|7-17-09||Page 148 is a photo of one of my wife's relatives taken in the 1850s. After a little work on the lady's face with Adobe Photoshop, I have made her as I imagine Danielle Dark would have looked just prior to her turning.|
Happy New Year! I am very excited to announce that Danielle Dark will now be available in Italian. This was made possible by a very generous reader in Italy. After seeing Danielle Dark listed on OltreComics.com, this reader offered to translate the first 100 pages of the comic into Italian. The first 48 pages are now online. You can access them by clicking the Italian flag on the home page.
If Danielle Dark is popular in Italy, I plan to continue to post the comic in both English and Italian. Who knows, maybe Danielle Dark will become an international sensation. A guy can dream, can't he.
Happy Halloween, everyone. Today marks the second anniversary of Danielle Dark. It has been a great two years, and I am looking forward to doing this comic for years to come. I hope everyone has enjoyed Danielle Dark, and I hope you continue to check in each week to see what is going on with my favorite vampire.
If you are going to be out and about this Halloween evening, have fun and be safe.
I've been a little lax in my remarks. A lot has been going on around here, but I won't bore you with that. Danielle Dark has been picking up new readers, both here and on sites like Drunk Duck and Smack Jeeves. A couple things have happened recently that are pretty cool. A few weeks ago, Oltre Comics, an Italian site, invited me to list Danielle Dark with them. I was even contacted by a fan in Italy who offered to translate the first 100 pages. Stay tuned for more on that.
Last week Danielle Dark was nominated for Best Noir Comic in the 2nd annual Drunk Duck Comic Awards. This morning I found out that Danille Dark won! This means a lot because readers and creators, alike, cast votes for the nominees. I want to thank everyone for their support.
|4-6-08||Page 84 was a little late being posted. It was drawn while I was in Florida on vacation. While I had everything I needed to complete the page, I neglected to load my website authoring software on my laptop. As a result, I could only upload the comic the Drunk Duck and Smack Jeeves. As soon as I returned home, I helped my wife unpack. Once that was completed, I was able to post the comic on this site. Sorry for the delay.|
|12-21-07||It has been a pretty good year for me and my family. Nothing outstanding has happened, but we remain in good health and are looking forward to gathering together for Christmas. It is my most sincere wish that everyone out there reading this, regardless of your religious persuasion, enjoy health, happiness and good fortune in the coming year. My dad told me something once. I can't remember the exact words but it went something like this: Accepting your fellow man is much less stressfull and is much more rewarding than hating him. Pretty good advice, if you ask me.|
|11-23-07||It's the day after Thanksgiving, and it occurred to me that I haven't made any comments in a long time. Things have been busy around here, as I suppose it is for everyone. Christmas shopping is in full swing, so I intend to stay home away from the crowds at the mall.
I hope everyone is enjoying Danielle Dark so far. Things are going to be a bit hard for our girl as she learns more about herself. It won't all be bad, but it will shake things up for a while.
Today is Friday the 13th, an appropriate date for a Danielle Dark update. This comic is also hosted on DrunkDuck.com, and today we topped the 25,000 hit mark. Thanks to everyone for reading and making this happen.
The last two weeks have been great. DrunkDuck.com featured Danielle Dark, and as a result more than 20,000 hits to the comic happened in an exciting 14 days. It was both gratifying and humbling to receive the favorable comments made by readers. I was also flattered to receive my first fan art. Check out the Gallery to see the work of Mr. Mustard Seed and Lily Rose. Be sure to click on the links below their art work. I think you will enjoy their online comics.
Well, winter is finally here in Indiana. We've been lucky and missed the brutal weather that has hit most of the Widwest. That is, until now. It's about ten degrees outside with high winds. Next week the forecast is for zero and below zero temperatures. Looks like I'll be stuck inside for a few days. I will, however, have more time to work on the comic. Maybe I will figure out this web stuff and get an interactive forum added to the site. I've gotten some nice feedback from readers on DrunkDuck.com and it would be cool to be able to hear from people who visit this site.
Many thanks to everyone.
I hope everyone is able to enjoy the holidays this year. It has been a stressful one for many, and I want to express my hope that the coming year will be better for everyone. Regardless of your beliefs, I wish you a happy life and good times for you and those you care about.
Last week I received a request for permission to use Danielle Dark in a sprite comic. While I admit that sprite comics are not my cup of tea, they do have a large following. There are a lot of gamers out there who are passionate about their favorite games and comics. Sometimes gamers are given a hard time about their pastime of choice, and I think that is unfair. I have a love affair with amatuer astronomy and endure comments about spending cold nights "just to look at the stars." Why can't people just admit that they don't understand someone's passion without adding snide comments.
Anyway, while I have chosen not to allow my main character to be used elsewhere, I appreciate the compliment. It has also introduced me to a type of online comic that is new to me. Some of them are pretty good.
There are a bunch of us expressing ourselves in comics and it is entertaining and enlightening to delve into a site's archive to see how the artist has improved and grown over time. That is why I never throw away my old sketch books. In order to have a better idea of where I'm going, it is useful to look at where I've been.
Today Danielle Dark was listed on onlinecomics.net so more people may stumble upon my humble site. It can also be found on drunkduck.com. I have already gotten some positive feedback from some readers, but I fully expect to receive scathing remarks from others. Everyone is entitled to an opinion, and I encourage people to share their thoughts with me. There is always room for improvement.
I have already heard from Aeon and Von Teufel on drunkduck.com. Both had some praise and some legitimate criticisms. I am new to all this and I admit I have much to learn. So to Aeon and Von Teufel, thanks again for taking the time to read Danielle Dark and thanks for your comments. They really were constructive and encouraging.