Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Eldritch: Lessons 003


Oh my stars, I made it… phew!  The Tron soundtrack helped a lot in getting this done.  Good beat to work to, you know?  Still lots of art problems, as always, but that’s how it goes.

Oh Todd.  Everything you say is just… *facepalm*  

Aside from that though… gosh, not a whole lot to say.  Nothing super interesting mythology-wise going on here, though I suppose I could ramble on about The Hero With a Thousand Faces and answering the call to duty and such.  Buuut, you all have heard me ramble about that book before.

I guess all that’s left to say is, well, I hope you folks have/are enjoying your winter holidays, see you all again next year!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Eldritch: Lessons 002

Yeah, I know there’s a lot of wonkyness going on here… and the same will probably happen next week if I make it.  But, I didn’t want to miss an update if I could avoid it. 

Anyway… well, there’s not a whole lot going on, save for finding out Todd has a wolf form and no human form.  Now, I know Todd says there are wolves who can become human, but not him.  Unfortunately, he’s not Seamus and doesn’t spell everything out… But, well, when we think of shapeshifters, we usually think of a human becoming an animal or something else. Surely, such a trait would have, like venom, evolved separately multiple times in the eldritch animal kingdom.  And, naturally, there are a plethora of animal shapeshifters in myth (especially in Native American stories and such but I won’t bore you guys with that ramble again)

But, we’re slowly getting the ball rolling.

However, the important thing I really wish to say here is: Happy Holidays, folks.  To those of you who celebrate Christmas, Merry Christmas.  To those who observe the equinox, Happy Solstice.  To those who celebrate it, Happy (C)Hanukkah.  To those of the Pagan persuasion, Blessed Yule.    I hope that those who celebrate Kwanzaa have a fantastic one.  To those whom it concerns, have a great Pancha Ganapati, or perhaps, Night of the Radishes, and to the folks who celebrate any of the many holidays I’ve missed, I wish you the best.  

And of course Happy Life Day, Starlight Celebration, and Hogswatch.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Eldritch: Lessons 001


Tehee, Blog followers get to see a little early this week XD

God guys, so busy.  I don’t even know how the heck I’m going to get next week’s done.  That’s the trouble with having to have a day job.  It interferes with my night job.  Average joe by day, folklore-and-science-loving-artist by night!

So, here we are with the first page of this chapter. First of all, sorry, I cant draw a stick of licorice to save my soul.  But that aside, yeah Faith’s still trying to wrap her brain around all of this stuff.  She’s doing better at least, hm?  And that silly black cat’s still pestering her.  Who says cats and dogs can’t get along?

Well guys, I’d love to stay and chat, but I need to get going on next week’s update, if I want to have any hope of finishing it on time, what with the holidays and such.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Eldritch: Lessons Cover



Wohoo, new chapter!  I suspect the cover may bring up a question or two.  Don’t worry, it’ll be explained soon.

So… Well, guys, I guess I’ll start out with something I thought was nifty… as it turns out, a werewolf themed site (That I should have found earlier… obviously, I need to spend mote time browsing) recommended my comic; I’m all kinds of flattered by that!  So, While I’ve yet to make the time I should to look at the site (Bad Nash!), here’s a link to the kind article, and since it’s safe to say that most of the folks here like werewolves, maybe you’ll find something of your interest there too: Werewolf.com

Now, however, the important thing: I have a favor to ask.  Winter is upon us, and we all know that the economy is bunk.  Life is hard for us all, and not everyone has enough to get by.  So, if you enjoyed the previous chapter, <I>Layline</I> please, consider donating to your local food bank, or charitable function of your choice.  I don’t know about where you guys live, but around here, there are several places with donation boxes where you can drop off canned goods for those in need.  Spread joy, you know, guys?

Thanks.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Eldritch: Layline 028

Since things got messed up last week… double update this week!  And I’m posting this early, so you folks will see this even before the folks on my DA page~

Holy crap guys.  Chapter two is done!  Next week’s update will be the cover for Lessons  Which, unless I cut some of the extraneous pages, be longer than either of the previous chapters.  O.o

Also guys, congratulations, you made it through a chapter of a werewolf comic where the main character doesn’t actually wolf out!  I appreciate you guys being patient and sticking with me while I work on establishing the world Faith lives in.  Don’t worry though, next chapter will have plenty of werewolfness!

Now, regarding this page… yeah, this was a bit of a scripting error.  I probably should have spread this out over a couple of pages.  Live and learn?

Also… I know, Maggie moving in was predictable as hell.  Remember page six, where Maggie wanders off to talk to someone about a “rooming question?”  I bet half of you guys realized what was coming right then.  And then, the note on her door twenty pages after that… and, well, tadaaa?  Anyway, now I have someone there to keep Faith from doing anything too stupid. *chuckles*
So! Does anyone recognize the orange-haired boy? 

And yes.  That is a Kingdom hearts knockoff figurine on Maggie’s desk. ;3

Aaaanywho guys, thank you for coming along for this chapter, and I hope you guys join me for the next one!

Eldritch: Layline 027



Hmmm... Blogspot tends got give me issues late at night.  It didn't want to upload last week.  So, here it is, late.  Don't worry though.  I'll make it up to you in a sec XD

 I was going to have a couple of cameo appearances in the background… but work held me four and a half hours longer than I was scheduled and… well, you know. Tis the season for crazy work schedules.

*Laughs* And, once again, Having issues updating the website. Oh well, it'll get done tonight or tomorrow.

Aaaaanywho, I hope everyone has or has had a great Thanksgiving (Man, we’re so late here in the U.S. Everyone else is on the ball and gets Thanksgiving before us XD)! I’m all for a holiday where the family gathers around a super-evolved dinosaur for supper. My mom’s crazy about Turkey, and I’m pretty sure she’s picked out a Sarahsaurus-sized one for us this year.

Anywho, stay frosty folks!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

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Well, folks, there’s only two more pages of this chapter left to go. Then it’s on to the third chapter, which is longer than either of the other two. Oi.

Also, I’m afraid there isn’t a whole lot of mythology here for me to ramble on about this week, since it’s a rather mundane page… but there is a little geeky reference I’d like to point out…

You see the mug Faith has that reads “Mug of Tea?” I actually have that mug. I use it all the time. However, it also is a tad of a werewolf reference. There was a program called The Gates about a gated community full of witches, werewolves, vampires, succubae, victims of voodun practitioners, the whole shebang. Anyway, one of the characters (who was human, actually) had the exact same mug. Anyway, if you ever get the opportunity, I recommend the series. It was rather fun, and the werewolves were handled well. Actually though, one of my favorite characters was Andi, who’s of mixed lineage… dad’s a human, mom’s a succubus, and the kid got some of the succubus genes. And they actually handled that very well, I was impressed.

