Felt like drawing Nei's wings and Drake's tattoo, so here they are.
Didn't have enough time to get an extra time before going out of town this week, but I did que up this regular update.
replies (apologies to anyone who responded after Saturday, I'll reply when I get internet access again)
re Xylas_Incarnum: true, although whether "personal" is positive or negative probably varies on the archetype.
re man in black: I think most folks are scared of death, but its an inevitability for everyone except Phoenix. That makes it extra scary for him.
re Onasaki: The middle fellow is just a generic Solifidian (I felt like going in an elven direction). Archie was a little goth even before turning. I though a long time about Phoenix's post-regeneration age. I decided that his true form reverts back to a baby bird, like in the traditional stories. However, he retains his memories, and since human forms are artificial constructs by the Solifidian, he keeps the appearance of an adult (this also is easier from a storytelling point of view).
re Arrikanez: I need to show more of Phoenix's dickish side. People are liking him too much.
re Eva Emaria: oh you and your phoenix crack ship. At least he's got someone on his side since I think he's a big bag of dicks. He's back to his elitist self on this page (even got Nei to pull her wings out, which she only does when she's really irritated). I spent a lot of time practicing drawing feathered wings. I think they're the hardest of the varieties.
re tygermon: He's just a generic Solifidian (sorry Julius). I ended up feeling like going in an elfy direction. I'm glad you like him!
My crackship is full of awesome-sauce, thank you. :P (If only because it does its intended purpose and amuses me.) And yeah, I'm one of THOSE people that thinks all characters are capable of redemption, no matter how bad they are. Now, whether they'll TAKE that capability and do something with it, that's a different story. He is good at irritating girls that he has to actually work with though. XD I don't get as much practice drawing as I would like--I'd rather be writing. If I ever do anything with Eira, I would definitely be having to either do a book or have someone else do the drawing....
In response to your response to Arrikanez: But, but Drake's a dick and we're SUPPOSED to like him. Why can we no like Phoenix? (Also, see above about all characters being capable of redemption, etc, etc.)
Actual page thoughts time. I love the contrast between the two winged-types in the top panel. Phoenix looks a lot more on the svelt-light end of the spectrum, while Nei seems heavier with more substance (sorta-bird versus flying lion, I know, but I like the details). And now I have the feeling that Drake DID level a city block at some point to save someone in the group...
RE: daidaishar: Yep, as it should be. Primodial beings such as they are usually only good to be around when they're actually helping you... to some extent, instead of being idiots and... Ugh... too big of a list for what they could be doing instead of helping.
Though, odds are he gambles every now and then with the trickster and others who want to play a game with bit of chance... Order (or the equivilant completely anti cheating and foulplay aspect) acts as the dealer and well, general anti cheat checker for obvious reasons. A long lifespan is best riddled with evenings with others with long lifespans playing for things most would never dream of obtaining... in my mind anyways. Though they could also be playing D&D and Munchkin and various other games every now and then. A bunch of them will probably REALLY like Munchkin. ("Kill the monster, steal the treasure, stab your buddy" being the constant theme of all the munchkin games... which are all compatable with each other. X3 Such hillariously fun times with those games.)
... the more I talk about this possible character, the more it feels like I'd be roped in to some degree on how'd they act in some cases.
probably because this changed from: "Pitch an idea and let you run with it" somewhere back on the track...
... Come to think of it, Why didn't fantasy games like D&D and such give Solifidains enough to live off of? Not enough players? (hmmm... then again, there's a difference between fervently beleiving something like the boogyman and beings in a D&D game... One's much more constant than the other.)
Hmmmm.... bit random on this bit. Oh well.
[back to the comic page:]
Anyways, I can't think of any reason not to be sommat Comforted by the fact that the backup for your mission is a being that is not willing to leave you behind unless you're not among the living or the living dead.
... I actually think that it's nearly impossible to be anything other than glad of that fact. Well, 'sides sorry for those who try to get in his way of getting you out of there.
So this is a bit like a fantasy version of the Matrix, with the Solifidians crushing all resistance and keeping humanity alive simply to feed on their emotions?
I like how this is all so many shades of grey, rather than good/bad. From the human's perspective, they are being preyed on and murdered for no reason and have to fight back, whereas from the Solifidian POV they need to do it to survive, and any resistance results in them losing friends and relatives.
It's actually quite clever to tell it primarily from the Sol's point of view too. Normally we'd automatically side with humanity, especially when you question why they chose terror and death to revive themselves on, rather than just coming out and saying "Hey we exist, let's be friends". I imagine the reasons why this wasn't possible will be revealed :)
You know what's funny? I read this comic once before, lost track of it, and found it again today. I read everything. I missed out on so much! The last thing I remember was Joan and Drake finding Teddy.
You've built an amazing world here. I love it. It's so complex; it shows that you've put a lot of thought into this.
I'm also glad you decided to color everything again. Although if it means faster updates, I wouldn't mind going back to the black and white, color=magic theme you had going earlier.That looked pretty cool too. I also think the characters looked less stiff. It's weird, I can't help but feel the bold outline takes away any fluidity their forms may have.