Random fact- I dreamt about that goblin in the middle panel. We were in Disneyland or something with a group of people and we were chatting or something. I also may have dreamed about Reanin's father a few days prior, but he looked suspiciously like Thor, and I had just watched Thor, so I'm not entirely sure.
Wall of text coming. In short: I am working on redrawing/writing the first chapter. Updates will also continue from where the story is now, but the pages will only be sketched.
In long: I wanted to at least finish this page, since I've been working on it for, what, two or three weeks? (I do have a little more work done on it than what's posted) Some of that slowness is due to being busy, some of it's due to trying to work on stuff so I will be prepared for restarting the first chapter, and some of it's due to the fact that I just need to work on being more self disciplined and focused. Oh sure, there are times when I get in the flow of things and the rest of the world ceases to exist until I finish whatever it is I'm working on, but when I don't feel as inspired? Forget it. Same goes with school. And quite frankly, I'm tired of getting to the end of the day and realizing that the only reason my homework took so long was because I didn't want to focus on it long enough to get it done. So I'll be working on that a lot.
I've decided to finally get working on restarting the comic because I would also like to submit Chapter 1 in my school's big end of the year art competition. Why? To be able to challenge myself and get something done that I've been wanting to get done for a while. Also, if I graduate early, this may be my last chance to enter something for that contest, and I want to enter something that I'm proud of (regardless of whether or not I win something). This will be a lot of work, but after thinking about it and praying about it, I'm sure that this (and in broader terms, making comics for the rest of my life) is what I'm supposed to do, and I'm so convinced of this goal that if this doesn't get me to at least improve my self-discipline, I'm not sure anything will. But, that leaves the question of where the story is now. I do NOT want to completely stop updating it, partially because I don't want anyone to lose interest in the story (you or me) and partially due to my own pride (I promised myself a long time ago that if I ever restart a comic, I will do so while updating the story where it is). So updates will continue on a weekly basis, only in sketch form. I will also keep you updated on how the restart is going. At the moment, the writing only needs slight tweaks, the overall story outline needs a little work to improve flow/pacing/etc, and reference sheets and such are well underway.
So there you have it.
AlpineBob- Thanks! I guess they could be better than an average mage while working together, like when they attack the same enemy from opposite sides or something, but they're still at a disadvantage in some ways. And I think that at one point they were at least average, but once I thought about it more and started working on the rating system, I decided it would be better if they weren't.