Hmm so I see everyone's like "Ew whiner, shut up" but I don't know. I can see where Joan's coming from. Drake just went through this long story and ended with "We were in an epic battle of life and death and then oh yeah I snuffed his baby." Oh.
And first and foremost Joan is a human. And she showed in the beginning of the comic she likes children. So it's understandable that she would be upset, to say the least.
Just my two cents. xD Anyway, it's good to be back in the present! And I wonder if Teddy heard any of that. He was only in the closet after all. ;D I predict an awkward morning!
Sorry, I may be dating myself with this one but... does no one else see the Dr. Claw guy from Inspector Gadget? (was that his name?) Or maybe just a "make it so minion :insert #:" in that panel when all you see is his hand and the chair? lol I do realize the mood you're going for is completely different, but I had to say that lol.
Also- I finally made this account today after *years* of silently lurking as a reader to say the following:
THANK YOU for making a solid dragon story with three dimensional characters, complete with quirks, believable reactions, opinions, worries, anger, etc. A nice change from the more black&white stuff, 2D(drawing joke- plz just humor me) characters with overdone back-stories, or cliche antiheros lol.
I've always loved dragons, but even with that initial fondness, it's still difficult to find stories that are different and not so cliche... (Boy and his dragon, bonding forever, happy-first-flight-scene, battling evil, etc.) Though, your prior-page-movie-review got me to see that Dragon Training movie, and it surprised me how much I enjoyed it despite my above statements lol. (The stitch-dragon, tootless, was too cute for it's own good, I want one. *ahem*)
But anyway- since way back when I started reading, you've really improved so much! Art and story both. The dialog flows more naturally and the banter between Joan and Drake is still such fun to read. XP Though all of your characters are becoming more three-dimensional and believable now as well.
I would like to also commend you on the effort you put into each scene with the subtitles. Especially those that aren't explained in-story, but rather make the reader think. The beer on the dead soldier, for example. I saw your reasoning behind that before I even read your comments, lol. It's so nice when there are little bits like that. It adds a lot of depth to the story.
And finally, I must admit you have made it onto my very short list of satisfying webomics (fantasy genre) that I make sure to check frequently. I hope this not-so-mini-review/thank-you helps you stay motivated though all the hours I realize you must put into each page. Only to then (like so many other webcomic artists) give to us leachers for free. My only requirement for continuing my good praise (which in itself amuses me as my friends are convinced I'm too tough a critic, lol) is that you keep up the good work. I feel you have the potential to keep improving quite bit (eventually I'm sure I'll have to come back and leave a "complaint comment" out of jealousy lol). But don't be afraid to experiment and try new avenues. You have a great audience ready to give you all the feedback you could ever need.
I'm also curious how this ends, and I'm sure I'll enjoy the ride- however long it takes. :) Though it's not like I'd :censored: or anything if you quit or some such. But I'm diffidently interested to know where this goes.
Just keep it up with all your wonderful subtleties (can you tell that's my favorite part lol -_-0) and good luck! I'm done now, this is waaay too long. Thank you again! -R