So, um, about the comic. If you read the usernames, odds are, you can tell what that “thing with the hat" was last week. It was kind of funny guys, I never intended that to become a guessing contest, but it anyway, to everyone who guessed Thylacine, congratulations, you win the internet. The rest of you all, well, you lost The Game. …Please don’t kill me.

Also… yeah, I had too much fun with the usernames.

Oh! And to those who prefer to read via the website, sorry it didn't update last week. Blogspot wasn't letting me upload anything. Hopefully it'll be nicer tonight.

See ya all in a week!

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Oh wow guys… my apologies about that first panel. I thought it’d work out better than that, but unfortunately, I’ve run out of time. So, that will have to do. (Note to self… don’t be lazy next time, and draw the whole dang bird so it can be moved and resized.)

So, it’s been a busy, and kinda stressful week over here on this side of the internet. The week before Halloween all through New Year’s is always busy around here, really. And also, I learned there is some merit to the old saying “Speak of the Devil and he doth appear.” However, this leads to a random werewolfy fun fact: In Italy, “Lupus in Fabula” (meaning “Wolf in the Fable”) is sometimes used instead of “Speak of the Devil.” It, if you hadn’t already guessed, referrs to the wolf in the Red Riding Hood story… which, in early versions, the wolf was a loup-garou.

Hmm, so, on an unrelated note, I’ve received a few comments/notes and such regarding Faith, which run something along the lines of: “Are you sure you aren’t Faith/Faith isn’t you?” or “Is Faith a self-insert?” And you know, technically… The answer is yes. But then again, so is Maggie, and Dylan, and Seamus, and, much as I’d rather not admit it, Todd. There’s a bit of myself in all the characters. There are cranky days where I’m snappy and Faithlike, and there are days when I act as kind of a guide/peacemaker, where I’m like Dylan, and some of my IRL friends might tell you that I tend to ramble like Seamus if you get me going... As if these artist’s comments weren’t clue enough.

Personally, I like to think I’m mostly a cross of Maggie and Seamus.

However, Faith does borrow some of my physical appearance. I… I think I’ve already posted this somewhere, but what the heck, I’ll write it again… When I was first working on Eldritch, The initial character concept was scribbed on a little scrap of something (I think it was a napkin) and read: “Grumpy sister I never had.” So, Faith borrows from both of myself and my sweet-as-sugar sister’s appearances… partially, because it;’s easy for me to draw. After drawing/painting myself countless times for classes, it’s easy to sketch out a character that looks roughly like myself.

Oh, and randomly… No, the thing with a hat is not a wolf. :3

And… I wish I had something more interesting to say. I guess I’m boring this week guys, so, take care, and steer clear of the moors!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Eldritch: Layline 024



    See, here’s the thing about being a werewolf:  you have all of these strange, fantastical problems, like turning into a wolf-creature once a month.  But then you also still have all of your human problems, like paying taxes, figuring out the opposite gender, and studying for exams.
     Or, in Faith’s case, struggling with finding her place in the art world. Unfortunately, not everyone out there is nice.
      Thankfully, I have the good fortune to know many who are.  So, in spite of the occasional unsavory individual, I keep up with the art and I do my best with what interests me.  For instance, monsters, particularly werewolves.  But I do struggle with many things… like the difference between creativity and Originality, which are different things.  You see, I often find myself having to remind myself of something Julie Taymore said:

     "'Originality' is a very dumb concept; it's very late 20th century. It's how an artist assembles his or her influences into a whole piece that really matters."

      Which… is true.  No one can be the capital O sort of Original.  Everyone is influenced by things they come into contact with.  That’s part of why I write such lengthy artist’s comments sometimes… they’re sort of like credits.  I like sharing my influences, pointing to the examples of similar things in science, folklore, media, or mythology.  For instance, I mix my science and myth… but that’s nothing new.  Peter Dickenson’s <I>The Flight of Dragons</I> did a fantastic job of that, and it was written well before I was even born. I just try to do it in my own way.  And in addition, anyone who’s read <I>The Hero with a Thousand Faces</I> can find evidence of the “Monomyth” in Eldritch already.  It’s a formula that everyone is familiar with, and many stories follow a similar pattern.
      However, while I know that it is impossible to be Original… I do my best to be creative.  I try to bring together bits and pieces of my interests in a way that I hope will be different than people have seen before.  Only time will tell how well I do at the end of it all.  After all, Eldritch will have an end, but that’s a very long time away.  Like, at this rate... years.
      And speaking of years… I’d like to thank all of you folks who’ve stuck with me, and been so supportive.  Sometimes, people get me really, really down, but when someone goes out of their way to do something kind for me, it just… there’s no words.  At the risk of sounding cliché… it’s a magical sort of feeling.
      So… thank you guys.  You know who you are, and you have no idea how much your kind actions and words have done for little ol me.

Flynn Lives!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

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     It’s almost Halloweeeeeeen!  I’m so excited; it’s my very “favoritest” holiday ever guys! I have so much planned… I recorded myself telling a dorky campfire story for my youtube account (so I could post it on my little jorunaly thing); I have a little project I’ve been working on that I will post on Halloween; I can’t wait to bake treats for the party I’m going to… and I can’t wait to get into costume!  

     Erm… well, after that excited outburst, I suppose I ought to talk about the actual comic, shouldn’t I?
     This page, in the original script, was a bit different.  Faith was still reading a book about werewolves while listening to the news… but she was just reading parts of the book aloud.  Not exactly riveting, but, I figure reading up on the subject is a natural way to approach lycanthropy.  But then again, I practically lived in the library, so what do I know?
      However, a little over a year ago, something happened: I found an odd lump on my cat’s neck.  As it turns out, it was cancer. 
      I had plans on adding my cat Midnight (Middy for short) in the fourth chapter of this story, but upon finding out she was ill, decided to work her in as soon as I could.  However, I was in the middle of <I>Changes</I> at the time, and everyplace I tried to add her in, it felt extremely forced.  It wasn’t until I came to this little spot of down-time in the script that I found a place where it felt reasonable to slip her in early.  And, at the end of it all, after reworking the script to add my cat in a little sooner than expected, I feel it actually flows better in the long run.  It required a bit of work though.  Word to the wise:  Reworking scripts is hard.
     Anyway, my family pulled together, and we’ve been treating her.  After kitty chemo, and surgery… the vet says Middy just might be cured by the end of the year.  I know, it probably seems silly to treat a cat… but, well, sometimes you just gotta try.  Regardless, that news is the best Halloween Treat I’ve ever received.
     I know my Halloween is going to be great, and I hope you guys have a Howling good time too!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Eldritch: Layline 022


