We’re almost to the end of Chapter 12 – and Book 2. Details about a Kickstarter to print our second book coming soon…
We are going to be vending this Saturday evening at the Haunted Hafla in New Holland, PA (Chezhnian will be dancing in the show, I will be selling books). Our friend D.C. McLaughlin will also be there selling her paranormal and fantasy novels again this year. So if you’re in the area, come see the show – doors open at 5, and the event benefits a local puppy mill rescue organization.
Leon was the one to spot Kip last page – good eye.
He’ll be okay. Probably. Maybe. eventually.
Ten points if you can spot Kip in the last panel.
The keyboard navigation should work now without redirecting you while you’re trying to type a comment – left and right arrows for previous and next pages, and shift+left and shift+right for the first and latest pages. If you’re still finding any problems or bugs with the site, let us know, especially if you’re viewing it on a mobile device (I don’t have a smartphone or tablet to test it on, myself).
disclaimer: he is not actually planning to burn anything.
“Ahkhsskrgh” is another lastre anduatha name. It (probably) sounds less silly if you imagine it as being pronounced by something like a lion rather than a person gargling – lastre don’t exactly name their kids things like “Bob” or “Emily” (or “Varony”). And while I guess we could write “growl snarl glottal-stop growl” as a character name rather than trying to approximate sounds with jumbles of letters that are only sort of close, that would… look even sillier.
(And that last panel wins at “sounds completely different when taken out of context,” hah.)
the “brother” is referencing the exchange on this page, if you don’t remember.
Our spam filter’s still not working right, so don’t worry if your comments don’t show up right away – I might have to manually approve them.
And a note in case you use Twitter or Facebook to get comic update alerts – we’re going to be out of town this week and might not be able to sign in to post the update notices. The pages will be queued to post as normal, though.
(by “we” he meant “I,” and by “try” he meant “come up with crazy schemes out of desperation.”)
EDIT – A few issues: I’ve disabled keyboard navigation for now, since the keys were redirecting people instead of moving the cursor while they were trying to type in the comment field. Submitted a bug report about that.
Our comment spam filter is having connection issues, so it’s currently dumping all comments into the moderation queue. Contacted the webhosts about it, but in the meantime I’ll be approving comments by hand – don’t worry if you submit one and it doesn’t show up right away.
Also, our webhost’s server seems to have been going up and down a lot for the past day or so – if you get a “Service Unavailable” (503) error page, that’s the server and not a problem with the link. Just refresh the page in a moment or so and it should work. (Contacted them about that, too.) They said the downtime was because they’d been getting bot-spammed. They’ve got it taken care of now.
Let us know if you find any other issues.
Finally, a website! We’re sorry about the delay – we’d anticipated the site being down less than a day for the upgrade. If you haven’t been reading the notices on the maintenance page and Twitter/Facebook, what happened was that during the process of converting the site over we ran into a server-side configuration issue that hadn’t been an issue on the offline test site, and at that point it was too late to revert the site back to the old version to make it live again while we waited for the webhosts to take a look at the problem. But now that that’s resolved, welcome to the new site! There are still a few things left to do (like make colored portraits for the cast page and in-depth bio pages for the main cast), but for the most part it’s finished. We’ve updated just about every site page, brought the Cast and World pages up to date, redone the Comic archive page so that you can actually use it for finding stuff, cleared the dead links out of the Links page and added more comics that we’re currently reading, and added an FAQ to the About page. The comic is now keyboard-navigable, too (use the left and right arrow keys to go to the next or previous page, and the up and down arrows to scroll). And since we were re-uploading the entire comic archive at a larger page size, we used the updated print book versions of the prologue through chapter 7. So now the dialogue font is consistent (and hopefully more readable) all the way through the comic, and some pages have minor tweaks and corrections to the art here and there.
An important note: We’ve switched over to a completely different comic management system, which unfortunately means that the permalink structure for all the comic posts (and everything else on the site) has changed – so please update your bookmarks if they’re something other than the main page. The awesome part is that we now have a much more functional archive page (click the ‘Comic’ link in the top menu, or the center icons on the comic nav bar), so if you were in the middle of a readthrough and your bookmark no longer works, you can locate the last page you were on by thumbnail images if you know what chapter you were in. Or just send us a note and we’ll help you find your place.
