HAPPY BIRTHDAY STRAWBERRY SAGA! LOL
Can you believe it all started with this poorly drawn comic, that never was meant to be anything MORE than that one comic! lol icecry.deviantart.com/art/PG1G…
lol the lines are all sketchy, you can still see the pencil marks from my sketchbook, the fonts all wrong, Goku and Bulma DO NOT look like their from the DBZ series hahaha.
I'll never forget the night I decided to draw it. DBZ KAI was on. It was the episode where Goku finally reached Namek. I never was got too caught up in the anime with all the filler, and mostly stuck with the manga, but everytime I see the anime I would always think to myself, 'If Goku HAD to get married, why couldn't he at least marry that blue haired girl! lol
So then I thought it would be fun to draw a comic that could make the spark between them SOMEWHAT believable.
So I took my manga book out to read up on the events before hand starting at the chapter where Goku fights Vegeta. After seeing the scene where Goku is all beaten and Bulm crying over Yamcha, I said to myself 'Hey, this could work!" so then I drew it.
I posted it that night, not expecting much. I think I did to more or so for myself.
Then people started commenting! And then more came! And then MORE! Then people started asking what's gonna happen next? Are you going to continue?! And at first I was like "Uh...well gee, I don't know. I guess I can make another lol
At that point in time I had a deviantart account for 2 years, but ONLY as a viewer occasionally. I didn't become active until I started this comic, so I technically have only been around for a little over 2 years
Buy anyway, I started reading over the series again, looking up interviews, even watching the anime (disregarding the filler of course) and I thought to myself 'You know, I can make this work."
and then I got a red black notebook, which I still have today that I call 'My dialogue" book, and I started writing out my ideas for the first few comics, I wanted to use the negative space and time that DBZ leaves in between chapters. Like "What you DIDN'T SEE on DBZ"
On of the BIGGEST things I wanted to do was STAY IN CHARACTER! YES, I want Goku and Bulma together, BUT I have to respect their personalities and established characteristics, but I was ALSO determined to not only make it WORK, but make it BELIEVABLE!
I never thought in a million years I would use such a small character as the BLONDE NURSE and turn her into a Goku/Bulma fan. NOR that I would have Piccolo or Krillin 'guiding' Goku and Bulma through their 'friendship' problems. Just reading about it makes me thing oh wow...totally OOC
On thing I had to admit after everything is that even though I don't LIKE ChiChi, I do respect her for dedicating her life to her sons.
I also knew when I got to Vegeta, I would have to LEARN to like him, which I did the more and more I wrote him into the comics, the more I felt for him, and I knew that I would have tug the strings of my heart to have Goku and Vegeta moments, but the more I built on him, the easier they became.
BUT MOST importantly, I knew having Goku end up being the father of Trunks would cause SO much controversy, I really debated what I wanted to do and constantly changed game plan to make it work at least somewhat!
I knew if I was gonna pull this off, I was going to have to introducing some struggles that people have to deal with in everyday life and introduce concepts such as 'Adoption, Early marriages, Adultery, Pregnancy, Family issues, Death etc. Everything building on top of each other to so how equal a good comic lol
Sigh...but I digress. This comic has been an absolute JOY since I started it! It's sorta my escape from whatever is going on in my life! I've met so many new people and got to talk to you guys.
But a Writer can only go as far as their readers allow them.
I've never left a comment unread. I've always enjoyed every message, every note that people have sent me. Whether it was two words or two paragraphs! Your feedback has always been more of a joy to read than the actual comic itself.
So, as another year passes, I think it only right to once again say.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart
Make sure to keep you eye out for the comic later today, and my BIG surprise! lol
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