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posted October 18th, 2010, 3:33 pm


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October 18th, 2010, 3:43 pm

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--Angel Dust Postscript--

There were a lot of ideas that I blended together to create this story in my mind, and there were a lot of parts to it that were left behind when I actually got around to drafting (read: furiously scribbling) out the comic in the 24 hours allotted to me. Most of the pages looked pretty bad, and the story ended up incredibly incoherent and broken. Yet for all that, I'm glad I managed to participate in and complete this project, because I realize that I do indeed enjoy the world and the characters that I've crafted in that short span of time, and I hope to be able to work more with them.

A note on the title: Yes, it is a drug reference. It was also originally meant to be taken literally, however. The initial plan for the world was a much darker, grittier, cyberpunk kind of near-future, which failed to come across in the comic due to my inabilities as an artist. But there were actually meant to be angels in the story--creatures of light fighting a war all their own in the high-up thermosphere, creating a scene like a hundred shooting stars at night. An angel's body will burn like any meteorite if they fall through the mesosphere, leaving little but ash and bits of bone by the time they hit the ground. So, any angel caught still-dying or intact was considered a precious find and immediately preserved, if possible, for the particular properties of this "dust", which of course became a popular drug available in the underground market, where our main character Ian inevitably ends up. This complicated concept manifested itself as no more than a feather in a bottle in the comic, with not nearly enough background attached.
I ultimately chose to leave it out, though, and focus on Ian's story, which is a story of fear and failure, of living in the aftermath of the one simple, human mistake of looking down, of self-imposed isolation in the firm belief that there is just no such thing as a helping hand or a single soul willing to hear a silent plea for help. It's the story of a boy struggling to distinguish between the blurred lines of dream and reality, and the story he eventually chooses for himself so that he can make the journey home.


Overall, I do have to say that I really enjoyed working on this story, and that I hope to be able to do more with this in the future. Thank you all so much for reading, and for encouraging me through with this!
~ Laitma

@sunflowershideaway: Oh gosh dearie, thank you so much for your support~ I actually wasn't planning on getting many readers at all; my main reason to post this comic on SJ was to allow people to read my comic easier than if it'd been posted on deviantArt, where I am much more active and know of some people who follow me. But gyaaah, now you make me want to do this more~! I'll have to see if I can't set aside a day someday to try doing this again, since it really is quite productive. Thank you again for your support hun, it means a ton to me~ (And now I want to know if you have a dA so I can stalk you because I love your watercolors liek whoah C: )

@xero.zero: Thank you so much for your endless support, hun, it really made this worthwhile. And gosh, I will definitely keep it in mind to do more comics! I'm growing to love the medium more and more~ <3 Thank you!! <3

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October 18th, 2010, 9:28 pm

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Oh, wow. The ending was amazing, even though I'm sad that it's over. Your description for the story is just... I can't even come up with the right word! It's just so awesome (I know, lame vocabulary use). I so wish you could do another comic, maybe perhaps in the same setting as this so we could learn more about this dark, cyberpunk world and the angels. It just seems like such a great concept to get into. Thank you so much for posting this up on Smackjeeves! I enjoyed the story and being mesmerized by your artwork.

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October 20th, 2010, 11:23 am

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The was beautiful and heart wrenching. <3

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August 28th, 2015, 3:16 pm

forkshifter

I guess I didn't get it.

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I think my brain sucks compaired to most people's that read this. To me it was like a boy who was into a drug that didn't really have a place to call home, tricked a girl to go with him to some place to get raped I guess for money to get a drug I guess?
The ending made it to me like he did suicide to get to home? Man idek. I read the proscript and was wrong about the entire story. I'm not that smart, so maybe that's why I didn't understand it.

I'm sure if I were to be smarter, I would of enjoyed it a lot more.

Thank you for sharing though!

(I'm sorry i'm dense..)

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August 28th, 2015, 10:25 pm

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@forkshifter: Ahahahahh, n-no, that's definitely the literal take on it, you definitely got it, hahaha! Thank you very much for your comments, I'm glad that you enjoyed the story!!!

If you're interested, I've done more work off and on for this story, Angel Dust. If you're ever interested feel free to check it out! http://laitma.deviantart.com/gallery/35110296/Angel-Dust

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September 28th, 2016, 7:01 am

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So, what I gathered is he used to do the sky-skateboard thing, but broke his leg somehow and got addicted to drugs, and every time he goes up to the roof he's debating either trying to do sky-skateboarding again or jump off. The ending is him finally making that choice. Bummer. :(

Thanks for posting!

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September 28th, 2016, 1:27 pm

Laitma

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@The Orange Cow: LOL yup that's pretty much it! hahaha xD

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