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.
I’m sorry for taking so long to update. I’d wanted to have some finished art to post with it – this isn’t finished yet, but since an update is long overdue I’ll post a WIP. Trying out a new coloring method. This is the values before adding actual colors.
Unfortunately the news on Chapter 17 progress is that Chezhnian is still working on the script adaptation. She works a full-time job and runs a pet sitting business on top of that, and this year her pet sitting has been in high demand. Which is awesome, but hasn’t left her much time for working on the comic. She suggests July as an updated launch date for the next chapter. (I’ll probably post an art update or two between now and then.) If you want to get notifications of updates during the hiatus rather than having to check back here, send us an email at tamurancomic (at) gmail (dot) com with the subject line “Chapter 17 Updates,” and we’ll keep you posted. (We won’t use your email address for anything else.)
If you’d like some new comics to read in the meantime, we invite you to take a look at SpiderForest’s new members. Lots of really good comics applied this round.
(Also check out Chirault‘s Kickstarter to print Volume 3 of their comic!)
EDIT 9/18/17: Just an update to let you guys know that we’re not dead, and there’s been no change in the situation yet. When I have some news re: more comic I’ll let you know. Thank you to those of you who are still checking back here!
EDIT 3/1/18: It looks like our WordPress got hacked earlier today (2/28). Should be all fixed now, but if you get any spam RSS notifications or see anything on the site that shouldn’t be there, let us know.
UPDATE 3/1/18: Still having issues with spam posting. I’ve disabled our RSS feed until I can take a closer look – the way the site is configured means that the spam posts don’t actually show up aside from links in the RSS feed, but again, let us know if you see anything weird (or are still getting RSS notifications).
End chapter 16.
We’re going to take a break before starting chapter 17. I didn’t really TAKE a break from comic work last time, between the character Q&As (which were fun, but still time-consuming) and preparations for chapter 16, and I think that’s part of why it took so long to get chapter 16 ready. And besides getting chapter 17 scripted, now that we’ve introduced the next story thread we need to go through all three plotlines and start deciding what’s getting cut or rearranged or rewritten, so that we can make sure all the timelines work out the way they’re supposed to.
At this point we’re planning to start posting chapter 17 in April – we’ll post here to let you know when we have a solid launch date. You can follow our RSS feed, Twitter, or Tumblr for updates. If you’d like to get an email notification when we start updating again and maybe some progress updates along the way, mail us at tamurancomic (at) gmail (dot) com (or click the mailto link in the buttons at the top of the page) with the subject line “Chapter 17 Updates.” (Note that this is for notifications for Chapter 17 only and not a proper mailing list – we won’t contact you about anything else.) Our Patreon will also be on hiatus until the comic starts updating again.
In the meantime, we recommend doing a re-readthrough of the comic if you haven’t lately. And checking out some of our SpiderForest neighbors if you’d like some new comics to read.
Thanks for reading, and happy 2017!
Next page will probably be up Friday evening.
Happy holidays, whatever you celebrate!
(EDIT 12/27: Page should go up later tonight.)
(EDIT #2: Looks like I didn’t get the pencils to Chezhnian in time for her to look them over tonight – my fault, there. So tomorrow night for the update.)
Next page should be later in the day Friday.
(EDIT 12/20: Look for the next page to be posted later tonight)
(EDIT #2: Page is taking longer than expected. Looks like it’ll be Wednesday evening.)
Next page will be later in the day on Friday.
(Edit: p31 will be another late page. Hopefully the last one.)
(Sorry, my internet died right before I tried to upload the page earlier, and I haven’t had a chance to try again till now.)
Page 30 will go up Saturday, then we should be back to normal Tuesday/Friday updates.
If you didn’t see the edit to the previous update post, the secondary project I’ve been working on is illustrating a short vignette for LeyLines, which is an awesome comic filled with myth, intrigue, and complicated characters. Go read it, if you aren’t already a fan!
re: recent comments:
(Morgen and Effire trudge across the ashen wastes of Mordor and up the slopes of Orodruin to cast the ring into the fiery Cracks of Doom…)
“…Wait, you mean we could have just smashed it at home??!”
One more Tuesday update, then we should be back to a twice-weekly schedule.
