- Sunday, November 12, 2006, 01:22 a.m.

Wow. You wouldn't think it, but that was by far the most time-consuming page I've done this chapter. I realise it's two weeks late, but that's not for lack of trying...

Ch.2 Page 26 - online

- Tuesday, October 24, 2006, 09:25 a.m.

Page 25 actually went up yesterday, but I haven't had an opportunity to update the news until now. I like the way this page turned out.

Ch.2 Page 25 - online

- Tuesday, October 10, 2006, 10:48 p.m.
New page. Please read. Thank you.

Ch.2 Page 24 - online

- Monday, September 25, 2006, 10:40 p.m.

The new page beat the other updates :)

By the way, I neglected to mention that Reactor scored a runner-up prize in the Neoflash competition. It's now available on the Studio Kagato site.

Ch.2 Page 23 - online

- Monday, September 18, 2006, 08:34 a.m.

This page is very late.
I hang my head in shame.

A couple more site updates coming shortly.

Ch.2 Page 22 - online

Programming break - Wednesday, August 23, 2006, 10:15 a.m.

Sorry for the pause in updates after Doujicon, but another PSP coding competition cropped up, and I wanted to have a crack at another game idea.

Reactor is a Lua game for the PSP, where clear the Reactor of particles. It's a bit like Breakout, only circular... and harder :) For now, you can download it from the Neoflash forum thread (you may need to sign up first), but it'll be up on the Studio Kagato site after the comp.

If you've got a PSP, please try it out, and let me know what you think. If you like it, don't forget to vote!

Now, back to the comic...

Ch.2 Page 22 - Rough [20%]

- Thursday, July 27, 2006, 05:19 p.m.
Just made it.
Driving to Melbourne tomorrow for Doujicon...

Ch.2 Page 21 - online

- Tuesday, July 25, 2006, 09:41 a.m.

Obviously didn't get the update done before AVCon.
I've updated Studio Kagato with some of the art from the con. I was doing on-the-spot sketches on the day, which proved to be very popular. (I'll continue to do it online if you're interested -- details here.)

Quite short notice, but there's another con this weekend in Melbourne. I did well enough at AVCon that I think I can justify attending:

Doujicon 2006

So if you're in Melbourne on Saturday July 29th, drop in to Monash Uni and say hi!

I'll try and get the next page up before I go this time...

Ch.2 Page 21 - Artwork [90%]

- Sunday, July 2, 2006, 11:48 a.m.

Page 21 should be up in a few days. I had another crash which lost me about 2 hours work. (Will I never learn?) I'm going to spend a little time getting ready for AVCon, and after the next page I might focus on doing some other art until the con so there will probably be a break for about 2 weeks or so.

Ch.2 Page 21 - Artwork [75%]

- Wednesday, June 21, 2006, 04:06 p.m.
...and here is page 20.

I'm trying to pick up the pace and get Chapter 2 finished in time for this year's AVCon, but I think I've left my run too late. I'll try and keep it up regardless...

Ch.2 Page 20 - online

- Tuesday, June 13, 2006, 10:09 p.m.
Page 19! No time to talk -- on to page 20!

Ch.2 Page 19 - online

- Saturday, June 3, 2006, 09:30 p.m.

Page 18 is finally up.

Just a reminder -- make sure your bookmark points to http://www.morningstar-comic.com ... if you've got anything else, it may not be up to date!

Ch.2 Page 18 - online

New host, new home - Friday, May 26, 2006, 11:39 a.m.

After yet another host move, Morningstar should now be settled in its final home. Hosting is provided by PCRHost.

Morningstar is now also included under the umbrella of Studio Kagato, where I will be collecting all my personal projects. (You should see the logo at the bottom of the page, if the DNS has transferred to the new host.)

Sorry for the long delay on updates -- I've been working on a homebrew game for the PSP called Electris. It's a falling-block puzzle game where you have to create closed circuits. The effort seems to have paid off; Electris won the PSP-News 15 Day Lua Coding Competition. So if any of you have a PSP that can run homebrew, why don't you try out Electris and let me know what you think?

