Blue Remedy

Meet the Mains

 

 

  The bad boy next door- who started as a secondary character but somehow wormed his way into being a main…

Victor S. Nilsson

(aka Sacha)

First appears: Blue Remedy- Episode 9 

  Sacha started as a secondary (maybe even tertiary) character for one scene…and now he has taken over my heart.  Ok, he’s taken over my heart AND a big chunk of the story :’^) oops.  See, I should have known better than to formulate a character as a mix of my partner and my brother – that was asking for trouble.   I am trying not to put any spoilers, but you may want to stop here if you are really ANTI spoiler…just in case ;^)

Get to know Sacha, one of the main characters from Blue Remedy!

Demographics

Middle name: Sacha 

Ethnicity: White (Swedish, German, British)

Birthday: March 30 (age in Blue Remedy: 26yr)

Height: 5′ 10″ (177 cm)

Place of Birth: The Seventh Borough (a bougie suburb of The City)

Current location: The City

Job: Software developer (telework)

Family/Friends/Relationships

Parents: Victor Sr (71yr) and Charlene (68 yr) Nilsson

Siblings: Victoria (26yr)

Childhood:  Sacha was raised side by side with his twin sister Victoria in the bougie Seventh Borough.  He attended a private boarding school along side his sister in Nutmeg City (approx 2.5hr from The City) from K-12 .  After graduation, he went to The City University for programming, where he completed his education and obtained a BS in Computer Science.  Although his sister is only older by a minute, he always took her lead growing up- getting into trouble right along side her.   His parents, while very loving and constantly doting on their miracle babies (they were the result of invitro fertility treatments when natural conception wasn’t working for them), were not very present in the twins lives due to career obligations.  For this reason they were raised by maids and nannies, whose deferential treatment led to them both growing up with little discipline and not understanding the word “no”.  

Childhood Best Friend: Victoria Nilsson

Current Best Friend: What are best friends? Don’t know ’em- everyone is a disappointment

Relationship status: Uncommitted

Hobbies and Activities

While he’s procrastinating on completing his work projects, Sacha likes to listen to/play music, hang out at dive bars, and visit parks for fresh air. 

After taking multiple years of piano lessons as a child, Sacha has a surprising talent and appreciation for music- which many people don’t know about!  He is notorious for waiting until the last minute to complete his work assignments, which results in him cramming a week of work into a three-day marathon coding session (often skipping sleep and working through the night with power naps).  This unhealthy work schedule does give him time to frequent the local dive bars in the evening, maybe more than he should, and unwind after over stressing himself.  When he’s actually up in the daytime, he likes to be around plants and nature to get some of that sweet sweet oxygen right from the source :^D. 

 

I think that’s all I can tell you without getting into spoilers… :^) You’ll just have to read the comic to find out more!

 

Blue Remedy

Meet the Mains

 

 

  I knew my story needed a little pizzazzzzzz…

Friday j. Jones

(aka Yay)

First appears: I Hear You- Episode 13 (Blue Remedy prequel)

 Watch out people, the queen is coming through!  Let me tell you a bit about our girl Friday- some which are seen in the comic Blue Remedy, and some from the prequel I Hear You.  I am trying not to put any spoilers, but you may want to stop here if you are really ANTI spoiler…just in case ;^)

Get to know Friday, one of the main characters from Blue Remedy!

Demographics

Middle name: Joanna

Ethnicity: White (German, Welsh, French)

Birthday: July 6 (age in Blue Remedy: 29yr ; I Hear You: 19yr)

Height: 5′ 4″ (162.5cm)

Place of Birth: Garden City Army Base  (approx 1hr outside of The City by car, 1.5 hr by train)

Current location: The City

Job: ER Trauma nurse, 3rd Shift (employed by The City Memorial)

Family/Friends/Relationships

Parents: Jonathon (60yr) and Shauna (57yr) Jones

Siblings: Colton (31yr) , Hunter (25yr) , Marley (25yr),

Childhood:  Friday grew up with her large family on the Garden City Army Base.  She attended the local private military school for her K-12 education.  After graduation, she went to the local college for nursing, where she completed her education and obtained a BS in nursing.  Being the middle child, she often helped her mother care for her twin little brothers, Hunter and Marley, while enjoying the affections and protection of her elder brother Colton.   Her home was a loving one, with strong bonds between all family members.  Even though her father was often away on military orders, she would definitely be described as a “daddy’s girl”, spending a lot of time with him whenever he was home.  

