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[Tyler] - February 27th, 2003 2:32 PM MST

Back to the Action

Thanks for putting up with the delays this week. What with the time away for my birthday and then the scanner woes. I thought I'd never get the new page up. But it's done and posted and now time to move on to the next page. This is where the action kicks into high gear and I'm excited to get into drawing it so to make up for the lack of pages this week, the next page will be posted tomorrow instead of the average two day space between updates. See you soon and thanks again. Nova Chronicles readers are the best on the net.

[Tyler] - February 26th, 2003 6:13 PM MST

Scanner: 1, Nova Chronicles: 0

I apologize to those who are wondering what happened to the next page. Ever since the NC started I've been struggling with a break-down prone scanner. Looks like it has finally reached the end of its life as it is now resorting to shutting down my computer. Thus, no scanning capabilities means no new page. However, I'm heading out after posting this to purchase a new unit. I should be back up and running by noon tomorrow (Thursday the 27th) and appreciate your patience. See you then, Thanks for waiting :).

[Tyler] - February 17th, 2003 4:01 AM MST

Suffering for my Art

Welcome back. Sorry about the missing next page. It's almost done but the new inking style has opened up so many new doorways artisticly for me that it's taking a while to realize them all. Case in point is the delayed page 3-11. I hated to turn in for the evening without a completed page but would have hated worse to do a poor job. Also, don't think that this new style will have a lasting slowing effect on my hitting deadlines. It's just the beginning of something new and takes a few small steps to get adjusted. See you tonight.

[Tyler] - February 11th, 2003 12:14 AM MST

Now in Technicolor!

... Well not exactly. Still black and white, but with a whole new look. The new visual style of the Nova Chronicles is a result of the new Ink format vs. the old Pencil-only method. Hope you like the change. So far response to the color and ink picture of the Vindicator and Gyro has been overwhelmingly positive so I think this will work well too. I was tempted to go with color in the comic pages as well, but in the end it just didn't seem to fit as well... At least not for now. Keep those comments coming in. Take Care.

[Tyler] - February 10th, 2003 4:48 AM MST


Hi. I had a suprise to roll out this morning but I ended up needing a little more time to get it set up right. So I've pushed Monday morning's page back to later in the day. I'm really pleased with the changes going on and hope that you will be too. Please check back tonight. Thanks.

[Tyler] - February 6th, 2003 1:38 PM MST

Shirts and Such

Well, Thursday's page is a bit late in posting but it's up now. I won't bother with the details but can't stress enough the importance of frequent saving when working on a computer document. But you knew that already.

Demand for T-shirts has reached a very flattering level and I am working on getting the first designs done soon.
Thanks to those who are wanting to help support the Nova Chronicles this way. The shirts will be good for both promotion and covering costs towards hosting and art supplies.

Also the advertisment that was run for the NC over on MacHall last week has run its course and I am pleased that the number of readers on our site has continued to remain at a higher rate. My thanks go out again to those who found us from over there and have come back for more. You people make it all worth while. Don't forget to drop me a line if you like. I never turn down feedback. Take Care.

[Tyler] - February 1st, 2003 3:25 AM MST

New Format

Wow! It's been a long time since I put down one of these newposts. I'd like to use my first break of silence to welcome those of you joining us this week for the first time after clicking over from MacHall. Hope you like what you see and stick around for the long run.

Also, what do those of you who have been with us for a while think about the new site layout? I feel it works a lot better by making navigation tools more accessible.

Also the issue of deadlines being missed. What was once the ultimate frustration of this site seems to be a thing of the past. I finally have the time I need to live a normal life away from the drawing table but keep fresh pages coming in at a regular speed. Please take notice of the Update Status bar as, in an effort to update as often as possible, I have done away with the regular Mon.-Wed.-Fri. system. Please note that update days should be reliable but times of day might flex a bit. The Status Bar should keep you informed.

Guess that's all for now. This next week promises to be really exciting as I am looking forward to getting in-depth with the back story of Alex's crime fighting origins. Take Care.

[Scott] - January 15th, 2003 1:00 AM MST

A slight layout shift...

Hello, intrepid Nova readers. You may notice a slightly different layout around here. We've moved the Site Menu to a more logical place near the Update notice, and used the space down below for some choice links to some of our favorite webcomics (as well as a couple of resources Tyler uses in creating the NC). I think this is a better look overall.

If you want to have another look at Tyler's special Christmas piece, it can be found

[Tyler] - December 25th, 2002 11:48 PM MST

Happy Holidays!

Today has always been a day of personal reflection and rest for me so no new page at this time. Instead I hope everyone who came to the site today will spend those couple of minutes they would have used to read the comic to instead take a moment for a little peace of mind for themselves. I'll be putting up some new art sometime this evening and we'll get back into the story on Friday. Have a good night and enjoy the rest of the season. God Bless.

And the Angel said unto them, "Fear not, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord."
Luke 2:10-11

[Tyler] - December 18th, 2002 11:27 PM MST

Sometimes It's Just Out of Your Hands!

The lack of a new page today was due to a major problem with my internet service provider. The system has been edgy all week but the whole thing came to an end today and shut down. Around two this afternoon I gave up hope and went out to do my Christmas shopping. At least it wasn't me this time ;).

We're back up and running now so look for the new page to post tomorrow. Take Care.

[Tyler] - December 16th, 2002 5:33 AM MST

Back on Track- Thanks for Waiting

Well, the school semester is winding down and the holidays are upon us. I should now have more than enough time to get the Nova Chronicles rolling again. Thanks so much to all the faithful readers that waited so long for me to get things done.