Anyway, have fun exploring the new site, and let us know if you find any issues that need fixing, especially if you use a browser other than Firefox or Chrome. Thank you for your patience in waiting for the site to come back online, and thank you, as always, for reading. And if you found us at AWA, welcome to the comic!
To report on a few things that are currently in the works: Several people have asked us about starting a Patreon account – we’re working on getting a page set up. And in a few weeks we’ll be starting a Kickstarter to print Book 2 of the comic (chapters 8-12).
And finally, you can vote on Top Webcomics to see the non-faded-out version of the maintenance page background art. If you’re not sick of the maintenance page background art by now. :P
Oh hey, this is page 401 of the comic. Chapter 12 page 20 was 400.
The new website’s just about ready to go. I’m planning on putting it up Wednesday. It’ll probably take a while, since the conversion involves doing a few manual WordPress upgrades, converting the comic over to a new management system, and reuploading all the page files at a different size. Wish me luck. :P
There might be some site downtime sometime this week, as I’m getting close to having the new site ready to go, and the actual conversion and uploading is going to take a while. I was aiming for Monday to launch the new site, but there are still some coding issues to work out, so we’ll see.
Not much to say this update. I’ve been working on website graphics and coding, and Chezhnian’s trying to compile and edit the Chapter 13-14 script while her computer does its best to thwart her at every turn. Fun times all around.
Thank you, as always, for reading!
Yeah… a few years of study abroad is one thing, but the prospect of permanent exile is something else entirely…
(Bear with us, guys, the scene’s not over yet. ;) This is definitely one of those parts of the story where I wish we were posting a chapter (or three) at a time instead of one page.)
Well, the ‘making her angry’ route seems to have accomplished… something…
She is referring, of course, to this trinket.
Just to clarify, the Genisai can’t hear what Kip and Ranon are saying telepathically (nor can anyone else).
Also, cocosnowlo did some awesome Tamuran fan art, which you can check out on deviantArt here. (I’ll be putting it up in the gallery on this site soon.)
aw, man, flippancy is out, too? What’s he supposed to work with here?
sorry, Varony, apparently nature spirits have no particular weakness vs. wall-o-text.
In more Kickstarter news, Amya’s campaign to print their 350+ page first volume has less than a week to go. Amya, if you don’t already read it (you should!) is a high fantasy comic with solid world-building, unique, well-developed characters, and great artwork, made by some really fantastic people. So please check out their comic and their campaign and help spread the word – there’s still a ways to go before they make their goal.
Somebody’s in trouble…
Thanks very much to everyone who’s been leaving comments and survey responses regarding a new site design – the input has been really helpful. We’ve gotten a lot of votes to keep the light-on-dark text, and so far as I’ve been experimenting with color choices I’ve liked the look of the light-on-dark ones better, so most likely we’ll be sticking with that. We’ve also gotten a lot of requests to make the font size bigger, so that’s going on the list, too. That’s one of the reasons for the redesign – the site was made when monitors tended toward slightly lower resolutions, so we wanted to update it and make it a bit nicer-looking and more readable, especially on bigger screens. I’m still finalizing the design, so feel free to keep sending suggestions. The site is for you guys’ use and convenience, after all.
Hey guys, since I’m currently working on a new, more professional-looking website design for the comic, we wanted to put up a suggestion box and see what you’d like to see on the new site. Here are some things that we’re currently planning:
- Larger, more readable comic pages
- Doing away with the light-on-dark text
- A usefully navigable archive page
- More convenient links to things like Facebook and Twitter (yes, we have a Facebook page, maintained by Chezhnian)
- Updated Cast page, with a ‘new-reader-safe’ version of major character profiles and a ‘spoiler’ version for current readers who want a refresher on who’s who and who did what
- Updated World page, with lexicon updates and a map of Tamuran
- A Links page that is not five years out of date
- An FAQ section
If there is anything not on the list that you’d like us to consider, or if you have any suggestions for FAQ questions, please let us know via this survey.
As always, thank you for reading!
No, Nashua, no we have not.
Update on the LeyLines Book 3 Kickstarter campaign, which ended today: they didn’t reach the stretch goal level where Chezhnian and I would contribute a short comic (it was a pretty high stretch goal level), but they did make their base funding goal and their first stretch goal. So congratulations to the LeyLines crew, and thank you to everyone who donated or helped spread the word. As for our comic contribution… maybe next time. :)
Morphyx are a little sturdier than your average small bird… luckily for Kip (and her shoulder).