Now that it's out of the way, I'll try and pull Morningstar back into line...

Ch.2 Page 18 - Artwork [85%]

- Sunday, April 23, 2006, 03:25 p.m.
Next page is up.

I've distracted myself with another little side project this past week or so. It's just about ready; once it's online I'll put a link to it here.

Ch.2 Page 17 - online

: ( - Saturday, April 8, 2006, 01:20 p.m.
Guess it was an anomaly after all.
I will still endeavour to produce further anomalies in future...

Ch.2 Page 16 - online

"So this is what going mad feels like." - Sunday, March 12, 2006, 09:00 p.m.

Your eyes do not deceive you!
Another page is up -- after only one week!

Is this a statistical anomaly, or some sort of omen?
Only time will tell...

Ch.2 Page 15 - online

Recovery - Monday, March 6, 2006, 07:17 p.m.
OK, back on track.
Took a smidge longer than I thought to get it online, partly because I -- ahem -- forgot my FTP password. Whoops! But it's all under control now. ^_^

Ch.2 Page 14 - online

Save your work. - Sunday, February 26, 2006, 11:06 p.m.

I had page 14 well underway this afternoon. Left the computer unattended for a few minutes, and came back to a black screen. When I rebooted, I was staring at an empty page...

I think everyone knows the moral to this story.

Ch.2 Page 14 - artwork [30%]

New Host! - Monday, January 23, 2006, 07:20 p.m.

Morningstar is moving to a new host!

You'll now find it at http://www.morningstar-comic.com.

Keenspace/ComicGenesis has served me well the past few years, and I thank them for the service they provide; but I think it's time I move to an independent hosting service.

This move gives me the opportunity to try out some more advanced website features. For example, I'm introducing a new PSP viewing mode, for those of you with the handheld. This will let you read the comic scaled to the width of the screen, or rotated and displayed full screen. (You can toggle by clicking on the Rotate icon.) Enjoy!

The ComicGenesis site will remain as an archive for as long as they choose to continue hosting it. From here on, the current comic will always be available at http://www.morningstar-comic.com, wherever it may be hosted in the future.

Ch.2 Page 14 - artwork [25%]

- Monday, January 2, 2006, 10:27 p.m.

Happy New Year everyone!

This time it was even longer between updates than my current favourite webcomic, A Lesson Is Learned But The Damage Is Irreversible... (though I can understand why those amazing pages take that long!)
I like to think it was worth the wait.

As you've probably noticed by now, Keenspace has renamed to ComicGenesis, and the links on this site should now reflect that. (If I missed any, please let me know.) The new URL is http://morningstar.comicgenesis.com, but the old Keenspace address will redirect for a while.

However, this is only temporary, as I've registered http://morningstar-comic.com (which I think we can all agree is easier to remember!). I'm still setting things up for this, so it's not operational yet. I'll let you know when I get it sorted out.

Ch.2 Page 13 - online

- Sunday, October 30, 2005, 01:34 a.m.

At long last, another page arrives.

(Not that I can see it yet; damned "anti-hotlinking" system!)

You may notice a slight change in appearance. Instead of using pencils, as with all the other pages so far, this page was done entirely on the computer with a graphics tablet. I was planning to make this change at the next chapter break, but with the many delays the project has had, it seemed better to do it now. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on this switch -- please let me know what you think.

Ch.2 Page 12 - online

- Sunday, October 2, 2005, 03:28 p.m.
Okay. Let me explain...

I'll be honest: I got a mental block on the current page.
It's not exactly a vital plot point or anything; it's just been a really hard page to get right. I've had several attempts at it and none of them have been adequate.

This should have been explained in regular updates here, but I felt guilty about the lack of progress and didn't post. Which just snowballed the whole problem...

