Synopsis & Overview
Shanku has left her home behind to explore the wide world around her. Out of her small forest home she finds more of her own kind and new friends. Love, loss, and adventure await her as she discovers the secrets her clan struggled to hide. But at what cost?
In short, it is basically a simple fantasy comic. Just Another Day is an idea I've been tossing around since 2004. Originally it was my various internet personas pulled together into one setting and made to deal with each other. The first page was drawn in August 2007. The story nowadays basically revolves around the misadventures of the first of those characters: Shanku, a young cub with the wanderlust "disease" who was curious about her world, and whichever of her companions she's currently around. Her clan did not approve of her curiosity, deemed her as a threat because of her condition, and placed her in exile for ten years in hopes that she would find a cure for herself by whatever means. The story begins at the start of her exile. (Until I added the prologue.)
There was a brief debate of naming this either "Just Another Day" or "Tomorrow's Another Day", since no matter how terrible or how grand things are now, there's always another day for them to change, for better or worse. Lately, I'm tempted to rename the series to "Ravenwing" because it's pretty far the original concept when I was 14. Supposedly that is a well known game, so I guess that's out.
Many of your webcomic artists like to re-draw the first few chapters before sending their comic to print. While this is a sound business move and it certainly makes them more professional, I'm just a simple drawer and doodler. I've never even really considered myself an artist! So in the far off future when my comic is fresh off the presses, you will be able to find it with all the original blunders and forgetfulness that it first appeared in. (With a little spicing up. I found a happy median!) Because it's okay if things aren't absolutely perfect all the time. Except for the spelling and puncuation. That I intend to aggressively correct. Gotta have a little perfection, no?
Like the story and want to help support it?
I've had a few people approach me about starting a Patreon account so they could financially support the comic without going the commission route. My life is so hectic and stressful right now I could not in good conscious make people have a paid subscription, even if it was just a buck a month, with the hopes of also receiving early peeks or exclusive content regularly. Paid subscriptions make me feel kinda weird anyway. Then I stumbled across Ko-Fi, which also allows for links to extra stuff if the artist has some available, but, best of all, does not require a recurring expense.
About the Ads
Generally, I hate ads too. Flash, videos, pop-ups, "inline text" ads, and all their ilk probably have a place reserved in hell for both them and their creators. They are rude, obtrusive, distracting from the content that actually matters, and are largely selfish and inconsiderate. Most of your marketers are also horribly, horribly entitled. They believe they can do whatever they want to you, whenever they want to you, and you don't have a say in the matter.
Well, guess what? You do. So for that reason, I recommend AdBlock Plus, AdBlock Element Blocker, and Ghostery. Run 'em together even. Or whatever your choice of ad blocker is. I'm not going to get offended if you block the two I have on JAD and I won't put any little whiny and rude text behind the ads so that is displaying instead. Some websites do that. Element blocker takes care of those messages. It also takes care of those "social share 'rails'" that you see all over the place that cover half the article because these unintelligent web builders of today think it's more important to repost an article to Life Invader/Facebook or Bleeter/Twitter than it is to actually read it.
As to why I have ads on JAD despite hating them, well, Project Wonderful is the best ad platform I've seen. You can place bids for free or pay a small amount. You can also set your adspace at "pay what you want" or a fixed price. You can set rules for whether or not animated ads are allowed. And best yet, you have control over what they put on your website. The trickle of pennies is nice too, 'cause I do need a little help sometimes with the hosting costs.
And Project Wonderful has some neat stuff! Writers, copy editors, crafts of all sorts, other webcomics, RPGs, and interesting merchandise. While I do groom my bids regularly, I have my ad space set to "auto approve" because I rarely have to block or even report a bad advertisement.
I tried a "traditional" ad company once called ro2.biz. Oh, it was awful. "You are the five billionth visitor" and other scams like that. It was nothing but scams. And I wasn't allowed to moderate any of it. The staff also got quite rude when I asked to pre-approve ads instead of let them run rampant on my site. Like I said, entitled. My site, my rules, bub.