I'm the artist and co-writer of Tamuran. I make most of the posts on the site and post announcements to the comic's Twitter feed.
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“Guys, guys, I got us a new party member! He’s clean and quiet and he won’t eat much and I have to check but I’m pretty sure he’s had all his shots! We’ll just be needing a tent… for the two of us…”

We just got accepted to vend at Comic Con 2015 at the Fletcher Library in Hagerstown, MD. The show’s on August 8 from 11am-4pm. Chezhnian won’t be able to make it, but I’ll be sharing a table with Liz Staley, creator of Adrastus (and renowned Manga Studio guru). It looks like it’ll be a fun show. Admission’s free – come by if you’re in the area!

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When a tree creature wants to mate with another tree creature, he (or she) brings his (or her) intended a particularly challenging kill and says something along the lines of “Let’s create offspring together.”

When nofurs want to mate, it’s all glances and flowers and words that don’t mean what they’re supposed to mean and games they don’t even tell you they’re playing with you. And they seem to be at it all the time. So weird.

Varony has come to realize over the years that the human form the Genisai gave him is one that human females (and occasionally males) tend to find attractive. Sometimes he kind of wishes she’d made him uglier…

(Hallmark makes cards to say, “sorry, you’re nice and all, but I’m not really into your species,” right…?)

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Varony is not the best fiddle player, but he tries!

Again, Chezhnian and I will be Livestreaming this Sunday starting at 6pm (EDT). You don’t need an account to watch or join the chat. I’ll be taking sketch requests (for Patreon patrons first if they want them, then for anyone else), and then maybe doing some digital coloring. The stream will probably go till 9 or 10. Come say hi and hang out with us if you’re so inclined!

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We’re going to try doing a Livestream sketch session on Sunday, July 19th starting at 6pm (EDT). Patreon patrons will get first dibs on sketch requests (since the session is technically making up for having a month without early updates during the between-chapter break/medical hiatus), but everyone’s welcome to come chat (and ask for sketches after the first round). In case no one is in a sketch-requesting mood, I’ll have a drawing scanned to practice coloring.

Here’s the link to our Livestream channel for now. I’ll post more about it on Friday.

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Slowly starting to get ahead on pages again. My wrist still gets sore if I go too long doing something repetitive without a break, but overall it’s doing better (and I’m being nicer to it, I promise). I’m almost finished shading page 8 for the Patreon early-update backers (should be up within an hour or so), with page 9 inked and ready for shading. I’m also working on some new ad banners (the sketch for the Varony one was posted during the break) and finishing up painting the Patreon thank-you wallpaper. (Hopefully saying all that in public won’t trigger something ELSE untoward to happen.)

Have a great week, guys. As always, thank you for reading.

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She doesn’t actually NEED to fluff her hair. I’m pretty sure “perfect hair at all times” is a Tu Naul racial trait.

And he might have taken her a little more seriously if she’d added “oh, and by the way, they’re actually sentient” to her argument, rather than just saying “don’t kill tree creatures, I’m friends with one.” But probably not much more seriously.

(Varony, for his part, doesn’t really distinguish “sentience” to quite the extent that humans tend to. When you live in the Old Wood, there are lots of things around that want to kill you, and very few of them care whether or not you can hold a conversation with them.)

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It’s okay, Varony, we’re laughing WITH you, not AT you……

Thanks again, guys, for all the support and encouragement you’ve been posting. I really appreciate your kind consideration and your patience. My wrist is starting to do better, slowly – it’s mostly a matter of paying attention and taking better care of it.  Which is a good thing in the long run. We have a lot of story to tell. :)

Thank you, as always, for reading!

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Chapter 14: Hunters and Hunted

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So here you can see what my wrist took as the final straw.  As I’m going to be removing the between-chapter filler updates from the archives, here’s a recap for posterity: after about an hour of shading that dark background I started to experience carpal tunnel symptoms in my hand (this after several weeks of mild, off-and-on wrist soreness). So I’ve backed off and am working on rearranging my comic-drawing schedule and habits to avoid the three-hour shading sessions that probably played a big role in causing the problem. There may still be some slight delays – I’m going to be prioritizing my wrist health for the near future, since delays are better than compromising my ability to make comics at all. But for the most part I’m back on track. Welcome to Chapter 14. It’s going to be a fun one.

