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October 9th, 2009, 9:00 am
Average Rating: 3.25


Author Comments:
Shard, October 9th, 2009, 12:52 am ( Reply )

This mini-saga is over, but I'm afraid I have some bad news.

I have to go on hiatus for a while.

11th grade is a lot of work and I need to be able to focus to keep it up - I haven't had much time for anything, so until I can learn to balance work and play I doubt I'll be updating anytime soon. I can still make updates on the fly for other things but for something like {MUTE} which a lot of work goes into, I can't keep up with everything that's going on. So I apologize again and I hope that this break won't be too long of a break, and I'll see you all around the site.

Advertisement, November 16th, 2019, 9:09 pm ( Reply )

Shard, November 5th, 2009, 3:42 pm ( Reply )

Hi all,
If you're curious about my status as far as resuming updates go, you can check out thi s news post. I'll try to remember to update the thing whenever I get the chance to/make updates so you guys can know what's going on as far as updates go.

User Comments:
Harrow, October 9th, 2009, 9:17 am ( Reply )

Sad Matt is sad. ;-;

@Hiatus News - No problem--- We'll all be waiting til' then. :D

Grey_Wolf_Leader, October 9th, 2009, 9:37 am ( Reply )

Please don't go on hiatus as long as Ryan_MC... We're still waiting for him to get back... *cries*

Rage, October 9th, 2009, 10:02 am ( Reply )

Try making the comics on saturday and updating on Sunday.

Striffen Cloud, October 9th, 2009, 11:22 am ( Reply )

Oh no! What happened to Kitani??
XP. Anyways, good luck. I barely passed all the crap I did 11th grade, so I understand.
Hopefully your senior year is as easy as mine is so far.

Reshy~ (Guest), October 9th, 2009, 11:37 am ( Reply )

It's not that simple Rage, Niv is a senior and has a hell of a lot of work to do that's more important to her life than MUTE. On top of that Niv has a job and social demands, she more than deserves a break.

So take your time Niv, we'll still be here~

Ryan aka Tails128, October 9th, 2009, 11:48 am ( Reply )

As a Junior myself, I totally understand where you're coming from. Not a problem!

Shard, October 9th, 2009, 12:44 pm ( Reply )

@Reshy- If you're going to defend me at least do it right... Junior. No job but taking all honors. And what social life? I don't seem to recall having one... And sorry if that seemed rude.

Yamataro, October 9th, 2009, 12:46 pm ( Reply )

OH NO! HIATUS! ...Oh and kitani's gone...
DARN YOU 11TH GRADE!!!... I'm in 12th...
DARN YOU WORK!!!... I have no excuse for that one. :3

scytheholder, October 9th, 2009, 3:00 pm ( Reply )

Why the **** is everyone on the internet 1 year older than me?!

LaMoop, October 9th, 2009, 7:33 pm ( Reply )

I'm in pretty much the same boat here, so I can understand that.

WolflanDarkwolf, October 9th, 2009, 9:21 pm ( Reply )

I think most of us are in the same boat here.

AnXjak, October 9th, 2009, 10:08 pm ( Reply )

I guess we can all agree high school can be so fucking annoying..

At least you only have to do it once.. lol.

FatalRetribution, October 10th, 2009, 2:52 am ( Reply )

Well, Least you all have school to go to right?

Ciber Paulo, October 10th, 2009, 3:05 am ( Reply )

I am only 3 weeks into the 11th grade and my work pile is already reaching my neck too.

AnnaBonana, October 10th, 2009, 9:04 am ( Reply )

I just started freshman year and my dumb school thought it'd be cool to give all the freshman honor classes. All classes as honor classes ;_; so now I'm gonna fail out of my high school for sure. So yeah, I feel the sting of homework studying and grades.

Good luck to you D: Atleast you got them Asa junior and not a freshman (although it'd be nicer to not have them at all) @w@;;

FlyingMonkey, October 10th, 2009, 1:12 pm ( Reply )

...I don't get it?

Reshy~ (Guest), October 10th, 2009, 3:30 pm ( Reply )

Sorry, Niv. Last time I checked you worked for your uncle... Also, being in the UK I guess I was misjudging your school time by our standards.

Imperial, October 10th, 2009, 6:51 pm ( Reply )

All honors is freaking annoying i'm in 10th grade and taking them, you got any AP classes?

G.I.U.L.I.O., October 12th, 2009, 6:00 am ( Reply )

Ah man, this blows. School work shouldn't be so hard or heavy that it prevents you to pursue your passions and hobbies. My only consolation to you Shard is be glad that you're still in 11th Grade. NON-IB 11th grade that is.

overkill, October 18th, 2009, 11:47 pm ( Reply )

i waited for ryan, i can surely wait for shard :)

Woody242, October 19th, 2009, 12:14 pm ( Reply )

Remember, the badger seeks grapes only when the canoo has left shore.