EDIT: Page 29 will be another late one, possibly going up sometime Wednesday. Then back to the normal schedule. In the meantime, you can see the beginning of other project I’ve been working on over at LeyLines. :D
Updates are still on Tuesdays for now.
Wishing a peaceful and happy Thanksgiving to those who are celebrating this week… and good luck dealing with family if you need it.
(EDIT: Next page will be up later in the day.)
Updates are still on Tuesdays for the time being.
(EDIT: Page 27 will go up later in the day.)
Next update is on Tuesday, again.
AMERICANS, GO VOTE. Down-ballot too! Go participate in the democratic process! GO! VOTE!
(EDIT 11/15: Page 26 will go up later in the day.)
Next update will be next Tuesday. The deadline for the other project got extended, so I’m still working on both at the same time.
Next update will be next Tuesday (11/1) as I’m finishing up the other project I mentioned.
Speaking of November, anybody doing NaNoWriMo this year?
I’m going to be taking a break next week to focus on some paid work that has a deadline coming up. Look for page 23 on Tuesday the 25th.
In the meantime, the SpiderForest coloring book Kickstarter and our SpiderForest neighbor Robin’s Kickstarter to print Book 4 of her comic, LeyLines, are both ending within a few days, so be sure to take a look!
EDIT: Friday’s page will be up later in the day.
Chamberlain Grahm is the long-suffering gentleman Kip paid a visit to in chapter 5 (starting here).
The SpiderForest Webcomic Collective just launched a Kickstarter campaign to print a webcomic coloring book of lineart by various members of the community – go check it out!
(EDIT: Tuesday’s page will go up later in the day.)
LeyLines just launched a Kickstarter campaign to print book 4 of their comic! Go check it out – and if you’re not reading LeyLines yet, you really should. Deep characters, difficult questions, and expansive mythology and worldbuilding abound.
Round 3 of the new SpiderForest member comics – Comedy/Slice of Life:
Seamus and Abbie (NSFW): Seamus is proof of the struggle of a good man with a bad attitude going through trying times with a dreary cat on his shoulder.
Monsterous Mimi: Mimi is normal, very normal.
Culture Shock: In the middle of a modern city, a Japanese ninja and a medieval knight are forced to share an apartment together.
Mailbox Rocketship: Heroes, wizards, aliens, and death himself. Keith’s life just got interesting.
Welcome to all the new members! Go read their comics!
Round 2 of the new SpiderForest member comics – Action/Adventure this time:
Vanguard: The story of a team of genetically enhanced meta-humans employed by the British government to protect the nation’s interests, at home and abroad.
The Tale of Jasper Gold: When settled rancher Jasper Gold’s bounty hunting past catches up with him, Jasper must take up his gun once again to track down a gang of criminals as he searches for his lost daughter.
Sons of the Forgotten: The story of Erric, who follows in the steps of his grandfather to become the greatest hero ever seen.
Bruno Harm: Bruno Harm is getting old, he’s getting fat, but he’s still getting the bad guys, and having a laugh in the process!
Also note that SpiderForest will have a table (#E12-13A) at the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, MD this weekend! We won’t be there, but nine of our SpiderForest neighbors will.
The SpiderForest webcomic collective just announced its new member comics!
We’ll feature a few of them each update. In the sci-fi/fantasy category:
Moon Gone Dark: The Wayfarer of the Nights follows an unknown path through the ages and the dreams of everything which anyone can dream.
Chronicles of Oro: A gang of teenagers wants to fight a zombie dragon with hand-me-down jewelry.
Storm and Desire (NSFW): Together, three women set out to learn the secret history of the multiverse.
XII: Of Magic and Muses: Hear the call. Accept the task. Unite.
White Noise: Characters engineered to be super soldiers band together to fight an alien invasion.
Welcome to the new members! Everybody, go check out their comics!
The kitchen has a cold storage chamber that’s maintained by the palace mages.
(EDIT 09/09: Page 12 will be up later in the day.)
Reminder that the telepathy bubbles with rounded sides are private companion-morphus talk. The more jagged ones are a separate channel Effire opened to talk to Dr. Farian, which Morgen can’t hear. Ideally you should always be able to tell the difference by context anyway, but the slightly different bubbles will let you know if you’re not sure.
A WordPress update seems to have screwed with some parts of the site. I’ll take a look at them when I have some time.
If you notice anything that’s not working besides the missing covers on the archive page, let us know.