I LOVE tall ships, but boy are good reference photos a pain in the ass to find, since you need to see how all the parts fit together before you can recreate them on paper. I have a big folder of photos I took at the Baltimore Inner Harbor’s 1812 bicentennial event, but most of those ships were much bigger types than this one needed to be, and I couldn’t get very good photos of the smaller ships since they were cruising the harbor for most of the day. Eventually I found that the website for the Privateer Lynx (one of the ships that came in for the bicentennial, though I’d only gotten one or two photos of her) has really awesome, very extensive image galleries – so if you’re interested in that sort of thing or ever wondered what it’s like to be on a ship, go take a look. (I more or less loosely based this ship on the Lynx rather than drawing her exactly. It’s not 100% accurate, but I’m pretty happy with how it turned out overall.)

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End Chapter 13. Just like every chapter, we recommend going back and reading it as a whole now that it’s finished.

We’ll be taking an end-of-chapter break before we start posting Chapter 14. It’s another long chapter – right now we’re working on finalizing script edits, and once that’s done I can start storyboarding and laying out the pages. We’re planning to start posting Chapter 14 on May 26 (May 22 for Patreon early-update backers) – if it ends up taking longer we’ll keep you informed. I want to have a good start on the chapter before we jump into posting, so as to avoid delays down the road. In the meantime, we’ll be posting art updates at least once a week (probably Fridays), and on Patreon we’ll be updating with WIP stuff and progress shots for the new chapter (as well as the other extras like Chezhnian’s Tamuran trivia posts).

It’s been awesome seeing the range of responses Kip’s gotten this chapter, by the way. She’s a complicated character with a lot of room to grow… if the party stays alive long enough for her to get there. Here’s hoping. Special thanks to Chan, her creator, for entrusting her to us.

As always, thank you for reading!

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This conversation went on a bit longer in the original rp. It was an interesting challenge paring it down while keeping the original spirit of the miscommunication as well as a dialogue that flowed organically. (The “so don’t eat me, and go wash up. Shoo!” was taken directly from the chat log).

Vote on Top Webcomics to see a penciled panel from the next page.

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As a reminder, not all Tu Naul are Morphyx – those born with Morphus abilities actually make up a relatively small percentage of Tu Naul.

We are finally launching a Patreon campaign! If you’re not familiar with Patreon, it’s a way for readers to become “patrons of the arts” and support their favorite online creators with a monthly donation at an amount of their choosing, in exchange for rewards like early comic updates, behind-the-scenes content, and other extras. No pressure or anything – the comic will always be free to read right here. But if you’d like to help us out with comic expenses and promotion costs and such, take a look at our page.

Whether you choose to support us or not, I want to say thank you for reading our comic. It has been and continues to be a truly incredible experience to take this story that’s been clattering around our heads for six years and put it out there as a comic that people all over the world are reading, commenting on, and taking part in (and maybe sometimes tearing your hair out at) along with us, and it really makes us excited to share the rest of the story with you. I’ve probably said things along those lines before, but I mean it every time. Seriously, thank you. :)

Top Webcomics vote incentive is a preview of a panel from the next page. The whole next page is also available to read on Patreon for patrons at the $5 level and above.

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Happy (northern hemisphere) vernal equinox! After a week or so of spring temperatures, it’s snowing outside. =P

Just three days left in the Adrastus Book 3 Kickstarter, and right now they’re at 53% funded. So if you like giant robots and badass heroines who pilot them, go take a look! And please help spread the word if you know any mecha anime fans – I want my copy of this book. ;)
(Seriously, though, you should go read the comic. Once the story gets going, it’s a fun read, especially if you like old-school anime. Liz weaves a good plot.)

Vote on Top Webcomics to see a preview of a panel from the next page.

 

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The elf Nashua’s talking to is Gideon Weaveforger, a Blacksmith/Druid from the Knight Realms LARP (check it out; their photo galleries are awesome), whose player pledged for a cameo in our Book 1 Indiegogo fundraiser. (We’d originally planned for the campaign cameos to come during the travel montage in chapter 10, but his player didn’t mind waiting for a nicer cameo spot that suited the character better, so here he is… finally!)  Thank you again, Geoffrey!

(edit: fixed the Knight Realms link – it had a stray copy-pasted punctuation mark in it. Should work now!)

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Liz Staley’s Kickstarter for Book 3 of her comic, Adrastus, is just over halfway through, with just under half of her goal raised. If you like giant robots (or The X-Files, or 80′s anime like Ronin Warriors), go check it out!

Vote on Top Webcomics to see design sketches for Claudia, the lady who confronted Kip and Varony at the gate into Hiancea earlier in the chapter.

As always, thank you for reading!

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Besides the Dragons, the Travelers revere many minor deities and patron spirits. Nauncia is a goddess of travel (and thus of particular importance), and is often invoked in this sort of context.

