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Chateau Grief 1

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Episode Recaps for all of Chapter 1 are here!  

Episode Recap:

Xander is eating soup during a lightning storm.  I’m betting minestrone.    Down the hallway comes General Grant, who snatches up a handy flowerpot, which he chucks at Xander and smashes some stuff on the table. That’s an ice sculpture swan btw. Grant is upset because he’s seen the lights of a floundering ship out on the coast, and he wants Xander to save them.  Xander isn’t particularly in a hurry and wishes to finish his martini, in which he’s built a stick-olive man.  Grant pulls out his gun and forces Xander to go along.  Xander swipes a dinner roll on his way out, giving Grant an unsettling grin.  

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Aging telepath Evil Overlord Xander has traded his youthful dream of joining the US military and using his superpowers to benefit humanity for over-the-hill cynicism, self-imposed exile on his private zoo-for-crazy-people Eynhallow Island, and a serious case of May-December midlife crisis.  And technically it's only kidnapping if she tries to leave.

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Tenchi8's avatar
Tenchi8Hobbyist General Artist
I finally found time to check out your comic. Very interesting beginning. I like the sense of mystery where 
it has me wondering who Xander is and what he is capable of that General Grant had to force him to take 
action. 

I enjoyed the recap and the summery in your commentary too. :) 
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chateaugriefProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you!  The summaries were suggested to me fairly recently and I haven't finished them all yet but I hope to make some progress on that soon. :)
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Tenchi8Hobbyist General Artist
Your very welcome. That's awesome. ^^ 
S-Schreibfeder's avatar
S-SchreibfederStudent Writer
As I said, might take me a while, but here I am, reading the story now and as the previous commenter said: Looking forward to see how it goes.

I like the drastic beginning. Starts like an explosion. You want to know: Why? Where from? What's this about?
Great hook and a great beginning in my eyes. Thanks for sharing. =)
On another note: I might be a lot more focused on the writing part, since I'm a writer myself and honestly more interested in that (not to say the drawing is bad or anything; only that I have far less experience regarding that topic). But I can say it's not distracting in a bad way and nice to look at. You have a "unique-ish" style going on there.
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chateaugriefProfessional Digital Artist
Ooh I'd love a writers perspective, being mostly a writer myself.  I only got into the art side of things when I realized how dismal the original fiction market was.  I'm glad I chose the webcomic route for CG, despite the extra production difficulties, because it's truly near total creative control.  Only lacking sound design I guess.  An opportunity that writers rarely rarely get.  I'm trying to make the most of that.
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S-SchreibfederStudent Writer
You make me curious really.
I'm not nearly skilled enough when it comes to drawing that I would consider doing a comic for my works (also because I already wrote a book and am currently writing another - it would take too much time to catch up with all the drawings that I would have to do (which I can't even really make in the first place ;D ) and I rather invest the time I have in mastering creative writing even more) but from what you wrote it definetily sounds intriguing and like you found a way for yourself so congrats on that. =)

I bookmarked your comic so I'll get around to that. Might take some time but I stick to my word. Typical creative writer's chaos.
BornOnTheNinth's avatar
It's the first page and I already like both these characters! I look forward to seeing how this story goes. 
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chateaugriefProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you!  hope you like it!
Telian24's avatar
Telian24Hobbyist Writer
This shark grin ...
I smirked this time at the "get in the car" part, cause when reading it again, one realizes of course immediately how little sense that demand actually makes ^^ But probably Grant just thought he could control the situation better if he is on-site as well, or something. Or he was just too upset to think clearly.
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chateaugriefProfessional Digital Artist
You're right on target with these nonsensical demands from Grant.  And the pistol waving, can't forget that.  Grant is definitely having a bad day... but Xander's doing some sneakiness here too that plays into the long game.  
CrimsonSunset218's avatar
Nice!!!  Like the update! 

*evil grin*  You know that when you finish this story I'm going to make you re-draw the whole thing to make the style consistently awesome, right?
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chateaugriefProfessional Digital Artist
already working on it!  Take a look at these early chapters, they're still a bit spotty but the worst stuff is all taken care of and I'm filling in the gaps whenever I get time.
CrimsonSunset218's avatar
*grins* And by the time you reach the very end of this very long story you're going to be so very good at drawing and integrating 3d backgrounds with your characters that I'm still going to make you re-draw the whole thing because I like to torture the people I like.  :plotting:


(For real:  I see that you've been improving the worst of it. It looks great!!!! :heart: )
ShimmeringSiren's avatar
ShimmeringSirenStudent General Artist
SkittyFurb looks SO FRAKIN cool
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chateaugriefProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you!  I've always loved this scene. the glow and the rain and Grant's cowboy blustering   
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ShimmeringSirenStudent General Artist
ITS SO beautiful
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SwiftySwooStudent Filmographer
Someone recommended this to me and it looks great so far! Are you still working on this series or has been completed?
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chateaugriefProfessional Digital Artist
I'm nowhere near completed! Just about to get to the end of act 1 at comic 140 ish. I'm still working hard on this and have like 4 months of buffer. I'm here every week! Thanks for the kind words!
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SwiftySwooStudent Filmographer
Alrighty then! Can't wait to catch up ;D
Ryuu-T's avatar
Ryuu-TStudent Digital Artist
I love you comics! Your art is stunning!!!!
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chateaugriefProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you!  Glad you like it!
pixflame86's avatar
Your comic looks interesting. I'll keep an eye on this story. B-) (Cool) 
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chateaugriefProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks for your support!
I try to release a new comic each Wednesday about noon.
scorpionlover42's avatar
Intriguing...A new readers gets only scant details, but those details make you want to know more about this Xander fellow and the situation at hand. :) (Smile) 
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