To top it off, I'm now going overseas for a week for work, so you won't see an update this week either.

Anyway... I'll do my best to have a page finished as soon as possible after I get back. See you then.

Ch.2 Page 12 - 30%

I LIVE! I HUNGER! - Monday, August 1, 2005, 09:32 a.m.

Existence Check: OK

I'm back! We're all moved in to the new house, and ADSL is back up again. We now resume our irregular service.

Ch.2 Page 11 - Online

- Sunday, June 12, 2005, 11:44 p.m.
This page has been ready for a few days; it's taken me this long just to get time to scan and edit the page. That seems to be the big holdup lately.

Anyway, the house is sold (yay!) and we move in two weeks. Soon after that, things will settle down, I'll have a new study, and all will be well with the world. Then I'll see what I can do about getting this sucker moving again...

Ch.2 Page 10 - Online

- Friday, May 13, 2005, 08:23 a.m.
Still selling the house. It's amazing how often, just when you think it's all sorted out, something else crops up...

Ch.2 Page 9 - Online

- Friday, April 15, 2005, 05:35 p.m.
Phew - finally got there. The worst of the delays are over (for now); I'm sure the actual move will present its own challenges...

Ch.2 Page 8 - Online

Distractions - Friday, April 1, 2005, 07:55 a.m.
Just buying a house now.
Expect the odd delay while this is sorted through... :)

Ch.2 Page 8 - roughs [20%]

Another month, another page - Wednesday, March 9, 2005, 12:57 a.m.
Okay, need to pick up the pace a bit here... ._.

Ch.2 Page 7 - Online

- Thursday, February 10, 2005, 02:29 p.m.
All done, and ready to go again. Here's page 6.

Ch.2 Page 6 - Online

Lost! Losssst! - Thursday, February 3, 2005, 08:51 p.m.
Bit of a delay with this update. I sort of... misplaced my art supplies for over a week. :(
However -- I've just found everything again (hooray!) so the next page will be up in a couple of days. Honest.

Ch.2 Page 6 - artwork [30%]

- Wednesday, January 12, 2005, 07:49 p.m.
I hope you all had a good New Years'...
Back to it!

Ch.2 Page 5 - Online

- Wednesday, December 22, 2004, 08:04 p.m.
Last update before the holidays.
Merry Christmas to all!

Ch.2 Page 4 - Online

- Tuesday, December 7, 2004, 11:08 a.m.
This page took two attempts to get it up to scratch... it could still be improved, but in the interests of progress, let's move on...

Ch.2 Page 3 - Online

Here y'are. - Thursday, November 18, 2004, 08:23 a.m.
Page 2.
Carry on.

Ch.2 Page 2 - Online

Welcome to Chapter Two - Monday, November 8, 2004, 06:30 p.m.
I stand before you a married man! We're back from honeymoon, and things have settled down enough for work to reume on the comic. Here's the title page, with the next page soon to follow.

Ch.2 Page 1 - Online

TADAAA! - Wednesday, September 22, 2004, 12:59 a.m.
I finally present you with the final page of part one! Huzzah!

Before part two gets started, there will be an intermission for a few updates, consisting of sketches and other artwork. Once the comic resumes, the gallery will be updated with the intermission artwork.

Page 30 - Online

Whoops! - Wednesday, September 1, 2004, 05:51 p.m.
Missed an entry. Oh well.
The wedding arrangements are all coming together now... only a month to go! Yikes!

There's page 29 for you, anyway.

Page 29 - Online

Back on the horse - Saturday, July 31, 2004, 12:11 a.m.
Okay, time to get back on track here. Page 27 has been uploaded and is ready. For reading. And stuff.

Page 27 - Online

End of unexpected hiatus - Wednesday, July 28, 2004, 07:56 a.m.
After a 5 week delay, I'm finally back into it. I offer no excuses, other than I'm getting married in a couple of months, so it's possible I may get held up again. So be it.

"Old School" is up in the Gallery. Check it out, tell me what you think.