     I think almost every artist at one point has been told what ‘real’ artists do… Thankfully, most of rebel and do whatever the hell we please anyway.  Anywho, this page got me to thinking about my old painting classmates.  Most of us had online galleries of one kind or another, but none of us watched one another, because our interests are so divergent.  I wonder how they’re doing now.  I suppose someday I’ll bump into some of them again and find out.
     However, about this page… there’s not a whole lot of mythology in this one for me to ramble about.  So, I’ll ramble about something else: Music
     I have a lot of what I consider to be werewolf music.  I tend to buy single songs from Amazon, just because they’re werewolfy. Anyway, someone recently popped a note my direction, asking what music I listen to when I work on Eldritch.  The truth is, I usually listen to NatGeo.  However, there are two songs that get me going when I have trouble getting inspired for this comic.
     The first of which is Type O Negative’s Wolf Moon. This is tied with a few others (which I will list in a later posting) as my favorite werewolf song. I know, I know what some of the lyrics are about, and I don’t really care.  To be perfectly honest, half of the lyrics I couldn’t make out until after I looked them up anyway.  So, I have a lot of “Misheard lyrics” that I hear instead of the canon ones anyway. But lyrics like: “Hey wolf moon, Come cast your spell on me” really catch my attention, since, there really is a wolf moon (the January moon) and one of the ways to become a werewolf in old times was to sleep under a full moon, sometimes in a particular season, or on a particular Friday.  But mythology aside… The tone color of the music… oh stars, I love it.  The smooth, almost chanting quality of the voices juxtaposed against the raw electric guitar makes for a nice auditory duality I feel mimics the nature of a werewolf… and a little after five minutes into the song, there’s this point where it really takes off and I just adore it.
     However, when working on the comic, there’s another song that I not only consider to be a werewolf song, but I also regard as Faith’s theme at this point in the story:  Changes, by 3 Doors down.  I know it doesn’t say anything about wolves or lycanthropy, but to me, this is SO a werewolf song.  “I try to hold this Under control --They can't help me 'Cause no one knows”  Is just such a werewolfy lyric to me, especially when juxtaposed with the rest of the lyrics. It’s very vague, but the song basically describes someone who’s going through a lot of changes, who’s scared about what’s happening, something that can’t be controlled, something that they can’t tell others about, and it is tearing them apart.  Sounds like lycanthropy to me!

    Anyway, that’s all for this week, I’ll see you all in seven days!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

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I’m sorry this page looks so rushed, folks.  But, that’s how things go when you have to do art second to things like a ‘real’ job.  Maybe someday I’ll be able to make art my ‘real’ job.  Regardless, I’ll try to do better next week, folks.

So, randomly, whenever I’m on the main floor of the Layline, I try to include at least one unusual mythical creature or cryptid.  Since it seems not too many folks take note of the Gulon or Sirrush and such I’ve included, I’ll point out the main one here: The Sand Squink (Last panel).  This is an American creature, known for its electrical capabilities.  Here’s the full image of that creature:  Sand Squink
.  To read more on the Sand Squink, please see Fearsome Critters by Henry Tryon or The Field Guide to North American Monsters by Haden Blackman.  You may also notice a dinosaur in there (You can first glimpse it earlier in the comic).  I hope you don’t find this unusual… there are a slew of supposed dinosaur cryptids, ranging from the Australian Burrunjor
to Africa’s Mokele Mbembe.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Eldritch: Layline 020


Hey guys, I’m back from visiting family, and have a new update with me! I had a great time (Got to do lots of fun things… even got to see some Karasu-tengu art/mask/statue stuff!), and now that it’s October, I’m so excited for Halloween. After all, what better time is there for werewolves and other monsters? It’s time for me to start practicing making hands for my zombie brownie-cake, and make werewolf cupcakes, and pumpkin bread and… oooh, so excited!

So, man guys, page 20 already. There’s only a couple months more of this chapter to go... How’d that happen?

Also, yes, dorky as it may be, I planned out the core characters based upon what role they’d fill in Faith’s life. I actually at one point early on had several more characters that would all be in the same scenes, as a big group, but that convoluted things when I got to the script stage. One character I cut out almost entirely, and others I toned down, to use as more fleshed out, but still background characters.

And, er… yes. Todd Looooooooves “Hand’s-on.” *Coughs*

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

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     So, hey guys, it’s almost fall!  In fact, the autumnal equinox is tomorrow! And you know what?  Tomorrow is also the night of the full moon!  Maybe I’m just a geek, but I find a full moon on the equinox to be really cool.  I may even get to go hiking with a friend or two to celebrate!
     I’m so excited.  Autumn means I get to carve pumpkins and put bats in the windows!
      And as for the comic page… yeah.  I really am that mean to Faith… especially since we’re less than ten pages to the end of this chapter.
      Also, important stuff! A head’s-up guys… I’m going to be out of town, visiting my sister next week.  That means no update, sadly.  But! I’ll back with another page in two weeks.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

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      Woo werewolf info!  (To the thirty-or-so people who have already read this, sorry to make you read it again.)  *Laughs* You guys can tell what I spent my days in Bio class doing, right?  That’s correct, I had one notebook for what I thought would be on the test, and another for my werewolf research.  One of my profesors thought I was making notes for someone else once… that amused me.  Anyway, well, I don’t know who was the first person to make the logical jump from ‘curse’ to infection, but man, I do love the idea of lycanthropy being spread by a virus.  Naturally, a retrovirus is the obvious way to go, but I wanted something a little more complex, so I added in the bacteriophage appearance (don’t they look cool?) and behavior.  It made things make sense for my particular species of werewolf, the Grahll, information of which will be put into the comic here and there.  However, thankfully, Faith has put a stop to this deluge of information.
      I hope the lower panel looks like it’s a page taken from an old book.  Seamus has a lot of  oooold journals that he writes in.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

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     Whoo, busy week. Work’s been killing me lately. I litterally JUST finished... here's to hoping I didn't mess anything up. XD