There’s less than a week to go in the LeyLines Volume 3 Kickstarter campaign that Chezhnian and I are contributing a comic for (if they reach our designated stretch goal level). They’ve made their base goal and are well on their way to the first stretch goal. Our level is one of the higher ones, but with nearly a week left, anything can happen. Take a look at their campaign, and help get the word out if you’re so inclined!
In other spreading-the-word news, Amya is running a Kickstarter to print a 350-page volume of the first part of their comic, complete with extra artwork, short stories, and a gold-foil-embossed cover. And Brittany, the artist for the first eight chapters of Snow by Night, is having an Etsy shop sale to help make her rent for the month – you can read about it here, and visit the shop here. Definitely check it out if you’re a fan of Doctor Who (circular Gallifreyan language art especially).
And while I’m linking things, the folks on this Tumblr are holding a summer Silmarillion read-along, complete with readers’ guides and team activities (I’m not on Tumblr, but I’m forcing Chezhnian to read along with me. So far she is surprisingly enthusiastic, for someone who has been made to sit through as many spontaneous lectures on Elvish etymologies as she has…)
There you go. Go forth and click stuff! And read comics! And have an awesome weekend!
So much yelling…
Keep it up, Kip, I think you’re winning!
Update on the LeyLines Volume 3 printing campaign (for which Chezhnian and I are contributing a comic if they make it to our stretch goal level) : they’re almost to their base funding goal, with 13 days to go. So there’s plenty of possibility for some of those stretch-goal contributions from various creators to make it in. They’ve also been posting video features about their guest contributors, so you may want to take a look if you’d like some fantastic new artists and comics to follow.
They’ll whip up some ‘lost dragon’ posters as soon as they get loose…
He doesn’t know what, if anything, is going on with Kip and Ranon… he just has a Very Bad Feeling about this.
Last update I mentioned that Chezhnian and I have been invited to contribute a comic for Robin and Cory of LeyLines’s campaign to print Volume 3 of their comic. For one of the campaign rewards they’re compiling a pdf book of “Trickster’s Tales” – an anthology of maybe-maybe-not-true LeyLines short stories, comics, and artwork by the LeyLines team and, as their stretch goals, various other comic creators. The more stretch goals they meet, the more creators’ stories are added. I think it’s a pretty cool idea. They’re already over halfway to their base goal, with 20 days to go in the campaign, so there’s a good chance that they’ll get to some of the stretch goals (crossing my fingers for that).
So please take a look at their campaign and help spread the word about it. And give LeyLines a read, too, if you don’t already follow the comic. It’s the story of a group of (mostly) royal siblings trying to find answers about the conspiracy that they become entangled in, set in a rich world that’s brimming with culture and mythology. Very good stuff.
One more note: Robin of LeyLines has invited us to contribute a comic for her Book 3 printing campaign as a stretch goal. I’ll talk more about it on Friday, but for now you can read about it on her campaign page. Go check it out!
End Chapter 11!
We’ll be taking a break from posting next week so that I can get ahead on pages and also work on art for a site redesign. Chapter 12 is all laid out and I’m currently penciling the first seven pages.
We’ll resume posting pages on July 8.
As always, thank you for reading!
Good morning, Ranon!
Sweet dreams, Varony!
Sorry, Nashua, that’s all you get.
Our first 50-page chapter! I don’t imagine it will be the last…
Just a few more pages to go in this one. I’ll be finishing them up this weekend.
Hello to anyone who found us at KarmaFest this Saturday. Welcome, and thank you for stopping by! We hope you enjoy the comic!
I’m working on catching up on replying to comments on the last several pages, so if you asked a question, be sure to check back to see the reply. I’m sorry for taking so long. It’s been an …eventful few weeks (though it’s starting to take a turn for the good-eventful, happily).
…so are we in trouble, or…?
Reminder that we’re going to be at KarmaFest this weekend north of Baltimore, MD – we’ll have an authors’ table indoors with Book 1 and our usual convention stuff. We’ll be there until 3 on Saturday (the 7th), and we may or may not be there on Sunday at this point – if we are, we’ll be sharing the table with our friend Devon McLaughlin. We’ll announce via Twitter, Facebook, and an update to this post when we know for sure about Sunday.
