Yet another update
No. We're not dead...
BUT I'M ALMOST DONE WITH SCHOOL.
Never thought it'd be this hard, but it was and my commencement is the 10th of June and I'm excited! After that I still have to work on rewrites but no more classes and since the goal was always to come back to comics after school was done, that's exactly what I'm going to do. This means The Fox Sister's moving from the bottom of my priorities back up to the top and finally, FINALLY, we're going to finish this puppy off!
Seventeen pages to go and then it's onto the next story!
What's going on.
So I hear a lot of you guys are curious about what's going on so I just want to explain.
As most of you know, I'm back in school working on my MFA in screenwriting at AFI. Well right now, I'm drowning in thesis. I'm sure you're like, "what does that mean" well let me tell you!
Basically, I'm working on a short film that's set to shoot in mid February. Because we're shooting in 3 weeks, I've spend the last few weeks massively working and reworking our script so that it's the best possible script it can be. On top of writing I've been doing major fund raising to actually shoot the film. AFI wants us to raise 65k which, as you can imagine, is a lot of money. We've raised 50k so far but still... we've got 15k to go. We can't do indiegogo or kickstarter (legal stuff with the school) so basically I've been writing individualized letters to people asking for money and then writing thank you cards to people who donate. This is all on top of writing a feature script last semester and plotting a Fox Sister pilot script for class. If that sounds crazy, yes, it is. I'm exhausted.
I've been wanting to come back to Fox Sister for a while now but until we lock this script, it's just not possible. The good news is that we lock script in like... two weeks so I'M ALMOST THERE!!!
BUT, to tide you guys over, I'm going to do this. Here are three short films that various members of my thesis team (including me) worked on.
Tarrasch Rule: A crazy political suspense short.
password: tarrasch rule
Wake Up: The short movie about a comic artist who just wants a nap.
password: wake up
Writer: Me and Kevin
Emergency Preparedness: A movie about a guy who's terrified of everything. (THIS IS SO FUN)
Editor/graphic designer: Yuri
Now, if you guys liked those films, and you're at all interested in the film we're about to shoot, you can go here: http://www.inpursuitmovie.com/
Our thesis film is called In Pursuit and it's an action/comedy/relationship movie. Basically a cop chases after a fugitive on foot, the fugitive jumps into a getaway car, and so then the cop has to commandeer a vehicle to chase after the fugitive. But the movie isn't about the cop, it's about the two people who's car's taken by the cop. Two people who are new to LA because they've just driven to LA from New York and now they're now stuck in downtown Los Angeles with no car and no one to call for help. I promise it's going to be a lot of fun.
Now, if that all sounds good to you and you're at all interested in being a HERO and donating to our movie, you can go here: https://support.afi.com/thesisfilms1415 Select 1512-In Pursuit from the drop box to donate to us. And listen, 5 dollars, 10 dollars, any dollars you can spare would be INCREDIBLE and if you live in the LA area, I'd love to invite you to the premiere of our movie in the summer. And if you don't live in LA, I can send you a link to view it online! Just let me know what you want and I'll take care of you.
Anyway, Fox Sister will be back shortly. Thank you for bearing with me through all this. It's been massively stressful!
For those of you who don't know what AFI's program is like, it's... intense. The first few weeks of every year aren't on a consistent schedule and then when you finally do have a concrete schedule, it takes a few weeks to settle into it. Right now I have 4 classes at 8 am and to get to them on time I have to leave my house by 7:15am which means of course I have to get up around 6:30-6:45 almost every morning and I've been doing homework until 1-3am some nights. And it's crazy because most of my classes were in the late afternoon/night last year. Suffice it to say I'm still getting used to this schedule + the workload.
I'd like to be back up and running in the next two weeks, but I won't know for sure about it until after this weekend because I am swaaaaaaaaamped. I'll post something about when we're back soon.
Sorry guys. It's like I'm juggling 6 things right now and I'm barely keeping up.
Back from China!
So I'm back now. Last week I spent 3 days traveling via train and air to get back home and oh my god it's so nice to be sleeping in my own bed again. I was sick as a dog for a few days there but I'm alive and kicking now so we should be good. AND I have next week's page in hand already so there will for sure be a page next week.
So We're In China!