     So, anywho, about this page… Hooray Todd! Some people might remember him from Hot Shot Todd: [link] which was an early test run to see how people would react to the world of Eldritch and some of the characters (Back when this was going to be strips instead of pages!) There’s a part of me that really feels I lose something between the novel-format seen in that test run, and the actual script for the comic. I try my best to make for a balance between text and picture, depending on the situation, but, well, what can ya do? Anywho, Todd’s been changed around somewhat… but is still the same old Todd at the end of it all.
      Now… as for what Todd IS… just to clarify, he really means it when he says he’s a fairytale critter. Todd is, essentially, a Big Bad Wolf. In fact, it is Todd’s involvement in the plot that drove the decision to have Faith’s wardrobe always incorporate red in it (as opposed to just the first scene where she’s attacked), and why in this book, she’s wearing a little red (Riding) hoodie. (My friends in real life sometimes see me in a red hoodie, with wolf tribals on it XD) See, if you haven’t guessed, Little red Riding Hood is my favorite Fairytale. In fact, a favorite older piece of mine is Lil’ Red: [link] Which served as a precursor to Faith’s character.
      Anyway, I have always been fascinated with the older, darker versions of the Riding Hood tale. For some reason, some of the folks I know seem to think that the story is German, and the ‘original’ version of the story was from the Grimm Brother’s Fairytales, but I’m talking about stories older than that, the ones that haunted the French countryside’s sewing circles, and was a much more adult tale. In fact, if I understand correctly, the earliest published version of the tale was recorded by Charles Perrault. In earlier stories, the Big Bad Wolf was referred to as a “Bzou,” which was a French term that meant werewolf. However, the French also have the more well-known Loup-Garou. What can I say, the French are freaking awesome when it comes to werewolf lore. Anyway though, for Eldritch, rather than make the Bzou another form of werewolf, strictly speaking… I’ve made the Bzou something similar, yet not to be confused with, the Loup-garou. What these similarities and differences are, I feel are predictable, but I will reveal them in time.
      Anyway, for further reading on Little Red Riding Hood You may want to pick up a copy of Catherine Orenstein’s Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked.

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      Man, I wish I had time to write an interesting comment for you guys, but I’ve got so much to do… including getting going on next week’s update. (I lost my good drawing pencil and only just found it again last night, whoo.) However, I am so happy I’m finally at this point. Been waiting to introduce this character for aaaages. And you’ll get to learn more about him next week!

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     Well, I guess prejudice can crop up anywhere. Thankfully, there are always people like Seamus who will give folks a chance. Gaoth, well, he’s a little less forgiving. But I like him well enough… and he’s the only one who could give Seamus a run for his money on Eldritch knowledge.

     And randomly, yeah, I know, Faith’s last name is a clunker. She knows it too.
     …You know, guys, to be perfectly honest, it’s been busy here, so I didn’t have the time to come up with anything really insightful to say to you all tonight. So, I’ll just leave it at that. Thanks for reading guys, and I hope you’re all having good full moon nights!

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      I know, I know, you’re all Sooooooo disappointed that the bonnacon is extinct in this universe, right? Seriously though… a bovine beast that emits a flaming substance from its anus? I just… I mean, it’s not the nastiest monster out there, but jeepers. I give them points for creativity, but maaaaan, the bonnacon is not something I really wanna draw in action. I actually have a good reason for it and the others mentioned to be extinct but that’s a story for another time.

      Now… last I checked, vampires ‘come’ from a variety of sources. Blood-drinking monsters are a strange, almost universal phenomena, and though the forms these monsters take vary, cultures from around the globe have strange, vampiric creatures in their folklore. Some of the earliest known sources for vampires come from Slavic myth… but then again, who knows? Before recorded history, who’s to say that Paleolithic man didn’t invent them, only for them to be forgotten and reinvented later, due to the lack of sophisticated writing?
       One of the problems with doing a storyline with mythological creatures is that there’s a lot of ‘canon’ folklore and myth to take into consideration, along with my own silly ideas and concepts. And, well, before anyone takes the liberty to yell at me because “Im, doin’ it rong!!1eleven!!” I’ll say, I know just as well as anyone that in myth, the wizards didn’t create the vampire (Which I will say I am treating differently from, say, Nosferatu). However, this deviation from folklore is both a means of stepping a but away from a previous, failed, webcomic attempt, as well as in a strange way, a means of making the Eldritch world make more sense in my own mind, while working with the “Mages” and “Mancers” in keeping the presence of the now-extinct wizards around (And yes, in this universe, there IS a difference). It’s just another thread in the spider’s web, as it were… and if I make it through a couple more books of this comic, I’ll be able to reveal a bit more of that portion of the web. But I have some werewolfery to show you guys before that…
     Regardless, I spend a lot of time researching all of this weird stuff… and, well, some of it I like, some of it I don’t. On top of that, there are often conflicting myths about the same creatures or events. So, I’ll pick the pieces I like from here and there, ranging from books to documentaries to even good ol wikipedia. And if I still think things should be different… I change them. As Seamus states in this page, according to this universe, humans got some things correct in their myths, but others, well, not. The case in point is historical zombies verses the kickass zombies of modern media. Now, that is not to say that in Eldritch, there aren’t undead, since there are vampires. But it is food for thought. However, while I do not intend the possible “errors” in human stories and myth to be a crutch, or an excuse if I am not accurate, I do intend to use it as a springboard to reinvent myth as I like.
      For instance, regarding the fae-title “Oberon…”
      In the rare case you’re not aware, Oberon refers to William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It is, frankly, my favorite of his works, mostly because it’s full of whimsy and dirty jokes (You can keep your Romeo and Juliet, give me a comedy!) In this tale, Oberon is the name of the King of the Fairies. We’re getting a little glimpse into the social standing and structure of the modern Fae in this page… That at least one Fae has set up a little sanctuary for the Eldritch folk in the area, that the Fae have a strong dislike for the wizard-created vampires, and that apparently leaders in the Fae community have taken Shakespeare’s “Oberon” and applied it as a title or… Maybe, just maaaaaybe, Shakespeare was privy to some information most weren’t.

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     Oh no, unlucky page number thirteen! ... though actually, thirteen seems to be one of my lucky numbers. I guess I inhereted it from my dad. Weird. ;D Aaaaaaaanywhoooo....

