Well, before anything else today, it’s my birthday!
So… good for me, I guess? Yeah, definitely good for me.
Anyway, I wanted to jump in before I go on with my regular work day and let you all know that I’m very impressed with the discussions that have been taking place in the comments section. I love the fact that I have both critics and supporters and that they all participate in educated, enlightening discussions. I know it sounds weird, but as a creator it’s always a great boost to the ego to know that your readers are smart, civilized people that have well-constructed opinions and thoughts, and I know for a fact that not many creators can boast such a claim.
So if you’re in favor of this new story/thing we’ve been constructing or just writing a comment to say that you’re not going to read us anymore, I just wanted to say “thank you” for helping our community remain a place where opinions can be given, discussions can be had and flame wars are something weird and funny that happens on sites like YouTube.
Also, seeing the discussion that has been taking place, I kind of felt like I should point out that no matter if you’re enjoying the story or missing the old format, don’t forget that there’s a lot more to check out in the comic other than just the story and the art. If you’ve been following my work for a while, then you probably know that I love details. We’re not just telling a story here, we’re building a world. It’s a setting that we can later use for more stories, characters and even games. And in this world that we’re building, I get to play around and cram in as many details as I want.
And I love it.
Now you all probably know about the ninjas, hiding in each and every page. Sometimes they’re easy to spot, other times I do a better job at camouflaging them. But they’re always there, one in every page.
We’ve also spoken about the runes, and how they’re our own language. But did you know we actually built this entire language? In the first panel Elf is is still casting “Lunlosvhanekdalen Lunlos Lad’hal” (magic shield), and Eagle is casting “Lunlosvhanekdalen D’halora” (break magic). Then, they’re linking their magic together, Eagle is casting “Molo Lunlosvhanekdalen” (cancel magic) while Dragonfly is joining in by casting “Nalaotorach” (linking). The word for magic is long, and it means “to control the unexplainable”, but when spoken most people will cut it down to “Vhanekdalen” which just means “unexplainable”. Of course, when rune-casting, you can’t shorten words.
In the final panel, Elf is casting “Lunlos Nehoracha”, but I’m not gonna translate it since it would basically qualify as a spoiler for later on.
So yup, you can read it, write it and even speak it. It’s part of the lore, the ancient, first language spoken by the Mitaih’l, used for magic runes and arcane rituals. I personally enjoy using it in the comic way too much, and I’m starting to think that maybe – if any of you are interested – I could start posting the basics of it so any of you that are interested can read it in the comic. Of course, I’d have to organize the info and the language itself needs a lot of work, but the written component is fully developed.
But it’s not just about ninja, and runes, and languages and hidden details in the characters that give away plot twists – one of the main reasons I’m enjoying this new story is because I get to play around with the art as I please. And I don’t just mean that I get to draw prettier pages, I mean that I get to play with composition and layout. Every page is “weighted” and balanced and I can fool around with details that flow from one page to the other for no reason other than the fact that I can.
I’m sure some of you have noticed that sometimes details flow from one page to the other, but did you know that a huge portion of the entire comic can be linked together into on giant, long page?
So yes, it might sound like I’m boasting here, pointing out all the things I think are awesome. And in fact, that’s what I’m doing. But it’s my birthday, so I get to puff my chest and pat myself on the back.
And also, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.