 Friday has alopecia, which began to show itself in her sophomore year of high school.  Losing her hair was a very traumatic (and unexpected) event, as the only other person in her family to show signs of alopecia was her great aunt on her mother’s side.  Dealing with the whispers and gossip surrounding her condition was a very difficult thing to go through at such a sensitive age, and she still finds it difficult to disclose her condition to new people in her life. 

Childhood Best Friend: Nick A. Andrews

Current Best Friend: Nick A. Andrews

Relationship status: Committed (unmarried)

Hobbies and Activities

Friday loves reading, pampering herself (read: hogging the bathroom), and shopping!

Friday can be a bit of a homebody at times, and enjoys losing herself in a good book.  She will never say no to a saucy novel ;^).  You’ll often find her with a book in her purse, just incase she gets held up or bored at work or while running errands. The only thing better than a good book is a good book in a bathtub filled with floral scented bubbles and a face mask on!  This queen loves to feel pampered, even if she has to do it for herself!

 

I think that’s all I can tell you without getting into spoilers… :^) You’ll just have to read the comic to find out more!

 

Blue Remedy

Meet the Mains

 

 

  My second oldest OC, and the mystery figure of the story.

Ian

First appears: Blue Remedy- Episode 3

 After I first came up with Nick way back when, I thought he needed a friend.  My first rendition of Ian is very different from the current one, as is his role in the story.  Unfortunately I can’t give any details on Ian, since discovering more about their character is a huge part of the story… and I absolutely cannot wait to take you on that journey!!! He is definitely one of the favorites of the Blue Remedy characters!

Demographics

Ethnicity: White (???)

Height: 5′ 11″ (180 cm)

Current location: The City

 

 You’ll just have to read the comic to find out more!

 

Blue Remedy

Meet the Mains

 

 

  One of my earliest and oldest surviving OCs form my childhood (and now, one of the mains in my current project)

Nicholas A. Andrews

(aka Nick)

First appears: I Hear You- Episode 1 (Blue Remedy prequel)

 Nicky boy, Nicky boy, what is there to say about you, huh?  Well, his personality (good and bad) is mostly based off me, so that’s something :^).  Keep reading for some fun facts about my favorite- some which are seen in the comic Blue Remedy, and some from the prequel I Hear You.  I am trying not to put any spoilers, but you may want to stop here if you are really ANTI spoiler…just in case ;^)

Get to know Nick, one of the main characters from Blue Remedy!  All information provided here and for the other characters later this month is in accordance with the BEGINNING of Blue Remedy- lots of stuff may change as the story progresses!!

Demographics

Middle name: Alvaro

Ethnicity: Latino (Colombian) x White (german irish)

Birthday: August 9 (age in Blue Remedy: 29yr ; I Hear You: 19yr)

Height: 6′ 1″ (185.5cm)

Place of Birth: Garden City Army Base  (approx 1hr outside of The City by car, 1.5 hr by train)

Current location: The City

Job: Paramedic, 3rd Shift (employed by The City)

Family/Friends/Relationships

Parents: John (deceased) and Sophia (52yr) Andrews

Siblings: None

Childhood:  Nick was raised by his mother and father in the Garden City Army Base.  He attended private military school for K-12.  He began his education in pre-med at the local university, but dropped out after three terms due to his father’s cancer diagnosis (he stayed home with his mom, helping to care for his father until he passed).  His father, a three star general for the Army, was often absent in his childhood due to extended military missions.  This was for the best, since whenever he was around he would mentally, emotionally, and physically abuse his son whenever he was “out of line”.  “Out of line”, according to John Andrews, was doing anything contrary to his idea of what a perfect son should be- from attitude, behavior, dress and appearance, choice of hobbies, choice of education, etc.  

Childhood Best Friend: Friday J. Jones

Current Best Friend: Friday J. Jones

Relationship status: uncommitted

Hobbies and Activities

Nick enjoys cooking, cleaning (read: throwing out old stuff to make room for new stuff), shopping, exercise, and dancing.

In his youth Nick participated in competitive dance (ballroom, hip hop, and belly dance).  After starting his career in The City and spending time in the gym with the goal of “building mass”, he no longer competes in dance nor has the abilities he did as a younger man.  However, he still enjoys dancing during his evenings off at clubs.

Currently, his main past time is fitness and exercise.  If he isn’t running on the streets of The City, he’s in the gym lifting weights and “bro-ing out” with the other gym rats.