     Well, first off: Otherkin Community, I tip my hat to you. I didn’t spend very long there at all… but, while there was some craziness, somehow everyone I met was nice. On the internet, this is a miracle of astronomical proportions. Between them, Therians, and a couple of Yahoo clubs/groups for text-based RP, I ended up opening up enough to participate in the internet and eventually get a gallery.
    Now, about the comic… I know I throw a lot of stuff out on this page (and will do so more throughout the book) without a lot of real explanation, and am making some even more substantial deviations from myth. But Seamus’ll address that Next update. Nevertheless, I promise, I’ll come back to Leylines for a bit next book. But there’s a lot of other, more pressing things I need to get to, and let’s face it, the script is kind of dragging here, so please bear with me.
     Anyway… Now, regarding Leylines, if I understand things correctly (and I’ve been wrong before), the concept of Leylines really isn’t all that old, as it’s only been around about ninety years. The term was coined by Alfred Watkins, and was really used to represent simple traveling paths between historical markers, with no supernatural elements involved. However, it seems our current ideas of Leylines are actually blended with an older, but similar concept: Fairy Paths. Both sets of paths connected monuments, but these were the roadways for the Fae folk, just as the name would indicate. If you were to stumble upon a Fairy path, you could find yourself suddenly lost, come down with a strange illness, or become enchanted (and not in the nice way). They were places where strange things happened… and if you built your house on a Fairy Path, well, god help you. (On a related note, the sea and sky aspect of the way I’m depicting Leylines, by the way, comes in part from how I think they’d work “Scientifically” but also from Australian Songlines, which, while not supernatural in the same way, are still interesting.)
     Regardless, I chose to use Leylines instead of the more accurate FairyPath, because, frankly… I think that if magical lines of power existed, other magical races would be bothered by the lines being attributed to any one group. Thus, Leyline is more “PC.”
     Hmm, you know, I think the first time I’d heard of Leylines, I was… maybe ten? To be honest, I don’t remember. But one early summer day, my Dad took my big sis and I out to a hill on my folk’s property, to show me a ring of grass that was growing higher and greener than the rest. (It comes back almost every year… here’s a shot of it from back before we put up an ugly fence: [link]) He informed us that it was a green Fairy Ring, and told us quite a bit about fairy lore. This was slightly unusual, because while my father likes the fantasy genre, he’s really more of a sci-fi buff.
     As it turns out, my grandfather on my dad’s side was an …interesting fellow. I never knew him, but according to my dad, he told amazing stories, and was friends with the strangest range of people, ranging from carnies to astronomy professors. Anyway, he had a wealth of knowledge of Irish folklore, and passed some of it on to my dad.
     I remember some time later hearing the term again on a documentary about mythical things… I think it was on the Discovery Channel and included the Cottingham fairies too, which fascinated me. But the first time I really came across Leylines in entertainment-based media was oddly enough, in The Vampire Diaries. The books were… Twilight before sparkles. But they’ve also shown up in The Dresden Files, and I’m told they also show up in everyone’s favorite MMORPG, World of Warcraft.
      So… here’s to you Mr. Watkins. I’m sorry people didn’t take you seriously, but man, we’re all loving what you came up with anyway.

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     Science and mythology time! Buahahahahahahahahaaaaaaaa!
       Now guys, I swear, this is the last page discussing genetics for a while! Seamus’ll ramble about something else for a while next page.
     And okay, okay, okay, on a serious note, I need to say it now. Remember: I’m no Biologist. I’m just an artist and folklore enthusiast who loves science. The great news is that with science, there are set rules, that everyone can play with. The bad news is that there are set rules, that you need to understand a little of before playing with them.
     Regardless, I really love all kinds of science, and I try to learn what I can. But the sad fact is, some fantastical things I just hope my readers (You guys!) are willing to accept. I know that even if there were mythological creatures, that mating with entirely different species would likely at best only produce a sterile hybrid. But I mean, stranger things happened in myth. Like how a griffon mating with a horse produced a hippogryph. …And griffons liked to eat horses for Pete’s sake! But I digress… I also know that the genetic makeup for a different creature being passed along like a recessive trait doesn’t happen in real life, even though many creatures share similar genes/reuse them. I know I’m asking you guys to swallow a lot of psudoscience here, but I hope it’s entertaining, at the very least.
     I guess, sometimes for the sake of what fantastic end you’re trying to meet, you just have to bend the rules when writing Science-Fantasy.
    …And, why yes. Seamus DOES speak in diagrams. ;D I figured it’d be nice for the TL;DR-ers out there who don’t want to read that wall of text. (That and I’ve had that diagram kicking around for ages and just couldn’t help using it as soon as the script allowed.)
     Also by the way, if you’d like to read about some awesome fantasy-related science, I recommend the Flight of Dragons. The actual book, by the actual Peter Dickinson, not the cartoon (which is also a lot of fun, and follows the plot of the Dragon and the George.) I adored this book when I was little, because it made it seem like maybe fantastic things just might exist. He did his best to use the rules of science to make something improbable seem real. That’s real magic right there.
     Now, regarding mythology… Yes, I know that there was only one Nemean lion in myth, and that Hercules killed its ass. But I mean, come on! A lion that could turn into a beautiful woman to lure men? Best hunting strategy ever! Surely, there had to be more than one nemelion for that kind of awesome specialized trait to develop. And I bet the lady nemelions turned into hunky men. Rrrrrrrrrow.
      Also, seriously, if you’re enjoying this, go look at mythology, and not just the Nemean Lion. There’s SO MUCH awesome shapeshifting going on, and not just with that kinky sonnovagun Zeus I mentioned last week. According to several myths, many monsters can shapeshift, though certainly not all into humans (however, for this post, I’ll focus on them otherwise this’ll be way too long).
     In scandinavian mythology, some trolls could appear so human that men sometimes needed to check under woman's dresses for tails (sounds fishy to me ;D). Meanwhile, the woman Melusine could become a very naga-like serpent or dragon (though sometimes she was referred to as a mermaid. Bzuh?) Then there’s the Tartar Yuxa, which became a human woman, and ooh, then there were the kelpies, which could also become beautiful women, lovely steeds, and of course, man-eating monsters. Another shapeshifting river monster is the Armenian Nhang, which, following the common trend, was said to be able to become a human woman, but could also become a seal. A similar shapeshifting monster is the Mama Dlo.
      Thankfully, not all of the shapeshifters turned into women (Hooray equal opportunity shapeshifting!). The Aatxe could turn into a bright red bull (The Last Unicorn, anyone?) but also a young man. Furthermore, in Hindu mythology, some Nagas could take the form of men. The Glashtin could turn into handsome young men, but also children… and man, the Tikbalang could not only take human form, but could take the form of particular humans like you or I. And of course, every culture has myths of people who can turn into animals, like the Nagual, Werewolves, Skinwalkers, all of that good stuff.
      Meanwhile, some races, like the fae folk, were accomplished in the arts of illusion and transformation. The fae folk were well known for glamouring themselves into other forms. And they commonly bore changelings… What can I say, the Fae were perfect for breeding with people. And man, don’t even start on Japanese spirits, like Kitsune and Tengu… many of them were downright gifted shapeshifters and could turn into everything from monks to teapots (I highly recommend the Tanuki tale, The Dancing Teapot, if you’d like some silly shapeshifting fun).
       There’s loads more out there that I haven’t mentioned, and plenty more I’m sure I don’t know about. But this post is becoming a novel… *Laughs* Maybe a bildungsroman tale.

