003-14

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Whatever you do now, Ethan, DON’T MESS UP YOUR AIM.

Also, daily suyori maintenance job means not everyone can afford to have a glorious, shiny, moldy, odor-free outhouse. No one else in the village has it. Danbi feels bad for being the only one who has it. Because he’s been using an odor-free outhouse all his life, however, a smelly outhouse squicks him out MAJORLY.

If he were visiting someone else in another town, and his host didn’t have a nice moldy outhouse, he would honestly prefer to go behind a bush. Or possibly bring some pine branches and magic up the piney scent to the max, as a gift to the host (not that the scent would last long). He prefers not to hurt the trees too much, though, if he can help it.

003-12

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There was a lot of trial and error involved in these panels. Let’s see.

Panel one: I’d drawn Ethan turning halfway to Danbi, but what’s the point of showing the turning? There’s no significance to it. So a close-up on the stretched out hand it is.

Panel three used to be two panels: Danbi’s expression going from a restrained ‘yay’ to ‘ohnoes.’ But I’ve already done something vaguely similar at the end of Chapter 2, when Danbi was struggling to find words (although there were no ‘ohnoes’ involved in that one). Plus, this little scene is not about Danbi. It’s all about Ethan making his decision. Going with Danbi may seem like a no-brainer, but finding a personal reason to do so — something beyond a simple ‘well, I don’t belong here’ — took him a bit of introspection.

Panel four: oh boy, I think I redrew the background three times. I needed Danbi to stand on that side of the yard, i.e. facing his house, in order for the next update to follow smoothly. But I wasn’t thinking about it at first, and drew the house on the top side of the panel. Oops. Took me two more redraws to orient the characters properly.

And the darkness in the gutter toward the bottom. That took WAY longer than it should have! Abstract composition is hard, guys.

003-11

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I don’t know, Ethan. The Internet’s a pretty big thing to not have…

An interesting tidbit: Ethan has not used his desktop computer for months. He has it packed away in a box for interesting reasons that I may or may not explain later. He does use the Internet daily on his phone, though (or rather, he used to before he came to Keol).

003-08

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Aw, dandelions growing right there. How conveniently placed! Then again, they’re everywhere, so you’d probably find one whenever and whereever you need one for all your emotional/ metaphorical posing needs.

PS1. Why didn’t anyone tell me I’d put “Feb 2, 2014” on the latest comic image on the front page? Sheesh!

PS2. This comic is officially in London now. Meaning updates will happen at the beginning of Mondays and Thursdays, at midnight UTC/GMT. So those of who’re in America like me, feel free to check for updates on Sunday and Wednesday nights! I’m not sure if I can keep it that way forever, but we’ll see.

003-07

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I’ve posted two updates today, so make sure to read the previous one if you haven’t already.

So what do you guys think about the whole phenomenon of dandelion children? My brother found it weird — not the phenomenon itself, but the fact that the people of Keol actually understood the gist of how it worked, instead of just going “whoa! A redhead! This child must be CURSED/ BLESSED/ [insert some other superstitious adjective]!” Which is a valid opinion considering how superstitious and un-scientific ancient societies were.

I gave him a spoiler-y explanation that I can’t really post in public at this time. But I would be more than happy to engage in a discussion about it, in the most un-spoiler-y manner possible! Any thoughts?

003-05

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The bottom panel didn’t come out as awesome as I’d hoped. :( There’s another scenery panel coming up in this chapter that I hope will more than make up for it. I hope I won’t blow that one! No pun intended.

Also, the front page has been tweaked a little. Now the latest comic banner actually shows you a snippet from the latest comic, so you’ll instantly know whether there’s new content to check out when you visit the front page. And since the actual URL of the banner changes with every update, it won’t load from your cache. Hope that makes things more convenient for everyone!

~keiiii on Jan 29, 2015