Liz Staley’s Kickstarter to fund Volume 3 of her webcomic, Adrastus, is just shy of hitting $1k! Go take a look, and also read Adrastus. The story is a modern take on the 70′s and 80′s giant robot anime genre, with a plot that’s part serious and part affectionate parody. It’s a really fun comic that deserves way more readers.

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First off, our friend Liz over at Adrastus has launched a Kickstarter to fund the printing of her third volume. Go check it out! Classic-anime-style giant robots, badass motorcycle-racing heroines, secret agents, aliens, tabloid reporters, fun all around. :D

As for our Book 2 printing survey, thanks again to everyone who responded. I mentioned last week that it doesn’t look like there’s currently enough interest in print books to warrant another Kickstarter attempt so soon. So for now we’re going to focus on other things, like making more comic – finishing Chapter 13 and making progress on Chapter 14 – rather than spending a month on intensive Kickstarter promotion. Unfortunately, printing Book 2 next year after we’ve moved means that we won’t be able to print with the local printer that did such nice work on Book 1. It also means that we probably won’t be selling at any convention artist alleys on the West Coast until after we can get the books printed, since our first small run of Book 1 is running low (we’ve got enough copies for about one convention still, so we’ll see). On the positive side, though, if we run the campaign next year we won’t have to scramble to get backer rewards sent out before the move. And hopefully the EU VATMOSS tax mess will have been sorted out by then, so that we won’t have to worry about trying to figure out whether our digital reward tiers are legal or not…

Again, thank you to the people who responded to the survey – we appreciate it! For the potential campaign rewards, a lot of people said they’d like to see short extra stories, so we’re thinking about which ones (backstory episodes, that sort of thing) might be fun to tell in the meantime, possibly as patron rewards for a Patreon campaign. We also had a good number of people say they were interested in cell phone charms or Pathtag charms, which we’ll definitely keep in mind for the next Kickstarter.  For back-of-the book extras, more in-depth info about the setting of Tamuran seemed to be the most popular choice – “world-building info – geography” got the highest number of votes, followed by “overview of the various types of magic and the Guardian Races.”

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Here’s the link to the survey again, for people who would be interested in pledging for Book 2 (see the previous two update posts). So far it doesn’t look like there are enough people interested in print books to warrant retrying the Kickstarter, but we’ll leave the form up for a while longer. If you want a book, let us know, and also give us your votes on what kinds of campaign rewards and book extras you’d like to see.

To answer a few questions that have come up: no, we’re not raising the price of the books to compensate for the increased cost per copy to print them. The book prices would be the same as they were in the last campaign, though we might change some of the reward tiers. And some people said that they weren’t interested in physical books but would pledge for PDF copies – unfortunately, this time PDFs would ONLY be available as a freebie tacked onto physical copies of the book. There won’t be any digital-only tiers for this campaign, as thanks to new tax legislation it’s not legal for us to sell digital products to anyone in the EU without taking on an administrative and data-collecting burden that we’re not equipped to handle. (Technically it would be Kickstarter’s responsibility to deal with the VAT issues, but it doesn’t look like they’re doing that…)

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(EDIT: Since someone expressed concern: no, we’re not raising the book’s price from last time. It’s just more expensive per copy for us to print them. Sorry for any confusion!)

To summarize last update’s post, we’re thinking about retrying the Kickstarter campaign to print Book 2 (with a lower goal, to print half the number of books this time), but since we can’t lower the campaign goal very much, we don’t want to run another campaign so soon if there isn’t enough interest in books to warrant it. So if you want a print copy of Book 2 (and/or Book 1), please let us know on this survey. The survey also has some optional questions on what you’d like to see as campaign rewards or back-of-the-book extras.

Please note that since we’re planning on moving this summer, the next opportunity for us to print Book 2 probably won’t be till 2016, and we will most likely not be able to print with the same local printer everyone liked so much for Book 1.

Also, we’ve finally set up a Tamuran group on deviantArt. Check it out and feel free to join if you’re on dA. (That announcement kind of got preempted by the more urgent Kickstarter news after we got the quote from the printers on Monday, hah.)

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IMPORTANT! Read this if you have ANY interest in print copies of Tamuran!