SeveX, October 21st, 2009, 6:01 pm ( Reply )

Her mouth is too big.

Harrow, October 23rd, 2009, 2:15 pm ( Reply )

Oshat. I guess I should hug my precious time until it's gone then. D:

10ace, November 5th, 2009, 3:39 pm ( Reply )

:c wow long afc :c

afc = away from computer

cqclegoman, November 24th, 2009, 10:55 am ( Reply )

Ohay 400 fans.

Evil Agram, November 28th, 2009, 3:17 pm ( Reply )

First, the banner is FRICKIN' HEUG. And this is coming from someone with a 1600x1200 monitor. The combination of sprites and drawn art is just painful. It was painful from start until right now. The whole thing makes it rather obvious that you don't really know how to use photoshop, nor that you're a very competent artist. It would be acceptable if you drew out the backgrounds and had the characters pixelated, perhaps vice versa, but intermittently switching between the two on a random basis as you seem to be doing is not conductive to making a good comic. Using drawn eyes ON pixelated characters is a recipe for disaster. The resolutions completely clash. You appear to have the skill to make it an entirely drawn comic, but for some reason are still switching between edits and drawings for no good reason.

Your use of photoshop effects does not blend well with the pixel art either. In general you should stick to either pixel or higher resolution art, and not let the two blend. Don't blur the sprites or apply some ridiculous wind effect to them. It doesn't look pretty. Playing with hues and the color balance is acceptable, but you should really stick to the same resolution with things.

I see some really incredibly detailed and well made pixel backgrounds in there, so I'm now forced to ask you where you stole them from, because it's pretty clear from the rest of the comic that you didn't make them. That and seriously, I want to know where you stole them from, I want to see more of these backgrounds and landscapes. They're really good.

Sticking sonic type heads on megaman type bodies is yet another poor decision, as with the giant tails edit running around. The clothes don't fit on the body very well. And the palette is frankly rather poor except on the parts retained from the original tails sprite. Good rule of color is to NEVER GO DIRECTLY FROM LIGHT TO DARK, ESPECIALLY ON A GRADIENT. Color theory is a bit complex beyond the simple rules of complementary colors, I'm going to have to leave you to get a feel for it yourself.

The special effects, fire in particular, are poorly executed. There's a specific value curve that applies to fire and other glowing objects. The idea is a white center, or one of the glow color, then a quick dropoff into another color that more or less smoothly gradients into the background. Without contrast, there is no glow, so it's a good idea sometimes to slightly darken the rest of the image to play up the contrast between the fire and everything else. It mimics the effect our eyes naturally create when we view a bright object. http://dl.dropbox.com/u/416986/Pictures/flames.png This is a study I did of such things a long time ago. The whole thing was drawn in photoshop from scratch using brushes, no smudging or filters.

I can't comment on the plot too much, as I've only really skimmed the comic. I'll do a full archive binge when I have time. The layout doesn't make archive binges very easy, especially with the gigantic logo at the top.

10ace:to lazy (Guest), November 29th, 2009, 6:02 pm ( Reply )

Ok we know your trying to help and all evil and your Crits are ok and all but srsly, do you realy have to be a prick when doing C+C? doing C+C doesnt mean tell someone how bad there comic/drawing/sprite/etc,
its about telling them how to get better at doing what they do not being a prick and using C+C for trolling reasons and yes my comics are bad and i shouldnt be making this comment at all but unlike most other people i aint gonna call you a"gay nigga" "dick sucker" or anything like that, all im saying is that you should stop being so mean when making your C+C insted of being a prick. thanks.

Shard, November 29th, 2009, 8:13 pm ( Reply )



As far as that stuff goes, I'll be sure to work on things to improve, but it may be a while before any evident changes come up, as I pre-make these comics so I can at least put things up when school bites me in the ass. And as far as sprite usage goes... I suck at drawing consistently, really, so even if I were to find the time to make a drawn comic, the skill to make good backgrounds, and the motivation to hold onto one of the many ideas I continually get, it'd still be difficult to make a drawn comic... Though, I'm always up for a challenge, so when I finish this comic (since I am determined to do so), I'll probably try making a drawn comic and see what comes out of it. That'll be fun, aye...?

Ah, and thanks again for taking the time to critique my work. And please ignore the rabid fans trying to make you stop doing it, because I really do appreciate you taking the time to do it.

Evil Agram, November 29th, 2009, 10:26 pm ( Reply )


And really, where are you stealing these backgrounds from? I need to know.

Shard, November 29th, 2009, 10:46 pm ( Reply )

Depends which ones you're referring to. Some of them are simple gradient-effects I put together, but for the most part they come from BGHQ.

Cat Top, November 30th, 2009, 1:52 pm ( Reply )

what the fuck am i reading.

10ace, December 1st, 2009, 3:20 pm ( Reply )

mind fuck, thats what your reading.

also Evils account is banned yet again. how meny does he go through in a year would be a fucking awesome question

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