August 8th, 2011

Suddenly, a spine appears! It helps that Meph really can’t keep his story straight, poor dear.

Sorry that its in black and white, I promise it’s only temporary! You see I am in Canada for a wedding at the moment, and I only had time to do the inks before we set off to this mystical land of moose and such. I will colour it when I get home which is very soon! I just thought you’d rather have a lineart update than no update at all for two weeks solid.

Have no fear, gentle readers, should I be eaten by a bear/coyote/Tim Horton (I hear those roam free everywhere) while in Canadaland, I expect someone will excavate my scripts from my office and post them up. Not even bears can stop the end of this now. Especially not bears, actually. Just ask Gort.

Hey book preorders are still open! Production is going along swimmingly, I hope to have a cover to show you soon, but for now, here’s this week’s sample of the ten million art tweaks I’ll be doing-

These tweaks will NOT be online ever, so if you want a far prettier Darken, this is your only chance!

Not too bad, huh? Interested in a copy?

Here’s how it works- I need preorders so I can afford the print run in the first place- Comics are my actual job now, so oddly enough there isn’t a lot of spare income around- By preordering you’re helping this to happen! I can’t guarantee a completion date for it (it’s looking like January 2012), but I will be working flat-out to get this done and on your doorstep soon. Also, you’re getting it slightly cheaper by preordering, and it’ll be your only chance to get a sketched one, so it’s good for both of us! I’m hoping to have the second book out not long after the comic’s finished, too, so it’ll all be wrapped up neatly in two volumes.

Also, for a measley £3 extra, you can get your copy sketched and signed in, feel free to request a specific sketch if you like! Only pre-orders will get sketches!

So, who’s up for this? :)

Editions and shipping


ASMODEUS: Mary, my child. I hadn't expected to see you so soon.
MARY: *bowing* I hadn't expected to see you at all, father.
ASMODEUS: I suppose not. I'd have rather you were better prepared for this meeting, but circumstances seem to have gone rather out of control.

MARY: Please, allow me to explain, father.
MARY: Baal set out to trick the Disciple into killing me in Mephistopheles' name.

MEPHISTOPHELES: What?! The slug!

ASMODEUS: Mephistopheles? Do you have a comment to make?
MEPHISTOPHELES: ..certainly, your lordship! Were it not for the actions of my Disciple, guided, of course, by me, we may have been facing a tragedy this day!

MEPHISTOPHELES: I'm not one to brag, but naturally, I knew of his schemes instantly, and set my minion to collect the Regalia to defeat him.
GORT: What?! That was not your purpose!

MEPHISTOPHELES: This is no time to argue, Disciple, without my help this poor, sweet child would be dead by your hands!
KOMI: T-that's a lie!

KOMI: Uhm.. t-that is to say.. well.. it was Gort that figured it out! And Mink.
KOMI: And Jill, and Casper.
KOMI: *trailing off* And me, I guess..

KOMI: ..but it wasn't you! *points at Mephistopheles accusingly* Er, Mr Mephistopheles.
KOMI: ..sir.

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Komi DID just get promoted. He lied for Gort’s sake! Who knew he could be so brave? (It was Jill who figured the whole thing out.) Komiyan used his weakness and unassuming personality to score a big one for his boss, and it worked. He’s just outwitted an archdevil!

Now he’ll wind up being Gort’s right hand, just by opening his mouth. He’ll live comfortably and, being second-in-command, safely, out of the sight and thought of others who want to defeat Gort. I knew he had a plan!

i *did* make my pre-order a while ago, did i not? i really think i did. but sometimes i dream of doing things, and i have incredibly vivid dreams, so maybe i only dreamed i did? i think i did, though. and am waiting for the pre-orders for volume two. with a different character sketch. ;)

Wait. NZ$ 41. Dear goodness me I should not be working this out at one in the morning. Nor really posting it up in the comics comments, but ah well.

Just perfect!
This way, and thanks to Komiyan, Gort can get out of his deal with Mephistopheles, without having to kill Asmodeus and maybe even keep the Regalia.

Now, a new deal with Asmodeus may be in order, but that’s even better. =D

Komi, both Komi’s have made me proud. I’ve waited years for the drow to grow a spine. I always wished it was Gort he stood his ground against.

But standing up to a archdevil? Very ace

And thus Komiyan has proven that he is not a coward (somehow Gort seems not to be very surprised… and thus I’m twice as suprised!). And the ‘Mr’ and ‘sir’ were a nice touch. Made me laugh a bit. As well as the ‘Drowish Accusing Finger +10′.
Let’s hope he’s going to live after that.
And why I’m not surprised to see Mephistopheles lying. I mean … R’lyeh.
Enjoy your stay. Look out for Vicious Monthy Python Beginning Credits Moose. And bears … werebears included. And sharp, cursed items.

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