How many chapters will Toilet Genie have?
TG originally had 3, but I've broken them up a little so it now has 5, but they remain the original length I intended. ^^ [maybe 150 - 200 pages]
Are you going to sell a book?
I do plan to sell a book! Currently TG is available per chapter! I would like someday for all the chapters to be compiled into one book, but that is so far away, I cannot begin to plan. [and so expensive it may not happen]
What could be the advice you could give someone starting their own comic?
Set manageable goals. If your story is giant, break it into sub stories and chapters of sub stories. The general idea is to have a complete plot arch and wrap up explanation in plot every 20 - 30 pages.
That way you can meet your goals and feel good about it - and readers have an easier time following what's happening.
What program do you use for your digital art?
I color in photoshop with a 9 x 12 Intuous 3. I tried using Painter, but couldn't really get into it. I think for the sort of coloring I want to do, Photoshop is perfect. [I still have version 7. 9_9; And I would like to keep it, actually.]
Is Story of The Door the name of the series which will include other stories besides Toilet Genie or a pen name?
Door is the series! 8D Door currently includes four stories, the first of which is TG. The other stories are roughly called "Ebony Ivory", "Apotheosis", and the final story is simply called Door.
storyofthedoor.com is the domain name for all of Door, since all other simplified domain names were of course taken. =___=
But I've been thinking about changing the series name to Story of the Door. Maybe it would be less confusing. T_T
Everything you could EVER want to know about menstruation!
Oddly, the whole menstruating thing has received more questions than any other single aspect of Door. Here then is everything you EVER wanted to know about Skittlez, Vidu, and menstruating!
As FAQ comic #1 spoke of, Skittlez mind is created from Vidu's knowledge. There are some light spoilers here for you to know. Vidu is not human, he is an immortal creature who is thousands of years old. As you might imagine, the full package of his amassed knowledge is not available to Skittlez. (And if you were curious, the only point at which anything was transferred from Vidu's mind to Skittlez' was at the instant in which he made her human. She does not have continuing access.)
In creating a human mind for a pug, Vidu gave Skittlez exactly everything he considered to be essential for her to know. On some level, he did give her specific knowledge that he wanted her to have. On other levels, the magic itself gleaned from Vidu the knowledge he subconsciously uses in daily life. Effectively the magic taught Skittlez everything a human child learns in the first seven or so years of life while Vidu pointedly chose things he thought were important that individuals typically learn later (namely Vidu passed on reading, writing, some basic magic, hygiene, basic understanding of several religions, generic geography, a mass of human history, and probably a number of other things. This obviously says something about Vidu's own character as well. Magic, written words, history, and religion were paramount to him before he was bound to the toilet.)
Does Vidu know about periods? Yes, actually. Anya was just teasing Vidu when he said Vidu didn't know about girls and all Skittlez said is that Vidu is retarded. (To be fair, Anya isn't exactly wrong, either. Vidu's knowledge of women is strictly by the book. He has been with one woman, but she herself was an extremely magical creature and so the experience was very atypical. Vidu has also been bound to the toilet some 200+ years. The modern world is much more open about bodily and sexual functions than any culture Vidu has yet been a part of. Not convinced yet? Turban. Religious man [Sikhism, specifically, though not terribly devoutly.] Women are treated politely while terribly investigative questions are not asked.)
Did Vidu think in that split second to impart his knowledge of women to Skittlez? ................ no. He was too busy imparting to her that gravity was discovered via a falling apple, AD stands for Anno Domini, "God" is a widely assumed supernatural being, and in the city Skittlez lives in English is the chosen language and for God's sake; they're, their, and there are NOT the same word!
So sadly in that split second of creation, menstruating was not passed on to Skittlez. Rather, she got a bunch of basic human understanding, several degrees worth of academia .................. and nothing else. What's more, like any normal human mind, much of this instantly granted knowledge is already being forgotten because there is SO MUCH and not nearly all of it was necessary (sorry Vidu.)
Furthermore, it is necessary to discuss magic a bit. As you may have gleaned from this wall of text ... magic is not exactly a living, thinking creature ... but it does have a tendency to react instinctively (verses being entirely nonreactive like a rock.) The best way to consider magic is to think of it as a set of natural defaults. It will take the course of least resistance, so in creating a woman, it has given her the ability to be reproductive because that is natural, despite that it has not told her she will have a period. More specifically Vidu has used what is called "Pagan Arcane" to create Skittlez. It is a natural, druidic force that works with nature rather than against it. (So if Vidu somehow did not want Skittlez to have a period, Pagan Arcane would render Skittlez infertile by giving her body natural defects that are common among human women. If infertility were granted via Black Magic though, Skittlez would have a fully functional womb and no doctor would be able to figure out what on earth is wrong with her.) Pagan Arcane is the most common, default type of magic. (If I could go further with this, I would like to elaborate that Pagan Arcane and Black/White Magic each have instinctive defaults. The difference though is in where these defaults are drawn from. Pagan Arcane draws its defaults from the natural world, Black and White Magic take their defaults from the will of the caster.)
In addition, yes, animals' reproduction cycles are different from humans, they even have different vocabulary words associated with them. For the simplicity of reading and dialogue, my apologies, I call all different types of ovulation "having your period", be you a human, pug, or walrus.
So then now that we have established animals have different periods, DID Skittlez have her period while she was a pug? YES. Once. She bled very little, it was not a big deal, she does not have any memory of it because I don't imagine pugs have a very long memory and even if they did, I think they would chose to remember crucial details about food and pack members. Namely I would like to establish here that Skittlez in pug form had barely reached physical maturity, but she IS an adult in either form. As a human I have made her 19.
If Skittlez is 19, how old is she in dog years then? (I see you. I know you are asking this question.) I believe she is approximately 1.5 years old. (converting dog years to human years is not an exact science.) So then. 1.5 dog years = 19 in this instance.
But she has only had her period once in that time, you ask? Naturally when one starts their period varies by individual. That established, I believe pugs are a breed who may have more than one period a year. (I am uncertain.) However, periods in humans are very heavily dependant on what a woman eats and what her mother ate while she was a fetus. Currently girls born in the modern western world average starting their period at age 12 I believe. But the average age at which a woman began menstruating in Asia at the turn of the 20th century if I recall correctly was late teens. This has to do with the vastly different diets between these cultures. It is my opinion that Skittlez as a puppy and a fetus would have experienced an austere diet, and so she would not have experienced a period until the human equivalent of her mid to late teens.
As per usual, all aspects of this comic are so grandly over thought, they barely make sense even when you do FINALLY know ALL the reasoning that has gone in to it.
Let this wall of text be a warning to you in the future ............. do you REALLY want to ask?
How is Toilet Genie printed?
TG is printed by Transcontinental. (They are a printer, not a publisher.) Chapter 1 specs: 10 point cover stock with matte lamination, 70# gloss interior 4 color process 24 pages. Transcontinental's minimum order is 500 copies, I ordered 600, I paid approximately 2.50$ an issue including shipping. Prices vary by material and date ordered, this quote is from late 2009. Webcomics.com offers a 10% off discount with subscription.
If you are considering Transcontinental, I suggest attending conventions before ordering comics. Conventions have been the best place to sell comics for me. 600 copies was absolutely worth it, because TG is very successful at conventions. For me at least, online orders alone are not enough to merit a large print run.
Here are some possibly useful links??
You could get some books or follow some updates or something...