Update! SHOCKING!! The usual excuses. But hey guys my first children's book is now published and you can find it on amazon: Glowstone Peak
Meanwhile, I was determined to get a page out between projects, so here you go. I'm about to disappear for another month as I already have another children's book in the work queue. While I miss consistent comic work, it's a nice novelty to be doing stuff I get paid for.
Update schedule should resume around the end of August. Meanwhile, go enjoy your summer.
I appreciate what I can see of your comic work.
And making money is best for your and your family... (and actually us, because you wouldn't be posting anything online if you didn't have the resources)
Just wish you could be making this series for money.
I wish that too!
This page is so accurate it looks almost like photos. (Which is a compliment, for the record!)
I'm glad it looks that way to you! I feel very rusty after over a month and I'm not completely happy with this page, but I had to just get it done and out the door.
I was kind of expecting to see the bear aftermath, but you know what, you called it right. Medwyn's valley is, above all, idyllic. AND you can still have our heroes put off by bears. Win-win!
For just a second I was thinking, "but...there's no...the bear doesn't eat them or anything..." and then I realized you were talking about Medwyn's breakfast table. lol
We're back and it's glorious!~
Whoops. Got a bit too excited for the new post.
Congrats on the paid work! You are a true talent, and deserve it. Kudos!
And the pleasant interlude continues. Eilonwy doing a belly flop into the hay is adorable; this visit to Medwyn's Valley is probably the first chance she's had in living memory to be a child and enjoy the simple pleasures of childhood, between living with Achren and the dangerous, desperate trek the companions have been on since she sprung Fflewddur and Taran from their cells.
The bear reminds me of a certain folk ballad from A Song of Ice and Fire -- "A bear there was, a bear! A bear! All black and brown and covered with hair!" We only get bits and pieces of the lyrics -- Martin isn't as into writing verse as Tolkien was -- but over several scenes where parts of it are sung it's enough to pick up the gist of the song.
You're back! Briefly, at least. I love the flop/skrunch sound effects (and the fonts you used for them).
Glowstone Peak looks cute. I was disappointed when I clicked your name and didn't see anything else on Amazon, but it sounds like that should change soon. Congrats on paying work!
Yes Glowstone Peak is the only thing that's on amazon, barring a few very old book covers that I apparently don't get credited for by Christian Liberty Press. The next project won't be out until next year...eventually I hope to have both author and illustrator cred out there, but that's going to take some time.
That hay must be phenomenally soft or that shift would be unpleasant in the extreme. The place is another Eden.
It depends on what grasses were used for the hay. In my ranchin' days back in the dark ages we had some kind of old golden straw the previous owner of our family place had left behind. I have no idea what it was but it absolutely dreamy to flop into.
Awww... Eilonwy's flop! Out-and-out adorable.
It's what I would have done after that hike! Poor kids need something decent to sleep on!
This looks great! I've been enjoying your rendition of the Medwyn's Valley chapter. When I was reading the book as a kid I pretty much sped through that part hoping to get to more action but appreciated it much more when re-reading as an adult (I could actually say that about a lot of parts of the series, TBH). This is such a nice respite for the characters after all they've been through and what still lies ahead. Seems like you've had fun bringing it to life!
I know exactly what you mean. There are many moments that might read as dull when you're a kid and are the best ones as an adult. Prydain is a series when the best things happen between the high action, really.
For the most part. But I would definitely make an exception for the resolutions with Ellidyr and Dyrnwyn.
And no, I didn't have that opinion of the quiet moments as a kid... which is why I stopped at the end of Castle of Llyr until like two years ago. (Well, that and Lloyd Alexander saying Eilonwy wouldn't be in it right at the beginning of the foreword.)
Heck, back then I thought <i>Galadriel</i> was dull and insufferable. My priorities were not the sharpest in my preteen years.
I had a rough day today and you have no idea how happy it made me to just randomly check and have one of the cutest updates of the comic to welcome me. They're absolutely adorable and I wish I can join them right now. :)
CONGRATULATIONS ON THE BOOK! That's a huge achievement to be proud of, as is getting this far in the comic already. It must be a massive time commitment, especially with homeschooling, and I have a lot of respect for you for doing all of this. Thank you so much and have a great summer!
Really enjoyed the retelling of my favorite book series as a child. Great work. I will check out your children's book
Thanks Jorge! Glad you enjoyed the comic. There'll be more very soon; kids gone back to school means I have more time to get my other projects done. I hope to be posting new updates here by the end of August.
Okay so I read all of this in one day and I am absolutely HOOKED. I cannot wait for the next update!!!
Hooray! Thanks Emma! Check in around the end of the month; I expect to be back at the project by then!
I love how you've turned this book series in to a graphic novel. It's been amazing to see these characters in a comic. I hope you'll continue making the series into comics:)
I will! I'm not finished by any means...just had to take a bit of a break while I work on a deadline. I should be done in about another week and will be posting again.
Man, you make it look like a place I'd like to go. :D
I'd live there.
Thank you for all the work you have done so far. I will certainly support the Children's Book you illustrated, it will make a nice gift for my youngest son.
My daughter who has read to the series enjoyed everything you have done, and I am planning on showing it to my fourth grade son, and the hopes it will motivate him to read the series as well.
I hope that you had a great summer.
Thank you Jim! I'm so glad you've all enjoyed this, and thank you for your support on the book too! I've just finished up a second one, due to be published next April. Meanwhile I am getting warmed back up for comic work and can't wait to get the next page out! Coming up soon...
For this Fflewddur it looks almost out of character when the plot makes him slip back into his appointed role as funny man again. :-) Grant him that for producing Eilonwy's adorable smile. It's great to see how attached they are now. How many days since Taran, upon the thought of walking with those lunatics, invented the now traditional Prydainic Facepalm?
By the way, looking at this panel reminded me of something different. It was not widely known in Lloyd Alexander's time - I think Carpenter mentioned it first in his Tolkien-biography - but Beorn's name in "The Hobbit" replaced an earlier Medved. It is the Slavic word for "bear" like Beorn is the Anglo-Saxon word. Tolkien toyed for a while with filling Wilderland with Slavic names, of which only Radagast has survived into the published book.
An accidental parallel? By chance, as people say in Middle-earth.
Oh, I never knew that! More parallels. :)