We contacted our local printer for a quote for a smaller number of books, to check on the feasibility of attempting another Book 2 printing Kickstarter campaign with a lower goal this spring. They got back to us today, and the price per copy is a bit higher than it was for the larger number of books. Basically, to be able to print half the number of copies we’d originally planned to print, plus account for fees, taxes, and shipping, we’d have to run a campaign to raise $5000. Our unsuccessful campaign in November ended at $3269, so we’re not sure whether $5000 is a reasonable amount to expect to raise or not. Hopefully a campaign run outside of the holiday season would be better timing for everyone who wants books, but it’s hard to make predictions. Checking around, this is probably the cheapest we’ll be able to print runs of two separate volumes at once, for the time being.

Most likely this is the ONLY time we’ll have a chance to run a campaign or print books until early 2016, since we are planning a move across the country this summer.  So if you have any interest in getting a book or books in the foreseeable future, please let us know. We’ve made a survey to gauge interest in books, with a few optional questions on what you’d like to see as campaign rewards or back-of-the-book extras for Book 2. No pressure or obligation, just let us know if you sincerely want print books (One response per person, obviously).

Let us know if you want print copies of Tamuran.We’re aware that anonymous survey results are not a good meter to base campaign expectations on, but we figure that it will let us know if there’s definitely not enough interest to merit reattempting a campaign. If there’s not much interest, then maybe it’s not the right time for a print run just yet and we should hold off till the comic has a bigger readership. But if we get a lot of responses, we will start thinking about planning another campaign (probably in March/April) and running the Kickstarter gauntlet again for you guys.

As always, thank you for reading!

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Sorry for the delay there. When I have a long scene that takes place all in the same spot, I’ll generally build a 3D model in Sketchup for reference, to use as a sort of ‘movie set’ so that I can keep the placement of everything consistent throughout the scene and get all the perspective right, and this one took a while (“I can just make boxes on wheels for the wagon placement, right? Wait, no, the undercarriage is going to be visible in just about all these shots. I should build that too. Okay, gotta find reference photos for vardo undercarriage suspension… ” Making sure everything in the model lines up where I need it for all the camera angles I want to use in the scene can be tricky sometimes, too). Probably I should’ve just bitten the bullet and taken a longer holiday break to get further along with this stuff… but the good news is that now I should be pretty well set for the rest of the scene. I might post some ‘behind the scenes’ shots of the models and my perspective guides on Tumblr later.

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Sorry for the inks, but even anticipating all the background work this page is taking way longer than I expected it to. (I listened to almost the entire BBC Good Omens radio drama during the inking alone… which is about 3-4 times longer than inking usually takes. Probably could’ve gotten through the last episode, but I was really really hoping at that point that the rest of what I had to ink would not take an entire hour to finish. Wishful thinking, hah.) I like drawing detailed backgrounds sometimes, but man do they take forever.

(EDIT: Finished page is up.)

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Yesterday was the fifth anniversary of the comic site going live. We’ve come a long way since then, I think, and we’ve got a LOT of story to tell yet – we can’t wait to share it with you. Thank you to everyone for joining us on the ride!

(I’ll leave the previous artwork post up till I get a minute to add the wallpapers to the ‘extras’ page.)

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Inks for now – with holiday/family stuff the week’s been busier than I expected. I’m going to say that Friday’s update will be the art and the ‘present’ I’d planned to post last week… since the amount of backgrounds and perspective work in this chapter mean I really need to be working ahead. (Wish me luck.)

(EDIT: Finished page uploaded.)

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(Inks for now.. the finished page will go up later today.)
(EDIT: Finished page is up.)

Due to the EU VAT regulation changes regarding digital sales that take effect on January 1, we’ll be removing the Book 1 PDFs from our online store on December 31. So if you wanted a digital copy of Book 1, especially if you live in the EU, you may want to buy it before then. Unfortunately, the way things stand with the legislation right now, it won’t be feasible for us to offer PDFs or other digital items (like Chezhnian’s Tamuran music or any side-story comics in the future) for sale anymore, at least until a) we find a third party platform to sell them through that will either handle the VAT taxes or allow us to deny sales to people in the EU (which SUCKS, since we know a lot of you live in Europe) or b) they sort things out and rework the new regulations, as it looks like they’re beginning to consider (hopefully!). This will potentially also affect any future Kickstarters for book printing and the Patreon campaign that we’d been planning to launch in January (which some of you had been asking about) – technically those platforms are supposed to be responsible for the tax details, but we haven’t been able to find any definitive answers on that yet. We’re sorry for such a sudden announcement, but we’ve only become aware of the issue within the last week or so, ourselves. We’ll keep an eye on things and see what happens.

If you’re a comic creator (or artist or writer or anyone who sells digital content) and you haven’t heard about this, you’ll definitely want to read up on it, since it affects EVERYONE who sells even a $1 PDF download to someone in the EU, no matter where the seller is located.

