Pg 49: Introductions Complete

This week in Epic Fail: Yoru is formally introduced to Amuletts and it’s a little icy. It turns out she’s the only one in the party not to have known about Tinuvielle’s adopted half-demon son.

Creator’s Commentary: Amuletts is annoying the characters in my webcomic as much as some of the readers! To be honest I’d be surprised if even her fans will like her all the time. I don’t like her all the time.

By the way, patting somebody in the face is probably the most annoying thing you can do to someone. Try it. It’s just impossible to ignore.

I hit a bit of a block during this page and @LouManglass of yet another webcomic told me it was my “brain is re-wiring itself for better art”. Then I decided this would be the bestest page ever. It isn’t, but it’s not as bad as I thought it was going to be. I think my art is getting a bit more consistent, there’s still room for improvement but at least I’m heading in the right direction!

Pg 48: Shocking Language

This week in Epic Fail: Amuletts is taken aback by Yoru’s monstrous heritage and says things to offend both him and Tinuvielle.

Creator’s Commentary: Now the party are all back together again I feel like splitting them up again; there are far too many characters on this page!

I liked showing the reactions of the people in the Bar to the Heroes conversation. Although they take demons and such in their stride most people are shit scared of ’em. Yes, even little ones.

The Duergar joke is one only D&D folk will understand. Although I try to make the humour as accesible as possible I think it’s fair to slip a niche joke in now and then if it’s funny enough. A Duergar is basically a evil, dark-skinned type of Dwarf that lives underground and is rarely seen.

Pg 30: The long and the short of it

This week in Epic Fail: Yoru becomes impatient.  Tinuvielle explains her decision to leave him in the temple’s care.

Creator’s Commentary: Aww, wasn’t Yoru a cute baby?

In the original, pre-photoshop version of this page the final frame was the smallest.  It clearly needed more prominence so I made it bigger, but in doing so lost the space in the ‘flashback’ frames I had left for text.  This resulted in the cleric’s face in frame 7 becoming obscured.  Though not intentional, I actually quite like this – Tinuvielle handing her child over to some unknown, faceless priestess kinda adds something.

There’s a fair bit of dialogue in this scene so I tried putting some of the speach bubbles behind the characters since I didn’t want it covering all my pretty artwork.

Pg 29: Half-What?

This week in Epic Fail: Tinuvielle explains to Yoru that he is adopted and that both his Parents are dead, but won’t elaborate on how they died. Yoru’s reaction is impressively calm.

Creator’s Commentary: I thought Yoru would be hell to draw and surprised myself by doing a pretty consistent job! Expressions were quite a challenge, mainly because they’re so keyed down. This was an exercise in subtlety. Both characters are being very controlled; Tinuvielle because she’s worried about upsetting her son, and Yoru because… well… that’s what the nuns have been teaching him these past six months. He has demon blood, can you imagine what that’d be like if it wasn’t controlled?

Pg 28: No Fairy Tales

This week in Epic Fail: Tinuvielle tries to sensitively explain to Yoru that he is half-demon.

Creator’s Commentary: I know what you’re thinking “Finally – an update!” Am I right? Well I’m sorry to say I’m not back to my regular schedule yet. Thanks to all my fans for being so patient – both of you 🙂