Page 27 - Artwork [60%]

Slacker - Sunday, July 4, 2004, 11:01 p.m.
I can only find time for one personal project at a time these days, and right now the AVCon art entry has a deadline, so I'm focussing on that. I still aim to have the next page up soon, but it has been delayed by this new project a bit. I got myself a Wacom Intuos2 tablet in time to work on this... oh, it's very nice ^_^

By way of compensation fpr my tardiness, I've added a little teaser of what I'm working on in the Gallery. The final piece is titled "Old School"...

Page 27 - Sketched [30%]

Insert subject here - Monday, June 21, 2004, 01:07 a.m.
It's been a busy 2 weeks, but here's the latest page. AVCon is coming up again, so I'll be aiming to have another art piece ready for this year.

Page 26 - Online

We get signal! - Wednesday, June 9, 2004, 12:53 a.m.
I am now the proud owner of an ADSL connection! Huzzah!
As a result of the changeover, this entry is a bit late (but at least the comic was up on time). My email address will be changing soon; consider yourselves forewarned...

Page 25 - Online

I'm in the zone :) - Sunday, May 30, 2004, 10:58 p.m.
Here's page 24, right on schedule.
And page 25 is well on the way too.
Perhaps I've finally found my stride...?

Page 24 - Online
Page 25 - Artwork [60%]

Gallery Update - Sunday, May 23, 2004, 01:13 a.m.
The next page is now up.

I also finally got around to uploading the anniversary comic pictures. (Better late than never.) Check them out in the Gallery.
I wanted to put up enough to show the effort my friends went to... the packaging, the centre poster... it's all very nicely done. There was also a really cool quote inside the front cover, but I haven't shown that; it'll be making it's way into the next chapter instead :)

Thanks again, guys.

Page 23 - Online

Back again - Monday, May 10, 2004, 12:34 a.m.
I'm back from CeBIT, and here's the next page as promised. The other pics will have to wait until tomorrow. It's late, and I'm beat...

Page 22 - Online

Business Trip - Sunday, May 2, 2004, 06:11 p.m.
I'm heading interstate for work for a few days, so unfortunately I won't be getting the next page up this week. The new page, plus some pictures of the first anniversary booklet my friends made me, will go up when I get back.

Page 22 - Artwork (50%)

Happy Birthday, Morningstar! - Saturday, April 24, 2004, 12:47 p.m.
I hadn't even noticed myself, but my friends pointed out that it's been one year since I uploaded the first page of Morningstar. How the time flies! In celebration, they gave me a printed book of all of the pages to date. The presentation is great. I'll get some pictures of it and post them in the gallery. Thanks guys!

You've probably also noticed by now that page 21 is up as well. I neglected to update the weblog with that page -- whoops :)

I'm also, once again, having some email trouble; I'm receiving but not sending, so the subscriber updates haven't been going out. As soon as it's working again, I'll send a notice out.

Page 21 - Online

Rats. - Monday, April 12, 2004, 01:03 a.m.
Okay, so I didn't. I blame Easter. And The Sopranos Season 2. Stargate Season 1 didn't help either. But I'm feeling confident about the next page, yes indeedy.

Uploaded, online pending Keenspace updates.

Page 20 - Online

Woohoo! - Saturday, March 27, 2004, 05:36 p.m.
A new page, after only slightly more than a week! I hope I can keep this up ^_^

Page 19 - Online

Getting faster... - Thursday, March 18, 2004, 04:30 p.m.
Page 18 is live. Not much else to say, really.

Page 18 - Online

Next! - Tuesday, March 9, 2004, 10:39 p.m.

An interesting week. On the monday, the battery dies in my car. On the friday, the transmission dies.

On the bright side, I got a cool new phone!

And, page 17 has been uploaded. Hooray!

