Comic 600 - Jack and Gwen

23rd Aug 2020, 11:00 PM in Chapter Nine
600 - Jack and Gwen
Average Rating: 5 (8 votes)
rufiangel 23rd Aug 2020, 11:24 PM edit delete
rufiangel
Heya folks! :D Notice anything different??

Here it is, the very long overdue website layout overhaul I'd been planning for literal years. In commemoration of hitting #600, I figured it was a good time to finally go ahead and update the website's look. A really great human being and friend of mine helped to put this together for me since I can't code for socks, so I'm super duper grateful β™₯ There are a lot of quality of life changes and tweaks done here and there, with various cool bits and bobs now possible through the Magic and Power of Someone Who Knows How To Websiteβ„’. Thanks so much! ;v;*)/ And thanks to you, dear readers, for supporting and sticking with Serpamia Flare through 600 pages. I really appreciate your love and support of the story and its characters, and of course your endless patience in regards to its often ailing author. Please know that I am super grateful to every one of you, and I hope to continue to bring SF to you until it meets its conclusion. :3 That will take a while yet though XD

The new characters being introduced on this page have been glimpsed on the cover page for this chapter. I hope you guys enjoy their introduction~ :3 They'll be fairly important in the grand scheme of things so stay tuned!

I also really hope you guys like the new website - please feel free to poke around. There are still some more updates I need to do in terms of content but the layout should now be a lot more sleek and less heavy on the loading side of things. Let me know if you have any issues or thoughts on the new layout :D I'm sure I'll keep tweaking things in the days to come.

Also, my big moving day is happening right on update day this week, so I'm afraid I'll have to beg for the benevolence of you dear readers as I take another week off so I can actually do that. I'll be back with an update on the 4th of September.

Thanks once again for reading SF! ;v;*)/ See you guys in September! Stay safe and sane 'till then, dear readers.
CiciEnixa 23rd Aug 2020, 11:14 PM edit delete reply
CiciEnixa
OMG Gwen's even cuter now that we're meeting her ahahaha that puffy pout <3 And Jack looks so fancy~ (they both do, actually, they're wonderful and I love them already <3<3<3)

(Also I like the new website look!)
rufiangel 12th Sep 2020, 12:15 PM edit delete reply
rufiangel
I'm glad you like Gwen in all her puffiness XD <3 they are both here on an official capacity, so I'd hoped to present them looking a bit fancy-pants - very happy it came across well X3

(Thank you! :D I'm sure I have loads left to tweak but I'm glad to finally get the re-skin up and running XD)
Headgamer 23rd Aug 2020, 11:39 PM edit delete reply
Headgamer
Love the design of both characters introduced here. If seems like they will have a fun dinamic.

Some might say Jack has a little too much green, but I for one believe you can never have too much of that rich forest green. It has to be my favorite shade. I like him already.
rufiangel 12th Sep 2020, 12:17 PM edit delete reply
rufiangel
I'm glad you like their designs! I did spend some time on them so it's a happy day to know they're being received well <3

And you know, now that you mention it, I did give Jack a lot of dat forest greeeen XD; hopefully nobody out there doesn't like dat green :D
megados 24th Aug 2020, 12:14 AM edit delete reply
megados
Wow, this is great! First new characters to learn about, and, second, the new site look and layout!

We already learn a couple of small things about Gwen and Jack, in that they are pretty well aquainted, and that Gwen might have some "thief" attributes, such as stealth?

The site looks more "flowing" if that makes sense. One's eye runs more smoothly along the page. Does that make sense?

Hopefully the move didn't take too much out of you, and you're keeping well!
rufiangel 12th Sep 2020, 12:19 PM edit delete reply
rufiangel
Thank you! :D I think Gwen, er, thinks she has better "thief" attributes than she actually does XD

I'm very glad that the site flow works better this time around. It's certainly something I was aiming for so hurrah~ \o/ Streamlining the viewing experience is something I'd like to continue to try and do :3

The move was a major pain but I'm definitely starting to settle in now :) Thank you very kindly for your encouragement and support!
A. Moose 24th Aug 2020, 12:41 AM edit delete reply
It's certainly different, of the "needs getting used to" kind. So I'm reserving judgement for a bit. It's modern-ish for a tablet-age but I can see the vertically rather enormous header getting annoying quickly trying to trawl the archive, for example.

Oh, I'm getting a "sorry, post too long". I don't see how a 1000 character limit is limiting spam because most spam will be random crud like "Gosh I like your website!!!", add some keywords, then some links to whatever is being peddled, but anyway. Rest of the comment, elided.
rufiangel 12th Sep 2020, 12:22 PM edit delete reply
rufiangel
You're definitely right about the header being a bit big - it didn't seem like it at the time I was installing it, but now I totally see what you mean XD; I will try and see what I can do about reducing it a bit. Thank you for the feedback :3 and feel free to continue to provide further thoughts on the layout if you have more!

