BwaHaHaHa! Good stuff. Thus writes a scientist :) (and newly qualified so, too - congrats!). Are they getting on one another's nerves while travelling around? Still, interesting to get a little background on Rua. --AlexChurchill
Eerie black-cloaked Borg-like AssassinsGuild kind of figure! I especially like that the cloak is completely matt - no hint of fabric anywhere; the wearer just seems to be a hole in reality. Creepy... --CH Aaaand M-A gives up again on following all the characters and their goings-on. Shame, I thought it would be easier to keep track of everything when reading it all in one sitting. OK, trying again - is the purple-haired chap a new character here? He looks slightly familiar. And Arram is a detective and outside of the law and a notary? --M-A Oooooohhhhh, OK - the purple-haired chap is Arram again - with the lack of speech bubble pointers, I got the whole conversation back-to-front!
I agree he's good. But I think this issue's more of a summary of plot than a thickening particularly... --AC (who, re SunKitten's comment about plotting things out on cycle, has found with NaNoWriMo that the time to think about where the plot is going next is invaluable: trying to write too much without intervening times to figure out where things are going just doesn't work, for me)
I think he's taking Rin's role - trying to keep track of what different characters know, what I know and what the readers know is actually really rather hard over several years. Rin's summaries were very useful (because being the investigator, she was the awkward one whose knowledge kept expanding) and I can see Arram having a similar role, at least for now.
With respect to plotting - yes, absolutely. I also find that trying to extend the plot past where it wants to be doesn't work - I have to wait for chunks to become clear (which is partly why I still don't know how many pages LookingForTheSun 16 has - I know what happens, but my imagination has not seen fit to reveal exactly how it all pans out past page 17) - SunKitten
Wonderful work on the dolls! I'm so impressed. A weird but inspired gift. As for the story itself, love the creepy black-caped "Notaries". Interesting that Arram used to be a flyer (although that was hinted at by the last time we saw them...) Must avoid mentally inserting what I know of the LookingForTheSun "Flyers" into my mental model of the Artifaxis story! --AC, who is starting to want PhoenixFeathersComments-style subpages for keeping track of, and speculating about, the Artifaxis plot and backstory :)
Ah, I did ask for the dolls :) Thanks - you can see them on Wednesday (you won't have a choice ;). As for sub-pages - it's a wiki; help yourself ;) - SunKitten
I can see the quandary re the LookingForTheSun omake. I might be inclined towards putting it at the back of issue 3... possibly with #2 next to it :) --AC
If "#2" is the second omake added, the braids one (which is actually number 3 ^^;;), that's going in the back of volume 2, next to an ink sketch of Aeryn (the one in the gallery). Omake 2 is partway complete, and will go in the front of volume 2. Omake 4 is what will go in the front of volume 3, and that's the one I'm a little dubious about - SunKitten
I see. So Vol #2 has Omake #2 at the front. Does Omake #2 only feature characters from Vol #1 (so it will make sense to those reading in chronological order)? Does Vol #1 have Omake #1 at the front? Regardless, I could certainly see the argument for putting Omake #3 at the back of Vol #3 rather than at the front. --AC
Yes. Omake 2 features Kite and Saryth alone, Omake 3, at the back of volume 2, features Aeryn as well; 4 is just Kite and Saryth again (not that anyone reading volume 1 would know the characters in the first omake.. :). I like having them in the intro, though - otherwise it's just a hunk of text - SunKitten, picky