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Empires page 24 by staticgirl Empires page 24 by staticgirl
Page 24! 24!!!!!!!!


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Soundtrack: Rock!! (mixing a mixtape...)

also: Bellowhead, Clannad, Waterboys, Runrig and other folkie stuff.
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BreakInTheSun Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2007
Okay, finally caught up with Volcane & Co.

I like the way the story has been going, and the way it's been getting there - the pace is still breakneck, but it feels smoother now; I think the facts that the main characters are basically established and the scene has been set help.

The art also keeps improving - I especially like the way you use the color palate to set the mood for every page. (Also, I love the design of the dino-aliens here - why can't flesh-eating space monsters be cute and whistle? And also - awww, baby flesh-eating space monster!).

Incidentally, about the art - based on the 'through the years' pieces, has this project been in the works for 20 years?

I still do feel the pace is a bit fast, though - you don't really give us much time to breath between crises, and learning the characters and the universe is a bit of a challenge.

As always, good job, and looking forward to more! And aren't 24 pages a comic issue? If so, then congratulations on completing Issue 1!
staticgirl Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have to admit I thought the pace was a bit slow! Hahahaha! I'm always wary because I love to draw talking heads so much and I worry that there isn't any action. I do miss doing pages of them cracking wise...

It's not so much that this project has been in the works for 20 years as I've been writing and drawing stories about them since I was little. I used to call it my space soap opera long before the 'space opera' tag became used for that epic space fiction written by the likes of Peter F Hamilton. This is the first story where I've actually tried to put in a proper plot which has them doing a bit more than just hanging out with each other. As such I have a huge cast to choose from although Razor always takes over.

Those monsters weren't supposed to be cute at first. I found a really appallingly scary dinosaur to base them on but then when I starting drawing the roughs I had the idea of a family with mum, baby, big sister and two squabbling teenage boys and the cute started...... I thought maybe dinosaurs communicated to each other like birds do now...

Thanks so much for your comments - they always give me food for thought and really help!
Mizra Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2007  Professional Digital Artist

Oh... and the whistling whilst they work... priceless. :]
staticgirl Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thought it would be funny to have flesh-eating carnivore dinosaurs communicate through singing like birds do with whistles. :D They'd sound nice and then you'd see the horribleness.
Mizra Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Creepy. Like *tweet-tweet*
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staticgirl Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol. Eggzackerly!
Pyrophobic Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh mah gawd - DINOSAURS! Like the ones with the feathery heads.
staticgirl Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah dinosaurs are great as long as I never meet one. Big birds like emus scare me enough...
Dojang Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2007
the blob of flesh looks really good, without being recognizable enough to make it overly nasty...
staticgirl Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Was worried about that...
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