EDIT: We aren’t going to make it down for a second day of KarmaFest, but if you’re in the area, make sure to stop in and check out Devon’s books!
are we in trouble? we’re not in trouble, are we?
Congratulations, Varony, you’ve been promoted to the same rank as the obnoxious talking-animal pet/sidekick.
Speaking of whom… he’s around here somewhere…
It’s spur of the moment, but Chezhnian and I are going to have an authors’ table selling Tamuran books at Karmafest on June 7, at Oregon Ridge Park in Hunt Valley, MD. We’ll only be there for Saturday – on Sunday our friend D.C. McLaughlin will be selling her novels – fantasy and vampire-with-a-pagan-twist.
I’ve got the unfinished pages shaded and scanned; just need to do the last round of Photoshop edits and get them posted and we’ll be all caught up.
I removed the post about Chezhnian’s losing her cat for the sake of archive readability, but if you would like to see her video of him brushing his face, it is still posted here for posterity.
Chezhnian wanted me to post a note that Ranon’s birthday is May 17 (19 Fifthmoon in the Atrandian calendar system). Happy slogging through mud and getting hunted by swarms of creepy things, kid! (actually in-plot it’s the beginning of October.)
Only 25 seyelive on this page. Somehow it seems a lot fewer than the 31 on page 40…
Sorry, guys, the elves haven’t ALL been eaten… yet.
And sorry for the pencils; I’ve spent all evening after work failing at getting rid of a migraine. (I will be very happy when I’ve finished playing catch-up with these pages. Ugh.)
EDIT: Finished page is up.
For the record, there are 30 seyelive or partially-drawn seyelive on this page. (actually I drew 31; one ended up outside the cropped page boundary).
We know some people have issues with eyeballs, but they’re kind of the biggest target on these things… I tried to keep the squick toned down a little, at least.
And I’m sorry to be posting another inks-only page. I had some unexpected appointments come up this week… and the page took about five times longer to pencil than I was counting on. “Oh, no problem, finishing the pencils should take about another half hour.” Haah. I like archery, but Nashua’s bow is probably my least favorite thing in the comic to draw right now (along with ‘Nashua holding his bow’). Right above ‘Nashua’s tattoos’…
EDIT: Finished page is up.
Just a note that we’ve got all the Indiegogo orders shipped out, except for a few that we still need information for. If you still haven’t sent us your up-to-date shipping address or your print choices, please send us a note (tamurancomic(at)gmail), so that we can get your stuff to you!
Got a late start on this page – I’ll post the finished version later today. The good news is that I finally have the page layouts for the rest of the chapter (that’ve been giving me a lot of trouble) mostly worked out – looks like chapter 11 will be about 54 pages. The chapter 12 script is pretty much done but for last minute tweaking (and last-last-minute ‘wait, that doesn’t work, we need to rewrite this whole exchange!’, but for the most part I think we’re good).
It probably doesn’t help that I’m down to almost the end of my bottle of ink and my current pen nib’s getting worn down, which makes inking take longer because the ink doesn’t flow quite as smoothly, especially on fine detail work. I keep saying, “I can still get some mileage out of these… one more page, THEN I’ll open the new bottle and put in a new nib… ” but I think I need to give it up… come to think of it, I have a new plastic pen holder to replace my deteriorating wooden one, but I haven’t switched over to that one yet, either, just because I like the wood better…
EDIT: Finished page posted.
there you go, Varony, THAT’s the face that fixes everything…
Who’s worried? Scary tree-monsters don’t worry…
Here are the results of the character popularity poll from last week. We had 96 responses, and we deleted duplicate votes for the same character (if someone voted #1 Nashua, #2 Kip, #3 Nashua, for example, we didn’t count the #3 vote for Nashua).