It’s looking like the holidays are going to be pretty unpredictable around here, schedule-wise, so I’m going to declare no comic updates on the 23rd or 26th so that I can try to work ahead on pages whenever I have time. I will post some holiday artwork (and a ‘present’ that some people have been requesting), though. In the meantime, happy Solstice and happy holidays to all of you.

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Less than two days left in the Book 2 Kickstarter campaign – it ends at 9pm EST on Wednesday. Obviously at this point the chances of making our goal are very low, unless something extraordinary happens and half the Internet becomes aware of our comic overnight (if you know of a venue for that to happen that doesn’t involve adorable cat videos or setting something on fire, we’re all ears. ;P )

If you were going to pledge for a book, please go ahead and do so anyway – it’ll let us see how much genuine interest there is in buying books, and since the campaign is all-or-nothing you won’t be charged if the goal isn’t met.  As for when we’ll make another attempt at getting Book 2 printed, it’s hard to say at this point. We’re going to talk to our local printer about whether they’ll give us a lower price per copy for a smaller number of books, and if that’s feasible we might try running another Kickstarter with a lower goal in a few months. However, we’re looking at a move across the country in the spring if all goes according to plan, and we don’t want that disrupting or delaying backers getting their rewards. After the move, it’s hard to say how soon we’ll be in a position to run a Kickstarter campaign.

To those were looking forward to the books (as some of you have told us), we are really sorry to be letting you down for the moment. And to everyone who’s contributed or helped to spread the word about the campaign, thank you so very much. We’ve been honored to receive such an incredible amount of support and encouragement over the last month, especially during what is for most people a very busy, stressful, and monetarily tight time of year, and we are extremely grateful to all of you.

No update this Friday, so that I can make some headway on new pages before holiday stuff gets really busy, since Chapter 13 is architecture- and background-intensive and I’ve been out of buffer pages since the beginning of the chapter.

As for the “ask the characters” question box for the Book 2 extras, I’ll be taking down the button in the sidebar once the campaign ends, but I’ll leave the form open, so you’ll still be able to submit questions here if you wanted to.

And as always, thank you for reading!

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I took down the Kickstarter widget in the sidebar because it started displaying funny a day or so ago. There’s still a few days left in the Book 2 campaign – it runs till December 10 at 9pm EST. If you’d like a book (or books, if you don’t have Book 1) be sure to pledge for one, and if you want to submit questions for the characters to answer in the Book 2 extras the form is here. And if you have anywhere to share the campaign or recommend the comic, we’d be grateful!

(Edit: Kickstarter widget seems to be behaving again, so I put it back up.)

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Just over a week left in the Book 2 Kickstarter campaign. If you want a book, now’s the time to pledge for one. And if you’re holding off because you figure we won’t make the goal in time anyway, please don’t! Anything can happen in a week, and if we don’t make the goal, no one will be charged.

What we could really use is help spreading the word about the campaign, anywhere and everywhere you can think of that people might like the comic. If you’re on Tumblr, I’ve written a ‘one week left’ post that you can reblog if you like. We’d greatly appreciate any signal boosting you can do!

Oh, and if you missed it, we added tree creature plushies sewn by Chezhnian to the campaign rewards:

(click (and then scroll down) for the update post explaining the sordid backstory of the Tree Creature Plushie)

Fear the plushie.

…just don’t tell Varony.

New vote incentive on Top Webcomics is a very very rough sketch of the Genisai-and-knotwork picture that will be one of the prints for the campaign.

Thank you, as always, for reading.

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Just a note that I finally made a Tumblr blog… my social-media-impaired brain is still getting the hang of it, but I’ll be posting comic update notices there (starting Friday), as well as sketches and other things once in a while (some Tamuran-related, some not). You can find it here.

We’re halfway through the Book 2 Kickstarter campaign and only 26% funded so far… Anything can happen in two weeks, though, so there’s still a chance that we’ll be able to print these books for you guys. We’ll be promoting the campaign however we can, but we could definitely use the help if you have anyplace you can give us a signal boost. We’d appreciate it!

(oh, and you may want to keep an eye on the campaign page this week… we’ll be adding a limited-number pledge tier with something Chezhnian’s been working on that a number of people have expressed interest in in the past…)

One last thing, as of this posting the Chirault Volume 1 Kickstarter has just a few hours to go… so if you see this in the morning (EST) you still have time to contribute.

(And one last last thing, we hope everyone in the US has a great Thanksgiving, and we hope everyone else has a great week!)