 

I think that’s all I can tell you without getting into spoilers… :^) You’ll just have to read the comic to find out more!

 

Blue Remedy

An active project by Blue Rabbit Comics

 

 

 

 

 

 If you have heard of Blue Remedy already- you’re a winner!  If you haven’t…where have you BEEN?

 

 Blue Remedy an original webcomic is my first self-publishing project, and it has taken on a life of it’s own!  I started dreaming up this idea waaaaay back in high school.  At the time it was very different, with a lot of difference in the characters as well.  As time went on and I grew up, so did the story.  Let me tell you a little more about it!  Character introductions will be posted every Sunday in April, so make sure to turn your notifications ON!

Summary 

 Blue Remedy takes place in a metropolis called The City (based off New York City, USA).  It predominantly follows the lives of Nick and Friday, adult best friends and roommates (with some offshoots with other characters of importance).  I would characterize this story as a Drama/ Slice of Life with some fantasy elements and BL/ LGBTQ experiences within.  It is intended to look at the dark and gritty parts of the human condition, delving into many triggering topics and taboos.  There is plenty of comedic relief, romances (that thrive and some that bomb), building friendships, and other happier points as well.  Just like real life, it has its ups and downs…and I am so psyched to share them all with you!

World/Setting

The world that these characters inhabit is exactly like ours, I’ve just named the localities differently.  For example. Colombia is still Colombia, England is still England, and the US is still the US.  But instead of different states, I refer to places as cities, and reference state and city nicknames.  For example, instead of New York City- they live in The City (a nickname given by those who live in the area), New Jersey is Garden City, Las Vegas is Sin City, Connecticut is Nutmeg City…etc etc!  Yes, it is an over simplification- but I don’t care :^) It’s my story and I’m sticking to it!  Knowing the logic behind the names is not that important, but if you are from the area it can be fun to find the little “easter eggs” referencing real places :^)

This story skirts on the edge of what can be scientifically proven and the beliefs of different cultures and peoples.  Straddling this fence is incredibly exciting as a writer, and also lends to easy story telling.  Most of the traditions, taboos, superstitions, etc presented in the story are already known by most of the audience- meaning I don’t have to spend a lot of time fleshing them out. 

Origins and Character Development

I started this project waaaaaaay back in high school.  It started off very differently though.  

Nick is one of my earliest OCs, created in my junior year of high school.  Shortly after him came Ian (he had a different name then).  I put them together in a story that took place in a college town in Spain, but then came the name – Blue Remedy.  I was in an advanced English composition class back then, and I was advised to write about what you know…so I wrote about starting college, and what I thought that would be like and the struggles of leaving home.  I was drawing it traditionally, and I got a good 20 ish pages in before I stopped because I got too busy with school and work.

 As I matured, so did the story.  What I know now is very different than what I knew back then, so I aged up my characters and made some new ones!  Nick and Ian got a revamp (and in Ian’s case, a new name), and the location of the story changed to The City (I have visited New York City on a few occasions, and have lived in other large cities in the past…so that was one of those “write what you know” situations). 

To make the story deeper, I started adding more reoccurring characters based on people I actually knew- starting with Friday!  Since Ian was no longer cast as one of Nicks best buddies, he needed a new BFF.  Friday is based on my real life best friend, who was there since the start of the project way back when!  After Friday came a slew of secondary characters- Dante and Lisa included!  One of the newest mains is Sacha, who I based off a mix of my husband and my brother.  They are both Aries men and are similar in a lot of ways- but also different, since of course my partner treats me differently than my brother would…it helped me to flesh out Sacha’s behaviors to approach him from different angles,

One of the aspects I love about making my characters is that they are based on real people.  It helps me to really develop their good and bad traits without bias, and add some quirky facts about them that I may not have otherwise thought up.  Of course I do mix it up sometimes.  For example, Nick is based off me- but he also loves sweets, which comes from my partner.  Sacha is based off my partner, but he is heavily tattooed and pierced- which is something I enjoy.  Friday, though based on my best friend, hates tomatoes like I do.  Get what I mean? ;^)

 

Don’t miss out another minute!  Start reading right away!

 Art Burnout vs Art Battles

and how to tell the difference

Disclaimer: I am not a mental health professional and all discussions about mental health below are my own personal opinion and experience. 

If you do not share my opinion or experience that is also valid and I support you.