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     Okay, I swear, last real splash page for the book. (Please don't hate me) I’m sorry, I just adore doing splash pages… I don’t have to draw things teeeeeeny tiiiiny, and it works swell for 'lumpy' dialogue like this... since Seamus... well, if you've ever read any of my 'Seamus-y" artist's discriptions, he talks a lot.
      Speaking of talking a lot... oh man, hold onto your TL;DRs folks, Nash is about to go on tangent time.
     Ever since I was little, I’ve been fascinated by the possibility of humans or animals being something entirely different from what they appear. Personally, I suspect this was brought on by too many viewings of The Flight of Dragons, and The Last Unicorn. However, it is a theme that I’ve seen now and again throughout my life.
     I think the first place I came across humans with inhuman lineage was in simple ol Greek mythology. Hercules was sired by Zeus, a Greek god… In some stories, Zeus also sired Minos while getting it on with Europa while in the form of a bull (Furthermore, Minos’ wife, Pasiphae, bore the minotaur by mating with a bull given to him by Poseidon). Zeus also went after women in other forms, like that of a swan. I guess this Zeus guy had interesting kinks. But themes like this pop up throughout mythology… thankfully, I had more than just ancient myths to entertain me.
     Later, I found myself to be an avid fan of a show called Gargoyles. Fox, a character I rather liked, turned out to be of fae lineage, and that was passed onto her son. By this time, I was quite an avid reader and was already interested in werewolves and shapeshifters. I was learning about how ancient werewolves weren’t almost always bitten like today’s Hollywood-wolves, but how entire villages and clans could carry lycanthropy. There were so many stories and variations!
     As time wore on, I came across more of the same themes… humans with supernatural lineage. This ranged from Luck Of The Irish, a silly Disney film where a boy discovers his leprechaun lineage, to damphyrs, which are the offspring of a human and vampire, to learning that some native American tribes believed they were related to animals, to a game called dragon storm where dragon heritage causes all sorts of magical mayhem (Including lycanthropy, woot!). It was also this time that I came across the Otherkin community, where plenty of people discuss the actual possibility of being descended from mythical origins!
     And then, there was college (when I started this comic, woo-hoo), and ancient art history class. It was here where I learned even more of mythology than I had anticipated, or had guessed at. Sure, it was the first time I came across creatures like sirrushes (though I did not know what they were called at the time), but I also learned more about mix-breeding between mythical creatures and humans. I was at first shocked to find out that according to some depictions that centaurs were extremely promiscuous, and would actually carry women off to rape them, like in this image: [link] but when comparing that with what I’d already known of satyrs and nymphs… it suddenly didn’t seem so far-fetched.
     And today, oh man, we have all sorts of media regarding and including magical lineage, ranging from good ol Harry Potter, to American Dragon, to the Emily Windsnap books (I have yet to read them… I know they’re for kids, but has anyone here read them? Are they good?) to Percy Jackson (Loved the movie… haven’t read the books though *bad Nash*), and, hopefully sometime soon, Song of the Sea by Cartoon Saloon, which looks like it’ll be about a family of humans and Selkies! *squee*
     When I was young, It seemed there was such a lack of fantasy media, and today, there is so much, I don’t have time to watch and read it all! I feel so lucky that there has been such a glut in the science fiction and fantasy genres…
      God bless the geeks!

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     Next week, I’ll be blabbing to you all about paranormal(Eldritch) lineage in myth and media.


      But today: A little ramble about Seamus:
    “Sufficiently advanced science presented to a sufficiently less scientific mind will appear to be magic.”
     Sure, it’s based off an Arthur C. Clark quote, but this and variants of it happen to be something my Dad started saying to me when I was little, and it’s something that’s really shaped my creative development. I personally think my grasp of fantasy would be better if I had actually studied science in school instead of art. And it’s this love of both science and fantasy that eventually resulted in the creation of Seamus.
     Those of you who have been with my gallery and I for a long time may recognize this character. Seamus, whom I’ve also called ‘My mysterious italicized friend,’ has been around for quite some time. To be perfectly honest, this comic owes itself to this character more than any of the others (with the possible slight exception of “Mr. Smilie,” but that’s a story for another time). For years, I’ve uploaded artwork of various monsters, creatures, items and more with little story blurbs, most of which written as though taken from the journal of this character. Because of this, I came to think of everything in my gallery, and everything in my imagination, as being part of a single world. Now, that is not to say that eeeeeverything I have ever uploaded is eeexactly canon for Eldritch… but Seamus is where all of this came together, where all the monsters, ideas and oddities of my interests converged.
     In other words, if it were not for Seamus, you would probably not be reading this comic. And if it were not for my Dad, I probably would never have started trying to make fantasy sound at least somewhat plausible in a world that also follows scientific rules. Thus, there would have been no Seamus without my Dad. My Mom taught me so much about being an artist, but my Dad taught me about being creative, and gave me a thirst for knowledge.
      I owe a big thanks to him.
      Not that that’s out of the way… regarding what’s going on in this week’s page… I know, a lot of talking is going on, and not a lot of action. (But at least I finally have the vocabulary out there for the three basic kinds of Eldritch Folk, right?)
      Anyway, I’ll warn you now: This book/chapter is largely talking and world setting. It allows for a rest after the action and chaos in the first book/chapter, and also, allows me to explain some of what’s going on. (I’ll be explaining more about the Eldritch world as time goes on… one of my favorite tidbits will show up in the fourth book. God, I have a long way to go.) However, it also means it’s a bit shorter than the first book, only thirty pages… though I may cut a couple unneeded ones. I just wish I could do this faster XD