The SpiderForest webcomic collective is accepting applications through August 22nd! If you’re interested, click the banner below to find out more.
The Washington County Free Library Comic Con is this Saturday! Chezhnian has to work, but I’ll be there. So will Liz Staley of Adrastus!
Looks like they placed Tamuran in the vendor area rather than Artist Alley:
We’re going to be in the Artist Alley at Washington County Free Library’s second annual Comic Con on August 13! If you’re in the southern PA/northern MD area, come by and say hello!
I removed the Q&A filler posts from the archive, so Chapter 15 goes directly to Chapter 16. Thanks for the questions, guys!
Meet Effire. Occupation: glorified security camera. (It’s pronounced “ef-FEER,” if you want to know.)
I’m using a slightly different speech bubble shape for morphus-companion direct-line telepathy from here out, to keep things from getting confusing later on. Regular morphus telepathy (with people who aren’t their companion) will be the same type bubbles as we’ve been using for Kip’s; companion-telepathy will have ( ) rounded lines at the sides to differentiate. The companion telepathy line is always “open,” as long as the companions are within a few miles of each other, but a morphus can open a second, separate “chat window” with another person temporarily if they want to talk, the same way Kip’s been doing.
Spider Forest is accepting applications for new members from now until August 22! If you make a webcomic and want to join a collective/community full of awesome creators, go take a look and apply!
End Chapter 15. Next chapter will be something different. It’ll take a while to have it ready to go, so at this point we’re looking to start Chapter 16 around mid-March – we’ll keep you posted if it takes longer. In the meantime, we’ll be posting updates here once a week, probably on Tuesdays, with answers to character Q&As or other artwork. We’ve only got two character questions so far – feel free to keep sending them in. We’re still accepting fan art submissions too, if you’d like to have your art featured. And if you want to see sneak-preview art for the new chapter, we’ll be posting behind-the-scenes stuff and progress updates over on Patreon. We may do a Livestream sketch session at some point during the break, too – we’ll let you know when that is.
For status updates and notification when the chapter starts, you can follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr (that’s a new address for Tumblr, if you just want to follow for comic-related things and not my other stuff. I’ll still be reblogging Tamuran updates to my own blog, if you already follow that one). Just a heads-up, the Tamuran site may have some downtime at the beginning of March as we switch webhosts, since our old host is ramping down services. So keep an eye on social media for updates when that happens.
In light of some of the comments on the last page, we went back and updated the dialogue on page 27 to clarify – no, Jadsira wasn’t the one who turned them in. She was tempted, but too many things about the situation weren’t making sense, so she decided to wait till she’d calmed down and thought about it more before doing something that would potentially screw over innocent people. (She wasn’t above making Varony squirm a little before letting him know that, though.) Not that the edit is meant to shelve any and all doubt about Jadsira right then and there, but we did intend for her to say that she didn’t do it – that may have gotten obfuscated a little more than we wanted over the course of editing and re-editing the scene. Sorry for the confusion.
And as always, now that the whole chapter is posted we recommend going back to reread it all at once, as it’s meant to be read. (Here’s the start of the Hiancea plot if you want to reread that whole storyline.) If you really want to be ready for the start of Chapter 16, rereading the whole comic over the break might be a good idea.
Thank you for reading!
(Edit: fixed some balloon tails on the page.)
One more page to go for chapter 15.
Do you have questions for the characters? Submit them here and we’ll answer them in comic format over the between-chapter break. Patreon patrons will get theirs answered first, so if you’re a patron and you send in a question, drop us a note on Patreon too, to let us know.
(EDIT: Page 41 will be up afternoon/evening.)
Only a few pages left this chapter, then we’ll be taking a break to get chapter 16 ready to go. More on that later, but if anybody wants to submit guest art to go up during the break, we’ll be happy to feature your work. We might also open up character Q&A submissions again this time, if you guys have things to ask.
Also: looking at our vote numbers on Top Webcomics versus our actual site traffic numbers lately, it seems that someone has been cheating the system to boost our rank. Whoever’s doing it: please stop. If you want to help Tamuran gain more visibility and new readers, you can recommend the comic to friends who might enjoy it, or write reviews or suggest Tamuran on comic review sites. Make fan art and share it with links to the comic, if you’re artistically inclined. Update the Tamuran page on TVTropes. By all means vote every day, but just the one time per IP. We’re glad you like our comic enough to want to help us out, but there are a million ways to share your enthusiasm that don’t involve generating fake votes and cheating on our behalf. We don’t need or want that kind of help, thanks.
