General questions regarding this site and other details. See the CHAPTER FAQ for questions about the story, characters and random questions about each CHAPTER.
Feel free to let me know if you have questions you want to add on here and I'll more than likely put them up.
GS/GS: TLA Related QuestionsQ. Why the long ass title?
A. The title merely means:
GOLDEN SUN = Referring to the core RPG games that these stories are based of: Golden Sun and Golden Sun: The Lost Age
GENERATIONS = Meaning that these stories follow the lives of the children of the main characters from the GS Series
BEFORE THE STORM = Stands for this entire Golden Sun Fancomic series. The BTS series consists of Four Webcomic Arc stories with each being a year following the adventures of Miyuki and Friends
EPISODE = Stands for the individual comic arc story. This is the third year which goes into the lives of Ethan and Tasha and the adventure they'll get into together
AFTERMATH = The title of the current Volume. Each Volume has ten or more chapters consisting of about twenty or more pages in between each chapter.
Q. Elaborate more on this BTS series, why four year Arcs, what happens after or before this?
A. Originally, I wrote a Golden Sun Fanfic called Alchemy's Fall and another one called Golden Sun: Luna Spirits. Both of these stories had a four year gap in between each other. Alchemy's Fall was a fan-made sequel story two years after the events of the GS games and had introduced the three characters Miyuki, Skye, and Toumeya. Then the four year timeskip and then GS: Luna Spirits which had the three characters four years older. I decided then that the four year gap would be this Golden Sun Before The Storm webcomic series that would eventually lead up to GS: Luna Spirits.
So as follows it goes:
Golden Sun > GS: The Lost Age > GS: Alchemy's Fall > GSG BTS: EPISODE'S 1 - 4 > GS: Luna Spirits
Q. I do not understand the backstory to Golden Sun/Alchemy's Fall, who is ::insert character name here::, and what are ::insert GS related thing::?
A. As expected. GS is a rare and underrated game that I strongly recommend any RPG gamer. It's on par with many Final Fantasy games and Epic RPG's despite being on a small Gameboy Advance platform. The graphics of the game, battle system, and musical score are top notch, but thats just my opinion. If you need a refresher or don't want to buy the games, you can read the Wikipedia entries for them:
Golden Sun: The Lost Age
Or if you need a brief summary, read the various Prologues on this site. Even if you don't know much about GS, these stories are set up in a way that there will be less references to the games except names, towns, and people. The stories all focus on the characters themselves with little to no research to the games. GS: Alchemy's Fall will be drawn up as a future webcomic, but you're better off reading the short summary of it, before the entire webcomic is drawn out.
Q. Explain Weyard a bit more.
A. Weyard the world where this story takes place. It's also the same world as in the GS Universe. In the GS games, Weyard was a flat world with many continents inside of it. In real mechanics, this is physically impossible to have a world like this. The small continents were surrounded by ocean which endlessly falls off the ends of the world nonstop called Gaia Falls. Weyard was also shrinking as time went along. In years before, Weyard was alot bigger, but because the lighthouses of Alchemy remained unlit, the world continued to shrink. Once the lighthouses of each element were lit, Weyard was saved from shrinking entirely. In regards to the BEFORE THE STORM Series, Weyard is the same flat planet as before except the lighthouses were lit and caused the world to grow and expand. Flash forward ahead twenty years. Weyard continues to grow and forms oceans and more land that it lost in its shrinking process. The planet begins to change from a flat piece of land to a bigger round planet. The newly grown areas of the planet remain undiscovered cause of long intense oceans that go on forever.
As for the intact continents, they began to drift farther away from each other and rising from the oceans was rocky mountain cliffs that completely encircled the Weyard continents from stretching out. This formed its own version of the "Ring of Fire": a ring of connecting mountains that isolated the continents of Weyard. The distance from the Ring of Mountains and the nearest Weyard continent is hundreds and hundred of miles apart that no ship is capable of reaching the rocky ring. On the outside of the Ring is the uncharted lands, which is speculated to have more ocean and untouched land. Miyuki and friends only got to as far as the Ring of Mountains before being sidetracked in GSG YEAR TWO.
Common Questions about this Comic
Q. What Medium did you use to make these pages?
A. Sketchbook, Manga Studio Debut, and Photoshop CS2. I plan ahead of time doing these pages. I think up how the story is going to flow and then draw the next pages in a small sketchbook on what the page will look like. I then open up MSD and then make out the panels, then draw out the scenes on one layer, then ink it out on another layer and then turn it into a .psd file and open up Photoshop where I apply the coloring, and make out the text (Anime Ace 2.0) on the pages and its ready. The entire process from Manga Studio to completed page for three pages takes over three to four hours to do.
Q. Is the art ever going to get better? Why are the pages colored in flat colors?
A. Me as with every other artist draw and get better. This comic is also a work in progress to see how well I improve in terms of coloring, anatomy etc. Don't turn down this comic if the first few pages suck or lack color. The comic starts off in black and white, then to flat colors then to more detail with backgrounds and color. You'll definitely notice a difference in the middle of Chapter 4 when the colors look more "appropriate" and more vibrant. As far as anatomy goes, I'm still working on that. I suspect I'll be doing this BEFORE THE STORM series for a few years so hopefully you'll see a change in anatomy in later pages. ^_^