Page 17 - Online

Still ironing out the bugs... - Wednesday, February 25, 2004, 05:57 p.m.
Been a bit quiet on the updates this time around. This page was actually uploaded a few days ago, but the Keenspace scripts didn't seem to be doing their thing. Everything said it was updated, but it didn't actually do anything. No matter! In my absence the scripts seem to have done their work on their own. Behold, a new page!

Page 16 - Online

w00t - Monday, February 9, 2004, 07:28 a.m.
Keenspace updates have obviously taken place, as the comic is now online. Thanks for working so hard on the fix, guys!

Page 15 - Online

Not My Fault! - Friday, February 6, 2004, 12:34 a.m.
Keenspace is experiencing fairly severe difficulties right now. The comic is done, and even uploaded, but the update scripts are disabled, so I can't push it onto the site.
If Keen will be out of action for a while, I'll bring my CurvedSpaces mirror up to date and point you there in the meantime. I am way too tired to do that right now though. Sorry for the extra delay.

Page 15 - Complete [100%]

Okay, okay... - Thursday, February 5, 2004, 01:19 a.m.
So I'm a slack bastard.
It'll be up tomorrow. Promise.

Page 15 - Lettering [95%]

Quick update... - Wednesday, January 21, 2004, 12:49 p.m.
The next page is progressing along... hopefully it will be p by the weekend.

Page 15 - Rough [40%]

Page 14 is up. - Tuesday, January 13, 2004, 10:37 p.m.
There was a surprising amount of work in this page. I'm happy with the way it worked out.
I've also expanded the size of the weblog panel as suggested by a few people.

Page 14 - Online

Whoops - Sunday, January 11, 2004, 05:27 p.m.
Went quiet for a while there, didn't I? Sorry about that. I've had two weeks at my new job now, and I must say I'm enjoying it. I'm flat-out busy, but the work is interesting.
The comic hasn't been forgotten, but is progressing at its usual plodding pace. Next page should be up any day now...

Page 14 - Artwork [90%]

Mailing list glitch - Thursday, December 25, 2003, 10:13 a.m.
To top off the other problems, my mail software has decided to replace people's names and addresses with "unknown", which somewhat hinders my ability to communicate. This update's mailout hasn't gone to the full subscriber list, sorry to say. I'll try and recover the addresses somehow (and change mail client), but you're welcome to resend your details if you didn't get a notification.

Finally - Thursday, December 25, 2003, 12:29 a.m.
I've cobbled together a working dial-up in order to upload this page, finally. I got there in the end...

Page 13 - Online

Argh - Wednesday, December 24, 2003, 09:10 a.m.
I've been visited by the bung hardware fairy!
I can't dial up at the moment. It'll be the weekend before I'll be able to get my PC sorted out. Comic's ready, though ^_^;

Page 13 - Complete [100%]

New Job... - Monday, December 22, 2003, 04:59 p.m.
I started my new job today. It's been pretty busy, but I'm enjoying it so far.
I hope to have the next page online tonight.

Page 13 - Art [90%]

Quick note... - Thursday, December 11, 2003, 07:53 p.m.
I got your mail, Kasey, but I get a bounce attemping to reply.
Thanks for the feedback though!

Page 13 - Rough [40%]

Interesting times... - Wednesday, December 3, 2003, 05:31 p.m.
The past two weeks have been pretty interesting for me... I've been made redundant in one job, and got myself a new one. The only downtime I've got between the two is the weekend, so I guess I should count myself lucky.

The good news for me, though, is my fiancee gave me my birthday present early this year -- a shiny new Sharp Zaurus SL5500! Whee! Hopefully I'll be able to keep better track of my time with its assistance...

Page 13 -Layout [10%]

Blog Ahoy! - Monday, December 1, 2003, 12:23 a.m.
In order to keep you informed of my progress with the comic, I thought I'd try setting up a weblog. (This should be easy to keep updated...)
I'm using Pitas, because it's very flexible with its layout, and I can squeeze it into my layout without much trouble.
If you've got other suggestions, let me know!