#1 favorite character:
Varony – 45
Nashua – 32
Kip – 14
Ranon – 2
Talather – 1
Rais – 1
The wyrmlings – 1
Second favorite character:
Varony – 37
Nashua – 20
Kip – 20
Talather – 9
Ranon – 3
Leius – 2
Rais – 1
The cobra – 1
Third favorite character:
Talather – 20
Nashua – 18
Kip – 18
Ranon – 10
Varony – 7
Ka Nuu – 4
The cobra – 4
Lana – 3
The mother wyrm – 2
Rais – 1
Serene – 1
If we add up the totals to get the number of people who voted for each character (for any position):
Varony – 89
Nashua – 70
Kip – 52
Talather – 30
Ranon – 15
The cobra – 5
Ka Nuu – 4
Rais – 3
Lana – 3
Leius – 2
Serene – 2
The mother wyrm – 2
The wyrmlings – 1
Johlan – 0
Ashlar – 0
Captain Owings – 0
Chamberlain Grahm – 0
And if we add up the votes, weighted to take strength of preference into account (3 points for each #1 favorite vote, 2 points for each #2 favorite, 1 point for each #3 favorite), the order is largely the same until it gets down to the side characters who only got a few votes:
Varony – 216
Nashua – 154
Kip – 100
Talather – 41
Ranon – 22
Rais – 6
The cobra – 6
Leius – 4
Ka Nuu – 4
The wyrmlings – 3
Serene – 3
Lana – 3
The mother wyrm – 2
Johlan – 0
Ashlar – 0
Captain Owings – 0
Chamberlain Grahm – 0
We weren’t too surprised that the main party got most of the votes, but it was interesting to see how the numbers fell. The elder princes get no love, and neither does poor old Chamberlain Grahm… and the cobra is more popular than his bound companion (sorry, Captain, that’s what you get for having the elk killed[?]). We’ll have to poll again in another volume or so and see how the votes fall then.
In the meantime, if you guys have ideas for any other reader participation type stuff, let us know. I might do something fun with the poll results for the next update or so…
We’ve gotten a lot of responses for the favorite character poll we posted last update. I’ll leave the form open until midnight Sunday night EDT, so that we have time to tally the results to post with Tuesday’s page. If you haven’t voted yet, the form is here.
The comments about favorite characters last update prompted us to make a quick character popularity poll, just for fun.
There are optional questions for second and third favorites, too. We’ll tally up the votes and post the results next Tuesday. Any guesses as to who might win?
Let it be known that I filed a formal complaint with the Management about having to draw a village full of shirtless tattooed elves, but the Management (ie, Chezhnian) would hear none of it. Apparently SOME people prefer their elves half-naked and covered in design work, sigh.
Though mostly what’s taken so long is all the buildings – when I have to draw a scene with complicated architecture or interiors, I make a model of the whole thing in SketchUp so that I can keep everything consistent and in perspective, and use the model to trace the basic shapes of where stuff goes for the backgrounds (especially useful in cases like this, where the buildings aren’t aligned to a grid and you’ve got different vanishing points for every house).
Ironically, as soon as I posted the “I’m done with design and am working on pencils now” update on Tuesday, the last bit of my last piece of blue pencil lead broke. So I had to make a trip to the closest art store that carries it (about 40 minutes’ drive) to get more before I could do any more on the pencils (it’s been that kind of two weeks). It definitely turned out to be worth the trip, though… I got some pretty cool stuff besides the lead, like some soft pencils that are turning out to be WAY smoother to use than the ones I’ve been shading really dark areas with. Wish I’d found those, say, a chapter ago…
I’m about halfway through the shading, so I should be able to finish and post the page after work tonight.
Also, the teas for Indiegogo backers are ALMOST ready to go, so we should FINALLY be able to ship out the last few backer rewards next week! (I am really excited about this). There are still a few people who haven’t replied to emails to give us their shipping address updates and reward choices, so if you’re one of them, please let us know (tamurancomic(at)gmail). We want to get you your stuff!
(EDIT: Finished page is posted.)
In case anybody’s wondered about Varony’s “slasher smile” before, it’s not an “I’m going to enjoy murdering you” face, it’s an “I’m a scary predator, be afraid of me” face. Generally tree creature expressions translate reasonably well to human, and Varony’s observed enough to have a pretty fluent handle on the nuances that don’t, but that one’s kind of sticky. It seems to have the bonus of making humans think he’s ax-crazy, though, so more or less the same result…?
Unfortunately at this point it’s looking like I’m going to have delay the next page update till next Tuesday. I’ll do my best to get it done for Friday, but between the labor-intensiveness of the scene and things going on at my day job, I don’t think there are going to be enough hours for it. It’s a lousy place to delay an update, I know… sorry about that.
Sounds like a plan, Slade.
Posting one more signal boost that our friend Liz Staley of Adrastus recently got hit with a sudden, expensive emergency room bill (that increases drastically if she doesn’t pay it all by the end of the month). So if you like supporting independent artists/writers, please check out her site and her store, or pass the link on and spread the word about her comic.