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Sea Town chap 11 page 20

December 13th, 2018, 5:14 am

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Reply AmiC, December 13th, 2018, 5:28 am

So here it is, i finally made it to the end! It's taken a few years to get to this point, so to everyone who's stuck with Mana, Jim and co. throughout, i give a huge thank you! So, how did you like it? Or not, as the case may be?...^-^; Did anything surprise you? Would you have changed anything?
For me, this is the only way this story could have gone, and one i reeeeally wanted to write. Even so, even i had some surprises during the course of writing. My characters have a knack for surprising me...^ ^;
Now that it's all over, i think the only thing i would like to change is my own artwork. I'd like to go back and re-draw eveything! That could take some time...

Reply cherish.york, December 13th, 2018, 12:51 pm

Wooow, what a brilliant ending. It literally made me smile. Well done for completing it. I enjoyed reading this webcomic.

Reply AmiC, December 14th, 2018, 5:15 am

@cherish.york: Thanks for reading all this time! It really helps to know that someones's reading and enjoying your work as you make it, so a big THANKS definitely goes out to you! ^-^

Reply cherish.york, December 15th, 2018, 10:23 am

Awww, you're welcome Ami!

Reply WindowMaker, January 13th, 2019, 4:14 am

Congrats on reaching the finish line! I have been following the comic since March 2017.

For the story, I'm still confused actually. My current understanding is:

1. Sea Town is an environment analog to the Matrix-- represented here in color pages.
2. Those weird phenomenons they were investigating are actually "glitches" that allowed them to go (back?) to the "real world"-- which is represented in gray pages.
3. Once Mana crossed over to the "real world", all she encountered there were pain and loss.
4. So now they're back, met her boyfriend, and live happily ever after.

Tell me if I'm wrong? Or maybe I watched The Animatrix too much?

(I used scare quotes on "real world" because I'm not sure whether that one is more real than Sea Town, or is just a parallel universe)

P.S. For the revamp, if that's going to happen; I would like to ask that it be done as a second, separate version of the comic though.
P.P.S. I suppose that your "View of Japan" comic you mentioned on chapter 7 page 29 is this one?: https://tapas.io/episode/682953

Reply AmiC, January 13th, 2019, 6:44 am

Thanks for reading along for as long as you have! I really appreciate it!
Yeah, i'd say you have the fundamentals of the story down, but it may be a little too Matrix influenced...not that there is anything wrong with that, it still seems to work when thought of this way...
In a nutshell, Sea Town is a space between life and death, or maybe even a final state after death (i wanted to give readers some lee-way on this). This space is much more flexible than the 'real world' and pretty much bends to the will of those inhabiting it while still retaining some of the structure of the world they came from. Thus Jim is still a mouse but also human enough to fully enjoy life with Mana on an equal footing, the Professor lives alone with her books and interests etc...
When all these characters were alive in the 'real world' but slipping into death, their 'souls', or life energy or true selves, or however the reader wishes to view these concepts (^ ^;), appear in Sea Town. While inbetween the states of life and death however, the 'soul' can still choose to go back to its life in the 'real world' or pass over peacefully. The purpose of the shadows that appear in Sea Town is to lead souls away from memories that may guide them back towards life. Though as we see in Mana's case, if you really want to go back badly enough, it can be done.
You'll notice i'm also using quote marks on the term 'real world'. To me, the 'real world' represented in monochrome in the story is the one we live in, but every readers experience of this world will be different (and possibly not so negative as mine), so please just think of it as a world like our own that Mana etc used to live in.
Hope this makes things a little clearer, but to be honest, i'm very happy for readers to interpret the story any way they want. Your understanding is just as valid.
Still, if i do re-draw Sea Town, maybe it could stand a bit of a tighten up in the clarity area...^ ^;
Yes, the second version would be seperate, but then the original would be deleted on completion. Though, please bear in mind, this may not happen at all!...^0^; I just really wish i was a better artist...
P.S. Yes, that is my 'Views of Japan'. Still does'nt feel real that i won...

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