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I can't believe it! It's gone - my whole first chapter! This is both exciting and absolutely horrifying but hey, we're going somewhere. During this chapter I learned a lot about Photoshop and a little about composition, and found many tricks to make my own work easier. It'll be very cringeworthy to look back to these pages when I'm on chapter 9389430 but at least now I'm pretty happy.

GS will be on hold for a month between each chapter. They're a lot of work so I need to take some time in between to guarantee I'll always have enough pages to post weekly. New pages will start popping in your inboxes either in March 7th or 14th! I'll try posting something GS-related each week instead of pages until that.

You've all been so supportive and nice. Before this comic I didn't really use or visit dA that often so I was blown away by the attention GS brought to my account. Scary and humbling. Thank you all of you who are following my first serious comic attempt, it's always such a boost for motivation to read your positive feedback. Feel free to tell me what you think about the story/characters/pages so far, and point out things that bug you that I seem to repeat over and over without realizing.

The second chapter is finished but there's some things I need to revisit, I'm especially unhappy with backgrounds in it. It needs a cover too but man, I'm having the hardest time settling with the title font.

Anyway! Thank you again for your support, seeya!
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:icondakaido:
Dakaido Featured By Owner May 8, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg I love this page. It's so perfect tbh.. <3
I need to do some art of your deer.. <3
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:iconpreimpression:
preimpression Featured By Owner May 4, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Virva is so cute omg
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:iconfreeflyer234:
FreeFlyer234 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2019  Student Digital Artist
This is probably one of my favorite comic pages ever. So feel-good :)
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:iconjackalean-the-alien:
Jackalean-THE-Alien Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nope can't handle all that cuteness
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:iconshadowinfestedwolf:
ShadowInfestedWolf Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2019  Student Writer
I adore these characters! You have a real knack for writing dialogue.
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:iconfreeflyer234:
FreeFlyer234 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2019  Student Digital Artist
It is official, I love these guys!
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:iconlyrak:
Lyrak Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2019   Traditional Artist
I just got linked to this comic from another artist (who was linked from yet another artist - trail of comics supporting each other LOL) - am very interested to see where the story is going! (Also very curious as to the nature of the main pair's relationship to those birds...)
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:icontzsilviri:
TzSilviri Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing story! I love your style so much!
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digitalbird06 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2019
I can’t wait till March. This story is really interesting and I love the designs of all the characters. 
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:iconsealbatross:
sealbatross Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2019  Hobbyist
omg sweet innocent child
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ratrascal Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
in less than 30 pages im so attached to these characters, literally every single one. the way theyre introduced and built up through their interactions just makes the reader fall in love with them so quick, not to mention their snappy and witty dialogue with each other makes them even more endearing

now for them to be eaten by wolves! Q w Q
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Timber-wolff Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2019  Student Artist
What is going on in this section of the comic?
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:iconblueharuka:
blueharuka Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good lord, the way you draw deer is fantastic!

I'm in love with your style! :love:
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Butterflyhornet Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the "My ear! Did you have to yell so loud right into my ear?!"
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wolfra315 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2019
i wonder if he can still hear out of it
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:iconfreeflyer234:
FreeFlyer234 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2019  Student Digital Artist
I love them all so much! It's really a great friendship. 
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wispwolf Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2019
I am loving this so much. Been a fan of yours for too long but you know that, will always support your work!
Hope you manage to relax a little bit with the break, or at least just not stress so much about deadlines. ;;
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vegapolarnorth Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
I lub the sweet brown dude Heart 
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:iconmachati:
Machati Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
I love him. I just love him :heart: All these characters, really. And what lovely expressions on this page! Just adore it all!
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Butterflyhornet Featured By Owner Edited Feb 8, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Is that foreshadowing I see? Is she going to "eat" those words later?  As long as the comic keeps updating on some kind of schedule I'll keep checking.
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Wulfeneit Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2019  Student Digital Artist
I can't get over how endearing these characters are! Can I just say how impressive it is to make it this far? You should be very proud!

Not only are you writing a story, but you're also writing a script, carefully characterizing your cast, illustrating the backgrounds and composition and with all the thought, effort and time it takes to do all that! The lines are immaculately smooth without being stifling, the character designs themselves are very expressive.  It really shows much effort you've put into this comic. Kudos to you <33

I look forward to seeing where the story takes these characters~
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TheSheInShenanigans Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2019  Hobbyist Artist
Nice story so far-very nice illustrations as well. Keep up the good work!
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Songdog-StrayFang Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on finishing chapter one comrade! CELEBRATE 
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inspiration-carousel Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2019  Hobbyist Writer
Ah gosh this is just so gorgeous. I love the style and the characters and the relationships and I very much would buy this in print * o* 
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GLoRToR Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2019   General Artist
Oh deer..
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snow-89 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2019
This page makes me so happy for some reason, I love these guys ;; And congratulations on having your first chapter posted! It has been a joy to follow so far ♥
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Flora-Tea Featured By Owner Edited Feb 8, 2019  Student Digital Artist
Aaaahhh! I just saw this page on the front page of DA! Congratulations! Very well-deserved! :heart:
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WildeMaehne Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That burst of positive energy and skittishness there XD
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Zcat91819 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Virva is the little bro/sis of their ragtag little clique! So cute.