Sorry about missing an upload last week. I was in Hong Kong last week and I'm in Shanghai this week so things are a bit crazy to say the least. Unfortunately, we apparently can't get on Fox Sister from China so we've had to VPN onto Jon's machine back home to even get on the site. UGH. FULLY FUNCTIONING INTERNET, HOW I MISS THEE. Anyway, the page is up a day early because it's Tuesday here and I figured why not. We should have a page a week for the next few weeks (as long as the internet doesn't foil my plans) so stay tuned!
So after week after week of delays on part of the moving company, Jayd's finally got her stuff and she's all moved into the apt. We'll be back up and running soon!
And in random other news, the first three chapters of Fox Sister helped me win the China Story Scholarship which means 2nd year of school at AFI is paid for and in July I'll be in China for a month researching Chinese culture for a screenplay I'll be writing next year. I'm super excited!
Sorry we're so spotty
Just want you guys to know that the comic WILL NOT DIE. Jayd and I just have INTENSE schedules right now that aren't always lining up. I literally have classes until 10pm 3-4 nights a week so it's just a matter of finding time for everything.
But we're only 27 pages away from the end of the whole series so we're not going to quit. Promise. We'll finish this mother off if it kills us!
And next week we WILL have a page. It's already done.
Updates now on Tuesdays!
So we're switching updates over to Tuesdays because Wednesday - Fridays I leave my house at 8am and don't get home till about 10pm or later because of school. Oh the wonders of grad school. I basically don't have time to actually letter anything Wednesday - Friday plus I was in Louisiana last week for Thanksgiving without access to photoshop so it's been a mess. I have the next page in hand so Tuesday there WILL be a page and hopefully delays due to school won't be as much of an issue anymore. On weeks that I'm shooting films or working on other people's films there may be hiccups but Jayd's moving cross country in two months so we're going to do our best to get it all done before then.
Thanks for being so patient folks. We're almost at the finish line!!!
My Dad's still in the weeds.
Hey guys, my dad's probably going to be fine but he's in the hospital right now because he's having a hard time fighting off a kidney infection. He's had a fever he can't quite kick for the last few days and they've got him on IV antibiotics. I'm in Louisiana right now so I'm just going to go ahead and say that there isn't going to be a page this week either. Sorry guys, my head isn't in it right now.
The page is coming, I promise...
So the page is done and just has to be lettered but I haven't done it yet because my dad had a stroke. It sounds like he's going to be fine but still, I'm in a weird place. My husband's had a kidney stone since the beginning of the week and I've been hammered hard with writing homework as well so this has basically been the week from hell for me. I will letter it later today (Saturday) after I wake up and the hang over I'm probably going to have have worn off.
I'll be going to see him later in the week for several days so it may affect the next few pages, we'll see.
I'm so sorry, guys. I know we're the unluckiest/unhealthiest lot. It's a mess.
Upload moved to next week and the Store information
Hey guys, I'm supposed to be in Utah right now but I'm not because I'm crazy sick. I'm apparently at that age where I can't go to a convention and NOT get sick. Those of you who found me at Sakura con, it was awesome meeting you.
So the next page goes up next week, totally my fault, sorry guys.
In good news, the store should be up soon. We're switching order fulfillment over to Shark Robot so that I don't have to ship things out of my garage anymore. Those of you who ordered before the store went down, your orders have been processed and just went out.
Sorry again, guys!
Hey guys, I'm having some tech problems and I'm in Seattle right now for Sakuracon so the page is going to have to be pushed back to TUESDAY. So sorry about this but I don't have all the stuff I need with me in Seattle so please bare with me. I know this is probably one of the WORST pages to do this on. Sorry!!!
We're falling apart on you guys. ;_;
Sorry, guys, this week's page has been derailed by an emergency trip to the hospital. Nothing life altering, just one of those things requiring attention.
I dunno what or why it is, but Jayd and I are literally falling apart on you guys in the health department.
Will update you on what's up in a few days.
No page this week! Sorry!
It has been... god it's been a crazy month. I have/had major things going on at the same time and they've just drained me dry.
1. I have a screenplay due next week for school
2. My sister was in town for a week visiting. (Good times! )
3. The 2+ year lawsuit my husband's been involved with just settled today. He works in video games and he and almost 40 of his coworkers were suing Activision for unpaid wages. You can sort of read about it here if you want: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/call-duty-activision-settles-lawsuit-331815 We can't really say much more about it, but suffice it to say, it's been a tense month leading up to this.
