Pole-Land.com 20th anniversary – Part 1

Gonna be doing something different this week since it is (as of yesterday, the 14th of April 2024) the 20th anniversary of my website pole-land.com (which now simply redirects to this site) and the genesis of what eventually became A Distant Sky.

Pole-Land began as a collaborative project between myself and a group of my friends from high school, long before the advent of web 2.0 and the content-driven era of the internet; we wanted a cool hangout space for our own to chat and work on art in, and what better place than our very own top-level domain name?

Of course, given that we were all teenagers in high school, we didn't exactly hit the ground running and in fact over the last couple of decades I made several unsuccessful attempts to actually get the ball rolling on the original story concept, back then titledĀ Foreign Policy.

I made a concerted attempt in 2014, the 10th anniversary of the website, to actually get the story off the ground (which you can see preserved here), which is where the middle designs are from; meanwhile the 2004 designs are my best attempt at rendering the earliest concepts for these characters as they existed right out of the gate, though they are gonna be... pretty indicative of how smooth my brain was in high school.

I am not particularly proud of the fact that Walt used to literally just be Rorschach from Watchmen, but again, high school.

Watch this space for more nostalgic ramblings!

RSS Feed fixed

It turns out Toocheke changed the way its feeds work so I’ve fixed the menu link to point to the correct feed for comics. If you’ve been trying to get comic updates via RSS, you’ll have to update the link to this one: https://adistantsky.com/comic/feed/

Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for your patience!

Page Delay

Well folks, it finally happened. For the first time since I switched over to Adobe Animate from Flash CS5.5, my software ate a project file. Thankfully, I have a recovery file so the whole thing wasn’t lost, but it does mean that Chapter 3 – Page 17 will have to go up on Thursday the 18th, rather than Wednesday as planned. Sorry for the delay, we should be back on our regularly scheduled program soon!

Support A Distant Sky on Patreon!

Hello, friends! I’m pleased to announce that A Distant Sky has now been running for pretty much exactly one month, and I have absolutely no intentions of slowing down. If you would like to support my endeavors both regarding the comic as well as my radio station, why not consider becoming a patron? Patrons can receive access to such exciting things as page previews, entire comic pages 24 hours in advance, access to the song request interface for Radio Skvortsov, and my undying gratitude.