i don't know the fawns gender and haven't bothered to check... so that's why.
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wolfra315 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2019
I cant stop laughing and the fawn so cute
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Qanat Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
you've been doing a damn FANTASTIC job, man. 3: such a great job. the story and characters have been unfolding super organically, the art is top notch. i really wish i could give you some pointers or tips or critique but you're genuinely doing too good of a job for me to be able to think of anything SIGH

SO ENJOY YOUR 'TIME OFF' (WHICH YOU'RE PROBABLY BE GOING TO WORK THROUGH) and i can't wait to see more eue
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Pone-Dancer Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Eeeee the fawn is just so heckin' cute!
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DragonishDoodles Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Ahh reminds me of my childhood; roughhousing with my older bro, till our lil' sis would join in. Only thing was, she was not very good at it. Heh, the memories of my bro and I screaming "NOTHING!!" when our mum asked what was going on, all the while smothering our sister as she screamed her head off cause we had knocked her over. Sweet sweet memories... Meow :3 
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Fail-Seeker Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2019
All react! :D
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Stegodire Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love this comic!!! I can't wait to see more! 

will still be here happly awaiting to see what trouble awaits them next! Or what trouble a certain deer might get into! ahaha!
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hey-magpie Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2019
A MONTH?! Welp still shorter than a Steven Universe hiatus (haa), happy to read that you'll be posting little things in the gap.

This page is so fun, what a cool gang they are. And oh no, you gave the small one a name and upped the cuteness, this does not bode well for her fate does it...
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Nabashta Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That little dawn is the cutest thing in the entire world!!
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SkyCatsDeviantArt Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aah woah it's incredible how you really make others connect with these characters this quickly! I absolutely love all their personalities and designs ahh! I'm looking forward to see their developments <3
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grumpsyc Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sdalfhas frick I love this comic ;; it's gonna be painful having to wait a whole month for the next chapter to start

(I don't know if you've noticed or if someone else has pointed it out but in the very first panel Nero says "your can't even compete" instead of "you can't even compete")
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doeprince Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2019  Hobbyist
Thank you!

And ohhh I think it was supposed to be 'yours', as he's talking about the papa deer's antlers. I'll fix it soon, thanks for pointing it out!
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sasukeuchiha666 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2019  Hobbyist Artist
cant wait to see how this story goes!!!
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:icondoeprince:
doeprince Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2019  Hobbyist
Soon!
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LadyTeaTime Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Mate, how could you? You introduced me to my first deer love and now you're SEPERATING US FOR A MONTH?!!?

But, wow, the first chapter done! o: Congratulations! I do look forward to seeing the first page of the next chapter in the coming month, though!
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:icondoeprince:
doeprince Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2019  Hobbyist
I'm sorry, d-distance makes the heart grow fonder?!
Thank you very much, I'm excited to get this story going!
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:iconladyteatime:
LadyTeaTime Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
I suppose it does.
I can live without my stag-love for a month. >_>

But you're very welcome! I can't wait to see what the herd will run into! o;
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FlyWight Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2019  Student Traditional Artist
Can't wait until the guys come back next month! What held my attention until this point is how realistic the relationship between the characters is. They are a family, but they bicker and yell and make death threats, instead of being stereotypically snuggly and living in some paradise land. Maybe it's just me being biased because I grew up in a broken home, but GS hit home with me and I won't be getting tired of it any time soon. Please come back with some good content soon <3
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doeprince Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2019  Hobbyist
I love writing difficult personalities clashing and I'm very happy to hear it doesn't feel forced. There's many kind of families but there's definitely not a single one without its issues.
Thank you very much!
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TheDeceptikitty Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2019
NOH! MY CRACK! WHAT WILL I DO FOR A MONTH! A MONTH!!!1

Thank you so much for sharing this story with us! As always an absolutely lovely page and damn am I eager for it to pick up again! 

I never thought I would get so invested in a deer story...I am all about this grim darkness and stuff and all I think of all week is this lovely deer comic...truly blessed. You deserve all the attention and I am glad more and more people come along for the ride. 

Looking forward to March!
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doeprince Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2019  Hobbyist
Ohh man thank you so much!
Things won't be so bright forever so there will be some grim darkness all dedicated to you at some point. I'm humbled you're so invested, glad you're with us!
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TheDeceptikitty Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2019
'Chu welcome! ♥

Oh...oh no. And I thought this wait will kill me....then you go and make proper grimdark cliffhangers. I'll have to seek out a specialist till then to survive the withdrawal symptoms!

Very much invested! I mean my pleb English can't even express how much! You are seriously damn good at storytelling! 
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