The big reason for this journal is due to inform you all of the fate of our dear, beloved Kurami.
Oh, don't worry, she's doing wonderful, doing very cute baby stuff, her comic strip is still going strong after being published in newsprint everyday for over a year, and so many honorable and famous newspaper cartoonists have taken a big liking to the strip.
HOWEVER...SOME CHANGES TO KURAMI AND THE STRIP ENTIRELY HAVE BEEN MADE.
"Kurami" has became an over complicated comic strip for newspapers, and because of this, it's getting hit with the reset button. Or a rewrite, if you will. Allow me to explain a bit. Lately, I've been under mentorship with a few syndicated cartoonists (one of which is Mr. Ray of "Curtis"), all who have been making daily comic strips since before I was born (and I'm 20).
For the past 3-4 months, they have been reading Kurami very closely, giving me their opinions and very heartfelt constructive criticisms. It's been amazing being able to be able to not only see these people as legends of the industry, but also as friends. They have told me stuff about the strip even I haven't properly looked at. Such as the relationships, Kurami's blindness, and, most importantly, the premise of the strip.
Everything that has been published is too confusing. Having a woman raise her blind infant cousin while doing fashion stuff is, without a doubt, a mouthful. When people come to read LWK, they shouldn't have to question the relationships of everyone or read any backstories to catch up. It should all be short, sweet and to the point.
So, what has happened to the strip is that Ana and Kurami will no longer be cousins. But rather, an actual mother and daughter. Future readers are going to already assume that Ana is Kurami's mother anyways, so we may as well make it a thing.
Secondly, Kurami will no longer be blind. This one may sound weird, but it makes sense if you've read the strip. It's not brought up enough to actually be considered a major focal point of the strip. Kurami doesn't act blind, and nobody seems too phased that she is blind. Plus, it can't be told in every strip that Kurami is blind. To be honest, it also kinda has been hindering my writing a bit. So it may as well be out.
Thirdly, the strip has been renamed. It's going from "Kurami" to "Life With Kurami." The premise, which explains what "Life With Kurami" is about, is simple. It's a strip about a young, single mother raising her baby. It's a LOT more easy to understand, easier to write for, and more people could possibly relate to this. As the son of a mother who's been raising two kids by herself for 10 years, I know I can relate to this.
Now, absolutely nothing regarding anyone's outer characteristics will be changed. Ana will still have her poofy hair, signature highlight, and boobs that could eclipse the sun. Kurami will still have her signature curl and we still may never see what her eyes look like. Bree Kay and Zane may have minor changes made, but nothing too significant.
This new strip has just concluded its first week of publication in newsprint and on the NEW Life With Kurami Facebook Page, where it's updated everyday, and I do hope you'd all be willing to give it a follow.
I know most of this information may not matter much to you guys since I hardly update about Kurami these days, but I thought it was important to me to inform you all since, well, Kurami was first introduced here 4 years ago.
I felt that it was time to close the book on our lovely "Kurami Era"
and open the book to our new "Life With Kurami"