Dot's mother is a famous space explorer. A famous missing space explorer. Missing like Dot-has-a-letter-from-the-Council-of-Human-Affairs kind of missing, not just the usual Mom-missing.

But Dot has a theory - and a plan. A theory that hinges on an old spacer's fairy tale and plan that relies on Dot's home-grown techno-baubles actually working (for once). But it is a real theory, and a real plan - and with the help of her trusty spaceship, Dot is going to bring her mother home.


I'M ALIIIIIVEEEEEEE (and not in as much pain)

Allie K
Hello, friends!

I am so sorry for disappearing for a year! I mentioned that I would be going on a short hiatus, but it turned out a bit longer than intended.

Basically, I've been living in daily pain from a neck injury I acquired at work; while drawing being painful was sort of incidental (it was all neck scar tissue stuff, not drawing itself causing the pain), it did make working on the comic very emotionally-draining, which caused me to burn out enough to not even want to look at the comic. Most of this was, honestly, my own fault. I did not take workflow into account at all when I launched the comic, which caused my workload to balloon as I got better at drawing. Some of the pages of the first two chapters took me 25+ hours (!) to complete, because I would re-draw the lineart over and over until I had achieved perfection. I chose probably the worst program when it comes to accomodating my drawing style, which meant I had to redraw even MORE. Couple that with pain, and it was a recipe for a nightmare.

So, I realized I had to step away and develop much more... healthy approaches to working on this comic if I was to continue. And because I ALMOST wrote myself into a corner, I realized I needed to complete the story before I could continue. Both of those required time, and also to hopefully not be in pain.

The good news is, after 4 years since the injury, I have finally found a physiotherapist who knows how to work with my type of injury. My body has essentially forgotten How 2 Upper Limb due to long-term nerve compression, so I've had to slowly re-learn how to lift my arms using the correct muscles, which are about as weak as a newborn's neck (exaggeration, I know, but I legit cannot support the weight of my own arms with the proper muscles engaged). This physio has been slowly working with me to untangle this mess, and.... I have slowly been going from "daily pain, awaiting the next dose of pain meds eagerly" to "sometimes, I forget to take the pain meds"! It's really exciting!

As a result, I've been able to work more and more without worrying about over-work. I've been able to make good progress on the story (which is basically complete!) and on the workflow (which is completely different!). I expect that barring setbacks, I should be resuming posting shortly. I realized that because I was trying to hard to cut down the number of pages I intended to draw, I cut out a lot of what I wanted in the comic - little character or world-building moments - so going forward, the flow will be different. I will also eventually replace the first two chapters, BUT, I know that it means more to readers that the story continues. Because the plot elements will not be drastically different between the old version and the update, I will try and save updating the chapters for last.

In the mean time, please accept some new sketches of Dot, and Halcyon Days! I will have the art time lapse for these available on youtube shortly.

Some newer style sketches, that make drawing much more manageable!

Interior cabin of Halcyon Days/HD1107!

New art, that will hopefully be what the final will look like, allowing me to progress much faster!


sailor mars
14th May 2023, 4:10 PM
sailor mars
I'm glad you're back and not in (as much) pain. I was wondering where you went. Real life is such a B to interfere with what's really important.
What drawing program was the worst for you? If I ever get any artistic impulses I'll know what to avoid.
Allie K
14th May 2023, 4:17 PM
Allie K
Yeah sorry, I just... couldn't even look at anything Engram-related for a few months after last April because I just Pavlov'd myself into associating it with pain. Then when I got back into working on it, I wanted to focus more on recovery than timelines.

And the program was Medibang! There really isn't actually anything wrong with it, it's a lovely free program that's available for a bunch of operating systems. It's just, for myself, the way I draw, the functionality and response I need from my pen - it was really not good at all. It tended to add jagged corners to curves and circles, and since a lot of my art is circles... it was just an annoying thing I had to painstakingly (literally...) correct. I'm sure for someone else with different priorities and hand gestures, it might be something they wouldn't notice at all.
15th May 2023, 12:52 AM
Welcome back! Im sorry to hear about your nasty adventure. I read your beautiful one some months ago. As much as I look forward to see more of it - remember to treat your body as number 1. As a matter of matter, it is.
Allie K
15th May 2023, 6:29 PM
Allie K
Thank you! Yeah, I really try to act every day like my main goal is to get stronger and healthier (and keep it that way). I originally wanted to focus more on career and artistic pursuit, but I'm realizing that's a bit of a luxury.