05/23/13 - RIGHT! I'm back! Live in fear or something!
First off, sorry for being so negligent in updating the main page. For those of you who come to this page first rather than checking the New Comic, you may have missed the conclusion of Peaches' story, which can be found here.
Second, for those of you who are in the Toronto area and may have forgotten, this weekend is Anime North! As always, Dragon Mango will be there, selling our junk, and also I'll be doing art and things, probably. (As well as a playable build of my latest pony game.)
And thirdly, I'd like to both apologize and discuss the way Dragon Mango's been lately, and where it's going.
That last chapter was an interesting learning experience for me. While a lot of Dragon Mango's story is fairly fluid - we know where the major landmarks are (for instance, we always knew the Dragonslayers' secret would be revealed after the tournament, and that Mango and Cherry would have an argument leading up to the sealed gate being opened), but the actual details of the story are frequently made up as I go along.
This one was different - Peaches' story has been pretty well defined in my head since we started writing Mango, way back in the late 90's, and so I thought I knew exactly how it was supposed to go.
Then, as I was trying to get it down onto paper (or, well, into digital form, as I do it these days), I discovered a number of plot holes and other problems, and started struggling to tidy those up, and ... well. With that combined with trying to force myself to stick to a weekly update schedule, Chapter 7 was a bit of a mess, for which I apologize.
So, with that in mind, having finally wrapped up that chapter, I've decided to take Dragon Mango back to its roots and see if that helps refresh my enthusiasm (and hopefully that of you, the readers).
This means two things. One: for the duration of Chapter 8, UPDATES MAY OR MAY NOT BE ON THURSDAY. Looking back through the archives, I find I generally liked the comics a lot better when they were just being posted whenever. With any luck new comics WILL go up on Thursday out of sheer habit - like this one is - but I reserve the right to be unpredictable, because gosh darn it, I'm 1000% more productive when I'm not following any rules.
And secondly ... I have a BUNCH of loose plot threads that need addressing to properly set up the next major plot arc of the comic, but none of them was individually strong enough to carry a chapter alone... so therefore, in the spirit of experimental creativity, and prioritizing fun over common sense, I have decided that I shall do them all at once. I hope you look forward to finding out what will happen as much as I will, as we enter Dragon Mango's eighth chapter: "A Bunch of Stuff That Happened"!