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Wright as Rayne - 11th Anniversary

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Martin's Comments:  It's always crazy to kind of take a step back and realize just how long the comics have been running for, and how things we're super eager to get to are probably still a year or two away. We're always trying to kind of pick up the pace without sacrificing storytelling for it, and I do think over the course of this past year we have gotten a lot accomplished.

Just in that time we've had Alex reunited with Xandy, Sareena using the seed to wake up Flower and taking on a strange new appearance as a consequence, the proper introduction of Tryton after having previously talked about her years prior, a lot of progress forward on the Ivy and Candice plotline, the death of Mercy, Hazel's ascension, and a big jump forward through the current chapter with a multitude of plots being pushed forward while we've vaulted ahead in the timeline to be back to being more or less level with Blue Blood Heroes (if not actually a bit ahead of it at the moment) after a pretty extended time of having been behind it after its own timeskip. It's actually kind of humbling to sit back and realize just how much we've gotten accomplished in moving the story forward since the last anniversary picture went up, since every now and then it can be easy to be frustrated with having to wait for things down the line to come to fruition.

As you can see, we've got some more ominous imagery to give us an idea of where year 11 is going. We have a lock - the same one Alex acquired, a matching key, a bright and prominent moon, and that strange figure in the background. The next chapter is going to have a lot of lore (though probably not any Lore) and be sort of a capstone to the current one in addressing the various lingering plot points it's been setting up so we're really hoping everyone is going to enjoy that, though we have four pages left to go in this current chapter first and some of it's stuff we're been very eager to get to, and Alex, Candice, and Hazel all still haven't had their last pages within this chapter yet so there's still progress to be made on those various plots for the time being.

Actually very happy with how this one turned out despite being relatively last minute; I kind of only had a broad concept of what, or rather who, I wanted to show for the anniversary picture, we had to work on polishing up the character design first for that (not that you can see much of it here), and then I kind of came up with a loose concept of the visuals around it and then Adam came up with a more specific outline. Even actually drawing it I did a lot of the extra details and things like the moon, lock, key, and one of the buildings while Adam did the rest, kind of a very collaborative project here which certainly feels appropriate for the anniversary.

Adam's Comments:  Heheh.... Yeah, this was a great one to see finished. ^^ A lot of great effects were put in by Martin to really put the image over. The gradients on the buildings, the chains, the surface of the rood, the shadows swirling over our mysterious stranger.... All of it does a great job making everything look mysterious....

But heh... Yeah, Martin's right, we really did a lot in WaR this time...The pace of webcomics can be sorta maddening at times, so it's really satisfiyng seeing this highlight a few things we've had planned for a good while. It's.... rather hard to not talk about more directly. ^^()

Kinda hard to think on stuff to say about this directly.... I think the comic's latest chapters have been a great display on both the writing and the art, so this is a very humbling-yet-empowering moment. ^^ Especially since I'm really, REALLY eager to do the next two chapters..... Both involve things we've wanted to do in the comic for a loooonnng time.
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