 
We’ve all been there as artists.   That place where you don’t want to do this anymore.  You know the one.  You’re tired, you’re frustrated- you want this feeling to pass but you aren’t sure how to get over it.  At some point, you wonder if you will ever draw again…

No one’s art journey is linear.  There are ebbs and flows, highs and lows, and many of us feel that flux in a very personal way.  But there are different types of “downs” that we have as artists, and they are often addressed in very different ways.  The hard part, for me at least, is knowing which “down” I am experiencing- and addressing it appropriately.  I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve googled/searched “art burn out”, looking for a remedy to my pain.  Some people will tell you to take a break, while others tell you to push through it.  Unfortunately, if you pick the wrong one it might make it worse.

 I narrowed down my own lows in my art journey to situations I will call “art battles” and “art burnout”. 

 

Art Battles

When you watch videos/ read articles about the plateaus in the art journey that can make you feel like you aren’t progressing- that, for me, is an art battle.  You are probably already familiar with the fact that our eyes’ ability to discern details and errors in our art typically develops faster than our brains’ ability to realize what it is (and then, improve our technique to correct it).  Staring at the screen/canvas/page/whatever for hours while not being able to put your finger on it… that’s so frustrating.  That frustration can lead to wanting to stop or take a break.  

But when your issue is development, stopping wont help.  It’s times like these where I push through the pain and keep drawing.  Practice makes better, and if you stop practicing you will stop getting better.  Our creative brains are like a muscle.  A little strain is good, breaking down the tissue to build it up stronger.  No pain, no gain.

 

Art Burnout

Continuing with the muscle analogy- there is a limit.  You can push yourself through the pain to become better…until you hit your true limit.  If you push too far past the limit as an athlete, you can wind up with serious injury.  As an artist, that feeling of wanting to stop because you’re too tired is art burnout.

With the constant push for art to consume on social media, we find ourselves producing material faster and faster.  As we push out more work and the creative well runs dry, we need to take breaks.  It’s even more frustrating when you have a million ideas you want to draw/make, but you’ve hit a wall and your brain just cannot process it.  It’s running on E and it’s just not going to happen (I call that creative constipation– yes you can laugh).  At times like these, I choose to take a break. 

A lot of times removing the pressure of “having to produce” something makes it easier for me to draw, so my breaks end up shorter than I intend…hah!

 

How do you know the difference?

For me, these are some indicators that let me know if I have come across an art battle, or art burnout:

Art Battle:
  • I start things but don’t finish them
  • I like working on ONE part of my WIPS (e.g. sketching vs line-art vs coloring)
  • Whatever I’m drawing just isn’t right
  • I still want to draw, but I get mad/frustrated
  • Looking at references gets me motivated
Art Burnout:
  • Thinking about drawing makes me tired/sad
  • I don’t want to work on WIPS or start new things
  • Looking at references doesn’t give me motivation
  • I don’t feel like I’m missing out by not drawing

 

Breaks are valid, and pushing through the slump is valid.

However you process the struggles of your art journey that helps you is always the best way to go.  These are just some of my own musings that might help you process your own feelings. 

Do you have art battles or art burnout?  How often?  What do you do about it?  Let us know in the comments below!

 

Why I Made My Own Website

 I spent a lot of time thinking about making a website.   I finally decided to take the plunge when I was taking a break from my social media accounts.  I wanted a way to share my work with my audience without the headache and mental strain that social media has caused me.  No numbers, no drama, just a website.  Yes.

It was a process to figure out exactly how to make a website as an artist and comic illustrator.  Let me tell you a little about the process I went through while making an art website…

Making an Art Website

 

Hosting Site

 The most important part of purchasing my website (besides the name, of course), was choosing a host.  There are so many hosting platforms out there, it can be incredibly confusing and overwhelming!  There were aspects of hosting that I didn’t even know before I started looking and comparing plans.  After reading a lot of articles/ watching videos/ etc,  I was able to pick out the following considerations as the MOST important:

  1. Speed
  2. Content permissions
  3. Storage Space
  4. Cost
Speed

 Have you ever clicked on a link and got tired of waiting when the page didn’t load?  Yeah, all of us have.  That’s the speed I was worried about.

Many articles and studies have shown that if a page takes more than three seconds to load in full, you begin to see a drop in engagement/ people staying on the page.  I won’t lie, I’m too lazy to site the articles here, but you can do a quick google search about website loading speed and find the stats yourself.

So, any hosting site with known issues with speed was immediately disqualified.

