Blue Remedy Season Two

Cover Reveal

 

 

I am very happy to announce that season two will be posting publicly (on all platforms) starting

OCTOBER 31, 2022

((of course, patrons will be getting early access AND a special bridge episode between seasons one and two…))

This season is going to be very Ian-centric (*Ian fans scream in delight*)…but not in a good way.  You will be learning a lot about him in this season, and what has happened before he joins Nick and Friday in their apartment (how we are used to seeing him).  He will be getting his haircut, a few scars, and a new addiction…not to mention some more red flags…

are you ready?

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? ;^)

 

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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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