Mary drew Ravar in his greyken form here, which hasn't appeared in the comic since before I could draw somewhat passably. To settle all accounts, she drew him PERFECTLY. Clan Rraseth (of which Ravar and his brother Mersnai both belong) has lion-like greyken. Ravar's form is supposed to be a black lion with a bit more of a wolfish face. AND LOOK AT THOSE PUPPY EYES d'aww. And the placement of Vrin and Ravar here is based on an equalizing of strengths between the two of them. Mary filled me in on the symbolism of the card; the beautiful maiden calms and somewhat gentles/balances the strong beast in most of the card illustrations. Although, in the case of these two, they both have their own beasts to handle, eh?
Also, we were betting that Ravar's bum must be very comfortable and fuzzy. Comics return next week! In the meantime, go check out Mary's many stories! Here is her archive! Thank you so much, Mary! <3 <3 <3
Those of you who follow me on Twitter and Ustream probably know that this story is based on a novel I wrote (and rewrote a few times) a few years back. The beginning hundred or so pages of this comic have little in common with the story in its current form, and so its always a bit difficult/fun to try and merge what happened in the comic version with the changes reflected in the edited novel. This chapter here has always been very difficult for me, I hope I get it right this time around. Which reminds me...I probably ought to get a bit further ahead with editing since I'm almost out of script!
For the first time months, I had a weekend without pressing assignments or commissions AND access to my computer. I didn't participate in 24 Comics Day, but I DID work on my comics all day. If you visit the forum you will find a few cool new images up there, including a planned redesign of this half of the site. Fans of my other comic, What it Takes (rated R) might find some other cool tidbits...
Dad: The fact that you comment on THIS depressing/bloody page scares me a bit.
Jemelis: What you did to Zair made me go :( I await his revenge as well!
Darwin: Yay, I was going for that!
Wynni: Umm...it may be a bit ;)