Content Permissions

A big factor for making a website was self hosting my own comics (see below).  I wanted to self host in order to be able to post fully uncensored  adult content (mostly gore) without the children’s protection  squad on sites such as TAPAS and WEBTOONS chasing me around all day.

But did you know, hosting sites can forbid adult content as well?  Yeah, I know, I was surprised too. A quick google search of the host site and “adult content” got me to the terms and conditions pages where I could find the stance of the host site on adult content.

So, any hosting site that does not allow adult content was disqualified.

Storage Space

As an artist and comic illustrator, having a lot of storage space was incredibly important!  I didn’t want to get to episode XYZ and then get a “oops, you don’t have any more space LUL” error.  Most of the hosting sites I was considering had a tier that includes unlimited storage, which is exactly what I was looking for!

So, hosting plans with unlimited storage was a must!

Cost

Of course cost is a consideration when picking a hosting site!  There are tons of specials and promos out there that can bring down the cost of hosting a website to less than $5 a month! BUT it is important to remember that after the initial purchase is made (one year hosting, three years, whatever), the cost of hosting will go to full price. However, there is a way to get around this…kind of.  You can change the hosting site of your website when your hosting deal expires, and transfer your whole website to a new hosting site with another promotional deal (as a cheapskate, this is my plan ;^) )

A free domain for a year is another cost savings option on many hosting sites ( but not all), so make sure to read what is included.

 After comparing plans with all of this in mind, I settled on: DREAMHOST

Website builder

 The other half of the website experience is…the actual builder.  If you are more skilled than I am, you may know some programming languages and are able to build your own website through coding.

That ain’t me, friends.

Due to my past experience with WORDPRESS, I wanted to stick with a hosting platform that had a built in wordpress editor.  There are multiple reasons wordpress was a good fit for me:

  1. Plug Ins
  2. Export-ability
  3. I’m used to it
Plug Ins

Broooo- plug ins.  The biggest draw to wordpress, across the board, are the plug ins!  When you use wordpress website editor on a hosted website, you are able to access all the premium plug-ins that you didn’t have access to when using wordpress.com to host your free site.

Plug-ins offer added benefits and boosts to your site.  For example: uploading custom fonts (outside of google fonts too), optimization tools, caching tools, social networking linking/gallery shares, archiving tools, web comic hosting tools, etc.  Instead of fighting with different aspects of my website manually- I can use plug-ins to make it easier on me, and do the work in the background!

Export-ability

 Earlier in this post I touched on the idea of migrating your website to different hosting sites in order to capitalize on promotional prices.  With wordpress site builders, you can easily export your website as a whole, and import it into the new hosting platform seamlessly.  This is very important for me, since I use special plug ins and themes to make sure my website runs smoothly.

I’m used to it

 I have used wordpress free hosting for years for other projects I have done, so the dashboard is really familiar to me.  However, I had no idea how much EASIER the premium features make it.  When you use the website editor on a hosting site, you are able to use drag-and-drop features that other website builders boast as unique. 

Picking a website builder I have some familiarity with made the learning curve way lower- allowing me to build my site in a few days rather than taking weeks of reading “how to” tutorials, etc.

Self- Hosting Web Comics

My goal of self-hosting my web comic was a big motivator and driver behind how/when/why I got a website. 

Earlier in this post I mentioned that being able to host my own comic without fear of blocking/ banning due to adult content was a huge part of my decision to purchase a website.  I started my web comic adventure on Webtoons, which I still intend to use.  A big downfall to self hosting is that you don’t have a built in audience on your own platform.  It can be very hard for people to find your work.

But that’s ok, I want the freedom to post how I want to.

Since I started on Webtoons, I’ve been drawing my comics in a vertical scroll format.  There are lots of pros and cons to this- and I really like it, so I needed to find a way to host a vertical scroll comic.

Enter: Toocheke

Toocheke is a theme and plug in available on wordpress that provides a “webtoon-esque” vertical scroll comic experience.  There are, again, a lot of pros and cons to using this theme. 

One super annoying thing is that it isn’t very customizable.  For this reason, I don’t think my web comic website is very pretty…but, that’s ok. My main goal and concern was the actual web-comic part, not the landing page, so I could live that.

There are other web comic themes/hosting options, but this one works the best for me as a Webtoons user.  I’m very happy with the seamless vertical scroll appearance with no gaps between the images, and how it is mobile friendly as well.

 

I hope that this was helpful!

Good luck on your website journey!  Feel free to drop a link to your own website below.

 

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