A Note on Hooks

When we first started Aeolian Hope, I was severely allergic to the concept of a ‘hook’ at the beginning of a story. Far, far too often I’ve seen this device used very cheaply by movies and other storytelling mediums, and I came to view the ‘hook’ as a tropey trick used to generate false excitement for a story that would probably never live up to the expectations set by said hook.

Over this last summer however, I finally heard someone explain the hook in a way that clicked for me. They said that the hook represents the storyteller’s promise to the reader (or viewer, as it may be). It is a way to promise the audience that this story will be interesting and worth their time. Suddenly I understood the importance of a good hook, and realized that it wasn’t the device itself I loathed, but the sloppy, lazy use of it by a lot of media content.

In thinking about this, I realized that Aeolian Hope needed a better hook. I don’t want to pause the story’s momentum to have our artist draw a bunch of stuff that should have gone in at the beginning though, so I’ve made it one of our Patreon milestone goals that we will clean up the beginning properly, including the hook. In the meantime however, I wanted to have at least something at the beginning, so I’ve written something which is our new Page 1.

Issue 1, Page 0

The full hook as I envision it will accompany this poem, which is written by one of our ODST characters you’re all about to meet, Saadiya Moreau (she’s actually kind of famous among UNSC service members for her poetry).

In summary, I apologize for not starting AH with a proper hook, I’ve learned my lesson now, and here’s a small fix to last until such a time as we can amend it properly.

Aeolian Hope is still progressing along the main story, and Page 23 is about halfway done. Here’s a little sneak preview:

Page 23, Panel 1

Thanks for sticking with us as we improve. =)

– Aubrey

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We’ve Launched a Patreon Page – Help us Create More Content!

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Hey, everyone! We work hard here to produce fresh, original  Halo content as often as possible. However, on our own we can only afford to put out 1 to 2 pages per month.

So we decided to create a Patreon page for Aeolian Hope. Patreon is a crowdfunding site that helps artists create more content via the direct patronage of their fans and supporters. Unlike Kickstarter, which is for one-off projects, Patreon is designed around ongoing projects. For Aeolian Hope, this would mean a monthly support pledge of as little as $1.00. 100% of the money we make via Patreon will be going directly to our artist, enabling him to spend more time drawing the story.

Patreon works via two types of incentives: Milestones & Patron Rewards. Milestones are overall fundraising targets, and once they are reached it unlocks a greater level of content creation. Ultimately, we could be putting out up to 2 new pages every week with your help! Patron rewards are the personal perks that each individual patron gets beyond just more free story content. These scale up with the amount of money being pledged, and we’ve committed to making higher levels of support fun & unique – allowing you to interact with the story in innovative ways.

We’re immensely grateful for everyone who reads and enjoys AH. If you want to see more, much more, of this great project, then please consider supporting us.

Thank you so much,

Aubrey

 

Page 18 Delayed by One Week

Much apologies, everyone, but Page 18 won’t be ready until next week. We’re working very hard on it and have made excellent headway. But it’s just not there yet. It will be out next Friday for sure though. Apologies for the delay. This is what we get for burning through our buffer though. ‘Tis the price of doing a webcomic when your artist is still in high school.

For those who don’t know, a ‘buffer’ is the safety net of completed pages a typical webcomic has built up in order to give themselves some breathing room and still be able to post content if something comes up in their personal life or if they’re struggling with a particularly tough page. The buffer lets them continue to post new content on schedule.

When we first started, we had a buffer of about two pages, which for us is about a month’s worth of content – a lot of other webcomics have buffers that stretch between two weeks and a month, depending on how often they update (and some have even larger buffers!). However, we burned through ours remarkably quickly by the time Brian took June off to visit family in Missouri. He’s back and working on new content again, but we’re basically just posting new content as it’s created at this point. It’s not the ideal position for a webcomic to be in, but it’s what we can do at the moment.

Regardless, we’re very passionate about and dedicated to Aeolian Hope. We are sorry for the delay and hope that you’ll find it’s worth it next Friday. =)

 

– Aubrey

Page 17 Is Here!

We’re halfway the-re! Wo-OAH, we’ll make it I swe-ar! Wo-OAH we’re halfway the-re!!

Yes! After first starting this project a little over a year ago now, and beginning to publicly publish content last March, we’ve hit the half-way point for Issue 1: Winter Contingency!! This is REALLY exciting for us! Thank you to everyone who’s been reading so far. We hope you’ve been enjoying it and we’re very excited to bring you even more and ever greater original Halo storytelling over the coming months!

Halfway there!! =D

 

Don’t Forget:

 

– Aubrey

Issue 1, Page 17

OPORD – July 2015 Update

Welcome to the latest OPORD, just in time to technically have been made in July! There’s a few bits of Aeolian News for you this time around, so let’s just get straight to it.

We’re Back!

After our June hiatus, Aeolian Hope is back and posting new content again! Page 16 went up last week, and Brian’s hard at work on Page 17 as we speak. I have the storyboarding done up through page 19, so we’re definitely back into the full swing of things. We’re hoping to have Page 17 up by next Friday, and we’re VERY excited for it. Once it’s posted we’ll be at the official half-way point for Issue 1, a  great milestone for us.

We’re In ur Internet

Aeolian Hope has recently teamed up with the Halo Archive (the internet’s greatest Halo fan community), and is posting our story with them as well. We’re up to Page 6 so far in their Community Creations blog section, and you can join the Aeolian discussion on the Archive here.

We’ve also recently joined Twitter, which has been a lot of fun, and have updated our website so you can see our Twitter feed on the left side of the page. Don’t forget to follow us for the most frequent AH updates around!

Finally, voting for the Top Web Comics of July comes to a close today. Voting for August starts tomorrow, so please take a moment to vote for us.

New Characters Page & Preview Art

Normally we post a little snippet of preview art from an upcoming page with the OPORD. There’s one atop this post, but we’ve also hidden a second one. We’re creating new Characters pages as more of them are introduced in the story, and now that we’re just about halfway done there’s enough material to publish the second group of character profiles – the UNSC Personnel. Three of them you’ve met already and the fourth one you’ll meet in Page 17. Head on over if you want to dive deeper into the lore of Aeolian Hope!

That’s about it for July. We’ll see you next month for another OPORD, and next week for Page 17!

– Aubrey

 

Page 16 Arrives!

Well, Aeolian Hope is officially back in full swing! You all had to wait so long through our hiatus that I just decided to post the new page early this time. Thanks for sticking with us through the hiatus – we are very excited to be posting AH’s story again. There is a lot of great stuff on the horizon for us, as this epic tale is only just getting started! Please enjoy Page 16 – we’ll see you again soon!

Don’t Forget:

 

– Aubrey

Issue 1, Page 16

 

 

 

 

 

Aeolian Hope on the Halo Archive!

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Hey everyone!

Aeolian Hope has partnered with the awesome Halo blogsite, the Halo Archive, and will be posting our comic there as well. A huge thanks to the Archive team for this opportunity!

The Halo Archive has a ton of really fantastic, diverse content, so you should definitely give them a read. if you like it, consider sticking around and joining their Forums – some of the best out there if you ask me.

On a side note – we’re hard at work on the next page of AH and are currently on track to publish it next Friday as planned. Keep your eyes open!

– Aubrey

Quick Update

Hey everyone,

Just wanted to make a quick update post here in case you haven’t seen it on our other social media sites: Brian is back in town and already working on the art for Page 16. We’re back in gear for Aeolian Hope and you can expect to see the first new page on July 24th.

In the meantime, you can follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook for more frequent status updates.

See you soon!

– Aubrey