SO. I decided I'm going to take my new narcolepsy medication (oh, btw, I'm trying out new meds too this month, wtf is my life?) and sleep instead of edit/letter tonight. ;_;
BUT. I have the page, so I promise it'll be up bright and early next Thursday. When I'm less insane and more composed.
Sorry guys. ;_; I'm weak sauce this week!!!
Finally! Thursday (the 24th) we'll have the store up and running and ready for you guys to check out! In the store we'll have copies of CHAPTER 1, a really cute SOOT BULL KEYCHAIN, PRINTS, and I'm also going to make SWEETNESS my art book with Adrian Alphona also available because WHY NOT?
Hey guys! I (Christina) will be at Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) this weekend (May 5th & 6th) with Adrian Alphona selling copies of Chapter 1 of The Fox Sister! Please stop by and say hi if you're around!
Chapter 1 in print!
Hey guys! I just got word that our first few boxes of Chapter 1 are here. I should be picking them up tomorrow!
That's right, we're going to be selling copies of CHAPTER 1 IN PRINT! I'll be at WonderCon (Under Christina Strain, of course) this weekend, selling it there, and in a few weeks we'll also be selling them online. I'm super excited because they're 9" X 11.75" hardcover French Album style books.
I'll post more details tomorrow. I should have some pictures of the actual books to post then too!
I'm so excited!
Getting back on track!
We'll be uploading the new page Friday (Today) which is a day late but the good news is that things are slowly settling down and we should be back on track after this week.
Thank you guys so much for your patience. Things have been a little rough on the personal side of things and we seriously appreciate the understanding. Thank you!!
Family Emergency - Sorry again. :(
Sorry guys, sometimes the personal life has to come first.
In the meantime I'm going to be updating a few things on the site. I'm planning on making the pages larger and making several adjustments to the type so that hopefully things will be ready to go on the 1st when we put the new page up.
Sorry again, guys, thank you so much for all of your patience.
A word from the artist...
The crack I was smoking was a strain called "Christina's genius," by the way.
(hohoho see what I did there)
For serious though, I feel incredibly lucky to have met Christina and to be working on such a great project with her. She approached me in the Right Place, Right Time, and the Right Way--I usually have to turn down comic pitches from strangers because I normally don't have the time from my other projects, but for Christina's story I was willing to make it work.
I'm so glad I did! I've been learning so much because it is so different than what I usually dream up. "The Fox Sister" has been nothing but an incredible joy to work on. It's a type of story I've been wanting to see told and I'm a bit in a daze that I'm lucky enough to get to tell it! I fell absolutely in love with it, and I hope you guys love it just as much.
You probably won't see my commentary very much around the place, because this is her story and also I am normally too busy drooling over my desk from overwork, but I just want to say thank you all so much for the amazing support this comic has achieved already! I will continue to work hard and deliver
Oh, also! Since I didn't see Christina mention it in the last news post, I am mirroring the comic pages over on DeviantArt: http://foxsistercomic.deviantart.com/
Don't forget there is a twitter and an RSS feed for the comic! They have very shiny icons for you to click on at the top of the page.
Thank you! Please enjoy!
And so it begins!
So my friend Jen and I were talking a few months ago and she happened to mention that she and Jayd were friends. I was like... Oh... That girl? Psh... she's "pretty good..." and by "pretty good," I mean, "holy crap, that girl is incredible, I am SUCH A FAN." After much internal struggling, I decided to ask for her email address to see if she possibly wanted to do a webcomic with me. The following is an actual excerpt from the email:
"So yeah! Just let me know if you like it/hate it (in regards to a script I attached) and if you maybe want to talk more/punch me in the face? Win win either way, really! Right!? "
I don't know what crack Jayd was smoking, but she actually wrote me back and told me she was interested.
And I am the luckiest person alive because she has been nothing but a dream to work with.
And so... here we are! Showing you our Korean Supernatural thriller/dram-edy story. I've been asked the premise and while I think you guys will catch onto the full scope of the story in the next few pages but I'll go ahead and fill in a few blanks. Basically the majority of the story jumps forward 8 years (starting next upload) and it's really all about Yun Hee hunting down the Kumiho, which has taken on the appearance of her sister, Sun Hee. Revenge story!
Oh, and there's a white guy named Alex who gets caught up in all of it.
Two more notes~ Most of you have probably noticed, we're still working on the site! Eep! Sorry about that and please watch for further improvements in the weeks to come! ANNNND updates will be every Thursday. The goal is to upload 1-2 pages a week, so keep an eye out on Thursdays for updates!