And feel free to break a comment up into bits or pop into Discord to share thoughts if it extends past 1,000 characters :O I didn't even know there was a comment limit to be honest XD;

Thanks very much for sharing your thoughts so far though <3 much appreciated!
DLKmusic 24th Aug 2020, 1:03 AM edit delete reply
DLKmusic
600!!!! YEAY!!!! (insert noise poppers, balloons, and teary eyed fans with champagne glasses).

I like the new layout, but I should mention that the rotating silhouettes in the title banner look great in chrome, but don't show up if I'm using Edge (another reason to not use Edge, I suppose).
rufiangel 12th Sep 2020, 12:24 PM edit delete reply
rufiangel
D'aw thank you DLK! ;v;* I certainly would try and splurge on the good bubbly for that celebration if I could XD

Thanks for the feedback re: the silhouettes - I didn't realise it'd look different in different browsers o-o I should try and fix that a bit, probably when I attempt to reduce the size of the header. According to Google Analytics I do have some readers that view the comic on Edge, so I should keep that in mind >3<*)/
The Accidental Ninja 24th Aug 2020, 2:44 AM edit delete reply
The Accidental Ninja
oooOOoh! New layout!! New characters!! (they look like fun characters :D)

Good luck with moving!! Don't get too worn out, and take as much time as you need to get back to updating!
(in the meantime, I think it's high time I go re-read the archives hohoho)
rufiangel 12th Sep 2020, 12:26 PM edit delete reply
rufiangel
New layout, new characters, new house! XD

I'm glad they look fun :3 they have been under wraps for quite some time now, a long time in the making, so it's great to have them finally out in the open :D

Thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement dear <3 moving was a massive pain but I am now on the other side of the unpacking business, thank the Lord!

(Thank you very much <3 I hope the archive trawl isn't too difficult with the header as it is :'D)
Evervigilant 24th Aug 2020, 3:58 PM edit delete reply
The new site layout looks good. Congrats on 600 pages! Lastly love the scene of her upside down with her hair and tail hanging and his reaction.
rufiangel 12th Sep 2020, 12:27 PM edit delete reply
rufiangel
Thank you very much, Evervigilant <3 ;v;*)/ Much appreciated!

And I'm happy you like that scene, it was definitely fun to draw XD
mjkj 24th Aug 2020, 4:19 PM edit delete reply
mjkj
Oh, change of scene??? :o 😲

So, who are they?

@a/n: yeah, noticed it right away :)
...congratulations on comic 600 :D 😁πŸ₯³πŸ°πŸͺπŸ§πŸ¨πŸŽ†πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠ
rufiangel 12th Sep 2020, 12:29 PM edit delete reply
rufiangel
Fun fact perhaps - this scene was originally supposed to be slotted in a bit earlier, but I rejigged it a bit for Reasons. Hopefully the transition isn't too jarring - we're about to do another scene change very shortly after so XD;

And thank you so very much for your kind words and support all the way through these hundreds of pages mjkj ;v;* I don't have enough words to express my gratitude, but thank you! <3
mjkj 14th Sep 2020, 3:30 PM edit delete reply
mjkj
You are welcome and thank you 😁
KAM 24th Aug 2020, 5:21 PM edit delete reply
KAM
Nice comic and redesign.

Good luck with your move. :-)
rufiangel 12th Sep 2020, 12:30 PM edit delete reply
rufiangel
Thank you KAM! :D Much appreciated <3 thank you for your kind encouragement and readership through all these years! >3<*
Wido 24th Aug 2020, 9:21 PM edit delete reply
I loooooove the new site!!! and 600?? Kudos for getting this far!
rufiangel 12th Sep 2020, 12:31 PM edit delete reply
rufiangel
Thank you Wido! X3 I really appreciate your kind support ;v;*)/ and I'm glad you like the new site layout! Certainly was a long time incoming :'D
melaredblu 28th Aug 2020, 1:12 PM edit delete reply
melaredblu
This comic is incredibly engrossing! I started reading it and I just couldn't put it down. I looking forward very much to seeing what happens in the future.

(Also, I am absolutely over the moon that Kylie finally found her brother and it is utterly adorable how much she fawns over him.)
rufiangel 12th Sep 2020, 12:33 PM edit delete reply
rufiangel
Aww geez, thank you melaredblu <3 ;v;** I'm very happy you're enjoying it so far! Thank you for taking the time to let me know <33 I hope you'll continue to enjoy the story as we go on >v<**

(<333 I'm extra happy about this too, thank you so much >v<**9)