A Wheel Story

A buddhist-fantasy webcomic


Update + Where to find me

by lilacbombs
Thank you all so much for the kind words and support. Wheel story was only something I managed to keep going because of the wonderful support and love of people around me. Even for what I regret about how I made the comic, etc... I'll never, ever regret making it.

Currently I'm posting art on @lilac_bombsart, @bresson_diary and @lilacboobs.

lilac_bombsart is for more finished pieces + a backlog of some old lupin art/wheel story stuff, bresson_diary is mostly for thoughts/tiny sketches on lupin and lilacboobs is NSFW. (r18+) 
...Yeah. Let's just say we all discovered things about ourselves in 2021.

The thing I've been making in particular is for the 2001 anthology series Mankatsu, a spinoff series of lupin III adapting all of Monkey Punches other works. Specifically, Bakumatsu Yankee. It's a delightful little part that despite only being 3 episodes long has a strangle hold on me like no other. I hope to maybe make a fancomic for it in the future. (Oh. wait I already did that...)
Ok, then another one! One that's no doubt very different and looks much better! (b&w comics are still a large learning curve for me lol)

Thank you all for following thus far, and for the kind words. Much love and blessings to you and yours!

Final Update.

by lilacbombs

So, This may or may not come as a shock to anyone, but I'm discontinuing Wheel Story.

 I wish I had an elegant way to tell this, or a drawing, or SOMETHING that indicated a dignified way to end it, but I'm coming up with nothing. The truth is that Wheel Story is exhausting to make, and I am on a fundamental level, not the same person I was 3 years ago.
I'm sorry. I should never have tried to explore Buddhism in my work because ultimately, I'm not a believer. I'm a person with a fascination. I can't even tell you what I was trying to say with this comic outside of just wanting to make one to say I tried.

But that's the silver lining I suppose. I wouldn't call Wheel Story a failure, not in that way- See, the thing I always said to myself when looking at those weird "shooting star" wish posts on tumblr is that someday, I'll make a webcomic. I never wished that I'd finish one. So in some ways, I got my wish.

Thank you all for following thus far. I mean it, from the bottom of my heart- Thank you. Maybe some time I'll try and make a few visual plates to show how the story was *supposed* to pan out, but I can't make any promises.

I hope you'll continue to view my work from here. I definitely want to try a webcomic again in the future, a fantasy one at that- I just can't say when. thank you.

-twitter, the "art" one anyway

Updates + Hiatus announcement

by lilacbombs
So, uh... Hey guys, I'm going to be going on hiatus from Wheel Story for a bit as I work on a fancomic. I've attempted to do things like this in the past, but never complete it fully as I was trying to do both it and wheel story at the same time. This one is longer, but it will be a really good opportunity for me to fully understand black and white comics, and how to make them work.

I feel like there's more I should be writing in this blog entry, but... That's really all there is to say. See you in a few months, I guess. Thank you for your patience, and for following wheel story thus far.

Late notice + new update schedule?/thoughts

by lilacbombs
Hey there. So, You might not be too shocked to find out that the page will not be coming out this Sunday, but next Tuesday. I know it sounds terrible, seeing as just a few blog entries ago, I talked about how long wheel story would take to make, but I've done a lot of reflection.

You may have heard of the passing of Kentaro Miura, the creator of one of the most influential manga of all time, Berserk. He died at age 54, and his death was kept under wraps for over a month until a few days ago. I can't claim to be a fan of Berserk- I'm very familiar with its plot and soundtrack (which is a significant influence on wheel story.), but that's it. His passing has made me feel bad for being inspired by his work for so long without actually reading it. But hearing about his death and the work he put into his manga for decades woke me up to something.
I have time.

See, (and I promise I won't rant about this too long, I swear.) when I was 18, I felt old. "Join the club, Liz," right? But really, I felt like I didn't have any option but to make my comic ASAP as not to waste the rest of my youth in planning. That decision had its pros and cons, but working on wheel story, taking breaks from it here, and there has made me realize that my career as an artist is hardly beginning. I've made many improvements in how I draw characters in this past year, quarantine, etc. It's made me realize that perhaps it would benefit both me and wheel story to take a step back once in a while.

The TL,DR of this is that I'm thinking of switching to a bi-monthly schedule. I think that would give me ample time to make pages as good as possible while also tending to work, art, and other fun things I want to do. It's in the far future, but I'll likely have to open commissions eventually, and that'll take even more time.
So, in the meantime, hang on. I promise Wheel Story will continue as intended.


