemen. You can donate any amount, and it will all go towards helping to feed kids in need! Also, you get a free e-zine! No matter the amount you donate!

Click the image below to see their donor page! I created a color image for the zine, so you gotta donate before April 15 to see it* ^-^

*I will be sharing the image with patrons at the Sapphire Tier and higher on Patreon AFTER the drive is over.

Thanks for your consideration!!!

~Blue

4-1-2019

Update!

Good day!

Just a quick construction update! I’ve managed to add the ads to this site, and I have tried to manage them to show only at the top of the page, so as to be as least intrusive as possible, but still noticeable in case something pops up that interests anyone. But! If it turns out ads are popping up in weird places (like the middle of text) on your phones or anything, please let me know right away (I tried to turn that off, but like I mention below, I don’t really know how to code well, and this is all relatively new to me as of 2019.)

In other news, I have almost got the Gallery (Le Galerie) completely updated! I just need to add my extra Dark Horse/Crystal Lotus Chronicles images to their place holders (which is Shimiko’s Bio right now.) I hope to have that updated before the end of April.

Other updates? The Blue Dragon Youtube page is updated, as is the Patreon page. I will have an option for individual donations as soon as I figure out how to add a button. For now, if anyone is interested in making a single donation, you can contact me at cerulean.graphics@gmail.com. This is also the e-mail attached to my Paypal, so you can send it there. If you have a moment, please attach some kind of message explaining what the transfer is for–just so I know it wasn’t a mistake and the transaction wasn’t meant for a similar e-mail to mine.

In other news, Dark Horse is going to start reading LEFT to RIGHT. I will have a warning page regarding this before Act 3 begins posting, and I am diligently working on flipping the Act 1 pages, so they can reflect this update. Once everything is flipped, I will update the “About” page to say the comic reads “Left to Right.” I apologize for any confusion this causes. It was a decision I made years after I started this comic.

I am still working on updating the “Cast” page, but have most of the protagonists’ biographies up and ready to go! And I’ve started adding side bar/side frame buttons! If you like the comic, please vote for it on Top 100 Webcomics! I’ve got a nifty little button all ready to go for it 😀

Phew! Lots of updates. I think I got a lot done in just a month or two. I plan to get more done, too! I’ll probably post another update soon, once I get another slew of work completed.

Once the construction on this site is complete, the name of this page will change from “Under Construction,” to “Updates,” so you can remain privy to things going on regarding Dark Horse and the Crystal Lotus Chronicles.

Thanks for reading! Keep on Truckin’!

~Blue Dragon

3-31-19

Hey anyone who’s stumbled upon The Crystal Lotus Chronicles: Dark Horse!

This page is just a temporary one to let weary and wary visitors know this site is under some major construction.

The creators of this site, myself being the chief constructionist, both have a a ton of projects going on, so this site is going to take some time to update.

Please have patience with the wonky temporary set up as we fumble our way through the “user friendly” / “Programmer unfriendly” coding of WordPress/ComicPress. I’m woefully ignorant how to program, but the person helping me with the coding, along with all their computer nerd friends/professionals agree that WordPress can be a bit…fussy when altering the code they used to make it easier for laymen like me to work it.

That said, I am personally working on updating this. I set tasks for myself and am getting pieces done each week. For instance, this week I’ve been working on the Cast page, and soon I will be designing side bar buttons to replace that strange “archive” that links back to nothing.

Since I am also making sure the comic updates here weekly, I added my own “Archives” page to make navigation possible for when people click onto a page that’s not a comic page. For some reason, once you go to one of those pages, there’s no return…which is odd to say the least. Rest assured, I am working on solving this issue, and it will get better!

There’s a lot to look forward to, and I plan to have it set up similar to my Comic Fury page, only with the addition of a nifty sidebar. My little chibi navigation images will *ideally* be added, as well! So yay!

In the meanwhile, thank you immensely for your patience! If you have any questions, feel free to drop me a line at Cerulean.Graphics@gmail.com, or stop by any of my social media pages (I’m most active on DeviantArt (checking messages, that is,) and my e-mail. I try to update the other sites weekly, or bi-weekly (Twitter is my LEAST active site. I’m an odd duck, and I just don’t tweet.)

Thanks again for your patience! Keep on truckin’, my friends!

~Blue Dragon

2-19-19

Primary Sidebar