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      Oh god guys, prepare for an onslaught of exposition and the introduction of new characters.
      However, speaking of new characters, I really am enjoying drawing Dylan. Or rather, his coyote projection. It’s just fun, and I find myself saving it for last as I work. Randomly, when I first came up with Dylan, I figured he’d dye his hair brown, to be more coyote-like. But when I started doing actual concept art of him, I found the brown hair blended in with his dark skintone and made him look very bland. So, now he only has streaks dyed into his bangs. It’s amazing what will work for me in text, but visually, does not work at all.
     Now… the subject of text brings me to a little stroke of luck I had this week. While browsing the local used bookstore (I can rarely afford new books, but used ones have more character anyway) I came across a book I hadn’t seen since I was young: A Lycanthropy Reader: Werewolves in Western Culture.
     When I was a little girl, I used to love to visit the library. Even in the colleges I attended, while some of my classmates lamented time spent in the school’s expansive library, there were few places I preferred more. I spent plenty of time browsing, and had access to books I didn’t have in my collection. One of my favorites was Adam Douglas’ The Beast Within, another was David White’s Myths of the Dog-Man… Neither of which I have yet managed to locate for my own collection. But will, some day.
     However, when I was a little girl, (back when we used a card catalogue to find books instead of computers ;D) there were only two werewolf books (that weren’t horror novels) I could find. One was Meet the Werewolf, which was geared toward children… and the other was A Lycanthropy Reader. It was in this book that I first came across an interesting tale called “The Other Side” in which a boy crossed a forbidden brook and picked bright blue flowers. Shortly thereafter, he became a werewolf.
     Now, my folks own a few acres of land. And separating the front and back yards from the fields, is a drainage area. Not a brook, but close enough to a child. However, for many years, I was not allowed to cross the drainage channel, the ‘brook’ on my own. Though, some time later (how long I don’t truly remember, as time passes differently when we are young), Dad didn’t mow the field, and I noticed blue flowers growing in it. I was so sure that they must be werewolf flowers that I was heartbroken when he mowed it all down.
      Yet again, some time later, I at some point crossed the ‘brook’ to play. To be perfectly honest, I don’t recall if I asked permission and it was granted, or if I’d snuck across on my own. But after searching around, I found more of the blue ‘werewolf’ flowers. I picked as many as I could carry, and brought them home.
      I dare say, I was dreadfully disappointed when I did not later change into a werewolf.
      However, for years, while I did not know what the flowers were called, I happily thought of them as werewolf flowers, and they flourished in some of the lesser used parts of my parent’s property. I noticed them elsewhere too, especially along roadsides… and yet, it was only after I’d reached adulthood that I learned that my magical werewolf flowers were only common Chicory.
      And yet, to me... they will always be werewolf flowers.

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     So, regarding this week’s update…
     You may notice a few names mentioned here like Mr. Von Wau Wau, and Spider. I’ll say it now: you’ll never hear more of them. Not from this comic anyway. Why? Because I had to give a little tip-of-the-hat to the man who helped save my last few quarters of college, Spider Robinson (may his wife rest in peace).
      You see, in the early stages of this comic, back when it was going to be strips instead of pages, I told my Father (my poor, poor beta tester) about the Layline, which as you guys can see, is basically a paranormal bar/club/hangout/whatchamacallit. Dad then told me about Tales from the White Hart, and, more importantly, Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon, by Spider Robinson.
     The book Dad eventually handed me was signed by the author… and dated five years before I was born.
     Now, I’d been working on Eldritch and posting the updates for quite a while by the time Dad brought this book to me, and I was struggling to keep up with the comic and my college work. I was, as all students do from time to time, getting, well… burnt-out. A bad thing when your major is one of the creative sorts, like Fine Arts. I had practically no time to look for inspiration, or see my friends, and felt I hardly saw my folks. I felt like Sasquatch or some other rarely seen beast, stumbling in whenever I finished my work in the lab or clocked out of my job, then stumbled back out early the next day. I was slowly but surely, becoming a bitter, uninspired wreck of a person.
      But this book Dad brought me Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon, turned out to be comprised of several small stories—an anthology. I was able to sit down and read them one at a time, while taking an hour for lunch, or waiting for a class to start. Robinson writes with one foot in the genre of urban fantasy, and the other foot in the genre of urban sci-fi. Space aliens, humans, pookas, vampires and more all existed, and visited the same bar, which was owned by a fellow called Mike Callahan. What can I say? I’m a sucker for the urban fantasy genre. But it wasn’t the genre in the end that made the books so comforting, but the characters. If I was having a bad day, I knew that in the next story, Callahan’s Place would have something up it’s sleeve to make everything a little better, be it a tall tale, unique idea, or a terrible pun from Doc Watson (My Dad and I spar with puns, and they delight me so.)
      My last few months of college, while everyone else was painting and screaming about Stephanie Myers, flailing about their own fantasies of fawning over sparkly or shirtless men, I found that when I painted, my mind was in a simple pub, filled with delightful, friendly faces, and a fireplace littered with shattered shotglasses.
      So… even though I don’t really have the guts to tell him myself, here’s a big ol’ thank you to Mr. Robinson. Maybe your characters had it right when they felt that people came to Callahan’s Place when they really needed it. God knows I did… and I couldn’t have learned Callahan’s Law at a better time in my life. I hope that anyone who needs these books the way I did finds them.

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      Oh-ho hooooo. Do I spy a creature from the cover of this book? Why yes, yes I do.
      Anywho, in the script, this Ogre’s name is Mike. Seeing as he’s mainly intended to be a background character, I’m not sure why I named him, since neither of his two companions or other gamer friends have names. Remember the gamers in the first page of this book, asking “Where are they?” If two added to two makes four, then this is the rest of their gaming group. (If I recall correctly, only one person paid much attention to that panel… kudos to them!)
      Long ago, I used to be a tabletop gamer, like the nice ol ogre featured here. Every Saturday, for six hours, I got to be someone else. Once a year, I see two of my old gaming buddies, but am always doing costuming and have no time to sit and game. Frankly, I really miss it. But I DO get to enjoy Tabletop gaming and other geekery second-hand. Howso? Right now, there are only two comics I follow regularly. Cockroach Pentecost, and Weregeek. It’s fantastic… I strongly recommend it!

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      Here guys, have another cameo monster.

