May 9th, 2011


Oh man, you guys, thanks so much for all the love on the last page! I hope you continue to enjoy it as the story unfolds~!

A lot of people were expressing concern about the RSS feed. Right now, the buttons of things that Flak and I haven't implemented yet are ghosty, but an RSS feed WILL be coming - it is our next highest priority! So never fear. :3

Since you were all crazy people last time and got RW into the top 150 with a grand total of one page, I.... made another vote incentive! :"D More process stuff for page 2!

Vote Incentive for This Comic.

Comment by Kiri

...Your thumbnails are the best thumbnails.


posted at 1:29am on May 9th, 2011

Comment by Nziz

I love Tareth's expression in the second-to-last panel!


posted at 2:55am on May 9th, 2011

Reply by Shazzbaa

Ahahahaha thanks! That might be my favourite panel. XD


posted at 9:10pm on May 9th, 2011

Reply by Trieo

I have people give me that look on occasion...


posted at 3:55pm on May 10th, 2011

Comment by Nerrin

"Aberrant"? This cannot end well.

For him, anyway. For us, it will no doubt be endlessly amusing.


posted at 3:37am on May 9th, 2011

Comment by The Swede

2 pages in, and I love this comic already.


posted at 3:56am on May 9th, 2011

Comment by Trieo

Well you wouldn't really need to cough a word to have a deaf person not understand it.
You could also the "Bad after-synchronization" thing, and not have your mouth movements match what you're saying :)


posted at 4:19am on May 9th, 2011

Reply by Shazzbaa

You...could! That seems way more complicated than coughing into your hand, though. XD


posted at 9:07pm on May 9th, 2011

Reply by Trieo

Ah but where is the fun in simple :D

Holding conversations like you were in a badly after-synchronized japanese martial arts movie from the 80s is particularly hilarious. (Would be impossible to illustrate in a comic tho)
The fun factor is directly proportional to the amount of strangers around you.


posted at 3:54pm on May 10th, 2011

Comment by Cony

Impromtu character question time!

Is Tareth mute as well as deaf, or is it that she prefers to sign over speaking?


posted at 7:06pm on May 9th, 2011

Reply by Shazzbaa

Patience, young padawan! All these questions will be answered in time. :3 We're only on page 2, after all!


posted at 9:08pm on May 9th, 2011

Comment by Elwen

I'm really curious! You mentioned you ink with a regular ballpoint pen, but you have such gorgeous, consistent linework! I can never get such dark lines with a regular pen. Is it a specific brand that you use that's particularly good or is there some photoshop-y magic goin' on? :)
p.s. I'm so excited for this new comic of yours!


posted at 11:16am on May 10th, 2011

Reply by Trieo

Vote and take a look at the incentive.


posted at 3:51pm on May 10th, 2011

Reply by Shazzbaa

I tend to use Parker ballpoint pens, but that's less because they're particularly good (I mean, they're nice pens) and more because I have a tendency to pick a brand and get super accustomed to it and never try anything else.
Not much in the way of magic -- just adjusting levels to make them a bit darker, and of course the whole thing goes greyscale when I remove the blue sketch.

Since the vote incentive just shows the inks after I've cleaned them up -- Here'sa snippet of my un-edited inks, just as I scanned 'em, and close up, so you can see what the lineart actually looks like. :3


posted at 5:19pm on May 10th, 2011

Reply by Elwen

Ohh, I see! Thanks, Shazz :) My curiosity has been sated!


posted at 8:29am on May 12th, 2011

Comment by FriendlyNinja

Just two pages in, but I can already tell this is shaping up to be everything I love in a good fantasy story. Excited!
Out of curiosity, do you invent your character and place names from scratch, or do you draw inspiration from something?


posted at 1:04am on May 14th, 2011

Reply by Shazzbaa

Ahhh, thank you! I hope it's still enjoyable as the pages continue~!

I don't draw from anything in particular! When a character needs a name, I will start mashing syllables together, visiting baby names websites, examining foreign words, etc. until I've found something that sounds right. :3 I am... perhaps not a great person to go to for naming advice, haha!


posted at 4:24am on May 14th, 2011

Comment by Lore

So... Having a deaf character, you're using ASL? Have you researched or are you just winging it? I ask because I've really been wanting to learn ASL but I can't find anything really comprehensive.


posted at 10:30pm on May 15th, 2011

Reply by Shazzbaa

Lots of personal research, though I haven't had an opportunity to take classes yet. Hoping to find some soon!

From what I've looked at, Lifeprint seems pretty cool as far as online resources go, because they have some actual lessons, and they teach you culture and grammar and all that sort of stuff as well!

(And, as I mentioned to a previous commenter, TECH-NIC-ALLY I'm using ASL to represent a fictional signed language -- so I wouldn't recommend using this comic as any kind of learning aid! XD)


posted at 11:45pm on May 15th, 2011

Reply by Lore

I've decided it's nigh impossible to find classes in my area, but I'm determined to keep looking! It's such an interesting and lovely form of communication.


posted at 12:21am on May 19th, 2011

Comment by Warj

As someone who has been learning ASL since 2004 you do a good job of drawing the handshapes and showing how they move. Trying to convey a spacial language in 2D is very hard. I wish more ASL dictionaries had pictures like yours.


posted at 1:06am on May 31st, 2011

Comment by Wabbajack

Can I just say, I love this comic. I ~wish~ I could be your biggest fan because all of your characters make me lol and urg I feel so many things when... reading them speak... if that makes sense. This is the only comic I wanted to read all over again the second I got to the latest page. I would go onto an endless wall of text explaining how much I love your creativity, the cast, your humour, and just the whole thing in general, but I know you don't want to read that lol.


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