Though, there is something else that's been bugging me. I've made a sort of promise to myself that if I still feel burnt out, or like I can't keep doing wheel story within a year, I will end the series at 11 chapters instead of 20.
That's the natural halfway point for the series, anyway.
Why? Because... I don't know. I just said that I have time, yet the idea of making a wheel story until I'm 25 scares me. I don't want that. There are things I want to try, things I want to do...
This isn't a case of "you just need to remember your spark, why you love and made the series!" either. Maybe it is a little, but it's something more than that. I think more and more every day I see the holes both in my story and my process, and how much it feels like I'm going on auto-pilot. And I know that's just what making comics is like but, I don't know...
I don't know.

This could all be conjecture, though. I might wake up a few months from now with a newfound passion for making wheel story because of some development. I know another reason for this decline is because I've let myself get distracted in other things, but... I deserve that simple happiness, too.

I'm sorry if this worries any of you; I just wanted to say something so that if it does come to that, it's not a total shock. I felt deceptive keeping that from people for so long.

Thank you for your continued support of Wheel Story. I am forever grateful.

Hiatus notice

by lilacbombs
Hi guys. Yes you heard that right– Wheel Story is going on hiatus for a while. There are a lot of reasons surrounding this, some being life/hormonal-related/personal, but the truth is there's just some other stuff I want to work on right now. It sounds bad, but I realized that I've taken hiatus' on wheel story before in the past, and it's been for the best.

In 2019, I stopped for about a month to work on a short comic for an anthology series. Horrible idea, but not the hiatus part– the comic was a bust. When Covid-19 first outbroke, I stopped working to cope in that time. Now, it's primarily lupin III related, but... Idk, I just need a break. I realized making my comic on autopilot wasn't fair to anyone.

Also, I hate the black and white ok? Failed experiment. Perhaps I could make it work with more time, but at this point I'll take an easily cell-shaded page over whatever the hell was going on in those first chapter 8 pages. I'll even take making wheel story till' I'm 24. Thus is my point about making things on auto-pilot. I do tend to ignore certain flaws of a page when I'm close to posting, but never to this extent.
I think I'll get back to it in late May at the latest. I'm really sorry, but this is for the best. And who knows? Maybe I'll get back to it even sooner. I don't want to give up on wheel story, especially when I'm so far. I just need time to think about my art and where it's going to go from here.

Wheel Story Update (big change)

by lilacbombs
Hey guys! The start of chapter 8 is almost here. I have something big I want to announce, though– something that'll change the course of the comic in a way.
I want to switch Wheel Story to a black and white format.

I know it sounds weird this late in the game. But I realized something recently– I don't want to be making wheel story when I'm 25. But the way the story is written now I don't think I can take anything out without significantly ruining the experience for everyone reading.
More than that, there are other things I want to do. Recently I've gotten really into the Lupin III franchise. I know what you're thinking– "Really? You've been doing fandom stuff instead of your comic?" and, yeah. Maybe it's just my own subconscious telling me that, but it's the truth. It feels good to be really passionate and engaged in something that isn't my comic– it feels like a piece that's been missing from my life. I'm hoping to do more art for it along with a short comic that I'll sell on gumroad.
Even if you aren't familiar with Lupin III, it'd mean the world to me if you bought it when it comes out. (R18+ only though, sorry.)

So, yeah. Black and white only. I'll use color for some of the big moments, but I hope this can expedite my process a bit, at least eventually. Thank you for reading! And for your patience.

Late page notice 2/24/21

by lilacbombs
Hey guys, I hate setting such a vague bar like this, but I don't know when the next page is going to be out. I'd say at minimum the end of this week. There's just a lot going on in my life right now and in general. Work, vaccines, flies in my house and certain... monthly bodily functions have made working on my comic difficult. Along with a break I just need time. 

I know it's also disappointing seeing as after the chapter ends (this coming page) I'll have to take another week to make thumbnails, but it's inevitable. I think I just need time to reflect, on top of doing what I can on my page, to make this comic as good as possible. Thank you for your patience! 


by lilacbombs
So, I haven't really written one of these in a long time, because I wasn't sure anyone was reading them. I've decided to do it anyway in the case that people are curious.
These pages have been taking longer and longer because of both a change in my work schedule, and some rewrites I've done to chapter 7. This usually doesn't do much to change the story– but this recent change required I change several thumbnails on chapter 7. So that's probably why you won't see any page 11 this week.
The good news is, I'm back to my old work schedule! I am now working evenings and can devote the mornings to my comic, where I'm most motivated. I'll try to keep you posted.
Thank you for reading.
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