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      Faith is taking things well, I think.
      Man guys, I’ve been looking forward to drawing Maggie in one of her karasutenguie  forms for ages! She sure isn’t pretty, but she is fun to draw. Hehee. You know, in early stages of her design (back when this was doodles on napkins and postit-notes), she had just a bird’s beak, without the teeth inside. However, that toothy grin of hers is just such a common expression for her, that with the beak, her expressions didn’t read as Maggie-like.
      So, funny little story. I kind of made the same mistake Faith made, once upon a time.
      When I was a little girl visiting my grandmother in Arizona, I had little to do during the midday heat and all the time in the world. So, I drew and daydreamed and invented. One year, I came up with a race of wingless gryphons, and thought they were just the bee’s knees. They were often just bird heads on lion bodies. I felt o-so-creative at the time, as little girls tend to feel.
     Then, a few years later, I learned about some of the various types of sphinxes… including the Heiracosphinx. Which looked just like my silly wingless gryphons. Something I thought was new was actually remarkably old. It taught me a little lesson about how important it is to learn as much as you can, as fast as you can. So, I devote a lot of time to reading and learning in my off-time. I daresay that if I had a little more money at my disposal, I would have ventured off to a college where I could have gotten a degree in folklore… which is only slightly less useful than a degree in art XD

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       Homigawd, I had been wanting to get to this part for Over A Year.

      I’m so glad it’s not a porn shop on the inside, guys. Aren’t you?
      … On second thought, don’t answer that.
      Aaaaanywho, I ended up working up to the wire on this one, and still wish I had more time (Like, another few days ;D)… There are just so many little details. I’m sorely tempted to post this page without the text as a normal deviation. Man, though… I’d had a whole list of creatures I’d wanted to cram into this page, but sadly ran out of room. Yet, I got a decent amount crammed in there.
     And also, trying to head things off before someone yells at me, I assure you, there is no offence is meant to any fanfic writers. Have you ever noticed that I don’t write fanfic, or even fandom-based drabbles? That’s because I suck at it myself XD

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      Welcome to the Layline, folks.

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     Even though this doesn’t show where Faith’s going, I have a fondness for privately run toy shops, and felt the need to picture the shop in Mapleview. There’s usually a spark to such little stores that you don’t find elsewhere.

     Though, to be honest, this page worked a lot better in my head… because in my head, this is all live action video. It wasn’t until last night that I realized I had way better options for this scene. Oh well.
      You know what they say: It’s not the destination, it’s the journey.

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     At one point, this was where the comic was going to start. However, this beginning works pretty well for the start of a second book. Changes was going to be done in flashbacks… but at the end, I felt that Faith needed the character development she gets in Changes, especially her human scenes.

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      OMG NEW BOOK TIEMZ

      Somehow, I’ve made it through Changes. So now I get to start on Layline, where we will be able to see more of Faith’s new world, meet new characters, and learn more about what’s going on in this crazy little place.
     Here’s to a new chapter in Faith’s story, guys. And here’s to hoping I can manage to tell it. Thanks for coming along for the ride.

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     And that's the end of the first chapter.  I'm really fortunate to have the opportunity to do this comic, and almost everyone has been so supportive of it.  I'm an entertainer at heart... and I'm so glad that my readers on DA have been so kind to me.

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      ... ‘Nuff said.

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      Yaaaaaaay, back to human! *ominous musical cue* For now!   … Aaaand, Jay gets one more little poke in. And yes, the pun is intentional.

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     Such a beautiful morning… so not the scene for a werewolf.  And, well, apparently she’s not stuck. That’s good. Well, it is in my opinion anyway, you guys may disagree. I know Faith’s happy about it at least.

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      Oh god, I’ve been looking forward to drawing that last panel for aaaaaaages. What d’ya know, Faith? Looks like you can’t just sleep off Lycanthropy.
      I’m getting close to finishing Changes, and I’m glad to have made it this far. I really appreciate those of you who have been nothing but kind to me as I’ve been going. Sometimes a few kind words help more than you know, even when all I can think of to say in return is a simple thank you.

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      Soooooooo… yeah. Last week, I finished things up, posted, went to look at the script and wondered what I was smoking to make me think that ten panels on a webcomic page was a good idea when I wrote this thing up. *Incoherent screaming*
      Needless to say, this isn’t my favorite page. And I kind of want to smack Faith. But Maggie got her home safe and sound, so life is good for now. Leave it to a crow to work things out.

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      I actually kind of like this page, save for Faith in the first panel. Rushed as it is, it didn’t turn out too bad, I suppose. Tehee, and I kind of like drawing faith with her tongue hanging out for some reason XD

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      Oh, you know me. Can’t be serious for too long. I guess Faith’s still not buying this werewolf business. Thank goodness Maggie’s there to help.

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      When i first did this, I thought I might miss an update, because I was going to be at a con all weekend, but the friend I was with pitched a fit and we left before even the masque. Which was one heck of a bummer. BUT, it gave me time to work on this right? Right.

      Aaaaanywho. Faith’s still a little apprehensive about Crow!Maggie. Poor, scared, defenseless werewolf, right? ;3 At least it seems She's adjusted to that muzzle a bit.

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      Faith’s still having problems with all this talking business.

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     Aaand here we go. Been doing a lot of work on stuff other than the comic this week, but, it’s time to get back to work on this, yes? Yes, I think so. Hopefully my work schedule will allow for it better in the next couple months, now that the Christmas Rush and Return Season is over. Makes me wish I could afford to be an artist full-time.
     Anywho, yes the crow is Maggie. Man, I kinda wish I could turn into a crow… I’d like to fly. But knowing my luck, I’d get shot by a farmer or something.

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     When I posted this to DA, I had mistakently posted the wrong page, and had to scramble to fix it.  Oops!

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     Ahh, poor Faith, trying to work out a way to explain what’s happening to her, because she can’t believe reality.
     Also, no offence meant to any crows out there who might object to the suggestion that they might be tasty.

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     Introducing The Woods. If you couldn’t guess by the two-page spread, they’re BIG. Which is fortunate, because they need to house a werewolf… Faith is going to spend a lot of time here. But man, good grief, do I hate doing backgrounds. If setting weren’t such an important thing, I’d probably be a total lazybutt and have nothing but block colors for it. Though, truth be told, I ended up doing almost all of this way in advance, so that when I got to this scene, everything would be consistent for this shot. I get to use this Background a lot.

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     Faith here… is obviously still trying to cope.

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    Aaaaaaaaand, I think it’s about time to admit Maggie to the Loonie Bin, don’t you agree? I mean, honestly, WTFuzz, right? Right.

    Also, Faith, welcome to the first stage of being of the Eldritch sort: Denial. It’s okay, freckle-face, momentai.

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      My, my. This looks familiar. Oh Maggie. What are you doing out there? :facepalms:
     And oh sweet jeebus, so much bloody text.  It';ll be worse next book, but still...
     Considering how late it is, I’ve probably made some errors. I’ll fix them tomorrow I guess. Though one I won’t be fixing is Faith’s size in the bottom panel. She should be a bit smaller, I think. But oh well. No one’s perfect, and I need to get cracking on the next page