[Tyler] - December 5th, 2002 3:17 AM MST

Finals, work and life's other little Catastrophes

Updates a little off this week? Yeah, I know. Between catching up at work after Thanksgiving and finishing up the semester at school, comic drawing time might be cut a little short for a few days. I will strive to get updates completed but might be a little off with them for a short bit. Thanks to the students and starving artists out there for their collective understanding ;)

[Tyler] - November 30th, 2002 10:37 PM MST

Back at Home and Back on Track

Hi. Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Today was supposed to be the next page in chapter 2, but I got a little set back during the holiday weekend and am now without a finished page for Sat. So expect the Chronicles to be back on regular schedule on Monday. I'll be using the rest of the weekend to help finish up some loose ends on the site with Scott.

Also, I hope you had a chance over the holiday to check in and catch the preview pics I had posted on Wed., Thurs., and Fri. If not, you will have another chance soon. I am going to use those pics again along side the new character bios that should be showing up this week as the story progresses.

[Scott] - November 30th, 2002 1:44 AM MST

Tinkering under the hood

If anyone tried to access the site early Saturday morning (11-30) and was greeted by a cryptic error message, I am the one to blame. I've been doing some work on the underlying code that drives The Nova Chronicles, and it required some adjustments after uploading before it worked properly. So, I apologize for any inconvenience.

The changes I've made should be transparent to you readers, so if you come across something that doesn't work anymore, please let me know! The only visible difference should be a "next" link that now connects the last page of a chapter to the first page of the next one, without having to go through the Archive. Thanks to Michael for that suggestion!

I still plan to construct a special section for non-story pages (such as Tyler's character previews). Really, I do. Honest!

[Tyler] - November 19th, 2002 3:40 PM MST

What's on your mind?

Well, Chapter One is all finished. Time to move on to a new episode. Chapter two will introduce new characters, expand on those already in the mix and reveal new aspects of the overall story.

Now, with the start of the next installment, I'd like to hear from you. What did you like about the first episode? Who is your favorite character thus far? Who or what would you like to see more of? How did you first hear about the Nova Chronicles? T-shirts are being developed as are plans for a printed comic book version of the Chronicles. What are your interests in these items and do you have any ideas of what you'd like to see as far as designs? Also, anything you'd like added to the site itself? New features or perhaps some constructive criticism for making existing features even better.

You can send me your thoughts, suggestions and comments two different ways: E-mail me at or leave some feedback in the Nova Forum. I check the forum several times a week.

Well, I've got to get back to work on the next page. Hope to hear from you soon. Take Care.


[Tyler] - November 18th, 2002 5:58 PM MST


Welcome to monday the 18th and another week of the Chronicles. Today's page will be up tonight, took me a little while to finish it up due to the fact that I'm working out how to finish the first chapter. The whole thing is written ahead of time but it is not always planned ahead how the story will advance page by page. Looks like tonight's installment will be the last of Chapter One: Prologue.

Wed. the 20th we will begin Chapter Two: Genesis. For those of you who are hoping for some insight into how Alex wound up in this whole mess in the first place, you won't be in the dark for much longer. See you later tonight.

[Tyler] - November 13th, 2002 2:21 AM MST


Today's page will be uploaded this evening as I had to stay at work late last night and as a result will have to finish the next page this afternoon.

Chapter 1 is almost complete. Can't wait for number 2 as several questions will finally be answered. Hope you're having fun. See you tonight.

[Tyler] - November 9th, 2002 2:47 PM MST

A few words with a master

I had the pleasure of meeting Michael Turner yesterday evening. For those of you not familiar with him or his work, he is a very distinguished comic artist over at Image Comics and his work is a tremendous influence on my own. He's a really great, down-to-earth guy, and he allowed me to pick his brain for a while... things I hope to use to make the Nova Chronicles even better. If you're a fan of this feature, or comic books in general, do yourself a favor and check his work out. Thanks Mike.

[Tyler] - November 8th, 2002 3:08 AM MST

A Second Wind

All right, I know! The update schedule has been less than impressive as of late. It seems to be the result of just too much going on at one time. So, with that in mind, I am taking the needed steps to assure that the comic is given the proper amount of time needed each week to keep updates on time. I plan on going somewhere big with the Nova Chronicles and I feel it's about time I showed it. I cannot promise that there won't be future snags for time to time but I will tell you that it will be a vast improvemnet over what it's been.

Also, a million thanks to all of those who have taken the time and care to write me a little note telling me how you have enjoyed the Nova Chronicles. These last couple of weeks have been rough at times and you might not know how flattered I have been by your kind words and I would like to address this now by making sure you know each one is read and appreciated.

I'm not sure how much attention people give to this newsbox. I'm hoping quiet a number of you. It is becoming more of a valuable tool to me to keep in touch with my readers. Expect far more updates posted here in the future as the new commitment schedule to the Chronicles kicks things into overdrive.

Well that's all for now. Keep those letters coming, I want to hear more feedback and PLEASE, help the NC out by voting for it on the webcomic lists by clicking on the little colored boxes to the left. You might not realize how much this helps me out.

Take Care. -Tyler

[Tyler] - November 6th, 2002 7:32 PM MST

A moment for artistic merit.

For those of you wondering why there is no new page today, I needed a bit longer for a slight re-write of the next page or two. I just wasn't satisfied with the way the stand-off between Bailee, Alex and the Police was headed. I've got a much better solution and am in the process of bringing it to pencil-and-paper life as I write this. I should have it up around midnight or at the latest tomorrow morning. If you're disappointed by another delay just remember that it's all for the greater good of providing you, the reader, with the finest comic I can. And remember, all of you aspiring artists out there: Good writing skills are not just for use in your comic, but also in explaining the lack thereof :). See you in a few hours and thanks!

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