Here’s the page. Ended up reworking the layouts for the last few pages of the chapter.. and I had some things to do before the snowstorm hit. (Stay safe and warm, everybody in the northeast US! And enjoy the snow if you can!)
(EDIT: Page 39 will go up in the afternoon/evening.)
Ohayocon was awesome. Thank you to everyone who stopped by our table, and to new readers, welcome!
(EDIT: Page 38 will go up later in the day.)
Early update, as we are heading to Ohayocon!
You can find us at table #29 in the Artist Alley, here:
New fanart: GrimSqueaker is making a quilt featuring her favorite fandoms, and we are honored that she’s included some Tamuran-themed patches. You can see them in her deviantArt gallery, here. I’ve also put them up in the fanart gallery on our Extra page.
We are going to be at Ohayocon next weekend – if you’re going to the convention, stop by our table in the Artist Alley and say hello!
Happy 2016! And like I said in the last post, today marks six years since Tamuran went live as a webcomic. Seems like we’re still only just getting started with the story, hah. (Probably because we are still only getting started… in 500 pages we’ve covered about half a year’s worth of writing. Got a long way to go yet, with lots of characters and plot twists Chezhnian and I have been waiting ages to share with you. We hope you continue to enjoy the journey!)
Thank you all for reading, and thanks for all your support and encouragement over the years!
And thanks to everyone who’s been voting for us on Top Webcomics despite the lack of new vote incentives lately. Even though we’re four days into the month, as of this posting we’re still as high as #36 in the ranking, which is pretty awesome. We really appreciate your taking the time to do that.
Here’s to many more years of comics!
I imagine those guards can’t wait for Claudia and her lot to get out of their city.
And for the plague of man-eating deathsquirrels outside the walls to clear out, too… that’d be nice.
We hope everyone’s been having an awesome holiday season. Next page will go up on Patreon on Friday, and here on Tuesday, January 5th – which is the sixth anniversary of the comic going live, incidentally.
(Varony was a little closer than that when the hunter initially spotted him, for the record.)
(Edit 12/22: Page 32 will go up on Wednesday.)
(Edit 12/25: Just an update to let you guys know what’s going on. Even for a complicated page, this one’s taking way longer than expected… and had an unexpected delay earlier in the week due to “real life” stuff. I’ll get the page posted when I can – probably tomorrow. Due to holiday/family stuff I hadn’t been planning to update today or Tuesday anyway, with the next page going up on Patreon on January 1 and here on the 5th, so the next update isn’t actually being delayed by this page.
In the meantime, happy Droid Day, everybody!)
The “road” she’s referring to is the one they talked about here. Jadsira’s been doing a lot of thinking since Varony ran out on her last night: about the reports of recent events in the capital, the seyelive suddenly appearing and running rampant, these two odd people who are pretty obviously hiding things and being hunted but just as obviously NOT highly-trained assassins, their conversation from the previous day… trying to puzzle out all the things that don’t add up.
EDIT 12/18: Today’s page will be up in the afternoon. Posted now.)
Things were going so well…
The answer to the burning question of the hour…: Kip is 100% fine. :)
He reads more as the “awkward and inept” type, I guess.
(EDIT 2/2/16: Tweaked the dialogue for clarity)
Thanks for the congratulations on the last page, guys. And thank you to everyone for reading!
EDIT: Our spam filter’s acting up lately and real comments are getting caught, so if yours doesn’t show up right away, don’t worry – I’m having to go in and approve them manually. Waiting for a response from our webhost about the issue.
Incidentally, this is page 500 of the comic.
No page Friday due to holiday/family stuff, but we hope everyone in the US has a happy Thanksgiving! (And we hope everyone elsewhere has an awesome day, too.)
The cart didn’t go right past the Travelers’ camp, if it’s not clear… he had to do a bit of walking to get back there.
(And sorry for the delay. Chezhnian wasn’t feeling well on Thursday and fell asleep before she could okay the pencils for me to ink.)
In which Varony finally catches a break…
(EDIT 11/20 – Look for page 24 to be posted later in the day.)